Scrolls the podcast of literary geekdom recently mentioned the Mosaic Novel – a concept where creators write short stories in a shared universe as pioneered by George RR Martin in the ‘Wildcard’ series.
This led to a twitter conversation about how this could be a fun project to have a go at.
Over the last few months I’ve been posting ideas here for a fantasy background (‘fantasy musings’) made up of feuding fractious city states who’ve thrown over their Imperial masters and exist in a state of competition and religious/economic cold war within a valley. Trapped between two rival Empires they try to prosper and jostle for superiority. Key in these struggles are bands of former mercenaries – so called Veteran Clubs who fill a highway man/motorcycle gang/smuggler niche. Magic was subtle, technology was iron age & agriculture in the valley gave it a western feel as well as a noir post-war feel in the cities.
This was meant to be an interactive project and could form a potential background for mosaic project. Nothing written on this site under that category was meant to be definitive, but it might give a framework on which to build.
Therefore I’m throwing it open now for such a project. If interested parties can email firstname.lastname@example.org so I can gauge interest & see whether we need a separate website or yahoo group. It needn’t just be aspiring writers artists, mapmakers and the like can contribute.
Furthermore if you don’t want to write a story one could contribute to the theology or write up a city or otherwise add-on to the background. Once we know the numbers we can decide how much management/editorial control it’ll need. As far as wiring stories we could either take ownership of particular parts of the valley or particular characters or some combination of the two.
Anyway we’ll see if we get any interest and go from there.
Alternatively I have an idea for a 1940s technology world populated by various hybrid cultures as a result of the orginial Earth colonists falling out and technology collapsing centuries ago. It’s being taken over by a nation thats a hybrid of British & Japanese culture, some of the drama would be secret agent archeologists trying to recover lost technology from the original colonisation.
Or tell me your idea!
If you can put in the subject line ‘Musings’ (for the fantasy background), ‘Hybrid’ or ‘I’ve got a better idea’ accordingly. I’ll see what feedback I have in a week and judge which way to go from there.
Thanks for reading