Thursday, October 11, 2012

Contest Winners, a Vignette, Google craziness, and a Trip!

Congrats to Sophia Chang for winning Bitterblue and donating a banned book of my choice to my local public library. Woot! Thank you all for making my birthday a great one!

My vignette, The Cobbler, is now published in the fall issue of Vine Leaves Literary Journal. It's a super short read and there's plenty of good stuff in this issue, so check it if out if you have time! 

I totally forgot to link to this in the craziness of last week, but check out this post on the Lucky 13s Blog on insanely weird things that debut authors have Googled for the sake of research. I have one thing to say on this subject. HOOCH. And no, that wasn't my research question!

Also, a trip!

Not the stumbling kind. Although since I mentioned it, I'm destined to fall in a pothole now.

Central Park, NYC  (Photo is public domain)

Today, I'm in New York City. Yes I am! My old home for nearly 16 years before I moved to the midwest. I'm visiting the Penguin offices, my editor Kathy Dawson and my agent, Eric Myers, for the first time, along with family and friends.

Hopefully I'll have pictures later!

In the meantime, I'm curious. What is the weirdest thing you ever Googled for the sake of research?


Aldrea Alien said...

Weirdest thing I've googled?

"How long would it take to die after being stabbed in the gut?"

Natalie Aguirre said...

Not sure I've googled anything really weird. Congrats are your story in Vine Leaves.

Have a great time in NY and meeting your editor.

Sarah said...

Oh, man. What haven't I Googled? The particulars of committing seppuku and making leather out of human skin (oh my, now I just sound sick) are probably the most gruesome.

Can't wait to hear how NY goes!

Jessica Bell said...

Hmm ... I'm pretty sure I've googled some odd stuff but I can't think off the top of my head! Congrats about VL ;-)

Em-Musing said...

Falling in love by way of pheromones.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Have a wonderful trip to NY, Lydia!

E.J. Wesley said...

Agh! The perils of The Google searches ...

A conversation my wife and I had (seriously) just a couple of weeks ago:

ME: If the FBI busts our house, don't freak out.

WIFE: What did you do this time?

ME: I'm working on a story with lots of witches, and have been googling some pretty weird stuff.

WIFE: Like?

ME: You know, cult stuff, human sacrifice ... some pretty dark things I've read.

WIFE: Not bailing you out of prison, so you can write whatever you want. Will they take the computer?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Have a great time in New York!
Can't think of anything weird. I did Google the names of my books, just to see what else was out there. Answer - nothing!

Connie Keller said...

Have a great time in NYC! Make sure you get some photos of you with your agent and editor.

Weirdest thing I've Googled...what does a gunshot wound feel like--interestingly, people like to talk about what getting hit by a bullet feels like.

shelly said...

Can wrapping a rubber band around a snapped off finger stop bleeding?

storyqueen said...

Such a good question! I can't think of anything that weird, but now I really want to just sit around and google strange stuff.

have fun in New York1


Meredith said...

Yay! Have such a great time in NYC! That must be so exciting!

Matthew MacNish said...

I've Googled so many random strange things, I'm not even sure I can remember them all. Something recent might be the years and locations in which Rainier beer was sole during the early 90s in the Pacific Northwest.

Also, have a great time in New York!

Bryan Russell said...

I once googled Russian military weapons, which resulted in a porn-filled virus infecting my computer. Touchy, those Russians.

Kristen Wixted said...

I google words that Sarah Fine uses because I don't know them.
I love Kathy Dawson--seen her at conferences a few times. She's great--lucky you!
Have fun.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

So excited and very healthily jealous! Yay you!!!

Old Kitty said...

Yay to the winners!! Enjoy your NYC trip - look forward to the pics!!

I google mainly kitty health conditions (yes for writerly research, honest!!) but some of the results I get are too surreal!!

Take care

Barbara Watson said...

What an exciting trip! Can't wait to hear more about it.

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Welcome to NY! Hope you're having an awesome time visiting with your publisher and agent. :)

Jai Joshi said...

Congrats on the vignette!

I love New York City. It's such a cool and crazy place, some of the strangest things I've ever seen I saw there. Have fun visiting the Penguin office!

The weirdest thing I ever googled for research? I couldn't even begin to figure that out. There's too many and it never seems weird until after I've done it and then I get caught up in the writing and forget all about it.


Sophia Chang said...

I'm so excited!!!! I've been coveting this book forever and I can finally take it off my wishlist WOOO thank you so much for sharing your special day with me.

We'll email discuss what banned books your library is in need of!

Jemi Fraser said...

Enjoy your NY time! :)

I've googled a few weird things - a ton of weapons info, freeze branding, plane crash injuries, PTSD...

Leslie S. Rose said...

I'm going to NYC in January and I'm dying to see Central Park. I've only ever seen the Statue of LIberty and the World Trade Center. I Googled "dumping syndrome" when I found out a friend had it.

Deb Salisbury said...

How cool! Wishing you no potholes and LOTS of fun!

Stephanie Thornton said...

I Google a lot of poisons. And I mean A LOT.

I've also spent way too much time on YouTube watching hippo attacks and trying to learn how to sacrifice a cow. Not at the same time, of course. :)

Karen Lange said...

Congrats to Sophia! Have fun in NYC!

Southpaw said...

The stuff I've googled sound pretty darn tame compared to my fellow commenters here. :)

Linda Gray said...

So fantastic you're in NYC to meet editor/agent. A definite rite of passage :). Am going to check out the short short in Vine Leaves. Thanks for the link!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Have a great time in New York meeting your editor and agent. Will check out the Vine Leaves Story.

The Golden Eagle said...

Not sure it's "weird", exactly, but I did a LOT of Googling of military technology and practices for my first novel.

Beautiful picture! Hope you have a great time in NYC. :)

A Lady's Life said...

For the sake of research I don't think anything is weird to goodle.

People do a lot of funny things and you wonder why?

The good things are great. The bad things... best not to look or to ask but we always do until it all desensitizes us.

Wendy Lu said...

Congratulations to Sophia! Glad you had an enjoyable birthday, Lydia! And I hope you are enjoying your time in's such a wonderful place to be. Lastly, congrats on your publication! Isn't it wonderful to see your work in print, no matter how short or small?

I can't really think of anything weird that I've Googled for research haha, but I'm sure there is actually a lot!

It's nice to "see" you again in the blogosphere, Lydia! I am only just getting back into visiting blogs these days!


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Anonymous said...

How fun that you're on a trip to NY. How exciting to meet with your editor and agent. So exciting! Congrats too, on the vignette, I'll look forward to reading it.

I feel like I look up weird stuff on Google all the time, and it's actually really distracting, because I let myself get sucked in. Like how to drive a Model T, or what kind of home remedies did they use in 1927, or can you get a cash advance on a credit card without a pin, or how many years does one serve for embezzlement. Yes, I'm probably on some sort of "watch" list now.

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