Toward the end of my first book I started joking that I had accidently begun writing 'War & Peace' of the Iron Age. In books 1 & 2 I did a good job of keeping character lists reasonably short. But here it is, book 3, grand fanally time, & names are flying at me right & left. My 'world' contains 7 countries, some of which are split into fractious states. I have 4 races, split into 10 ethnicities, and they speak 5 different languages. Add to that the 6 religions (monothiests & polythiest), plus a healthy dose of athiests. And yes, my characters come with a variety of sexual orientations, too. So, tonight, as I plow my way through another chapter, I cannot help but wonder, "What was I thinking!" Out of curiosity, how many other fantasy writers out there have ever wanted to slap themselves up-side the head? And if you are in the mood, feel free to share how big your world is, too?