Working on my manuscript-in-progress set in Las Vegas, I need to visualize some of the details in the scenes. So, like many writers, I collect pictures. Some writers find their characters by looking at people on the web or pics of celebrities. I find them in my head. But for the setting, the surroundings, the details, I need visual stimulation.

Today I’m writing a scene set in a Las Vegas Steakhouse and have chosen TJ’s Steakhouse at the Las Vegas Hilton:

Isn’t that pic fabulous? Check out the celebrity photos on the wall, although you may have to squint to do so. This is what I love about the Las Vegas Hilton – it retains some of the old Vegas charm that’s missing today with the newest and swankiest casinos. It’s also located off-Strip, and I find it more relaxing. I also recall dining at a Prime Rib restaurant that’s no longer there and walking past Mr. T’s table – remember him? He was all decked out in his gold jewelry, as you’d expect.

When Elvis first came to Vegas, he was a big flop. Back then, mostly older folks came to Vegas and they were not Elvis fans. I remember a friend’s much older parents traveling to Vegas every August from their home in southern California and staying at the Tropicana. The glittering chandelier is still there, but the Trop has lost its charm and any class it once had.

So, check out this video of Elvis’ big return to Las Vegas at the International, now known as the Las Vegas Hilton, back in ’69.

3 thoughts on “From Rat Pack to Elvis

  1. I love that idea…visualization…you can imagine your characters sitting there, having a conversation maybe even talking about the charm of the restaurant…I bet the words start flowing!

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  2. me too! we'll be in vegas on the 3rd K! dh and ds are doing the furniture mart-so dil and I will cross over to the outlet mall. then on to the grandkids…

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  3. Having a lot of fun with the setting for this wip. And, Carine, looks like you're going to have to go to the part of town we never go – we do most things in the SW or SE – and visit the Strip for special occasions – north of Strip – never! lol! Hope you find something fun to do.

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