The Dimar Project Index
Just What is the Dimar Project?
Dimar is a world that is owned by everyone, copyrighted to
no one - like the legends of King Arthur. But, unlike legends
and myths, it's a science fiction world created recently to
meet the needs of interactive online writers and game players
who want to create stories together without the legal baggage
of property ownership and copyright.
Why did this come about? Read a long-winded
rant by Dee. :)
Anyone and everyone can (and is strongly encouraged to)
write about/draw about/sing about/play in Dimar! Come
join the fun!
To learn about Dimar, please visit the
Lost Waters - The novel
(prolog and glossaries can be very helpful for learning about
what Dimar's about)
Art and Explanations
If you have a Dimar page, game, writing group, story or
organization you'd like to add to this index, please email me!
These are independent web pages that include information
or activities based around the Public Domain world of Dimar.
[General Interest] [ Mirror
sites for Lost Waters, the Novel ]
[ Other Dimar stories and short stories
by various Authors ] [ Play by Email games ]
[ Muds Mushes and Moos ]
Interest Dimar Pages
World of Dimar
Dimar Dragon WebRing (Join! :) )
sites of the Lost Waters Novel
Page (German! :) )
Dee Dreslough's Gallery
(I know there are more mirror sites than this, but I lost my
bookmarks in a crash. If you know of one, please email me!)
Dimar Writing by Various Authors
Got a Dimar based story? Post the URL here! :)
- A Dimar short story by Ian Munro
Territory: Novella - Leighton Gelling
Gryphon Short Story by Dee Dreslough
The Clubhouse Short Story
by Dee Dreslough
Play by Email Games
None yet that I know of, although I've heard about them forming...
Got one? Post it here!
DIMARMUSH! (Coming Soon...)
How did this start?
It all started when I got tired of participating
in a certain Fandom. (Fandom is when you write about another
author's characters.) When you write fandom, you don't own your
work. The author who made the original series does. The rules
are often very strict for how you can write in another person's
world, and you can't distribute your work publicly or sell your
So, bored, I sat down and in 3 years off and
on managed to write my first novel, Dimar: Lost Waters. (Or
just Lost Waters...I'm not settled on the title yet). It was
pretty good, but not perfect (as most first novels tend to be).
So, no publishers would take it as it was. It seemed like a
waste to just keep the book under wraps with the hope that some
day, some publisher might take a shine to it after I edited
it. I wanted everyone to see what I'd made! And, since I loved
fandom writing, I wanted to have a new group of people to share
stories with, but without all the headaches of 'Owned Fiction'.
The breaking point came when the author of the
Fandom group did some pretty bonehead things that ruined the
group I was in (firing the two best editors I've ever seen,
for instance...). Then, seperately, she decided to threaten
to sue me over my artwork, along with several other artists.
This was enough. I left her fandom completely.
I had a revelation: Because of the 'net, fiction
needs to be free! Folks need a safe place to share a world together
without all the strings and hassles of copyright and trademark.
This isn't about money. It's about people, community, creativity
and sharing. And, there's no reason a public domain or shared
work can't make money too... It's a hard concept to wrap your
mind around, but imagine if the words and ideas in a work were
free for everyone in some format, but the book (the paper, the
medium, the CD-ROM...whatever) is what you paid for when you
bought it? This is what the whole Linux
Concept/Gnu Public License is
all about. Information should be free!
So, I've thrown my novel into the Public Domain.
This means anyone can print it, sell it, write stories based
on it, draw pictures based on it, do whatever. We all own it.
Unlike Gnu Copyleft/Open license, what you create
with the Dimar concept you fully own. However, I encourage you
to put your work under the Gnu
licensing system. My future Dimar works will be covered
under this license, and I may place an edited form of Lost Waters
(my publication version) under this license too.