Long story short, Hubby and I went to LA a couple weeks ago as a last-minute-hurrah before school started back up. We went to Universal Studios, drank butter beer, rode the Jurassic Park ride (my first time! Hubby got soaked!), and just played around the park and had a lot of fun!
But... I also did some research for my book. Our hotel was two blocks from the LA Metro which takes you to not only Universal Studios, but also Chinatown, which is where a large part of my WIP takes place. Hubby was such a good sport, walking in humid 90 degree weather, letting me brainstorm and bounce ideas for my book with him. He even walked all the way to the Chinatown Branch Library (which is where the MC's dad works) with me, took pictures and did silly things like feel the walls of buildings, smell the air and observe people around us.
I didn't have a lot of time (only one afternoon), but I did the best I could. I'm so glad I was prepared this time (I was in Chinatown in January this year, but didn't have a clue what I wanted to look at), which brings me to my short list of on-location research tips. Some of these came from my awesome Scribophile group!
This blog post is more for me than anymore else right now. I just want to record some of my thoughts about being on-location, what I've learned and store some pictures that I took while I was there. I'm glad I did the following:
"There's nothing to writing. All you do is sit down... and bleed."
"Mongkok Street, Hong Kong"