Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Wrestling with the gray planet and other distractions

I'm trying to whip Mercury into shape.

I'm at about the halfway point and am struggling to figure out what to do with a fight scene.  As a result, my progress has been slow.  I really, really want to put this trilogy behind me and get back to the Wheel of Fire.  Writing Hostile Planet was the most fun I've had writing in a long time.  Probably due to the battle scenes.  I don't think I've ever written battle scenes before.  Which sounds crazy, because I love that stuff.  :S

I've been playing around at cartography in Photoshop.  I've always loved fantasy maps.  I use to draw my own when I was a kid.  Now I can use the computer.  Yay, technology!  Here's a practice map:

I haven't gotten around to the smaller land masses--just the main one.  But this is just for practice anyway, so it doesn't matter.  The point was to see how the brushes I downloaded would look and if I could make something that didn't look terrible.  I've still got more features to add, but I think it's coming along so far.  *shrug*

Just to be clear, I intend to write an epic fantasy series someday, but that day is far in the future.  I'm putting the finishing touches on the Free Space trilogy and I've started the Wheel of Fire series.  That one is planned for eight books.  After that, I intend to delve into urban fantasy--modern day, first-person point-of-view, etc.  The usual tropes.  Only after that would I think about starting an epic fantasy.

But making maps is fun, so I'm doing it.  :D

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