Friday, January 31, 2014


This is really just a short post to let you all know what is happening tomorrow. I'll be writing up the Q&A for Devil Ninja and posting it tomorrow. I've decided on Devil Ninja since it has gotten the most reviews and therefore is likely to have more questions and things I can talk about.

I am also thinking of making the "How to Write a Hand-to-Hand Combat Scene" for the writing tips section on Sunday. Let me know is this interests you or if you want me to write about something else.

Alternative Calendar
Graham: Videogames are an escape. So invent your own fantastical calendar system and let the player know where your game takes place on it. With no frame of reference on when that is, or why you are telling them, they can't help but be drawn in!
Paul: Is it the past? The Future? Only you will know.
— Unskippable Guide to Making Cutscenes

In Speculative Fiction, it's common to use a different calendar than the real world. This makes it clear to the reader that the story takes place either in another world, or in a version of our world so far in the future that time isn't even counted the same way. This also elegantly sidesteps the problems of Exty Years from Now

In fantasy, a popular version of this is to measure time in "moons" instead of months. In some cases, the author will actually have twelve different names of the form "______ Moon" to replace the twelve months of the Gregorian calendar. Nonetheless, there are actually somewhat more than twelve lunar months in an Earth year. Real lunisolar calendars solve that problem by adding a leap month to certain years; some purely lunar calendars (like the Islamic one) ignore the solar year altogether and just declare twelve lunar months to be a year. 

When an Alternative Calendar is used to measure the progress of "days", it's common for characters to useMicrots as smaller, more manageable units of time. In Sci-fi settings, these calendars are frequently used across multiple worlds, becoming Standard Time Units

If Alternative Calendar is used in Science Fiction with Earthian years, it may mean that the work takes place After the End or something else that Hit So Hard The Calendar Felt It or that everybody have Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions and chose something significant for their reference point. 

A common Year One, Day One in science fiction is October 4, 1957 - the date Sputnik was launched, thereby beginning the Space Age.