World Ember Reading Challenge 2021

At the finale of WorldEmber this year, I was both excited and overwhelmed when I heard about the reading challenge.

It is such a blessing to read each other's work, share feedback, and spread the word about all the amazing things that we are doing, but it can sometimes take a lot of effort. As a busy person, I was unsure if I would be able to complete the challenge. Nevertheless, I tried and miraculously succeeded!

Below is a collection of articles that were submitted for WorldEmber by ten Anvilites other than myself. I enjoyed reading through these and each one helped me to realize or confirm a valuable piece of advice.

If you are currently reading this compilation, I appreciate you and I encourage you all to go forth and pay the wonderful authors I've featured some love. If you are one of the ten, I thank you for your amazing works and the lessons that were affirmed through me reading them.

Guide

What I liked:
Click here to see what I enjoyed about this article.
How it encouraged me:
Click here to see what I've learned or how I plan to improve because of this article.
Further Reading
Click here to find other works by this same author that are related to the featured article or are simply too amazing not to also be checked out!


Which cool beans are featured?



Why is my article here!?

I wanted to show everyone how much I enjoyed your work. Sorry if I offended you. If you do not agree with something I've said or linked about you, please swiftly let me know so that I can take it down or edit it. Many appologies. I meant no harm and only had the best intentions. Please forgive me.

God bless, much success,   and thanks for being awesome!!!



The Green Knight
Vehicle | Dec 21, 2021
What I liked:
This article was nice, brief, and to-the-point. It reminded me of some of my own articles. Oncomingshower explored an interesting topic in an intriguing world and made things even more exciting by introducing other characters such as Captain Gawain, which prompted me to click around and discover more backstory.
How it encouraged me:
Oncomingshower's simple but neatly presented article helped to reinforce my "just get it out there" attitude. As a busy person, I do not always have the time to fashion elaborate css or even make the article as uniform, streamlined, or detailed as I imagined it would be in my head. In the past, this issue made me refrain from publishing things because I wanted whatever I did to be absolutely perfect before presenting it to the world. Oncoming's articles are brilliant and wonderful to read even though they are not very lengthy or elaborately embellished. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing the articles and that brings me hope that others may enjoy the tidbits I put out as well.
Further Reading

Gorn's Story
Myth | Jan 18, 2022

The Third Cycle of Samsara would begin as Great Darkness returned. The dragon's egg would hatch and the power of the Silver Dragon would return.

What I liked:
I like how all of George Sanders's articles seem to be short stories within themselves as opposed to third-person omniscient wiki pages. It keeps me in the mood of the world and makes me want to keep reading and learn what happened before and what happens next! While George's articles aren't the most souped up with css, they are plain, easy to navigate, and very understandable. They are also not repetitive. They tell a comprehensive story from beginning to end within the context of said item, person, myth, location, etc. without skipping around all over the place.
How it encouraged me:
I love writing stories. I'm encouraged to go back through some of my articles and neaten them up. Sometimes, I am unsure of what to write, so I follow the prompts within each article template. BUT, after doing that, I often have clipped information in various places that will likely be out of order too. I will try to go through some of my articles and rearrange them, even if it means creating my own categories so that the words can fall where I want them to instead of randomly appearing all over the place. XD
Further Reading

 
Kojin's Tears
Material | Feb 22, 2022

Whether it be from sadness or joy, a kojin's pearl tears are priceless

What I liked:
This was such a unique Material entry. ShyRedFox did an awesome job explaining the concept. A being that cries expensive tears is really something that could have many consequences in the real world. I was pleased to see that Shy explored the depths of these possibilities, answering many of my questions as they formed in my brain. What if someone were to intentionally take a Kojin hostage and make it cry? Would these species be able to live freely in the normal world? Are there consequences to excessive harvesting of this precious resource? All were satisfied in the brief read which was greatly appreciated.
How it encouraged me:
I don't usually write articles under the Material category but ShyRedFox has given me a push to start. Clearly Item is my go-to, but many more article types can and SHOULD be explored!
Further Reading

 
Empathy
Condition | Dec 20, 2021
What I liked:
I love Escritora Novata's cute, quirky writing style that breaks the fourth wall and speaks to the reader nonchalantly. I am also partial to this project featuring Haru and her friends because I met them through one of the Epic Character Challenges that I've been hosting for the last couple of years. The EMPATHY article in particular was very interesting. I struggled to settle upon a single one to highlight because I enjoyed so many of Escritora's articles, but the fact that EMPATHY was being described as a condition was comical and very clever! If that's the case, I've surely been diagnosed with Empathy myself. XD
How it encouraged me:
Reading all of Escritora Novata's articles brought me such joy and reminded me that I should take a bit more time to actually slow down and read others' works. I am always super busy, but going over these was a breath of fresh air. I was so delighted to remember details and discover new ones about these lovely characters and concepts that I was very familiar with and fond of. I even realized that I was not following this world! That was quickly remedied.
Further Reading
Real Aaron
Character | Apr 23, 2022
Molly
Character | May 2, 2022
And, really, Escritora's whole world.
Just another nameless country
I've read through and liked so many articles as I played catch-up that I could have written this entire challenge article all about Just Another Nameless Country! But that wouldn't be fair XD

The Black Rose
Rank/Title | Jan 10, 2022

As the leader of an all-women's military unit, the Black Rose is always a woman herself. Above all, she must be loyal to the leader of the Grim Legion.

What I liked:
This article is yet another brief one but it instantly gives me the vibes of the world and the intensity of the title. The role is pretty dark and grim and indeed seems quite sad. This article brought to mind Kiss From A Rose by Seal XD (most likely because the song is almost always in the back of my head anyway lol). The song is beautiful but sad, and that's the mood FenDawnchild put me in. It's scary to think about accidentally getting entangled in this treacherous web and not being able to escape through any means but death.
How it encouraged me:
Solstice posted a question asking for more details about the article, and FenDawnchild responded that the articles will eventually be updated. Also, that some of the information Solstice was asking for was considered spoilers for the TTRPG session. This helped to reinforce my philosophy of "just put it out there" because, since a lot of my articles are based upon books that have not yet been released, it's perfectly fine to publish tidbit articles that leave the audience wanting more. At first, I was uncertain about releasing Troubled Beginnings, but a recent revelation pushed me to tease it through Singed Remnants.
Further Reading



Pitymaster
Rank/Title | Dec 2, 2021

Title granted to an individual in charge of Dovepost operations

What I liked:
It was interesting to read of these birdkeepers. The name of the article initially caught my eye... Pitymaster made me think it was someone constantly being made fun of-- a thing that just so happens to actually occur with the Pitymasters-- but A Lambent Eye was referring to a pitying as in a group of doves. It was nice to revisit this world of trains and mechanics, set back in time but not too far.
How it encouraged me:
The moment I clicked the link and appeared on the page, its colorscheme and theme was very familiar. Then, I remembered; Long ago, back in 2020 when WorldAnvil hosted its Alliance challenge, I conversed with A Lambent Eye on the NaNoWriMo forums through DMs. We were both already Anvilites but first met over there. We shared our entries, provided feedback, and discussed worldbuilding. Seing Lambent again made me remember how great that time was. I need to do better with keeping in touch, going over articles, beta-reading, and critiquing when asked, along with dishing out helpful pointers. Even in Lambent's comment section, people proposed improvements and Lambent made the changes. This is an inspiration to always be open to helping others AND accepting their suggestions. A little thing goes along way.
Further Reading

Phineas AI
Technology / Science | Dec 10, 2021
What I liked:
Another minimalistic yet very enjoyable entry. It was quite fascinating to read about Phineas. The bits of information provided really made me want to know what happened next and what became of the AI. I especially liked the narrative section told from Phineas' own point of view. Though Pookas did not pen an excessive amount of words, the character was conveyed very well. He had a lovable, child-like personality and a somewhat sad backstory that gave me the urge to reach out and hug him.
How it encouraged me:
I don't often create articles under the Technology category because I fear it seems too broad an umbrella or perhaps the thing I am writing about could be listed under Item instead. However, in reading Pookas Kreations' article, I am encouraged not to think too hard about which category something should be listed under. If I feel it is Technology, I can put it under Technology.
Further Reading

The Paper Trail
Building / Landmark | Dec 29, 2021
What I liked:
What a quaint little bookshop! I adored reading about it and was very interested to know more about the old man. Thankfully, Theiket did not disappoint, providing an in-depth look at Niri in another article as well which was much appreciated. Though very brief, these articles made me curious about the world and want to step in and explore myself! I would love to meet the curious Niri. He is such a charming character.
How it encouraged me:
Theiket's enchanting writing style pulled me into the mood of the world. The css was also quite mesmurizing. Though the articles were not very lengthy, a little goes a long way. It was a delight to see what a little touch of css could do, along with a neat, well-written, informative article. I will try to spruce up my short articles a bit more to be interesting but not overwhelming.
Further Reading

Penny-Headful
Profession | Jan 3, 2022
What I liked:
This is an interesting world, and the thought trade is something that rather fascinated me. The Humbug's writing style also kept me engaged, telling important information and sharing key details as if the article were having a casual conversation with the reader, which I love.
How it encouraged me:
The Humbug's articles are not very elaborate design-wise, but they are very interesting and informative. They begin with a quote that puts us in the mood of the world and then goes on from there. I should do a better job organizing my thoughts le wink le wink so that the text is more organized. With many of these articles, I notice that the authors choose not to write directly under the WorldAnvil prompt fields, but rather create their own sections and headings so that details are not scattered every which way. This one was no exception. A very pressing inspiration for me.
Further Reading

It Happened One Evening
Plot | Mar 18, 2022
What I liked:
This was a very fun little Choose Your Own Adventure-style article! I liked the combination of choice and random dice rolling for maximum excitement! I love to go through all the possiblilities and endings of these types of things and Dazzlinkat's article was surely a true joy to read.
How it encouraged me:
I had a couple of Choose Your Own Adventure-style articles in the works myself, and Dazzlinkat's It Happened One Evening has encouraged me to complete at least one of them for publication this year! I planned to show it to the Yule brothers from Finish It podcast, so a New Year's goal would be to get that done and do it!
Further Reading

Once again, I cannot thank you all enough for reading, writing, and being awesome. You've inspired me by simply being you.   Whether featured here or not, keep writing! Keep sharing! And, keep reading! God bless you all. NOW... grab that hammer...  

AND GO WORLDBUILD!


Comments

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19 Jan, 2022 02:14

Wow, this is a really nice page! Mine is just text and some links. Great job.

Eternal Sage Wordigirl
LexiCon (WordiGirl)
19 Jan, 2022 05:21

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed. Could you link yours? It would still be nice to look through it. :) <3

Have an exuberantly blessed day!!!
19 Jan, 2022 13:11

Thank you for the nice words and featuring me article! It is much appreciated :)

Eternal Sage Wordigirl
LexiCon (WordiGirl)
19 Jan, 2022 19:48

<3

Have an exuberantly blessed day!!!
19 Jan, 2022 18:49

Thank you for the lovely comments on my article and featuring me! I definitely agree with the concept of 'just get it out there'. Nothing is ever perfect or finished, as much as I wish it was, so just go for it!

Eternal Sage Wordigirl
LexiCon (WordiGirl)
19 Jan, 2022 19:48

<3

Have an exuberantly blessed day!!!
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