One day this week, after checking my email for the umpteenth time only to find nothing of interest, (i.e. any communication from my editor or publisher), I started to do some research. Okay, ‘research’ is stretching the truth a bit—I was surfing the net rather aimlessly trying to get my mind off the slow-moving publication world.
I consider it time well spent because I ran across an article by Garrett Santos, dated October 2007, called 15 Ridiculously Useful Websites. Although familiar with a few of the sites, like Web MD, Kayak and Epicurious, the others were new to me. Other than http://bartleby.com/ (a thorough reference site) they have nothing to do with the world of writing, but he’s right—they really are ridiculously useful sites
For instance, when you finish reading a wonderful book and wonder what to read next, http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/ can help. Simply enter the name and author of the book you enjoyed and it’ll recommend other books you may also like.
Or, if you hate packing (and who doesn’t), check out http://upl.codeq.info/ for a universal packing list. You answer a few questions about the trip you are planning including activities you enjoy and average temperatures for the destination (if you don’t know, a simple click will help you find out) and voilá, a packing list is created just for you. My favorite question had to do with size of bags because the choices range from “I’ve hired Sherpas,” to “extremely small.”
The article by Garrett Santos and the full list of websites can be found at http://www.webupon.com/Web-Talk/15-Ridiculously-Useful-Websites.50487.
If you have any ridiculously useful sites you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about them.
Thanks for stopping by. See you next week.
Jane Kennedy Sutton
Author of The Ride (to be released by ArcheBooks Publishing)
Tags: The Ride, Archebooks, Garrett Santos, 15 Ridiculously Useful Websites , what should I read next, universal packing list, Bartleby, Web M.D., Kayak, Epicurious