Hi All, My WIP is a fantasy (Yes, saturated I know). However, it is a technological fantasy - similar technology level to Earth right now, maybe with an exercise of 15-20 years more advanced. There are two groups of people; those without magic, and those with. Obviously, those without continued to develop technologies. There seem to be few works of fiction that slam these two together - with most authors preferring steampunk or such variants. My main issue is using Earth terminologies, and how it does indeed seem jarring. The world is not Earth, the magic system is truly on a grand scale, yet people are bustling around cities and driving in cars, and flying in planes etc. It does seem clunky at times. Some fantasy novels try to use clever wordplay, like "Ranger" for a car, or a "Transporter", etc, to give both familiarities but differences, in the hopes of offsetting the blatant Earth word car. Others go further and make an entire series of made-up words for everyday normal things. Both have their merits - though unless you get a cult-level readership, the entirely new language avenue rarely works; and many have pet-peeves on its usage. I guess this is where I rant. It's not fair. Fantasies have horses, an Earth creature, they have beer and wine. They have men and women. They have so many Earth animals, processes, and systems, that for most objects, people smile and read the next sentence. Add a car into the mix, and they check the front cover, frown, assure themselves they haven't had a stroke, and squish their nose in disgust. Those writing Earth-Other World fantasies can skip a fine line between this issue and get away with it. But when your first chapters are clearly a very alien world, but with similar Earth-like tech, people hate it. Yet for many fantasies, we accept alien worlds having our species, our customs, our drinks, food, animals, and government systems, flora, weather, and geology. But I don't get to put a bloody car in without a lot of raised eyebrows lol. Anyone ever come across tips and tricks on how best to ease readers into realising it is just like any other fantasy, with plenty of magic; they just also happen to have got past the horse and cart stage. I find fantasy has stagnated recently with everything constantly being set circa 16th century tech and has the same "crunch points" Will they arrive in time at a horses pace Will the message arrive in time for the beseige The new mad general has a weird contraption (Oh my god a catapult?!) to take over the big indestructible castle. All starts to get a bit samey. But a car chase with people flinging fireballs all over the joint - that's cool...Right?