Today we're going to be looking at the calendar for my work in progress novel, Knotstone.
But first, let's take a look at the maps I've made since last time!
Let's start off with my non-Knotstone related maps: Shooting Star Archipelago and Heartbreak Island (in that order).
What do you think? For some reason, I tend to really like making maps whose shape is based on some real thing, like the map of Fishhook Island. Out of these two, I think I prefer the Shooting Star Archipelago.
Now, we can move on to novel maps (novellite? Novelline? Novellish?)! If you read my last blog post, you've seen the papery version of the map, but yesterday morning, I made two differently colored versions - in black & white and full color!
Personally, I don't like the black and white version, but it's the best for printing in a book. I can't decide whether I prefer the paper or color versions, though; they both came out so great! What do you think?
Now, onto the main topic of the post.
The Calendar of Magi
Because of my world's lore and history, I only had to make one calendar. In-universe, it was created by the first Magi (magic users). Due to the Magi's political power across the ages (they pretty much founded civilization), it has been preserved and is one of the few pieces of information that every Magus knows from birth. This may be considered "cheating" by some, but I consider it doing less work for nearly the same reward.
Let's go over the basics:
The days of the week, in order:
All the months, in order:
As mentioned previously, the calendar was created by the first Magi. This impacts the year number hugely: year 1 began on the day that the first Magi acquired their magic, known as First Twilight. The event occured on the summer solstice -- specifically, the 1st of First Fire, 1.
Guides to Making Calendars
If you're interested in making a calendar for your fantasy/sci-fi story, I would highly recommend checking out Artifexian's video series on it. He has videos on solar calendars, lunar calendars, and lunisolar calendars (mine is the latter).
What do you think?
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Thanks so much for reading! Remember, there's no post this Saturday, 'cause it's Thanksgiving weekend and all that. Also, there's something I'm going to announce on Tuesday about more to-be-missed days.
Have a lovely week!