Research Smorgasbord

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Today’s Writer Wednesday blog topic is a fun one—share three interesting items you found while researching on the internet recently.

 

Seeing as how I’ve been deep in revision mode lately, my Googling has been more for fun, or in the midst of a conversation with someone and we don’t know the answer to a question. So what you’ll see is that my three searches have nothing in common, and only one has to do with writing.

 

  1. My last day in New York City before heading home from the RWA National conference I was lucky enough to spend the day enjoying the city with one of my daughters. We went on a run through Central Park, enjoyed a delicious lunch at Carmine’s, enjoyed a FABULOUS Broadway show, shared a tasty dessert at Sardi’s, and then headed off to the airport/train station.

 

I tell you this to preface my guilty pleasure, motivational music Google search for YouTube videos featuring music or performances of Something Rotten—the AHHHmazing musical we had the great fortune to see.
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This musical has everything to entice everyone from the theatre lover to the theatre novice. Catchy tunes, hilarious writing, incredible performers, beautiful costumes and more!

I can’t get enough of this album!!!

 

  1. My day job is a sedentary one, so I have to make sure I get up and walk around our office building to get moving. Some days I’m better at remembering than others. Then I get home after work and jump on my lap top to work on my writing.

 

Sitting all day and a good part of the evening makes for a back that tweaks with pain and a bottom that wants to get bigger. Not a nice combination.

 

So, I started looking into a standing desk. Something that travels easily so I can bring it to my day job office, then take it home at night—at least for the weekends. This meant, Googling “travel standing desk” to see what I might find.

Voila! I came across this site with several options I’m considering:

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  1. And finally, I didn’t find this last site because I was doing research, but more because it’s less than 5 weeks from opening day of college football, when my beloved Gators take the field. I couldn’t resist checking out the latest news on my Gator football team, anticipating tailgate season and all the fun that entails.

 

In case you’re interested too, here’s the link to Gatorzone where you’ll find the latest info about all University of Florida athletic teams.

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As you can see, my tastes and interests are varied, it really depends on my mood and what’s going on in my life at that moment. Hence, the variety of topics I’ve Googled in recent days.

 

What about you? Care to share something interesting you’ve researched lately, or came across by accident while surfing the web?

 

And don’t forget my fellow Firebird sisters who are blogging about their interesting research topics. Check out their posts and who knows, maybe you’ll discover a topic or a site you’ll want to dive into yourself.

 

 

Historical romance writers – Wendy LaCapra | Sweet and Inspirational writers – Kristen Ethridge | Novels with Romantic Elements – Jean WillettNatalie Meg Evans | Romantic Suspense – Carol Post – Sharon Wray | Paranormal writers – Kay HudsonPamela Kopfler | Contemporary romance writers – Kat CantrellPriscilla Kissinger


Finally, if you’re looking for an interesting read, check out these books by fellow Firebirds. You won’t be disappointed!

The Millner’s Secret and The Dress Thief, by Natalie Meg Evans available here and here!

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The Doctor’s Unexpected Family by Kristen Ethridge, an Inspirational Romance available here!

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We’ll see you back here next month, for another Writer Wednesdays post!

 

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    Anonymous

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    Really loving the new website!

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    Kimberly Buckner

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    Good for you for getting a standing desk! Those are great for you!

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    Sharon Wray

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    I am so jealous about your future standing desk, Priscilla. What a wonderful idea. I don’t know where I’d put it, but I may ask Santa for one this year. 🙂
    And I hope the Gators have a great year!!!

    Thanks so much for the links too!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Sharon, I’m looking to get a portable standing desk so I can use it at my day job and then take it home to write at night. I’ll let you know how it goes. 🙂

      As for my Gators, we’ve got a new coach and a young team, so I’ll take any prayers or good vibes you wanna send our way for a great season! 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    Cathy Rangel

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    Priscilla your writing is so capturing; you get hooked and can’t stop reading after a couple of paragraphs. I look forward to purchasing all your books.

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Thanks for stopping by to check out the site, Cathy!

      My hope is to be posting a release date for at least one of my books in the near future. I’m working on it! 🙂

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    JoAnn Tolbert

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    This is so awesome, Priscilla!!! Congrats!

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    Wendy LaCapra

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    Lovely website! I keep eying the standing desks, but I’ve yet to make the plunge. If you do, you have to tell us all about it!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      I’ll definitely share how it goes, Wendy. Between my day job and my writing, I’m sitting at my computer far too long for it to be healthy. I’ll let you know which desk I go with and how I’m faring with it. 🙂

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    Shelby Reed

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    Your website is GORGEOUS! Wow, I need to pick your brain!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Shelby, we can chat at the FCRW meeting– or on our way there and home. Can’t wait to see you!

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    Tammy Baumann

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    Fun post Pris! I love the new website!!

    I use a treadmill desk and love it! Enjoy that new standup desk!

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      Joe Hettler

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      Very impressive which I knew how to use face book better .

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        Priscilla Kissinger

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        Tammy, you’re the second author I know with a treadmill desk and both of you have given them rave reviews! Someday I’ll have one.

        Joe (dad), if Facebook brought you to my site, I’d say you’re using FB just fine! 😉

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    Jean Willett

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    Love the new website! Seems like a Tango in progress 🙂 Now for the music…

    Oh, a standing desk…sigh…on my wish list due to a hip that doesn’t like to sit for hours. I’ve tried standing at my kitchen bar, but my thoughts seem to wander around–dishes, oh, look trash to pick up, hmmm, there’s dirty dish towels to wash… I look forward to hearing about your adventures while standing.

    I’ll be visiting NYC in October and I’ve added SOMETHING’S ROTTEN to my list to see if I can get tickets.
    Fun post, Pris!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Sorry to hear about your sore hip, Jean! I can totally relate to getting caught up in distractions. It’s very easy to happen.

      As for Something Rotten– yes yes yes, definitely see it if you can. I LOVED it! I’m jealous that you’re heading to NYC this fall. That city calls me like a siren calls a sailor…. 😉

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    Kimberly MacCarron

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    Pris! Love the site! It’s very easy to navigate and definitely gives a big heaping of your personal flavor!
    If only that standing desk could stop me from eating ice cream…IF ONLY…
    I was just talking to Seana the other day about the crazy stuff I google. CRAZY. I’ve been watching Forensic Files, and every so often they find the killer by going through the search engine…like somebody googling the right dosage for a certain kind of poisoning or where to bury a body… Then I said if anyone ever went through mine, they’d be scratching their heads. Seriously. My searches are all over the place!!!! And some seem highly suspicious. Let’s hope I never do anything to warrant a search. haha!
    Great blog and awesome site!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Kimberly, I’m with you on that IF ONLY. Mine would be like: If only it would stop me from wanting chocolate, or wine, or cider… 🙂

      As for someone checking out my searches, they’d probably think multiple people were using my computer– sports, theater, shopping, environmental engineering (day job), leadership topics, exercise info… but so far nothing about killing people. 🙂

      I appreciate the feedback on the site! Thanks!!

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    Anita Miller

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    I think John Green has some sort of treadmill/desk contraption. I like your idea better. 🙂 Great, website! I can’t wait to read your books!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Anita, since I’m on a computer at home and at work, I wanted to look into something that’s easily portable. I’ll post a pic once I make a decision.

      And believe me, I can’t wait for you to be able to read my books, too! 😉

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    Natalie Meg Evans

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    Hi Priscilla

    I’ve talked to you before about the standing desk, and have yet to break away from my sit-down one. I think when I move house I will investigate it. I noticed when I was in the Marriott Marquis in New York, the musical Something Rotten. Is it a spin-off from Hamlet (Something rotten in the state of Denmark)? I wonder if it will come to the West End. I don’t get to see shows often enough but am determined to get to the theatre more this years.

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Natalie, I’ve been considering a standing desk for a while, but haven’t taken the plunge yet either. I’ll say that earlier this summer I took an vacation and by the end of the 10 days I noticed I wasn’t experiencing lower back pain as I had before. A week back to work and I started feeling it again. Not good!

      Something Rotten does feature a Shakespeare character– Christian Borle won a Tony Award earlier this summer for his portrayal of Shakespeare, aka The Bard, in the musical. 🙂 The story is about two brothers who are playwrights but their work isn’t all that great and they’re constantly overshadowed by the rockstar image of Shakespeare. When the oldest brother visits a soothsayer, the wizened (or confused is more like it) soothsayer introduces the brother to the concept of the musical. It’s a hilarious show. If or when it makes its way to the West End, I definitely recommend it!

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    Kieran Kramer

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    Love the website!!! And I love my standing desk(s). I’ve had one in the kitchen for my iMac for probably seven years…it’s a storage container, the kind you get at Target for 15 bucks, with a slab of wood on top. I fronted it with a pretty lace pillowcase, haha! It’s been in constant use all this time by every member of the family. Everyone here can make their own today if they want to! It doesn’t have to be snazzy to work great! Grab some boxes. Stack them. Put a board across the top!

    I also have my treadmill desk in my office. It’s great–I finally got one that I didn’t jury rig myself. I went through two treadmills with plywood bungee corded on top, but the rattling was insane, and the engines overheated every once in a while if I stayed on them too long.

    Now I have a real treadmill desk with a totally separate desk, so there’s no rattling, and the treadmill desk has a low torque engine so it doesn’t overheat running at slow speeds for a long time. It’s from LifeSpan. It’s model TR1200DT.

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Kieran, I’m so thrilled you were able to stop by today! I didn’t want to name you as my “other writing friend” with a treadmill desk– thanks for sharing your experience with us.

      My goal is to be writing full-time at some point, and I’ll definitely want to invest in a treadmill desk as soon as I can.

      I’ll be using a portable standing desk in the very near future- either one of the choices I mentioned in my blog or something that we just make out of items at home (like you suggested). I know my body will thank me for it! 🙂

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        Kieran Kramer

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        I hope you can get one soon, Priscilla, but maybe this will make you feel better about not having one now: The downside to treadmill desks is that if you have any wrist or elbow issues, you need to watch your stance (that goes for stationary desks, too, of course). You don’t want to hyper-extend your arm!!! You want to keep your elbows in. So watch your keyboard, make sure you are in good typing position. It’s easy to get “sloppy” with posture on a treadmill desk. You have to focus on posture, and after a while, it gets easier to do. Slowing down the treadmill really helps–that’s why getting a treadmill that functions well at low speeds (under 2 mph) for long periods of time is so helpful. Slowing down is sometimes necessary to maintain correct posture.

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    Pamela Kopfler

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    Your new website is so pretty and your searches are so diverse – theater, office furniture, and sports. Love the portable standing desk idea.

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Pamela, my searches probably show my small attention span. 🙂

      The portable computer desk is a necessity since I sit all day at work, then come home and want to sit and write in the evenings. I’ll let you know how it goes when I get one.

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    Kay Hudson

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    Pris, it’s great to see your web site up and running. I try to get up and walk around fairly often, but I think I’ll keep on sitting at my desks. I do sometimes work on a kitchen counter, but not full time!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Hi Kay, I just placed my order for a basic travel-friendly standing desk. I figured I’d try a less expensive model, give it a few months and see what I think (how my back and feet feel)– before I invest too much. I’ll let folks know how it goes. 🙂

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    Bridget Hodder

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    Love the blog, Priscilla! I considered a standing desk, like the ones you were looking at, but I finally decided to stand up and work at the kitchen counter!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Bridget, I just ordered one last night– a smaller version, just to see how I like it. I’ll keep you posted on what I think. Thanks for stopping by to say hello!

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    Vanessa Modestti

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    Love your website! So full of good info and lots of fun things. Can’t wait to read your books. You go girl!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Hola Vanessa! Thanks for visiting! I’ll definitely let you know when my books are out. I’d love to have you join my “street team” to help me spread the word! WEPA! 😉

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    Stephanie Scott

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    Those portable standing desks are a great idea. I’m considering one for use at home that I can easily fold up since I’m short on space. I have zero space for a treadmill desk, so looking for alternatives since I work primarily from home and also write. Thanks!

    And those historical books with romantic elements look great. I will check out Natalie Meg Evans for sure.

    I found your blog from the RWA PRO loop!

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Stephanie, it’s great to see a fellow PRO here! 🙂 You stopping by is proof of one of the many reasons I’m an RWA member– the support and camaraderie amongst our members is fantastic!!

      I just ordered one of Natalie’s books and can’t wait to get it. Her covers and her website are beautiful, and the excerpts I’ve read really pull me in.

      If you try a travel standing desk, please let me know what you think. I’ll do the same!

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    Carol Post

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    I love your new site, Priscilla! And great post. Thanks for the links and the pictures. I’ve thought about getting a standing desk, but I’m not sure. I move around when I write – after about an hour in one place, I’m ready for a change of scenery.

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Hi Carol,

      I’m known to take dance breaks when I’m writing, but usually once I start writing I stay in the same room/location. I do write in different parts of the house. Sometimes the office. Sometimes the dining room table. Sometimes the back yard so I can at least feel like I’m not cooped up inside the house. I figure the travel size table I brought will work for all of these places. Or so I hope.

      I’ll find out in the next few days when it arrives via Amazon Prime! 🙂

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    Sheri Humphreys

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    Love this blog premise! I complain about all the time I spend researching, but I love the stuff I find out. In addition to research for my writing, I tend to research anything of interest to me.
    My last three searches: 1) the idiom “get a room.” This for someone in my critique group. Yes, I’m so nutty I’ve been know to spend hours researching for someone else! After much searching could not find what date this phrase came into use. I even checked my (print) 1,300 plus page Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang. 2) What did Victorians say when introduced? Specifically looking for whether, when introducing themselves, they would provide their first names. After much searching without finding answer to my specific question, I finally resorted to Hearts Through History Romance Writers chapter and the experts there. (Answer: first names would not be exchanged.) 3) Etiquette to woman upon learning of engagement: say “best wishes.” I knew you only said “congratulations” to the man, but couldn’t remember what you say to the woman. This also for a scene from the WIP.
    Best wishes for successful researching, Priscilla.

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Sheri,

      Sounds like I know who to call when I’m stumped looking for something! 🙂 You sound like the research queen. Thanks for sharing with us!

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    Talia Surova

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    Fun to see you with your very own blog, Pris! Re. standing desks — my husband always gets one set up at work. He just asks them to put a regular desk up on blocks. (He needs a big desk for his editing setup.) Works great.

    My son is eating at the Carmine’s in Brooklyn a few times this week. I hear good things. 🙂

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Talia, wish I was back in NYC so you and I could grab a bite at Carmine’s! 🙂 My daughter and I enjoyed it.

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    Arlene McFarlane

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    Hey Priscilla! Beautiful website!!! Very alluring and classy. Like you.

    I too stand to write, or actually I walk on the spot. I have my laptop on a cute milk crate on top of my desk so the screen is just above eye level, and I use a keyboard below. I’m using it right now. I love it and spend more than half the day either swaying or swivelling my hips or just walking on the spot. No back pains here!
    Good luck with your new purchase.

    Miss you tons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it’s been two weeks since RWA??? I’ve had so much company that today is my first day actually writing. Loving it!

    xo

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      Priscilla Kissinger

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      Arlene, thanks for stopping by to check out my site.

      I just received my standing desk (travel kind so I can take it to the day job and home), so I’ll be posting a pic soon. And I’ll let folks know how it’s going.

      RWA seems like it was just yesterday, and yet it feels so long ago. I’m definitely missing you and the rest of the Dragonflies!!!

      Hugs!!

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