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by Sky Alton
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: The Great Hall
Topic: Gathering and Games
Replies: 40
Views: 5970

Re: Gathering and Games

Remember we'll be in #gamesroom from 5 until 8 PM HOL time tomorrow. See you there!
by Sky Alton
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:40 am
Forum: Admin Office
Topic: Website Bug - Updating Profile?
Replies: 3
Views: 65

Re: Website Bug - Updating Profile?

Scarlet's right :). It's because the forum uses something called BBCode where the profiles use HTML. If you do a quick google search for useful HTML tags,you should be able to find all the ones you need.
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Book Club
Topic: Celebrating World-Building with the Book Club
Replies: 1
Views: 57

Celebrating World-Building with the Book Club

Any one of us, even the lowliest, can create worlds within ourselves; we can people them with the most extraordinary creatures, the most amazing inventions, the most incredible things. We can live in those worlds ourselves, if we choose; and in our own worlds, we can be as we want to be. -Poison by...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: The Bookshelf
Topic: Spotlighted Books: World-Building
Replies: 0
Views: 27

Spotlighted Books: World-Building

Welcome to our very first collection of Spotlighted Books. Intended as a more relaxed replacement for our monthly book discussions, these are a carefully chosen set of suggested reads. This time, we’re focusing on world-building: each of these books takes a very different approach to it. Flip throug...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: The Bookshelf
Topic: Spotlighted Book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Spotlighted Book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Caroll

We’re beginning with a doubleheader as we discuss ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ by Lewis Carroll. With everlasting tea parties, croquet games played with flamingos and very judgemental talking flowers, Wonderland and (to a slightly lesser extent) Looking Glass Co...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: The Bookshelf
Topic: Spotlighted Book: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Hargrave
Replies: 0
Views: 15

Spotlighted Book: The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Hargrave

Our second recommendation for world-building, The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, is a rich and turbulent legend where the landscape of the world isn’t just there to set the scene but to drive the plot as well Synopsis from Goodreads: Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:39 pm
Forum: The Bookshelf
Topic: Spotlighted Book: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Spotlighted Book: The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Our next recommendation for world-building, The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau, is a speculative sci-fi novel that takes place in a grittier kind of world. It plays with the question of what happens when the place that you’ve always known begins to die a slow death around you. Synopsis from Goodread...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: The Bookshelf
Topic: Spotlighted Book: Poison by Chris Wooding
Replies: 0
Views: 19

Spotlighted Book: Poison by Chris Wooding

Our last book for world-building, Poison by Chris Wooding, is a dark fantasy adventure through many different realms. It plays with what we call ‘metafiction’, where the author makes references to the fact that what they’re writing is not only made up but being written. It’s interesting because it s...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: A Writer's Guide to World-Building
Replies: 0
Views: 25

A Writer's Guide to World-Building

Welcome back to Quill and Ink! The Bookshelf and Between the pages are focusing on World Building this term, giving you a chance to get up close and personal with what went into creating your favourite fictional places. Here and on Ink Splatters, we’re passing the pen to you. It’s time to create you...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: World-Building 1: The Seed
Replies: 0
Views: 21

World-Building 1: The Seed

World building can seem very intimidating because of the sheer size of the undertaking. While some people spend years cleverly constructing a world over centuries or even millennia of development (J. R. R. Tolkien), others explore it as they go and only create what they need (a little like JK Rowlin...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:27 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: World-Building 2: Let's Get Cultural
Replies: 0
Views: 11

World-Building 2: Let's Get Cultural

While it’s not always true that people make a world, they’re certainly a crucial part of it. You can have as intricate an ecosystem or history as you like but it’s the characters who readers will relate to. This isn’t just a test of whether you can come up with believable people though, it’s whether...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: World-Building 3: Historic and Mythic
Replies: 0
Views: 11

World-Building 3: Historic and Mythic

I touched on creating a sense of richness in my previous prompt. Now that you’ve populated your world with some people (or at least made a start on what kind of people you’re going to have), it’s time to think about what they believe in and why. Can you imagine our world without any of the myths and...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: World-Building 4: On the Subject of Names
Replies: 0
Views: 17

World-Building 4: On the Subject of Names

Names are very important. That isn’t just because you have to pick some that you and the reader aren’t going to mind spending long periods of time with (though of course that’s crucial too). Names tell us something not only about the character or place but the world (or part of it). They can also be...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: Quill and Ink
Topic: World-Building 5: Paths and Prospects
Replies: 0
Views: 12

World-Building 5: Paths and Prospects

All characters need some kind of goal to aspire to, even if that’s just to survive from one day to the next. Understanding these goals and what drives characters is a large part of forming that bond with a reader that you want to establish. They can give you a point to keep referring back to when yo...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: An Artist's Guide to World-Building
Replies: 0
Views: 23

An Artist's Guide to World-Building

Welcome back to Ink Splatters! The Bookshelf and Between the pages are focusing on World Building this term, giving you a chance to get up close and personal with what went into creating your favourite fictional places. Here and on Quill and Ink, we’re passing the pen to you. It’s time to create you...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: World-Building 1: Map it Out
Replies: 0
Views: 26

World-Building 1: Map it Out

I’m sure at some point you’ve opened a book to find a map (or several) at the front. These can be quite useful when trying to orientate yourself while reading, working out just how far the protagonists have gotten or how much danger they’re in from an approaching army. They can also be very useful f...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:14 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: World-Building 2: Bricks and Mortar
Replies: 0
Views: 19

World-Building 2: Bricks and Mortar

Knowing where your settlements are in relation to one another is great. However, you also need to know what they look like. What shape and how tall are the buildings, how wide are the streets, what building materials are commonly used and is there any decoration to speak of? You’ll probably also nee...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: World-Building 3: What to Wear
Replies: 0
Views: 21

World-Building 3: What to Wear

Clothing might seem like quite a surface decision to make later on (almost i-mmaterial… alright, alright, no puns) and to some extent that’s true. There’s plenty else to decide on. However, it’s another one of those things that you’ll want to consider when deciding what type of people inhabit your w...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: World-Building 4: Food, Glorious Food
Replies: 0
Views: 15

World-Building 4: Food, Glorious Food

Much like with clothing, food is one of those things that seem quite incidental to the plot but actually have tons of hidden importance. Like clothing, people’s choice of food tells us a lot about who they are, where they come from and what ingredients they have access too; it’s one of those points ...
by Sky Alton
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Ink Splatters
Topic: World-Building 5: Fun and Games
Replies: 0
Views: 14

World-Building 5: Fun and Games

Busy plots often mean that characters don’t have a lot of time to relax. It’s still key that you establish what options they might have though, if you randomly decided to give them a break from new crises or emotional upheaval. The importance of leisure activities will differ wildly from world to wo...

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