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Creating a New World

Ah...worldbuilding. Creating a fictional world is where most young authors fail. So, I though I'd post about how I build my worlds and how the process works.

First, what do you need to create a new world? You need the geography and a map. The geography will help to lay out the climate. It will also dictate the type of people who live in particular part of the climate--and the critters. You can't put a reptilian critter into a climate that is arctic, for example. After you've figured out the physical aspects of the world, it's time to populate it. As you're populating, you're laying the foundation for the cultural aspects of the people. A large city on the coast (which I personally would map if it was the central location for my story), for example, would be a conglomerate of many peoples. The emphasis in the city would be on trade. You'd have a financially prosperous merchant class, countless sailors, a fairly strong military presence in the city …

Privy Pithiness--A New Story Has Begun

I've been thinking a lot lately.

Usually, this is a dangerous thing. When I get into thoughtful moods, I isolate myself from most of what I normally do, retreat into my study, close the door, and ponder. It's usually the type of mood that allows me to build a new world, or develop a character as thoroughly as possible--hoping for the idea that will spark a new project. If I find a conflict that interests me, I plug it into a world that's been brewing on my world-building wall and give it to a character who resides, patiently waiting in my character files.

Sounds odd, doesn't it? I have whole worlds plotted out, mapped, and peopled waiting for a story to tell upon it. Universes reside in my study, which is a place where books and cats fight for space and I, sitting in my antique rectory leather chair, take up my pen and sketch out the disasters that some unlucky character gets to live through--or die in.

Two days ago, I wrote the first sentence of the project that'…

More News

This will be a brief post, but hopefully fun. To start off with, my short story One Hell of a Cat was published today in New Myths Ezine. You can check out the magazine here.

There are some fun stories (besides mine) and I like the concept of the magazine. As a myth-fanatic, I just thrive on the type of venue that promotes the perpetuation of old archetypes and encourages the creation of new. Great stuff.

And then, Love Romances and More selected The Reckoning of Asphodel as its staff pick in Fantasy for Winter of 2008. I can't tell you how thrilled I am. I absolutely LOVE the wonderful folks at LR&M and really have to thank them all for their continued support and encouragement. Not only are they a well-respected and widely read review site, but they're just a hell of a lot of fun.

Did I mention how much I love them?

That's about it. I'm working on a very pithy post for later--maybe I'll see you around.

Voting and Flooding and Drugs! OH MY!

Ah, welcome to the last 24 hours in Ohio.

First up, the elections. No, I'm not going to tell you who I voted for. No, I'm not going to give a campaign plug for a specific candidate or party. What I am going to do is pose a question: when will we EVER have a viable independent candidate for President? Will I still be alive? Will we ever get to the point when we can abolish this polarizing party system and give our democratic republic candidates who can stand by their own opinions instead of relying upon party money in order to buy their way into the offices of power in this country? Hell, at this point I'd consider voting for Ross Perot, UFOs notwithstanding.

Hell, I might consider voting for Nader.

Second, on the topic of the weather--allow me to state that I hate Ohio in the late winter. Why? Yesterday it was seventy degrees. Today we got over 3 inches of rain (which has brought the local river to 4 feet above flood stage) and right now we're getting ice. We&…