Hal-Con 2018 World-Building Panel: Links and Resources

After our standing-room-only crowd for the World-Building panel offered by some members of the Genre Writers of Atlantic Canada group on Sunday, I promised to post my mapping and visuals resources here (because I sure didn’t have enough handouts!). If you were there and didn’t get a copy, my apologies! Thanks for attending, and here they are:

Donjon.com https://donjon.bin.sh/scifi/world/ A multitude of world-building tools and other generators.

Azgaar Fantasy Map Generator https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/ Very full-featured world map generator producing beautiful and customizable maps.

Inkarnate https://inkarnate.com/ Beautiful map generator with icon library (upgrade $25/yr, $5/mo).

Medieval Fantasy City Generator https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator Great city map generator – turn off some items and maps can also be used for more modern cities.

Worldspinner.com https://worldspinner.com/ Create an entire world and map. Free account. All paid features $9.95/year.

Planet Map Generator https://topps.diku.dk/torbenm/maps.msp Adjust parameters to create a globe map of your created world.

Autodesk Sketchbook https://sketchbook.com/ For the more artistically inclined, this computer drawing program is now entirely free.

World-building questions http://www.sfwa.org/2009/08/fantasy-worldbuilding-questions The definitive world-building questionnaire, by Patricia C. Wrede.

Holly Lisle – Worldbuilding https://hollylisle.com/how-much-of-my-world-do-i-build/ How Much of My World Do I Build?

Seventh Sanctum Generators http://www.seventhsanctum.com Broad variety of name and idea generators for writers and others.

And here’s a bonus one I thought of later that wasn’t on the sheet: a fabulous collection of historical maps by David Rumsey. https://www.davidrumsey.com/

Friday Desk Report, October 19, 2018

It’s a while since I’ve done a Desk Report! Not that nothing has been happening…more like there’s so much to do, I don’t have time to report on it! But I’m having trouble this fall getting into the usual routine, since for the first time in 19 years, I’m not driving any kids to school in the mornings. That school changeover always threw the switch in my brain from summer to fall, and I’ve really noticed a difference this year without that trigger.

You may have seen me mention elsewhere on social media that Planet Fleep is now available in print as well as ebook, so that was pretty exciting. I’ve promised a new Olympia Investigations story soon, too, and it is underway. It’s turning out to be maybe the longest one in the series yet. It features some witches, so I’d love to get it done in time for a Halloween release, but we’ll have to see…

I’ve been participating in Inktober this month, to exercise some different creative areas of my brain. Daily art is like regular writing…you do see improvements in small but steady increments. I’ll add a few of my personal favourites at the end of this post.

NaNoWriMo is on the horizon! I have a novel project I’m going to be finishing up during November this year. I’ve really struggled with some of the aspects of this story but it’s hell-or-high-water time now. If (a big if) I get to the end before I hit 50k words, my plan is to write another Olympia story to take up the slack. I’m not really expecting that to be a problem, though…

We had wet snowflakes for the first time this fall yesterday–the same day a box of new bulbs for planting came in the mail! I can see I’d better find time to get them in the ground soon!

Here are those Inktober sketches I mentioned…do you find your creativity expresses itself in varied ways, or one main one? Personally, I’m all over the place, but I’m not complaining. :) I’m having too much fun!

Current Giveaways

I have stories in three–count ’em, three!–currently running giveaways over on ProlificWorks (formerly Instafreebie). There are some great-looking reads on offer (no strings attached!) and I’m about to gather up a few myself, but I thought I should tell you about them here, first. They’re all running as of this posting, so I’ll just include the end dates with the descriptions:

“Come join the celebration of horror, Halloween and the annual October Frights Blog Hop! Enter if you dare, into worlds that will send shivers up your spine and make your blood run cold.”

Click here to check it out.  Runs until October 15th.

“If your heroes are Laura Croft, Katniss Everdeen, or the Atomic Blonde, you’ll find all these books feature Women as their main characters. They could be a Heroine or Villain, Adventurer or Scientist, Captain or Crew member, Alien or Earther. All timelines are included. Pick a few or choose them all. Find your New Favorite Author and leave a Great Review.”

Click here to check it out.  Runs until October 30th.

“Dark Fantasy and Horror and other dark fiction. Paranormal heroes and dangerous creatures. Ghosts, demons, ghouls vampires. This is the promo that will freak you out.”

Click here to check it out.  Runs until November 6th.

International Day of the Girl

Today, October 11, has been designated “International Day of the Girl” by the United Nations. The theme of the day is “With Her: A Skilled Girl Force,” and it’s meant to draw awareness to girls as they “inspire, innovate, and take charge of their own future.” Although many girls face adversity and roadblocks to education, entry into the workforce, and access to information and resources, they continue to persist, resist, and make their voices heard.

I wanted to do a little something to mark International Day of the Girl, so I chose one of my stories about a smart and capable girl and made it free for the day. “Trench 42” introduces us to Amari, living with her scientist parents on a deep-sea research station and loving the creatures that live in Earth’s largely unexplored depths. Amari makes a discovery, however, that could change the world…

“Trench 42” first appeared in the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide from Dreaming Robot Press, part of an anthology series that is working hard to provide young readers with diverse, fun, and empowering science fiction.

Click here to find your free download of “Trench 42”!