Working on Blackflame
So you remember two weeks ago when I said I was trying to get a short story out by the next day?
Well, here's why: because I was leaving my apartment to do nothing but write for two solid weeks, and I knew that if I didn't squeeze the short story out before I left, it would be two more weeks.
And I didn't. And it's been two more weeks. And I'm sorry. I need to stop calling them monthly short stories and call them something like...regular short stories. Or short stories I release when I'm not trying to hammer a book out in a short amount of time.
That said, this will be the tenth month since I started doing the mailing list short story thing, and if I finish and send out this Cradle one as well as a Simon one for Christmas, then I'll have released ten in ten months! (Though to be fair, one of them was an Unsouled preview when I had yet to announce I was writing Unsouled.)
That's just as good as monthly, right? Right? ...guys?
On the bright side, I've been working non-stop on Blackflame and I actually have some measurable progress to show you! First, I'm in the process of uploading a shiny new progress meter to the right of this very post!
And second, behold:
Gasp in awe at its wonder!
I actually have the cover for book four ready too, but the reveal for that one will have to come later!
And by "later," I mean "when I come up with a title for book four." The art is done, but the type isn't, because I have yet to actually title the thing. Speaking of art, did I tell you I got the first sketch for the Killers cover back recently?
Well, I did, and it's shaping up, but those covers take a lot longer to make than the Cradle covers. I'll reveal that one when it's ready!
12/14/2016 01:11:09 pm
No, no, clearly, anything less than a brand new short story per calendar month plus regular releases of full length novels is simply unacceptable.
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
7/25/2017 06:36:03 pm
Will, one question for you.
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
7/25/2017 06:39:05 pm
Where do you come up with the ideas for your amazing books? I am attempting to write a short novel but every time I do I feel like I'm copying/plagiarizing some more deserving authors work. Also how does the black flame madra power past Sandviper Gokrens technique?
12/14/2016 01:11:34 pm
WOOT! Well congratz on getting the cover, it looks dangerous! I definatly will not complain about not getting a short story as you are hard at work! That being said, I think it is awesome to see that Blackflame is at IRON!
"Iron" means I have just evolved my body to handle the incredible stress of the sacred arts. I mean the book.
12/14/2016 01:23:04 pm
Monthly-ish or regular-ish is acceptable as terminology
12/14/2016 03:11:39 pm
Chrono-sausages are the answer. With them, time can be bent and you'll be a writing god.
I can't envision a problem for which Chrono-sausages are not the answer.
12/14/2016 03:32:28 pm
I wouldn't call them monthly short stories. I would go with Tidbits of Awesomeness. Or maybe pearls of wisdom from the Story Sage (That would be you). Fortunately for you, I won't kill you off like you killed the Sword Sage.
12/14/2016 04:54:45 pm
Thanks for the progress bar!! Love the books. Keep up the great work!
12/14/2016 04:55:56 pm
The cover looks great. Just as a warning, I can't easily see "author of soulsmith. I'm not sure if you care. Looking forward to the book.
12/14/2016 06:04:16 pm
Heh, I'm just waiting for the death matches. I'm sure they will be epic. You know that is the whole reason your developing all these characters Will. So that one day you can pair them off against each other in their disparate worlds and determine who can kick whose but.
12/15/2016 01:36:21 am
So, I'm curious. Why did you go away from having a badge on the cover like you did with the first two? Is it for the same reason that you didn't include a SOUL syllable in the title (unSOULed, SOULsmith, then Blackflame) -- that is, you didn't want to get caught in a tradition?
12/15/2016 02:27:41 am
Sort of got the impression we were looking at the badge burning, but I still feel like these are good questions!
I have an answer!
12/15/2016 09:19:12 am
Not to criticize, but it looks more like Lindon is joining the brownflame clan than blackflame clan.
I have a couple of other questions about the universe you have created Mr. Wight. I’ll submit my other questions in your next post so you are not overwhelmed with writing a short novel to answers my questions.
I said I would wait until the next post…...but I’m sitting here in my Avid 12 high school class watching the 1964 Rudolph movie.
12/15/2016 12:44:25 pm
If Simon became an Incarnation, or if another Valinhall Incarnation entered Cradle, it sounds like the Underlords would be dead as their power is unlimitted. Probably anyone higher than Underlords would handle them.
4/14/2017 06:58:29 pm
So the book is based on wuxia novel. Did you actually read novel by Louis Cha, especially legend of the condor hero (LOCH) or Shendiao Shia Lu.
I listen to epic music all the time, man. DragonstarDT was one of my favorites, but he stopped uploading not too long ago. Sometimes I just leave his mixes on loop.
12/15/2016 03:33:03 pm
Seem to me that 'simon' is trying to get some insights before the aforementioned death match. I'm not sure it should be allowed :)
12/15/2016 06:43:13 pm
Maybe Mick, maybe.
A soup ladle
12/17/2016 07:01:00 pm
Wait, you write your books while listening to people like Dan bull and JT machinima? I've always read your books while listening to those people!
12/15/2016 10:02:00 pm
Looks awesome, but what about OKAK why only a progress bar for blackflame? I hate complaning however I feel a need to stick up for the minority of us anxiously awaiting more Elders and hoping they aren't forgotten among the sacred artists
12/16/2016 04:56:18 pm
Glad to see I wasn't the only one wondering this too!
12/16/2016 06:49:51 pm
He is not working on Elder Empire right now so that's why there is no progress bar. Or at least, I think he will set up a progress bar for Elder Empire. Maybe it will have an Awakened stage or something. After BlackFlame comes out probably in February, he will finish the Killers books, which I'm thinking will come out Summer 2017.
12/15/2016 10:47:08 pm
Alright I'm fucking hyped. Cradle has been the funnest series I've been into in a while. Book 3 hype train is go
12/18/2016 06:21:57 am
WHAT!! There is a Turtle!? That is so awesome!!!
12/18/2016 05:09:03 pm
Woah Will, you wake up at 7?
12/18/2016 05:51:12 pm
Well, if the turtle takes inspiration from the turtle in Kung-Fu Panda, then I'm all on board for the turtle, even if I can't handle the awesomeness, then I will have died happy!
12/16/2016 09:34:00 am
Despite reading fantasy since I was 8 years old and being a fan of the genre my entire life this is the first time I've commented on any writer's blog. Will, I am at an impasse... I would really like to recommend your books to my girlfriend... But if she doesn't like them I will have to break up with her. I commend you for the work you have done, and waiting for your next book keeps me up at night, but I curse your for the turmoil this dilemma has brought in my life.
12/19/2016 11:17:28 am
LOL it's a Comicon in Pensacola. I read that you were from Florida and was curious.
12/19/2016 12:07:57 pm
I just want to know how you get so many fruit flies in your jar.
12/21/2016 01:54:16 pm
Just wondering when you think the book will be out. Keep up the great work!!!
Will, i have a few questions on the cores and goldsigns:
1/4/2017 05:18:48 pm
Along with 2, could someone have a double specialized Iron body? Lindon had one Iron core and the other was Copper. So when his second core advances, could he prepare his body and receive double specialization? Because that would be mind-blowingly awesome.
12/31/2016 10:16:09 pm
Sounds great, can't wait to read it!
1/6/2017 09:13:18 pm
Do you know when may have book 3?
1/16/2017 04:04:31 am
umm...what are the stages of the progress meter? copper, iron, jade,gold? Or does it keep going (lowgold, highgold, truegold, underlord, ...)?
4/15/2017 08:46:16 am
Will can we have a guess as to when blameflame maybe be released? Nothing firm and I don't want to rush you but I'm dying to know can't wait to read it.
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