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I’m Back, But…! The Jay Dee Show 17

It was supposed to be my triumphant return to my main channel. I actually had 6 videos recorded, but only 3 made it up. But they are recorded! They’re just going up next week instead. You see, the problem was time. And with this weekend being pretty busy, I didn’t get around to doing what I wanted. Look for those videos next week!

The first video on my main channel answers the question, “Where are your booktube videos?”

And then I did a tag, one which didn’t really apply to me because I don’t really read young adult.

And a quick, spontaneous video. This week was very frosty, and it reminded me of Narnia.

My science channel will still be coming. The planning is a bit more than I expected. And I still don’t have a name for it!

So, what did you think of the videos?

About December

So, December is almost upon us.

I have plans for December. I talked about how I plan to get back to the basics before. December is the month I start to do it. I have a pretty solid plan for it. Now, keep in mind that my work schedule is pretty heavy during the holidays, so I will be working longer hours and more days than usual then. Regardless, I’ll maintain a post a day. But what I post about will be back to the roots of this blog. This is what to expect:

  • Five book reviews. That’s right, five.
  • An author interview.
  • Resuming Quick Facts Astronomy.
  • And at least one worldbuilding post.

I really want to get back to doing these things. It’s part of what gave this blog its character. I also plan on doing something else new. You know I’ve been doing Star Trek episode reviews. Well, I plan on doing reviews of full seasons of different TV shows and movies. Coming soon will be season 1 of The Walking Dead, as it’s pretty short, and I just have two more episodes to watch.

Are you looking forward to December? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Back to My Roots

This blog started out as a way for me to talk about the books I’m reading and what I’m writing. I really haven’t been doing much of that lately. I also had some series that I was enthusiastically doing. Some of them I haven’t been doing. So, it’s time to get back to what made this blog better.

Here’s what I want to make sure I’m writing:

  • Book reviews. I have three from earlier this year that I never did get written up other than notes. I’ll be doing those. Also, I recently finished a book, and that needs to be reviewed.
  • Worldbuilding series. I need to get back to writing posts about worldbuilding. I already have five posts, but there are many more to go.
  • Astronomy Quick Facts. I’ll continue touring the solar system’s moons in this series.
  • Instagram photos. I haven’t done this in a while. I’d like to continue round 1 of the voting for my best Instagram photos. Some great photos have yet to come.

There are some other things I’m considering. One of them is more author interviews. What do you think about that?

Let me know what you think in the comments. What are you most interested in seeing return?

Maps in Fantasy Novels

A lot of you are fantasy fans, I’m pretty sure. In most fantasy novels, there are maps. They could be world maps or regional maps, and even city maps sometimes. I enjoy looking at the maps a lot. I’ve also made my own maps for my world, Ariadne.

I have questions for you to answer in the comments section.

  1. Do you like maps in fantasy novels?
  2. How often do you look at the maps?
  3. What’s your favourite fantasy map?
  4. Do you think science fiction novels set on other planets should have maps?

My answers:

  1. Yes, I love them!
  2. Any time a place is mentioned, I like to look at the map and figure out where they are.
  3. Too many to tell, really. I like the maps used in Malazan, Lord of the Rings, Shannara, and A Song of Ice and Fire. But there are more!
  4. Absolutely. I really enjoy the maps in the Pern series, The Mars Trilogy, and Dune.

I look forward to your answers.

Difficulties of Worldbuilding

I love worldbuilding. I’ve created a world, Ariadne, that is an entire planet with many countries, cities, cultures, and of course a large variety of landscapes. But making an entire world isn’t easy.

For me, some things were difficult. I think everyone excels in a different aspect while worldbuilding. Some difficulties are:

Culture

It’s so easy to create a world that’s populated by people from a single culture. But is that realistic? Not at all, especially if you’re looking at an entire world. In fantasy, it’s extremely common to have several cultures. But it’s also easy to copy cultures from other books. To make a truly unique set of cultures is difficult.

Language

If you’re not a linguist, you may have some difficulties with creating a rudimentary language. But it’s not always necessary to. A lot of fantasy novels use a “common language” or “standard tongue” or something like that, and it’s always written in English. That’s fine. But if you want to make a language, then you should probably try to set up some rules. That’s the difficult part.

History

You can’t have some cultures on a world without a history. It’s extremely important to create a history for all of the cultures. It often helps dictate cultural relations. But to create a history that goes back for hundreds or thousands of years is a lot of work. And that can be difficult.

What do you think is difficult about worldbuilding? Let me know in the comments below.

No Man’s Sky and Worldbuilding – Part 2

I already talked a bit about No Man’s Sky and worldbuilding in a previous blog post, but I decided to talk about it on video, as well. However, I go into far more detail in the video. You can watch it right here.

I mentioned that I’ll be putting up images from the game here on this blog. Consider it inspiration for worldbuilding. There are some fantastic landscapes and very interesting animals to see. Expect some posts about that soon!

Let me know what you thought of the video in the comments below. It really has me thinking a lot about what to do with developing the landscapes, animals, and plants of Ariadne.

Worldbuilding and No Man’s Sky

As you may know, I’ve been playing No Man’s Sky. Every planet in the game is unique. And it’s actually quite inspirational for me. You see, it’s giving me ideas for worldbuilding.

However, we’ve had a bit of a bumpy road getting the game to work yesterday. It’s no fault of the game. It’s Steam that was being idiotic. Watch this video and you’ll find out.

I played the game today, and there was no problem. I’m loving the game. I spent the entire time today exploring this one planet, looking for resources, technology upgrades, and trying to learn more of the language. And the thing that struck me was how beautiful this world was. What you saw in the video above is that world.

The landscapes, ruins, plants, and animals inspire me. They’re giving me ideas for worldbuilding on Ariadne. And as I explore other worlds, I get even more ideas. This world is so colourful. I’d love to show you pictures, but I couldn’t actually take any screencaps of the game today. I’ll have to take photos instead. I want to show you the landscapes, the whole planet, and the animals. I’ll be making a feature on this blog about No Man’s Sky, and I’ll catalogue all the planets and animals I discover.

I probably won’t be playing the game for a few days, though. At least not until next week. But when I do, I’ll take pictures. I’m going to go through all the worlds I’ve been to, as I search for more things. I want to discover all animal species, which gives the player a big reward. Once I’ve done that, I’ll move on to the next star system.

On the topic of worldbuilding, it’s making me think about sketching landscapes and creating the animals for Ariadne. I’m really looking forward to that.

A Little Thing Called Writing – My Plans

It’s about time I talk about writing, right? Especially my writing. Well, some things are being done:

  • Got myself an office… though I need to make it usable.
  • Got myself a Patreon. Please support my work at my Patreon page! Also, video here. For information about the rewards of being a patron, check out my Patreon page for levels of support.

The time I have to write depends on these things:

  • Work
  • Family
  • Interruptions

So, with that out of the way, here are my plans. There’s a lot to do.

Journey to Ariadne

Get back to work on this. I have some parts already finished, which means I still need to get them edited. That’ll be up to the nice people over at Critique Circle. Once they’ve been edited, they’ll be up on my official author’s page. I’ll also give early access to them for anyone who is a Patreon patron.

The first Ariadne novel

Outlining will begin! I’ll be spending more time on the novel than on Journey to Ariadne. Why? Well, the novel is bigger and each part of Journey is quite short and requires far less time to write. Simple, isn’t it?

Artwork and sketches

I’ll be doing a lot of concept artwork and sketches, especially maps. These will be available on my author’s page. However, early access to them will be available to some of my Patrons.

Worldbuilding

I will resume my worldbuilding posts, and there will be many. I hope for a couple a month, as they are very involved and complex posts to write. Here’s what’s to come.

And that is about it. There’s a lot to do, and with the privacy of my own office, I can finally achieve it. Some things to consider for the future are beta readers, editors (Patreon should help out), cover art (actually, the first book’s already got a cover artist, and I love the way it looks!), and making sure I figure out how to publish on Kindle, Smashwords, and Createspace.

Any comments and questions are appreciated!

November, My Rebound Month

For the past two years, November has been one of those remarkably productive months on my blog. Views increase, interaction increases. What is it about November?

I haven’t done the October month in review yet, but will later today. However, one thing I’ve noticed about it is that it’s the worst month this year. Granted, my sister was visiting, and I didn’t do as well in the way of replying to comments or a lot of posts about writing and books. It was dismal, though.

November will be different. Book reviews! There should be three this month. Posts about writing! More specifically, about worldbuilding. Knowledge! Getting back into Quick Facts about moons, and maybe more.

Outside of the blog, I’ll be doing a lot more language studying. I have a plan, and I’m going to use it. I’m also going to interact with other bloggers as much as I can. I’ll aim to visit at least five blogs per day, both ones I regularly read and new ones. I’ll have a lot of videos to edit and post. That should be fun.

It should be a big month, I hope. How’s your November shaping up?

Blog Spotlight – The War of Memory Project

The next blog I want to talk about is another big commenter on here. She’s been in the top commenters many times, and she has quite the blog, too. She does lot of worldbuilding, which is something I love.  So, this week, it’s H. Anthe Davis’ The War of Memory Project.

warofmemoryThe first thing you see is that it’s colourful. A nicely done banner image, as well as an attractive background. I like how it looks. Very easy to navigate, too. The menu is straightforward, and you can tell that this blog is all about her fantasy series.

The menu includes About, Glossary, The Characters, The Maps, The Stories, and The World. Taking a quick look at the About page, it talks about the project, some contact information, legal information, and some resources she uses.

The Glossary goes through a lot of terms that you would be unfamiliar with, hence the need for a glossary. It’s all about various things that are in her books. Useful resource if you ever forget something. A lot of fantasy authors do this in their books. This one is available online.

If you click on The Characters, it takes you to the main characters of the books. There are also menu options for Minor Characters and The Gods and Spirits. What I love about this is that the main characters are actually illustrated! And there are useful charts for the Gods and Spirits, as well.

The Maps takes you to a series of maps that are used for the settings in the books. You can also see The Ancient World from the menu, as well as Utility Maps.  I find all of these fascinating, but the Utility Maps show things like climate zones, languages, and so on. It’s a great look into worldbuilding. There are a lot of maps, if you love that kind of thing.

Under The Stories, you can see pages for each of the three currently published books, along with cover art and links to purchase the eBook or print book. Her most recently published book is The Living Throne. But of course, you’d want to start out with the first book,  The Light of Kerrindryr. The final page gives you a very detailed Series Timeline, which is another useful resource.

The World is for those of you who love worldbuilding. It gives an overview of the world, as well as Magic, The Histories, and The Races. There’s a lot to read here. It’s great to read if you want to know how she developed her world.

There’s a lot to see here, and since I’m a big worldbuilding geek, I enjoy going through it and taking it all in. And of course, I love the maps!

Personal message to H. Anthe Davis

Thank you always for being a great supporter of mine, and for your work in Authors Answer. You always have something interesting to say. I feel that with both of us doing worldbuilding, we could have a lot to talk about. More worldbuilding to come from me, of course!