My next novel, His Robot Girlfriend, is a fairly straight forward science fiction story. It takes place in a fictional southern California town, although the characters make trips to LA, Vegas, and other places. I wanted to place it far enough in the future that robots might be common, but near enough that things would still feel familiar. I decided on the year 2032, which is great because it would be an election year and an Olympic year, so I can play with little things that happen this year, tweaking them to make the fit my ideas. I looked up 2032 on the internet, found a calendar for the year, and there you go. I also used the internet to research floor plans for houses that I could use.