World building dossiers

I’ve been working on the world of the Underground series for a very long time. When I began, I created dossiers on my characters. All of them – even those that didn’t appear in the original story. I used to say if one character preferred vanilla ice cream to chocolate ice cream, then I wanted to know why. It meant that when I threw various things at these characters, I had already been inside their heads, I knew how they were going to react.

It also meant that as the story changed, and more characters became necessary parts of the story, I already knew those characters as well as I knew the ones who had been in the original novella. Some of them I didn’t even have names for, but I knew their entire family history. The end result? I am halfway through Ep 1 (tentatively titled Journey) Season 3 of a much older, much darker story than the one I originally began to outline back in 2000, and it is only now that I’ve had to seriously do some more of the Seldi character dossiers. But even now, I’m only having to place the families. I already know what Province they come from, what the land is like, and I know why they aren’t as highly prized as fighting elites.

Research is fun.

World building thoughts

Season Three is coming along nicely, and early on we get to see more of the everyday Seldi people. Water, as a blessing and for everyday life is hugely significant for them. Some of my world building to make their society included examining Roman and Norse histories, and their beliefs and respect for water. This description of the Norse Ausa Vatni ritual is pretty interesting.

Phew!

Ghost Ship is finally on it’s way to my publisher, and I’ve made a decent start on Season Three. I’ve also pitched a non-fiction to my publisher, and they are interested. Now I’d better get it written. More news on that next year.

Did the usual clearing comments of spam before I began to write this. I have no idea why, but last year’s post about soap root, mould and waffle irons gets the most spammer attention …

Why would you go back through a heap of pages in order to leave your spam comments?

Viral

And not the internet kind. Finished Ghost Ship, and promptly got ill. So I have spent a week or two as a convalescent, and doing what all good people convalescing from illness do, I made serious progress building the world of Abstrunde in Minecraft.

It’s research, honest 🙂

worldbuilding thoughts

There were a few places in Ghost Ship, that truly didn’t work. They should have, the text took the story exactly where I wanted it to go – but it just didn’t work. I tried walking away from it and work on other parts of the story, to see if that would help me sort it out. Nope. So I tried from a slightly more unusual aspect and built the part of the world I was writing in, in Minecraft. I put all the infodump data, that doesn’t go into the story, into the build and walked my character around the space.

It worked, brilliantly. So now I am simply just going to have to build the rest of Abstrunde, and Nomassaii, as well as Garraloi in Minecraft … right? Yeah, I thought so 🙂

One More Cup of Coffee

One of my favourite Bob Dylan songs, and somewhat appropriate. For while Ghost Ship will take slightly longer than one more cup of coffee, it’s very close to being ready to be sent off to the publisher.

I’ve added a short bio to the website, and also added a Coming Soon for Underground Season Two page. 🙂 Art work is close to being decided for the whole season. One more pass through for feral commas and typos, and it should be good to go.

Because I’ve been fairly lazy about updating the website I found a heap of spam messages waiting my return. They’ve been read and duly consigned to the trash. I will admit, however, to admiring those who must know their messages are never going to see the light of day, and yet still put in eight paragraphs of dodgy links. There’s a certain kind of desperate “Eff you” to that kind of dedication.

damn muse

Trying to get as much writing done as possible on Ep 3, so I can have some down time while the new computer is being built. Of course I’m still thinking about names – although AghaJhar, from the random dragon name generator site, has appeal. It means: Agha – any colour, or metal (metal fits) Jhar: Charm/mystic/spell/wizard (hmm Metal Wizard …) It has appeal, because well, dragons 🙂 Mind you, I might decide the new computer needs a feminine name, and there’s a dragon name generator for that, too. OntrixMarux means Enchanted Lightning. I wonder if bestowing a dragon name on the new computer would make me think twice about cursing it when it misbehaves?

In the middle of all this, and clearing away the research, backing up all the files, etc – I get not only ideas for Season 3 of Underground, but a new short story, and a totally different story altogether. *sighs* All ideas duly noted, character files and plot arcs documented, and added to the general backing up of all files. Turn off now, thanks muse, just for a week or two.

progress

Abandoned Sentinel is with the publisher; Seldi of Legend is just waiting for the art director to finish up the cover, and it’s basically ready to go. Episode 3 is steadily progressing, it has a working title of Ghost Ship Hunting, but I’m pretty sure that won’t be the final title. However the SNC is beginning to struggle to do what I need. It did well in getting me past the crisis when Old Faithful began making death rattle noises. But it’s time to bite the bullet, and get a new computer. Or, well, build a new computer 🙂

I’m trying to think what to name the new computer. (Yes, I name my computers) My new case is going to be a dark silver grey – so Silverback is a potential, as is Titus, or Digit. I have some time to think about it, while I wait for the components to be sent up (hazards of rural living) In the mean time, I have to clear all my research from my desk …

Hmm, maybe I should have started sooner.

 

snow dragon art

I love dragons, so much so that I am wondering why I didn’t write some dragons into my story. I have some very big* lizards in the series, though I’m a bit away from that part of the story yet, but no dragons.

So I was quite blown away by this dragon, created on snow for a movie. Just amazing in detail, and all done by walking!

* By very big, I do, of course, mean beyond gigantic lizards. Poisonous, meat-eating lizards.