My World

I mentioned, in ‘Part 1: Cyclic Calendar’, that I’ve been considering writing a fantasy series. It’s a very long way off. I have some fragmented world ideas, a few story outcomes, and ideas to ponder several modern issues in a fantasy world. Nothing concrete yet. Truth is, I may never build an entire world or write a novel. It’s an ambition. A dream, somewhat ethereal, yet corporeal, floating on the edge of ghostly tendrils. It’s at a distance, but just about in view: a possibility.

Many, maybe yourself, are in a similar position. From my experience, the reading and writing community is wonderful and supportive. I created this blog to contribute to that culture. When I began creating building blocks for my world, I thought it would be beneficial to blog the process—thoughts, rationale, calculations, links to the real-world etc.—for myself, but mainly because it may help others. There are aspects of worldbuilding I’m unlikely to blog about, at least not in full, as they could lead to spoilers, if I were to write a novel. Though, I would write these retrospectively. That said, I may never add more to this page than what is already here. I have no idea how far this journey will take me, but, I hope, what is already here may already benefit others.

I’ve been thinking about writing a fantasy novel for a while. Fragmented thoughts regarding story arcs, key events to define characters, social & political structures, economical factors races and how to end one book to lead into another, but as of yet nothing solid. I haven’t actually sat down to try and piece something together. …
Having come up with my own calendar (Cyclic Calendar), I decided to focus on currency. Many of my initial thoughts were based on the metric system we use in the real-world–I thought that isn’t my own system; it’s just renaming currency. Where’s the creativity? The originality? Then it came to me. The Cyclic Calendar will …
I mentioned in the first post on currency that I would consider using ratios of 28:1 (iron to copper), 13:1 (copper to silver), and 4:1 (silver to gold) in my currency system. For me, the main reason to use these ratios is to keep the theme of using the important numbers derived from the Cyclic …
Following ‘Cyclic Calendar‘ and ‘Currency‘ I decided to explore weights and measures, namely: length, volume, area and weight. I’ve yet to consider measurements of time, and expect I’ll stick to second, minutes and hours. We have several options when implementing measurements in a fantasy world. I considered metric, imperial, hybrid and a made-up system. From …
I thought I’d have a go at the artwork for my weights and measures system, as I did with the ‘Cyclic Calendar‘ and ‘Currency‘ system. The idea of the artwork it to create an information leaflet of sorts. One that looks old and dated and could be used in a book if I write a …