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A question for the blogosphere . . .

. . . or the six of you who actually read this ;)

As I mentioned a few entries ago, I've decided to keep the basic storyline and character I developed for the Abbadon Press shared world and do something with it. One reason is I really believe in the character and the story that I developed and since I already have the basic pitch and synopsis, might as well keep going. Plus, two, I'm an inherently lazy person and hate to see all this work go to waste.

However, since Rowena will not be living in the shared world, she needs one to occupy (and for me to put her in when I edit out all the Abbadon stuff). The question is, do I invest the time in creating a new world for her (with the associated maps, governments, money, calendars, etc. that I'm wont to do) or do I use the already created world of the Chronicles of the Sea Dragon that I've been honing since 1994 and have tons of backstories and personalities that probably won't make it into the Chronicle if I do sell the books.

Does this cause potential problems having two series set in the same universe?

Help me, LiveJournal, you're my only hope.

Well, not really, but I figure buttering you guys up can't hurt


Poll #1089224 New World or Used World

Should Rowena get her own world or use the World of the Chronicles?

Own World - Something new and unique to highlight her own unique character
1(8.3%)
The world of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon - Already developed with many backstories (a 600 island archipelago with two nearby continents)
8(66.7%)
Quit being lazy and make your own decision, slacker
3(25.0%)

Comments

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trampledamage
Nov. 15th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
Since you asked, option 2 :o)

I figure more than one person lives in your Chronicles world, so why can't Rowena?
nightwolfwriter
Nov. 15th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
True.

Plus Chronicles is more of a "sword and sorcery on the high seas" story line.

Childhood's Tears and any other stories Rowena might want to tell me would be more a look at the lands surrounded by the seas.

There are some definite possibilities here.

*rubs chin and cackles evilly*
queenoftheskies
Nov. 15th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
I think it would be awesome to see the world from two different points of view!
zornhau
Nov. 15th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
The world of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon...
Obvious answer. Unless she requires a markedly different context, why invent another sword and sorcery world? Most readers love to get to know a place, not through lyrical info dumps, but through "living" there - e.g. Diskworld.

Two caveats:

1. I haven't ready any of your stuff yet because this year I've been too busy writing my own.

2. You'd better have timelines and history worked out, especially if anything big happens.
nightwolfwriter
Nov. 15th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
Re: The world of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon...
Great point about the timelines.

I wonder if the wife still has her Calendar Creator program (or if it would actually run on Vista)? I have the Chronicles timeline pretty well worked out for the first book (especially since I list the date at the start of each chapter). It shouldn't be too difficult to weave Rowena's story in and around those dates.

Hmm, concurrent story lines or stories seperated by time?

I love it when ideas start percolating!
zornhau
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: The world of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon...
Humble suggestion that you've bprobably already thought of: Write the history in summary form as if it was a story itself - protags, reversals twists etc. Then drop the characters into it a la Sharpe. It'll create a tremendous sense of reality...
nightwolfwriter
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:19 pm (UTC)
Re: The world of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon...
I probably should do that. I have a small synopsis of each of the realms in the archipelago (Current ruler, ambitions, goals) but I don't have every history finished yet.

Another good project for when I'm stumped on another project.

(Already have 3 3.5 disks worth of background data - what's a few more. ;) )
zornhau
Nov. 15th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: The world of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon...
Interestingly, Howard did it, but nobody can really read the piece (admittedly written for his own use) and then retain the info., mainly, I think, because it wasn't a story in its own right. The Middle Earth backstory, on the otherhand, has its own fans.

Can feel an LJ entry coming on...
nightwolfwriter
Nov. 15th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Re: The world of Chronicles of the Sea Dragon...
Oh, and go click one of the buttons already.

It's only 7:30pm there. You shouldn't be asleep yet.
steve_mollmann
Nov. 15th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
I would try to fit Rowena into your pre-existing universe.

But I would say that, given that I'm always trying to jam every sf story I come up with into the same future history. Sometimes I even succeed.

Steve
ghostbearmw
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Option 3, because I have that exact quote above my monitor at home. :)
yogcmarthoth
Nov. 15th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
Option 2, I think!
wishweaver
Nov. 16th, 2007 12:47 am (UTC)
I picked option 3 simply because of all the crap you give me about my (in)ability to make decisions.

However, in retrospect, option 2 is probably your best option. ;-)
nightwolfwriter
Nov. 16th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
I

give you crap?

Surely, you jest.
wishweaver
Nov. 16th, 2007 12:50 am (UTC)
I never jest, and don't call me Shirley. *drum riff* ;-)
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