As we move from the Thanksgiving season to the Christmas season where the Christian world honors the Prince of Peace, I find that I am at long last at peace with myself. Of all the things I might be grateful for, this heads the list.
I’ve been writing, but unfortunately neither my knowledge base, nor the development plan, nor even (much) on my NaNoWriMo project. Instead, I’ve been doing e-mails regarding a personal relationship. So, the development plan is proceeding into the late 1980s.
But I did get an important scene in the NaNoWriMo work written, and put it up in the “Book Promo and Vignettes” at According to Hoyt that she does most Mondays. I’m not sure where it will go in the time line, but it’s the kind of thing the protagonist of my story does.
I’ve still been pouring much of my effort into a bit of personal correspondence but I did get through a review of the 20th century in general. My development plan is tracking only the United States and China, so far, but the next pass should reveal more.
I also joined the APEX Writer’s group, sponsored and led by SF&F author David Farland. Let’s see if it helps me become a professional author.
I took day off from working on the Knowledge base (and my novel) for some recreation and to compose some private correspondence, so this is actually last night’s post. The plan for Modern History in general required some extensive updating and reworking based on my last pass through peoples and institutions, although in most cases, I need more detail of the particular centuries of modern history. I will now be working my way through those centuries of modern history.
My latest pass through prehistory didn’t result in much visible progress. In the latest pass through antiquity, I summarized the history of China. Going through classical and medieval history, I did summaries of the dynasties of China and empires of India. These will show up in more detail as I get to more details of the particular periods. The next phase will be modern history.
I have been jawing to friends and family that I’ve been working on a historical fantasy about an immortal wizard who has been traveling the earth since prehistoric times, dealing with monsters of superstition and evil. Enough jawing, I need to sit down and write. One more time, I am participating in NaNoWriMo and drawing on my knowledge base for source material.
For today’s activity, I was mostly reviewing the application of peoples of the world. In my haste to examine peoples and cities, I had overemphasized some and neglected others. This review was intended to bring a more appropriate balance and order, which I will apply when I next examine peoples. I have also given more attention to the application of institutions and culture, since I spent so much effort reviewing and expanding these plans yesterday. All this is highly general and abstract. I next plan to go into more detail of the major periods of history.
I had postponed developing government and economics on my last pass through institutions. I paid for that in today’s work, where I advanced both of them to try to catch up. I have smoothed out much of the unevenness that came from a rough start in these areas, but I still have more to do. There is also still work to do in connecting elements of culture. where it is a struggle to get to the specifics. For now, I’m about to take another pass through history.
As I had anticipated, adding more small islands resulted in some realignments. I have been rather unhappy with my division of French peoples for a while, but adding the islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique prompted a reorganization. I have France, other Continental French peoples (including French-speaking inhabitants of Belgium and Switzerland), and American French, including those of Quebec, Canad; Haiti, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Since there are more to come, I may eventually divide these into French North America and the French Caribbean.
On each pass through peoples, I take a little time to look up American Indian tribes, especially those of the Southwestern US and Meso-American peoples. I’m making progress at dividing these up into major groups.
Also as I had anticipated, adding more cities has prompted a division of Brazil. In this case, the division was easy, because the 26 states and one Federal District are already grouped into 5 regions.
I find that the connection of peoples to current events isn’t quite deep enough for me to make much progress with commentary on current events. I’ve been doing a review of sociology, peoples of the world, and Western Civilization, all of which are a little too abstract to be of much interest. Next up, I should be straightening out kinks in examination of particular peoples and nations.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to get all the way through the latest pass through modern history, and I didn’t quite. I did get up to 2021 and straightened out some of the kinks in my treatment of history. This should give me a better start as I dig in further to current events. I have a few more kinks to sort out in my examination of peoples of the world, but overall, I’m pleased with how the new plan is progressing.