I’ve known about the writing website Royal Road for a while, but I’ve only just signed up and started posting Spot of Mummery there last night. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the site design, the overall feel and the community. So I’m going to see if I can find an audience for my writing there.
I’m also reworking the Story Archive page to be more streamlined, especially for mobile reading. Along with that, I’m planning on reposting Spot of Mummery chapters in the Post format – they’re currently in Page format – to give them a bit more exposure in the WordPress Reader environment. While I’m doing this, I’ll be editing the original stories just a little bit – I’ve come to realize there’s some vocabulary inconsistencies in the earliest writings, before Amon got some of his language quirks.
I’m going to try to post a chapter a day on Royal Road, so I’m also going to try to be consistent with that on the main site to keep them on the same chapter.
If you’re a writer who’s interested in joining Royal Road or you’re already a member there, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to exchange follows! We could use more FFXIV fanfic there if you feel like branching out!
Junelezen challenge starts tomorrow! I’ve decided that I’m not going to post the series up on the Spot of Mummery website like I have the series in the past. But I will be posting screenshots each day at my various social media accounts:
This year, I undertook two successful screenshot challenge months – MiqoMarch and FebHyurary. In a few days, I’ll be tackling Junelezen, and armed with the experiences of previous months, I’ve come prepared.
What are Challenge Months?
Challenge months are when someone creates a list of prompts for the community to respond to through art or screenshots. These are often organized by race or major theme. Art and screens are shared across social media using a common tag.
I’ve seen a number of folks get all fired up and excited about a challenge month, only to fizzle out after the first week or two. So here’s some tips on sticking it out through the whole challenge.
Tips to Successfully Finish a Challenge Month
You don’t have to have nerves of steel to finish a challenge month. But you do need to have some organization and time management. It’s not as hard as it sounds, and here’s some things I’ve learned to help you get started.
1- Explore the prompt list and formulate your ideas ahead of the month.
Usually, the prompt list is posted long before the month starts. Take advantage of that. Familiarize yourself with the list and even write out ideas for each prompt before the challenge begins.
2- Take screens in bulk before prompts are due.
Don’t wait until the day of the prompt to take a screenshot – you’ll just be scrambling every day to come up with a shot, and the quality will suffer. There’s bound to be a day where you just won’t have the time or energy to scrape something up, and that’s usually where people start falling behind or quitting.
Check the rules of the challenge. Usually they don’t say that you have to take each screenshot the day of the prompt – merely that you post the screenshot the day of the prompt. (Hopefully, the challenge creator would rather you stick it out all the way through than enforce a rule that makes the challenge less fun.)
Use your time and inspiration wisely. If you’re all fired up at the beginning of the month, take a backlog of screenshots while you have the energy to do it.
I usually try to use my weekends to block out a bit of screenshot time and take as many as I can for that following week. It’s much easier to edit and post on prompt days when you already have the screens on hand. Plus, this allows you to review what you’ve taken and make changes to them – or retake them if you need to – before you post!
3- Go for the low-hanging fruit first.
If you’re taking screenshots in bulk, work on the ones that are easiest for you to visualize, even if that means skipping over some. You can come back to the more difficult ones later, and you might come up with an idea while working on the easier ones.
4- Don’t let a few missed days set you back.
If you do happen to miss a couple days, don’t let that end the challenge for you. Post some catch-up posts to get you back on track. Unless, of course, you’re just not having fun anymore. The most important thing is the fun, after all!
If you have other ideas on how to succeed at challenge months, feel free to let me know in the comments! Best of luck to you!
Tea and Tomes is back and better than ever! I took a month off in order to upgrade my equipment and provide better services for future clients.
Over and over, when offering appraisals back in March, I became acutely aware of the need for a data backup feature – especially in light of important content on Tomes that may be close to failure due to wear and tear. Thanks to all of the donations received, I will be able to offer this service – for free! – upon client request.
I hope that you’ll give me an opportunity to try this new feature out!
It doesn’t take very long to set up a backup, and I will happily provide you with the content on a specialized SDTome card that I’ve developed that is compatible with most modern Tomephones. You’ll find this as an option when you bring your Tome for appraisal.
May’s Mogstation Giveaway: One individual will be randomly drawn from those who participate in Tome appraisals – sending in this form before June. Choose one minion from the Mogstation (including from any of the limited edition FanFest minions).
Tome readings available to everyone – follower or not! Everyone will be entered into the giveaway (even if I don’t get to your appraisal before the end of the month). Feel free to respond to the appraisal as an RP prompt/thread with Amon if you wish – completely up to you! 🙂
A huge thanks to The PC Journal for recognizing Spot of Mummery as one of the Top MMO Blogs for 2021! Making a transition from Tumblr to WordPress has been a long road, and I’m honored to be a part of this list of fantastic blogs and sites!