World Building – Part 2

So, I’ve written about this before, here to be precise.  Last time I started with the words, world building is hard.

In retrospect this was inaccurate, it isn’t hard, it’s challenging.  There’s whole world of difference between the two of those, because as it turns out I quite enjoy world building, it’s exceedingly rewarding.  I never knew deciding on how the passage of time works and working on religions could be so interesting, but then seeing it leads to whole load of reading I should have known really.

I think the problem was that I didn’t totally have the themes of the world set in my head, I knew what they were, they just weren’t organised.  After some organisation, I have managed to get some key things sorted.  I have now decided that time will pass at the same rate as the real world and have worked out that the city the first story is set in will be an atheist state.  Next, I need to address language, does everyone speak the same language or will that differ from one nation to the other?  If they do speak different then how am I going to represent this since I only know my mother tongue?

At one time, I might have considered this too daunting a challenge to tackle and looked for an easy way out.  These days I can’t wait to take the challenge on.

Exciting times my friends.

Audio Books

I like to read.

Not endlessly, I know people who never stop reading, they’ve always got a book on the go and the thought of having nothing to read gives them palpitations.  I’m more of a binge reader, I’ve discussed this before so I’ll not linger on this subject.

The point of this blog post is this, I recently discovered audio books.  Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking that audio books have been around for years and I can’t have been unaware of their existence until now.  Well you would be right, I knew of them, I just never really had the drive to listen to one until recently.  So, in what was a somewhat spontaneous move, I decided to sign up on Audible and take in my first audio book.

But what audio book should I read was the question?

I gave this a great deal of thought.  Should I go for something contemporary, fantasy fiction or maybe something a little older, indeed a classic.  Firstly, with it having recently been the twentieth anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book I considered that.  Then there was a couple of medieval fiction books and fantasy books, the names of which escape me right now.  My final option was something I have tried to read before but never managed to make serious headway into, Sherlock Holmes.

I decided on the latter, mainly because it was the definitive collection, which weighed in at seventy-one hours long and was narrated by Stephen Fry to boot.  I am currently listening to A Study in Scarlet and must admit, I’m jolly well enjoying it.

The point of all this?

If you have ever wanted to take in a story but have struggled to digest the book, then I would recommend an audio book.  For people such as I who don’t have the greatest attention span, a good audio book, well narrated may well be the answer to your literary woes.

Peace out folks, and have a lovely day.