Earth, spacious.

 If it has become difficult to follow the Right Way where you live, then migrate, you will find that Allah’s earth is spacious. Those who endure with patience will be rewarded without measure. Quran 39:10

In two weeks I will be in D.C. Starting over, starting fresh. Here’s to a crisp page in the first draft of a new chapter. 

Character Charts

So starting working on character charts for my Camp NaNoWriMo novel yesterday. Got Emily’s almost done, started on basic stats for the others cause I felt like it. Just age, birthday, height, weight, hair and eye colors. Really put Siri to work doing this, mostly in converting the height and weight measurements into metric (the story is set in England, where they use metric, so I figured knowing the metric equivalents was important). There are equations to convert those, but as I stink at math (or more likely cause I’m lazy) I let Siri do it for me. Then I took whatever number she gave me and rounded it - the height to one decimal place and the weight to a whole number. (Interestingly, after all these years, and all the math I’ve forgotten, I still remember how to round). I also used Siri to find out the zodiac signs for each character once I determined their birthdays. Knowing their signs isn’t relevant to the story really, and I don’t believe in astrology, but I figured, hey, if somebody ever asks at least I know (of course, if I give them the birthdate they can always look it up too). Your sign does usually say something about your personality as well. (The descriptions I’ve read of my sign, Scorpio, actually seem surprisingly dead-on).

I also did other research…I looked at an ideal weight chart by height to determine the weights of my characters, so they’d be reasonable. Also, for Chelsea, my character who was raised Muslim, I found a converter which converts Gregorian dates to their equivalent in the Hijira, or Islamic calendar, and noted that date as well. (Surprisingly, the converter actually took my far-future year of 2332). Said date is the 17th day of Rabi II (the fourth month), 1763 AH (after Hijira, hijira being Mohammed’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD, the event which marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar).

Anyway, lots more work to do, but just wanted to share my progress.