Over the years, especially since 1998, I've become dependent on the internet. I read and send emails (hundreds a day as a lot of my paying job involves corresponding that way), read blogs, and research in the internet.
Though you have to be careful what information you use from the wide world web, you can find a website for almost everything. It's wonderful.
But as with all things, it has a bad side. Before you know it hours have passed and I've not written one productive word. I mean productive as in words in a manuscript. You know, as in completing a book.
With that said, let me give you some of my favorite sites.
Your Dictionary - 100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English.
This is so cool. I hadn't realized I pronounced most of these words correctly. I always worry about that. Stuttering as a child, especially for one that loved to talk, was rough and made me work hard on my pronunciation.
I'm editor of another chapter's newsletter and I've found this to be helpful. Plus occasionally I'll need it for a WIP. It's so much fun to see what you can come up with. For example, "Surfing on the Internet is like sex; everyone boasts about doing more than they actually do. But in the case of the Internet, it's a lot more." Tom Fasulo
I believe Deborah Matthews found this one for me. Only writers would get a kick out of finding out how a word came to being.
See what I mean. Such great info, but if you're not careful so much time can be eaten up by nothing.
What about you? Where do you like to hang out on the internet and wast...uh...search important information?