Today's writing time: 19 minutes.
I made a list of things I need to name for the story I'm outlining, and even named a few. But, ugh. This is always one of my least favorite parts of a longer story. I know just enough about language to feel like I should make up, if not a language or two, at least a grouping of sounds common to each culture in the story, so that there's some vague pattern. Unfortunately, I always feel like I'm doing it wrong. I can name them all Jane Doe, right?
This all comes on the end of finishing a heart-stopping book, POD by Stephen Wallenfels. I read the first couple of chapters yesterday and slammed through the rest today. The characters have very limited knowledge about the aliens, even by the end of the book, and this reminded me of classic scifi. The focus was very much on the human element of it all - how people survive, and what human nature looks and smells like up close. It wasn't too dark or gruesome, though. But most importantly, gimme the sequel. Grr. :)