At long last, the world-building answers are finally complete! I've answered all the questions I'm going to, and boy did that take a long time. Man. I should have limited it to the first fifty.
Either way, there were some great questions in there! Honestly, I should write down all the answers so that I'll remember them and can work them into the books someday, but I know I probably won't do that. That's too efficient and organized.
Before we get into today's business, I'd like to give a shout-out to fan "Danksouls" and the webcomic "Kill Six Billion Demons."
In addition to his question in the blog, Danksouls asked me if I'd ever read the comic Kill Six Billion Demons. Before responding to his question, I googled the comic, and was subsequently distracted for days. It's an action-fantasy comic wherein a girl from Earth is drawn into a multidimensional hellscape where seven gods and their armies are battling for control of creation.
The main character is sort of a non-factor, which is fine, because the world is the real star. It's gorgeous, and you should check it out.
A small warning first: the art is somewhat disturbing and can be a little gory, so if that's not your thing, maybe tune out. But it's rich with detail and with martial arts angels punching holes in extradimensional demons. I loved it. If I had read it before writing Cradle, it would likely have inspired some of Cradle's world-building. Alas.
Now, as for the main event...
I've been wondering recently what kind of content you guys would like to see here on the blog. I've been writing this thing for four years now, but when I don't have concrete writing news I basically have no idea what to say.
I'd love to put up some weekly content here on the site, but a lot of weeks my progress report could be summed up in two words: "Still writing."
That's most weeks, in fact.
And I feel like if I don't have substantial news related to the books, then I really don't have much to say. Therefore, I'm turning to you--the audience--to ask what sort of content you'd like to see on the blog.
Here are my thoughts. First, the highest priority will always be given to informative content: i.e. hard news about the books. If I have a release date or something to announce, that's going up.
Second, there's always narrative content: short stories or other written content. I know you guys enjoy that, because I know I would if I were you, but that's harder to write and can take away from novel-writing time. I can only produce narrative content sparingly.
The third category I came up with was personal content. This is stuff about me and my life. I don't know what you guys would want from me in this regard--I don't really read blogs that are heavy on personal content, and most of my life revolves around writing, playing games, or reading anyway. Honestly, personal posts would probably be about movies or games or books or comics or what-have-you. Fantasy media.
But I'm willing to talk about other things, should there be demand.
And finally, I thought you might be interested in instructional content. I almost never share any of this, because it feels unbelievably pretentious, but I could share posts about what I've learned in regards to writing and self-publishing. Believe it or not, I do actually have a Master's degree in Creative Writing. It's at the bottom of my closet somewhere.
Anyway, those were my thoughts on the types of content I could share on this blog. What would you like to see more of? What sort of things would you like to read in those posts? Do you want more instructional posts? Do you want to know what my favorite donut is? Do you want to know what I thought about Justice League, or would you prefer I stick strictly to my own work?
In the comments, let me know what sort of thing you'd like to read more of!
And thanks for sticking around!
EDIT: Also, I've caught up on emails. I had some email problems through October and into November that may have resulted in your email getting placed into my junk, spam, or promotions folder, and therefore I may have deleted it. If you emailed me during that time and I never responded to you, please stop tormenting that voodoo doll with my face on it and send your message again!
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