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#atozchallenge Round-up post | World-building wisdom

2 May, 2016 / 18 comments

Wow!  It’s over for another year – but then again, it’s not really over, since there are all those new friends I made when visiting – and all those I missed out. Although I feel I did better than some years, I only got to the first 200 on the sign-up list, plus about four visits…

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May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge and Children’s Book Week

1 May, 2016 / 1 comment

I know, I don’t usually post on Sundays, but there’s just so much going on that I’ve left till after the A to Z. First – the Children’s Book Week Giveaway and goodies is taking place on the Princelings of the East website.  Please pop over and take a look. Next, I’m having a blitz…

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Zndaria and the Z of the #atozchallenge

30 April, 2016 / 13 comments

Welcome to the last (or is it last but one?) post of the 2016 A to Z Challenge. What a journey! My world-building theme started at Alpha Kenworthy and ends at Zndaria, by way of Lothlorien and Turgonia, to name but two.  Today I review The Golden Wizard (The Scrolls of Zndaria #1) by J…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The White Rose of York

29 April, 2016 / 4 comments

Friday is flash fiction day, and I’ve restricted myself to just over 800 words to bring you a piece of Viridian System series backstory, which readers of The Perihelix have been asking for.  Well, they wanted to know more about the enigmatic Aramintha, anyway, so here’s some world-building about the planet York.  I hope you…

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A Spell for Chameleon

X is for Xanth

28 April, 2016 / 11 comments

In my quest to talk about world-building from A to Z I was expecting trouble when it came to X.  Fortunately, before I was reduced to building my own planet beginning with X for the Viridian System series, I found an alphabetical list of fantasy worlds, and there (among a couple of others I didn’t…

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Beginnings of a Hero bookcover

W is for Windemere #atozchallenge

27 April, 2016 / 10 comments

Windemere: A place of magic, of dragons, of evil beasts that live under the earth and rise up to snare the unwary, of desolate wastelands, and green fields and forests.  A good place for my W post in my world-building trip for this year’s A to Z Challenge. Beginning of a Hero, the first book…

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V is for the Viridian System

26 April, 2016 / 6 comments

Well, today V hits Viridium, the spur for my world-building theme for this year’s A to Z.  I have a detailed description here which is an edited version of that on the Viridian system website.  Then I’ve answered my own question to authors about their approach to world-building!  Yes, I’m interviewing myself again!  If you’d like…

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U is for Ulric

25 April, 2016 / 14 comments

Ulric is a planet within the Imperium, although it is not a planet, but a large moon, orbiting the planet Daedalus, which orbits the star Barnard at 1AU, the same distance as the Earth from the Sun.  Barnard, as it is generally termed in my Viridian System universe, around the 29th century, some 700 years…

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Turgonia in Conspiracy (Emperor’s Edge 4) by Lindsay Buroker

23 April, 2016 / 10 comments

T is for Turgonia, the main city in Lindsay Buroker’s fabulous Emperor’s Edge series.  Since it’s Saturday, it’s book review day, but since it’s the A to Z, I have to focus on world-building.  My review is of Conspiracy, book 4 in the series, which starts with The Emperor’s Edge, continues with Dark Currents, and then…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | Sunset Strip – Elder Council

22 April, 2016 / 5 comments

S is for Sunset Strip, the binary planet of the Viridian System whose major industry is leisure and tourism. Whenever I write flash fiction for any worlds in the Viridian System at present I’m always thinking of what I’m writing in the second book, and some of these stories may turn into scenes in that, or…

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R is for Rufus and #Fi50 for April

21 April, 2016 / 6 comments

R is for Rufus, a star system on the Beta side of the Alpha Quadrant. I’m world-building in my own system today. There are two inhabited planets: Rufus 5 is called Pavane, and Rufus 6 is so far unnamed.  The Rufus system is a strong partner in the Federation (see letter F), one of the two…

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Q is for Quadrants – mainly Alpha and Delta

20 April, 2016 / 9 comments

My theme this year is ‘world-building’ and for Q I’m going as far as the whole galaxy! In my Viridian System series, I decided to define the structure of my Milky Way galaxy, just in case my characters decided to locate planets and star systems at any time.  It may not be necessary for the story,…

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P is for Pern

19 April, 2016 / 14 comments

In my world-building A to Z we’ve reached P, for which I’ve selected Pern, the world created by Anne McCaffrey for her Dragonriders series. In a nutshell, the stories are adventures, often featuring strong, powerless young women (and men) with special talents (see B for Ballybran) and featuring human interaction through telepathy with dragons (and their smaller cousins,…

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Gregor the Overlander

O is for Overland

18 April, 2016 / 8 comments

Overland is the land above the Underland in Suzanne Collins’ Gregor the Overlander.  In my month’s tour of world-building, I squeezed in Overland, although from memory, it is really rather like a normal Earth world, and it is Underland that has all the building going on. If the author’s name sounds familiar – yes it…

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Nevermore in Forgotten Suns by Judith Tarr

16 April, 2016 / 4 comments

N is for Nevermore, the planet central to Judith Tarr’s splendid book Forgotten Suns. Saturday  is book review day,  even during the April A to Z, but I’ll be slanting it towards my theme of world-building, and in addition, I have an interview with Judith Tarr, chatting about her approach to the topic. The Blurb…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | The Tower of Mbeya

15 April, 2016 / 13 comments

Yes, we’re world-building again on flash fiction day, so I’m pulling out some old-style explorers and setting them off to explore some of the ruins of Mbeya – which features in The Perihelix, the first book of the Viridian System series.  I thought it was a shame I’d only used Mbeya for one episode – the planet…

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L is for Lothlorien

14 April, 2016 / 12 comments

Lothlorien, the home in Middle Earth for the High Elves, is one of the places that I visualise very strongly, and also where the film version best matches my vision.  But I’ve really picked Lothlorien for my world-building trek through the alphabet this April, as it gives me the option to talk all things world-building…

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K is for K’Barth and M T McGuire

13 April, 2016 / 7 comments

My world-building letter K is for K’Barth, which is only part of M T McGuire’s wondrous parallel world, it’s true, but the heroes are K’Barthan and I’m going to ignore the Grongols, Blurpons and myriad other races which are part of her brilliant K’Barthan series.  Although, like the Pan of Hamgee (our hero) most of…

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J is for Jupiter

12 April, 2016 / 11 comments

My A to Z Challenge theme this year is ‘world building’, and today we come closer to home. Jupiter is in the news, not only its amazing size, atmosphere, and what we’re learning about its weather systems, but also because its moons are pretty cool too.  Enceladus is pretty cool so it has a frozen surface,…

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I for Imperium

11 April, 2016 / 21 comments

This year’s A to Z Challenge theme is ‘world-building’, in honour of my new sci-fi books – the Viridian System Series. Definition from The Perihelix, Chapter 5 Imperium, The: n. Benevolent system of world alliances, centred on the Terzan E system. Elected Senate meets at set intervals to provide strategic government to 15,000 member planets….

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Helliconia Spring by Brian Aldiss

9 April, 2016 / 7 comments

Helliconia Spring – the first of the Helliconia trilogy by Brian W Aldiss.  It came along at a time when I found the books too large and turgid to get into – I don’t know what I read instead, but it didn’t appeal.  It won loads of awards – 1982, I note, so maybe I…

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#FridayFlash Fiction | G’Nauss is the Winter of our Discontent

8 April, 2016 / 22 comments

My Friday flash fiction feature needs to fit with G for a world of my own – in this case G’Nauss.  G’Nauss is a Federation planet known for its champagne – well, that was the main reason for inventing it in my letter A flash story last week!  I expect it will develop more reasons…

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Farsight and the Federation

7 April, 2016 / 16 comments

Welcome to my world-building themed challenge for this year on F day. I’m dithering over whether to talk about Farsight or the Federation, so I’ll do a snippet on each! Farsight One of the most important worlds in my Viridian System series, due to its influence on generations of students, and its supposed independence from both the…

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E is for Earth | #IWSG post remembering Sue Ann Bowling

6 April, 2016 / 20 comments

My world-building A to Z brings me to E for Earth, and also to my #IWSG post for April. Earth is just there, isn’t it?  Surely it doesn’t belong in a world-building theme.  Well, even contemporary writers have to build the world they set their stories in – making them more or less true to…

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Dolvia Saga and interview with Stella Atrium

5 April, 2016 / 3 comments

Letter D in my world-building-themed Challenge this year stands for Dolvia, a world developed by Stella Atrium.  Stella is here today to give me her thoughts on world-building. The first book in the Dolvia saga is Sufferstone, which I confess I have yet to read, although I won book 3 in a Goodreads giveaway.  I reviewed…

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