The Dark Side of the Internet

For a writer the ability to ferret out information on almost any topic with just a few clicks on the keyboard is invaluable, but it comes at a terrible price. At least it does for those of us who are information junkies. I find that entirely too much of my time is spent in finding out more and more about less and less, leaving me almost no time to do any actual writing (hence the long interval between the previous post and this one). Every branch can lure me off the track with interesting, but probably not useful for the current project, information. What can a writer do to use the internet for needed research and still not be seduced?

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About P. W. Fox

P. W. Fox, a.k.a. Wayne Howard, born in Mississippi, grew up in Nevada, Japan and Guam, returning to Mississippi where he attended high school and college in Mississippi where he received a degree in chemistry from Mississippi State University, and after working as a plant chemist for two years, he returned to the university, for graduate study in geology and geochemistry both at Mississippi State and the University of Texas at Dallas. On leaving school, he worked for a number of years in the oil and gas industry in Texas before moving to Oregon, where he has lived for the last 22 years. He has always been drawn to fiction writing and won a story writing contest at the age of nine. He began but later abandoned a science fiction novel while an undergraduate at Mississippi State. In recent years he began a more deliberate and sustained writing effort, producing short plays, poems, short stories and meditations as well as lyrics for choral pieces. Current projects include a science fiction novel and a children’s story.
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