New Year's Resolutions 2023
Greetings, one and all, and welcome to my official New Year's resolution pledge page! Here, as we stand in the waning afterglow of WorldEmber 2022 and at the beginning of yet another orbit around our glorious sun, I will state my goals and ambitions going forward. I will also go over a few of the most interesting articles I found from this previous WorldEmber competition, telling you a little about what I learned from them and why I think they're so special in the process. Click here to jump directly to that section.
With that preamble out of the way, let's get started!
New Year's Resolutions
Many of my worldbuilding resolutions for the current year will be carried over from the previous year, which you can read about by clicking here. I strongly believe in the power of setting concrete goals and I have a strong desire to meet the challenges in getting each of these done before the year is out, so here's hoping that I will do better than last year in every way.
I intend to complete the following goals during 2023. Some of these goals also feature sub- or 'stretch'-goals, these being achievements that I feel are either predicated on the completion of the forgoing goals, factor heavily into the completion of the forgoing goals by nature of being accomplished, or are related without feeling as crucial to my sense of accomplishment for the 'mission' of 2023.
- Complete at least one State of the Manifold public journal post per month: This goal has been a reliable win for me in previous years. I find that journalling helps me keep honest with myself about what I've done and what still remains to be done. It also helps that the monthly State of the Manifold post provides a golden opportunity to interact with the WorldAnvil community in a way that I don't normally get to do. Ideally, each post should fall somewhere in the last half to quarter of the month so that I have interesting things to share with you all!
- Write 100,000 words in the course of one year: The Manifold Sky, Sealed Kingdoms, Matrioshka Multiverse, and Tales of the Transmuter setting are important to me because they represent possible avenues for long-form storytelling and tabletop roleplaying experiences (see below). I need to keep up the pace on these projects because I should not stagnate on my writing progress, should develop them to the point where they can serve as the foundation for long-form projects with that sensation of 'deep lore' to them, and because a high word count is a shiny, feel-good price I can look at with pride when 2024 rolls around. Less than 10,000 words per month will get me where I need to be, so this should be totally doable. For referrence, my current word counts in these worlds are 546,984, 101,149, 35,439, and 20,117 respectively. Twelve Sides, Kit's Crater, Daynight, and A Peripheral Space are less likely to see progress on this front, but you will see notifications if that changes.
- Complete NaNoWriMo: I've completed NaNoWriMo at least once in the past with Calculiopolis, an as-of-yet unedited and unpublished novella about a steampunk world set in the broader Sealed Kingdoms universe; this challenge is less a matter of 'can' than 'will' for me. I need to hone my prose with regards to action and dialogue, and getting 50,000 words done in a manuscript would go a long way towards both this objective and the longer objective of making something that would be viable as a published work (see below).
- Achieve the Award of Loquacity during WorldEmber 2023: I've done this twice so far, and I don't intent to stop now!
- Compete in all major WorldAnvil challenges: I believe I accomplished this as an unstated goal in 2022. Competition and the subsequent critical examination by other writers are important motivators for me, so I intend to embrace them. I want people to see my writing and let me know what does and doesn't work so I can grow as a writer, and challenges are the perfect vehicle for this.
- Complete all prompts in all challenges: This stretch goal is more about pushing my limits. I know I can do the minimum in every challenge and still pass, but pushing for full completion is good for establishing a writing routine and stretches my creative muscles. No quitting!
- Complete at least one manuscript OR get the BCGR rulebook done for open beta: This has been a recurring challenge for me that I simply haven't risen to. BCGR is very close to a state where it can be shown to playtesters or Patreon patrons (see below), but there's a little bit of editing and a lot of ancillary work (example characters, indexes, etc.) that needs to be done before its ready for a publisher or to be released as an indie title. As for manuscripts, I've had two novels bouncing around in my head since forever but haven't executed on them from what I can only describe as a lack of focus and motivation on my own part. I could also accomplish this goal by editing, revising, and polishing my Calculiopolis novella to a satisfactory state, prehaps for publishing here on WorldAnvil. The important part is that I actually finish a long-form project instead of letting them all sit in bits and pieces; if I would feel comfortable sharing at least one work with the world, this goal will be completed.
- Earn at least one subscriber on Patreon: I want to earn financial support for my creative endeavors by generating quality content that people enjoy. That means showing value to the reader by putting out content that rewards their time and interests. That, in turn, means either putting out some sort of long-form prose that can keep a reader interested in more or establishing BCGR in such a way that TTRPG adventures - including free modules like Inn Too Deep and Operation: Summer Wind - can actually be played by people outside of my personal sphere.
- Submit at least one manuscript OR game prototype to a publisher: I would be satisfied to find success in the indie sphere, prehaps using WorldAnvil's integrated novel software. However, if I manage to complete a work that I feel would be worth submitting for traditional publishing, it would be a marvelous thing to be considered.
WorldEmber 2022 Readings
Spellybeans by Bonus ActionThis article on spellbeans is a real treat. It doesn't just present an idea for an interesting class of magic item: it also features an extensive list of specific items, each of which has a unique look and a narrowly useful gameplay feature that would inspire an adventurer to pick up an assortment for themselve. The concept of the item reminds me of things like the D&D 3.5 Feather Token assortments, the previous feature article Sycian Sorcery, and that old NES game A Boy and His Blob. With one exception, I hadn't considered making an article that's a compilation like this for the WorldEmber challenge, but I can definitely see how it works well in concept as well as a way to increase article counts while still creating worthwhile content. I really like this one!
Caroline's Catalog of Curious Conditions: Sneezeberry Addiction by drunkenpanda951It's no secret that I'm a great lover of alliteration, which is one of the things that initially drew me to this article by drunkenpanda951. While aesthetically rather spare, I think the concept of this condition is quite creative. The danger presented by sneezeberries feels very unique in comparison to the usually sparse worldbuilding around how specifically the withdrawal symptoms of an addictive substance present a danger to the sufferer.
Lexicon by Qurilion
A lexicon of common terms and esoteric slang alike for the world of Shedim.
Gods of Theydim by Lyraine Alei
Gods of Theydim
(core) The deities worshiped in the region of Theydim. In myths and legend, Saint Antral supposedly restored them as she overthrew the Adrakian Empire's dragon-gods.
Qetzel by Stormbil
Tattered and torn, this once god of Sight and Mind now floats blindly above the landscape, a mirthless echoing laugh endlessly eminating from within; his cultists loyally following in his wake.
Gauntlet by TJ Trewin
A popular strategy-based card game originating in Melior that's enjoyed even beyond the rifts.
Becoming an Able Seaman by Jacob-W
Becoming an Able Seaman
When a sailor starts his carrier, he begins as an Ordinary Sailor. And with enough experience and show of skills, he will be promoted to an Able Sailor.
Erebus Kane by ChurchwardenChurchwarden's article about the powerful lich Erebus Kane is a dense and extensive dive into the psychology of a man whose power's extend beyond death. I really like the Lovecraftian prose and judicious use of art assets, though I would like to see some alterations to break up the long blocks of text. As someone who realises that he needs to work on his prose, I find this sort of character work inspiring.
Madness by Rumengol
Imagine losing the threads of your thoughts one by one, until the very grasp on reality seems to avoid you. When the pressure of the occult overwhelms the awakened, insanity rise and takes over.
Mhat-huur: Flesh Inheritor by Timepool
Mhat-huur: Flesh Inheritor
An eldritch god of infinite flesh— to which your own hide belongs.
Thanks for your kind words! Those are some super inspiring goals :D have a great new year!
Gauntlet - my shiniest article this year!
That is such a massive word count goal, but it sounds like you have a really good idea of what's realistic for you. I'd wish you the best of luck with these goals, but honestly, from how you put it I feel like you've got this when it comes to the words. So instead my best of luck goes towards the patreon, I wish you the best of luck with getting it up and running! May you not just get one patreon, but several!
Hey, thanks! I'm glad you liked the Lexicon :D As a bit of a gamedev myself, I am excited to see more of us on WA and wish you the best of luck with that prototype!
Creator of Araea, Megacorpolis, and many others.
Thank you so much for the inclusion, it's an honor to be included among these great articles! And here's to great luck and success for your goals in 2023, I'm sure you'll do great!
Thank you for including Madness among all those great articles :D I'm very happy the Alchemist's Sanctum feels cohesive, this is something I actually struggle with in my other world! Best of luck with your ambitious creative endeavor, may this year be full of success!