Surfin’ USA
by KimLenox on May 23rd, 2009

Oh, gosh, the Internet is so dangerous for me. I can tell myself I have 10 minutes of fun time to surf around to my favorite sites, and zeeeerrrrppp! Suddenly two hours have passed.

One big time drain for me is the news. I’m a current events junkie. I think part of it is that I don’t want to be oblivious or ignorant about what’s going on in the world around me, good or bad. So I tend to bounce around between CNN, MSNBC, FOXNews and my local Houston Chron.

I also love to do research for my books, so much so that a lot of times I’m researching points if interest that I know will never even be used. I just find them interesting.

Like Allison, I make use of Google, and in my case, it’s Google Books. It’s really my only possible source for some primary research sources, like an 1886 copy of Cleopatra’s Needle; a history of the London Obelisk.

I also love Lee Jackson’s The Victorian Dictionary.

For shopping temptation I love QVC, where I recently bought my new ravishing red Acer AspireOne netbook, and a awesome pair of sheets. And Zazzle. Where else can you buy a cool pair of Dia De Los Muertos shoes?

And last of all, I love to cook (translate = EAT!), but given a lack of time to devote to the hobby, most everything I cook is simple and fast. I visit Allrecipes several times a week and print off recipes that catch my eye.

I could go on and on (and on and on) but I’ll stop there! What about you? Keep sharing your favorites with us as well!

4 comments to “Surfin’ USA”

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    Oooh…places I’ve never been!

    I’ve honestly never used Google Books, even though I’m an avid fan of both Google Earth and Google Maps–but I’ve bookmarked it now.

    And Zazzle. What a cool online shop. I see some credit card spending in my future….

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    The Victorian Dictionary is fantastic! I also waste time researching stuff I don’t need, or things that might only get a slight mention in one of my books, just because it’s fun.

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    For meals I really like the Kraft Canada site ( You just type in some of the ingredients, choose lunch, dinner, whatever, and it gives you a list of dishes you can make. Wonderful!

    Here’s a great site for all things royal in Britain: (

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    I like Zazzle because some authors put their schwag up there. I mean, everybody needs a tshirt or coffee mug with their fave romance hero or villain, right?

    I hit the news sites regularly too, just to reduce the appearance of living under a rock.

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