Ellendria – The Making of a Planet

Designing a solar system for Hauldryn (officially HIP 18433) was one of the first world building tasks that I set for myself.  Hauldryn is the home sun for a number of the major characters in my novel, and having a good working knowledge of this system will assist in many of my descriptive scenes.

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Ellendri Chronicles Backgrounder Part II

Second in a series of graphic novel posts describing the background universe for my upcoming novels.

Here’s my second installment of background information … written from Eldranth’s point of view.  For those who missed the first graphic novel, please go back to this post.

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Ellendri Chronicles Backgrounder Part I

First in a series of graphic novel posts describing the background universe for my upcoming novels.

So … I’ve been doing lots of world building for my first novel. After getting it three-quarters written, I started having many questions that needed consistent answers, thus the exercise in creating a detailed background supported by a significant amount of research. Here’s my first installment of background information … written from Eldranth’s point of view.

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What a Beautiful World We Live In

Image: Our front yard, a wild and busy place.

I’m not going to write much in this post – just let the photos tell our story.  The summer has been busy, but we are beginning to see the results of our hard work.

PS Keep tuned in for some upcoming artwork that is connected with my writing projects.

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Terracing the Garden

Image: Newly terraced garden with supports for climbing beans in the top terrace.

Coming from Prince Rupert, I’ve always been concerned about getting my garden to drain adequately.  We used raised beds in our gardens there, largely to keep the beds from becoming bogs.  I never thought you could have too much of a good thing when it came to drainage …

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The Beginnings of an Orchard

Image: Kiwi fruit arch looking into the old golden plum grove.

This year, we decided it was finally time to begin planting trees on our site – the start of an orchard.  So, early this spring, we began the project by clearing nearly an acre of our land.  This involved cutting lots of salmonberry and rose bush, brush burning, and root pulling.  A very good way to get into shape!

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