Summer Camp Reading 2022 (mad·ness | mad-nəs)
Summer Camp Reading ChallengeFor this, I chose to take a little trip. There were so many interesting categories, I didn't know what to choose. I knew I had to pick the vehicle prompt because that was the only one we hadn't covered last year and I was so excited to see it this time!
First, I grabbed a bite to eat...
what I liked & learnedThis world is intriguing and I'm glad I discovered it when looking through the Great Leaders. I adored this nice little article, but I really wanted to learn more about the Cookie character who was indeed not linked. I fear perhaps his article is not yet done. Still, my takeaway from this is that, even when I write articles surrounding characters who have not yet been introduced formally to the readers, it is still beneficial to tell of them and their personalities. I can glean a bit from the article who Cookie is and how he behaves, which is a good thing.
what I liked & learnedA coming-of-age ceremony for busses, in which the busses do not eat, but humans eat in celebration. Very interesting approach to the prompt. This encourages me to continue finding what works for me in the article instead of forcing something when the creativity is not there at the moment. We all have so many things in our worlds, but if we want to write about busses, we can write about busses! The prompt worked and was cleverly done.
what I liked & learned
Lapahele: The Edible CityTradition / Ritual | Apr 1, 2023
An edible city that one finds themselves in just before a major turning point in their life.This dream world was quite intriguing. The metaphor for life was very apparent and profound, but I was still transported into the world and made to wonder what I would do in such a situation. I could see myself partaking in some cases, but abstaining in other cases. Perhaps the only way to know for sure would be to actually happen upon the town. This inspired me to continue writing in creative ways to get real-life issue messages accross. Sharing my faith through my work is something I've done for ages, and it's great to get deep sometimes while still being entertaining and fun.
Then, I climbed into the vehicle to embark on my long journey...
what I liked & learnedSo much mystery, redacted information, and vague description- all things I adore writing myself. This encouraged me to continue. While some may think not enough story was given, others (like myself) find such baiting entertaining and find that it makes the world more appetizing as you crave to learn more about everything.
what I liked & learnedComically chaotic name. Comically chaotic narration. An inventor's log is so clever. A whole article filled with the triumphs and failures of a tested technology. We witness the birth of a new mode of transportation. The storytelling was on point, and this encouraged me to continue adding things like Commander McCox giving newbies the rundown in the sidebars. There's something enchanting about a person from the world talking to you about things...
what I liked & learnedThis space train seems super cool! The setup of the article was nice, interchanging from straight up facts to ad-like descriptions to attendants' advice and even a seemingly horrible suggestion from a freeloading stowaway?? This was written in such an entertaining fashion and immersed me in the world well. It encouraged me to continue writing in different fashions even within one article- as long as it's done right and not in a confusing manner. This article was on point.
Last, I finally arrived at my destination to find
a wealth of mysterious technologies lost to the ages...
what I liked & learned
Faster Than Light TravelTechnology / Science | Dec 21, 2022
The technology Humanity uses to explore the Galaxy, and the Universe beyondAnother fine example of a mysteriously vague article that doesn't tell too much info but still gets enough across to make the subject and world as a whole very intriguing. Not everything was explained, but, as the people in-world, the explanation for this technology has been lost. More encouragement to not feel the need to add too much information when I feel it would be fine left in a mysterious air.
what I liked & learnedQuite comical thought of what future beings may interpret us using the primative floppy discs for. This is a good example of how perspective is key. Another article shrouded in mystery indeed, but by NOT getting certain information, we actually learn a lot about the world and the character who is narrating, their mindsets, and everything else.
what I liked & learnedSuch a relatable article thay may just be an accurate prediction of the state of our near future. Writing about real-life things is something I find challenging. Why pen an article about something that exists for real? Might as well copy and paste from Wikipedia XP but this article covered a real-life phenomenon in an interesting way that kept me in the world but still let me see the similarities of such events to the ones of our world. Well done and an inspiration to record more events specific to my fictional world to help fill up the real-world articles and not feel like I'm copying info from an almanac.
So... what are my plans now?
There's quite a lot I sought to accomplish this year, but I'm certain I'll probably blink and discover Valentine's Day is tomorrow. The things I outlined in My Summer Camp 2022 Worldbuilding Pledge Document haven't even been accomplished. I am scheduled to start a new vocation in October. Though this break was unexpected, I am grateful for it. I got a lot of rest and was able to do so many things I normally wouldn't have time to do. I sponsored a prompt and even kickstarted my Twitch channel all the way to Affiliate status in less than two months! Quite a feat, if I do say so myself. I plan to keep up my Twitch streams- perhaps at least streaming once a week/twice a month. I also should work on making more short YouTube videos because my channel has been getting more activity since I've been posting Twitch VODs there. ~~~ In addition to these, my original goals remain. I'm still planning on finishing Teambuilding- A One-Shot Interactive Story Experience, publishing Troubled Beginnings Chapter Two, and completing An Intern for Christmas audio special and possibly adding the New Year's special. I've also now added a Murder Mystery to the mix that I may or may not have mentioned in my original pledge. One Night at Nellindill Mansion should give you a nice preview. This one is a sequel to Lifestyles of the Fish and Famous- A Virtual Escape Room RPG Experience, so I'm thinking the second escape room I mentioned creating should be part three of this saga? Or perhaps something from a different storyline altogether....
So much to think about. I thank you all for following my adventures and adding to them with your own exciting articles and worlds that I've had the pleasure of exploring. God bless you all and I appreciate each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart! <3
Great Leaders of Their People
I hiked through the Anvilverse deeper than ever before this month, going on trek after trek, entering world after world, meeting leader after leader... Come along with me on a quick sum-up of my extensive journey to find a worthy recipient of a special short video with music, Read-Aloud narration, and custom sticker.
Which ones were my favorites?
There were SO MANY great articles! I read through each and every one of the 325 submitted (even those I did not have permission to read live on stream). The only ones that I could not read were the eleven that unforunately required a multipass that I did not possess. Other than that, I thank each and every one of you who wrote these articles! While it proved to be quite a daunting task, I did quite enjoy myself. Listed below is my selected group of favorites. Do know that even if you don't find yourself on the list, you still contributed to this project, helped me learn something, intrigued me, and brought a smile to my face as I read through. Thanks again to everyone!
Abraham the Honest
An Earthling refugee, born Abraham Lincoln during the 16th iteration of reality, he went on to become one of the most leaders in Edenian history.
Gornjak of Gel Morgran, first of his line, known as a Great Reformer
High Council Elder of the Eldahi Elder Council, leader of Eldahi Nation
A Smoothkin of many hats that has saved this jungle once before and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Grothkrokg, the missing.
Kind-hearted selfless Raider, whose strength and personality inspired many.
General of the Five Ponds Nation military forces and commander in the Legion of Glory.
Founding father of the United Republic of Earth and its Colonies
The 2nd President of the Federation of Anfieden and Allied Planets, and often considered one of its greatest leaders
Who was crowned winner?
At the end, a very special leader was awarded the prize...
This character... he's quite relatable and I could sense by the writing that he has a lot of pressure on him. All the text has stated though are good things, but what about his feelings? You can even see it in his eyes that there's so much he's enduring for the betterment of his people, the success of his family, and the expectations that rest upon his shoulders. In speaking to the author, my speculations were confirmed. They explained that this is something Killien does not openly reveal to anyone. This is quite sad but very touching. The article speaks to me and, while formatting is not perfect and some things can stand to be improved (along with the fact that the art should be credited- though the author let me know the image was created using Artbreeder and they agreed to later add it), I believe this one is the one that stood out the most. God bless you, CherreePanda and thank you for sharing this interesting character. I would love to learn more about him! <3
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