Tab clearing

You know what they say about writer’s browser history…

It’s full of the oddest things, often that might make people worry a little about you. Or you get sucked down the research rabbit hole for the exact term.

or both.

With the occasional extremely shiny diversion:

before you dive back into the motivations of your villains:

and on their crafty ploys:

and on the misfortunes your protagonist can bring on themselves:

(because you want to get it right, don’t you?)

and logistics of what they’d need to go shopping for:

did I mention shiny diversion?

and then the research black hole…

No! Self! You do not need to stop writing to read the entire “The Academy of the Sword: Illustrated Fencing Books 1500–1800“!

“But what would it look like on that planet?”

Oh, there went a while. And I have a beautiful new desktop background. Because oooooh.

Wait, I was supposed to be writing…

What’s on your browser tabs?




  1. My tabs just make me look odd. Long in the Land, my last published book, had me browsing through YouTube videos on Honda Jets, whaling and blubber, and oil distilleries. The current WIP has been futuristic trucks, mycorrhizal coated seeds, the fungus among us, and sword fighting.

    But excuse me, I need to go click on your etsy tab. For research.

  2. I’m back. Your links did not lead to skirts. I am still searching for a certain mythical skirt that I swear I saw an ad for. I haven’t been able to find it again. I have looked everywhere. I have consulted with a clothing designer versed in historical design who has shown me old paintings, and I have spent hours on google images. All to no avail.

    If anyone knows the name of this skirt, likely worn by milkmaids in days of yore, please share your esoteric knowledge. It’s a long full skirt, probably with two layers, that flares out at the waist. Its hem gets pulled up at intervals by vertical drawstrings so as not to get mud on the bottom. This creates a scalloped effect around the knees–or higher. Since the WIP containing that skirt is with beta readers, I have substituted description for a name, but there’s still time to add a name if one exists.

    1. It sounds like the ones I’ve seen in old photos of fishwives and other working women in southern Scotland. I’ve never seen or heard a name for that style. I’ve heard “bustling up” or “kilting up” as the verb for using ties or bustle tapes to shorten an overskirt (bustling) or the main skirt (kilting), but the latter could be a neologism.

    2. I don’t think it has a name. It’s a method. I have used it while doing re-enactments or wearing a steampunk costume, and always called it kirtling up the skirt. Which isn’t the right word.

  3. Nothing, because if I have more than two tabs open, it means I’m doing Day Job, so no “fun” browsing. 😛

  4. 3 instances of Konqueror with six or eight tabs each, for general use – Konqueror is a web browser, file manager, dessert topping, and floor wax… it can’t go everywhere on the web, but it’s so fast and useful it’s worth putting up with occasional inconveniences. About half the tabs are local file management.

    1 instance of Falkon, several tabs for asset-stripping’s magazine archives. Konqueror and don’t get along well.

    1 instance of Pale Moon, 7 tabs open at the moment, for sites with non-W3C-compliant HTML that Konqueror doesn’t like.

    Mrs. TRX uses Firefox, which has four tabs into YouTube; looks like “Urban Exploration” and three Australian reality-cop shows at the moment. It avoids the “why did you mess up my stuff? conflicts, plus the YouTube ad-blocking and download tools.

    Oh, and a copy of Firefox in a Windows virtual machine, for the occasional site put together by l33t webmasters that will only work with the Windows version of Firefox. Like TigerDirect, before I quit buying from them, or her former employer’s outsourced HR.

    1. Me, too. Pseudo-organized into folders, although I just took a look at my “other” list (which extends into three columns on this monitor, so that’s pushing over fifty). Ballpark, I have about half of Dorothy’s list in there.

      I have the bad feeling that I’m about to go into the fourth column with this post.

  5. Um… no comment… I’ve got…(counting) way too many bookmarked. I use em and close em, otherwise I go down rat holes for HOURS… speaking of which… need costs for merchandise in 1870s Texas… Sigh

  6. Just wanted to say thank you for the “Things I Won’t Work With”, it reminded me of a couple of articles I was introduced to some years ago, both of which did turn out to be part of that series, about Chlorine TriFlouride & DiOxygen DiFlouride (aka FOOF).

    Both of which sound like lots of fun… to watch from far, far away.

      1. IIRC that was quoted in the ClF3 article, the “Sand won’t save you NOW!” section, about how nearly everything normally used to put out fires would not only fail to extinguish a Chlorine TriFlouride reaction, it would like ignite itself & give off even more dangerous fumes…

        (note: I screwed up a shortcut while entering my name earlier, I’m the person who posted as “Ha” by accident).

      1. So interesting, right? Did you look at China and compare it to Europe and the USA? The density of Chinese cities is completely mental. They’re literally sitting on top of each other. (If we believe their numbers, anyway…)

        1. Yeah, zooming in on Hong Kong and its neighbors is astonishing.

          And, just looking at the difference between the greater Washington DC metropolitan area where I live and New York is another jaw dropper.

          1. You can instantly see why NYC is having so much trouble with the corona virus.

            I remember the first time I saw NYC, I was on a bus crossing the George Washington bridge from New Jersey. I saw the city, and I instantly understood Spiderman. ~:D

  7. Used to keep a bunch of tabs up. Limited mostly by the browser crashing, or shutting it down because of memory leaks.

    Then I switched to a desktop, and enough power outages eventually killed the habit.

    1. We have ghod-awful power here in Hooterville. Spikes, brownouts, weekly outages. I put a UPS on every PC, which took care of that issue. But power outages are why I save every five minutes while writing and after every single change when editing.

  8. Modal logic, local veggie box, medieval battle strategy, pâte à choux troubleshooting, information warfare, the history of refrigeration, Alnwick poison garden. I keep the food and research streams separate, in case anyone was concerned.

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