October 27, 2021 - A Good Day

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

 As is often the case, a day of frustrating problems was followed by a day when I actually got some things accomplished. That formatting software (Atticus) cooperated, so I was able to finalize the novella—except for uploading, which I’ll do next month.

I spent a lot of time searching for floor plans of a ranch house so I could get ideas for the design of my fictional one. Unfortunately, since ranch is also a modern designation for a style of house, it’s not so easy to find the genuine article. The closest I got was a floor plan that a fan had constructed based on the series High Chaparral. If you can believe it, he wanted to build his own house to look like the one on TV. (And people think authors are crazy.)

So, with that as a basis, plus the rooms I needed for my story, I spent some time drawing a plan for the Rainbow Ranch ranch house. I wound up with some issues (like the rooms aren’t proportional), but it’s good enough for me to use as a reference as I write. I’ll either decide to buy Minecraft and try to build it in that, or I’ll fight with Photoshop Elements to create something a little prettier.

And then, since my Amazon delivery arrived, I put up bedroom room-darkening curtains and the rod to hang them on. I bought them more for privacy than making the bedroom darker. There is, however, a place next to the window where the outside light (which, because it’s an apartment, is on all night) does peek through. I’ll find out tonight if I can arrange the curtains to block that.

And that’s it for today. 

2 comments

Janet Alcorn said...

What a clever idea to build a setting in Minecraft! I might have to try that sometime. My son is a Minecraft veteran, so I'd have on-site tutoring. Glad your ranch house plans are coming together.

Elise M. Stone said...

Unfortunately, my son is older and never was into Minecraft, so I'd have to muddle through on my own. If you try it, let me know how it goes.

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