My work and interests require a lot of Google-Fu. Sometimes I have the base stuff figured out, I know my characters, I know my world, but little things pop out that I need outside help to figure out. For inspiration (and getting lost down a million rabbit trails), there's Wikipedia and TV Tropes. For facts and trivia, reference images, opinion pieces from a certain perspective, etc., there's the almighty Google.
Photo taken from Pixabay (and all things Google belong to the lords and masters of the internet from Google).
How fast does a house burn down?
Photo taken from Pixabay.
The answer is 14-17 minutes with old construction, 3-4 minutes with new materials. Gives a whole new importance to those fire drills back in school. And a ton of fire deaths are caused by smoke inhalation, and at a certain point in the process, how hot the air is makes things spontaneously erupt into flames! Why did I research this? Context means spoilers for something.
Androgynous Blonde Pretty Boy
Photo also taken from Pixabay (but I highly recommend this image search topic).
I typed in this one to try finding a real life version of how I see Daire from Iron and Ivy. This search led me to find a model named Danila Kovalev. Long blonde hair, very sharp features, slim physique, a very stunning example of the androgynous body type I was looking for (also eye candy). When I tried finding a website for this person, I could only find Pintrest and Tumblr lists!
Triumph vs. Harley Davidson
Picture taken from Pixabay (disclaimer: I'm not actually sure what kind of motorcycle this is).
This is for a WIP that isn't ready to be revealed to the world, yet. Motorcycles weren't my thing growing up, have never been my thing, and possibly will never be my thing. I rode on the back of a scooter once and it was too intense. That doesn't mean I can't make people who don't feel that way! Two brands I came across in my cursory vehicle studies were the classic Harley Davidson (an American staple and a subculture all its own) and a manufacturer from the U.K., Triumph (that has actually been making bikes 20 years longer). There was many a heated article and analysis about this topic, but most opinions I came across tended to depend on brand loyalty and what kind of riding someone wanted to do. In a nutshell, for more variety and better handling/performance, a Triumph was the way to go. For a well known brand and reliable cruising motorcycles, Harley was the winner.
These were but a few of the adventures the empty search bar has taken me on. I'm sure I'm on some FBI list for other ones I've done in the past. Has an intelligence agency labeled you a potential serial killer for the stuff you've looked up online this week? Do you look up images of cute puppies to cheer up the coworkers at your day job too? Is it all sunshine, rainbows, and cat videos? I'm nosy, but it's only because I like reading about you. :D
Brie Tart writes fantasies in which she draws the mythical from the mundane. She spends the rest of her time dabbling in languages and prepping for her next adventure.