Tag Archives: New Worlds

New Worlds: Kitchens

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If you’re anything like me, you take kitchens for granted. I mean, every house has one, right? There are some apartments that don’t, but even there, the assumption tends to … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Local and Imported Food

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) As with phonology, paying just a little bit of attention to the food your characters eat can go a long way toward making your invented world feel real and lived-in … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Where Does the Food Come From?

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Just as Halloween provided me with a good theme for October’s posts, the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving inclines me to talk about food: where we get it from, what we … Continue reading

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New Worlds: The Afterlife

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Finishing out the discussion of death and the culture surrounding it (at least for now): what happens to a person after they die? Actually, there are two questions to answer … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Mourning

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Although the question of what a society does with the bodies of the deceased is a key part of the funerary process, it’s hardly the whole story. After all, mourning … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Cannibalism

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Continuing the October theme of death and its customs, I’d like to talk about the rather squicky topic of cannibalism. If that disturbs you, I recommend not clicking through to … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Funerary Customs

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Since October is, for many of us, strongly associated with Halloween, it seems like a ideal time to talk about things related to death! (I will make it clear in … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Bricolage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) It’s the fifth Friday of the month, which means it’s time for one of the Patreon bonuses: an essay about the process of worldbuilding, the theory behind it, etc. Sometimes … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Rites of Passage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) You start out a child, you wind up an elder; in between, there are rites of passage. These are the ceremonies that mark a transition from one social status to … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Respect Your Elders

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Just as every society recognizes that children are not the same as adults, I think every society, to one degree or another, has respect for its elders. After all, age … Continue reading

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