April A to Z Day 6: Fantasy

Let me tell you a little about my fantasy project. I rarely discuss it online, because it’s my most prized intellectual property. I only have a few scenes, and the project’s on hold for now because my social media strategy requires me to produce an insane amount of A2Z_Fblog content for the first year. Here’s what I have. It started as an adolescent dream in the late 80s:

1. A well-developed cast who have either family or childhood relationships. They are commoners, but are placed near centers of power.

2. A professional-quality map of a continent and archipelago that runs from northern tropic to south pole of an earthlike planet, complete with fractal coasts and latitude lines. I built it from the tectonic plates all the way up to the weather system. It has evocative, plain-English names for large terrain features.

3. More than 100 pages of background covering basic history, the emergence of cultures, dominant religions, governments, currencies, resource distributions, population, a very detailed system of functional magic, and much more. I have a lot of it cross-referenced in offline wiki format. Capitols and second cities alone number almost 60, and every one of them is named.

4. It’s low fantasy, and heavy on social realism, but includes a lot of fantastical elements (extradimensional travel, anyone?) Settings are large cities that fall slightly toward the renaissance end of an urban-renaissance fantasy sliding scale; and rural settings with a spaghetti-western feel. It also incorporates elements of Steampunk, but it’s not a true Steampunk world.

The story is a long tale of interpersonal and family conflict set against the backdrop of war between three competing religious/economic systems.

So, what do you think? If it were well-plotted and the first chapter grabbed you, would you read such a tale?

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26 thoughts on “April A to Z Day 6: Fantasy

    • Yes, still working on it. Always working on it, even if only in my head and in scribbled notes.

      Hoping to carve out some time to write a few scenes this summer.

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  1. It sounds like you absolutely need to finish this project! I would definitely read it as long as it looked “clean” (some fantasy novels turn me off with suggestive pictures on the covers…I love fantasy, but am looking for good fantasy, not a cheap romance novel!)

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    • I don’t care for the suggestive covers, either, especially if they don’t actually represent the way the story is told. I don’t mind elements of romance in fantasy, but I know what you mean – a romance novel transposed into a medieval or fantasy setting is still a romance novel. And I’ve nothing against romance fiction or pulp of any kind (I have enjoyed quite a bit of both), but I think it’s important to market any work honestly.

      A piece of advice I read somewhere one time is, that if you’re going to attempt fantasy (or sci-fi), you need to make sure you’re telling a story that could only happen in the world you’ve created for it.

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  2. Just a note for any worldbuilders who stumble by. The latitude lines are extremely important for earthlike planets, because the distance between them doesn’t vary much, and a combination of latitude, altitude, and weather patterns is enough information to approximate ecological zones. They’re also useful for calculating travel times. The reason I went with an earthlike is so I could incorporate some basic earth science principles to make the world convincing.

    The reason I went with a southern hemisphere continent is because it allows me to invert the traditional cold, gloomy north/happy, temperate south that so much fantasy employs.

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      • Just catching up.

        The climate is very important. Average rainfall and number of sunny days per year determines how much green you get to paint the set with, and what kind of animals you have for dinner. The environment doesn’t have to be realistic or work on scientific principles, but it does have to make sense to smart readers. One of the biggest worldbuilding mistakes is not knowing how deserts form, and putting them in the wrong place as a result.

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    • 🙂 I’m torn.

      I want to talk about it, but its like the one thing that’s really mine, so, don’t really want to just put it on the internet for people to mine for ideas.

      It is a conundrum.

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      • My worlds evolve so much, I finally decided that whatever I put online would probably be different by the time it was published. But I know what you mean; I’ve had some of them for decades.

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        • Yeah. I just have the one, but I’ve had it since I was a teenager.

          One of the countries is named for the first fantasy fiction characters I ever created. He was a sucky character, and that story went nowhere, but the name is good, hehe.

          The fantasy world is my precious.

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          • The one I’ve had the longest is a space opera. Had that since I was 12. There’s an urban fantasy I’ve had since 16 or so.

            LOL!

            I’m going to stop talking now or I’ll write a whole post in the comments. Good luck with your precious!

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