Audio and Books
I wrote my first scenes for Of Killers and Kings today, and I'm planning on a release this summer. More imminently, I'm working on two things: the Crimson Vault audiobook (which should be available for sale in March or April), and a new story for the site.
While I'm starting OKAK (oh-cack?), I wanted to work on something extra, something to play with in my spare time. As I fleshed it out, I realized that it should be a story I updated here, on the site, a couple of times a week. I'm thinking now it will be original and set in an original world, because that's what's most fun for me, but I can't rule out the possibility of the occasional TGT or Elder Empire short story.
Whatever floats my boat.
Meanwhile, I'm mostly reading web novels and re-reading some of the fantasy classics. How about you? What have you been up to? Read anything good lately?
You're looking fantastic, by the way. That shirt really brings out your eyes. Have you lost weight?
1/15/2016 07:06:33 pm
Actually I've probably gained weight D:
2/15/2016 07:16:28 am
Game you finished narrating the crimson vault? We listen to fantasy books on the road. House of blades was awesome. Still waiting for crimson vault. Maybe laziness? : )
1/15/2016 07:49:05 pm
I've started the Stormlight Archive recently, and I'm still cursing Sanderson for stealing the next week or so from me while I compulsively read as much as possible.
1/15/2016 07:56:32 pm
Oh dear god, not more of them! I still need to have some semblance of a life!
1/15/2016 09:17:50 pm
I'm reading the Sword of Shadows series by J V Jones. It's not great but good enough to keep me going. It's made me realize the value in different locales and cultures in fantasy novels. The scenery is really, really monotonous in the series (so much snow...) so while the story is compelling it bogs down a lot.
1/16/2016 08:11:46 am
Just finished the newest CHANGE novel from SM Stirling, The Desert and the Blade. Decent—
1/16/2016 06:07:31 pm
I just finished The Traveler's Gate Chronicles and the short stories. I *really* enjoyed the books, especially the last two, and am sadly all out of Will Wight now :-(
Thanks for giving me a shot, Neil!
1/16/2016 07:50:27 pm
Liking that idea Will. As long as we get Baldesar Kerns origin story somewhere I'll be happy, because how could it not be awesome. Ive started reading David Dalglishs new series, because the "dances with" spinoff wasn't too bad. Underwhelmed so far... Oh and if you get time give Larry Corria's "Son of the Black Sword" a try. Surprised by how good it was. Anyway, back to enjoying the NZ summer. Lake time.
1/17/2016 02:51:17 am
I'm on a superhero (and villain) binge. I've recently finished Dire: Born and I can't wait for book 2. Reminded me of wildbow's Worm webnovel but not as depressing.
Never heard of Dire: Born, but any comparison to Worm is high praise. Even though I feel like the last six (or so) volumes of Worm were very stretched, the story as a whole was unbelievably engaging and creative. It was a huge inspiration to me, even though I only read it for the first time last year.
1/17/2016 07:20:50 pm
If you haven't read it yet add Long Live Summons to that list of Chinese webnovels. It doesn't take itself too seriously and has several comedic moments that I feel make it much more palatable than the usual fare much like Tales of Demons and Gods.
1/18/2016 09:58:22 am
I just read All You Need Is Kill which is what edge of tomorrow was loosely based on. It has some language but is an excellent read. It's enough different that it's like they are two different stories from the same universe
1/20/2016 09:50:30 am
Amazon has decided I've read so many fantasy books that all it has left to recommend to me are stupid fantasy romance novels.
As you might imagine, Madeline, I have some opinions about that.
1/20/2016 06:41:38 pm
Ah Amazon. Their classifications & suggestions are doing horribly for fantasy. Especially for the superhero genre (werewolf & vampire romance = superhero?)
Not that I haven't said way too much already, but here's more! Regarding that one romance plot, in particular (AKA Romance Plot #1), I can speculate about why it's so popular.
1/20/2016 05:28:13 pm
That's okay. Reading your posts is better than reading fail books that Amazon failed to mention were romance books and implied they were just fantasy books with a female protagonist before I bought them.
1/21/2016 03:01:26 pm
I haven't really been reading anything new that was memorable since October.
1/25/2016 11:14:39 pm
Most memorable recent book: The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Any description I try won't do it justice (also bonus al a previous discussion she's an imperfect strong female character with no man romance figure to save the day, although that's not what makes it such an amazing book).
Wow, based on its cover and description it looks very intriguing. And the reviews all compare it to Katherine Addison's Goblin Emperor, which I enjoyed, so that's a plus.
1/29/2016 11:52:49 pm
I didn't find it preachy at all! The oppressive regime is against lgbt stuff so maybe the reviewers found that inclusion preachy? I thought it was a well integrated part of the story, more setting than preaching.
1/27/2016 09:32:29 am
I have been reading Free the Darkness (King's Dark Tidings Book 1). it has some subtle(or not so) humor that reminds me of what you used in TGT. I have been getting into LitRPG, Survival quest by Vasily Mahanenko is good, if you can wait for the others to get translated to english
I'm getting Free the Darkness on Kindle Unlimited right now. It sold me pretty much immediately, so thanks!
1/27/2016 10:36:46 am
It's the trapped in an mmo type, it's not for everyone. It's probably hard to bring yourself into a fictional world inside another fictional world. lol so many layers.
1/27/2016 09:56:37 am
Hey Will -- any chance you can keep your readers apprised of your sales numbers for your various series? It is very difficult to track down reliable numbers from self-published folks, and it really helps to inform people re: what is possible for strong self-published fantasy works. I recall you commented when you hit a certain sales mark with Traveler's Gate, and continuing to do so periodically would be a service for the fantasy writer community in general. Thanks for reading!
Honestly, I stopped posting the numbers because I was hitting milestones too often. I didn't want to flood people every time I made a sale.
1/27/2016 03:08:32 pm
Hihi, never actually post on blogs but this is my second time on yours will! You kindly put me in the direction of Locke lamora for which I am waiting on a new release for noooo! Seem to have a list of them at the moment! So thought I would pass on my latest reads while you have went further east than me to china I am into Russian folk lore at the mo I have just finished reading Sergei lukyankenko (might be spelt wrong). I am not typically into books with vampires bt this one I thoroughly enjoyed! You may have already read it or, another out of the box one was john twelve hawks traveller series I liked mix of magic, conspiracy and technology :)
2/9/2016 08:45:36 am
You're awesome, thanks for the update. Incredibly helpful, I wish other writers realized how useful it is for folks to hear first-hand accounts of their sales experience.
1/27/2016 06:53:28 pm
In regards to Chinese webnovels, try reading ISSTH(I Shall Seal The Heavens), it starts out ok but only starts to REALLY pick up after the 1st book. Your books are great by the way, read all of them.
2/15/2016 07:21:46 am
It invaluable would be good to listen to your second and third books of travelers gate on audible. You actually did a great job on the dust one... for an author that only had the super power to speak to jelly fish.
12/22/2016 07:29:06 am
LitRPG also includes going into a world that works like a tabletop RPG, there is a FB dedicated to it https://www.facebook.com/groups/LitRPGGroup/ - Will should check it out, good networking with other authors like Aleron Kong. Also, LOVE Crucible, pls keep it up, i am a big fan of ISSTH as well - it took over my life until i had downloaded and read all the epubs on asianovel.com. Agree it really picks up in later books. Like it doesn't have harem - soooo many wuxia/xianxia novels end up with harems and it is often just so unbelievable and actually detrimental to the flow of the story. Oh, and i recommend Drew Hayes, all his stuffs are awesomesauce.
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