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Worldbuilding is the art of creating an alternate universe where the rules of present-day Earth life don’t apply, and you have been appreciating that art for as long as you’ve been reading or watching science fiction.
Some worldbuilding is epic in scale, and requires thousands of people: the Star Wars universe is like that, if you think of all the people who have helped create the movies, books, art, TV and games from that world.
But other worldbuilders work alone. Ursula Le Guin wrote several novels set in her “shared worlds” universe without any help and without spawning any spinoff tales by other people.
But worldbuilding doesn’t have to be something that just the pros do. You can get in on the cool create-your-own universe action any time you want, and fast. Just follow our five simple rules for whipping up a universe in your spare time.
- Do a little research.
- Have a few rules.
- Don’t obsess over consistency.
- Consider what’s good and what’s bad about your world.
- Create characters who are plausibly the products of your world.
if the creator has to say “yeah this one vague line was refering to this character being gay” it doesnt count as representation. if it’s a punchline at the end of the movie, it doesn’t count as representation. if the writer announces it outside the work but never in the work…
Queer characters getting to have open, loving relationships with happy endings
That’s the only kind of representation that matters to me
Rest stops on highways are liminal spaces where the veil is thin and nobody can tell me differently
The explanation is that liminal spaces are in between places that bridge Here with There, so in fairy tales we often have the Fairy Ring, the Forest Clearing, the Sudden Misty Foggy Forest, the Bridge, the River, graveyards, in some cases
We also have a ton of american urban mythology around famous roadways and sites off the sides of roads
Archetypes like these occur to mark the places in the world where the veil goes thin and humans can have extra-worldly experiences, out of the ordinary way of living
So why wouldn’t transient spaces like rest stops where everyone is just passing through from one place to the next, never stopping for too long, not be a liminal space where spirits frequent, too
Especially since nobody would know if they were real or not
there is a very good compilation of gender neutral pronouns in a variety of different languages that can be found here! it’s really helpful and a lot of thought and help has gone into it from people who speak these as their native language! i definitely recommend you go check it out
Holuhraun Sunset Eruption © Snorri Thor Tryggvason
- Day 1: Climate & Variety
- Day 2: Physical Planet
- Day 3: Mood & Setting
- Day 4: Cataclysms
- Day 5: The Map
- Day 6: Races
- Day 7: Recent History
- Day 8: Econ & Politics
- Day 9: Language
- Day 10: Mood & Culture
- Day 11: Focus In
- Day 12: What If
- Day 13: Plot Hooks
- Day 14: Education
- Day 15: Resources
- Day 16: Limits of Spec
- Day 17: Mood II
- Day 18: Spec & Society
- Day 19: Character
- Day 20: Plot Hooks
- Day 21: Flora & Fauna
- Day 22: Geography
- Day 23: Culture II
- Day 24: Mood III
- Day 25: Sky
- Day 26: Anti-What If
- Day 27: Plot Hooks
- Day 28: Left Out
- Day 29: Character II
- Day 30: Last Day
- Burnout Bonus
I’m gonna do this, I think, although I probably won’t post about it every day.
9/10: 800+ words of planning for Shuffled Earth.
9/11: ~400 words of planning.
9/12: ~200 words of planning.
I accidentally spent the whole day researching instead of worldbuilding. But it’s okay because I have some pretty cool ideas now!
Part of my story is set in a desolate, desert-like future Indonesia. Hence the mostly-pictures-of-Java.
Pictures 1-5: Mount Bromo and nearby temple + town. I may or may not situate the future holdout INSIDE THE VOLCANIC CRATER. It would be inactive then. Of course.
Pictures 6-8: Lake Ijen, super acidic crater lake, and the people who mine sulfur there. Mineral extraction might be the primary purpose of my holdout since I don’t see crops surviving in this environment.
Picture 9: calderas on the peak of Olympus Mons, Mars. I dunno, they look cool. GEOLOGY.
Picture 10: lava tube, Hawaii. You can’t not have secret tunnels.
Tiny dragons with colourful scales living in trees and feeding on fruits and flowers’ nectar
Bioluminescent aquatic dragons roaming in the abyss and scaring the hell out of sailors
Fluffy dream dragons capable of feeling when children are having nightmares and materializing into their room to cuddle with them
Giant, old as the universe dragons exploring space, needing nothing but starlight to survive
AHHH I finally managed to get the zine finished, with all spelling errors fixed =,D
Whether you draw, type, write, or do anything else with your hands, it’s important to learn how to keep them healthy! I suffered from pretty bad tendonitis in my hands and I looked online and went to the doctor - I ended up learned lots of useful advice that helped me a ton.
I thought about making a little zine for others to keep their hand healthy, too, since many people use their hands a lot and not many people think about exercising them! There’s a lot of useful information online, but I think some people might appreciate a fun, handheld guide, so I compiled most of what I learned into this little zine ~
- illustrated hand exercises & stretches
- routine exercise/resting advice
- other useful ergonomics tips
- a page of other resources
You can get A Mini Guide to Healthy Hands from my Storenvy! If you buy something else from my store, you can also message me to add the zine for free! I also posted and colored the basic stretches here, but this page doesn’t include all the other information in the zine.
- incredibly long crosscountry train ride AU
- police procedural AU
- bookstore AU
- reluctant teammates that save the world together AU
- platonic living together AU
- lawyers AU
- stuck-in-an-airport-because-the-flights-were-SO-VERY-delayed-and-it’s-like-two-am AU
- sent to live with cousins AU
- pretending to be siblings because of reasons AU
- teaming up to rescue respective abducted children AU
- pseudo-adopting-the-runaway-i-ran-into AU
- forget high school students AU i want a high school teachers AU
- law school AU
HERE HAVE SOME MORE
- on the same college tour AU
- trapped in a bank during a robbery AU
- forced to share a table at the coffee shop a couple days in a row because crowded coffee shop and no room AU
- DOCTORS AU
- medical school AU
- ride the same bus together literally every day AU
- vet clinic AU
- 'i'm pretending to be ur bff bc u looked VERY uncomfortable with that person at the bar hitting on u' AU
- college professors AU
- on a train together and the train is stopped in the middle of nowhere for some reason AU
is it okay if I add some
- met at a ren faire AU
- sat next to each other on a roller coaster AU
- got locked out of dorm room AU
- camping in the same area AU
- hurricane during a beach trip AU
- met at a card game competition AU
- kids go to the same school AU
- little kids getting way too caught up in make-believe AU
- got involved in a heated game of Smash Bros. at a con AU
- cosplayed as the same character AU
9/1: it was labor day, so probably nothing.
9/2: planning/research for Shuffled Earth.
9/4: practiced music assiduously. I might actually do an open mic night again at some point.
9/5: planning for Shuffled Earth, a buncha freewriting.
Didn’t do as much planning this week as I intended. I was going to work on Shuffled Earth every day, and I ended up working on it… 2 out of 7 days.
I’m gonna do better this week.