|These things cure writer's block. Trufax.|
1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you’ve worked with and why.
Oh yeah, sure, the hardest one right off the bat.
I only have two main projects/universes, those of Nangomei and CROSS//, and as I've stated before in another post before, I'm obsessed with both fairly equally. However, my initial world building bias is definitely handed towards Nagnomei, because that is one I have built from scratch since its inception when I was barely in middle school.
Nagnomei takes place on the continent/planet of Nagnomei, whereas CROSS// takes place in a slightly parallel Earth. (Parallel only so I can get away with a couple things that differ from Earth's actual reality.) While there are other worlds I've created, sketched, and even molded other races out of for CROSS//, it still follows a very Western Earth kind of motif as it's suggested these other worlds were what founded our Earth culture(s). However, the culture(s) of Nagnomei has had 4000 years of evolution at its back and calls for modification. It's not a secret that I draw heavily from current Earth cultures for many of the kingdoms: Alanjepsta is heavily inspired by Japan-in-the-Desert and the Royal North is a throwback to medieval, Catholic Europe. There is a reason for these huge parallels, but I'm not at liberty to discuss them right now, hehe.
Probably the greatest part about building that particular world, however, is constructing the religion. I've always been a huge nerd for studying religions, (I even minored in it in college), and I definitely went to town for Nagnomei's collective religion. Each major God/Goddess represents a major Earth religion with some liberal differences allotted. I originally worried that readers may take this as meaning that Gylara, the Queen Goddess of all and the one that obviously represents Christianity/Catholicism, was the "correct" religion since she's ultimately in charge. However, I later stopped worrying about it, as I know that that is not my intent, and ,well, readers will read into something whatever they want. They can argue with me all they want, but, um, no, I'm right, thank you! :D
And thus I conclude day one of the this 30-day meme. If I keep rambling, I will inevitably answer the other questions before I even get to them, and nobody wants to see me repeat myself wants to see me repeat myself.