Hard to believe it’s already another month. Of course, it’s also hard to believe that the school year is in full swing. Where did summer go, again?
While the actual writing has slowed over the last month thanks to planning and returning to classes, there still has been plenty of progress. The 10,668 words has increased to 15,208 words that seem to be flowing together beautifully. That’s been accompanied by some much-needed world building. Part of the story takes place in outer space, but I had failed to consider the fact that I had better figure out what that looks like. What types of ships are at their disposal? (Am I really talking about spaceships and fantasy tropes in the same breath? It delights and frightens me at the same time.) How long does it take to travel between celestial destinations? Or, most importantly lately, what does the sky look like for them?
Needless to say, constellations became an important matter, and one that made me sigh and mutter, “Duh!”
Right now, there are fifteen major constellations, each with their own story. Some are based on the developing theology and philosophy of the world. (There’s still a great deal to do on that front.) Others are a nod to other stories.
For instance, one of the constellations is the Cat: partly because its story is similar to Rudyard Kipling’s Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and partly in honor of the one who’s sitting on half of the chair as I type right now. (He prefers to sit pressed up against me instead of on the back of the chair now that he’s older.)
Another is Aderyn and Temman, a nod to Luthien and Beren from The Silmarillion. (If you don’t know about them, you have to check them out! She’s no damsel in distress, and he’s quite heroic himself.)
Since the story is still so young, these three (and the other twelve) might not make it into the final draft, but odds aren’t bad that they will. Even if they don’t, though, they’ve made for a great starting place, and a great mantra for the protagonist as she prepares to become a spaceship navigator.
Have you created anything new for your story’s world lately? Ever tried your hand at constellations?