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How Time Fits Into the Creation of a Fictional World

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Happy New Year! Is it too late to say that? What’s the statute of limitations on wishing someone a happy new year before you start to sound like you’re maybe not from around these parts? What if you really aren’t from around these parts? Last time, we discussed creating holidays in your fictional fantasy world. Today I’m going a step farther and talking about time. Not time travel–that’s an entirely different kettle of slimy, confusing, paradoxical fish. I’m talking about how we experience time, how we talk about it, and how in a fantasy world, we can use it. There are loads of things that are more or less fixed. We are mammals, bipeds, we have five senses, we have…

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