Reading Challenge - January 2022

A selection of articles read

December wasn't exactly the month I thought it would be. I wasn't able to complete WorldEmber, though I did write three new mushroom articles (and some prose that I was convinced to let count). I also wasn't able to get as much reading done over the month as I would have liked to, so I am glad that this challenge is a thing.   Continuing the mushroom theme I wanted to cultivate in December, all of the articles I read for this challenge were mushroom-related. Big thanks to Amélie I. S. Debruyne for compiling a Google Docs with Mushember articles! :)   Warning: There are more than ten articles here, as I wanted to include at least one from every author on the list!  
 

Arendah by CrazyEddie

  The original article is written in German, so I had to use Google translate in order to read it. I really liked the extended discussion on the type of environment that was right for the arendah to grow in, as well as the uses the mushroom had in different cultures. Thinking about the way each of your creations affects the world around it is an important part of worldbuilding.  
Arendah
Generic article | Jan 9, 2022
 
 

Boomshroom by ecl1psed

  One of my favourite things about the boomshroom is that it is used for both military purposes and cooking. The contrast between these two uses is an unexpected twist that adds an extra layer to the worldbuilding. I also really like that Ecl1psed has really thought about the habitat and lifecycle of the fungus.  
Boomshroom
Species | Dec 26, 2021
 
 

Brown Daydreamer by Catoblepon

  Cato has included a history of how the brown daydreamer was discovered by the people in her setting, which is a really nice touch that not many people include. That's definitely something I am going to keep in mind for my own articles going forward. I also really like that the mushroom is an important export for a settlement.  
Brown daydreamer
Species | Dec 22, 2021

A mushroom turned into a drug

 
 

Cloud Parasol Mushroom by Golemancer

  One of the things I really like about this article is that Golemancer discusses the effects of cultivation on the mushroom; the cultivated variety of the mushroom produces more silk. I also enjoy that, although the mushroom is extremely useful for society, it can also have a sinister effect.  
Cloud Parasol Mushroom
Species | Dec 21, 2021
 
 

Dark Mushroom by KajetanWrites

  One of the things I really likes about Kajetan's article was that the dark mushroom is intrinsicly linked to religion. It seems to be more than just superstition, as scholars have discovered a clear link to a deity. I love the imagery as well of the life and colours around the mushrooms being sucked away.  
Dark Mushroom
Species | Dec 30, 2021

A mushroom related to the forces of darkness

 
 

Dull Growths by Theo

  One of the best sentences in this article is the taste of these mushrooms being described as 'licking a rusted mech'. Despite this, they are an important food in the winter months. It is always good to remember that food doesn't always have to be tasty to be useful.  
Dull Growths
Species | Dec 19, 2021
 
 

Evuron Mushrooms by Eallixy

  I love the vivid description of the appearance of the evuron mushroom, which really helped me picture them in their environment. I also really liked that different parts of the mushroom are used for different things. The fact that there are even alternate methods for using the mushroom recreationally is great too.  
Evuron mushrooms
Species | Dec 14, 2021
 
 

Fireshroom by Kefkejaco

  These mushrooms are used as a fuel source in Kefke's world, which is a great way to make them relevent and integral to the world. Fuel is something that often isn't thought about too much whilst worldbuilding, so this article was a great reminder to think about that more. I really like that Kefke includes the history of how the fireshroom came to be used as a fuel too.  
Fireshroom
Material | Dec 6, 2021
 
 

FunGlow by Michael Chandra

  This anti-magic fungus is actually a non-natural experiment involving both mushrooms and bacteria, which gives this article a fun scientific twist. This is reinforced by the article's technical language and the fact it is peppered with different measurements. I like how different it is to a lot of the wilder, more natural mushrooms I've read about.  
FunGlow
Species | Dec 30, 2021

An aggressive anti-magic plant species

 
 

Fungrum by Tim de Roos

  This article is actually about mushroom creatures rather than mushrooms, but it still definitely counts. Tim's articles always have gorgeous art, and it really inspires me to create more artwork for my own world. I love the details Tim chooses to describe as well - these guys leave mushroom trails!  
Fungrum
Bonus Action Creature | Dec 21, 2021
 
 

Ghazali by Winger

  This article really leans into the fact that two mushrooms that look identical to each other can actually be wildly different species, which is one thing I love about them. I really like that this article includes a legend of how the mushrooms were first discovered, and how things have changed now that they have been discovered by the wider world.  
Ghazali
Species | Dec 31, 2021
 
 

Glow Shroom by Ezra Aldrich

  This article opens with a quote from a food blog, which really grabs you and pulls you into the world straight away. I love that the mushroom is used as food, medicine, ink, and also as a light source as it is bioluminescent. You get the feeling that the glow shroom is really an integral part of the Underdark.  
Glow Shroom
Species | Dec 3, 2021
 
 

Gold Stealer by Mochi

  The gold stealers are massive deep ocean mushrooms that can grow over a hundred metres long. I love the idea of ocean mushrooms, for starters, and the fact that they are so big is great. I also really love the idea that the caps are harvested for use as counterfeit coins as they look like money. The lesson from this article is definitely be creative!  
Gold Stealer
Species | Dec 13, 2021
 
 

Hargran's Crab by Dutrius

  Hargran's crab is what you get when you cross the theory of carcinisation with a fungus - a crab-like, semi-living mushroom. The description of the mushroom's organic systems and its lifecycle is extremely well thought out and interesting, and I enjoyed the small touch of humour at the end of the article.  
Hargran's Crab
Species | Dec 29, 2021
 
 

Ichor Mushrooms by Ryn C

  This article talks about the history behind ichor mushrooms in a semi-historical and semi-mythological way, which is a nice mix as the reader cannot tell what exactly is true and what is legend. It also has a great description on the way the mushrooms change throughout their different growth stages, which was really nice to read and something that should be done more.  
Ichor Mushrooms
Species | Dec 16, 2021
 
 

Kepikepi by Sh4d0wPh03n1x

  This article has adorable art of the kepikepi, which is always a plus. I really like how this mushroom is useful to the farmers in the area by helping keep the soil safe and healthy for crops. The fact that they are bioluminescent is really nice too.  
Kepikepi
Species | Dec 18, 2021
 
 

Lacy Ladies by Annie Stein

  There are two things I absolutely love about this article - the art and the alternative names. The alternative names thing is particularly great because it really makes you think about the different people who would have named them. I also really like the idea of using a mushroom for pesticide.  
Lacy Ladies
Species | Dec 27, 2021

Lacy Ladies, also known as Poor Man's Doily, Lace Cups and Fairy Veils are mushrooms known for the intricate lace-like patterns on it's cap. The mushrooms are much beloved for its appearance.

 
 

Litsin Sidamelo by PanthersEye

  Whilst reading these articles, I've noticed that people have come up with some really unique uses for their mushrooms, and the listsin sidamelo is no exception. This mushroom can be used as fabric after a year of processing, which I think is so much fun. I also really like the article is written from a first person, opinionated point of view.  
Litsin Sidamelo
Species | Dec 18, 2021
 
 

Munchskin by Chi

  This article opens with a good quote to set the scene, setting up the tone for the rest of the article. I really like that the munchskins are mushrooms that look like flowers; biological mimicry is always interesting and I'd love to do more research into it for my own work.  
Munchskin
Species | Jul 9, 2022
 
 

Mushroom Farming by Frogdrake

  This is an article about the process farming mushrooms, rather than an individual species of mushroom. Whilst the article focuses on how mushroom farming is achieved, it also gives some insight into the cultures that practice it. This helps make the world seem much more alive than just a technical explanation would.  
Mushroom Farming
Technology / Science | Jan 1, 2022
 
 

Mushroom Fields by Chris L

  One of the things I love about Kitoypoy's articles is that there is usually a quote from a recurring character, Sgt. Kill Flayer, and this one is no exception. It's quite nice to have a recognisable figure to tie articles together. I like the little cultural notes of mushroom skeet and mushroom foraging too.  
Mushroom Fields
Geographic Location | Jan 1, 2022

A field of mushrooms of all types and sizes ranging from tiny to larger than houses.

 
 

Noodle Snoodle by Aster Blackwell

  This article has both gorgeous art and an adorable title, but what I liked most about it was that three different varieties of noodle snoodle were covered, not just the one. The variations in the species were really interesting to read about, and I like the fact one had fairytales told about how it came to be.  
Noodle Snoodle
Species | Jan 2, 2022
 
 

Nousta-Nopeüsta by mezzopatricia

  This article does a great job of vividly describing the taste of the mushroom, which is a sense often neglected by worldbuilding. I also really like the scientific descriptions of what ingesting these mushrooms does to the body, and that it varies due to dosage, body weight, and species.  
Nousta-Nopeüsta
Material | Jan 1, 2022
 
 

Pexi by Andrew

  Pexi are tiny and adorable mushroom creatures that seem to be able to exist in a variety of places. My favourite thing about Theiket's article is the touches of humour sprinkled throughout, especially in regards to the inevitability of death. Having a light-hearted touch really works sometimes.  
Pexi
Species | Dec 9, 2021
 
 

Shattercaps by Stormbril

  Stormbril is one of the people I look up to the most when it comes to writing articles, and this one is another great. I love the thought that has been put into the shattercaps' life cycle, as well as the different legends as to their origin. I also think the art in this one is really pretty and delicate.  
Shattercaps
Species | May 9, 2022

A delicate mushroom growing on the beaches of Russin. It slowly turns to glass as it grows, before shattering to spread the spores.

 
 

Storm Mushrooms by Amélie I. S. Debruyne

  Amélie has made great use of quotes in this article to weave a story as an undercurrent to the basic facts about her mushrooms. This really helps to ground the mushrooms in her world. I am also really inspired by the amount of research Amélie does for each of her articles.  
Storm mushrooms
Species | Jun 8, 2022

A variety of closely related species of fungi undistinguishable from each other, famous for their location in the Orage Mountains filled with magical storm as well as for the unique properties of their toxins.

 
 

Svant by Kveldulfr83

  This is another article that includes quite a visceral description of the mushrooms' taste and it works really well. The article itself is quite short, but it contains all of the relevent information without being bloated or over-long.  
Svant
Species | Aug 6, 2022
 
 

Velvet Shanks by Angantyr

  A really interesting mushroom that can cause winter forest fires. I love the mixture of scientific and descriptive language that is used to describe them, as well as the loving thought put into their growth cycle. I also really like the touch that wood from the trees they infest can be seen as a luxury.  
Velvet shanks
Species | Dec 29, 2021

A peculiar mushroom that grows typically in winter and occassionally causes forest fires.

 
 

Witch’s Shroom by TheDoctor292

  This article contains something of a mystery - were these mushrooms actually used for witches' spells or not? We may never know. I love that the mushroom has a unique defence mechanism in the form of spraying poison gas, and I love that the author notes that certain animals cannot see their vivid purple colour.  
Witch’s Shroom
Species | Dec 30, 2021

Witch’s use these for spells. It’s just a myth or is it?

 
 

Yellow-gilled Gymnopilus by SoulLink

  SoulLink has taken a real mushroom and adapted it to fit their world. The mixture of real-world facts with imaginative fiction really works, particularly as SoulLink's world is alternate Earth. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the mushroom had different significance to dryads than it did to humans.  
Yellow-gilled Gymnopilus
Species | Jul 16, 2022

A psilocybin mushroom native to North America.

 

Resolutions for 2022

  2022 is going to be the year I focus on getting things done whilst not burning out. To that end, I have only a couple of resolutions:  
  • Bring Etrea's older articles up to the standard I want for all my articles - see The Teeth for reference.
  • Only work on new articles that inspire me or bring me joy. Don't let the fear of missing out stress me out into writing things I'm not excited for.
  • Keep reading and commenting on as much as I can to support the community.
  Hope everyone has a great 2022! :)

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13 Jan, 2022 07:08

Hobbitish enthusiasm over mushrooms. It is always a pleasure to read gushing glowing reviews.

13 Jan, 2022 12:57

Thank you! I had fun! <3

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Annie Stein
13 Jan, 2022 10:27

You really went above and beyond! This was so lovely, Emy!

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13 Jan, 2022 12:58

Thank you! :)

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E. Christopher Clark
13 Jan, 2022 11:39

This is comprehensive and awesome!

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13 Jan, 2022 12:58

Thanks! :D

13 Jan, 2022 12:52

We need to make Mushroom challenges more often! :D   Good luck with taming 2022, Emy!

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13 Jan, 2022 12:58

Yes! All the mushrooms! :D   Thank you! :)

13 Jan, 2022 13:46

That's a lot of shroooooooooonms.

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14 Jan, 2022 12:00

So many!! <3

13 Jan, 2022 14:55

This is great! Love getting reading lists, especially curated by you!

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14 Jan, 2022 12:01

Thank you! :D <3

15 Jan, 2022 03:12

"Stormbril is one of the people I look up to the most when it comes to writing articles"   Funny, that's how I feel about you and your incredible writing! Thank you for genuinely making my day, Emy :D <3   I love this collection of mushrooms, I loved the mushrooms you wrote this year that I've read so far, and I love what you have to say about all of these here as well! Just amazingness everywhere :D


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16 Jan, 2022 02:25

Aww, you're so lovely. Thank you. <3

2 Feb, 2022 12:45

Somehow overlooked this in my long list notifications :p Thank you for the mention and the kind words! ^^ It exists thanks to you :)

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6 Feb, 2022 10:14

Aw <3 Thanks for the comment!

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