My book has a glossary!

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This is probably something I should have added to The Winds of Khalakovo, but better late than never, right?

I’ve added a glossary page for The Lays of Anuskaya. While it generally applies to the entire series, it’s really specific to The Straits of Galahesh. You’d think it wouldn’t matter, but there are people in Straits that do not appear in Winds. Also, for some clever readers, there are mild spoilers in the text. I tried to be careful about these, but you may be able to cull which ones they are. No, I’m not telling.

Some observations of my new shiny glossary.

First, I’m apparently in love with the letters S and K. S sort of makes sense. I mean, it’s a common enough letter in our language, but K has a full 21 entries. 21! Again, in the context of my world, in which I’m trying to evoke a Russianesque setting, I guess this is understandable.

Second, it’s pretty neat to have a glossary. The trilogy feels, I don’t know, more complete. I used to pour through the glossary at the back of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I loved going through and finding out more about the world that I’d spent so much time in. It really deepened the experience for me. It made it feel more like a history of something that had actually happened than a glossary of made up terms from a made up world. I sincerely hope this is the same for my readers. The entries do not nearly approach the depth of Tolkien’s entries, but still, I hope it adds to the world, rather than subtract.

Lastly, I’ll be adding more tidbits to my page in the coming days. Some new maps, and some things that are glossary-like but that I felt didn’t really belong in the glossary itself. Things like notes on the usage of stones and magic in the world, and a note on the windships and the terminology for directions and other things.

Exciting! I hope you all enjoy!

4 Comments

  1. Matthew MacNish

    February 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    No true Fantasy is complete without some kind of appendices and a kick ass map. Check and check.

    • Brad

      February 10, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      With more maps coming!

  2. Ryan

    February 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    First, congrats on the ARCs! I think donating a (signed I am guessing?) ARC to next year’s worlbuilders would be a great addition. Because they are rare, they are a very nice prize, thus help drive donations. I have my eye on a particular ARC from this year’s lottery that I have my fingers crossed for…

    I think the glossary is a good idea. It deepens people understanding of the world, and frees you from having to slow down the story (to describe/define etc) when you introduce a new word if you don”t want to.

    In Winds, I thought you struck a good balance between new words so that I didn’t feel like I was on Earth and not too many that I hard a hard time reading or deriving the meaning. I think you did an excellent job providing enough context/intro to new words that I could assign them a meaning.

    • Brad

      February 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      Yeah, I’m wondering if I should hold on to both and save them for Worldbuilders 2012 and 2013. I gave away all my Winds ARCs already. The one with WB was my last one (I only had three). They’re going to be really rare now. I think they only printed 15 of them.

      Yeah, I’m really happy to have the glossary. It was really just a matter of pulling all my notes into one place. I probably missed a few definitions, but it certainly has 90% of the new words, and all of the important ones.

      Thanks for the feedback on context. I tried hard to make it manageable for the reader. I’m definitely in the “sink or swim” camp of writers, but then again, I don’t want to throw someone a cinderblock, either.