Take one down, pass it around...
On second thought, please don't take one down.
But hey, we're currently showing ninety-nine combined Amazon reviews of the Elder Empire books! That's awesome! And coincidentally, there are 699 Likes on my Facebook page! THE ERA OF THE NINETY-NINE HAS BEGUN.
Thanks for your support, and to honor that, I promise I'm working as hard as possible on Of Dawn and Darkness / Of Darkness and Dawn. Honestly, I'm feeling slightly guilty over the time off I've taken to write this blog post.
So before I get back to writing, I wanted to remind you that I did something a little special for the first 25 and 50 reviews. For twenty-five, I posted an early draft of Shadow's original prologue, starring everyone's favorite global Emperor. For fifty, I wrote a cliffhanger-y teaser chapter involving Valin and Simon.
So...we're one away from 100.
5/20/2015 05:14:48 am
Another adventure like in Tower of Winter/Gardens of Mist/The Lightning Wastes. I loved all 3 but I liked the one with Leah and Simon the most. I wonder where their relationship will go, if anywhere? Maybe give a little update- what are Simon and/or Leah up to? What is Simon's next goal? How about the other people in the House of Blades? (Or something similar, I know other readers love other Territories)
5/20/2015 07:27:20 am
That was certainly the most fanfiction-y (and also fanservice-y) of the stories, but I did have fun writing it.
5/21/2015 02:51:42 am
Ok, then how about you track down, capture and interrogate the mystical creature named 'Will Wight'. I had always wondered how the writing process works for a writer. Do you sit down someplace silent and ideas just flow? Or go someplace noisy? Do you run out into oncoming traffic, get hit by a car, and find divine inspiration? Do you sit for days with nothing going on in your mind, then all of a sudden at 3AM you wake up and have to write stuff down before the voices in your head make you forget?
5/20/2015 06:42:43 am
Glad to see you are still alive out there. Shocked to see I was not one of those 699, so I remedied that immediately. Keep fighting the good fight!
5/20/2015 07:25:46 am
You know, if you actually yelled FIGHTING! at most Americans, they would have no idea what you meant.
5/22/2015 06:53:09 am
How about Kai earning the iron scroll? I would guess that would be too focused a project right now as well, but a guy can dream right? I miss him.
5/23/2015 12:31:09 am
I really do want to write a Kai story, at some point. I'm considering writing another story about him in the future.
5/23/2015 12:15:19 am
How about the story of how when the "unknown wanderer" interacted with the consultant guild? Or possibly a story about the emperor before he started the rebellion against the great elders.
5/23/2015 12:32:29 am
A story about the Emperor, you say...
5/23/2015 10:49:00 am
A scene with the Elders maybe. Prequelish, I liked the short stories you did about the different territories, and for some reason the elders make me think of the Founders of the territories.
6/2/2015 12:31:04 am
There's a chapter like that in Of Darkness and Dawn, in which you follow the Emperor before he became the Emperor.
5/23/2015 03:10:00 pm
Ah, just thought of something. The Regents - I believe we already met one or two in one of your preview shorts, and I know they will deal heavily in the coming books. What I am interested in is either stories from the past with the Emperor or something more contemporary; like the sheer amount of culture shock you would have after being in stasis for 1500 years to wake up to a world of gunpowder and steel. Or, he'll, just how they managed to be in stasis for 1500 years in the first place.
6/2/2015 12:34:27 am
Okay, here's the thing about the Regents.
5/24/2015 06:27:13 am
Going off of Nikk's second suggestion, what about another Reddit q&a?
6/2/2015 12:29:43 am
I actually have to sign up for those well in advance, but I could do a similar-style thing either here or on Facebook.
5/25/2015 08:30:40 am
My vote is either for a backstory on Cheska (Navigator Guild) or Urzaia (our Champion thus far). I think both would be interesting to hear more about. I'd say Bliss, but we know she is a feature in the next book...
6/2/2015 12:29:11 am
I think I could come up with some cool stuff for Cheska's backstory. And Bliss' backstory actually wouldn't be a spoiler, since she doesn't heavily feature in the flashbacks next time. Just the present storyline.
5/27/2015 02:27:38 am
I reviewed to make sure we get 100!!
6/2/2015 12:27:50 am
You weren't the only one! I went from 99 to 104 in about two days. I didn't see that coming, actually, which may have been stupid on my part. I only thought, "Oh man! We're at 99, which means we'll hit 100 soon. I should do something on my blog before that happens."
5/27/2015 10:27:58 am
How about a short about one of the Emperors artifacts that got away? We have the key, the quill, the crown, and I"m sure their are dozens more.
6/2/2015 12:28:20 am
I really like that idea, Brian. I have some cool ideas on that front.
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