New Followers Update:
First, I'd like to welcome my newest followers to reflectionsbykrista!
Thanks for the follow y'all (showing my transplanted southerness... by marriage!)
Next weekend, I will be going on my FIRST ever RESEARCH TRIP. Well, actually I'm going with my mom and dad back to my hometown for a family picnic... but I don't get to go very often, and my hometown (I lived there till I was 5 and most of my dad's side of the family is still around there...) is where my newest book is set.
I don't have much time for research. We leave Friday afternoon, get in late that night, stay there on Saturday (including picnic) and leave home on Sunday. BUT, I fully plan on walking the downtown of my little town and taking lots of pics, and maybe even stopping by the library or other area "attractions" that I might want to put in my book.
I am SO excited about this, cause I have a lot of memories of my little town that I'm itching to put in my book. We have Art's Supermarket... an icon in the town that no book set there can do without. Then the Yum-Yum shop, which has been transplanted and updated... but still, my town is not complete without it. The train diner down town, and a host of other places that make up the sweet memories I have.
I write "contemporary" books, but I'd still love to know a bit more of the history so I can incorporate it in my book. My little town also hosts fun things like an annual fair that is renown in that area, as well as little antique fairs that people come from miles around to check out. It's a small town, but rich in history and character.
It also has a fun name, thus the reason for it's prominence in my story.
Discussion: Has anyone else been on a 'research' trip? How did it go? Any pointers for the rest of us?