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Old Dog… New Tricks

I just got a new laptop, which means that I am switching from an ancient version of Photoshop to using Gimp as my image editing program. I spent a good portion of the morning working on a map of Lorgress and trying to learn how to do things on Gimp …

From the Idhuan Herbal

This week I have (along with the rest of my household) been having that slight nasal-throat complaint that arises with weather-is-changing-to-cold plus lots of pollen, dust and crushed dried leaves in the air. To stave off any more severe or lasting colds, we have been drinking “Brew” – a lemon, …

Expanding Vanovsk

This week I expanded a country.  I started working on my next country, Vanovask, and its short story.  As I began to work with the map, I realized that in my mind Vanovsk was a much larger kingdom than the little country I had marked out on my map those …

World Building – 2: Landscape

Once I have a rough map of a country, city or town I start thinking about its landscape.  This might involve creating a topographical map or making notes about its climate and terrain.  I often start looking at pictures at this point – there are so many lovely photos available …

World Building – 1: Maps

I always begin world building with a map.  I sit down with a piece of paper a draw a country, a city or just a field with a house on one side and the entry to a forest on the other.  Even when I start a story without a map, …