WorldEmber 2023 Pledge and Homework in SanZera | World Anvil

WorldEmber 2023 Pledge and Homework

WorldEmber approaches once again, and for the first time, I find myself participating in the prep homework. The possibility of failure is terrifying, but I know I can do this. I've done it before.


Week 1 - The Focus

My focus will be new creatures, primarily Glowbeasts and especially dragons. I want magical creatures to be a strong presence in SanZera, but I only have a handful of articles about them! This year I intend to fix that.

I have always loved writing about fantasy creatures. Over time, though, my perfectionism convinced me that I couldn't write about them, because I had an "obligation" to "finish" the parts of my worldbuilding that I didn't like as much first.

That's all hogwash, of course. I do this for fun. I want to have fun. I'm going to write about dragons.

Week 2 - The Mini-Meta


As mentioned earlier, I intend to write about magical creatures this December. The geographic scope is across either of the two continents of Sanoris or Auzera. However, to help narrow things to something more manageable, I'm going to focus primarily on dragons and similar beasts!

I'm probably going to be writing about a lot of creatures that fly, but I'm not going to limit myself to only flying beasts. If I am hit with inspiration for a cool creature that isn't a dragon, I'm not going to stop myself from writing about it!


I want to create a theme of discovery and adventure this WorldEmber. I'm going to start with the wildlife, but in the process I'm certain to create lots of branching stubs about different environments around SanZera. This way, I can make SanZera seem more colorful and interesting! I want to create the "wow I wish I could go there and see that!!" feeling.

I want to lean into the "Rule of Cool" and not restrict myself just because something seems implausible. While I love to use science to inform SanZera's mechanics, it's ultimately a magical world! I want to allow SanZera to be magical without worrying about the technicalities too much.

Foundational Articles

I think my categories are organized well enough, so instead I am focusing on completing and publishing three foundational articles ahead of December. These articles are going to be referenced a lot during WorldEmber, so it's important that I get them out there!

Along with the articles, I want to complete some new art that I can use during the month ahead of time, so that drawing doesn't have to cut into my writing time as much. I've already made a list of some of the things I want to draw, and I'm excited to get it done!

Week 3 - The Homepage

The homework for this week was to spruce up our homepage. I really wasn't sure what to do with that, so I instead took the time to make some of that art I was talking about! I also published two out of three of the articles I mentioned in the Mini Meta (Celestial Aura and Floating Islands)! So I'd say that counts as good progress.

Week 4 - Final Preparations NAPTIME!

This week is all about preparing for WorldEmber by cleaning up the writing space, gathering snacks, etc. I came down with a cold, though, so this week is just about naps for me. Lots of naps. And tissues.

I'll probably be healthy again by the time WorldEmber officially starts. Until then... goodnight! (and good luck!!)

Cover image: Fire Flames Red by Ronald Plett


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Nov 4, 2023 23:59 by Ademal

Glowing things and dragons are cool!

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Nov 5, 2023 00:03 by Aster Blackwell

I agree!

Nov 5, 2023 00:02

More creatures wohooo!

Nov 5, 2023 00:27

Moar dragons!

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Nov 5, 2023 09:10 by Mochi

NEW CREATURES YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSS!!!! I will keep my fifteen eyes out for your articles! <3

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Nov 5, 2023 14:04 by Aster Blackwell

I knew you'd be excited!! <3 thank you so much for the support!

Nov 5, 2023 17:09 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

Oooo, new creatures! Very exciting! Good luck!

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Nov 5, 2023 23:03

MOAR DRAGONS! With glow stuff. No, glowing dragons... nice!

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Nov 5, 2023 23:48 by Aster Blackwell

yes yes, the perfect combo

Nov 9, 2023 20:27 by Elspeth

You've got this! Have a great WorldEmber! :)

Nov 10, 2023 21:25 by Nimin N

That's all hogwash, of course. I do this for fun. I want to have fun. I'm going to write about dragons.
  That's the spirit! Good luck with beating your word count goal - you can do it! I hope you have a lot fun doing it too. And I look forward to reading some good fantasy fauna. <3

Nov 10, 2023 21:39 by Aster Blackwell

Thank you!! <3

Nov 10, 2023 22:42

I have to ask. What is the "Rule of Cool???" Can't wait to see what you create.

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Nov 11, 2023 22:35 by Aster Blackwell

The "rule of cool" refers to the act of throwing aside logic or science for the sake of letting something be cool!

Nov 11, 2023 11:00 by Annie Stein

i am so hyped for more dragons and fauna from you, i adored the tatzels <3333

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Nov 11, 2023 22:36 by Aster Blackwell

Aaa thank you!

Nov 25, 2023 15:33

Dragons! My second favourite mythical creature. Can't wait to see what you write!

Nov 26, 2023 02:01 by Aster Blackwell

I'm curious, what is your first favorite? :D

Nov 26, 2023 10:02

Probably selkies or kelpies. I think they're really cool and not as many people know about them.

Nov 26, 2023 21:46 by Aster Blackwell

That's an awesome choice! I really like those ones but dragons will always be in the top for me... I just can't resist <3

Nov 28, 2023 18:44 by TJ Trewin

Wooo rule of cool!! Good luck on your path to 10k :D you've got this!   Aside from species, which article template(s) are you most looking forward to writing?

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Nov 29, 2023 02:31 by Aster Blackwell

Probably geography! I hope to build out more of SanZera's physical landscape so that the creatures and people I put in it will have a better backdrop