Pumpkin Spice: Sunday #ROW80 check-in

Last night we celebrated hubby’s birthday with a dinner of roast beef and mashed potatoes followed by chocolate cake. Today we’re going to Lowe’s to buy one of his presents—a new grill. We haven’t owned a grill before, since we’ve spent most of our adult lives as apartment-dwellers, so this is exciting for us. We can finally have cook-outs!

Pumpkins, fresh from the vine...
Pumpkins, fresh from the vine…

It’s hard to believe it, but autumn is here. And that means pumpkin spice is everywhere. (Which I’m totally okay with!) And, of course, Round 3 of A Round of Words in 80 Days is almost at a close.

As for writing, I’m at that point in my story where the ideas are just flying through my head. I haven’t decided which ideas will make it in, so I’m just making a note of each idea and forging ahead. Right now I just need to get the story down.

But there are questions that need to be answered. The story is about a prince from another world who finds himself, through a spell gone awry, pulled into ours. The first draft was set one-hundred percent in our world. The second draft is heading a different direction. A good portion of the story takes place in his world now, and that means lots of world-building. I need a map of his world, a basic history, an idea of their social structure, etc. I love world-building, so answering these questions is fun. And now I’m balancing building two worlds—a fictional New England town set in our world, and a Regency-inspired fantasy world populated by ogres and filled with magic.

My ROW80 check-in…

Writing: Wrote 4,432 words in A Prince in Patience Point.

Reading: I’m still reading Eldest by Christopher Paolini. His world-building is truly inspiring and encourages me to bring that level of detail to my own work.

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What’s your favorite part of world-building? How do you keep all the details straight? Is autumn making its presence felt where you live? What’s your favorite part of the season?

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10 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice: Sunday #ROW80 check-in

  1. I love pumpkin everything. I’ll probably be making some pumpkin gooey butter cake in the not so distant future. 🙂

    I try to relevantly world build, rather than building all the things and then using only 1% of it. I have crazy amounts of files all over the place (working on that).

    Keep being awesome!

    1. Mmm. Pumpkin cake sounds wonderful. I found a recipe on Pinterest for Nutella-swirled pumpkin bread. I might have to try it.

      “Relevantly world build.” I like that. I will have to keep that in mind as I build the world for this story.

      Thanks, Gloria. You too!

    1. I have a soft spot for summer days full of sunshine and evenings with the rumble of thunder, but I also love autumn. I love the colors, the brisk breezes, the scent of pumpkins, apples, and fallen leaves. It’s a great time of year! (And it helps that Halloween is my favorite holiday!)

      Thanks, Erin!

  2. Still learning how to world building, but I love making maps of my world. That usually leads to more creating of belief structure, civilization structures, peoples, creatures, etc.

    The leaves are definitely changing and it is much cooler. Actually enjoying it. 🙂

    1. Yeah, maps are great ways to get to know our world. We start to learn about the society, language, etc. And, yes, the people and creatures, too. Maybe I’ll make a map for my world this week. Thanks for the suggestion.

      Yeah, cooler weather and changing leaves here. Autumn has arrived! 🙂

  3. Sounds like you have those great ideas of yours well at hand. That sounds exciting Denise. And congrats on the new BBQ! Your hubby is going to love it. I think you will also grow a fondness for that cooking utensil since there’ll be less pots and pans to clean up. Sounds like you’re settling in. Enjoy the fall! My favorite season. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Karen. We’re still in the process of setting it up, but we’re looking forward to the cookouts already. I love fall, too–the colors, the scents, the brisk breezes. It’s a great time of year. Happy autumnal equinox, Karen!

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