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Timey Whimy Liney Whiny


Here comes the shocker, I know nothing about Dr. Who. Just have friends who say Timey Whimy a lot, so I’ve picked it up.

Anyway, onto seriousness. As I’ve mentioned, I worked on some World Building stuff through Writing.com, and of that stuff, a Timeline was a part of it. I had always wanted to build up a time line, to show specifically the past events I mention of the history of Haven in my writing. However, with working on the timeline I looked, of course, at things that also pre-date Haven and things that have nothing to do with the Human’s regions of the worlds. However, I did work on Haven’s history mostly for the purposes of the Writing.com class and preparation in world building.

I got 640 years into the history of Haven, when I stared at a single line of the timeline and my jaw dropped. The line was simply … “Elena Outridge is born.” Now, why is that a problem. Well, I mentioned this on my tumblr site, so those that watch there are going to see it again, but now that I’m trying to force myself to be more adamant about blogging, I have this site and tumblr linked up so that both display the same post as I make them, mainly to reach more people, but also to see just how many people see it. Is my tumblr site getting more attention or this one?

Well, anyway, another character in my story mentions that a specific empire lasted for 1,000 years. So, not reaching 1,000 years yet was one problem. The other problem was that Elena is in the same story. She’s of a long-living race, so it’s not an issue if she lives to be 400+ years old, but she’s supposed to still be young when she meets Alek, the main character of that story where it is mentioned the empire lasted for 1,000 years. With that being said, it is not just a matter of reaching the year 1,000, because obviously, the world was not created with an empire in power, not the empire had to rise to power. And how long does that take? How long does it take for the people placed on the world in the moment of creation to reach a population capable of waging war on each other? So it’s possible I’m looking at not just reaching 1,000, but adding 1,000 years to the timeline. With the thought of adding 1,000 years in between what I already had for Haven came to me, I had a moment of lost enthusiasm and motivation to continue.

However, I’m still at it. I have taken my focus off of Haven though. The Empire in question is an Empire forged by a group of Elves. It does not have any baring on the history of Haven, and the Elves were not at odds with the humans of Haven, but simply, one characters tells Alek, a human of Haven, about the empire the Elves had. It is part of his education and training to be a soldier, so it is something I need to flesh out since he will be learning about it. The first thing I did was look at creation and that question I asked just a moment ago. How long would it take for the people of creation to grow into civilizations large enough to wage war upon each other? This is not an Adam & Eve style creation, because there are more than just humans in my worlds. There’s Humans, Dwarves, Elves, Orcs, Trolls, Dragons, and various other minor races. More importantly, the Elves and Dwarves are divided into subcategories or subspecies based upon certain things. For the Dwarves, they are divided among the different forms of stone and mineral that they come from. Elves are divided among the different terrain styles or terrain fixtures where they live. Thus, there are Iron Dwarves, Stone Dwarves, Obsidian Dwarves, etc. and Forest Elves, Sand Elves, Snow Elves, etc. So, these worlds follow a multiple Adam & Eve style of creation. There are multiple locations, or centers of civilization, where two of each are placed. Even without only two people being the beginning, there was still the wonder of how fast these groups could grow. I wagered 100 years, and pushed that first war back an extra 100 years than I had previously. Then, from the end of that war, I followed from there and began the history of the Elves and the Ageless Empire.

It is going slowly, as coming up with 1,000+ years of history is daunting to say the least. Especially about a group I had never made any specifics about except in regards to their fall. However, I did add a couple facts to work with when I made the calendar I mentioned in a previous post. Two of the months are, like in the Gregorian Calendar, named for two figures in regards to Elven History. Where in the Gregorian it is July named for Julius Caesar and August named for Augustus Caesar, I have Hyandime and Raenime named for Raenir ael’Sylvere, the man who led the Gray Elf Nation that would become the Ageless Empire when he finally drove the Orcs away, and Hyandur Silverleaf, the man who had united the various Elven sub-races into a unified nation after the Ageless Empire’s fall had scattered them. For now, I focus on the Empire’s rise, as I have not even reached that point yet.

In the next post about timelines, I will share some screenshots of what I’m working on, as I fill my head up with names that will live and die in the space of 20 lines of text, perhaps.

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Nano and WDC


Nanowrimo is around the corner, and I shall indeed be taking part again. Not sure exactly what I’m going to work on this time, but, I would like to take the time to expound upon my recent endeavors towards urging my writing along.

I signed up on Writing.com a year ago, but never really looked at it beyond the first few visits. I forget what caused me to drift from it, but I did. Recently, I looked back, and got involved with a group on the site called World In Progress. They have these little courses designed to help a writer work on their characters, world, and other related topics towards strengthening their writing’s background. i.e. all that unwritten stuff that pretty much just exists in the writer’s head so they can write the story itself and make it more believable.

Well, I took their Character Creative, Timeline Technique, and Wonders of World Building classes. I’m going to look into the Ethnicity as well, just for the hell of it, but the point I wanted to make was…. I ventured away from using Fractal Mapper, and other programs, and looked into a video about building a map on Photoshop. I don’t have photoshop, but used gimp, and used what is available there to emulate what was done with the video, and I think I like how it came out there MUCH more than how it came out in the other programs. Not only did I make Verdania look better than on previous images, but I mapped out the other continents of the world of Demeteria, and am in the process of working on Arvandor as well. So, here we are, my map of Demeteria’s land masses.

Demeteria

 

 

 

 

 

My only dislike for this image, is the lack of ability to zoom in on specific regions of the map and put in more detail. It only comes up with a blurred, larger form of the area when I zoom in, even while I was working on it. So, even though I like how this turned out, I am still thinking of trying again if I ever get Campaign Cartographer 3.

This was not all I worked on, I made character sheets for a couple characters, and will continue to do others for other characters, but more importantly, I started work on a time line. I’ve hit a snag around the year 640, for the kingdom of Haven, not liking how I haven’t reached the year 1000 yet, and have already gotten certain events into the timeline. I’m going to switch my focus to the Elves, and work on their portion of the timeline, and see if I can stretch things out so that it at least exceeds 1,000 years, because I do have bits in the story already that refer to an event having happened 1,000 years ago, so the timeline won’t be complete anytime soon, but it is at least started and I’m working on it, which I had no idea how to start prior to this class. All thanks to Minara, GoldenAmber, and Robyn Sparks, the teachers & leaders of this group on Writing.Com.

My name on Writing.Com is the same as my Nano name, in case anyone wants to check me out: VerdaniaMan.

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