Yesterday I spent time mostly reading up on Trickster gods and adding flesh to my characters; one of which is a trickster demi-god by the name of Jet Storm. Jet Storm is a main character and one that is important to me as he was created for a dear friend. I want to get him just right. He is born of Deities from two pantheons and I'm still working out which of the Deities would work in best to be his parents. As always my daughter is a very good sounding board; I think by the time the first issue is ready she'll know it almost as well as I know it.
Today I continued my reading on Tricksters, and I'm narrowing the list of potential parents for Jet Storm. I'm not sure I'll share my decision with anyone outside of my creative team as there is the possibility that the identity of his parents may need initially to be a secret within the story.
Opal City is based on Melbourne with significant changes in design. I poured over a bunch of online maps of Melbourne to help me visualise the changes I want to make. Most of the street names will change, and some features will stay the same e.g. the Yarra River. It's clear though that I'll need a much larger map, that I can stick to the wall or a desk, with some tracing paper over the top, to actually design Opal City.
I made some small but reasonably important decisions for D.o.A. In the past I hadn't made a firm decision of when Daughters of Artemis would be set. I'd always just assumed it would be set around my current time. But today I chose to set it in 2025. It doesn't change the story in any way; and it gives me a little more leeway with certain aspects of my world. And Phoebe Hunt (a.k.a Celestial Arrow's) occupation has been settled on. Making a decision on the occupation for her alter-ego is fairly important; esp when it comes to keeping her identity a secret.
I'm happy with how Daughters of Artemis is shaping up. I'm in no rush to finish the first draft yet; not because I'm procrastinating but because it's a big, involved project and I want it to have well made foundations. As long as I continue to advance the story through March I'll be happy with my efforts.
(edited to add: P.S. I'm not sure what I think of the font for the blog. Your feedback is appreciated. Thanks. )