World Ember 2023 Homework
IT'S WORLD EMBER TIME!!!!
I am extremely hyped to finally participate in World Ember! I'm trying to set reasonable goals for myself, so I'm only striving for 10,000 words. Not to mention, 323 words a day is very achievable for me! Of course, I'll be happy if I can write more because more words means that there's more content and development to my world. My second goal is to not get burnt out. December is a busy time of year with the holidays, and I want to be able to pace myself a little bit. Homework 1: Goal and Area of Focus
ValtenaAs usual, Valtena is my main world and still the primary focus for competitions. There are still a bunch of foundational articles I haven't written, so these will be the focus of my worldbuilding this World Ember.
|Fenveikuria Civil War
|Heart of the World
|Royal Mage Academy
Dinosaur CountryThis is one of my secondary worlds. I've barely touched it, sadly, and I want to give Dinosaur Country some love! The world is all about dinosaurs as the dominant species in the Old West. My main priority there is to write about Fossil Creek which is the main settlement. Also, I want to write about the main character Harriet Dobbs, the local raptor rancher caught in the middle of several conflicts.
Homework 2: Mini-Meta and Structure
Gods of CreationScope
CategorizationRecategorizing Valtena has been something I've been slowly chipping away at since the end of Summer Camp. With over 360 articles (most of them draft stubs), it's been a process to figure out an intuitive way to organize all the new content being added to the world. For World Ember, all the meta articles such as the homework and hub will be in the Challenges Category. The articles themselves will be stuck in Challenge Quarantine until the judging is complete and badges handed out.
InspirationMuch of my inspiration for the Gods of Creation come from Greco-Roman and Norse mythology. I also draw inspiration from the Valar in the Silmarillion and the pantheons in the Forgotten Realms and Golarion. The sapient species, while generally drawn from the classic fantasy races and DND races, are given their own unique origins and twists in Valtena. I wanted the world to feel familiar with its own unique twists.
Homework 3: Homepage
Homework 4: Last Minute PrepI can't believe that there's only a week left until World Ember starts! I'll probably end up doing something similar to Summer Camp where most of my writing gets done at work. I'm on the computer all day, and it's really common for me to have an extra hour or two to just kill time. My plan is to make the best use of that time as I can to write. Also! Writing sprints to help keep me focused. I get really stressed with open ended deadlines, so a set 15min block of time is awesome for me to focus in a way that feels extremely manageable. I'm also trying to start up a new chapter called Articles Anonymous (check it out on the WA Discord!), so that's another way I plan on being able to write alongside other people for motivation and accountability. I've got my World Ember hub article prepped and ready to go, too. I gave myself some stretch goals beyond 10k just to challenge myself to write even more this coming month. Finally, I've also got breaks planned in my schedule because I don't want to burnout or give myself too much fatigue. I'm gong to spend some time with friends every week as a way to rest my writing battery and recharge. I also get to see family close to the holidays. A big reason of why I want to do as much writing as possible at work is so that I can enjoy the rest of my day with family and not feel stressed that I'm not writing enough.
I lied...So uh, the whole thing I said earlier about not really being ready to touch my world's homepage yet? Yeah, that didn't last very long. Valtena got not just a spruced up homepage, but also a whole new theme courtesy of Spleen! There are also new graphics, and I absolutely love the darker colors with pops of gold. It really fits the nobledark tone of the world better, and the blues definitely remind me that I really made this world because of my love of ships. I had so much fun helping pick out fonts and overall getting the world to look more unique. Still trying to figure out exactly how I want to fill the void in my article covers, and the large black area is mean to be reminscent of The Void in my world. Little secret, if you head over here, it'll give some context of why the void is relevant and important. I also added a Development Log to my world to help me vocalize and summarize the work that I'm doing. It'll be a reflection back on the time since the last update, and this is something I've been wanting to do since I got back into WA almost a year ago.
World Ember Hub
World Ember 2023 Hub
Follow along for new and old articles written in December for World Ember!
Pre-World Ember GoalsArticles I want to finish before World Ember starts
Northern Nautical Confederation
Pantheon of Valtena
Community Cottages!Check out the awesome community groups for World Ember!
A cottage for WorldEmber, to share hype and love around.
Cosy Cottage Enclave
Goals and progress for my first foray into the annual December writing challenge.