Final decisions made:
Project genre: Science Fiction
Main Protagonist: Megan, a human teenager
Main Villain: Rannix an adult humanoid
Setting: Multiple Universes
Main Aliens: a space-traveling creature called the Phoenix. Lots of others, but this is the biggie
Working Title: Had one once, but then I realized as the planning progressed that it no longer fit.
Specific 'universe' rules: Have some of the generic, but still need to do a lot of work.
Names for at least 3 planets, and one area of space: This always takes some work.
Need to do:
Create a Universal (or Multi-Universal) timeline
Species code of Ethics for several alien races
Gee, and that's only off the top of my head. Several more pages have been filled up in the tiny memo pad that I carry around in my pocket all day as well as another full sheet of lined paper. Haven't transferred anything into the computer yet, but I figure a lot of that will be happening this weekend. Considering how each day I'm having several revelations about the natural progression and consequences of the 'rules' I've already decided on for the Universe, I have a feeling anything I type down now would end up being changed anyway.
For kicks and to see some of the things NOT to do, check out the Turkey City Lexicon.
TV Tropes has a listing of frequently used plots used in Science Fiction in both literary and multi-media. Some of it is funny, some is groan-worthy, and perhaps it can give you some ideas. Complete with examples under each entry.
SFWA has several great articles on writing both Science Fiction and Fantasy.
By the way, Mother Hen is now safely in Atlanta. Here's to hoping she has a restful time, and comes back inspired. 🙂