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Summer Camp 2021 Pledge Document

31 prompts, 31 days? What could possibly go wrong?
— Me, naïvely
  Summer Camp 2020 was my first event here on World Anvil. I joined the site in the midst of the preparation month and got swept up in the hype. I haven't looked back since.   A year has passed, and we're now preparing for Summer Camp 2021. I can't wait to get started. :)
A big thanks to TJ for the inspiration!
Summer Camp 2021 Pledge
Generic article | Nov 20, 2022

Reflecting On Summer Camp 2020

  Whilst Summer Camp 2020 was a great success for me in many ways, I experienced massive burn out afterwards. I don't think I touched worldbuilding or writing for over a month. This is something I really would like to avoid this time, if possible.

Things that went well:

  • Community Spirit
    I met so many wonderful people in the Discord, and by reading and commenting on people's worlds. I loved hanging around and watching Summer Camp streams too. The community remains one of my favourite parts of World Anvil, and that all started for me during Summer Camp 2020.
  • Creativity
    The majority of the prompts in 2020 forced me to think about aspects of Etrea that I'd never thought about before. I like to think that my world has grown richer as a result
  • Completion
    I managed to complete all 33 prompts in 2020 for the Diamond Summer Camp badge. Reaching this goal was such a boost to my happiness. :)

Things that didn't go so well:

  • Reading and Commenting
    This probably sounds like a bit of a weird one, but... at some points in Summer Camp 2020, I was reading and commenting on upwards of forty articles a day. Though I love reading and commenting, this is not sustainable for mental and physical health. I still plan on reading and commenting on a lot of articles - but this time, I'll listen to my body when it's too much.
  • Linking and Tags
    I was new to World Anvil and didn't understand much about linking articles or tagging them, so none of my articles had links, tags, or stubs. I had to go back in later and add these things, which created a lot of extra work than if I had done it in the first place.

Preparation Plans


Which project is your worldbuilding efforts tied to?

The project I am currently worldbuilding for is a fantasy novel called Son of Flames, the first book in a fantasy trilogy. The original novel was written as part of my PhD.   Son of Flames is the story of Farrow Hargrove, a young nobleman who is betrothed to the Seruic crown prince. At the New Year's Eve ball, Farrow's first event as the future queen, the King is assassinated and Farrow, the prince, and a few of their allies must go on the run. Whilst they fight to survive against the wilderness and people who want them dead, Farrow must learn to navigate relationships and life in a world where everyone sees him as a woman.    

What world are you working on?

My one and only world, Etrea.    

Which areas of the world are you working on?

My worldbuilding is going to be focused on the continent of Caia, particularly in the country of Serukis where Son of Flames is set. I will also be doing a little worldbuilding in the country of Eshua, as that is where the group are fleeing towards.    

How much are you aiming to complete?

I'm aiming for all 31 prompts this year. I managed the diamond badge last year, and I want to go for it again this year.    

When will you write?

In an ideal world, all day.   Realistically, probably late at night after I have been procrastinating all day. I'm going to try not to procrastinate and get my writing done during the day, though.    

Who is your support network?

My amazing World Anvil family (you know who you are) and friends, and the rest of the community in Discord. I'll be hanging out for a week at Caitlin Phillips's house too! Also my wife will pretend to care.  

My Worldbuilding Summer Camp 2021 Pledge:

I, Emy, pledge to take part in Summer Camp and will complete all the prompts. All of them. However, I will also do my best to protect myself from burnout this year.
— Me, hand on heart

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Jun 12, 2021 20:16 by Nathalia Books

This pledge page looks stunning.

Every story starts with a dream so start dreaming
Jun 12, 2021 20:23 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Aw, thank you! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 12, 2021 21:19 by E. Christopher Clark

Love the things that went well vs. things that didn't section, which I know T.J. did too (good on you for shouting him out!). Thanks for the inspiration! Mine's done now, too.

Now it's time for the awkward wave.
Jun 12, 2021 21:42 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thanks, Chris! <3 Looking forward to a good year! :)

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 12, 2021 21:23 by Pax Sequoia

This is a great pledge! I love that you learned from last year, and can't wait to see what you bring to the table this year!

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Jun 12, 2021 21:43 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 12, 2021 23:49

We'll be here to cheer each other out and prevent each other's "shoulds" :D You're amazing <3

Jun 13, 2021 00:48 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thanks, Nae! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 13, 2021 08:12 by Tobias Linder

Burnout (and the fact that many prompts end up being irrelevant for my worlds) is the main reason I stayed off Summercamp in 2020. I may, possibly, participate in SC2021 if the prompts are really good.

Jun 13, 2021 11:26 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Good luck if you decide to take part! :) No point if you're not going to have fun with it!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 13, 2021 19:02 by Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)

I remember that last year your comments were everywhere. Whatever article I read there was a comment by you. And although it is super sweet and wonderful to get comments (and give them), your health should always come first. That is something I learned the hard way last year. So don't feel bad if you can't give every article a comment. Anyways, I'm confident you'll get your diamond badge, and I'm looking forward to read what you come up with. Good luck Emy!

Author of Ealdwyll, a fantasy world full of mystery.
Jun 13, 2021 19:05 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you, that means a lot to me. I always worry I'm not doing enough, but health definitely needs to come first. <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 13, 2021 21:13 by Gamez (Dan)

Great Article! Great use of CSS to enhance the user experience, such as the Like button!. The style of the article is simple, clean and easy to read. I would encourage you to flesh out 'WHAT WORLD ARE YOU WORKING ON?' further to give yourself a small defined remit so that you don't get decision fatigue. Great to see you reflecting on your experience from 2020. I agree with many of your points - Good Luck, and if you ever need an article review or inspiration, come to join me on Twitch every Sunday.

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Jun 14, 2021 00:09 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! :D I appreciate the advice!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 13, 2021 22:10

Very pretty and nice pledge! I wish you the best of luck to get all the prompts! ^^ And if you once again start commenting too much we will drag you away! :p

Feel free to check my new world Terra Occidentalis if you want to see what I am up to!
Jun 14, 2021 00:08 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Yes, please yell at me if necessary! :D <3 Thank you!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 13, 2021 22:26 by Pierrot

A beautiful article! It's always wonderful to see people talk about past experiences and what went well (and what could've improved).   Inspiring indeed, and I love the opening quote

Jun 14, 2021 00:08 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thanks so much, Pierrot! :)

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 14, 2021 10:46 by Caitlin Phillips

Excellent article. I have every faith in you and your incredible world-building skills, and will be here to cheer you on. :)   "Also my wife will pretend to care." - Definitely made me laugh outright! XD

Cait x
Jun 14, 2021 10:51 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! Hahaha, you know it's true! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 15, 2021 17:57 by George Sanders

I got the 25k word badge for WorldEmber so know how to over do it but didn't know how World Anvil worked much at that point so my outgoing comments were few. I appreciate the caution and balance from You, Dani, Angela, Chris, and others over the months in between. I like that you still set that determined high goal, 31 articles. I'm ready to reach for big goals and aim to do it without burning out too.

Explore Etonia for World Ember.
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Jun 15, 2021 21:45 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! :D And you can do it! We'll all try to keep each other accountable! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 16, 2021 18:20 by Time Bender

Ooh, this is so pretty! And definitely protect yourself from burnout. But I know you'll get all the prompts, but even if you don't it's certainly not the end of the world! Best of luck. :)

Jun 16, 2021 18:55 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! Yes, I won't beat myself up if I don't, for sure! :D

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 17, 2021 00:54 by Lilliana Casper

Nice page! Looking forward to getting more info about the world. I might do articles based on the prompts, but I don't get enough computer time during the summer to actually enter yet. Good luck!

Lilliana Casper   I don't comment much, but I love reading your articles! Please check out my worlds, Jerde and Tread of Darkness.
Jun 17, 2021 13:48 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! <3 Hopefully you can enter sometime in the future. :)

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 23, 2021 12:53

I love this! And it helps me know what I'm getting into! :D

Jun 23, 2021 21:24 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thanks! Good luck this year! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jun 27, 2021 18:18 by JRR Jara

Emy!!! A lovely pledge <3 I'm so grateful to know you.

Creator of Hanzelot and many more.
Jun 27, 2021 19:27 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Aw I'm grateful to know you too! <3

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Jul 1, 2021 19:17 by Avalon Arcana

Awe yes! I have a chance at the human of the match! in all seriousness, this is a really good pledge, and I'm glad you are also prioritizing mental health over the joy of reading. Can't wait to read and comment on all of your articles. :)

You should check out the The 5 Shudake, if you want of course.
Jul 1, 2021 20:29 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Thank you! <3 Looking forward to seeing yours too!

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
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