We all joke about how we want our best friend to delete our search history when we die, but let’s be real for a second here: Writers should be nuking their cache every night if they don’t want people to accidentally stumble upon our research windows and think their friend/loved one is either plotting to overthrow the government, covering up a brutal murder, or deeply interested in the sex lives of house pets.
Because I primarily write urban fantasy that’s based on the FBI having a special branch for handling magic, not to mention the occasional oddball short story where anything goes, my own research archives are…fraught.
Here are just a few examples of things I’ve Googled that probably have my name on a “person of interest” list somewhere in the guts of Homeland Security.
- white house address
- fbi headquarters address
- how long is the national mall
- psychotropic drugs
- how to pick a lock with a credit card
- tribble biology
- what are your miranda rights
- professional assassins
- how much does it cost to have someone killed
- rude slang for “lawyer”
- does SETI still exist
- modern voodoo culture
- death goddesses
- abandoned buildings in central park
- unguarded canadian border crossing
What about you? What have you Googled that you’re pretty sure has you on a watch list somewhere?