Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
- Napoleon

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Nifty gadget!

While I was working on editing a particularly long travel scene in Spectacle tonight, I was looking for the distance between Memphis and Oklahoma City to see if it can be traveled in one day. (It can, btw, if the roads are clear - and in this case, they are.)

But what I found was a nifty gadget for research purposes: Distance at Ask.com.

For instance, from here to my mom's house is just over a thousand miles. (Which stinks) From here to my ex, though, is 794 miles. (Which makes me happy.)

Other than playing around though, this could be quite useful. Especially if you're like me and have your characters driving all over the countryside. Could your hero make it from Washington, DC to Albuquerque in two days? Could your villian make it from Marquette, MI to Ishpeming, MI in 10 minutes?

Sometimes it's the little things.


lainey bancroft said...

Hi there. Hopped over from Erica Writes to check out your hooks...next Thursday?

Excellent point about taking care with details. Not that long ago I read a book by a popular author who set her story in Canada. Parts of it supposedly took place on a camping trip "just outside Toronto" and there was much reference made to rugged terrain and no cell service.

Um, Toronto is population 5 mil, you have to drive a helluva distance to hit rugged terrain. As a Canadian, the author's not bothering to do even a teensy bit of research to authenticate her locale drove me nuts!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Sorry about that, Lainey. I got caught up with landscaping, and haven't been inside since this morning.

I'll get those hooks up later today, so if you stop by tonight or tomorrow, they should be visible.

That thing about Toronto would drive me nuts, too. I've never been there, but I know it's huge. It's not like that's an obscure fact. Sheesh.