The "inter-web" and I are good pals. When I first seriously started writing, it gave my voice a place in the world. There weren’t many print markets for short crime fiction out there, especially not the down and dirty variety. But on the web, bloodshed and bullets and brutal head bashing, were no problem. I had a home.
And let’s not forget the web’s role as invaluable research machine. With just a few clicks I can find information on muzzle velocity, illegal cheese smuggling, narcocorridos, whiskey stick fighting… the possibilities are endless.
Maybe too endless.
Often, my forays into internet research have left me…
I blame myself, of course. I should have more discipline. But the waves of words and images have gripped me in their undertow, ripping me away from my work. The biggest culprit is…
Where else can you find skateboarding dogs and crack smoking prostitutes, the Wiggles and Sadam Hussein swinging from a rope, all in one convenient location? I’ve visited the TUBE looking for inspiration or images to help bring authenticity to my work.
More often than not, I…
…end up surfing through a sea of videos. Some funny. Some gruesom. Some awe inspiringly strange.
So the question dear Murderati readers, do you suffer from my calamity? If so, how do you avoid the siren call of the Internet while writing?
And, while this might sound like an alcoholic asking for a tequila shot…include some of your favorite YOU TUBE links.