Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Marvelous Miracle of Google

A young man I know once said he thought Google was God: It sees everything and knows everything. I found his observation interesting, if somewhat irreverent. Certainly Google has become the go-to for almost anyone with a question.

Lately I've found I keep a window open on my desktop just for Google searches. My new work in progress is taking me places I need to understand much better, even including some where I've been and done. My main character, 16-year-old Marissa/Dulce, finds herself on a journey through the Amazonian rainforests of Bolivia, and even though I have been in those same rainforests, there is too much about them I don't know. Google knows it all.

What's the average daytime temperature in the rainforest? Google knows. What trees grow there? Google knows that too and can tell me whether the kapok, which is endemic to rainforests in some parts of the world, actually grows in Bolivia. (It doesn't, as a general rule.) What are forest remedies for topical infection? How tall is a mapajo tree? How does a pit viper hunt? What do you call the large-cat sound a jaguar makes? What airlines fly out of Santa Cruz, Bolivia? How do the jungles of southern Bolivia differ from the rainforests of the north? Google knows it all. Maybe there is something to the claim of omniscience after all.

As Dulce ventures farther and farther into her adventure, I will have a thousand more questions, and Google will be there for me, I love Google. Since my muse has gone rogue and begun to lead me on amazing side-road adventures I never expected to take, I am becoming ever more dependent on this marvelous modern know-it-all. It may never have a place in my heart or my worship, but Google will always have a place on my computer screen.

Susan Aylworth is the author of 14 novels, all available as e-books. She loves her northern California home which she shares with her husband of 46 years and the two spoiled cats they serve. When she can't be with her seven children, seven great kids-in-law, and 25 grandbabies, she loves hanging with her fictional offspring, the children of her mind. She also loves hearing from readers. Visit her website at or find her @SusanAylworth, at, or on Pinterest.


  1. Hi Susan--
    Your book-in-progress sounds fascinating. Let us know when it's released. Great that Google has answered many of your questions :-)

  2. Every single time I ask my husband a question, he says "Google it"! I like Bing but my go to for research (if I don't have a book on the subject) is - Did you know that the Achilles was a powerful steam engine in New England in the late 1800s?

  3. Yep, Google is great even for a grandmother like me. I've learned it's the easiest way to fin out info. Good luck with your new WIP. Sounds great.

  4. I had to laugh when I read your first sentence. I was once trying to explain to a group of 3rd graders in a Sunday School class what it means that God is omniscient. One little girl said, "Well, Google knows everything."

  5. I completely agree! Google is a lifesaver. Even when I'm not writing, it saves me. Or perhaps "saves" is too strong a word. But it answers just about any question I've got for it from when is is Hilary Clinton's birthday?to where Donald Trump go to school to the name of the actress on the TV showing I'm watching and what else she's been in. How did we ever exist before?