Sunday, 27 September 2015

Returning to the Map

I haven't done any seriously big worldbuilding since The Rogue King Saga, which is one whole planet and four moons. It also took about a decade for me to nail down. Neither of my other two novels required that level of detail; Golden Dawn takes place in a single valley and Dark One's Mistress needed a few opposing kingdoms, none of which actually have names at this present time.
Some of my older WiPs have bigger spaces. Aelfah spans a galaxy and the Spellster Series...

Well, what once started as a single merchant hub for one story grew into an empire, then sprawled into quite the continent. One that's still spitting out names and places...
Clearly there are gaps that need filling

Still, this isn't quite a return to the epic where the sea has an eternal storm and the land has (apart from strange mountains where the shouldn't geologically be) actual twin rows of stone walls that can be seen from space...
But then again, it was molded by gods...
No, the current world will follow more real world structures. Just with dwarven ancestors and elves alongside humans... mainly because my brain insists messing with elven biology and having five-foot-something people who say they came from dwarves should be there.

But then again... this morning, I woke up from a dream involving a zombie who was not a zombie if he wore a mask, whilst we went vampire hunting in a wooden cabin that had a corridor leading to a college sports ground... so sometimes I do wonder what the hell my brain knows about anything.

How do you approach your world? Is it big? Or just as large as you need it? Do you toy with maps? Have a weird dream you want to share?

Friday, 25 September 2015

Fun with Covers

Heh. It seems that I still can't write a story, or even plot it, without a cover. In the past, that lead to me creating a placeholder to keep the mind focused. With the Spellster Series, it's meant a creation of their actual covers.


I'm still tweaking things, but needless to say, it's been fun.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Where, oh where, to start...

On one shelf of my modest collection of books sits several dozen that loosely belong in a series. I say loosely because although they can be read in a certain order and are considered a series, they're more than that. Each book can be considered a standalone, yet hidden within are trilogies and an overarching tale that spans multiple main characters. Suffice to say, I adore them.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well, the longer I delve into the worldbuilding of my Spellster series, the more I see a commonality. Each of the four (yes, four) books only have the world in common. I've spoken before about Through Smoke and Fire and In Pain and Blood, two others reared their heads (To Target the Heart and Burning Beneath the Sun)* although unlike the first two, they're content to sit in their allotted spaces.

My issue is what one of the first two actually comes first.

I've already decided not to officially number them, despite doing so in my head, because of their ability to be read on their own. They'll come out in a certain order, obviously, but with standalone intentions. Largely owing to the fact they won't all be to everyone's taste due to varying steamy levels and such. Really it comes down to one question...

Do I kick off with a dark, sweet romance or the one bordering on erotic?

Decisions. Decisions...

(*On a slightly humourous note, the titles form a sentence of sorts: Through Smoke and FireIn Pain and BloodTo Target the HeartBurning Beneath the Sun... Well, I thought it was amusing.)