Week 4: Publish Your Writing on the Website

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Read 2 or 3 examples of writing others have posted: Go to the Blog and read a few stories others have written.

Tip: There have been a lot of fun stories written so far. Some are multi-part epics while others are simple one offs. Take a few minutes and read through a few.

Decide if you are writing a journal entry or Terrasylvan Lore: A journal entry is a non-story article. A lore entry is a story about your persona. Click links for examples.

Tip: The real determining factor is if you want to write a fictional story or not. If it’s a story set in the world of Terrasylvae, this will be a lore entry. If it’s just something you want to talk about or fencing related, it will be a journal entry.

Brainstorm your story: Write down as many ideas as you can of what you want to write about.

Tip: Coming up with a bunch of ideas will help you choose the one that you like best. If you’re thinking about a lore entry, talk with some of the members who have been in the group longer and see if there are any details you should know about.

Develop a rough draft: Create a rough draft of your piece. Don’t worry about getting it perfect.

Tip: A rough draft is just getting your general thoughts out on paper. It doesn’t have to be formatted correctly, typed beautifully, or make a lot of sense. All it needs to do is give a rough idea of what it will become.

Share it with a friend for edits: Ask a friend to edit you piece and give constructive feedback/edits.

Tip: Getting feedback from a friend will give you a better story overall. They will see things you missed and give you cool ideas you’ve never even considered.

Contact Kane for a personal journal page (if needed): Ask Kane to design a personalized journal page just for you, if needed.

Tip: Every person who posts to the website needs a unique personalized page. It helps organize visually who is writing what and keeps the website tidy.

Type/Submit your story on the website for edits: Follow these directions to submit your story on the website.

Tip: Once you make an account and actually start writing on the website, it’s a fairly straight forward process. It’s quick to learn and once you’re done, your piece will go through a final edit/proofread process before it’s published.

Share your published work on the Facebook Group: Post a link to the Facebook group and show off your finished piece.

Tip: Finally, after all that hard work, you should share what you’ve written with others. People will be able to read what you’ve written, learn more about you, and even get inspired to write their own piece which just makes Terrasylvae a more vibrant community.

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors!

Week 3: Acts of Gratitude

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Complete a random act of kindness: Do something kind for someone else today.

Tip: It doesn’t have to be big or small, just a “random” act of kindness to someone you know or a complete stranger. Additionally, there is no reason to stop at one act of kindness if you find more opportunities.

Compliment a fellow fencer: Say something nice to a fellow fencer.

Tip: Boosting people up is a core ideal of Terrasylvae and something we can do even when we’re not at practice. Be genuine and honest with your compliments and strive to be specific instead of generic.

Give a specific “thank you” to someone in the group: Thank someone in the group for something specific you appreciate.

Tip: We all have people in our lives who have helped us that don’t even know the impact they’ve made on us. Take this opportunity to thank someone for influencing your life for the better.

Thank an Officer who served this year: Officers were Kane, Ul’vade, Shay, Veron, Don, Draco, Evanlyn, Ladrona, Ja’ika, Miren, & Tsyng. You could also thank the Master Swordsmen: Damian & Rhiannon

Tip: Taking the time to say thank you to an Officer or Master Swordsmen who sacrificed on your behalf through service is a great way of showing a grateful spirit during this time of year.

Read Shay’s Attitude article on the website: After reading Shay’s Attitude article, record your thoughts or comment.

Tip: Attitude is one of our Four Levels of Importance: the things we hold most dear. Take some time thinking about your attitude after reading Shay’s thoughts and then write them down.

Tell someone why you love Fencing/Terrasylvae: Share your love of Fencing/Terrasylvae with someone. Bonus points if you don’t know them.

Tip: All good things in this world should be shared and Terrasylvae is no different. Express your love of fencing or Terrasylvae to someone and perhaps they might be interested in learning more. If not, no worries!

Share a helpful TED talk in the Garrison: Post a link to a TED talk you have found helpful to the Garrison.

Tip: There seems to be a TED talk for almost every occasion. We would love to know which ones have taught you, inspired you, or helped you in the Garrison.

Invite someone to train with you: Coordinate a time to train with another fencer.

Tip: Finally, reach out to another fencer and schedule a time to get together and train. It can be a time to discuss and train your mentality or you can research/ask for training exercises you can do with or without gear. Either way, find some time to train with another fencer or fencers!

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors!

Week 2: Record Personal Lore in Your Journal

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Who are you?: Describe who your persona is as a person.

Tip: This would be where you describe your persona’s personality, iconic features, traits, and outlooks. What makes you “you”?

Where are you from?: Decide on where your persona comes from.

Tip: In a broad sense, this could be your persona’s homeland. Are they English, German, Norwegian, etc… Additionally, do they have a hometown or are they travelers that never settle?

When were you born/how old are you?: Write down when your persona was born and/or how old they are now.

Tip: In what time period did your persona live? Was life more medieval or did you participate more in the renaissance of knowledge?

Do you have a family? Who are they?: Detail your family situation and who they are.

Tip: Flushing out your family relations is one of the best way to expand the horizons of your persona. It can give you a lifestyle, upbringing, and a childhood that can be used to explain how you came to be who you are.

What is your backstory? (or add to it): Write down how you would introduce your persona to another person.

Tip: One of the most exciting parts of developing a persona is sharing it with others. Try to develop a summary that you feel comfortable sharing with others and go out and share it.

What are your special skills? Weapons?: Detail any special skills your persona has or weapons they utilize.

Tip: This is another great way to broaden your persona. Describing additional skills gives you opportunities to explain why you chose those skills and how you came to learn them.

What are your talents, hobbies, and/or interests?: Describe if your persona has any additional extracurricular interests outside of Fencing.

Tip: Everyone has a wide variety of things they enjoy and your persona is no exception. Do some research and find things that your persona would be interested in at the time.

How did you connect with Terrasylvae: Write down how your persona encountered and came to join Terrasylvae?

Tip: Finally, taking the time to explain how your persona connected with Terrasylvae can set the stage for additional stories and how they fit within the group. At this point, you’ll want to verify with others if your story might affect them or if any other entity of Woodland is involved.

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors! Visit the Order Garrison

Week 1: Reflect on the Season in Your Journal

Goal

Accomplish at least 6 of the following listed activities by the end of the week.

Meditate: Take 10 minutes to meditate about this season and record your thoughts in your journal.

Tip: As you ponder on the season try to think on the highs/lows, things that stand out, and overall feelings. Try to be realistic and constructive.

What did you learn?: Record all the things you learned this year in your journal.

Tip: Don’t just write down the official lessons you learned in the program. Think about side lessons or tips you picked up from others. Maybe even include non-fencing lessons that have helped you in your day-to-day life?

What was your best fight? Why?: Describe your best or most memorable fight in your journal. Why does that stand out?

Tip: This is a great opportunity to begin compiling your War Stories that you can tell to others later. Do you remember that one time… Oh yeah! That was awesome!

What skill did you improve? How?: Think about what skill improved the most this year and how it happened. Record your findings in your journal.

Tip: Don’t limit yourself to just fencing skills. There are a lot of skills that you might have improved and you should be proud of those improvements.

What will you practice next year?: Record ideas in your journal about what you’d like to practice next season.

Tip: List out both short and long term focuses for next season. Some things you can work on during a single practice. Some things might take you all of next season to develop and truly understand.

Who can you learn from?: Think about all the fencers in the group and list who you could learn from and why in your journal.

Tip: You don’t have to establish a Master/Apprentice relationship to learn from someone. List anyone and everyone that might have something you want to learn and ask them to teach you or explain.

Mindmap what you do well: Create a mind map of all the things you do well in your journal.

Tip: One way of doing this is to start with your name in the middle and then list out your strengths on branches. Then on each of your strengths, list out why those are your strengths or why they are important to you.

Mindmap things that affect your confidence: Create a mind map of all the things that affect your confidence.

Tip: One way of creating this mind map is to list out all the things that cause you to lose confidence and then list out all the things that cause you to gain confidence. Try to find a pattern or signals that might help you boost your confidence and avoid the things that hurt your confidence.

When you have completed any of the activities listed above, feel free to share your thoughts and finding on the Garrison. Hopefully, we can all discuss and learn from one another as we try to be Winter Warriors!

November: Mentality Challenge Breakdown

The Winter Warrior Challenge has officially begun! Although, if you want to wait until Monday to start no one will blame you.

As we explained in the last Winter Warrior post, each month will focus on a different theme. These themes add variety and allow us to cover a wider set of skills or activities over the course of the Winter. November’s theme is Mentality!

I really like that we’re starting out with Mentality because things are still fresh on my mind. I haven’t forgotten everything in a turkey-induced haze or begun my annual hibernation. With the season over, the sooner I can ponder and reflect on this past year, the better. Even when I’m letting my body rest from all the hard work of a fencing season.

So with that said, let’s get to the Weekly Challenges!

Each month is broken down into Weekly Challenges. Every Monday, a new challenge will be posted on the Blog and Home Page. If you opted-in on the texting group (contact Kane for details), you’ll begin receiving Weekly Challenge updates starting Monday, November 5th.

The goal of each of these Weekly Challenges is to accomplish at least 6 of the week’s listed activities by the end of the week. This means you can do all 6 in one day or just do one a day. It’s up to you!

Week 1: Reflect on the Season in Your Journal

November 5 – 11

  • Meditate: Take 10 minutes to meditate about this season and record your thoughts in your journal.
  • What did you learn?: Record all the things you learned this year in your journal.
  • What was your best fight? Why?: Describe your best or most memorable fight in your journal. Why does that stand out?
  • What skill did you improve? How?: Think about what skill improved the most this year and how it happened. Record your findings in your journal.
  • What will you practice next year?: Record ideas in your journal about what you’d like to practice next season.
  • Who can you learn from?: Think about all the fencers in the group and list who you could learn from and why in your journal.
  • Mindmap what you do well: Create a mind map of all the things you do well in your journal.
  • Mindmap things that affect your confidence: Create a mind map of all the things that affect your confidence.

Week 2: Record Personal Lore in Your Journal

November 12 – 18

  • Who are you?: Describe who your persona is as a person.
  • Where are you from?: Decide on where your persona comes from.
  • When were you born/how old are you?: Write down when your persona was born and/or how old they are now.
  • Do you have a family? Who are they?: Detail your family situation and who they are.
  • What is your backstory?: Write down how you would introduce your persona to another person. 
  • What are your special skills? Weapons?: Detail any special skills your persona has or weapons they utilize.
  • What are your talents, hobbies, and/or interests?: Describe if your persona has any additional extracurricular interests outside of Fencing.
  • How did you connect with Terrasylvae?: Write down how your persona encountered and came to join Terrasylvae?

Week 3: Acts of Gratitude

November 19 – 25

  • Complete a random act of kindness: Do something kind for someone else today.
  • Compliment a fellow fencer: Say something nice to a fellow fencer.
  • Give a specific “thank you” to someone in the group: Thank someone in the group for something specific you appreciate.
  • Thank an Officer: Thank an Officer from the season for something. Officers were Kane, Ul’vade, Shay, Veron, Don, Draco, Evanlyn, Ladrona, Ja’ika, Miren, & Tsyng.
  • Read Shay’s Attitude article on the website: After reading Shay’s Attitude article, record your thoughts.
  • Tell someone why you love fencing: Share your love of fencing with someone. Bonus points if you don’t know them.
  • Share a helpful TED talk on the Garrison: Post a link to a TED talk you have found helpful to the Garrison.
  • Invite someone to train with you: Coordinate a time to train with another fencer.

Week 4: Publish Your Writing on the Website

November 26 – December 2

  • Read 2 or 3 examples of writing others have posted: Go to the Blog and read a few stories others have written.
  • Decide if you are writing a journal entry or Terrasylvan Lore: A journal entry is a non-story article. A lore entry is a story about your persona. Click links for examples.
  • Brainstorm your story: Write down as many ideas as you can of what you want to write about.
  • Develop a rough draft: Create a rough draft of your piece. Don’t worry about getting it perfect.
  • Share it with a friend for edits: Ask a friend to edit you piece and give constructive feedback/edits.
  • Contact Kane for a personal journal page (if needed): Ask Kane to design a personalized journal page just for you, if needed.
  • Type/Submit your story on the website for edits: Follow these directions to submit your story on the website.
  • Share your published work on the Facebook Group: Post a link to the Facebook group and show off your finished piece.

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