WorldEmber 2023 Pledge
Fire fire burning bright
Long into the winter night
I only ever participated once in World Ember, back in 2019, but it left such a strong impression on me that it's remained the by far most memorable time here on World Anvil. Free writing and running for word count goals felt right up my alley. I don't think I've ever not known what to write. I have such an unsurmountable ocean of notes for fledgling worldbuilding ideas - and I always end up writing double the amount I first intended to - so it'd be no problem getting words down. Finding the motivation, energy, and time to do it in a month was the actual challenge for me. I decided to give it a go despite being weighted down by brain goblins and having a panicking reptile brain screaming at full blast... and it was good. It was fun. I'm not sure what happened, and it's so difficult to describe the lingering emotions, but I had such a better time taking part in the community than I had in other events. It was so... wholesome (yes, I like this word very much), such a warm community spirit, and everyone was so supporting to everyone regardless of <insert list of stereotypes>. Taking part in Summer Camp 2023 after my come-back and getting to re-experience that exact feeling made July the highlight of my year. And made me also look forward even more to the next World Ember.
In 2019 I was very, very close to reach the 50.000 milestone without much struggle or effort. It was just unlucky my personal spacetime continuum got warped and I ended up just about 500 words short. I thought I had a day more to write than I did. Due to that, and the fact Summer Camp went so swimmingly compared to expectations, I almost immediately set my aims high for World Ember this year. 50.000 words, to be exact. Recent events IRL have forced me to reevaluate, and dial it down significantly. Hopefully I've gotten over this shitty state I'm currently in by the time the event starts, but I'll leave it as a pleasant surprise for me and you if I find myself with more energy than I've budgeted for. For one, I will be keeping the Competitor Mode off, and I also have concluded I'll be satisfied and happy if I can reach first milestone of 10.000 words.
Area of FocusI plan to deal with a backlog of writing that I feel I should have gotten done a long time ago. They're all more or less finished planning-wise, and just need to be properly pieced together and written.
- #6 No Words Necessary
- The Skethal Infestation
- Desquamating Identity Disorder
- Dread Throes
- #37 Three Tail's Demands
- Suszukoro Research Station
- #21 Uushi Mining Station
- Yggdrasil D-44 Shipwreck
- #20 Csetun Uushi
- The Darkverse
- #42 The Omniescent Void
- The Ascendancy
- #41 The Soulfire Sentinels
- Sketh Hive
- Ktlac Ktlac
- #23 City of Hövnís
- Common Currencies
- Union Standard Dating System
- Vsunutuhah Dating System
Mini-MetaA mini-meta? *Starts sweating* I haven't even filled out the regular meta yet! ... And I'm not sure I will do so in the future either as I feel it has a lot of overlap with some already existing articles I've cooked up such as the category, updated about page, and the shiny new primer plus content & updates roadmap. It's also pretty difficult since my 'area of focus' in World Ember this year is more or less catching up: Writing articles for some core concepts, finishing all the related articles for the planet Biegjun, and check off some of the leftover SC23 prompts.
Category StructureI already did this very recently but it hasn't been fully implemented yet due to time constraints. Rosepetal's primary PoV is the in-universe library curated by the The Royal Atheneum of Hövnís for the general public, and I am working on filling out the category structure to support this. There will be introductory top-level categories that branch down into narrower categories and/or indexes. A finished example of an introductory category is Space Exploration. Color palette theme shifts will be used to communicate if a specific page deviates from their PoV, such as the more uniform blue tones of my meta pages.
Winter ClubsMany thanks to Rin Garnett for inviting us to his Cozy Cottage this winter. I'll be huddling in an armchair close to the fireplace, with a thick blanket and a cup of hot chocolate.
Cozy Cottage Enclave badge by Rin Garnett
Also... Can I pet it?
- I will stop to stoke the fire when it dwindles.
No matter the task, rest when you are tired and for as long as you need to feel rejuvenated.
- I won't force the fire to fit a different stove.
Your pledge is a goal, not a requirement. Your plans are inspiration, not a map.
- I will follow sparks of joy, not chase dying embers.
Write and read what makes you happy, and don't force yourself forward if you're not having fun.
- My flame is beautiful and undying.
Believe in yourself and your ability to create, including when it's a struggle.
- I will tend to all flames under my care.
Working toward non-Worldember goals does not detract from your success, but adds to it.
This worldember I invite you to go Comment Caroling with me. The goal is to help cheer people on as they write. It's as easy as trying to leave a little comment when you like an article! It doesn't need to be fancy. An important tenet among us comment carolers is to take care of yourself too! If you're not feeling like commenting, don't! This is for fun, and forcing it isn't fun.