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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