aldersprig: (NanoGiraffe)
The original poll was a little too long, so I'm divvying this up into little polls for everyone's sanity.

Poll #18894 Third Poll of the Polling Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


Vas World, Dragons Next Door, & Facets of Dusk: Which of these stories should I continue?

View Answers

Fears/Loophole/Neighborhood Watch
3 (42.9%)

Sturdy Walls & Bridges in Walls.
4 (57.1%)

Sharing Stories.
3 (42.9%)

Aud & Sage’s courtship and Rules.
7 (100.0%)

Learning and Lies.
3 (42.9%)

Rule Two, Parent-Teacher Conference, Showing Off, Human Town
4 (57.1%)

Planning Board Woes
3 (42.9%)

Lessons Learned in School.
0 (0.0%)

Bianna
3 (42.9%)

Falling
1 (14.3%)

Christmas
1 (14.3%)

the medieval/wild West mix-up
3 (42.9%)

the door that the Jameerery went through
3 (42.9%)

The Uniform
0 (0.0%)

Horseback
1 (14.3%)

What (not on the giant list) should I continue for Planners, Unicorn/Factory, and/or Shadow Rebellion?



The Links:
Fears/Loophole/Neighborhood Watch
Sturdy Walls & Bridges in Walls.
Sharing Stories
Aud & Sage's courtship and Rules:
Rule One; the Over the Wall thread includes Rule ThreeDwimors, and Self-Hating
Learning and Lies
Rule TwoParent-Teacher ConferenceShowing OffHuman Town
Planning Board Woes
Lessons Learned in School.
Bianna:
 Then and Now, waiting-for-sponsorship Under PressureHands-on-KnowledgeFriends Do.
Falling 
Christmas
the medieval/wild West mix-up
the door that the Jameerery went through.
The Uniform
Horseback 

Shadow Rebellion
Landing page and tag 



Stories that WILL be written because I've already started their outlines:
Heroes
Catbois in Cages
Space Accountant Accidental Marriage

The other winners of the first Poll (At least 2 of these will be written):
Bless the Cat.(AF)
Legacy Cat.(AF)
King(maker) Cake, etc.(AF)

Current Winner of Stranded/Reiassan Poll (feel free to vote if you haven't already!)
Stranded in Winter
Love Meme: Autumn and Ink
Rin and her Mother, and Knowing Where His Place Is
Road Map To....

Current Winners of the Addergoole/Tir na Cali Poll
Bjorn: Uncle and The Uncle’s… Pet?
Return to Sender/Old Debts and Old Favors***
Little Lost Kitty Girl
Clarisse: Paint it Blue and Paint Me Blue
aldersprig: (NanoGiraffe)
The original poll was a little too long, so I'm divvying this up into little polls for everyone's sanity.

Stories that WILL be written because I've already started their outlines:
Heroes
Catbois in Cages
Space Accountant Accidental Marriage

The other winners of the first Poll (At least 2 of these will be written):
Bless the Cat.(AF)
Legacy Cat.(AF)
King(maker) Cake, etc.(AF)

Current Winner of Stranded/Reiassan Poll (feel free to vote if you haven't already!)
Stranded in Winter
Love Meme: Autumn and Ink
Rin and her Mother, and Knowing Where His Place Is
Road Map To....


Poll #18864 Second Poll of the Polling Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 8


Fae Apoc and Tir na Cali: Which of these stories should I continue?

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Clarisse: Paint it Blue and Paint Me Blue
3 (37.5%)

Bjorn: Uncle and The Uncle’s… Pet?
6 (75.0%)

Matchmaker, Matchmaker (Adg)
1 (12.5%)

Abrelle: Shades and Shifting
1 (12.5%)

Cumhai: A couple helping hands etc
2 (25.0%)

About That… (Adg)
0 (0.0%)

Bracken, her first year, second year, etc.
3 (37.5%)

Deaths in the Faerie apocalypse, a side note (Adg)
1 (12.5%)

They Were Over (Adg)
1 (12.5%)

Together/Again (Adg)
2 (25.0%)

Where It All Began (Adg)
1 (12.5%)

Return to Sender/Old Debts and Old Favors***
3 (37.5%)

The Collar Job, Part VI
2 (25.0%)

Tir na Cali Slave School
2 (25.0%)

I Serve
1 (12.5%)

Hallowing New Ground
0 (0.0%)

Turning, Tables, and Other Things
1 (12.5%)

Little Lost Kitty Girl
3 (37.5%)

What (not on the giant list) should I continue for Vas World, Dragons Next Door, and/or Facets of Dusk?



The Links:

aldersprig: (NanoGiraffe)
The original poll was a little too long, so I'm divvying this up into little polls for everyone's sanity.

Stories that WILL be written because I've already started their outlines:
Heroes
Catbois in Cages
Space Accountant Accidental Marriage

The other winners of the first Poll (At least 2 of these will be written):
Bless the Cat.(AF)
Legacy Cat.(AF)
King(maker) Cake, etc.(AF)

Poll #18819 First Poll of the Polling Polls
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


Stranded and Reiassan: Which of these stories should I continue?

View Answers

Stepping around
2 (22.2%)

Keeping a hold on things
2 (22.2%)

Kith and Kin
3 (33.3%)

Stranded in Winter
8 (88.9%)

Tangling isn’t just a walk in the park
3 (33.3%)

A tangled knot
2 (22.2%)

Love Meme: Autumn and Ink
4 (44.4%)

Fifty Years.
1 (11.1%)

A Wedding and Rin
3 (33.3%)

Rin and her Mother, and Knowing Where His Place Is
5 (55.6%)

Discovery (caves)
2 (22.2%)

Discovery (at sea)
3 (33.3%)

Carrying the Spirit
1 (11.1%)

Skill and Dreams
3 (33.3%)

The Enemy’s City
3 (33.3%)

Road Map To....
5 (55.6%)

With the Goats
3 (33.3%)

What (not on the giant list) should I continue for Tir na Cali and/Or Fae Apoc?




The Links:

Thanks again to [personal profile] kelkyag for the original compilation of links. 


aldersprig: (NanoGiraffe)
Okay!

So this is everything on the "Finish it" list from way back in 2016. (http://aldersprig.livejournal.com/1197753.html)
It's also newer stuff that's tapered off and stuff from "More Please."
Because what I'm going to do for NanoWrimo is write 1667 words of finishing something for 30 days. (or, more likely, 2273 words of finishing something for 22 weekdays).

This is way early, yes. There may be a poll-off in October. But I wanted to give people time to decide.

Also: Links here: http://www.lynthornealder.com/2017/08/29/links-for-the-poll/


Poll #18745 Finish It November (and before) Poll
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 9


What Should I finish First?

View Answers

Arisse and Chress
0 (0.0%)

Kidnappers in “Dragons Next Door.”
3 (33.3%)

Bjorn
0 (0.0%)

Clarisse
0 (0.0%)

Willard
3 (33.3%)

Shahin and Emrys
2 (22.2%)

Tilden
0 (0.0%)

Mikary
2 (22.2%)

Abrelle
0 (0.0%)

Packing
0 (0.0%)

Cúmhaí
0 (0.0%)

Space Accountant Accidental Marriage
5 (55.6%)

The Cat’s Paw. (AF)
3 (33.3%)

B is for Beryl and her Boys.(AF)
3 (33.3%)

Boy Trouble(AF)
4 (44.4%)

Charming(AF)
2 (22.2%)

The Powers that Be(AF)
1 (11.1%)

Midnight, Summer Solstice.(AF)
2 (22.2%)

How The Family Does things(AF)
2 (22.2%)

Family and Cocoa and/or Warm Visions and Warm Family(AF)
3 (33.3%)

Heroes (AF)
4 (44.4%)

An Argument of Magic(AF)
2 (22.2%)

In the Attic(AF)
3 (33.3%)

Aetheric Cleansing.(AF)
1 (11.1%)

Trash and Treasures.(AF)
0 (0.0%)

Bless the Cat.(AF)
5 (55.6%)

Legacy Cat.(AF)
5 (55.6%)

You’d Better Watch Out.(AF)
1 (11.1%)

Wild Card.(AF)
1 (11.1%)

Rumors about the Family.(AF)
2 (22.2%)

The Strength.(AF)
3 (33.3%)

I Am No Aunt.(AF)
1 (11.1%)

Fated(AF)
3 (33.3%)

King(maker) Cake, etc.(AF)
5 (55.6%)

The Hazards of Magic.(AF)
1 (11.1%)

Exhaustion(AF)
1 (11.1%)

Three Glass Beads, Peacock Blue.(AF)
1 (11.1%)

A Locked Chest is Locked for a Reason.(AF)
2 (22.2%)

Fifty Years. (Rsn)
0 (0.0%)

Rin and Girey, and more Rin, with research. (Rsn)
2 (22.2%)

Rin’s parents, and Rin’s father, and … (Rsn)
2 (22.2%)

Discovery (caves) (Rsn)
2 (22.2%)

Discovery (at sea) (Rsn)
3 (33.3%)

Linguistic Tricks. (TUn)
3 (33.3%)

Æ is for Ash. (TUn)
1 (11.1%)

Rodegard – and Esedora (TUn)
2 (22.2%)

Carrying the Spirit. (TUn)
0 (0.0%)

Skill and Dreams. (TUn)
0 (0.0%)

The Enemy’s City. (TUn)
0 (0.0%)

Road Map To.... (TUn)
0 (0.0%)

The Portal Closed.
2 (22.2%)

Take Me (UF)
1 (11.1%)

Cleaning House/Observing (UF)
1 (11.1%)

Change (Unicorn/Factory)
0 (0.0%)

Far Weston. (UF)
0 (0.0%)

Where Do Unicorns Come From?. (UF)
0 (0.0%)

The Silver Road. (UF)
0 (0.0%)

The Unicorn Bride Rebellion. (UF)
2 (22.2%)

Duty (UF)
0 (0.0%)

Unicorn Strokes. (UF)
0 (0.0%)

Unicorn-Chaste. (UF)
0 (0.0%)

Over the Wall (DnD)
4 (44.4%)

Jin/Hostages (DnD)
3 (33.3%)

Bianna (DnD)
3 (33.3%)

Stranded in Winter (Stn)
3 (33.3%)

Matchmaker, Matchmaker (Adg)
1 (11.1%)

About That… (Adg)
0 (0.0%)

Bracken, her first year (Adg)
0 (0.0%)

Deaths in the Faerie apocalypse, a side note (Adg)
2 (22.2%)

They Were Over - (Adg)
1 (11.1%)

Together/Again (Adg)
0 (0.0%)

Then and Now (AF)
2 (22.2%)

Romance was never this convenient to handle
2 (22.2%)

Falling From Grace
1 (11.1%)

Someone Let Me Marathon Criminal Minds
1 (11.1%)

Own the Fate (AF)
1 (11.1%)

Hooked In (AF)
3 (33.3%)

Love Meme: Kai and Rozen, Autumn and Ink
4 (44.4%)

A Storm Brewing Over the Skies of … Setting
1 (11.1%)

The Monarch
1 (11.1%)

Where It All Began - the Zeroth Cohort in Addergoole
3 (33.3%)

The Princess and the Tallest Tower
0 (0.0%)

Return to Sender/Old Debts and Old Favors***
3 (33.3%)

Catbois in Cages
4 (44.4%)

What else should I continue?

aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
First, a link: http://www.robinlafevers.com/2016/10/30/managing-a-cast-of-thousands/

I found this quite interesting, and actually useful in working on the cast for my Nano project.



Now, a completely different topic: Rules, laws, and Taboo, or You Can't Do That on Television (for a totally outdated pop-culture reference).

This comes down to some pretty basic questions:

* what are important rules in your society/country/world?

* how are they (are they?) enforced?

* how are they codified?

* how are transgressions punished?
Read more... )
What about your worlds? What things just Don't Happen? Contrariwise, what things Must Happen?
aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
First, a link - How To Vividly Describe a Setting That You’ve Never Visited: http://romanceuniversity.org/2016/07/22/how-to-vividly-describe-a-setting-that-youve-never-visited-by-angela-ackerman/

Okay, I have my character dressed (or I will as soon as I figure it out); I know where she starts out the story (with her mother, fathers, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandmother, nieces, and nephews), what sort of schooling (loosely) she's had, and what sort of technology the world has. I know it's a totalitarian govern without the technological control to be as invasive as it could be. I know it's a poor nation, with far too much of its resources going towards war.

...Crap, I need a bad guy.

My preferred sort of antagonist, as many of you have noticed over the years, is the Setting Is the Problem: Tír na Cali, Addergoole, Unicorn/Factory, probably Things Unspoken. I mean, in The Tod’cxeckz’ri Paper, the main antagonist, technically, is a collar.

I should probably branch out a bit.
Read more... )
aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
First, some more Links:
http://www.shesnovel.com/blog/plot-bunny-novel/
http://www.epiguide.com/ep101/writing/charchart.html
**
I keep thinking of all these fun, serious sorts of topics, and then realizing I really want to write about fashion.

Well, then why not? It's on my worldbuilding bingo, clearly I'm not the only one that thinks about it.

And in some situations it can make or break your story.
Read more... )
aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
First, some other people's Preptober-related links:

Find Your Story Plot By Asking These 7 Questions
NaNoWriMo Triage Center: Helping You Get To 50K
Some Writing Worksheets
5 Ways to plot your novel



I was all ready to start this post with “Oh bog, I forgot technology”... and then I remembered that I’d covered it in a handwave in the basic questions post.

So, with technology handled, at this point, I look at my story, and see what I need to know to get it started.
Read more... )
aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
All right, so far I have:
  • An urban-fantasy post-apocalyptic setting, several generations (probably 2-400 years) after a major catastrophe.
  • Magic which is limited in scope but, within that scope can be very powerful. It is only wielded by 5-10% of the population, and only about 10% of them have any formal training. Exactly what it can do is going to depend on the story for the moment, as will how it works.
  • The government of [country] is intrusive, totalitarian, and controlling, although it loses some control in the remote areas. It covers a country approximately the size of Texas. It is not necessarily malevolent but it is intent on being in control.


Places to go from here include:
The Physical World
  • Geography: what sort of place is it? Are there mountains? Lakes? Islands? Oceans? Is it flat and boring? Hilly and gorgey?
  • Climate: How much weather does your main location get, and of what sorts (obviously not an issue on a space ship, unless you want it to be)

The Governmental World
  • How much does the government interfere with people’s day-to-day lives? Do they even notice it?
  • How granular is the government? Are their regional leaders? How far down (state/town/ village?) do the governments go?
  • What are the leaders called and how do they become leader? (Queen, hereditary; Innermost Circle, wealth-boosted meritocracy; President, representative election by proxy votes).


Where I’m going first:
Family life: What is the family structure, and how did it come about?
  • Who did your protagonist(s) grow up with? Is this common?
  • Who is responsible for child-rearing? Education? Punishment? (are children punished?)
  • What age is adulthood?
  • Marriage? Does it exist? How does it relate to child-rearing, if at all?
  • How much is the state involved in the government?
  • Potential family units include:
  • Polygynous: One husband, many wives. Common in fantasy. Not my fave.
  • Polyandrous: One wife, many husbands. (See Wikipedia). An option that intrigues me here is fraternal polyandry.
  • Polygamous: all the spouses, everywhere! Group marriage, in this case, since polygamy covers both of the above options. This includes Line Marriage, a la Heinlein.
  • Single-parent households.
  • Extended families as a household (Addergoole’s Shahin, for instance, grew up in an extended family of her mother, her mother’s sisters, and her mother’s mother).
    ...You know, all of these are based on a dual-sexed human species. If you’re going alien… well, you’re well outside of my expertise, but have fun! Five-pointed marriages, anyone?


I’ll note here that what kind of upbringing characters have had will color what they expect out of their life — what partners they may or may not be looking for. Is their family (or their government) going to arrange a marriage for them? How do they feel about that? Are they looking for a partner, three partners, a line marriage to join? It may not be their primary consideration, but even the lack of a consideration is worth a note.
aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
After a brief conversation with Rion the other day, I thought I'd talk about limiting scale.

The thing about worldbuilding in a fantasy or sci-fi world is that your space if effectively limitless. On a fantasy world, you might only have one planet, but you also have the possibility of other planes (or underground worlds, or sky-worlds, and so on).

Sometimes, that's a bit much, and you want to keep your characters in one place and/or just focus on a small area of world-building.
Read more... )
aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
First, a disclaimer:

Normally, I world-build accidentally: I start writing a story and then end up building a setting around it.

This works decently for me, but it ends up with a couple problems, the biggest of which is artifacts of old ideas hanging around (seems like that part in the Matrix where they meet the vampires, etc.): is it Calenta, Calenna, Catenna? And shouldn't that be an initial K anyway?

Sometimes I start with a mood, or a specific scene - Emrys being forced by his vow to kneel for Shahin, for instance - or a feeling. That determines certain things: if the mood is oppressive-government-control, there must be an oppressive government. If a vow forces someone to their knees, then vows have that power.

A lot of times, the worldbuilding comes from a question or a plot bunny or just an idea that appeals to me. That stuff is organic, and sometimes it Tribbles, grows out of control, and is hard to track.

Sometimes, I answer questions, and those questions set things in place, and lead to more questions. For instance, right now I'm pondering how a sexist, tightly-gender-bound matriarchal monarchy (Tír na Cali) handles transpeople (Carefully).
Read more... )
aldersprig: an ancient-looking world map (map)
It's October! That means Nano is just a month away!

And, ack, I need a world.

I thought I'd try to go through my worldbuilding process, such as it is, and break it down into thirty easy posts.

Today, I'm cheating. This is the easy stuff.




First

Pick, loosely, a setting genre:

Realism?
Urban Fantasy/Magical Modern? (not quite the same thing but hey, broad strokes)
Post Apocalyptic?
High Fantasy/secondary world? (Thanks to [personal profile] lemon_badgeress for a reminder of the term)
Cyberpunk?
Sci-Fi/Space Opera?

In my case, after a couple polls and some discussion, I'm writing a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy.

That means magic, technology, grit, and ruins.

Of course... lots of my settings are one or both of those: Cali, Addergoole/Fae Apoc, the Planners, Unnamed Water Apocalypses 1 & 2, What-If/Ninefold... So, obviously, this is only the very broadest stroke.

But it's an important stroke.

What about you? What genre is your setting?
Can you think of any clear options in setting I missed up there?

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