When I was in junior high, I wanted to be an architect. I sat around for hours at a time drawing house plans. It was huge fun. I don't remember why I quit doing that... Probably somebody told me I couldn't be an architect.
Well, today I am an architect--sorta. For my new story I needed a floor plan for a Victorian house. My three heroines are moving into this house, and will spend loads of time there. People will come and go in their lives, but this house will be a constant. So I have to know how the rooms are laid out, so I can live the story while I'm writing it.
I looked up house plans, but decided to make my own. I know there are easier ways, but I did it in Excel, color coded stuff, added a wrap-around porch, and labelled all the rooms. The printed result is taped on the glass door of my secretary (piece of antique furniture--kind of a mini desk/bookcase). Also taped to the door is a very rudimentary Excel map of the town.
Are we having fun yet? I am!