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A worldbuilding manifesto
(Or: a discussion of science fiction clichés)
Long ago, I created a space opera universe, with high hopes of setting all kinds of awesome stories in it. That didn't work out. Took me years to write just one. Even writing down all I knew about the setting didn't help. After some reworking, it finally yielded another story written by a friend, and a forum-based roleplaying adventure. And that was all.
My third attempt at worldbuilding came much later, and went straight to science-fantasy. But even though almost everything changed, most of my old principles turned out to have aged just fine. So here they (still) are. Enjoy.
Earth should not be special in any way
Aren't you annoyed by the anthropocentrism and Terracentrism of most science fiction? I mean, when Earth isn't the pinnacle of galactic civilization (usually without justification), it must be a
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The Watch
Plumes of smoke drifted across the clear summer sky, carrying with them the acrid smell of still-burning fires. Below, narrow streets winded among facades riddled with holes, pavement stones upturned by tank treads wherever the lumbering mechanical beetles had struggled to turn some corner. Here, a lamp post leaned against a partially collapsed house, where an artillery shell had pierced the wall and exploded, scattering blackened bricks every which way. There, water gurgled out of the exposed pipework of what had been a lovely public fountain, forming pools in the tattered shadow of an awning.
There was no sound but for the crackling of flames; at least, not until the rapping of boots echoed among the endless files of three-story buildings. Two dozen soldiers marched as orderly as the torn ground allowed for, peeking nervously at the gloom behind broken windows while they fingered the straps of rifles. But there was nothing to see, not even the flapping of a pigeon's wings.
Until, tha
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It was a beautiful day at the beach, with not a cloud in the sky and just enough wind to temper the burning sun, the piercing cries of seagulls breaking up the heartbeat of waves washing up on hot sand. The meteor shower was just a bonus; nothing like that had been announced, but still they came, strings of silver sparks streaking across the sky. People pointed, watched with binoculars, filmed with their phones, shouts of excitement punctuating the bigger fireballs. But none of them ever came closer than the horizon. For a while, the show seemed to have ended. Then the wind picked up, bringing with it small dark clouds that churned furiously as they raced low over the water. People began to panic, swimmers racing each other ashore while those sunning themselves grabbed their towels and ran. A couple fell off their jet skis, narrowly avoiding one of the clouds that swept close to the shore. For a moment its shape suggested a bird of prey as it hovered above a hastily deserted jetty made
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Vryheid prologue
A curious person strode the halls of the royal palace in Stichting that morning: under a meter and fifty tall, with slick blond hair held back by large pointy ears, blue eyes and most strikingly a lion tail swishing behind him, which added playfulness to a youthful appearance. Heads turned at the sound of steps on the granite floors and the creaking of shiny, elegant space age clothes, as sunbeams streaked through the ornate windows. A couple of robot maids standing in a doorframe bowed in unison, receiving a nod in response. A middle-aged man in a tailcoat stopped in his tracks. "Magister," he greeted. "Chief Secretary," was the amiable answer. From a perpendicular corridor which seemed gloomy by way of contrast came a woman with a sour expression, in a conservative skirt suit, passing by without so much as a sideways glance, a large tablet in one hand, briefcase in the other. Without hesitation, the short figure turned left, away from the light, casting a long shadow ahead.
This wing
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Captain's log, ship's date 223/187.3: the Bonaventure has been dispatched to search for a missing survey ship in the ZSC-6594 system. I hope they're still spaceborne; landing on any of the planets there would be like rappelling down into the crater of an active volcano. Which is of course exactly the kind of thing scientists love to do.
"Realspace in 3... 2... 1..."
One moment there was little on the main screen apart from a living nothingness the human brain refused to make sense of. Then the universe rushed in out of nowhere to reassert its rightful place around the ship with a satisfying "plop". Or rather, that's the sound it would have made if ships coming out of hyper made any sound at all, Captain Stewart reflected wryly.
She straightened up in her chair at the center of the bridge to look around: a tall, bony woman with white hair that fell straight to the shoulders of her dark blue jumpsuit. At the various consoles, her command crew was doing the same -- all but one, who
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A Chance of Carols, Chapter 2
Stave 2; To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Inside Claire's cabin, the warm fire popped and snapped, the dogs laid in a pile beside the heat. Lightning was chewing on his bone, and Shiner's was laying beside him, and Jefferson was stoking the fire. The tea kettle announced the coming out of the two women. As Debbie carried out a tray with coffee and tea cups rattling slightly in their dishes. Claire was carrying out a plate loaded with her transparent pie-tarts and homemade cinnamon buns fresh out of the oven, giving the air a sweet smell of cinnamon, vanilla, coffee, and tea.
"Ahh thank ye'" Jefferson happily said as he reached for his coffee. Debbie, with her teacup, sat beside her husband, while Claire was subdividing a tart between her, and her two dogs.
As the tall redhead handed each segment of the tart to each dog, she was looking over Debbie and Jefferson. He was dressed in jeans and a blue sweater, and his normal jet-black hair was already showing streaks of gr
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World Anvil, a review
A few weeks formerly, I ran across a posting about a new world-building site called ’World Anvil’
Much like the smith tool, it is big, bulky, and know what? It’s explicitly what’s needed, without the cost, and without being tied to just one computer. One of the nice things about cloud computing it seems.
So without anything to lose and everything to gain, I gave it a try. In truth, :iconfelixplesoianu: and I have.
So far, I have recommended it highly.
It allows you to build your world using specific fields, hyperlinked together. You fill in various areas such as species, then drill down into more and more specific questions such as Physical aspects, then even more detailed. How does your species see things? Hear? As you do, each question makes you think and fill in more questions. Already I’m seeing things of my own story-worlds that I never saw before.
The best thing; it shows you what’s needed to at least begin a story-world. I say begin because I
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A Chance of Carols, Chapter 1
A Chance of Carols
Chapter: 1
By Yunwi Tsunsdi
Stave 1: Cabin in the Holler
   "All I wanted in life, was a chance."
    A week before Christmas, and all through the city of Pikeville Kentucky, people were busying themselves with the final preparations for the beloved holiday. A heavy storm left a thick blanket of snow, outlining the city in a white canvas for the festive colors and finery that hung from the doors, and buildings. Within the canyon of the buildings, footpaths were cleared, and the small stores were busy. The air was filled with the laughter of children, the chatter of adults talking to one another, or wishing the people passing by  "Merry Christmas!" Topped off, with the piped music of a Kentucky icon; Rosemary Clooney "White Christmas."
     A very idyllic scene, but for one, it mattered little.
      Gordon's Bistro and Confectionery was busy as well, and the oft opened door filled the still air with scent
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Welcome to Ink Jerkers!
Welcome to Ink-Jerkers, I'm your co-founder, Kantuck Nadie Nat-akon. I thought I'd start with a tiny bit about myself.
The idea for Ink-jerkers is simply to be a place where new and intermediate writers can come for tips, techniques. Support for your writings, and the like.
Being in several writing groups, both online and off. I've seen where newbies feel a bit overwhelmed, and I understand. For although I've written non-fiction all my life (I was a school paper writer for two years in high school to start.) Writing fiction has been a major challenge. I just started in 2010 when a friend of mine I met in a sci-fi convention several years earlier asked me to co-write a story. Although it awoke my long-held desire to write such it's taken seven years before I could even see myself as a fiction writer.
Now I'd like to share what I know.
What will I post? Basically, anything dealing with actually writing to writing tools as well. My current passion is EMACS and Org-mode for writing
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vladodlhy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for the fave!
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Hey! Thanks for the fave! ^^
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And thank you for the watch!!!
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Thank you for the fave!
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Thank you for the watch.
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Foxie! \o/
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Thanks for adding me to your watch list 
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Thank you for the +fav, Felix. See you soon! 
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