SkyGrid is so much better when you have a cobblestone generator and a bed. Today's Minecraft play started with me trying to build a sandcastle in a Creative game, because I'm working on a longer post that involves an extended metaphor about sand structures.
It's that pile near the river. SkyGrid stuff below the fold.
It's great having a chest now, for reasons I think should be obvious. My recommendation for SkyGrid players: First chest you find, take the chest with you. (Yes, I did forget that it's possible to build a chest. I totally had enough wood.)
What I did for most of today's play was find lava sourceblocks and drop them in that stream of water to make a portal. The waterfall is an awesome feature, by the way. It's how I get back up to the base every time.
Got to the nether. I knew that it was going to be SkyGrid style, but as I understand it the End is not organized this way. So, that's my goal: Get to the End, make a home that is remotely safe. I am aware of the irony.
It didn't last long, though. I died almost immediately upon trying to move around in the nether. It's probably a good thing, too -- I barely brought any supplies, and I really need to build a roof over my portal, in case some lava decides to register as a fluid block.