Since my book's almost done I've been taking some time to remember how to use all of those dev tools I've had to put down (more than 6 months ago!)
One very cool tool is Wings3D. If you think you have no artistic skill but you need 3D models, this is, next to Blender, one of the best free tools I can recommend. I've been playing with the new Bend feature, which allows you to create very nice curves in objects.
Using it, I was able to go from this
in under 15 minutes.
I've also been exploring what it takes to create even more elaborate structures, like suspension bridges:
This new feature is real a blessing because the colonies in Straylight will need lots of roads and bridges once you leave Earth.