It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time to share our hopes, dreams and fears with the Insecure Writers Support Group, the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, and this month’s hosts are; Sadira Stone, Patricia Josephine, Lisa Buie-Collard, Erika Beebe, and C. Lee McKenzie!

Do stop by and say hello to them!

This month’s question is: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever googled in researching a story?

My reply is probably not the strangest (and I should imagine there are going to be some corkers this month!) but it’s the one that instantly springs to mind.

It’s because I managed to download a virus when I was searching how to figure out how faster than light space travel differs from real time travel. Ie if it takes you 2 weeks to get there by ftl, how long would it take the slow way.

I was trying to be accurate for a short story, but in the end I got so confused by the science that I concluded that if I’d never thought to question any of the many sci-fi novels I’d read, I could probably get away with it too. (And I did).

It’s just as well I came to that conclusion as my laptop suddenly started blaring alerts and I shut it down in a panic.

I’m looking forward to discovering everyone else’s replies. Meanwhile please wish me luck for Friday… I offered to do a talk on ‘what to do with your short stories’ for my local literary festival, and they’ve sold tickets..! eek!

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7 Responses to IWSG Nov:

  1. Time for a virus scan!
    I had to make up the speed of travel in my last book. It was close to the speed of light though.


  2. Oh yay! Good luck with the talk! And, I agree with Alex! Scan that computer!


  3. Loni Townsend says:

    Ugh! Gotta watch out for those suspicious sites. Hope it gets/got cleaned up! Glad the search turned out well for the story, regardless. 🙂


  4. emaginette says:

    Hope your computer lived after the virus attack. They can be brutal. Nice save on the space travel. 🙂

    Anna from elements of emaginette


  5. Juneta says:

    Wahoo, Angela. Congrats. Best of Luck! That is a cool story about the virus but I bet not fun when it happened.


  6. Lee Lowery says:

    I’ve had that happen, where suddenly sirens blare and lights blink and you can’t get out of the damn page so you have to unplug the computer. It is so freaking annoying. Thank goodness for virus protection.

    Good luck with your talk. That should be fun!


  7. Ugh. Viruses. I hope you kill it dead.
    Good luck with your talk. I think it’ll be a nice crowd to work with, since they all have common writing interests. Tell us how it goes.


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