Summer Camp 2022 Pledge in Araea | World Anvil

Summer Camp 2022 Pledge

Hello everyone! I'm back!
Oh, oh, it's that time again!
  It's that glorious time of year again: SUMMER CAMP!   I haven't been very active so far during 2022 since everything has been messy and chaotic. What better way to get back on track than with my by far favorite WorldAnvil event of all? It's going to be a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to it a great deal.   Before getting to the three pledges I have for this Summer Camp, I wanted to start with...  

My Goals

  1. To get back into the habit of writing
  2. To remember how to share my work
  3. Diamond badge!
  4. To read more articles!
  5. To do more community stuff like the Imaginaerium
  6. To have a great time!
These things I pledge, bound in iron and signed with blood - or maybe it's just some of that summer cocktail I spilled on a napkin.

by DustyTelescope & Exalted Mirage

SummerCamp & Me

Summer Camp will always be special for me. It was how I first discovered WorldAnvil all the way back in 2018, when I saw that it had started a few days in, and decided to participate on a whim. It was supposed to be a challenge for myself, to see if I still knew how to do this writin' thing, and I never really expected anyone to read anything I wrote.   About half a million words later, I'm still going. Summer Camp was an epiphany that helped me break through years of writer's block and feel creative again - not to mention that it introduced me to one of the kindest, most welcoming communities on the internet. I'll always be grateful for WorldAnvil and Summer Camp for setting me back on a journey I thought had ended forever, and I can't wait to help others have that same revelation.

Imaginaerium Pledge

I pledge to run the Imaginaerium this year too! Daily posts of inspiration and community highlights for the weary writer!
The Imaginaerium was something I started a couple of years ago and ran as daily posts containing articles from cool anvilities, sources of inspiration, artwork, and so on. Something fun to boost people during the Summer Camp and some interesting sources of information to spur the imagination. Last year, it also included interviews from various anvilities (including the Father of the Forge himself). I want to do that again this year.  
OI!   And I want to include more community stuff this year! If you are interested in participating in some way, either by making a post of your own with interesting sources, doing an interview, or something along those lines... Leave a message here or on Discord!

Writing Pledge

I pledge to write and have a great time. That's it. That's the pledge.
I love doing summer camp. I love the challenge of the prompts and the way you can subvert them to fit any strange settings, especially. I want to fall in love with writing and get back on the writing train. That's my pledge as far as writing goes: to write for my enjoyment and to have fun with it.   Oh, and I'm going for the Diamond Badge, but I'm not going to sweat it.  

Community Pledge

Guys, I'm back! Probably!
I kind of fell off the face of the world for a while in 2022, only really coming back with1 the Copenhagen picnic. I'm really looking forward to getting back into the community side of things with all the talented and friendly creators who make WorldAnvil such a fantastic place to be. So come hang out with us in the Discords. There might be a stream at some point to replicate the glorious disaster that was the Dark Souls 1 stream, but no promises there!  
And I can't wait to read all the awesome stuff I know people are going to write!

Summer Camp Tracker-o-matic







Week 2 Homework

With Summer Camp comes the time to decide: what world am I going to write for?   As a general rule, I like to try and connect the prompts to each other as much as possible. It provides a wonderful base to build from whenever you get stuck and lets you continually grow a story and narrative. Some really cool, organic things have come from this approach, and in 2019, I even had all the prompts set in a specific region in Araea. It worked super well, so I recommend trying it!   I think I've narrowed my choices down to two worlds. But there are still like 20 days left as of this writing, so the chances of me changing my mind again are pretty good!  


This world! It's my first and most established setting, with almost 300k words written for it. Despite that, there's a lot of meat left on this human femur bone...  


There are a lot of places I could go with the Expanse. The Surface has many places that fit the bill, from radiation blasted wastelands to wind-carved plains. Under the Surface, there are places like the Abyss, a vast and deadly underground ocean. There are tunnels that reach for miles, expansive caverns that could swallow entire cities, forests of mushrooms, deserts of quartz, and of course the the Far Deep.   Most of Araea is unexplored and shrouded in the dark, with "here be dragons" on the map - and they are hungry.  


This is probably the one I have the fewest immediate ideas for, but that kind of makes me excited too. It'll be a cool place to insert personalities who are coping, dealing, influencing, directing, or dying in the other themes. I don't know exactly what I'll do here, but I have some fun things to build off. Back in SC 2019, I ended up creating a couple of fun characters, my favorite being Ramaður-shi, Iron Hag of Dhanû. She became a pivotal personality for where that part of the world may or may not head and set the stage for many stories and conflicts.   Right now, I think it'll depend a lot on the other themes. The leaders will be connected to them, being explorers, villains, monster-slayers, or monsters themselves. It's almost too bad that this theme is in the middle since I don't know what else I can tie them to. I'm not sure I have a solution for that, but we'll see!  


With most of Araea still shrouded in hungry darkness, there are so many places I can go with this one. I'll probably tie it to the Expanse and the Leaders related to that, and it'll more likely than not relate to a place rather than scientific or technological discovery - but it might be both. Something in that new places that is finding a use - like the creepy melting crystals in the Atharkam Region. It's a frontier region already, along with The Far End and basically any region of the Far Deep. There are several there I've not yet worked on, too... So this is going to be a lot of fun.   Thinking about it, I think it'll depend a lot on what the expanse (and perhaps Monstrous) prompts are!  


I have two different ideas for how I want to go with the Monstrous theme, and perhaps I'll be able to have both of them co-exist (or not, for more conflicts, but you know what I mean!). One is to have it be something innate to the expanse being explored or the discoveries made - a monster or threat or even just the way the place/thing is. Second, and I'll almost certainly go with this anyway, is to explore the horrible things humans do to each other in the background. If there's a way to scam people or make some industrial process quicker or cheaper, humanity is creative in ways that make any monster in the world pause in terror.   As always, I do like to subvert prompts and expectations and explore these things from unexpected angles, so that's something I'm always going to look at doing. That's how the 'most valuable item' prompt two years ago ended up being a gilded nuke. It'll be great fun.  


Item | Nov 12, 2019

Time is money.

  Chronotopia is my almost empty, time-travel-themed world, where time itself has been slain, and humanity lives in a timeless eternity of contradictions, loops, paradoxes, and... Of course... Time travel! It's a complicated setting, but it's a lot of fun.  


Without doubt, the expanse in question for Chronotopia will be the time-streams, the web of when's and where's that reach every point in time that has ever been. It's one of the foundational pillars of the setting and explores how a post-scarcity society might treat its own past and how entire 'eras' become resources, entertainment, and more. Other fun things to explore might be how a single point in space can be several points in time simultaneously, how that interacts, and how people navigate all these confusing ways to exist.  


Like with Araea, I'm not sure exactly what I'll do with this. At a hunch, I'd say it'll once again be connected a lot to the explorers of the setting, but it will depend greatly on the prompts. There is a lot of interesting question a theme like this raises in a setting like Chronotopia: how does a post-scarcity, time-traveling society look like? What groups have arisen, how are they organized, and how are they led? When everyone is (theoretically but certainly not in practice) equal, why does one follow and one lead? How does religion or spirituality look in a world where time, death, immortality, and the end of things have been conquered?   And so on. I have nothing written but a lot of notes about it. I'm leaning towards people gravitating towards sort of.. Self-growth philosophies as more of a foundation, though I'm sure a few will just be dedicated to partying for eternity.  


In a world where every single "when" is available to explorers, there are a lot of discoveries to make, ranging from profound to petty. In Chronotopia, those discoveries are bound to lead to new ones too. A discovery of what Mars really looked like in the time before it dried will inevitably lead to the discovery of some sort of monster trying to eat the discoverers. Besides that, I'm also going to be thinking about how they have started to make discoveries about time-manipulating technology. Everything from scrying into the past (for entertainment) to creating simulacra of past personalities for all kinds of reasons. The time-warped sky is the limit for this one.  


Much like the Leadership theme, this one raises questions about what conflict might look like in this setting. It might be post-scarcity, and people might be pseudo-immortal, but it's not idyllic, and there's no lack of people who still aren't satisfied. As with most of my settings, the Monstrous here will probably deal a lot with social and economic divisions, how the powerful wield their influence to stay that way and how even near-infinite resources can end up unevenly distributed.   Oh, and there's also time-wraiths too. Beware the Tomb of Eternities.  

Week 3 - Inspiration

Here's what'll serve as my mini-meta for Summer Camp!



Geography, Landscapes, & Buildings
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Inspiring World


Week 4 - Homework of.. The Damned!

Now, it’s time to plan for success!
  With so little time left, I am filled with excited anticipation and just enough panic to make it interesting. Lets see if this homework stuff can help with that.  


I'm going to divide my writing schedule into two parts, since July is going to be a little complicate. Between the prompts, the cheerleading, and the Imaginaerium, there's no lack of stuff to do!  

Week 1

I'm still off on vacation on the first week of July, and I'm going to use that to maximize how much writing I can.   Since I expect my energy to be at the highest level here, I want to front-load as much reading and commenting as I can muster here.   Writing will happen whenever it happens: My plan is one prompt per day, or more.  

Week 2, 3 & 4

After that first week, I sadly am forced to return to the corporate hellscape of gainful employment. But I still work from home, which reduces the timesink from commuting!   My plan is to start writing at 6 PM, post the Imaginaerium article around 2 PM, and maybe stream some Elden Ring at 9 PM  


I have lots of support to rely on for the Summer Camp. My primary hanging out place will be the World Anvil discord, my own personal discord (the secretive Lodge), and perhaps my streaming audience as I beat my head bloody against Elden Ring.  

Other Awesome Anvilities

While you're here, why not check out the Pledges of some of these other awesome anvilities?

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9 Jun, 2022 14:04

Yaaay, Q! I'm so excited for more Q articles, and for Imaginareum! :) I'm looking forward to cheering each other on!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
10 Jun, 2022 13:26

Thank you! :D And looking forward to what you concoct as well!   Summer-hypeeeeeee!

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
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Annie Stein
9 Jun, 2022 14:05

I am beyond excited for the return of Q! Your articles last year were such an inspiration in and of themselves. Honestly, it wouldn't be Summer Camp without you!

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Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Worldember
10 Jun, 2022 14:27

Thank you so much <3

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
9 Jun, 2022 14:11

Your glorious return is upon us. May the Sun shine and we rejoice!

10 Jun, 2022 14:27

Happy Summer camp! :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
9 Jun, 2022 14:23

Yay! Imaginareum returneth! For now, summer camp, and beyond, I wish you abundant creativity and willpower to get those words into articles and fiction that make you smile. You have an incredible imagination and I can't wait to see what it conjures this year! <3

You are doing a great job! Keep creating; I believe in you!
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11 Jun, 2022 06:43

Aww, thank you :D And same to you, Dani!

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
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E. Christopher Clark
9 Jun, 2022 15:15

This was all great to read, but I especially liked that "Summer Camp & Me" sidebar. This is my favorite event of the year, too. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

10 Jun, 2022 14:39

Summer camp hype!!!

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
16 Jun, 2022 06:30

Yes! this is a nicely constructed article. I agree with Chris, the Summer Camp & Me was heartwarming. Welcome back, by the way. Many of us have been busy with swirling, hectic lives (I know I have XD) but I'm glad that you've reappeared. I pray the best and much success to you with camp! I would love to help out with some community stuffs if you are willing to have me <3

22 Jun, 2022 06:13

Thank you, and you too! :D   And sure! Hit me up on Discord if you are interested in contributing something to the Imaginaerium :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
9 Jun, 2022 15:16

Ayy congrats on making the pledge! So excited to see what work you cook up <3 and I'd be more than happy to assist on the Imagenarium this year!

Creator of Arda Almayed
10 Jun, 2022 14:40

Awesome! Love to have ya for it - and thank you :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
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Emily Armstrong
9 Jun, 2022 21:50

Seriously looking forward to hearing more from you and your Imaginareum! Welcome back aboard the writing train and I hope you find all the inspiration you're seeking this Summer Camp!

Check out my worlds of Beckettville and Culinarypunk!
10 Jun, 2022 14:40

And you! I look forward to seeing what madness you'll cook up for Beckettville! :D   Thank you! :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Forgemaster Dimitris
Dimitris Havlidis
10 Jun, 2022 15:01

Yay! So excited Q! <3 Let's do it!

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11 Jun, 2022 06:42

OH YEAH! :D   Summer Camp is the best camp

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
10 Jun, 2022 20:21

Good for you, Q! I'm glad you're participating in Summer Camp this year, and I look forward to seeing your articles! A lot of folks making pledges this year have said 'Diamond and Chill', I really like this approach. I hope you have a lot of fun tackling the prompts!

~~~~~~~~ SailingOcelot
11 Jun, 2022 06:43

And you :) I think it is a good approach - I just want to write and have fun doing it! :D   Thank you :D

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
13 Jun, 2022 15:43

Ooh! The CSS on this is awesome! Ganbatte and I hope you have fun this Summer Camp! :3

14 Jun, 2022 06:06

Thanks! :D You too!

Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
26 Jun, 2022 21:29

Elden Ring!!!! OH NO!! OH YEAH!!

28 Jun, 2022 12:37

Thank you so much for provided a great summer camp pledge that also a ts as an inspiration to aspiring writers. We love the depth and imaginations to place into your works.

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