Category Archive: worldbuilding

Oct 07 2011

Are There Any Mineralogists in the Audience?

If so, have you ever howled at silly mineralogical mistakes in a piece of fiction? Wanna prevent me from making you scream? I’m in the midst of worldbuilding, you see, and I’ve just come across the uncomfortable fact that I know bugger-all about minerals. I know some basics: that when a geologist is talking about …

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Sep 15 2011

A River Runs Through It – Sometimes At Flood Stage

Before Anne Jefferson, floods bored me. I didn’t used to put a lot of thought into how rivers overran. I knew the basics: too much water = overflowing banks. Simple equation, one even an Arizonan can solve. We watched it happen. Rain had a difficult time soaking into hard desert earth. So, every rainstorm, there …

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Jan 13 2011

Building a Better World: Ice Caves

Welcome to the first installment in what promises to be a very nearly endless series.  I’ll be bringing you the fruits of my research as I build Xtalea from the core up.  We’ll be exploring everything from geology to biology to all sorts of interesting tidbits that come up. Before we get to ice caves, …

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