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The Storyteller's Dictionary is the perfect resource for writers, designers, and wordsmiths of all stripes.
The Storyteller's Dictionary is the perfect resource for writers, designers, and wordsmiths of all stripes.
1,161 backers pledged $33,561 to help bring this project to life.

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What is the Storyteller's Dictionary?

Bent over the keyboard, the words tumble across the page like waves on a sandy beach. But you hit a snag...what is that thing called...that door inside a door....in the castle gate. You know there's a specific name for it, you know it has to have a name, but what is it?  Use the wrong word and you've spoiled the tone, wrecked the description and leave the reader disappointed.

The right word for the job.

When we first conceived the Storyteller's Thesaurus it wasn't with just one book in mind. There was always a companion book, the Dictionary. Both books together were conceptualized to help the writer or game designer reference the language they need, quickly and efficiently.

Like the Thesaurus, the Storyteller's Dictionary is specifically designed for writers, teachers, game designers, students and anyone who enjoys the creative output of fantasy, science fiction or horror tales!  Broken up by subject matter, the Dictionary allows the end user to reference material with ease. Do you want to know about castles? Reference the Castle Section. Do you want to know about types of herbs? Reference the Herb Section.

The Storyteller's Dictionary is there for the many challenges of writing and designing. From herbs to castles, from nebulae to pole arms, the Dictionary is a must have.

Here are a few samples:

asafoetida (ˌæsəˈfɛtɪdə): n. The brownish gum resin of various plants; has strong taste and odor; formerly used as an antispasmodic.

wicket gate (wĭk′ĭt gāt):n. A small door built into a larger door or gate. The wicket gate’s purpose was to allow individual foot traffic in and out of the fortification without the trouble or risk of opening the fortification’s gates.

stupa (sto͞o′pə): n. A domed edifice housing Buddhist or Jain relics.

sexton (sĕk′stən): n. An employee or officer of a church who is responsible for the care and upkeep of church property and sometimes for ringing bells and digging graves.

A reference book with some 300 pages of defined content!

EARLY BIRD SPECIALS:  They are the same as the corresponding levels, but if you pledge within the first 72 hours, you save on your level! This will expire Sunday morning at 9am EDT. 
 

Here's a rough outline of the Storyteller's Dictionary.

For those that may have missed it, or may be wanting to know a bit more about the companion book that was successfully Kickstarted a while back, here is a short video on the Storyteller's Thesaurus, hosted by our very own Troll Lord, Mr. Stephen Chenault.



 $6,000: Achieved! The Storyteller's Dictionary is a go. She'll be printed in hardcover format. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$7,000: Achieved! Your Dictionary comes with a digital short story penned by the co-designer of Castles & Crusades Davis Chenault. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$8,000: Achieved! Your Dictionary comes with a digital short story penned by the lead writer and designer of the World of Aihrde material Stephen Chenault. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$10,000: Achieved! There's a dust jacket now! For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$11,000: Achieved! Your Dictionary comes with a digital short story penned by the author of Classic Monsters and Tome of the Unclean Kim Hartsfield. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$13,000: Achieved! Your Dictionary comes with a digital short story penned by TLG editor and word smith Tim Burns. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$15,000: Achieved! As a special treat, all backers who pledge $65.00 or more receive a printed copy of the Lothian Chronicles, a novella written by Stephen Chenault, originally appearing in the Crusader Journal.

$17,000: Achieved! Your Dictionary comes with a digital short story penned by the author of Codex Celtarum, Codex Nordica and a bundle of adventures Brian N. Young. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$20,000: Achieved! We're going to add word derivations to all dictionary entries! This is going to make the book bigger.

$22,000: Achieved! We're going to gather up all the short stories and print them in an Anthology! For all backers $20.00 and up!

$24,000: Achieved! Your Dictionary comes with a print and digital short story added to the anthology penned by Haunted Highlands author Casey Christofferson. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$26,000: Achieved! Your Dictionary comes with a print and digital short story added to the anthology penned by Amazing Adventures author Jason Vey. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

$28,000: Achieved! We will expand into even more words, dive into more derivations and make this sucker even bigger!

$30,000: Achieved!  This will really give us a chance to find even more words, more settings, more locales, more history, more sci fi -- you name it! 

$33,000: Ribbon Page Marker!  Probably our most requested item.  Your hardcover Storyteller's Dictionary will come complete with a cloth ribbon marker so that you can keep track of where you are in this massive book!

$35,000: Story 8: Your Dictionary comes with a print and digital short story added to the anthology penned by the esteemed writer James M. Ward. For all backers who pledge $20.00 or more.

 The Storyteller's Thesaurus Hardcover: $25

 The Storyteller's Thesaurus PDF: $15

The Storyteller's Thesaurus Hardcover & PDF: 35

Additional Storyteller's Dictionary: $25

Track this Dictionary to the moon!
Track this Dictionary to the moon!

Risks and challenges

Large books such as this one are hard to print and bind and we have to choose our printers with care.

One of the greatest challenges we face is creating such a large book and maintaining the quality of the printing and binding. In order to do this, we must find a printer with the knowledge and capabilities to execute a book of this size and have it look polished and professional, something we take great pride in. This will cost more than usual printing so Kickstarter becomes essential in raising enough capital to give this book the quality it demands and deserves.

We are confident that with a successful Kickstarter we can bring this product to the world not only as a great resource, but also as a great looking book.

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