Worldbuilding: Transportation Costs and Questions

Today's post will discuss the question of transportation costs and the time involved around the world. It's something of an unusual topic and probably a little more boring to most people, but ultimately transportation--and its modern speed--is the cornerstone of our modern world, the reason we are able to enjoy the comforts of air conditioning …

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Research: Grasping the Point

Today's post will discuss one of the common pitfalls of research: that is to say, what's the context, and did you read it in context? I mention this primarily because of evident errors in academic recommendations I've read there; links that say precisely the opposite of what people tried to suggest about what it said, …

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Genre Notes: The Value of a Tragic Story, and an Examination of Melancholy

Today's post will discuss tragedies. It is true that these stories have gone somewhat out of vogue recently, having been supplanted in favor of good end stories. Ultimately there's a perspective, particularly in the modern day, of the need for self-insertion among readership if not a fair portion of the authorship. We believe that it's …

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Worldbuilding: A Sense of Spirituality, the Afterlife, and Approaches to Death

Today's post discusses a related issue to the general case of worldbuilding and religion, but focuses on a particular aspect of this general area; namely, how death is handled in the culture. Generally the address to death and how someone handles it is extremely important for understanding character and society in the long term. That …

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Research: An Address of Historicity, Primary and Secondary Sources, and Getting Information Right

Today's post will discuss research in terms of the types of sources used, including an address of accuracy. While in general it's unnecessary to provide a fully detailed list of sources at the back of the novel (usually, if you are going to include such sources, they appear on the acknowledgements page), I recommend putting …

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