To every subscriber of my mailing list, you should just have received the three Halloween stories in your inbox!
Happy ghosty-ghouly crawly-candy day!
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I said this in the message too, but very soon I'll give ALL the short stories so far another copy editing pass (they don't receive the editing attention I give to my books, so I'd like to cleanse them of the typo scourge) and repackage them into one file. Then I'll send everyone a single PDF containing ALL the short stories.
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Enjoy your night! Don't get bitten by a werewolf and die! Get bitten by a werewolf and survive, thus gaining their powers.
10/31/2016 09:12:53 pm
Thanks. Poor Simon, he's so put upon.
10/31/2016 09:36:20 pm
Seems there's a conspiracy afoot to get Simon a social life. What will the Eldest Nye think? As for the Cradle story Will, way to show that some jobs aren't worth the pay. :)
10/31/2016 09:39:13 pm
All three stories were definitely worth the wait! Thank you Will. I hope you have a happy Halloween.
11/6/2016 03:54:15 pm
After all the work you've been putting in, you've definitely deserved it.
10/31/2016 10:07:52 pm
Thank you, Leah.
10/31/2016 10:10:29 pm
Loved the short stories! Especially Simon's, it made me realize how much I miss Traveler's Gate.
11/6/2016 06:49:05 pm
Yeah I have to agree it was great to have a short story from each of the series though it did indeed make me nostalgic for our poor hero who's only comfortable fighting deadly monsters.
10/31/2016 10:52:52 pm
Existential horror is the best horror - I loved the Blackwatch story. And, as ever, Simon was a delite. All the stories were excellent, well worth the wait.
11/1/2016 06:59:48 am
These were fantastic!
Yeah, writing the Chronicles helped me flesh out the Traveler's Gate world in my own mind, though it helps that the Territories make it easy to write short stories anyway.
11/1/2016 07:05:41 am
These were beautiful, thanks Will! I think, I, like many of my fellow fans thoroughly enjoy Simon's misery in social situations. Maybe you can torture him more with the dreaded romance ;)
11/1/2016 09:24:52 am
Romance for Simon would be great... eventually. I'd like to see him interact with a few more females first though. Romance now would be kind of hollow.
That would be kind of hilarious; Simon sends a bunch of dolls to a dance instead of him. They're just kind of standing on the dance floor in a little group, staring up at disconcerted partygoers.
11/6/2016 06:05:17 pm
Wait, I know theres Leah, but who are the other 2?
11/8/2016 04:52:25 pm
But I thought that Andra was like 12 or something.
Not very confused...
11/8/2016 08:02:02 pm
I think she still comes across as a little too young. Maybe show that she has matured significantly since entering Valinhall?
No longer confused...
11/11/2016 01:41:45 pm
Ok. I was thinking of someone for his romantic interest. Andra is too young for that, plus I'm fully aboard the Simon+Leah ship.
Perfect! I was mostly talking about the degree of non-romantic interaction necessary to ground or balance a romantic relationship, not candidates for his love interest.
11/12/2016 01:30:05 pm
I don't know if she will have completely gotten over the fact that Simon killed so many of her families friends. Besides, Simon will still be like 17 or 18 in the next book, right?
11/1/2016 08:10:00 am
I agree with almost everything Tyler said - these were fantastic, and I really like how different each setting is!
11/1/2016 11:23:18 am
Is there any chance that the travelers gate shorts will be available as a paper back? I gifted the main stories last year and my brother would love these too.
11/1/2016 01:01:08 pm
I'm not sure how much Will wan'ts to say on this subject yet. But it's on the table. Just not sure which table yet. May need to go buy a table...
11/1/2016 01:55:08 pm
Curses, can't edit "wan'ts". It will forever haunt me.
11/1/2016 12:29:28 pm
The Simon story reminded me of how much of the Traveler's Gate story I have forgotten. I am going to have to read them again. Maybe Lindon can go in and take the poison jars to help further his bloodforged body. Probably not going to happen, but that is where my mind went immediately since the story is not tied in to any of the characters.
11/1/2016 01:40:46 pm
You typed "size" instead of "side" once in the travellers gate story. So instead of having "side" and "size" both in the same sentence "size" appears twice
If you have any other notes like this, by all means, send them to me. I give these basically a lick and a promise before I send them out the door, and I haven't had a chance to edit and re-send them yet. So any typos you catch will be fixed, if I get them in the next few days.
11/1/2016 01:50:00 pm
I have a theory as to why Lindon got the Blood forged body: he is so under-powered compared to everyone else that is guaranteed that he will get injured. His bloodforged body allows him to recuperate faster, so Will doesn't have to write too many "he woke up a week later fully healed" scenes or a bunch of chapters where Lindon has a broken arm.
11/12/2016 06:37:56 pm
Could Lindon actually improve his forged body in some ways after the initial advancement? Maybe he could regenerate more quickly or become physically stronger later
11/1/2016 04:12:11 pm
Is it bad that I just want more stories where Simon finds himself in more uncomfortable situations? The way he handles them always make me chuckle.
11/3/2016 09:40:41 am
I loved all 3 short stories! But I like Simon's the best. A light story, lots of fun, made me smile. I'd love for The Reaping Dance to be expanded upon. See what happens with Alaisa at Winter's Day and how Andra would react to Simon going to an event with a young woman. And how Simon tries, and fails, to get out of it
11/1/2016 07:22:22 pm
I would pay for a Kindle compendium of all of your current year short stories at the end of the year. Good money. Real good money. As long as that didn't cost you anything to put it up!
11/1/2016 09:40:30 pm
Will, why didn't you tell us Simon had dance moves like jagger ? lol xD, oh that elder empire story! I need more like that asap!!! ah I hope that sword appears in the other cradle books sounds cool and interesting to deal with, death madra can be used like necromancy? O__O
11/2/2016 09:36:14 am
I got more of a 'blood madra' impression. The way it uses blood and sucks out life made me think of every book I've read that involves a blood ritual
11/2/2016 07:51:27 pm
Blood and Death Madra actually the way I see it the death madra and blood madra fro the sword fed off each other in an ever increasing infinite loop that got bigger the more death and blood was spilled ! Suppppperrrrrr OP like that Spear Jai Long has now matter a fact cant wait !
Infinite loop: That's right!
11/2/2016 09:39:46 am
So are the sword & other deadly artifacts supposed to be a common type of thing in Cradle, or were they just a rare(but deadly) occurrence?
11/11/2016 06:45:05 pm
By 'common thing', I meant more along the lines of 'ancient tomb with valuable/powerful weapons/treasures that travelers stumble upon and try to loot'. Also, what's the general technology level in Cradle? It seems like a blend of low-tech and madra usage
Then yes, it is pretty common!
Here's a more commonplace example of "treasure-hunting" than what we saw in 'A Sword Unclean':
11/5/2016 01:37:46 am
Reading the three short stories really made clear to me why I love, and keep going back to, Simon and the Traveler's Gate series: the characters seen to genuinely like one another. Sure, Leah is giving Simon a hard time, but in his best interests. Elaina is probably the most critical of Simon in her short story but even she's willing and able to see he's trying, even if she (initially) thinks he's wrong/weak. Simon's got a team and while they may disagree they've got one another's back when it counts.
I was following you until you said what you did about Elder Empire.
11/5/2016 02:43:39 pm
Im still mad about that. Shera was doing so well, then her BF got iced, and now I feel sad whenever I think of reading EE.
11/5/2016 04:04:24 pm
Will, I want to buy the cradle books in actual book format. When can I expect that to be available?
As soon as I, uh, do that.
11/6/2016 08:05:46 pm
Seems like you should have a minion for that sort of thing. Not that I am offering you any minions, you have to find your own. Once you get the first one it is easier, since your minion can find minions...
11/5/2016 08:08:03 pm
Will, can someone acquire multiple goldsigns from different remnants? I know you have only mentioned that people have A goldsign but wondered if they could get different techniques and madra reserves by subsuming more than one (extra reserves based on one part in soulsmith where Yerin discussed not having touched the power from her master's remnant yet and also the mystery of her belt).
11/6/2016 09:36:56 am
While we don't have a clear answer on if more than one can be acquired, I feel that it was at least partially answered on whether they can pick their own or not. They can pick their own to a certain extent, as long as the remnant is compatible with their madra. Of course there is still quite a bit we don't know about this world. It could also be an anything goes as long as you can dominate the remnant with your madra and using one that is compatible is the preferred method or easier.
If you bond the same Remnant, you get the same Goldsign.
11/5/2016 08:57:49 pm
That travelers gate story was too cute. It really made my day.
11/6/2016 10:14:34 am
I really want the next short story to continue that one. It was just so perfect!
11/12/2016 03:50:11 pm
Out of curiosity, what rank would Simon be on Cradle? Both with his mask and without.
11/13/2016 04:24:22 am
IMAGINE him with a doll as his Goldsign x'D
11/13/2016 01:35:53 pm
Wouldn't his Goldsign be his chains? The dolls are more of a construct, like Suriel's Presence.
11/13/2016 07:20:30 pm
Damn! You're probably right about chains...
11/14/2016 06:33:06 pm
Just imagine if his chain-tatooes became actual chains that he could use to beat people with on Cradle. I mean, they are actual representations of the power of Valinhall, so on Cradle that concentration of Valinhall Madra would probably bring them to life. It might also cause Simon to Incarnate.
This is a tricky question, because while I know what you mean, they're practicing different magic systems. Simon hasn't worked on his madra at all, so if he were plopped down in Cradle, they would see him as completely untrained.
To expand on the theory behind what I just said:
11/16/2016 10:16:39 am
Fascinating idea... you might want to try experimenting with that later on if you are interested. I know I would love to read a mash-up story using characters from different series!
11/16/2016 12:18:43 pm
Actually, since Eithan's sensory abilities are supernatural, wouldn't Simon be able to render himself invisible to them by using Nye essence with his cloak? Plus his dolls can predict the future during fights, so he would probably be able to wipe the floor with most Underlords and hold his own against even stronger beings as long as he had his mask.
11/16/2016 06:13:45 pm
But his cloak would still work on Ethan, right?
11/18/2016 03:54:47 pm
So we know that Simon, with his mask, is around Underlord level in a fairly combat intensive "Path". We also know that Simon+Mask is capable of going 1 on 1 with Incarnations and winning against most of them, at least temporarily. Would this mean that the Incarnations are at the Underlord level, or are they higher than that, but their abilities are ill suited to 1v1 combat so Simon+Mask could stand up to them. That guy from the beginning of Unsouled seemed to be as powerful or maybe a little more so than Incarnated Alin, and he was past Gold(likely past Underlord as well).
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