Archive for April 2015

Worldbuilding #13 – End World

worldbuilding logo2This is the last article of the map-making series. What a ride it has been. About 75% of my total views for this website has come from my Worldbuilding series and that makes me quite proud.

Now, while this is end of the map-making portion, this is only the beginning of what comes next in the series. So stay tune for what comes next.

Today, we take your design and make a globe. Enjoy.

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Worldbuilding #12 – Municipal

worldbuilding logo2Welcome to the second to last article of the Map-Making portion of the Worldbuilding series. Today we do a brief talk about Municipals. This won’t go into detail about the different type of Municipals; those will be a discussion at a later time, as each one requires its own article.

Today we’ll generate some random Municipal locations, such as Cities, Villages, Towns, and Hamlets. After that, I will show you a technique that will allow you to clean up your map for finalization.

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Worldbuilding – A to Z Challenge, New Age Literary Terms

WIn my opinion, one of the most important things in writing is Worldbuilding. Your world is like a character in your story. It doesn’t really talk, but it shows itself in every aspect of your story.

Surprisingly, it is an element often ignored for many writers. They feel the need to focus on plot and characterization, and that is enough to tell a story. While important, how your world works is highly important. Lacking it can be easily seen when someone is unable to properly tell us what is going on, or how someone goes from the throne room, to the stables, to the market in only a few steps.

In May, this blog will shift focus and become more about Worldbuilding, to help people design their world in ways they haven’t thought about. I have been highly successful with my map-making series, that goes over key information all writers should know about building the basic elements of their world.

I invite you to look at my series and stay tune for the new features coming soon.

Votey – A to Z Challenge

VSo I’m lacking. I’m so busy with things that I really have no drive to do this. That’s a good thing.

Today is not a literary term, but something that I want all of you to remember… my last name. I feel that in the coming year and future years, it will be a name that many will remember well. You can say I’m egotistical, but I am just confident in how things are transpiring. So, keep your eye out for:

VOTEY

Ugh – A to Z Challenge New Age Literary Terms

UReaching the end of the contest and this month alone, I’ve likely posted 50 articles. AtoZ and Worldbuilding, and a few others. Because of that, I have over 4000 views this month alone, unfortunately, a tiny fraction came from this. Kind of convinces me not to come back next year. I think what I do is too much for people, even after I changed. It was great and I recommend others do it, but I’ve got a lot of other projects now to keep me busy. My last few posts this month will be my last. I’m not bitter, it was a lot of fun, but starting next month, there will be a lot of changes to what I do with my blog. It’s a time to celebrate.

Theory – A to Z Challenge New Age Literary Terms

TAs a writer, I have my pet peeves, and this is one of them. The misuse of Theory. Many people use the term theory to mean educated guess. And it’s not just the lay person, but even Science Fiction TV show, or TV shows in general.

Theory is a predictive model. Meaning that if something will happen in theory, it means that it has been tested over and over again to produce that result. A theory is basically the conclusion of that testing. In this way, Theory is pretty much a standard of fact in science. However, new evidence or new understanding of our world can alter theories or even show that the conclusion was wrong.

It should also be noted that for something to be a theory, requires extensive study and testing, but also extensive peer review. This peer review will see if there are any faults to it. If there are, it’s denied. Only under strict scrutiny can something be determined as a theory. However, even then, it is still tested to verify that the results are repeatable. Very likely that a theory itself has gone through thousands of hours of research and testing.

So if people are misusing the term theory, what do they actually mean? Hypothesis (or hypothetical). Basically a Hypothetic plan is an estimation based on the available information to predict an outcome, but you don’t know what the actual outcome will be until it is tested.

Worldbuilding #4 — Ocean, Continents, Lakes, and Islands

worldbuilding logo2Welcome to another edition of the Madness Worldbuilding series. By this point, we have a basic map. Doesn’t seem like much. While I am excited by the promise it has, I think we need to add a little colour to it.

In this tutorial, we are going to do some steps that are necessary for later steps, which you’ll be glad we did. These elements will help us to clearly define the Oceans, the Continents, Lakes, and Islands. Read more

Swearing – A to Z Challenge New Age Literary Terms

SSo now we come to S. This was one of the first words I decided, having done so almost this time last year. We have Swearing. Swearing!? How is that a literary term? Swearing is just swearing right? Simple, easy, vulgur…

Well, you know if I’m writing an article on it, it is anything but simple.

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Worldbuilding #3 – Continents

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Welcome to the third edition of the Worldbuilding series. Also, Happy Earth Day. Funny how things fall into place.

So far with this series we’ve talked about our planet and tools we’ll use. Unfortunately, we have one more tool to discuss today, however, there is the nice added benefit of starting to build your world.

After reading this and following the directions, you’ll have an outline of your continents. Exciting stuff.

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Reactance – A to Z Challenge, Literary Terms

RWe return to psychology with the word reactance. As opposed to electronics, or magnetics.

Reactance is an emotional reaction to offers, persons, rules, or regulations that threaten specific behavioral freedoms. This occurs when someone feels their choices are being taken away or find the range of alternatives limiting.

It can be seen as a resistance to authority figures, that an authority is creating rules of conduct on how to behave will cause a person to react against the authority figure. This can cause a fear in someone’s mind they are losing something, and may well fight to keep it.

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