So I just have one question...does anyone else feel the pressure to worldbuild like nobody's business? Like, on a "Silmarillion" scale?
That's what's been plaguing me lately. I'm five thousand words into a document titled "A History of the Elathim". And I'm not even halfway through with my "worldbuilding".
You see, this document basically records the history of this fantasy world, and specifically of a certain people. To give you an idea of how massive this project is (in comparison to writing out a "quick" history), I'm writing the history of seven nations, their fall, and the rise of the three other nations (or mini-empires, more like) that took their place. Right now, I'm done with the preliminary histories of TWO of those first seven nations. That's what took up five thousand words.
Besides this, I've written out a royal genealogy for two of the nations (and hope to write one out for each nation), in addition to drawing out a detailed map of all seven kingdoms. And I created a non-Roman calendar.
I really did think that I was just writing out a short little background on the history of this people, but it's looking like this little project will end up being more than fifteen thousand words, minimum. One thing led to another, and I had all kinds of things to sort out. It's actually like exploring new territory. I've got a genealogy with 36 names on it, and each name has a story behind it. (Resist the urge to explain, resist the urge, resist the urge...)
So that brings me back to my first question....does anyone worldbuild obsessively like I do? I feel kind of alone here. XD If so, feel free to let us know how you do it, at least for my state of mind.
I'll leave you with an example of my madness...a quote that touches on primitive genetics.
"It seems to me to be evident that....the traits of the Elarasters are passed on from one generation to the next, like a family heirloom might; but this is contained within their blood, in packets, if you will, of information that determine the life of a man or woman....however, I estimate that it only manifests itself once in a thousand births, or less, and only among the Elathim." — Loc Shallin, "A Treatise on the Origins of the Elarasters" Printed in 829 W.C.
I have to admit, though...this worldbuilding is great fun. XD You ought to try it.