Retrogrouch in Training
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Spocalc (Google it) will tell you spoke length (butted, aero, etc is up to you) and the tension you get from the rim manufacturer. They've all got recommended tension but generally 100 - 120 kgf is the accepted range with current Mavic's being at the low end of the spectrum.
Congrats on the wheel build. Yeah, it's surprisingly not hard, especially those dishless single speeders. I think the real measure of a builder's skill is probably the speed with which they can accomplish it, how true they remain without maintenance, and super weirdo setups (as an extreme, I'm thinking of Sheldon's 63-speed machine).
Edit: oh yeah, the lacing pattern. Head out provides the least stress on the spoke elbow. On the other hand, head in gives a slightly higher bracing angle which should make the wheel laterally stiffer in theory. In actuality, I bet the effect is negligible.