Today’s post is about the good-old The Encyclopædia Elyden, something I’ve been beavering away at, on and off, for the past 10-years or so, now. More on the history of the The Encyclopædia can be found HERE.
What I’m posting today is a link to the first chapter of the first volume, the entire A-listing of the volume, to give an idea of what I’m aiming at, and, if possible, in the hopes of getting some feedback on presentation and flavour.
I’m aiming for an old Encyclopædia Britannica feel to it, with entries not too specific and intended to be read-in world (so in writing them I hoped to convey an in-world feel, with no blatant real-world references.
I’m constantly updating the book with new entries as I write fiction or add regions to the map or add new creatures or titles or what-not, so it’s a constant evolving work, though I am hoping to soon come up with a template for entries so that, for instance, all entries pertaining to map locations adhere to the same format. That will help tie entries together, though I hope to also include some ‘faux’ imperfections, like researcher error or printer’s errors, though that will necessitate 2 versions – one in-world version for readers and another master version for myself, and keeping the two updated might be a bit too much work for now.
My goal is to one day print this, at least for myself, so that I can have some physical proof that my worldbuilding was not wasted. I’d love to publish it, but worry it might be a bit too wordy.
Which brings me to the point of this – anyone out there in the ether of the internet, can you please give me your opinion about such a book? I intend to add some simple woodcut style iages for some of the animals, maps for nations and heraldry and other simple designs, though nothing veering too close to contemporary illustration – so no blatantly digital images, for instance.
Would that interest readers?
Anyway, here’s the link to the first (A) entry of the Document
(please note the first 2 pages are blank)