For starters, the sorts of internet searches many authors would likely make the average person have more than enough cause for concern.
Example: torture devices, brainwashing techniques, wedding planning checklists. That’s what I’ve searched in the last three days.
I imagine that many authors have similar search topics. We also, as I’ve previously established, talk to ourselves, plot out a variety of murders, rapes, and other unpleasant crimes and behaviors on a fairly regular basis.
And we get paid for it if we’re any good.
As a writer, I think this is sort of awesome. I mean, Natalie and I can sit around reading about poison cases and the psychology of rape victimization and maybe the librarians give us funny looks, but we’re good writers. Because we’re doing our homework in a way that doesn’t involve human test subjects.
Rather nice of us, really.
So thank you, people of the world, for not locking us all up somewhere without pens and paper and other such lovely things. Your patronage is the last vestige of our sanity, and for that you should be applauded.