Be Careful With Those Dots

We’ve all heard the saying, “Sign on the dotted line,” and we know what that means. We know the three dots of an ellipsis mean words are missing. We know a dot at the end of a sentence shows the sentence has been completed. Dotting the letter “i” with a heart means you’re either young or a true romantic.

Candy HeartsDots and hearts are very important.

Some days, when you get up late after writing for half the night, your eyes can be tired and you might even see dots before them. It’s true it happened to me last week. I had written a blog post and decided to include a youtube video. I was in a hurry and needed the link to paste to my post. I accidentally put a dot between the “you” and the “tube.” OMG!

It was a porn site and not a pretty one, (are they ever?) although to tell the truth I was so shocked that I closed my eyes while I deleted the darn site, so I didn’t see much. Then I sat back and worried that somehow someone would know that I’d been there and then all the perverts in the world would swarm my email and send me links to other porn sites. I trembled in fear. I do not want that ugly in my nice computer space.

Young couple kissing in an old european town square.Mine is a space for romance, not porn.

So if you’re tempted, if you’re curious and you want to go see if I’m telling the truth, insert that dot between the words, it’s your choice. But for me, I’d rather stick a fork in my eye. It took me two days to get those visuals out of my memory. My advice, drink your coffee before you go running around the internet in a rush to make something pretty. You never know what is out there lurking … waiting for a missed or added dot.

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14 Responses to Be Careful With Those Dots

  1. Yeah, I’m of the stick-a-fork-in-my-eye crowd, too.

    Porn is NOT pretty, but it certainly is sad (My opinion – I understand many others love the stuff)

  2. robena grant says:

    Yep. I have to tip toe through the internet, (instead of the tulips) these days. : )

  3. Janie Emaus says:

    Having worked in the porn industry for 10 years, I can imagine what you saw!

  4. Sam Beck says:

    Whoops! What a difference punctuation can make.

    I suspect I’m already on an FBI watch list as a result of my Internet use. The intentional searches on explosives and weapons, (for story research purposes), are incriminating enough. Then add in my accidental wrong turns, (you type in “tattoo art” to find the right butterfly tat for your heroine, and, trust me, you’re only a click or two from close-up views of body art you never dreamt possible–and would definitely make passing through an airport metal detector challenging), and I’ve got some ‘splaining to do when the feds show up to confiscate my computer.

  5. robena grant says:

    I know, Sam. One letter, one little ol’ dot and it can change everything. I often wonder about some of the topics I research for my books, and the weird footprint I’m leaving. ; )

  6. Nia Simone says:

    LOL, glad you are back in safe territory!

  7. Dee J. says:

    Ok… I’m curious… but not THAT curious! LOL.
    Hope your eyes are better!

  8. Christine Elaine Black says:

    This reminds of the time I accidentally googled the ‘pubic library’ instead of the public library. Who knew!!! Never made that mistake again. 🙂

  9. TJ Bennett says:

    I had something similar happen to me on my alternate Facebook page the other day. Somehow the suggestions for people I might want to friend were all porn sites. I was horrified, and they were truly explicit pictures. I thought I was gonna gag. FB is supposed to filter out that stuff. How some people can confuse romance writing with pornography, I don’t understand. It really made me nauseous. Belch.

    • robena grant says:

      Gah. Never thought of it happening on FB. So sorry you had to go through that. I’m so paranoid about friending anyone over there. I’ve had a couple of stalkerish ‘friends’ so I always cross check, but now I’m going to be even more wary.