Friday, August 12, 2011

Routine Disrupted By Move... News at 11

Actually, no, there is no news at 11, the title pretty much says it all. We've been moving all week, and it's been exhausting and time-consuming. The place we're moving into is lovely, but much smaller than our last place, so I've been sorting through everything, trying to cut it down to size. Largely successfully, I'd say. And it means I've come across all my old stories that I keep in shoeboxes. I didn't take the time to reread more than a few lines here and there, but it's cool to see them again. I'm hoping to have everything finished soon, but IKEA has contributed to the delay--we bought a new bed, and they didn't include the hardware in the box with the new bedframe, so while we wait for them to ship the screws, etc., to us, we're camped out on the living room floor... needless to say, this makes putting stuff away more difficult, especially for a klutzy pregnant woman.

Today I do plan to have a look at a link the East Coaster left me in the comments of my last post, regarding world-building. You can check it out here.

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's Monday, Time to Get Back to Work!

There's a new post on my pregnancy blog here.

I took the weekend off from my routine, and enjoyed the lake, which was lovely. But now it's Monday, and I'm committed to getting these revisions done, if not completely today, by Wednesday. After that, I'm not sure what I'll work on. I'll be sending the revised ms of Fire to Mary Baader Kaley in the hopes that she'll beta it. And anyone else who's interested, really. Please let me know in the comments if you'd like to beta. But for my writing time every day, I haven't decided whether to focus on Veronica book 3, or work on universe building for this other idea. I'll probably start with that, actually, and see if it goes anywhere.

Have you ever done any universe/world building? Do you have any tricks or techniques you really like? One fellow writer, Will, once referred to a program he uses that draws maps... I'll have to see if I can dig that up. Although I see this story as involving planets and space travel rather than being tied to one world, so I think a world map may offer more detail than I need. I wonder if there are universe map building programs out there?