WorldEmber 2020

WorldEmber 2020 is a writing and worldbuilding challenge in The Real World. It’s sponsored by the fine folks at World Anvil, and friendly neighborhood author E. Christopher Clark is using this article right here—this one you’re reading right freaking now—to declare his intention to participate.


Long story short (too late!): Chris is committing to write at least 10,000 words of new material for his Clarkwoods Literary Universe between December 1 and 31.


What follows is a list of ideas Chris might to work on. You’ll note that “stop writing about myself in the third person” is not a challenge that Chris will be taking on at this time.









  • A Hand That Will Never Be a Fist, the final album by Robin and the Redheads
  • Emerald Rebellion, a military conflict in Eden
  • Ferryman, a job passed on unwittingly from person to person
  • Precious Whore, the first album by Robin and the Redheads
  • The 1997 Seven-Inch, the final musical release of Gideon’s Bible
  • The American Civil War, a pivotal conflict in United States history—and the history of the Silver family
  • The Children of Judas, a comic book series created by Michael and Matt Silver
  • Three-Song Demo Tape, the first musical release by Gideon’s Bible
  • Whatever’s Next, which will describe the way the afterlife works in the CLU, using the November flash challenge that Chris didn’t get a chance to do as a prompt
  • An article or series of articles on A Dream Is But a Shadow, the album Chris released under the name Pop Bubblegum Trash which is actually where a lot of the ideas for what the CLU is becoming started. (BUT: since he’d want to include the lyrics, which have already been written, should this not get posted during WorldEmber, so that it doesn’t inflate word counts
  • A name (and subsequent article) for the “time period following The Calamity,” which Chris has sometimes called “The Interregnum


  • Human
  • An extraterrestrial species humans would mistake for an Elf in Eden
  • An extraterrestrial species humans would mistake for a Dwarf in Eden
  • An extraterrestrial species humans would mistake for a Dragon in Eden
  • An extraterrestrial species humans would mistake for Merfolk in Eden
  • The Kindalla, the villainous extraterrestrial species of shapeshifters from Chris’ old unfinished comic book Nightmare; humans in Eden mistake them for demons
  • The Rixtahn, the extraterrestrial species of symbiotes from Chris’ old unfinished comic book Nightmare; humans in Eden mistake individuals bonded with Rixtahn for angels

Article Types to Give a Try

Chris tends to not branch out without prompting, which is why World Anvil’s 2020 Summer Camp and all its prompts were so helpful. Here is a list of some kinds of articles he might try writing to flesh out the world:

  • Natural Laws, to explain some of the concepts that make the world unique (particularly Eden, the world between worlds
  • Items, particularly those that’ve shown up a bunch in the existing books and stories
  • Vehicles, particularly Michael’s 1987 Ford Tempo
  • Species, particularly mermaids and other fantasy creatures Chris might want to work into his next series after The Stains of Time


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Greg R. Fishbone
15 Nov, 2020 01:03

These look like some cool topics. Light up the forge!!

Greg R. Fishbone, Author in Residence at Mythoversal, is releasing his young adult mythic fantasy, BECOMING HERCULES, as a weekly serial on Kindle Vella. This diverse coming-of-age drama shares its ancient roots with the Percy Jackson series, Song of Achilles, and Lore Olympus.
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E. Christopher Clark
15 Nov, 2020 15:11

Thanks, Greg! I'm psyched to get started on them. And I keep coming up with more.

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