Tuesday, January 30, 2007

I Need a Place to Live

Okay, actually I don't need a place to live, my characters do.

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I'm looking for a city where a popular woman's magazine offices could be (not necessarily a national type magazine but very popular in the area it is published in type thing). I don't really know what I'm looking for yet soooooo I was hoping you all could help.

I'd like to hear what you suggest, but not only the name of the city or town. I also want to hear about it--what makes it great? Where are some good spots to place two characters having a heart to heart conversation or a fun time within your city? Why would they want to live there? Just enough details to get me interested. I'm looking for anywhere in the United States or Canada.

Leave your ideas here in the comments....


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  1. Hi Stacy! Neat idea - wish I had some for you! :) Good luck!


  2. Hey Stacy, all the big Canadian women's mags are either here in Toronto (chatelaine, canadian living, wedding bells, etc.) or in Montreal (glow, loulou, etc.).

    Personally, I like Toronto as a setting. But I may be a little biased. *grin*

  3. San Francisco is an awesome location with lots of recognizable landmarks.
    And Seattle. Either of those have easy research.

  4. How about Washington, DC? Awesome location, lots of research already done for you, and very recognizable landmarks.

  5. Hey Stacy! I would say T.O. but Lara (hi Lara!) has done that already.

    She also mentioned Montreal and I think you could have a lot of fun with that. It's a great city and there's a lot of local colour you can work with. The language for one thing. And there was just a new poll done--I blogged about it yesterday--that the drivers in Montreal are the worst in the country.

    I haven't been there in a few years, but every time I am, I'm horrified by the way they drive.

    They've got a blend of the old and the new. Fabulous history--places like NotreDame. There's Olympic Stadium, McGill University, Mount Royal Park...loads of stuff!

  6. Hi Stacy! I would suggest Mankato, Minnesota. I've never been there, but have done some research on the little city and want to someday visit it. It has many highlights - one being the Underwater World, where you can take a mile long walk under the Minnesota River in a space age plastic tube! Another cool place is the Underwater City, where you can only view it by scuba diving into the Minnesota River. There are also many "haunted" areas in Mankato - very neat legends.
    There is a popular magazine called Woman's Inc. that is located out of Fairmont, MN - but covers stories from the Mankato area. I tried looking for other woman's magazine sources in Mankato, but couldn't find anything.
    Good luck!

  7. Well, Jen already had my suggestion, San Francisco. It's a beautiful city with lots going on. Great restaurants and cafes, the view of the bay-it's so picturesque and romantic. And I lived there off and on for years, so you're welcome to pick my brain about it.
    It's also a place that does have a lot of local journalism happening.

  8. Victoria - Vancouver Island. Beautiful scenery, outstanding architecture, temperate climate. Plus, being an island, the necessity for a woman's magazine to keep island girls in touch with the mainland is absolutely essential. Heart to hearts can take place on the beautiful beaches, in the fabulous forests or right in the middle of the city. And then there's always the ferry bringing potential romance across the water...
    (hell, I think I might just go and write it myself)

  9. Hey, Stacy, what about Chicago? It's one of the biggest metropolitan area in the U.S. Lots of night life, culture, and a booming city. I used to live in one of the suburbs and I always loved to visit. Here's what wikipedia has to say:
    Chicago is a major city in the U.S. state of Illinois. The city is the largest in the Midwest, and with a population of nearly three million people, Chicago is the third-most populous city in the United States. The Chicago Metropolitan area, informally known as Chicagoland, has a population of over 9.4 million in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana making it the third largest in the United States.[1] Chicago is located along the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan and is a major center of transportation, industry, politics, culture, finance, medicine and higher education. Chicago is informally called the "Second City," the "Windy City," and the "City of Big Shoulders" (from Carl Sandburg's poem Chicago).

    Today, Chicago is the financial, business, and cultural capital of the Midwest, and is recognized worldwide as an Alpha Global City. Chicago was founded in 1833 as a town to link the Great Lakes with the Mississippi River system. It soon became a transportation hub of the Northwest Territory, with major connections by steamboats, canals and (by 1855), railroads. By 1890, it was one of the ten most influential world cities.[2]

  10. Hey Stacy!

    What about Calgary, Alberta?


    It's 45 minutes from the Rocky Mountains, though you can see the mountains bordering the city on a clear day. Also, it's an oil & gas town, which means loads of money and that money is poured into the buildings.

    Calgary is a truly beautiful city. You have Elbow River that winds it way past downtown. Eau Clair market actually borders it, as well as Princess Island park. It's actually pretty cool to be able to step out of a building and walk a few steps, and have lunch by the water.

    The city also holds the Calgary Stampede, which means the entire city goes cowboy for a week. Pancake breakfasts held by the businesses...that's a week that you have to watch your usual route to work. You can gain weight just heading from one sausage breakfast to another.

    Gosh, just talking about it, and I'm missing it already.

    It was a great place to grow up. We'd get chinook winds which made the winter temperatures rise to +10/+15. And we used to have a reputation for being one of the friendliest cities around.

    What else? There's the Calgary Tower, boat races, walkathons...the city streets are named, rather than numbered and that's loads of fun when you go to an area like McKenzie and trying to find McKenzie Drive, amongst the McKenzie Way, McKenzie Close.

    The Calgary Zoo has a great reputation.

    As for an up and coming beauty magazine, forget about it, Calgary is the place to be. It's the home of one of the Eveline Charles Salons, and she's becoming a big name in the business. Also, Calgary had (the survey was a few years back), one of the highest millionaires/person capita things. So you're talking people with disposalable incomes, who are willing to spend money on luxery items, and need a magazine that knows what the fashions/trends/arts are for the city.

    There's loads more, but I'm sure that I've rambled enough.

  11. How about Dallas? Somewhere a little different, but still a big city!

    Dallas' new slogan "Live Large. Think Big." describes the essence and vitality of a city built on big dreams, freshly blazed trails and an attitude that all things are possible. This richly diverse city offers a thriving culinary scene, leading arts district, countless luxury accommodations, professional sports, trendy entertainment districts and endless shopping opportunities.
    Dallas' growth and development has not gone unnoticed by the media. Many publications are writing about the new and intriguing aspects of this modern and urban-chic city.

  12. There's always Denver, too - lots of possibilities for outdoorsy stuff there - skiing, hiking, etc.

    I'd second the vote for Chicago, too. I enjoyed it while I was there.

  13. Sydney. None of the other places have kangaroos, bronzed Aussie men and the Sydney Harbor Bridge, not to mention great shopping, the gorgeous harbor, and lots of periodicals.

  14. Hi Stacy. I think that Birmingham, AL would be a great place for a character of a book to live. It has access to different areas of this region of the United States. The weather is great most of the year. There is a large population.
    The scenery is great on top of Red Mountain. We have a Zoo and other entertainment to choose from.

  15. Hi Stacy, Gadsden, AL is another good place for the character of a book to live. We are an up and coming town with many places to raise children. Whether you like country live or the city is more to your taste.

  16. I have thought about this and came up with two places.
    1. Atlanta, GA~your characters are in the heart of the south. They have every thing that a lot of other cities but they are diviesrty with cultures. They have a history of been penley cology starting out, American Revoltion, civil war, wwI and II, Civil rights, and present wars. W(which can the seires going) They always have something going to suit any body. People are friendly to each other even if it kills them to people who have made them angry. Warm most of the time. Close to ocean

    2. Boston, MA~Has people that cop attudide. There is history, theathres, etc. it is beside the Atlantic Ocean,

  17. Hey Stacy, great idea!
    What about Knoxville, Tennessee. I know, you're thinking, where the heck is that? Well, we are located in East Tennessee with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park only minutes away. There's a very popular tourist destination also within minutes of driving: Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg (ever heard of Dollywood?) which has loads of fun things to do and tons of wonderful shopping.
    We have lots of wonderful lakes with recreation areas for boating, camping and all types of water sports. There are lots of places for intimate dinners (i.e. Regas Restaurant) and concerts in the park during the summer months. We have a historic theater that hosts many events, The Tennessee Theater. We are in easy driving distance of Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and many other fun destinations. It is also the home of the University of Tennessee and the Vol football team (former home of football player Peyton Manning).
    Knoxville would be a good choice for the home of a southern magazine. (a la Southern Living)
    Well, I've thrown in my 2 cents worth! Good luck with choosing - lots of terrific locations already suggested!

  18. Vancouver, B.C. Just gorgeous scenery with the mountains and the ocean. Stanley Park, Gas Town, The wonderful places to bike ride, walk, and go out on your boat. Close to Whistler, B.C. Victoria, and the Rockies.