In Dreams of Trees : The Endless City [WORLDBUILDING]

Wordcount: 448
Rating/Warnings: PG
Summary: Wordwar, Worldbuilding.

NOTE: This is a very rough draft with no editing at all (per National Novel Wiriting Month rules) and is presented for amusement value only. Think of it as a periscope into my writing process rather than a coherent story!

There will most likely be spelling and grammatical errors afoot as well as flat out bad writing, info dumps, plot holes, contradictions/retcons, uneven characterization and pacing. These snippits are also posted out of order, so please refer to the Outline to figure out where it’s supposed to fit.


The Endless City [WORLDBUILDING]

Since I am behind on the wordcount it’s time to take a moment and do some world building. True, this is not prose, but it’s the things that I need to make the prose make sense and since other people sing 99 Bottles of Beer on the wall, I figure it’s not as much of a cop-out. Much.

So the Endless City, which is obviously is not really named Atlantis, but we’ll have to find something else later. Hope maybe? Something not so cheesy. I refuse to name anything Haven or any variety of Haven because it annoys the heck out of me when I read it in a book.

The city is only partly organic, but plant based instead of animal based. She’s not a really a tree, she just uses that biology since it was the easiest way for her to grow a city. Well that and living inside and animal would be squishy.

I need to build a better description of her, there should be more vines and things, make it very organic without being too alien. She’s all greens and browns and tans, although there are some splashes of color here and there. She’s a lot like living inside a forest, so need to push that theme. I want touches of Tim Burton to the set pieces, creepy but not terrifying.

Which will only make the City of Trees more confusing, so maybe that one needs a new name. Hrm. City of Threes is amusing, but probably not a good idea. City of Gates? Well, to be fair Atlantis is the Endless City, so maybe it will be okay. Suppose that will be up to NaNoEdMo to sort out.

So the walls are wood, either smooth or bark, and there are growth rings, much like she is growing outwards. Only in trees the new rings are in the middle, not the edges. Not sure if that’s worth fixing somehow, but I like the way it is setup now.

Need to play with the idea that time slows down near the heart of the tree. On the outer rings it’s moving at ‘normal’ speed and in the inner rings it’s not. But that would cause communication problems on the inner rings, wouldn’t it? Maybe not if it’s a gradual change.

Which would mean the center of the tree has no time at all, exists in a point independent of time. Which is sort of like the TARDIS, only not as mobile. So how can she have an internal clock with which to check the door if there is no time? Maybe that is why time has slowed, she’s lost her anchor to the original world.

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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