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We fantasy writers love to add currency to our worldbuilding tool belt, and our crazy imaginations have given us some pretty out-of-this-world coinage.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it (and, let’s face it, it’s fun, so you totally should!) – match up the fantasy coin with its correct realm.
1. Crown A. Chronicles of Narnia
2. Lion / Crescent B. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Cycle
3. Galleon / Sickle / Knut C. Sanderson’s Mistborn Series
4. Clip D. Paolini’s Inheritance
5. Kalganids E. GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire
6. Copper Jot / Iron Drab F. Harry Potter
7. Silver Stag G. Asimov’s Foundation series
8. Flanian Pobble Bead H. Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles
Key: 1-D; 2-A; 3-F; 4-C; 5-G; 6-H; 7-E; 8-B
Did you win? Reward yourself with a hefty purse chock full of your currency of choice! Or sign up for PayPal Galactic.
And, just for fun, got any made-up currencies in your own novels? You’ll need galacs or helons to trade in my latest star system.
Insights from Brandon SandersonBrandon Sanderson is one of the writers I most admire. He was in town this weekend for a signing, and my friend and I got to listen to his talk during the event. He shared lots of fantastic insights on his own publishing journey, and I wanted to share two that particularly struck me:
- He advised writers not to pigeon-hole their current book by pressuring it to be the game-winning home run--maybe it will be, and that's great--but more likely, it's akin to training and batting practice so that in the future, you CAN hit that game winner. Write for the joy, write to develop your skills and become a student of the game.
- He also said something like, "If I die with 150 unpublished novels in my closet, I'll be a happy man, because I'll have WRITTEN the stories I believe matter, the ones I believe in." It was such a refreshing view of success!