Category Archives: World Building

Muse Monday

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NaNo2013participantbadge3small_zpsf0446315I can’t wait until November 1, I’m really excited to start this 🙂

The next secondary characters for All Things Scary are Furies.

The Furies, who are usually characterized as three sisters (AlectoTisiphone, and Magaera) are the children of Gaia and Uranus. They resulted from a drop of Uranus’ blood falling onto the earth. They were placed in the Underworld by Virgil and it is there that they reside, tormenting evildoers and sinners. However, Greek poets saw them as pursuing sinners on Earth. The Furies are cruel, but are also renowned for being very fair. Female spirits who tormented evil-doers, particularly those who had committed some crime against a family member. When Theseus and Peirithous tried to abduct Persephone from the Underworld, her husband Hades tricked them into sitting on a bench to which they became permanently attached. Then he unleashed the Furies on them.

 The Furies are going to be my last ‘major’ secondary characters. My Furies are also going to be sisters – different names. They are going to be a supreme force over all of Crencher EXCEPT Granli and the Land of the Dead. Like with Greek Furies, they are going to be a bit on the cruel side but it is done in the name of justice. Currently, the Furies will be the reason one of my main characters begins his quest.

The Furies are going to have a ‘floating’ castle of sorts in the middle of the large lake that is on the Kontar, Lukti, and Brooly broader. They will seek out those who have committed – or are believed to have committed – awful crimes. The Furies will bring them back to their castle for ‘questioning.’ Only the Furies can access the castle.

I’m still working out what the Furies will look like. I do know that they will have magic which is how they travel throughout Crencher. What their source of magic is yet, I’m not sure.

I’d love to hear how you would twist the Fury mythology to fit into your story.

 

World Building Wednesday

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Here is the map of Cencher – the land of All Things Scary.

I’ve named the countries and have begun to fill in some of the details. The map will become more detailed as I write. I know there is a vapor swamp in Granli – where the witch lives.

 

Crencher - the home of All Things Scary

Crencher – the home of All Things Scary

I did something a little different with this map. I use a lot – I mean A LOT – of index cards in my writing. Sometimes I punch a hole in the corner and put them on a ring or I make a board to attach them to, etc.

For All Things Scary, I’m going to keep my world building ‘key’ on index cards attached to the map. Like this….

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The cards are attached with tape across the top. As you can see I flip them upside down but this is just personal thing. The ‘tricky’ thing about using index cards like this is taping them. The tape has to be run the full length of the card (I use the top line as my guide which is the reason I flip them upside down) and each one taped separately. Once you have figured out your spacing and taped all of the cards into place, you have two options to get them to flip smoothly.

(1)  This is what I do. You’ll need to cut the tape on each side of the card so flip up. JUST cut the top of the card not all the way through.

(2)  Make a crease in the card where the tape line is.

As always, I welcome all tips/hints or suggestions.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

 

World Building – All Things Scary

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I always start my world building with a map. Be it a fantasy world I’m creating or a ‘real’ place. Cursing map outlines on the internet, I tossed around several ideas for different basic landscapes and decided to go with an island. Below is the island outland I’m going to use. I added Halloween stickers and some plastic spiders to give it the ‘scary’ feel.

The beginning of the world...

The beginning of the world…

The ‘heart’ of my story is going to take place in the section in the far right. I haven’t started labeling it because I’m still ‘brewing’ the setting. I picked this section for my witch’s hamlet because of the two bodies of water. Creepy things are going to hang out in there  I’m sure there will forest and a giant spider colony. I’ve also decided my headless horsewomen are going to bounder guards.

I’ve also started making a playlist for this WIP… This is a classical selection. Since I don’t really have the characters formed it’s hard to pick songs with words. But this has a the feel for my world. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgBkU2rc3sA 

Picture It

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Before I start world building, I spend some time looking for pictures that will help me shape my setting. In prior weeks, I discussed the different materials I gather. Sometimes I use a single item from a landscape but because I’m a visual person having actually pictures to look at from time to time helps me weave setting details into my writing. I don’t describe the pictures in my writing but use them more for feel. This world hasn’t come to me entirely but I do know this world is going to be dark, because after all it is “All Things Scary” 🙂
Tomorrow I’ll start building from this pictures but I’d love to hear your impressions of the pictures.

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