I had to scoop a handful of frogs off of my keyboard to type this, but I felt like I should answer a few of the secondary questions people have had for me over the last few weeks.
The audiobook for City of Light has definitely fallen behind schedule, thanks to Blackflame's demands on my time and the fact that I have to wade through ankle-deep frogs to even reach my computer. I have to get back on that soon, but I am sorry about the delay.
As for the short stories, that's something else I have to get off the ground. I kind of put everything on hold in order to finish Blackflame (and then get into my house), but now I should have some more time to get to work on the stories.
I know I left Simon's story in a place where it needs to be continued, and I don't have nearly enough Cradle stories out, so there's plenty of work to be done there.
With that in mind, which should I hammer out first? A Traveler's Gate continuation, or a new look at the world of Cradle?
6/23/2017 07:35:35 pm
Obviously first we will need proof of said frogs.
6/23/2017 11:30:22 pm
Can you not see the frogs at your very feet? The infestation has been afflicting us all!
6/23/2017 07:59:21 pm
Traveler's Gate, for the love of god, Traveler's Gate. I mean, Cradle's great and all, but nothing's topped the Traveler's Gate world for me.
6/24/2017 12:03:43 am
I like Cradle, but I agree. Please, more Travelers Gate.
Yeah, but most of my short stories have been Traveler's Gate. I started doing it as a way to compensate for the fact that it's been so long since CoL, but now it feels like the more TG stories I write, the more TG stories people want me to write.
6/26/2017 09:21:14 pm
Will the TGT books were your best books and since it is taking you a long time to release the next books the short stories with simon keep us satisfied with that world i think u should put okak on the side aswell as skysworn and write the TGT seauel already
Hahaha, I'm glad you enjoyed the TG books, David!
7/1/2017 05:09:30 pm
I think you should do tg but I'm addicted to cradle . I need cradle by November 1 (my birthday) or I'll have to do something
9/3/2017 12:32:27 pm
No, no we aren't...
6/23/2017 08:33:29 pm
Stop asking us such hard questions! If you give us anything I am happy. I LOVE cradle, but it has been a while since we saw anything in the House of Blades series (Elder Empire has waited longer but at least that one has a book in the works).
6/23/2017 08:37:37 pm
I'd love to see another cradle short story, since I think there's only one other for that series? Give us some random back story of one of the powerful existences in the world :)
That's the main reason I wanted Cradle on the table, Corey: because I only have one Cradle short story, and a bunch of them for Traveler's Gate.
6/23/2017 09:01:44 pm
If I had my druthers I'd want all work to be focused on skysworn.
6/23/2017 09:05:11 pm
Trveler's Gate, definitely.
6/23/2017 09:57:59 pm
Aw man that's a hard decision, but another cradle story would be awesome!
6/23/2017 10:04:22 pm
I would like to know more about how the elders of asylum and the Abidan relate. Seems like something that probably wouldn't fit in OKAK, but I have been really curious about.
6/23/2017 10:17:02 pm
Look, for cradle we will be getting books fairly soonish, so the short stories should be travelers gate ones.
6/23/2017 11:33:54 pm
Personally, I'd prefer a Traveler's Gate short story before a cradle one. We've been blessed with an abundance of Cradle materials and I think it would be refreshing to get a taste of the series that made me into a fan of your work.
6/23/2017 11:46:34 pm
We've got a ton of Lindon being awkward in Blackflame, we need some awkward Simon back in our lives!
6/23/2017 11:47:42 pm
Or a humorous story to please the shippers from Leah's POV. "I Am Becoming Fond of A Man Who Talks to Dolls."
6/25/2017 04:22:15 pm
I read this comment and laughed my ass off for 10 minutes before I could write this:)That line is fantastic! I really need to see that written into one of wills books:)
6/24/2017 02:57:02 am
What?!! You are considering something other than Cradle next?
6/27/2017 09:00:21 am
Exactly...LOL!!!...i was thinking the same thing!!
6/24/2017 04:17:14 am
If you really take our opinions into account, when you are deciding which short story to write next, then a poll might be more convenient.
6/30/2017 01:50:49 am
But even a crappy one gets the job done.
That's exactly the problem, Mathew: it doesn't manually count up the votes. In my last poll, I LITERALLY drew two columns on a sheet of paper and tallied up the votes.
7/1/2017 02:18:07 am
How about you use make one on reddit?
6/24/2017 04:24:07 am
I suggest quick progress of cradle, if you already have a good idea of how the story will go from start to finish. A follow-up trilogy of Traveler's Gate would be great, but a lot of projects in true parallel make each one of them slow.
6/24/2017 05:34:44 am
He's only asking about short story priorities.
6/24/2017 04:51:31 am
I vote Cradle, but I agree with Mathew that if you really want us to decide then you should do a pole.
6/24/2017 04:53:36 am
6/24/2017 05:11:19 am
Is it too early for a Cradle travelers gate mashup?
6/28/2017 03:52:34 pm
Whenever I read about Simon opening a portal I think about The Golden Compass knife he uses to travel between universes. I don't know if that's what you were going for but my mind makes the leap there automatically and suddenly the way is completely open for travelers.
6/24/2017 05:38:53 am
Travelers Gate please!!
6/24/2017 06:26:07 am
Travelers Gate please!
6/24/2017 07:12:21 am
A poll would help gather data in a concise format; if one then wanted to use it to defend one's choice more the better. On said poll I would select 'Cradle'
Yeah, I agree that a poll is the best way to handle questions like this, but Weebly's default poll extension is terrible. It used to be great, but in my "Cradle versus Elder Empire" poll a few months ago, I had to actually count up all the entries by hand and compare them.
6/28/2017 03:25:42 am
You could always use a straw poll or something. http://www.strawpoll.me/
6/24/2017 08:55:08 am
Traveler's Gate Short Stories, OKAK writing, and occasional Cradle lore building blog posts?
6/24/2017 09:18:42 am
I can go either way
6/24/2017 09:31:21 am
As I read Blackflame, I had the thought, "I would like to read a short story from this series done in the fashion of a children's book, and it would be called 'The Littlest Sandviper'."
6/24/2017 09:45:32 am
6/24/2017 09:46:56 am
All other comments are irrelevant 😂
6/24/2017 09:59:10 am
While the sandvipers are interesting I think the Fishers are more intriguing, I would take your idea and re-title to 'The littlest Fisher'.
6/24/2017 01:52:35 pm
How about "The Littlest Blackflame" ?
6/24/2017 09:59:22 am
As far as a poll goes...as of Saturday at noon, est
6/25/2017 11:07:02 am
This is rigged the Russians are iterfering with the votes
6/24/2017 11:28:53 am
Will, do you consider making your books available for amazon prime reading.
6/27/2017 01:41:35 pm
I didn't mean kindle unlimited; Amazon prime reading exists as well
6/24/2017 11:53:12 am
While I don't expect a short story every month, I'm hoping you'll have time to do a few before your next book release. In that case, I'm hoping for one from each world. I think it would be great if you released the Cradle and EE (hey, I'm hoping!) stories the month before the applicable books get released to help whet appetites. Based on that, I'd vote for an Amalgam short story first to fill time.
6/24/2017 12:08:02 pm
Cradle makes more sense - "strike the iron while its hot", and Blackflame definitely heated things up. Simon can relax a little. Interesting question - would fans prefer Skysworn faster or have few stories and delay the book? Kidding, they will prob troll me with frogs from your backyard to oblivion.
6/24/2017 12:17:03 pm
I'm going to go way out on a limb here, and say another, as yet unseen world under Abidan protection? Failing that, travelers gate.
6/24/2017 05:39:16 pm
Simon? Simon, let me think... Oh wait, I remember, wasn't he a doll? I can hardly remember it's been so long. Anyways, I'm sure Lindon would light him on fire if he causes any problems.
6/25/2017 06:42:03 pm
Ghost armour might stop that
If I really wanted to troll, I would have all of my series end up looping into Cradle. The Abidan just scoop up the crew from Traveler's Gate and Elder Empire and dump them into Cradle.
6/30/2017 09:32:45 pm
Hey man, I'd read that. Would be fun. Very silly but fun
6/30/2017 11:24:26 pm
It would be doable. Just make each world blow up due to the evil gods from asylum and the abidan make a new world from all the pieces. That said it would b crazy juggling so many POV's and the new magic system would be Either too OP or tale a whole series to fully explain. Thats one of the things i love about ur books though anything can really happen and u can find a way to make it work.
6/24/2017 09:14:57 pm
I vote for Cradle. The Travelers gate is fun, but it feels like the cradle series has much more room for growth and I want to see the potential.
6/25/2017 12:16:55 pm
I vote Cradle, but I understand if you need a change of pace/ want to throw other fans a bone.
6/25/2017 04:26:31 pm
How about you do a short story about the abbodons home realm?
6/25/2017 05:24:39 pm
I vote Traveler's Gates. That's the series that got me, and many others, into Will's works. I know I'll catch a lot of flak for this but I'm not a big fan of Cradle. I'd personally rather read some Elder Empire or even more so Travelers Gates.
6/25/2017 05:49:03 pm
House of Blades FTW! Seriously, though, I'd say finish what you've started with Cradle since you're on a roll & inspired. Simon is training, getting deeper into the rooms, so he'll be ready for the tests you have waiting for him. And lmk when you're thinking of a video game for House of Blades - what a puzzle, RPG that would be.
6/30/2017 04:30:13 pm
I would be the first pre-order for a TG video game!
6/25/2017 06:46:44 pm
I vote travelers gate, the gate series has one of the most interesting magic systems I've ever come across and I'd love to get another book to expand on my understanding of it
6/25/2017 08:40:20 pm
6/25/2017 10:54:02 pm
I would definitely say that cradle has a lot of room to grow and a lot of holes and story to fill. Its a great book, but we in the EE community would like a EE short. Maybe emperor related?
6/26/2017 08:42:16 am
Is there any way to access all of your short stories? I'm a fairly new reader of yours.
6/26/2017 01:04:58 pm
Yes please. I'm on a quest to locate this archive of hidden treasures. If anyone could just point me towards a collection of the Wight's short stories, you would save me a lot of questing time, and I can get back to enjoying my summer.
6/26/2017 01:07:19 pm
And for the record (is there a record?) I vote for a Cradle story. So much room for awesomeness in that world.
6/30/2017 09:40:44 pm
I'm fairly certain the Reddit team knows where that archive is.
7/4/2017 03:20:29 am
here we go
6/26/2017 01:06:21 pm
Well, I've got an idea and I think it has little chance to end up in one of the book (except if you do a traveler's gate prequel about Valin).
6/26/2017 03:09:14 pm
That's an excellent idea, with valin being such a great side character I'm all for exploring how he got buried alive and what lead up to it
6/27/2017 11:00:15 pm
If ypu look into it hard enough you can see that valin is related to a pre text in EE where he is called The Unknown Wanderer
6/26/2017 02:54:51 pm
How about option #3, DEATHBATTLES!!!
6/27/2017 07:21:39 am
I was surprised I didn't see this before. That's what I was going to suggest!!!
7/2/2017 05:52:25 pm
You could start with a real story and then have it devolve into a death battle. Best of both worlds!
6/26/2017 05:27:48 pm
Travelers gate please. Also Frogs??
6/26/2017 06:57:25 pm
I vote travelers as Cradle should be 10 books at minimum and travelers is concluded. Finish EE write a few travelers shorts and deliver a candle book every 6 months for the next 5 yrs and I'm good
6/26/2017 08:37:52 pm
Cradle! Please! Simon got a great conclusion, but Cradle got a cliffhanger! That's not fair. Besides Lindon just got strong! We're getting to the best parts! Cradle vote +1!
7/6/2017 04:45:42 am
I would love to read more about the other major players in cradle and/or the other parts of cradle. As it was said Cradle is huge, so I would love to get to see more of that.
6/26/2017 09:50:08 pm
TG. I'm really curious how far Simon has gotten within the house. Would also like to see him add rooms.
7/6/2017 04:48:27 am
I would love to see him both add rooms and add more people to the dragon army. I'd love to see simon stumble across a young boy/girl and see them do something that catches his attention.
7/6/2017 05:03:29 am
In one of the TG short stories, Simon is retrieving I think the 11th fang, which means he would be close to having re-collected the complete set. And you've got the army about half full at least at that point.
6/27/2017 04:29:44 am
New reader here. It's the Cradle series that brought me here, so I vote for another Cradle story. Dance with the one who pays you 😉
6/27/2017 08:59:28 am
So it goes Foundation realm which has copper, iron, and jade then the Gold realm which is low-gold, high-gold, true-gold and then the Lord realm which is underlord, overlord, highlord (I believe that's what Will came up with) then Sage realm. So long story short, yes her master was much more powerful than Eithan.
6/27/2017 09:05:24 am
Correction it goes Underlord, Overlord, Archlord. It was really bugging me so I had to go back and look it up in the Blog Archive.
6/27/2017 07:22:33 pm
Thanks for the clarification; I hadn't picked up on that. Wonder how far it is from Sage to whatever level that Grand Patriarch Li Markuth was on?
6/30/2017 06:27:16 am
Sage realm doesn't come after Archlord.
6/30/2017 06:28:51 am
"Wonder how far it is from Sage to whatever level that Grand Patriarch Li Markuth was on? "
A FAMILY OF RACCOONS ON THE RUN FROM JANGO FET WHILE DRINKING LARGE AMOUNTS OF VODKA WHILE FIGHTING THE OTHER FAMILY OF RACCOONS WHO WANT TO FIGHT THE ROMAN LEGIONS
7/28/2017 06:46:52 am
Didn't he post that makurth had ascended or was extremely close to? It seems like he was far more powerful than anybody we have seen yet, but we HAVE only seen 3 lords
6/27/2017 04:51:44 am
I say a short story from all three. Have them connect in a way some how. Doesn't have to be in a big way but maybe a sulte small way.
6/30/2017 09:44:39 pm
Hey other Daniel's back!
6/27/2017 06:53:28 am
I definitely vote for Cradle!!! Please? :)
6/27/2017 09:08:01 am
It has to be Cradle. Unless it's a short story about Simon adding another room to the House of Blades.......outside of that, the cliffhanger to BlackFlame was too much man!!!! Please finish SkySworn!
6/27/2017 12:32:13 pm
I would prefer the Cradle come first, but would be very interested in some additional content from Travelers Gate when it is ready
6/27/2017 01:00:45 pm
6/27/2017 01:26:57 pm
CRADLE please. Easily one of my top 5 favorite series now, and I have read hundreds.
6/27/2017 09:20:00 pm
I love all your books equally and finished all of them in less than a day each, in some case two per day. I would love to see more plot added to anyone of them, but out of all your stories I would have to choose cradle next.
6/27/2017 09:42:36 pm
I would prefer a short story on TG. I like the idea of expanding Valin story and how Valin hall came about.
6/27/2017 11:05:50 pm
most freaking definitely cradle
6/28/2017 09:08:46 am
Will, I noticed that you joined the Fools of Fantasy group a few months ago, planning to write an anthology together.
I wanted to do it, but I don't have the time to lead a side project. I'm happy to write a short story whenever they tell me to, but since no one has confirmed whether we're even doing it or not, I'm highly doubtful that's ever going to get off the ground.
7/1/2017 02:24:16 am
It's the other way around; The Jester Twins, not The Twin Jesters.
6/28/2017 01:04:08 pm
My vote goes to Cradle. I love Traveler's Gate, but Cradle has so many unanswered questions. It seems like any expansion on that world building is fuel for my excitement for the next release. Thank you for both. The fact that we get one short story from two amazing series is reward enough...... almost (#greedylikeLindon)
6/28/2017 07:33:53 pm
Huge Travelers Gate fan (really how I was introduced to your writing). That said, Cradle has really grown on me. I like Elder Empire, but I'm voting for one of the others instead.
Garbagiel the Raccoon
6/28/2017 07:45:15 pm
I have taken a break from my ruminations upon the universe and the machinations of those who run it to let you all know that the next short story should most decisively be Traveler's Gate. As you all were.
Obstructiel the Frog
6/30/2017 05:51:29 pm
Don't even think about it you trash-eating washout...
6/29/2017 05:20:46 am
Is there a single place we can find all of the past short stories?
6/29/2017 05:55:42 pm
I'm gonna move honest Will, I need me some more Simon. I like your Cradle stuff a lot, but it's been a long time since I got spend time with Simon and pals.
6/29/2017 10:34:03 pm
Personally, I really liked TGT a lot, but it reached a satisfactory conclusion for the time being. Unless you're ready to write a whole new set/trilogy, then I think you should finish Skysworn. I would really like to see Lindon do something with his new training other than train, or see him return to the sacred valley and rescue his family from the school before continuing on. Just my thoughts.
6/30/2017 05:24:50 am
Not that Skysworn was one of the options he laid out, but I can't wait to read more and see what happens with Jai and his sister and how he responds to Lindon healing her. I have to imagine that will weigh more heavily than Kral's death. How he then deals with the Jai patriarch will be interesting. I am just hoping enough of what Will wrote works so that is the next book and it comes out soon. If that happens I just hope he doesn't leave us with a MASSIVE CLIFFHANGER like this time since I have reconciled myself to EE being after (or before) that and I just couldn't get into it.
6/30/2017 12:27:13 pm
In a couple of previous comments he said he had an almost finished book for Skysworn. Being that close and moving on to something else before it's finished would be a tragedy.
6/30/2017 01:30:44 pm
He said if he could use the stuff he cut from blackflame mostly intact he would publish skysworn next. He isn't certain he can though, in which case EE will be next. So I am hoping he can use it and I will get another fix
6/30/2017 04:31:33 pm
I love all of your books and Cradle is my favorite setting. However, I would love a new TG short story to add to my next re-read.
7/1/2017 12:01:39 am
So Will, it seems like there are a lot of people who are missing some of you free shorts that seems to really wanna read them. Why not pop a new button up top and load up everything over three months old. Anything less that three months old would be reserved for those of us on your mailing list for the first three months.
I'm honestly not sure what to do with these mailing list short stories, Brian.
7/12/2017 02:25:40 pm
IMO, release them on the mailing list individually and then bundle them up and publish collections on Amazon. Even if people have the PDFs from the mailing list, a single collection that can be read on a Kindle or app is nicely convenient.
7/1/2017 07:36:17 am
Will did I tell you that you have a VERY scary lastname.
7/1/2017 09:32:14 am
It's a little known fact that those floating island shards of reality in the Willverse are actually officially known as "Isles of Wight".
7/1/2017 08:56:11 am
This is completely contrary, but I think since you can't decide between the two, you should just finish off the Elder Empire books instead.
7/1/2017 02:57:44 pm
My vote: Traveler's Gate
7/2/2017 04:33:36 pm
I'm going to have to vote cradle simply because there are so many nooks and crannies that I doubt we will ever see with out some.
7/2/2017 04:52:05 pm
Why not do something different this time Will? I was thinking you could perhaps come up with a mapping system about your universe (or universes). You could show information about size of the worlds and strength of its inhabitants. Obviously you wouldn't show too much right? It would be specially interesting to have some more information about Simon's and Lindon's worlds.
7/2/2017 05:03:11 pm
Also, this should keep everyone happy instead of a short story targeting a single world.
7/3/2017 09:41:58 am
What iron body did the previous black flames use?
7/3/2017 11:01:31 am
Will have you ever thought about chapter releases for your series that you're writing? I subscribe to some "patron" writers that release chapters weekly or even daily (based on donations/rewards). Then when the book is complete they publish it. This way everyone wins something. Just a thought. I love the world you create, thank you. My favorite is the cradle series so far.
Voidran God-King of the Void, Slayer of Rabid Chipmunks
7/4/2017 12:12:29 am
Will, while I do like the TG series ALOT I think you left it on a cliffhanger that could last for a long while and I do think you should do a new book/short story for it. I also think you should do Cradle next because you left it on way too big a cliffhanger and too many things unexplained.
VOIDRAN GOD-KING OF THE VOID, SLAYER OF RABID CHIPMUNKS
7/29/2017 10:28:17 am
They are both powerful and surprisingly terrifying and that's coming from a guy who has complete control over a dimension that has bunnies that could level New York as it's weakest monsters
7/5/2017 01:55:25 am
7/5/2017 02:05:10 pm
Hi Will, massive fan of both the TG and the cradle series, so thank you for the pleasure you've given me through that!
7/5/2017 02:37:45 pm
Since you asked directly, I'd like to sidestep that question and put my vote towards the City of Light audiobook. I've already pre-pre-ordered it.
7/9/2017 05:55:38 pm
Whoooooo!!! If you want to add even MORE to your plate, you could start up a short story podcast where you read the novellas in parts each week. You could even add ads for Mail Chimp or what have you and make motivating cheddar.
7/6/2017 05:08:35 am
I would love to just see either a TG or a Cradle short. I love them both and i would love some more world building.
7/8/2017 06:19:14 am
So with all the TG short stories you have done would you pick up where the short stories have left off? Or would you have to re tell some of the short stories for the people who haven't read them?
7/9/2017 08:16:50 am
I have perhaps what might be a contrary view.
7/12/2017 12:09:25 pm
This is why some folks write and others read. I belong in the reader group. I didn't mean Lindon vs Simon, what I should have said is - "When you compare Lindon and Simon ......."
7/13/2017 08:23:56 am
I'm coming late to this party, but I think you should write whatever you feel like writing. Maybe your workflow is more flexible, but my own creativity is a fickle friend. Write whatever pulls you at the moment...
7/20/2017 08:23:27 am
Definitely Cradle! After finishing Blackflame I cannot WAIT for more.
Yo read this
7/24/2017 09:13:10 am
How about a story about the Unknown Traveler from EE?
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