Now, one thing I do like to do is draw inspiration from places I've been. A lot of how the city of Maradaine looks in my head comes from places like Mexico City (specifically Coyoacan), Montreal (specifically Old Town) and Boston. I don't know if I necessarily do a perfect job getting those inspirations across, but it's what I strive for.
In other news, I'm going to be at ArmadilloCon here in Austin from August 4th-6th. If you're in the area, stop by and say hello. There might even be a shiny ARC of The Imposters of Aventil in it for you. More details on that to come.
Now back to the word mines. Plenty of work to do.