Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back to Work

Took some time off to haul the youngest and all her stuff to college last week, then decided on a lovely drive up to Chicago. Had some fun, enjoyed new scenery, met old friends. Came home feeling like tackling the rewrites again, only this time, I realized I needed a major plot shift. Upping the ante will require research. If the government is tracking my computer, they're probably getting the handcuffs ready. I hereby declare my family doesn't know anything about this book but the title, LOL.

My husband is the one who mentioned government snooping into computers used by civilians. While I'm not normally paranoid, he probably has a point. I wonder how many writers delve into Internet realms the government doesn't want us to see, much less understand? We have vivid imaginations, but reality helps tone us down unless we're into science fiction or fantasy. Of course SF and fantasy could easily dive into a reality we don't know about right now, but it's in the sphere of possibility.

How afraid do we have to be of where we find our research? Interesting to even think of it as an issue.

2 comments:

CJ Parker said...

A writer in trouble with the government because she wandered into the wrong web sites. Hmmm A writer's mind could take that idea and run with it.
Char

Tracy said...

I'll bet it's happened, Char, LOL. Wasn't there a case a few years back where a writer got in real, honest-to-goodness trouble because of her online research? Need to check that out.
On the up side, I'm still not in handcuffs!