Long time no write, friends!
I’ve decided to come back to blogging, but start out fresh this time. New, clean slate, new ideas, new projects, the whole nine yards! But I’m sure you’re not here to read about my excuses or promises. To start off my blog anew, let’s talk about something that has fascinated me for years: Worldbuilding.
Worldbuilding, simply put, is the creation and development of a fictional world, universe, or even an alternate timeline. This process spans across many genres, from Fantasy to SciFi, and is only limited by your imagination and creativity. It’s how countless stories are made more real to us readers; by dropping us into a fleshed out world with a rich history, we are better able to understand the events of the world, the references to historical events made by characters and places, and the background of the story the author is telling. Prominent examples of these works shouldn’t be a surprise to you at this point: Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings, Hogwarts/Europe in Harry Potter, Post-apocalyptic Earth in the Fallout games, Tamriel in the Elder Scrolls games, Azeroth in the Warcraft games, and so many more.
I bring this up, because I’ve always enjoyed writing stories in alternate realities and worlds, and in the past year I’ve gotten really into building my own worlds. I started building up a world in the fantasy genre first, a high magic setting to be used in a Dungeons & Dragons campaign I was running for a while. I’ve had to go back to the drawing board for that world, but recently I was inspired to create a scifi universe.
This new project of mine, called New Earth, is an alternate timeline of the real world, set far in the future. Earth as we know it falls (for several reasons) and the remnants of humanity have escaped and founded New Earth, a far-off habitable planet that has been colonized by the descendants of Earth humans. I’ve started a project on World Anvil, a cool worldbuilding utility that helps with organization, and simplifies the intense process of world creation.
It’ll be a slow and tedious effort to get this world built, and I will also be working on my fantasy world, which will actually be a bit tougher, since there won’t be much of reality to build off of as a base.
Somewhat of a short, random post, but that’s all I have for now. I hope you enjoyed this brief jaunt through worldbuilding with me, and I’ll be sure to come back with more interesting stuff soon!
In other news, I’m hoping to get back into video and podcast recording, but it’s still fairly difficult for me to find the time to do so, and the inspiration for topics to discuss or commentary to provide. Work in progress, as usual!
Thanks for joining me once again, friends! Stay tuned for more. 🙂