I'm not ignoring the realities of the Coronavirus. Believe it or not—and you may not, because it's so unlike me—this post (aside from the specific word count!) was drafted way ahead of time. I'm also not sure how helpful it would be to keep discussing COVID-19 rather than giving you a few minutes of distraction. So, I'm posting this one as planned. I'm not sure what will happen next.
Of course, I hope you're all being careful & staying safe. 💕
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As I mentioned in my post on aphantasia, because I can't visualize things well, I do things like create floor plans to ensure my characters' movements make sense and the description of the layout stays consistent. I promised I'd share pieces like that for the new dragon story, which is most of what this post is about.
However. When I took out my sketch pad (don't get too excited—I got it for art class in 9th grade and it's still nowhere near filled because art isn't really my thing. Although I was somewhat impressed by some of the things I found in there. Anyway...) I found my floor plans for Sabella's and Gina's apartments!
View of Sabella's entryway, kitchen island, and dining room with a kind of weird lopsided window seat
Sabella's apartment (Bottom: living room; bedroom. Top: kitchen; island; dining room; bathroom.)
Gina's apartment (Bottom: great room [corner couch w/ coffee table and armchair; dining table and buffet] and open kitchen. Top: bedroom; jack-and-jill walk-in closet; hall closet; bathroom.)
Back to the original point... I took out the sketch pad because I thought drawing a floor plan for the Dragon Story's mansion by hand would be easier than using the site I used for the cabin Benefactors & Insiders saw last week. In some sense, I was right, since having an idea of the shape I wanted for the building and general layout helped, and that took a few attempts. In another sense, boy was I wrong, since I had no idea if my hypothetical plans had enough room for furniture and such.
So I literally spent days on what I'm about to show you. First because it's time-consuming and not at all my thing, and then because I realized I made mistakes. For example, spaces that were planned to be open to above in the first floor weren't open to below in the original draft of the second floor, which you can see in the hand-drawn version too. (The free version of the site I use doesn't allow multi-floor plans, or else it probably would have caught that for me.) Then when I went to fill the results back in to the draft, I found pieces that conceptually didn't work, but in some cases liked the way I wrote it better than how I modeled it, so I ended up fiddling back and forth with the floor plans and the draft until finally, hopefully, the two make sense together.
Did 80% of this plan matter to the current draft? No. Did the way I laid it out in this floor plan change blocking even in the current draft? Quite significantly, actually.
Before I show this to you, keep in mind:
- I am obviously not an architect;
- Proportions may still be a bit off, and the top hexagonal rooms aren't intended to be lopsided (I still don't know why I failed so badly at making them even);
- Furniture is mostly place markers added to ensure the way I broke up the rooms actually had enough space for necessary items (like toilets in the bathrooms or a piano in the music room). I'm also limited in the type of furniture I can add in the app, and oh yes, not an interior designer. I did my best to have reasonable representation of how the spaces would be used.
You'll also note some of the rooms don't have furniture. Aside from the ballroom, which would be set up differently depending on the occasion, that's mostly because there currently aren't any scenes set in them, or the furniture wouldn't matter for any moments that are. Figuring out how to furnish rooms is difficult, folks.
So here's my hand-drawn draft:
And here's the version that took days and far too much trial, error, and time to create:
Upstairs 3D (the ballroom floor should actually be a big hole, since the ballroom is two stories)
In case you're curious, these plans include 11 total bedrooms upstairs, the smallest of which is ~130 sq ft, each with a king bed according to the site. Could there be a third floor or basement? Maybe. (In fact, probably for the basement, at least for storage.) The garage could also be made bigger, to fit either 3 or 4 cars, without obscuring any of the currently placed windows. And yes, I actually thought about details like that because I'm ridiculous.
So what do you think? Feel free to ask any questions about the plans, or, as promised, to mock my limited artistic skills. 😉💕
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