The observant among you may have noticed that I did not post last week. There were a few reasons for this: first, I was away working hard on City of Light. Second, I wanted to leave the Tower of Winter post up as long as I could, so that as many people saw it as possible. Third, I am a shiftless vagabond.
City of Light is underway, and I can now tell you that I am aiming for a February or March release date. I'm planning on getting the first draft finished by early January, spend the month of January editing, and release it in February when I think it's finished. The plan, after that, is to start my new series in Summer 2014.
My, how time flies when a chronomancer curses you and your descendants unto the seventh generation.
I will emphasize that this is my target. I might miss it. But I'm leaving it vague intentionally so that I have a little room for squirming, in the undesirable event that squirming should become necessary.
What's my next series, you ask? I'm not sure yet. I've been working on a few things, but it won't be Traveler's Gate related. I need a break before I come back to this universe (multiverse?). I have one idea that I like, featuring epic fantasy with slightly less fighting and slightly more...inventive combat avoidance, I suppose you'd call it. Currently, the title of the first book is The Ghost and the Spider.
I've got another idea for a post-apocalyptic style of novel, in which a modern-technology world becomes more and more magical until civilization breaks down, and a new world order arises. This series would center around magical experimentation (nobody knows how magic works, because it's new) and world-conquering. It's a fun concept, but it seems difficult to write, so I might hold off on that for a while.
I also have two stories with little more than titles: The House on Silver Hill and The Seven Lives of Solomon Priest.
I thought those titles sounded cool, and I'd like to write stories around them. This is often how I work: I come up with tons of random ideas at different times, and then when I'm trying to assemble a story, I reach into my grab bag and find pieces that fit together.
For instance, for the Traveler's Gate Trilogy, I thought of the "un-prophesied hero" dynamic: the friend of the One True Hero who would rather save the world himself. Another time, I came up with the idea of themed pocket dimensions from which wizards could draw power. On yet another occasion, I thought of a different magic system based around places called "Territories."
Now you know how I work. Ideas go into a big, jumbled mess, and when I'm trying to put a new story or world together, I fish around for ideas and fit them together like puzzle pieces.
The more you know!
12/8/2013 12:26:14 pm
Thanks! Mr. Vagabond
12/10/2013 08:33:48 am
Hey, hey, hey. Mister Vagabond is my father.
12/10/2013 08:07:22 pm
Mr. Vagabond Jr.
12/8/2013 01:16:47 pm
Dude. If you start writing epic fantasy I will be just actually the happiest person. I'll read anything you write - it's all fantastic - but epic fantasy is my main squeeze, and just woah. Woah. Shoot for the stars!
12/10/2013 08:35:54 am
Thanks, Saul! To be honest with you, I kind of plotted the Traveler's Gate Trilogy off the top of my head. I'd like to write an idea that I've put some more thought into and really lived with for a while, but I want to make sure I can do it well.
12/10/2013 05:30:22 am
Weird. Your Homepage www.willwight.com still says 11/28/2013 was the most recent post? I decided to check anyways lol.
12/10/2013 08:33:24 am
Huh. I don't know why the blog updated but the front page didn't; on my Weebly dashboard, it said "12/8/13," so I didn't even know there was a problem. Thanks for the heads up!
12/10/2013 01:27:24 pm
It's one of those wibbly-wobbly timely-windy things. For some reason predictive text had a hard time with that sentence.
12/10/2013 01:30:17 pm
12/10/2013 04:37:51 pm
Great to see another Dr Who fan april. Did you watch the fiftieth anniversary?
12/15/2013 12:13:11 am
AutoCorrect has a problem with non-linear, non-subjective viewpoints. And also David Tennant.
12/10/2013 07:34:08 pm
"(nobody knows how magic works,because it's new)" - because it's magic... it will be hard to wait for you to come back to the Travelers, but I am looking forward to your new worlds.
12/15/2013 12:06:56 am
Well, the people in Damasca pretty much know how their magic system works. People are still pulling weird things out of Territories all the time, but there are a set of rules for each Territory that they basically follow. In this other, hypothetical world, nobody knows what the rules are yet.
12/12/2013 08:21:45 am
Feels like there's a lot to flesh out still in the Traveler's Gate world. Don't take this the wrong way, but I don't know if I'll bother trying to find out when more of Simon's world is revealed. If you decide to take a hiatus from it and write some other series before coming back, I'd have a hard time caring enough to check back every so often to see when you're done with your other projects.
12/15/2013 12:12:05 am
It's not like I'll be pausing in the middle of a plotline to write a bunch of other books before coming back and finishing the story. This story will be resolved in City of Light. I'd like to come back to the Traveler's Gate world in the future just because the world is fun, not to somehow conclude this particular storyline. I'm doing my best to give you a satisfying conclusion at the end of CoL.
1/8/2014 05:01:54 am
I am your father...
1/9/2014 01:26:30 am
1/13/2014 05:35:56 am
Hey Will! I just finished reading The Crimson Vault and I can say that I'm glad that I found your series. I look forward to reading your future releases!
1/13/2014 06:29:49 am
I'm honestly not sure how to answer that, Kevin. I draw inspiration from everything I read, I suppose.
1/13/2014 06:30:46 am
P.S. My name isn't blue because I'm replying from my phone. It is me, though.
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