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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for CREATING PLACES by Randy Ellefson, a non-fiction available now from Evermore Press, LLC.

Randy Ellefson will be awarding an ultimate world builder's package to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more they comment, the better their chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.





Creating Places
by Randy Ellefson


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GENRE:   Non-fiction


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BLURB:


Creating a unique, immersive setting one place at a time.

CREATING PLACES (THE ART OF WORLD BUILDING, #2) is a detailed how-to guide on inventing the heart of every imaginary world - places. It includes chapters on inventing planets, moons, continents, mountains, forests, deserts, bodies of water, sovereign powers, settlements, and interesting locales. Extensive, culled research on each is provided to inform your world building decisions and understand the impact on craft, story, and audience. You’ll also learn how and when to create history and maps. Experts and beginners alike will benefit from the free templates that make building worlds easier, quicker, and more fun.

Learn the difference between types of monarchies, democracies, dictatorships and more for realistic variety and believable conflict. Understand how latitude, prevailing winds, and mountains affect climate, rainfall, and what types of forests and deserts will exist in each location. Consistently calculate how long it takes to travel by horse, wagon, sailing vessels, or even dragon over different terrain types and conditions.

CREATING PLACES is the second volume in THE ART OF WORLD BUILDING, the only multi-volume series of its kind. Three times the length, depth, and breadth of other guides, the series can help fantasy and science fiction creators determine how much to build and why, how to use world building in your work, and whether the effort to create places will reap rewards for you and your audience.


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EXCERPT:


All flying animals that are depicted as being ridable are imaginary. The likelihood is that none of them would get off the ground with a rider, but there’s no fun in that. We must take being realistic with a bigger grain of salt than normal. This can suggest doing whatever we want, and we certainly can, but there are often useful details and considerations that arise from trying to being realistic anyway. And these serve to make our work more believable.


While flying can generally be assumed to be done in a straight line, factors change this. Mountains can be tall enough that they must be circumnavigated. Real birds struggle to get over the Himalayas, for example, because the air is thinner. Larger creatures like a dragon would suffer even more from this. Dragons are often depicted as all powerful, but this is one way to make them less formidable and realistic at once. The difficulty of climbing over tall mountains is one reason, along with rain shadows, for characterizing any land features we’ve created; in this case, we’ll decide which mountains ranges are this tall (hint from chapter 4: the tallest peaks are in the interior of a continent, not on its coast).


Hostile territories can also change flight patterns, whether that hostility is other animals or sentient beings like humans. Even dragons are preyed upon by other dragons. A lone dragon might fear to fly through an area full of other dragons, especially if the latter are territorial or of another kind hostile to its own kind. If the dragon is unafraid, his rider might be more cautious.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Randy Ellefson has written fantasy fiction since his teens and is an avid world builder, having spent three decades creating Llurien, which has its own website. He has a Bachelor’s of Music in classical guitar but has always been more of a rocker, having released several albums and earned endorsements from music companies. He’s a professional software developer and runs a consulting firm in the Washington D.C. suburbs. He loves spending time with his son and daughter when not writing, making music, or playing golf.
Creating Places universal buy link: http://www.books2read.com/creatingplaces  
The Art of World Building Podcast http://www.artofworldbuilding.com/podcast
The Art of World Building Website: http://www.ArtofWorldBuilding.com
NOTE: The book series has a new podcast where even more details are discussed. This podcast is free to listen! Follow along here: http://www.artofworldbuilding.com/podcast


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GIVEAWAY:


Randy Ellefson will be awarding an ultimate world builder's package to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.






Click here to enter for a chance to win an ultimate world builder's giveaway




TOUR PARTICIPANTS:

November 13: The Reading Addict
November 14: This and That Book Blog
November 15: Edgar's Books
November 15: Rogue's Angels
November 16: The Avid Reader
November 17: Author C.A.Milson
November 20: T's Stuff
November 20: Lily Iona MacKenzie's Blog for Writers and Readers
November 21: Fabulous and Brunette
November 22: Mixed Book Bag
November 22: Welcome to My World of Dreams
November 24: Locks, Hooks and Books
November 27: Independent Authors
November 28: Readeropolis
November 29: Kit 'N Kabookle
November 29: Hope. Dreams. Life... Love
November 30: Mello and June, It's a Book Thang!
December 1: It's Raining Books

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