I was going to title this post “Wait, What…?”, but then I realized I’d already written a post with that title four years ago. It’s tough when you’ve been blogging for so long that you forget what you’ve written. But these days I forget what I’ve said ten minutes ago, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
What’s truly surprising is that four years have elapsed since I last wrote “Wait, What…?” Considering the number of things that boggle my mind on a semi-regular basis, you’d think I’d have tried to use that title a lot more often.
F’rinstance, the other day I flipped over to Google and started typing ‘how can…’ My original research question vanished into a mind-boggle when Google helpfully offered the following suggestions:
Really?!? “How can she slap” is the most pressing question on people’s minds? What does that even mean? Slap what? Or whom? Is this some new kinky-sex thing? (I may need to do more research.)
And who knew that the compulsion to sing was so powerful and widespread that people are Googling for relief? I would have expected questions like “How can I keep my spouse from singing?”; or, more likely, “How can I keep Diane Henders from singing ever again?”; but you know you’re in trouble when you can’t keep yourself from singing. (Maybe try multi-part harmony with the other voices in your head…?)
Then I ran across a helpful site listing “Top Website Mistakes Authors Make”*. I was reading along and thinking, “Uh-huh, uh-huh, nope, I’m good…” when I came to an item that said “As soon as visitors arrive on your site they should immediately be offered more help and a ‘Click here, get this’ offer.”
And I went, “Wait, what? No! If I land on a site that shoves spam and clickbait in my face, I’m GONE!” But maybe these days everybody wants and expects to have their email addresses extorted out of them in exchange for a few paltry facts of dubious value; and I’m just a cantankerous old dinosaur. (Okay; the ‘dinosaur’ part isn’t a ‘maybe’.)
And my final “What?!?” for the week occurred when I checked last week’s ‘Santa or Grinch’ poll results. Well, dang. I’d been so certain of my (made-up) statistics! But I wasn’t even close:
So I guess I’ll just have to keep making up fiction — facts are too hard to fake.
But here’s a fact: Ready or not, Christmas is only six days away. So… Merry Christmas if you celebrate it; and Happy December if you don’t. (We’re almost past the shortest day, so that’s something to celebrate right there.)
I’m taking a blogging break between Christmas and New Year’s, so my next post will be on January 2, 2019. Meanwhile, I wish you and yours peace, happiness, health, and prosperity; now and in the New Year!
* I was researching websites because I’m going to have to update this site to comply with modern technology. So don’t be surprised if things start to look a little different around here!
Book 14 update: I’m starting Chapter 39 — Kane just made a BIG decision, and Aydan is trying not to freak out about it. So many threads in this book! The final edit might cut some out, but so far I’m just telling the story as it unfolds…