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Date Jan. 1, 2020
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Why is Akura Malice So Passive in Uncrowned?


First, I’d like to say that I love this series. I even loved Uncrowned (Akura Justice’s interactions with Lindon were worth the price of admission).


That said, I don’t understand why Malice acted the way she did. We hear, again and again, from Charity, that the stakes of the Uncrowned tournament are very high for the Akura. They have to do well because they have enemies encroaching from every corner.


Then, the dragon faction proceed to kill an entire vassal team of hers, forcing the Akura to embarrassingly put in a backup team from their own family. Another vassal team has their transportation sabotaged -again by her greatest enemies- and she does nothing. Then, the one monarch who should be a logical ally of hers makes a last minute decision that certainly looks like it’s screwing over her faction. And again, she does nothing.


I find Malice’s behavior in Uncrowned even more inexplicable than Northstrider’s. Either she’s playing 17-dimensional chess, or she’s much weaker than the other monarchs and so is afraid to stand up to them even when they blatantly provoke her.

Will Wight

It’s political. In the sense that she and the other Monarchs are constantly jockeying against each other to try and get one up on each other without provoking anyone into a fight.


I originally intended for there to be 2-3 scenes of the Monarchs interacting over the course of Uncrowned in order to explain what was going on from their perspective, but I cut it because I’m already introducing a ton of new characters and names in the book and didn’t want to throw in a bunch more character introductions.


As for why she didn’t just teleport them there, at this point in the series we haven’t seen anyone teleport anyone else between continents. The Arelius portals do it once every ten years, which requires a permanent portal network, and until the last time they actually had an active Monarch.


Charity borrows Malice’s power to teleport a bunch of people across a long distance on the same continent, and she spends time and resources setting that up.


(I intend to include the Monarch scenes in the next book because I’m going lighter on the new characters this time.)

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I reread the Cradle books a lot, which is good cause I'm constantly missing details.

This time I just noticed in Soulsmith something related to Uncrowned. When Yerin and Lindon are entering the camp for the first time and confronted by the Sandvipers, Yerin beats one down. Something I didn't notice is

"You're strong, you get respect. You're weak, and you better know someone strong." Yerin slowly laid the flat of her blade down, resting it on the top of Resh's head. The Sandviper woman flinched, and frost began to form in her hair.

The frost come's from Yerin's sword (made from the Sage of Frozen Blade).

In Uncrowned Lindon is surprised when Yerin uses the sword's binding and says he never saw anything to suggest that it had such a binding, but here's the contradictory proof! Also he had previously noticed the blade giving off an intense cold.

Will Wight

It’s not the binding causing this effect, it’s the material the sword is made of.

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What kind of Iron Body had Harmony?

Will Wight

I don't remember. Off the top of my head, the standard Iron body for Akura elites is one that makes it easier to control their bloodline armor, which becomes a more common technique for them at Underlord and above.

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Is harvesting a sages/someone with acces to the way remnant an almost sure fire way to be able to gain access to the way? We’ve seen two examples of this in the series Yerin and Regan Shen. I just finished my 5th reread seconds ago so I’m brimming with questions if you do not like this question or feel it has an unsatisfying answer please feel free to say so and I’ll ask a different one.

Also I have a sneaky suspicion that eithan grandpa line has something to do with the connection between eithan and the Aurelius monarch I’ve got my Tin foil hat on Will and I’m watching you.

I love these books will please never give up writing. I wanna be an author and you’re one of my heroes.

Will Wight

Awww, you've warmed the cockles of my heart. I have warm cockles now thanks to you.

An almost surefire way? No. But it does help clear the way to higher levels if you manage to adopt a Remnant with greater advancement and/or insight, like a Sage's.

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Have the recent viral incidents aboard cruise ships impacted your future writing plans or how you view cruises in general?

Will Wight

Honestly, I almost booked another cruise this week because it would be cheaper.

I didn't only because I already had other plans.

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Will we see Lindon make a return to sacred valley in the next book

Will Wight

Yes. Sort of.

Footnote: From Will: Keep in mind that all things are subject to change in books I haven't written yet, so this could be completely wrong.
Sources: Reddit
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Regarding Hidden Gnome Publishing, what are your current thoughts on growing the stable of authors?

Semi-relatedly, are you familiar with Subutai Corporation and their collaboratively written Mongoliad/Foreworld Saga? I'd imagine that Neal Stephenson and gang might have some valuable lessons learned if you are going to grow the Hidden Gnome Army.

Will Wight

I've never heard of that organization, though of course I have read Neal Stephenson, but I am willing to expand Hidden Gnome to more than just myself! It's all about finding the right writer, though.

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If it's easier to become a Herald than a sage, and a Herald is more powerful, why would anyone choose to become a sage besides the cool name?

Will Wight

The Abidan like Sages better.

Also, Sages have certain advantages that Heralds don't have. And generally, Sages are people who are focused on exploring the depth of their Path rather than advancing for the sake of power.

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Is Lindon’s rise from foundation to Underlord in 3ish years unprecedented?

Will Wight

Not literally unprecedented. There have been people to advance so quickly before.

But practically speaking, unprecedented.

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This might be a little too spoiler-y, but I believe you've mentioned before that we haven't seen the most powerful beings in Amalgam. Is the Old Man who appears in the Ragnarus short story one of those beings? Also, is he Ragnarus' Founder?

Will Wight

Take this with a big pile of salt, as I haven't gone back to my Traveler's Gate notes in many moons, but I do believe I was referring to the true Founders of the other Territories. Of which the Old Man is one.

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True Ruler of None

Is Authority over Energy Systems a thing?

Will Wight

Let me get back to you on that. I know the answer, but I don't know how to phrase it well yet. I'll be developing my terminology between now and Wintersteel.

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True Ruler of None

What is the difference between active reading and using a Magister staff?

Will Wight

A Magister staff uses the powers in the staff. A Windwatcher can float in the air, if you have Windwatcher feathers in your staff, maybe you could float things in the air.

Active Reading physically changes things like you would by Awakening them, but doesn't finish the process, leaving them warped, broken, or changed.

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Who is stronger... a Sage or a Herald?

Will Wight

The reason it's an endless discussion is because there's not much of a clear answer to that question.

In pure power, Herald. But Sages can do some things Heralds can't.

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Do you think you know what your next series will be? 

Will Wight

First off, thank you for asking that question, because I am always dying to make something new. It's my favorite part of writing.

As for whether I know what it is...that changes from day to day.

Last year, I was convinced I was going to write a dungeon series, because I feel like there's a lot of potential there and I'd like to try my hand at it.

About six months ago, I wanted to do some kind of a GameLit thing. Not a LitRPG exactly, but something a little more game-ified than what I normally do. Sort of like a D&D world in which the inhabitants had figured out the magic rules through trial and error over the years.

A month or two ago, I was really into a setting with a modern culture and technology level but also magic. Kind of like many Final Fantasy settings. I also fleshed out a few surprisingly detailed plots in which characters could collect abilities in different categories and thereby make "builds" for themselves (so to speak).

Recently, I've been researching writing Visual Novels and other such branching narratives. So who knows?


Oh man I love that stuff. Don't give me hope.

Will Wight

I really do too.

And I've already taken on the more traditional fantasy in Traveler's Gate, something slightly more experimental with Elder Empire, and then a cultivation story with Cradle.

Which leaves the game-y corner of webnovels left untouched..

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We’re you as excited as I was when the story got back to Sacred Valley?

Will Wight

Probably, yeah. I've wanted to come back to SV for a long time.

Having said that, I was probably a lot more nervous than you were.

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Since discovering Cradle, there's never been a time where I didn't have one of your books in rotation, and Elder Empire is equally amazing. You walk on water here!

Do you have active plans or dreams for extending the universe in other formats in the future? I.e. graphic novels, games, e.t.c.

Will Wight

Aw, shucks!

I would love a visual novel or a graphic novel or a simple tie-in game or what have you, but all of those things require cooperation from other creatives.

I don't write books in isolation, but I do write all the books myself, which is a lot easier than having to cooperate with an artist or co-writer.

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How was Zakareth able to Incarnate if Queen Cynara was Ragnarus Incarnation already?

Will Wight

She stepped into the Territory and became bound to it specifically to allow him to Incarnate.

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Any chance you'll continue writing in the Elder Empire series after finishing OKAK?

Will Wight

The chances are low.

If I think of the right story in that universe, then possibly. I really do like the world.

But I always prefer going somewhere new.

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So if black flame is based on fire and destruction madra then is an iron body made out of certain aspects as well? Are you combining two things to make an iron body or is it all random?

Will Wight

An Iron body is essentially how the spirit changes the body hosting it. So its changes are made by certain aspects of madra and aura, not made of them.

Then again, there are exceptions. Some Iron bodies make people exceptionally able to manipulate one type of aura or madra and crap at anything else.

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True Ruler of None

What is Ziel Iron Body?

What is Ziel Jade Cycling Technique?

Does the Path of the Dawn Oath Goldsign have any benefital properties except goring people?

Will Wight

The first two are definitely notes questions for me. I could give you a general answer, but then I would risk being wrong.

And if I've learned anything, it's that whenever I say something like "Don't quote me on this, but I think it's X," people will quote me saying "It is absolutely X."

The Goldsign does not have any unusual properties except making hair care difficult. Unless, of course, I change my mind later.

True Ruler of None

Atleast it sounds like it is something specific. Which is always nice to know.

I didnt even think about the hair. No Wonder why he is depressed.

Will Wight

I always write down Iron bodies and Jade cycling techniques for every character, even though I don't mention them unless they ever come up in the story for some reason.

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How's stuff going with the books?

How many iterations has the coronavirus spread to so far?

By the way, could a Sage travel to another world, like say from Cradle to Amalgam? If not, someone above?

Will Wight

The books have been slowed by almost a month because of my neck injury, which is really annoying because I was way ahead of schedule before that. Alas.

Could a Sage travel to another world? Potentially they could, but they would be intercepted by Sector 11 Abidan first and subjected to a bunch of rules before they were allowed to do so.

The coronavirus is the corruption Suriel speaks of.

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If a reader found their way to cradle, could they create a weapon that actually kills a dreadgod?

Will Wight

Potentially, sure.

I've mentioned this before, but I always write into my setting notes little hidden vaults into my worlds filled with the things I would need to live comfortably there. Just in the case of a sudden isekai.

You never know when you'll get sucked into another reality without warning.

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If someone managed to do whatever it is that makes a Sage a Sage before Archlord, would they still be considered a Sage or not til they reach Archlord as well? Or is it literally impossible before Archlord for some reason?

Will Wight

I'm not sure what the terminology would be for that, but with 90% confidence I'd say they would just be a Sage.

It doesn't happen before Archlord because every evolution in soulfire makes you better able to sense the magic system that Sages can control.

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You don't have to go into any specifics if you want to but have you seen any far off theories on here that you were like that would have been cool if I wrote it that way or I wish I had thought of that first so I could have written that into the story for any of your three series

Will Wight

There were a few where I remember thinking "Oh man, that's super cool," or "That would be great in a different story."

Some of the more intricate Ozriel theories have made me go "Man, these are so detailed, I need to go into my notes and make sure that what I've got is just as thorough."

But typically by the time it gets down to fans to make theories, I've spent hundreds if not thousands of hours thinking of possibilities. Effectively, I get to create my own theories and then make my favorite one correct.


Building off of /u/generic_edgelord 's question and your response, have you seen any theories (re: post-Uncrowned events) that were particularly prescient? (not looking for you to identify them)

Will Wight


The one that really comes to mind is the Jai Chen one, since at the time that it was guessed there was almost no support for it. But it happened to be correct.

So I sped up my revelation of that. I had intended not to officially reveal it until Lindon came back to Sacred Valley, but you people are sneaky.

Incidentally, I've since reconsidered my policy on secrets. There's really no point in banking on something staying un-guessed when you get to a fanbase of sufficient size. With ten thousand people guessing, someone's going to get it right.

So from then on, I'm attempting to do "revelatory" moments so that they're satisfying whether you guessed them or not.


Thanks for the detailed answer!

This strategy that content creators (leaving it generic as this applies across media) adopt regarding the fandom guessing/discovering secrets has been fascinating to me since the tail end of Lost.

It seems like actively trying to stay ahead of theories, or change things to remain 'secret', is inevitably a losing game - especially with a large and dedicated fan base sleuthing on a long-running series.

Glad to see you're taking a measured approach, without letting us wreck your plans!

Will Wight

Agreed completely.

I'm in agreement with George RR Martin when he said (and I'm paraphrasing here, not quoting): "If you do all your setup and foreshadowing so that the butler did it, and then you change it to be the maid because the Internet guessed that the butler did it and you wanted it to be a surprise, then you've wasted all that setup."

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Could someone follow a path based on infusing madra directly into the body, with a possible blood/life path as the actual path to deal with the physical issues of the path?

Will Wight

I don't fully understand the theory there, but that sounds plausible.

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Is it possible for someone to steal a pocket world like Ghostwater and add it onto Valinhall or as another Territory to Amalgam?

Will Wight

Yes, that is possible.

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I don’t know if this question is fair game but I know you’re friends with Andrew Rowe of arcane ascension how strong do you think Keras is in terms of cradle levels. Also on a more relevant note would you ever consider letting other authors that you trust write in the the Will-verse?

Will Wight

I'm honestly not sure, especially after reading the second Weapons and Wielders book. I'd say probably Sage-ish.

Would I let other authors I trust write in the Willverse? Sure, hypothetically! The hardest part would be coming up with a story bible that was coherent enough for anyone other than me to read.

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Which was your favorite scene in Cradle to write, so far?

Which was your least favorite?

Will Wight

That's a little harder to answer than it sounds.

The Dross Presence report was probably my favorite, because it took a lot of coordination to make that scene land in the right way and I was pleased at how it turned out.

But at the same time, it was very difficult to write, so I wouldn't say it was a fun process. It was just a fun result.

As for my least favorite, all scenes in which two characters discuss their genuine feelings are very difficult. I have to stop and think and agonize over every line, making sure I'm expressing what they're feeling clearly enough, but not too clearly because real people usually don't just come out and say what they're feeling, but at the same time you also want it to express character and be eloquent enough to make good dialogue and not slow down the plot enough...

Those are hard.

Fight scenes are easy. I could write fight scenes all day. The easiest book in the world to write would be a sequence of fight scenes.

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Apologies if you've answered this before but what do you do on release day/week?

I can only imagine the nerves with having something you've put your heart and soul into being out in the world and being critically reviewed.

Do you check the sub like an f5 maniac? Seclude yourself in a room for a week and ignore everything online? Asking for figures from the publisher?

You've already made my day today so whether you answer or not thanks again for that!

Will Wight

Constantly respond to fans and check reviews. Also I celebrate, of course.

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If lindon did the Sacred Valley bowl test with the madra thing right now, what would happen?


Will Wight

Whatever he wanted to happen. He could control the madra freely.

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Have you played Dishonored? If so, how do you think the Great Elders or the Abidan would react if the Outsider was transported to Asylum?

Also, Daud and his Whalers vs the Consultants. Who do you think wins?

Will Wight

The Abidan would react swiftly and intensely.

As for Daud and the Whalers, it's been way too long since I've played Dishonored, so I'm going to side with the Consultants because I'm the one asked. Home team advantage.

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  • Is madra similar to magic in chinese novels, where there's some profound truth and power is determined by how close you are to learning it, or is it more of a "people think it, so that's how it works" kind of system?

  • Is dross doing what drudges do?

Will Wight

1.) More the first one than the second one.

2.) Somewhat, yes!

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How much Doom would Shuffles announce for you given your current condition?

(Also, what flavors of icecream do Eithan, Yerin, Mercy, and Lindon prefer?)

Will Wight

Minimal. He would probably sniff around me until he determined that I don't have fish, repeat anything unfortunate that I said, and then go to sleep.

Yerin: chocolate

Mercy: double fudge brownie chunk

Lindon: tutti frutti

Eithan: your ice cream cone when you're not looking


Just the ice cream cone, or would he eat the ice cream in it too?

Will Wight

All of it. It's his now.

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Lindon mentioned the healing with the ironheart uses more madra. Is this more total madra to heal the same wound or more like Ironbody uses 5 mana points per second for 240 seconds. Ironheart uses 20 mara points per second for 4 seconds to heal same wound.

Will Wight

I'm not going to lie to you: it's been a long day, and my eyes kind of glaze over when I see numbers.

The Bloodforged Iron body was really intended to fight intruders to the body, particularly poison, and it heals as kind of a secondary effect. In simple terms, the Iron Heart makes that secondary effect stronger.

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True Ruler of None

Reigan Shen. Why does the abidan report make it seem like a Isekai level of luck occurrence?

Will Wight

That's why. Reigan got protagonist-level lucky.

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What core technique does yerin have? It's never been mentioned?

Will Wight

That's true, and it's not a spoiler, it just never came up.

I don't remember the name off the top of my head, but her Jade cycling technique focuses on increasing power output and madra control. Like her Iron body, it's made with her future advancement in mind: so that she can use more powerful techniques more easily and they'll hit even harder.

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What is an amazing idea for a book series that you are never going to write

Will Wight

Man, who knows?

I'd love to write a Minecraft/Terraria-style LitRPG. There are webnovels and light novels like it, but nothing I could find in the English LitRPG scene (though granted, I looked last year).

To those of you reading this comment later: please don't respond with suggestions for LitRPG books with Minecraft elements in them. This was an idea I liked at the time but am not pursuing. I don't need suggestions.

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Can you carry a person in your soul space or void key and if so what prank does Eithan pull using it?

Will Wight

You can't, but if you could, Eithan's best prank would be showing up unexpectedly in yours.

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Can people at the peak of their progression on Amalgam manifest their Territory on the physical world? Similar to how Incarnations are able to

Will Wight

There are ways to learn abilities like that, yes! But it's not like every advanced Helgard Traveler can turn dust to snow, for instance.

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Could an Elderspawn become soulbound to a awakened item with only human intent?

Will Wight

It could not! Elders don't interact with Intent in quite the same way.

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Can all territories grow in power like valinhall. And how powerful is Simon overall compared to the rest of amalgam?

Will Wight

All Territories can grow in power, yes!

Compared to the rest of Amalgam, Simon is extremely powerful for a short period of time. One of the most powerful active participants in the world.

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Is the Unknown Wanderer mentioned in Of Dawn and Darkness Valin? If not, will it be revealed who that is later?

Will Wight

It is!


Is it more of an Easter Egg or does it have potential ramifications of him visiting (and escaping from!) that iteration?

Will Wight

It's an Easter Egg, but it did still canonically happen.

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So Li Markuth was on a different path? since he had something like Shadow and Storms i think?

Will Wight


Though he also came from a Li clan so long ago as to be unrecognizable to the modern family.

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Ozriel isn't dead because he appears in OKAK and Will said it happens after Cradle.

Will Wight

Without officially confirming or denying anything, I want to say that I don’t feel bound to anything I said outside the books.

I generally say whatever I’m thinking at the time, but I have to be free to change my mind until it’s in a book.

So I would have felt no qualms about changing the timeline around until I have established it in a published work.

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Where was Tharlos at the end of OKAK?

Will Wight

Tbh there’s a pretty mundane explanation if you don’t mind knowing it:

Tharlos is incapable of coordination with the others because he’s incapable of consistency, which is why he doesn’t help.

The reason he isn’t mentioned again is because of the scenes I removed dealing with Tharlos specifically.

One I actually wrote and then removed, so I have that saved, but the other one was supposed to be a Bliss epilogue that I never wrote.

I felt like the epilogue scene would put too much emphasis on a Great Elder who in the grand scheme of things didn’t do much, and would detract pacing-wise from the emotional impact of the ending, so I cut it.

Of course, what I then should have done was tossed in a throwaway line at the end where Calder senses what Tharlos is doing in order to tie up that loose end. But I didn’t think about it.

TL;DR - The reason it doesn’t exist is because I cut the Tharlos scene, and then I didn’t include a line patching it up because I forgot to.

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(In response to Will's post about re-listening to the Cradle audiobooks)

Must feel weird reading your own book. I know some actors hate watching their own show/movie.

Will Wight

It really is very uncomfortable.

But whenever I write a new book in a series, I re-read the older ones as well as my notes.

This is just the first time I’ve done it on audio, because reading with my eyes is so much faster.


May I ask why then? Why are you listening instead of reading if you can do it so much more quickly by reading? Is it just for a change of pace, or to allow yourself to multitask, or some other reason that I can't even fathom with my puny little non-author brain?

Thanks so much!

Will Wight

I want to have a more intuitive grasp of Travis’ voices for the characters—I’ve heard them all, but I’m so much more familiar with the characters as I wrote them that I sometimes forget what the audio voices sound like.

Also, I don’t want to skim or skip any sections even if I’m familiar with them. I think the slower speed might give me a new perspective.

But that part is just a theory. It’s always hard to get immersed in a story I wrote myself, and it’s even harder when the slower pace of listening to audio gives me so much time to think.

I’m sitting there thinking about what I should have done, what I should do later, ideas for the future, speculation about what I was thinking when I wrote the scene...

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Date Jan. 1, 2020
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