First off I have to say: the WordPress make over is a bit strange, slipping into some Art Deco style black and white craziness that, for some, has been a bit off-putting. But I am used to the strange and unusual, so I’m not nearly as bothered by this as some. I’ve been in the software trade for some time, so change is both expected and dreaded. In the end, I’ve had worse things happen, so move along.
Now that Welcome to the Fishbowl is something of a reality, I’ve started the task of bringing it together. The world is so-so there–and by that I mean I have a majority of the basics down, it’s the little things that remain that will bring things into sharp clarity. Yesterday I show the hospital wing from the main hall of my school, and after the post went up I spent some more time putting things together. By the afternoon I’d arrived at the following conclusions: one, because I was moving my story from a universe that wasn’t really of my making (yes, these things happen), and into my own private universe, there were things that were never in the building that I was now needing to add–like, say, an office for the head of school security, and a place from which to monitor everything. And two . . . this damn place is huge.
Let us gander upon what I have so far. As you can see, I’ve maybe half the second floor in place, and I’ve started putting in the library, which is going to be beyond that wall in the back of the building. From the doors in the lower right hand corner, to the wall all the way towards the top, the building is one hundred and sixty meters long. If you don’t do metric, that’s about five hundred and twenty-five feet. To put that into some kind of perspective, I could fit this building inside Indiana’s own Lucas Oil Stadium, which is about two hundred and seventy meters long by my careful Google Map measuring. Except my Great Hall will never seat sixty thousand people, nor require a tax on food so millionaire owners can keep the lights on. It’s a world all unto itself.
My characters are developing as well. The story has a huge cast, though maybe a half-dozen of them will get any sort of face time. Still, when I think about the characters that do have a spoken part, and who end up becoming important to the main characters–I’m looking at over a dozen. Easy.
Where do I get names? Scrivener has a name generator that allows you to randomly generate first and last names based upon gender, nationality, and even letters of the alphabet, so when you need the name of a German woman whose last name starts with an E, no problems. Then once you see something you like, move the name to your short list and copy it off for later use.
Or do as I did this morning. I needed the names of three people who are part of the Foundation, and whom play a part in the story. In the process of setting up their cards in Scrivener, I came up with Mr. Mayhew, Ms. Rutherford, and Mr. Gabriel. If you know me, you know where those names came from.
The gates of the story are ahead, and I’m approaching slowly. Won’t be long before I enter the city proper.
Or the school for that matter.