Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Five

FORMS OF GOVERNMENT The next thing you’re going to want to consider is what sort of government (if any) each society that inhabits your fictional world will have and how stable it is. If you take a look inside any typical history book, you will quickly realize that the story it tells is mainly concernedContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Five”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four

DRAWING ON REAL-WORLD HISTORY, POLITICS, AND CULTURE Every worldbuilder, whether a novelist or a game designer, has to draw upon real-world history, politics, and culture to a certain extent. It’s important, however, to be sensitive to those nations and cultures that are not one’s own, particularly if they have been subject to colonialism, enslavement, andContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Four”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Three

LANGUAGES AND SYSTEMS OF WRITING I wish life was not so short… Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about. ~J. R. R. Tolkien Famed fantasy author J. R. R. Tolkien was a great inventor of languages, and while I don’t have his linguistic background, I’ve alwaysContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Three”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Two

MAPPING YOUR WORLD If you’re going to have a complicated story you must work to a map; otherwise you’ll never make a map of it afterwards. ~J. R. R. Tolkien Your initial map can be as simple as you need it to be. It doesn’t have to be this daunting task that I foresaw itContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part Two”

Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part One

INTRODUCTION Some years ago I started blogging a series on worldbuilding, but never got to finish it before abandoning the blog due to a lack of traffic. I called the series “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers” because at the time the renewed surge of interest in Tabletop Role-playing Games (TTRPG) hadn’t yet transpired, but I alwaysContinue reading “Worldbuilding for Fantasy Writers and Gamemasters, Part One”

Reading J.R.R. Tolkien by Audiobook and Adaptation: Thoughts on a Portland Discovery (#tolkienreadingday) — A Pilgrim in Narnia

It was pouring rain in Portland as Nicolas and I wove our way through the artisan-filled streets of this renewed East Coast City. I love Portland, though we were not visiting on the best of circumstances. Just a couple of hours earlier, with too little sleep, Nicolas and I had left a sunny Boston behind. […]Continue reading “Reading J.R.R. Tolkien by Audiobook and Adaptation: Thoughts on a Portland Discovery (#tolkienreadingday) — A Pilgrim in Narnia”

Tolkien Reading Day 2021! — BookmarkedOne

All hail the Ring-bearer and the master of words who brought us all to Middle Earth. It’s Tolkien Reading Day, everyone! So grab your nearest Hobbit, eat second breakfast, take a hike, and of course, start reading. In case you are one of the many (like me) who has lamentably finished reading The Lord of […]Continue reading “Tolkien Reading Day 2021! — BookmarkedOne”

Camp NaNoWriMo/NaNoFinMo

My fellow writers, in case you weren’t aware, Camp NaNoWriMo begins next Thursday and the folks over at NaNoWriMo.org have declared April National Novel Finishing Month, or NaNoFinMo. Whether that means finishing a past NaNoWriMo project that didn’t reach the finish line of 50,000 words, or in my case, expanding the novel I won withContinue reading “Camp NaNoWriMo/NaNoFinMo”

The Party of Astrologers (Novel Excerpt)

This is the third excerpt from my upcoming novel tentatively titled “Elder Rites” which was begun on November 1st, 2020 for National Novel Writing Month and is intended to be the first volume of an as yet unnamed dark fantasy series set in a world of myth and magic which now finds itself on theContinue reading “The Party of Astrologers (Novel Excerpt)”

The Thing in the Sewers (Novel Excerpt)

This is the second excerpt from my upcoming novel tentatively titled “Elder Rites” which was begun on November 1st, 2020 for National Novel Writing Month and is intended to be the first volume of an as yet unnamed dark fantasy series set in a world of myth and magic which now finds itself on theContinue reading “The Thing in the Sewers (Novel Excerpt)”