I came across 30 Days of Worldbuilding a few days ago, and immediately thought 'That sounds like fun!' because I'm a geek. Not 14 days. Not 27 days. Not 143 days. 30 whole days of worldbuilding is scientifically proven to be the optimal amount of worldbuilding. There's even a PDF, so you know this guy is an authority on the matter. Scanning the list, a question I've often had returned: What is it with fantasy and map fetishism? I even recall Sara Douglas claimed that all you needed to do to write a fantasy story was to draw a map. She touches on it here. She apparently taught a course on writing fantasy where she had everyone start by drawing a landscape on a piece of paper. Then again, she also states: "Neither magic nor adventuring quests can be believably set in a modern, logical and scientific world." Which earns a giant WTH from me.