Due to the murder of my family and the resulting court cases, police investigations, and FBI investigations, I no longer have time to daily update this website.

Likewise ALL novel, short story, and article writing projects are on hiatus.

All book releases, book signings, workshops, and convention appearances for 2015 (and unknown amount of time after) are on hold while the murder investigation of my family is ongoing.

Writing advice for the worldbuilding, character creation, and other writing how to articles are on hold.

From now on, the bulk of updates here will be about the investigation into the murder of my family.

No, NOT just THIS author website, not JUST the EelKat pename, not just self published books: ALL 15 (fifteen) of my penames are on hiatus, that includes traditional published books as well, newspaper reporting jobs, editing jobs, my work for Harlequin Romance Novels, my work for Disney... EVERYTHING is on hiatus. Every publishing house I work for, every series I write, every penname I write under: they are ALL on hiatus, ALL projects.

There is NOTHING being published under ANY penname, not for ANY series, not for ANY publisher, from 2015 onward. EVERYTHING is on hold due to the murder of my family. I do not know when or even if, any of the projects will be restarted or finished.

Yes, BOTH the magazines I owned are indefinitely shut down because of this as well, with no plans for either magazine to return. The publishing house I own is also closed to submissions from now on, we will no longer be publishing anything. It is unlikely we will reopen the publishing house either.

All book signing tours, workshops, letures, PAX events, ComicCon events, carnival/festival/state fair/car show events are also canceled. I will not be attending ANY of them. If a venue still has my name listed as a guest/speaker/etc it is because they've not yet removed it. I WILL NOT be there, no matter where it is! 


The ONLY thing continuing from this point on, is THIS website, where I'll post updates on the murder investigation, hopefully every week, but, you know how it is when 10 members of your family are beheaded, it's kind of difficult to have a schedule for anything anymore.

Your World: Culture and Rituals | EelKat's Guide To World Building - The Squidoo Series

How do your characters act?
Culture and Rituals in your world.

  • What types of religions do they practice?
  • Are there many religions or just one or even none?
  • Do they pray?
  • Are sacrifices a thing?
  • What types of gods are believed in or worshiped? 
  1. One god? 
  2. Many gods? 
  3. Nature gods? 
  4. Ancestor gods?
  • What constitutes a marriage in your world?
  • Does the concept of marriage even exist?
  • What about wedding? Very few cultures have a concept of weddings, does you fictional culture mirror your own rather rare and unusual minority of celebrating weddings? 
  • How are the weddings performed?

  • How do people dress? 
  1. Does everyone dress nearly the same? 
  2. Do different income levels determine dress code? 
  3. Does age affect what they wear? 
  4. Do young people dress "different" to be rebellious?
  • What holidays or holy days to people celebrate? 

  • What about birthdays and anniversaries?
  • Were you aware that outside of modern American culture birthdays and anniversaries are almost non-existent and most cultures have no concept of them and that having them in your fiction world, brands your novel as being extremely American?

  • Where do people go for medical help? 
  1. A wise woman? 
  2. A doctor? 
  3. A witch? 
  4. A shaman? 
  5. An herbalist?
  • How do people travel? 
  1. On foot? 
  2. Horseback? 
  3. Camel? 
  4. Elephant? 
  5. Bike? 
  6. Motorcar? 
  7. Train? 
  8. Plane? 
  9. Hovercraft? 
  10. Jet pack? 
  11. Giant Butterfly? 
  12. Teleport?
  • How to they care for their dead? 
  1. Do they have funerals? 
  2. Paid mourners? 
  3. Burials? 
  4. Crypts? 
  5. Tombs? 
  6. Pyramids?
  • What do your people value most? 
  1. Food? 
  2. Gold? 
  3. Gemstones? 
  4. Water? 
  5. Livestock? 
  6. Artworks? 
  7. Antiques? 
  8. Shells? 
  9. Dragon's teeth? 
  10. Medician? 
  11. Science? 
  12. Warm blankets?
  • What foods are customary? 
  • How do they eat their food? 
  • Raw or cooked? 
  • With their hands or with forks? 
  • Fruits and vegetables or meats and fish? 
  • Do they grow it themselves or buy it in stores?

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