I have huge amounts of fun checking into the info-gathering pages from the site counter on my website (yeah, you don't have to say it, I need to get a life.) It has all sorts of cool information about where visitors to my site come from, how long they're on, if they've been before, and best of all, how they got there. So I can see if they've Googled my name or the name of my upcoming book, or if they found me through one of the organizations I belong to (RWA, SCBWI, Historical Novel Society, Class of 2k8) or through one of my blogs or my MySpace page, or whatever. It's fun. Really it is.
So this evening I logged into my site counter's info page to see who'd come visiting over the last couple of days. Oh, cool! Someone from India had visited my website! How had they found me? I peered down at the line listing the referring site. Okay, Google...HUH?!
The visitor had Googled "husband controlling spells". I'm not joking.
Okay, I can see why my website would have popped up. All those words appear in descriptions of Bewitching Season, my upcoming YA novel (Henry Holt, April 2008)--the heroine is a witch who's supposed to be husband-hunting during the 1837 London Season and ends up saving the soon-to-be Queen Victoria from a controlling spell. Makes perfect sense.
What doesn't make perfect sense is this: going on-line--using advanced technology--to research magic spells?
Out there in India somewhere a woman (I'm assuming it was a woman) sat down at a computer which was connected to the World Wide Web and navigated to Google...all in order to find information on how to control her erring husband with witchcraft.
I feel sorry for her--obviously something's not right in her life on the marital front-- but still...the mind boggles.