It has come to an end, this, leaving many with more questions and opinions about the turning of the 3rd Age of the Wheel of Time. My adventures in the world of The Wheel of Time began in 1999, a tad behind many of the hard core fans of the series.
It was my introduction to reading fantasy really. Which has led me now to reading the likes of The Sword of Truth, A Song of Ice and Fire and many others.
To be honest I have a lot of problems with the ending. I’m not laying this on Mr. Sandersons shoulders either. There were just so many ways things fell out that you had to ask yourself what the hell just happened. There have been many things that have happened over the course of the series in which you had to ask the same question but this book seemed extremely riddled with them.
I had problems reading through a couple books of Shaido perspective to find that my time was wasted as I didn’t care about them in the first place. I’m sure some of it was related to forsaken activities. I love the wheel of time series and the center it took characters themselves.
It almost seemed like some of the characters just lost their way, some becoming completely different people. So to say the least. I was disappointed with the finale.
Writing is my passion. It is telling a story that I truly long to do. With it comes the speed bumps of not being able to write at all and sometimes my analytic brain tells me something isn’t right or no longer interests me.
However I need to access, that part of me that needs to tell a story. For the time being I have re-entered the World of Warcraft as an escape from reality and the amount of time that has been spent learning the lore and the story of the guild that was started in on the day of release have created a site for that and have been working on fan fiction based around the characters of the guild and my characters and their place in that world.
For some reason the most recent version of wordpress still has glitches and issues and the link button is now working as it should but feel free to open a new tab and go to
As we continue our adventure into the world building of Vidiland, I wanted to share a site I had found in the process of building.
Here you can download a file in several different versions that takes you step by step on some of the finer points of building a fantasy world.
Use it to even evaluate the construction of your cities from farms to castle.
To understanding the dynamic of having a magic system that has boundaries.
Creating the finer points of your own created fantasy creatures.
Give it a whirl.
Today we would like to share one of the many resources we have reviewed on the web.
The following is written by fantasy author Daniel Arenson. He has been doing a lot of stuff since he started out in 1998 with short stories. However in the following article he does not just focus on actual story, he also gives important information he has learned over the years while trying to get published.
It’s also less about the order of fantasy and more about getting the story out. I feel the approach is a way to get writing in gear and leave out biased opinions on content of it and focus more on the contexts.
I have tried to draw inspiration on pretty much anything I can get my hands on. Some of the more notable ones though have had a profound impact on the style of writing and and influence of the story itself.
The Wheel of Time – Robert Jordan / Brandon Sanderson
The Sword of Truth – Terry Goodkind
A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin.
The Incarnations of Immortality – Piers Anthony
Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
Dragonlance: The Chronicles Trilogy – Margaret Weis / Tracy Hickman
Each of these have impacted the story to come in several ways. Each of the authors have certain attributes about their writing styles that are appealing.
I have read through the wheel of time twice now, and the most distinguishing thing for me aside from the world detail itself is the One Power. It was a unique approach that is easily followed and quite simple in understanding and has a large array of possibilities. The world was so detailed and more than that each culture was meticulously crafted and drawn from the very world around us.
A Song of Ice and Fire I am only starting to work through with the time available to me. While I have watched both the seasons of Game of Thrones and enjoyed them there has always been something a little bit more enriching from novels vs video. However, the one thing that I have enjoyed about the series is the approach to chapters and how it’s more of a switch between characters.
Dragonlance was my first real dive into the realm of fantasy. The characters had their own uniqueness but it gave me the ability to see a certain richness and possibilities with a fantasy world. Most importantly it was about the struggle of traditional light vs dark.
Mistborn was a whole different breed to the stories above. It gave me the ability to see the concept of magic apart from traditional values. While I don’t want to spoil the ending of the first book, it highly gives you a good look at perspective as well. It also gave me a better understanding of group mentality that could be seen through each character in a unique way.
The sword of truth was quite traditional in my opinion. The dark overlord and the chose hero. It however also made this in a dark tone with several different original ideas that fit perfectly into that world. It had the wise old mentor, even if this one was a bit eccentric, and the damsel in distress to get the story rolling. She turns out to be quite a strong woman and character in her own right.
Finally, while it is more modern, the incarnation of immortality was about characters. It was about each character learning to do their task and not be manipulated by the forces of evil. The interesting part were those “offices” and now they played a role in everything and certain characters in this novel have similar situations.
Welcome to the development site for the in the works fantasy series “Seeds of Aether”
While the rough draft is still coming along this site is meant to give you a glimpse into it’s world. Learn a little bit about the characters involved, the cities that build the world and the magic.
From time to time I will also update and add a small excerpt from the work itself.