I created the world of Caln in 2003, but it sat on the back burner for a long timewhile I dealt with family issues. I stumbled upon Scribd just recently, and after lookingthrough all of the files jammed into my hard drives I rediscovered the world of Caln. Ialso looked through the novel that I had been working on at that time, and realized that itwas not so much of a novel as it was a disorganized amalgamation of several stories thatshould probably stand alone. You can read it in my profile if you like. That version is theunaltered. It is currently going through extensive clarification and revision.Until I can clarify my concepts and sort out stories, I have decided to do thisexperiment. By conducting this, it gives me a chance to codify my mythos, and in sodoing, provide a framework for the novels I am going to write in this setting. In addition,it provides the group member with the opportunity to witness and participate in the process required to create a fantasy world.
The idea for the framework of the world of Caln comes from the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, C.S. Lewis, Robert E. Howard, R.A. Salvatore, MargaretWeiss, and Tracy Hickman, and Piers Anthony among others including the long-forgottenauthors of this planet’s varied myths, legends, and religions. Each of these are writersthat the author enjoy’s immensely, not just because of the fantastic stories, but because of their influence on her own writing.Tolkien(http://tolkien.cro.net/) is the largest influence because he is well knownfor his Simirilion, which detailed the mythos behind his world in addition to the loads of poetry and prose that keeps coming out in the theme of Middle Earth in anthologies published by his survivors. Tolkien spent a great deal of time painstakingly mapping outhis world, detailing his mythos, clearly outlining his races, formulating the laws and boundaries of his nations, fixing the rules and laws of his world, and explaining thereasons for gods, magic, and bestiary within the world he was trying to depict for hisreaders.C.S. Lewis(http://cslewis.drzeus.net/bio/) is also important influence upon thisexperiment because of his methodical process of allegory in creating the Narnia