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Hi everyone!

So I wanted to send out an e-mail to let you guys know that we're still here and active! I've been crazy busy moving, and that's taken a lot of my attention away from the forum and staying on top of certain things. But now that things with that have mostly settled down, we can get back in the swing of things, and hopefully help kick the site's activity back into gear a bit more!

What's Going On At Worldsmyths?
First, we have the April writing challenge, which you can find the information for here.This month's prompts are dream and action scenes.

Next, we have the Worldsmyths Million challenge that's still going on. We have a number of members who have signed up for the challenge but have not checked in to the check in thread. While we know that everyone is busy (hopefully with writing!), we would appreciate it if you would please go to the check in thread and give your word counts, if you're still wanting to participate. If you no longer wish to participate, or need to be on hiatus from the challenge until further notice, please send a PM to @Jedi Knight Muse. The following members have not responded to the check in thread with their word counts:


Please try to make sure to check in to the thread soon with your word counts, or to let us know if you no longer plan to participate! 

One thing I plan on doing soon is working on some kind of a write up for giving/receiving critiques on the forum. There has been a struggle for a long time - since the start of the forum - with making sure that the submissions in the forum library, and especially the writing challenge submissions, receive feedback from other members. This is something that was recently brought up as a discussion by @katfireblade in this post, so something that we're planning on doing is coming up with a write up for some kind of a critiquing system that we would like to implement on the forum going forward, as soon as we can get it written and finalized. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to take some time and peruse the forum library and give some feedback to what's been submitted there! At some point I will also be making a post asking for suggestions on changing the way writing challenge submissions are submitted, since there seems to be some confusion with the current system, so please be on the look out for that.

Also, don't forget that we have the Worldsmyths Discord, the Smyths Guild, the password protected Restricted Section (please PM me if you would like access to it), the Camp NaNoWriMo 2018 section, and the Worldsmyths Book Club. We've also had some fun games going on lately, such as 2 truths, 1 lie.

As always, feel free to reply to this e-mail/post or send a PM with an questions or feedback you may have. Hopefully I'll have the aforementioned critiquing system write up done within the next week or so!

Happy writing!

The Worldsmyths Staff Team 

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Monthly Writing Challenges / Re: April Monthly Writing Challenge
« on: April 16, 2018, 09:32:09 PM »
Just dropping by to say I think it's a very good decision to have the same wordcount limit for both prompts - I thought that 300-500 words was too short to really get into the story (since they weren'twritten as flash fiction pieces in the first place), and some of the submissions for the march challenge felt really truncated, which definitely had an impact on my vote.
1. I just noticed your reply 2. I also just realized that this challenge's information only gives one word count for both prompts. I don't think it was really intended to keep it at 5,000 words for both prompts, @Manu - the reason the there was a 3-5,000 limit for the Million Challenge writing prompt is because of the fact that it's basically an excerpt prompt, whereas the other, non-million challenge prompt is just a regular challenge prompt and would have the usual 5,000 word limit...

Since the info has been up for a while, we'll just keep it to 5,000 words for both prompts, I guess. I agree that 3-5,000 words is tough for some of the entries, and especially for the Million Challenge specific prompt. It's just tough because the point of the Million Challenge prompts are supposed to be for excerpts since we have so many people doing the Million Challenge that are working on specific things already.

Also, bump! Hope to see some entries soon!

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Characterization / Re: 2 truths 1 lie
« on: April 14, 2018, 10:23:18 PM »
I'm happy to keep going, too, I've just been...ridiculously busy. I'll join back in soon (hopefully some in the next few days. Maybe tomorrow night since I have Monday off and I don't anticipate having to run around like a crazy person that day).

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Characterization / Re: 2 truths 1 lie
« on: April 12, 2018, 12:11:44 AM »
@katfireblade I'm going to guess...#1 but I really have no idea.

Okay, time to try and join in on this thing. Let's see what I can come up with for Merek:

1. He's the youngest of four brothers
2. Is highly skilled in advanced swordplay and combat
3. Reading ancient languages comes as easily to him as reading his native language does

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The Chatterbox / Moving on out, into an apartment!
« on: April 06, 2018, 09:09:36 PM »
So, I've been a little preoccupied lately, which is why I haven't been around on the site that much (and why I still have not attempted to write up any kind of a critique thing like I said I would -_- I swear, I'll get to it).

I put in an application for an apartment last week and before I knew it, I was contacted and I went and looked at it and have been waiting on various things to happen and I'm going on Monday to more than likely sign my lease? AND I'm scheduled to move in on Friday (April 13th). So needless to say, I'm a little overwhelmed/preoccupied/busy trying to deal with buying supplies and looking at couches and such.

I promise this won't last forever! I'm hoping that I won't have to get the ridiculously slow internet at my apartment 'cause that might make me a little less likely to want to be online more often...but we'll see! Hopefully I'll get my internet set up there sooner rather than later. I definitely do not anticipate falling off the face of the earth or anything like that, but I'm definitely going to be more preoccupied at least until I get myself into the apartment and get it cleaned and set up and everything.

So, I'll still be around- I'll reply to posts, log into the forum, be on Discord- but if you notice that I'm not around as much, especially for the next week or so (maybe even longer, depending on my internet situation), then this is why. But you can definitely catch me on Discord (when I'm not sleeping/at work)!

So'm...I dunno, feel free to tell me your biggest tips for apartment living (cause it's my first time, ever, doing so), or just reply to this post and be like "DO/REPLY TO THIS WHEN YOU GET THE CHANCE TO!" and link me to it or something.

(I'm still hoping to be able to brainstorm for my sequel some time between packing/moving/working/sleeping, too.)

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World Building / Re: The Cultural iceburg
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:53:11 PM »
Hm. Definitely need to keep this in mind for future use.

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Resources & Research / Re: Character & Worldbuilding Spreadsheets
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:52:07 PM »
Ooh, this is cool. Thanks, @Tyrannohotep!

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Archive / Re: March Writing Challenge Voting
« on: April 06, 2018, 08:37:53 PM »
Bump! Don't forget to vote if you haven't yet!

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Archive / Re: March Writing Challenge Voting
« on: April 02, 2018, 06:23:10 PM »
Ugh. I should note that I had rearranged some things in my submission ('cause it's from my main project) and I JUST noticed that I didn't completely fix it...-___-

@katfireblade I imagine that you're probably going to mention it in your feedback to me that you mentioned. I guess since the voting has already started, I'm just going to leave it the way it is, but the part with Merek entering the study is basically what got screwed up. -__- Bah. I almost just fixed it but it felt like cheating since voting has already started. -__- Wish I had realized it sooner.

It's probably too late for the voting anyway since everyone will have read it, but I'm happy to do feedback on the corrected document instead. Just send me the link.

Will do!

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I want to update my wordcount!
username: Jedi Knight Muse
words written: 14,062
is this your new total or the words to add? New total

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Archive / Re: March Writing Challenge Voting
« on: April 01, 2018, 10:29:33 PM »
It's a minor nitpick, but you misspelled my username in the poll, @Jedi Knight Muse.
Sorry about that. I always have trouble trying to write your name out, and I can't tag people in the poll sadly. :P Fixed it.

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Archive / Re: March Writing Challenge Voting
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:29:20 PM »
Ugh. I should note that I had rearranged some things in my submission ('cause it's from my main project) and I JUST noticed that I didn't completely fix it...-___-

@katfireblade I imagine that you're probably going to mention it in your feedback to me that you mentioned. I guess since the voting has already started, I'm just going to leave it the way it is, but the part with Merek entering the study is basically what got screwed up. -__- Bah. I almost just fixed it but it felt like cheating since voting has already started. -__- Wish I had realized it sooner.

If anyone wants to see the fixed version of it, I guess just PM me and I'll give you the Google docs link to the fixed version? I dunno.  :-\ That's super annoying. We don't technically have a rule against just fixing it but voting already started, so -_-. It is what it is.

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Archive / March Writing Challenge Voting
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:45:17 AM »
We have NINE submissions for this challenge! Thank you to everyone who submitted in the March challenge!

Please vote for your favorite! Keep in mind that there were two different prompts this time:

1. An exchange
2. Sharing 300-500 words of your opening for your Worldsmyths Million challenge project.

Suppertime Schemes by @Tyrannohotep
A Mysterious Situation by @katfireblade
Dmitri Prologue by @Sheepy-Pie
Drystan's Scene by @Manu
An Exchange of Information by @Jedi Knight Muse
The Survivor by @Elena
Firegard by @SecretRock
Age for Orphans by @Orange Juice
Toward Death by @Boolean

We'll give about a week to allow everyone to really take the time and vote. Good luck everyone, and don't forget to leave some feedback for those who participated when you vote!

The April challenge will be posted by Silver at some point today.
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World Building / Re: Maps of your world!
« on: March 31, 2018, 01:16:23 AM »
I'm still working on it, but this is a general layout for one of the kingdoms in Storms of Magic, Tethra:

If anyone knows how I can get more of those colored in icons (I got them from here), let me know, 'cause I really wish there was a bigger variety of them for me to use so that everything on the map would match.


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World Building / Re: Map Making Resources
« on: March 29, 2018, 06:41:24 PM »
I'm just going to leave this here and quietly slip back out the door. Solves all your map making desires.

https://www.profantasy.com/products/cc3.asp

Roh
Not all of them, lol. It's not compatible with Macs, which is what I have. I'll stick to Photoshop. XD

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