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21st Century Research

What did we do before the interweb?  I’m working on the second Urban Fantasy, and my heroine is about to go out to dinner with the president of SAG, and I needed a trendy L.A. restaurant.  I had picked a restaurant that was trendy back when I was in L.A., and did a Google search on the place.

Well, it’s closed now.  So I needed a new trendy restaurant.  Now, I could make one up, but I’m having fun going for the authentic so go to Google again, and  I type in “Trendy L.A. Restaurants”.  I get a site that has four pages of restaurants with reviews, menus, photos, etc.

I almost went with Yamashiro because I’ve been there, but I want a place that’s easier to get to by the paparazzi and trendier  So I go scrolling through until I find Ketchup.  It’s perfect for what I want.

Now I copy the address and I go to street view.  And I’m walking down the street in front of the place, and I realize my manager’s office is just a few more blocks west from this restaurant.

So, I have a picture of the place outside, photos inside, a copy of the menu, reviews, etc. etc.  When I go out to L.A. in June to do more research I think I’ll have lunch there.  Just for verisimilitude.

Wow, I love this new world.

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