Archive for March 2016

Worldbuilding 14.4 – Lead

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Welcome to another edition of the Madness Worldbuilding series. Starting with 2016, we are finishing up the Metals of Antiquity, the first set of metals known to the world since Ancient times and remained the only known metals until the 1700’s. Today we look at a really important metal: Lead.

Unlike all the metals we’ve reviewed so far, this one has had continuous use since it was founded. Even today, we use or touch something that has Lead in it. This is an important metal for you to consider for your book, even though it is a common metal, it has many uses worth noting.

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Worldbuilding 14.3 – Mercury

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Welcome to first Worldbuilding article of 2016, where we start things off with Mercury. Mercury has a rather… interesting, and partially horrific, history that remains relatively unknown today due to discontinued use of the element. This is largely due to the negative effects it has on our bodies, but this was only known in the last few hundred years, yet its history dates back to the ancient world.

The first part of 2016 will be covering the Metals of Antiquity. I have already covered Copper and Silver, with Mercury being one of 7 known metals known of until the 1700’s. All Metals of Antiquity is important for you to know when it comes to Worldbuilding, especially fantasy writers, thought it might be possible that without it, the world might not have been all that different.

 

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IWSG – 2nd Year Anniversary

Actually, my 2nd Year Anniversary was yesterday, but I am writing this on my Anniversary… so it all works out.

While Madness of a Modern Writer started off a free wordpress site, in March of 2014, it premiered as its own website. Like all blogs, it had a rocky start. That is to be expected, but I was amazed by how much of a hit my site became so quickly.

My goal for the site was to create a resource for writers to better hone their skills in writing, as well as my own, in trying to understand more than just what the rule of something is, but the how and why. To really understand something, so we can become masters of the written word. But not everything works out according to plan.

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