Summer Camp Pledge 2022 in Solaris | World Anvil

Summer Camp Pledge 2022

by Annie Stein
Welcome to Solaris, traveller! Let me get you up to speed.
Solaris is a soft science fiction webcomic set in our own universe, kind of. Learn more by continuing to read, or click here to be taken to the comic.
Q:Where am I?   You're still in the system known as Sol. Except this time each planet is habitable and developed its own life. The people are humanoid, mostly.
Q:I heard something about a comic?   Oh yes! The main comic is still in development, but you can read the first few pages of Little Blue if you click here.  
Q:What's going on?   Sol is invading. The resentful sun sends its angelic armies: the Scourge. For now, they're being held back at Mercury by Penumbra.
by Annie Stein
A new summer dawns. Creative sparks fly as the hammer falls down onto the anvil. There, molded in copper, it says "I pledge to create, spread cheer , and most of all; chill!"
  Every summer, World Anvil runs a community event called Summer Camp. In it, they publish several sets of prompts, and encourage people to write at least three hundred words for as many of them as possible. Complete a certain amount, and you're rewarded with badges and bragging rights. This year, 8 articles nets you a Copper Badge, 16 Silver, 24 Gold, and 31 the coveted Diamond Badge. You can read more about Summer Camp, and why I'm writing a pledge for it here.   Like last year, I make no promises to get anything above Copper. Even if I did end up going for, and getting, diamond last year, things will go as they go.   My goal isn't a set amount of articles, but to have a great time writing and following whatever inspiration comes from the prompts and the community.

My History with Summer Camp

Summer camp has a special place in my heart. I had only just joined World Anvil. At the time, I was struggling with a several years long art block. I had a streak of creative projects that just fizzled out for one reason or another. It was tough, and I felt frustrated, and I felt really lonely in my creative pursuits.   Summer camp was probably one of the best things that could've happened. Being creative alongside so many others... I felt seen and like I was accomplishing something. It helped reignite that creative spark. Since then, I've written 16k words here in Solaris, and almost 120k on the morning realm! Even more importantly, I've made some awesome creative buddies ♡ (shoutout to the lodge and the WA discord!)

Camp Chill

Last Summer Camp I heard one refrain more than any other; Diamond or die! It was amazing seeing peoples passion. There's no doubt that stretching towards a goal can be motivating and can really help push you into accomplishings things you didn't think you had in you.   However, more than I think we creatives need to push ourselves to productive extremes, I think we all could do with learning how to create and have a good time doing so. I think some of us fear that unless we force ourselves, we won't make anything. However, as Qurilion quotes; "Nothing that's forced can ever be right. If it doesn't come naturally, leave it."   So hereby I welcome you to join me at Camp Chill. The guidelines are simple. Write when you want to, and write what you want to. All that means is, don't force yourself to write. Trust me when I say that the writing you do with joy will be some of your best. Trust yourself to create without a cudgel.

Camp Chill Guidelines
  Remember the prompts are suggestions, not requirements.   Write what you're passionate about, leave what you aren't.   Relax when you feel tired.   Fight off any pesky brain-squitos trying to make you doubt your work.   Don't abandon your non-summer camp goals! Write that article you're itching to write, even if it doesn't fit any prompts.
If you'd like to repost these rules, Amy Winters-Voss made a block version you can easily copy by adding [block:1050823] to your article

Personal Goals

Creative Goal
One short comic for each theme.
  I'd like to build my confidence in making comics, and the best way to do that is by drawing them. These should ideally only be a few panels. I don't want to overwhelm myself.
To have fun!
Creating is my fuel. When I write and draw, I feel like myself. I want to continue that, and I've learned that the most sustainable way for me to keep creating is to keep it fun and light rather than making it feel like work.
Writing Goal
Copper badge or beyond!
I would like to write four or more articles in Solaris, and two or more articles in the Morning Realm. I'll decide more in detail as the prompts are released.
Reading Goal
Read and comment on at least one article every day
  There's no better way to cheer eachother on than by taking some time out of the day to go enjoy what everyone else is creating. That's why I want to challenge myself to read at least one article every day, and to leave a comment while I'm at it.


  During Summercamp we'll get eight prompts for four different themes; Expanse, Leadership, Discovery and Monstrous. These overarching themes will influence the prompts, and to prepare I've done some brainstorming on what I might write for each of the four themes.

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The scorched wastelands of Mercury are ripe for inspiration, from the boiling hot maria, the sharp scrapes from the shrinking of the planet, and the hidden ice sheets that the locals mine for water. I'd love to write more about the dayside and nightside and how that affects things.   Other expanses worth exploring is the interplanetary transport systems, from long haul trucking to luxury liners. Not to mention the Oort Cloud, full of horrors and, well, perhaps it indeed is best not to mention it.


The Keystones are a big part of the setting that deserve their own article sooner rather than later. These mortals are bestowed godlike powers by their home planet to guide and protect it. Every planet has their own traditions and rituals surrounding them.   I'd also like to write about the various world leaders, from Saturns Merchant Princes, to the Jovian Senate, the matriarchal monarchy of Neptune, and so on. We'll see what fits the prompts.

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What is a Sci-Fi lite setting without some amazing tech? I'd love to write about Remote Projection, where you upload your conciousness to a vessel at your desired location. Once synced, you control the vessel rather than your own body, and can interact in real time. It's an important technology in a world without FTL travel or communication.   There might also be a prompt that works well for exploring some terrible lost artifacts of the eldritch horrors in the Oort cloud, and the locations where they were once worshipped.


Sometimes, you become the monster to protect those you love. I think this might be the theme where we look at the Sentinels, the defenders of the Sol System. These valiant defenders have their humanity stripped and their natural talents honed into lethal weapons.   I also hope to expand upon the Scourge, the invading force that Project Ikarus and Penumbra were established to fight.

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To help guide me this Summercamp, I took a deep dive into my own meta for inspiration. This Summercamp I'd like to focus on the following two points of drama, since they both are important to what's going on in Mercury.   I like to wear my inspiration on my sleeve, so I wanted to highlight some of the poems that have influenced the philosophy I bring with me when I write for Solaris. I also included some art by the incredible Möebius.   Recently I also watched a great retrospective on Speculative Evolution, which inspired me to create a list of all the media I'd like to watch for Solaris. If I feel myself running dry creatively, I hope I remember to check that list and find something to watch to get inspired.

Points of Drama

1. Sol has turned on its own system. The angels who once guided humanity are now scourge hellbent on destruction. The sustained collaboration of the planets has, for now, suceeded in containing the fight to Mercury.

2. The last Keystone of Mercury sacrificed herself to chain the Sun and contain the invasion. She left no known heir, and with the majority of the population seeking asylum all across the solar system finding the next Keystone may prove to be quite the challenge.

Dive into the Solaris Meta to see what else you can learn.
1. But tonight he is alive and in the north field with his mother. It is a perfect summer evening: the moon rising over the orchard, the wind in the grass.   And as he stares into the sky, there are twice as many stars as usual.
The Two-Headed Calf by Laura Gilpin

2. Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too truly to be fearful of the night.
The Old Astronomer by Sarah Williams

3. And you have fixed my Life – however short. You did not light me: I was always a mad comet; but you have fixed me. I spun round you a satellite for a month, but I shall swing out soon, a dark star in the orbit where you will blaze...
Letter to Siegfried Sassoon by Wilfred Owens

See the Solaris Meta for more...

Closing Thoughts

As I am writing this, it is the 29th of June, and we're only two days away from July. It's one thing to plan, and another to be in the middle of things. I hope my pledge has been helpful for you, I hope it inspires you to go out there and create something awesome!   I want to thank each and every one of you who has supported me during my first year here at world anvil. You've made this weird little creative very happy, and I hope you continue to enjoy my work. I know Summercamp gets intense, and I want to assure you that it's okay if you can't keep up with everything. Remember that first and foremost, we're here to have fun together. Live gloriously, my friends, and go worldbuild!

by Annie Stein

Summercamp Articles

Antonee Benoit
Character | Apr 6, 2023

Antonee Benoit is a famous travellogue. He documents his travels throughout the Sol System, with a focus on cuisine and the human condition.

Data Crystals
Material | Nov 11, 2022

It started with a bang and continued as a chime. The stars sang sweetly, and the song recorded itself deep in the hearts of the protonic planetoids. Millenia later, it rejoiced to be unearthed, and to us it sang; Let us be the bedrock for your wonder.

Dumplings in Space
Tradition / Ritual | Jan 4, 2023

The whole world was in that very mouthful. It was immediately addicting. The thin padi film burst and my mouth was all sensations, numbingly it rolled in sweet, then sour, then a sharp floral sang all the way up my sinuses.

Oort Cloud
Geographic Location | Jul 3, 2023

Far beyond our borders it lies; the offcuts of our creation. A vast array containing everything that once made us, stretching thousands of times wider than our own system. In the dead silence of space, it whispers.

Operation War Dove
Military Conflict | Apr 28, 2023

Ganymedes was the loveliest born of the moons, and therefore when it rebelled, Jupiter caught its heart away, to be their wine-pourer for the sake of admonishing those, who might consider themselves equal. This was their retaliation.

Remote Personality Cache/Display
Vehicle | Apr 19, 2023

Remote Personality Cache/Displays ( abbreviated RPC/D ) are artificial bodies used to temporarily host a person so they may communicate in real time across vast distances.

Species | Jul 2, 2023

Fear the spawn of the Chained Sun: those angelic abominations. Once, they guided and protected us, today they seek the radiant annihilation of us all.

Summercamp Comic


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Author's Notes

Thank you to Amy Winters-Voss for creating a shareable block of the Camp Chill guidelines! I'd also like to shout out Mochi for inspiring me to add a reading goal, and Dani for all she's taught me about good goal setting and leading by examples on how to create some more specific goals for Summer Camp. My theme section was highly inspired by Qurilion, who is probably our resident master of high concept worldbuilding. Reading about his plans for each theme got me so excited, I owed it to Solaris to do the same.   Check out their pledges too!

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4 Jun, 2022 20:04

As the head of the Self Care Mafia, I wholeheartedly support the Camp Chill Guidelines! This is awesome!

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Annie Stein
6 Jun, 2022 15:19

Thank you so much, and an extra thank you for making the block!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
6 Jun, 2022 00:50

I like the Camp Chill guidelines. Have a good summer camp!

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Jun, 2022 15:19

Thanks! I hope you have a great summer camp too!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
6 Jun, 2022 14:46

I really like your Camp Chill guidelines and I will more than happily join you on that. Challenges are an amazing way to get yourself to write more, but it can also be incredibly exhausting. So encouraging people to take it easy is an amazing idea!   So my Summer Camp motto: "To Copper and Beyond with Camp Chill"!   I hope you will have an amazing and chill Summer Camp!

Summercamp is here, and once again I'm joining in! Summercamp 2023. Want to find more of my things: SatriumHub
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
6 Jun, 2022 15:20

Glad to hear it! I hope you have an excellent summer camp!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
6 Jun, 2022 21:37

I think it's great that you thought of that. Thank you so much for this.   I'm going to keep trying to get to Diamant because I'd like to and I really work best with a bit of time pressure to drive me, but yes, I usually find my articles that I wrote before the high-pressure phase, like the Goddesses, the Condition, better than the actual article - okay, the river this time wasn't bad at all, but that's because I've been thinking about it for a long time.   Nevertheless, I'm also going to be more relaxed this time, at least that's what I'm planning. It's just healthier that way, physically and mentally, and that's worth a lot.   In that sense, my motto this year is "Diamond and live" ^^.

Welt: Yenort
Sage nnie
Annie Stein
7 Jun, 2022 09:43

Diamond and live sounds great! I hope you can find a good balance between caring for yourself but also maintaining the conditions you can create best under. Best of luck!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
7 Jun, 2022 13:52

Camp Chill sounds like the perfect treat for the summer--I hope this summer camp gives you the space to create what you want how you want, and room to breathe! :D

You are doing a great job! Keep creating; I believe in you!
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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
7 Jun, 2022 14:17

Thank you! I hope so too!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
9 Jun, 2022 13:36

Camp Chill guidelines are amazing! I'm stealing them for my own pledge.   Good luck! :D   (I totally didn't write this comment and forget to click submit before I went and worked on my own pledge.)

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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
9 Jun, 2022 13:51

Hehe! I'm glad to see others adopt them too! Good luck to you as well, and I hope you have a great Summer Camp!

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E. Christopher Clark
9 Jun, 2022 15:24

I've seen a few people mentioning Camp Chill, so I'm psyched to finally find my way to where it originated. I love your attitude towards this year's Summer Camp, and I especially loved reading that "My History With Summer Camp" section. This is the event that made me really fall in love with WA, so I'm always happy to hear that I'm not alone.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
10 Jun, 2022 08:47

Thank you! hope you have a great summer camp!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
10 Jun, 2022 08:51

Fantastic pledge! Your Camp Chill guidelines are amazing, wishing you the best of luck with this very chill Summer Camp <3

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Annie Stein
19 Jun, 2022 11:09

Thank you so much! Best of luck to you too!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
10 Jun, 2022 20:51

I like your camp chill idea, it's very close to my own idea regarding my worldbuiling, the goal is always to have fun.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
19 Jun, 2022 11:09

Thanks! Yes, I think fun is a great goal to have!

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LexiCon (WordiGirl)
16 Jun, 2022 14:29

Cool! God bless and much success with your chillaxing plans! :D

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
19 Jun, 2022 11:09

Thank you! Best of luck with Summer Camp to you too!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
19 Jun, 2022 20:20

I like the Camp Chill guidelines. I have copied them in my pledge, as well. Thanks

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
20 Jun, 2022 11:30

Thank you! I hope they serve you well, best of luck!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris
30 Jun, 2022 11:33

Love your opening pledge and camp chill.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
30 Jun, 2022 13:09

Thank you! I hope you have a great summercamp!

Creator of Solaris -— Come Explore! | Summercamp in Solaris