Collaborative book proposal

Posted by Sarepava on 15 May 2015 in English (English).

Hello all,

To celebrate (approximately) 2 years of Open GeoFiction and 1 year of the wiki, I have an idea to which all users can contribute. I would like to invite all users to submit a short story ‘from’ or set in your country which we will then publish as an e-book collection. Ideally these would be some kind of myth, legend or folk tale like Grimm’s fairy tales but anything around 500-2000 words that is intrinsic to and expresses the culture of your territory would be accepted. I feel that creating rich and believable cultures to populate our countries is an important part of this project and something that goes beyond what can be drawn on a map.

If you are unable to write fluently in English we shall do our very best to translate your contributions, and hope that efforts can be found to translate stories in English into your language.


Comment from Luciano on 16 May 2015 at 05:57

This is a great idea!

What kind of time-line do you have in mind for this? I have several possible story ideas but none of them are well-developed currently. What would be a plausible due-date?

Comment from BelpheniaProject on 16 May 2015 at 07:38

Is there any rules or deadlines?

Comment from Pawl on 16 May 2015 at 11:15

I think this is an excellent idea! I have already been thinking of using Tircambry as the setting for some short stories, so this would be just the incentive I need to make a start.

Comment from Sarepava on 16 May 2015 at 16:59

Shall we say submit (by posting to a page on the wiki) by August 1st? I can then put the book together over the summer. Entries will be ordered alphabetically by country.

As a guideline, no more than 3000 words. You may submit several very short stories up to this total length.

We’re looking ideally for anonymous folk tales. These can be about anything you like, but should aim to be representative of your national culture. If you use vernacular words, please provide a glossary.

We reserve the right to add a short commentary introducing the tale. Alternatively, you can write this yourself.

Comment from Voytek on 16 May 2015 at 17:55

I was thinking about some stories last time, awesome idea Sarepava!

It will be a pleasure to translate it to polish when it’s done.

Comment from histor on 16 May 2015 at 21:22

Anonymus folk tales is a good idea. I will give some from Zylanda and for Latina. –~~~~

Comment from Luciano on 21 May 2015 at 02:21

I am thinking of creating some kind of small “folklore portal” for OGF, in the same vein as the wikipedia folklore portal. This could help us organize our materials and even function as a means of “submitting” stories for consideration.

My current Ardispherian “folklore” articles are more like descriptions of stories than actual stories. I think I will flesh out the Justo Espantoso story and eventually work on a few others I have (Noche del Zombi, Che Kim).

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