Tuesday, March 12
Most of my stories are set in Colorado, in the San Juan mountains, where these photos were taken. It's just easy, setting my stories in the place I know like the back of my hand.
I have a new WIP. I set it first in Las Vegas, then Wyoming. I have never visited Las Vegas or Wyoming. Not once. Not a biggie. There's Google and a whole lot of websites out there, right?
Wrong! Oh, Vegas is easy enough.
But...I spent most of my valuable writing time yesterday trying to find out if the Medicine Bow mountains look like the San Juans. From site to site to site, I hopped. It was very difficult for me to get a clear picture. Because my story is set on a ranch (where else?) I Googled dude ranches. OMG. One had mountains, one had plains.
It was a nightmare, really.
I finally decided to use my active imagination and make up my ranch. I hope no Wyoming expert gets hold of my book and rips it to shreds for my bad research.