Greetings from Outer Space!
"Will, are you dead?"
As many of you know, I sometimes lock myself in a pod and blast off to orbit Mars, where there are no distractions and I may write in pure, sweet isolation. That can mean that I don't answer emails or blog comments for like three weeks (cough, cough) at a time, but I will catch up when I return to Earth, I promise.
This is my equivalent of crunch time, so I've been getting a ton of writing done this past few weeks. Write, write, write, all day long.
When I return, I'll have more to say! Once my eyes are dim and my hands are withered claws from the uninterrupted marathon of keyboard-smashing.
EDIT: Also, looking at the votes for short stories, Cradle has clearly won!
So...actual short story, or would you prefer a deleted scene / excerpt from Ghostwater? Let me know in the comments!
(Don't judge me, EE fans. I wrote some GW scenes way back when I was working on Skysworn.)
4/25/2018 05:27:06 am
I knew you weren't dead Will :D
4/26/2018 06:05:59 am
A short story about how lindons family are doing or a gw excerpt.
4/25/2018 05:29:51 am
Well now you've gone and raised our expectations!
4/25/2018 05:36:26 am
That's the spirit! You have five more days so that only means you need to write one book per day!
4/25/2018 05:33:24 am
So which group is trying to murder you Will? The great elders from the dark and creepy places? The Anti-core-split sect? Ancient malevolent creatures from the edges of the Way? Talking humming birds from golden cities?
4/25/2018 05:37:16 am
Hey man...did you bring back that "stuff" from Mars for me?? I know you've got it! You've got those delicious stories!
4/25/2018 10:37:25 am
Also, I vote short story.
4/25/2018 05:38:09 am
Wait, so you're not using this time to sail around Florida as a pirate/ninja for research purposes?
4/25/2018 05:39:58 am
A deleted scene from Ghostwater could be cool.
4/25/2018 04:41:22 pm
4/25/2018 05:41:09 am
Well, speaking from a purely tactical view, I want a new short story! since... well lets face it, those deleted scenes will still be there and are likely to show up at some point! A new story on the other hand, might end up being unwritten otherwise;)
4/25/2018 06:16:41 am
Preference foe short story in cradle setting.
4/25/2018 06:33:06 am
Alright can we get a story about something new or interesting i.e. a path/person, that hints at something in the plot but in a very subtle way?
Path of the NinjA
4/25/2018 06:59:01 am
I would ask for a ghostwriter excerpt, but if there are 5 books/month coming out, then I'd prefer a deleted scene :)
4/26/2018 12:10:39 am
Wait, so by a ghostwriter excerpt do you mean that Will should hire somebody to write a short story that he outlines for them but publishes under his name or a pseudonym of his choosing?
Calder Marten (actually Jeremiah H)
4/25/2018 07:59:51 am
"Must I choose, or can I have it all?"
4/25/2018 08:48:20 am
I want the deleted scene AND a story involving Fisher Gesha! If the deleted scene involves her, then just that i suppose.
4/25/2018 10:01:30 am
4/25/2018 10:38:46 am
Ghostwater please! Preferably something we can speculate for weeks on end about.
4/25/2018 11:21:28 am
Ghostwater deleted scene please !!
Your Benevolent Dictator
4/25/2018 11:53:41 am
I would like the full scene of Lindon looking at path’s from Blackflame. If not that then gimme a slice of life short story of Lindon and Yerin just hanging out and dealing with normal problems like boredom or not knowing what flavor of ice cream to get
4/25/2018 06:08:13 pm
4/26/2018 07:04:36 am
Then pleeeeeeeease do it
I Need an Idiot’s Guide to the Willverse
4/27/2018 06:12:46 am
*In Darth Sidious’ voice*
5/1/2018 12:07:43 pm
I like that idea
4/25/2018 01:25:53 pm
This one's humble suggestions are:
4/25/2018 02:21:36 pm
Ghostwater scene please! Something we can speculate on and on and on and on and on and on about.
4/25/2018 02:46:22 pm
Definitely an actual short story. I really want to see more of the amazing world that you've created Will. Ghostwater scenes will just want me to have the next Cradle book out, so just a short story from the world would be awesome.
4/25/2018 03:08:49 pm
Oh, i’m Judging.
4/30/2018 06:33:38 am
I see it too. Amd am impressed. And annoyed i didnt think of it..
Little Bo Peep
4/25/2018 06:10:59 pm
I’d prefer a short story, but I know you’re writing new stuff quite frequently…seeing as you’re writing a book and all. So, to make it easier for you, a deleted scene will probably be best…unless you stick it in another book. Then it’s not really deleted anymore.
The Wrath of a Thousand Nerds
4/25/2018 09:53:32 pm
4/25/2018 11:50:21 pm
Accurate name considering up until last December that was the comment format of every EE fan out there struggling to be heard.
4/26/2018 12:12:49 am
Tom up above actually had a really good idea. Instead of having to write the stories yourself, you should solicit fan-fiction. That way lots of amateur writers are submitting their work to you for free.
4/26/2018 08:16:58 am
Actually a short story from lindon's sisters point of view would be great! Maybe they heard lindon leave the school or something and shes worried etc etc! Unless whats happening with his family is a spoiler?
4/26/2018 02:55:07 pm
So Will, what you’re saying is that my assasins failed? Again. Man, why do I pay those guys so much?
The real Kevin
4/26/2018 04:08:54 pm
Whatever gets us (the rest of) Ghostwater fastest! I mean, I'll certainly read OKAK when (it? they?) come out, but I just want it done so you can get crackin' on Cradle.
I've been going back and forth on the number of ranks and how to describe them. I knew generally what they were, but I've been messing with them behind the scenes for a while.
4/26/2018 05:21:01 pm
Now that you have written a xianxia novel you have to write a story in alliterative verse (Like Beowulf).
4/27/2018 06:24:58 am
Both ! We want a excerpt from GW and a short story.
4/27/2018 09:46:51 am
Elon Musk is probably furious that Will got to Mars before him.
4/27/2018 09:46:24 am
Will are you going to be watching and reviewing Avengers Infinity Wars like you did for Star Wars?
Well, I waited long enough for Star Wars that spoilers weren't much of a concern, because anyone who wanted to see it already had. Also, my review for Infinity War would be pretty short: "It's great. See it."
4/27/2018 01:27:00 pm
I'd like to vote for a short story, but if you just do a deleted scene you could spend more time working on the actual books...
stephen eric sorensen
4/27/2018 02:06:00 pm
Thanks for all of your hard work, Will
4/27/2018 02:44:07 pm
How about something with jai Long and hai Chen and their trip to the scared valley.
4/27/2018 02:46:39 pm
Sorry spell check I ment jai chen
4/27/2018 04:05:07 pm
Slice of life Cradle story has my vote. We get so little of those characters in relaxed settings.
4/28/2018 12:04:53 pm
A scene from Ghostwater, pretty please. Also, if Ghostwater is a new path for Lindon, ideally the scene could be Lindon training and messing up, while Eithan laughs at him hysterically. And then Yerin kicks Eithan down a hill or something.
4/29/2018 07:43:51 am
I reread from soul smith through skysworn again this week :( skysworn is so short!!! Can’t we just get a Will-clone? I need GW!
4/29/2018 11:15:01 am
I have absolutely loved the Travelers Gate and Cradle series. Can’t wait for book 5 of Cradle. Keep up the great work and know that I will be anxiously waiting to devour it.
4/30/2018 11:13:54 am
5/1/2018 03:15:36 am
Excerpt from the Ghostwater.
5/1/2018 12:10:25 pm
Love an excerpt from GhostWater.
garbagiel the completely normal fellow human being
5/1/2018 02:02:37 pm
How about a short story about a blade of grass or insignificant shrub ascends to stupidly high levels against all levels of probability
Sect Uncle Bai
5/1/2018 06:26:44 pm
There's actually a story exactly about that blade of grass becoming a god-like sacred artist on RoyalRoadl.com
5/2/2018 10:33:40 am
I remember reading somewhere that the copper ball/library chapter in blackflame got shortened a lot just before release. Would be great to see the lengthier version with more paths described.
5/2/2018 10:43:40 am
Yeah I'd be okay with a bunch of deleted scenes from previous books.
5/2/2018 10:42:46 am
I kinda get the feeling that Will is just buying time with this second post.
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