Writers, Internet Searches, and Government Watchlists–Oh My!

Week 2 of NaNo! With 18,000 words in and climbing, I’ve reached the summit of the literary Denali, formerly Mount McKinley. I am heading for literary Everest next week at just over 29,000! It’s crazy going so here’s a short post most writers can relate to: Things From This Year’s NaNo That Will Probably Get Me On Some Kind of Watchlist

How to repeatedly electrocute somebody without killing them

How to induce seizures via electrocution

Wait, “electrocution” means to kill someone via electricity? What about torturing someone with electricity, what’s that called?

Parilla

What is the best kind of blade to use if you want to leave scars? How would you disinfect those, you don’t want your victim dying of infection, right?

Is wound disinfection a typical act of torturous interrogation?

Why not?

How long does it take to bleed out from a stab to the jugular? And…how messy is it?

Forms of government surveillance

Weaknesses in government surveillance

Weaknesses in standard military uniforms—to sharp objects, fire, chemical sprays, etc.

How do serial killers blend in to society so well?

Why are there so many manuals on blending in to society for serial killers?

How to escape from a federal prison

How to escape from a supermax prison

Supermax prison layouts and weaknesses

How many people google “How to escape from a supermax prison?” each year?

How do I avoid government eyes online?

No, really, where is this Darknet?

How to start a grassroots extremist group without anyone knowing–except the people you want to recruit. Wait, is that really just how to start a secret cult?

How to start a secret SECULAR cult

No, not a secular organization that isn’t actually a cult but just kind of looks like one. I mean a real secret society cult.

SECULAR CUL…oh nevermind

What is the best time of day to try and assassinate a powerful public figure? How would you do it without getting caught?

How to assassinate someone and make it look like natural causes?

Ooh, what about killing methods that do weird stuff to the dead person’s appearance? It’s not in my book but it could be…

Does your soul really split in two every time you kill someone or is that only in Harry Potter?

How could we test this?

And, finally:

How to land on a government watchlist

What internet searches have you writers made that you think could be a little suspect? Leave a comment below?

Author: V. Kane

I write YA fantasy, blog about it, and then take my dog out for therapy. My current manuscript is ANATHEMA, a story of two sisters caught up in a war between the gods. Find me on Twitter at @ValkyrieWriting or Instagram at books_and_dogs

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