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    January 2022 - December 2022 ()
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    Will the new untitled series fall under the 'progressive fantasy' umbrella?

    Will Wight

    Progression fantasy? Probably not, but I’ve never cared about strict genre definitions.

    I don’t plan on having a defined progression element baked into the magic system and the story doesn’t revolve around the main character getting stronger.

    As always, though, whether you consider it progression fantasy or not will be up to you.

    January 2022 - December 2022 ()
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    Is the Traveller's Gate fandom dead?

    I've been searching around iteration 110 for a while trying to find anything partaining to Indiriel, Simon, Leah, or even Alin. I'll find a morsel occasionally, but is this fandom dead?

    Will Wight

    The fandom isn’t dead, but Cradle is the ongoing series. I expect to see this question about Cradle a few years after the series is over.

    …which might be a little awkward, given that the name of the sub is r/Iteration110Cradle

    I’d really like to get back to Traveler’s Gate, but I have to do something new first. I haven’t written in a new world since 2016 and I’m having a lot of fun.

    January 2022 - December 2022 ()
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    That’s so many books lmao, I can’t believe Will signed all of them, must have taken ages

    Will Wight

    It did. I signed them all. They’re signed, every single one of them. And not just the manuscripts, but the womanuscripts and the childrenuscripts too!

    They’re books! And I signed them like books!

    Will Wight

    (But for real though, idk if all the books pictured in that image are signed. Some of the books are part of the extra printing we’re hoping to get in bookstores, and I only signed the ones actually going to Kickstarter backers. Which was still over 20,000.)

    2023 ()
    #4 Copy


    Asking ChatGPT about books Will Wight has written.  Got some interesting responses...


    Will Wight

    Wow those titles are kinda legit. “The Soulstalker,” “Sorcerer to the Crown,” “The Endless King.”

    I’m gonna let AI name my books from now on.


    Gpt was starting to run out of ideas with "Return to First City" lol

    Will Wight

    I didn’t expect The First City to be such a hit, and it really only made sense as a standalone. Return to First City was the only thing I could do with the sequel, but I felt like the trilogy finally came into its own with The Final Gate.

    2023 ()
    #5 Copy


    I've re-read this series five times. Ask me anything and then edit the question to make me look like I've never read it, or a horrible person.

    Will Wight

    [says something which was no doubt profound, witty, or both, which is now lost to the dark depths of Reddit edit history, later edited to:]

    What is the true name of the Dark Lord, He Who Lurks Beneath Reality, the Destroyer of All Joy, the Dark Spirit Whose Name Should Not Be Whispered, the Cause of True Suffering, the One Who Canceled Firefly, the Author of Damnation, and the Creature Whose Aspect Is So Vile That Merely Glimpsing His Visage Will Cause Your Face To Melt Off?

    …and what are the words used to summon him?


    Will Wight. WAIT HOLY FUCK

    2023 ()
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    I'm about to graduate, and I'd like to use one of Cradle's quotes as my senior quote.  What would you pick in my position?

    Will Wight

    “Every day you survive is a new surprise for me.”


    My senior quote was “Build a man a fire and he’ll be warm for a day. Light a man on fire and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

    2023 ()
    #7 Copy


    What happens when a space like [Valinhall] destabilizes? Does it just evaporate into the void or would it be like adding an extra sun to a solar system?

    Will Wight

    In this case, it would feel like an earthquake and would gradually interfere with the relationship the rooms have with one another.

    Some of the deeper rooms might be lost or destroyed with only a few minutes of un-veiled Yerin’s presence, the House’s layout would shift chaotically, and doors might become unreliable or toss you out into the Void.

    The effects would be worse the longer she stayed until she restricted her power or just chose to tear it apart, which would reduce Valinhall to its base components: fragments of destroyed Iterations floating in the Void.

    2023 ()
    #8 Copy


    I hope Waybound is going well. Also, don't be so hard on yourself. You've already provided so much joy to so many people!

    Will Wight

    Thanks! I really like how Waybound is going right now, but I’ve spent a long time on it already, so I’m starting to feel like I need to wrap it up.

    Also, I usually don’t like how my books are going, so that kind of makes me nervous. Maybe the fact that I’m enjoying it right now is a bad sign…

    2023 ()
    #9 Copy


    "She had an even harder time saying the word 'Romantic' than she did the word 'Jewelry'"-

    Yeah that's undoubtedly Yerin

    Will Wight

    You’re going to be very surprised when Suriel starts talking about Valentine’s Day traditions in Cradle and has trouble pronouncing the local words for “romance” and “jewelry.”

    Footnote: Referring to this image, taken from Will's website.
    Sources: Reddit
    2023 ()
    #11 Copy


    All the covers being posted together made me think we need a new Uncrowned cover.  CIRCLES

    Will Wight

    Fun fact: the cover designer wanted the banner to be straight so that the circular emblem would line up with the others.

    I wanted it blowing in the breeze because I thought it looked cooler.

    So that one’s on me.


    It’s a good looking cover as is. Though when it comes around to Uncrowned having a special hardback edition, presumably via future kickstarter, can the cover design match the pattern of the others? Pretty please?

    Will Wight

    The special editions will.

    2023 ()
    #12 Copy


    Okay but how about answering the real question. How many takes did this take? 😂

    Will Wight

    This is my second take. The first take would have worked, but the audio wasn’t great so we had to get closer with the camera.

    I generally do pretty well when I don’t have a script and can just deliver. When I have to remember a bunch of stuff I fall apart and have an existential crisis and it takes us sixteen hours to get thirty seconds of usable footage.

    2023 ()
    #13 Copy


    I wonder if that's his real name or a made up one

    Well I guess it's no different than something like will Wheaton

    It's just funny because it sounds like the start of a sentence..

    Will white prevail?

    Will Wight

    I know it sounds made up, but I swear it is my real name. Pretty sure one of my ancestors was undead.

    2023 ()
    #15 Copy



    Will or someone please post the Blackflame bloopers.

    I’ve tried deleting in my kindle app about 30 times and they won’t show up. I tried the cloud reader. No bloopers will come.

    Please share with those of us that Amazon has not blessed?

    Will Wight

    I’m going to post all the new bloopers on the blog when the Kickstarter books arrive, which was when the bloopers were supposed to go live in the first place.

    They’ll all be public soon, even if your ebook didn’t update or you didn’t back the KS, I promise.

    2023 ()
    #16 Copy


    1. Will there be bloopers the books? I hope there are bloopers

    2. Is this series set in the Willverse?

    3. Will there be Abidan/Vrosheer(idk how to spell it) side plot/references in the series, like in Cradle and Elder Empire?

    I know most of these are unanswerable, but I wanna ask just in case

    Will Wight

    1. Yes

    2. MAYBE (yes)

    3. No

    The first book is written mostly as though it’s not connected to the broader multiverse, but it is.


    3. Will there be appearances in later books?

    Will Wight



    Have you bestowed upon this iteration a portion of your Will power?

    Will Wight

    Only a portion, lest I destroy everyone in it


    4. where does this place chronologically in book order?

    or is that mega spoiler?

    Will Wight

    It’s a spoiler, idk if it’s a mega spoiler yet. That depends on Future Will and whether he does or does not deviate from my plans.

    Future Will loves to deviate. He’s a notorious deviant.


    You dont have to answer, but is it on Fathom?

    The descriptions of it in Reaper sound a lot like a reasonable setting for a large scale magic space adventure.

    Will Wight

    That seems like it would be a cool place to set a space series, for sure.

    2023 ()
    #17 Copy


    What are the limits to practicality?  (re: Cradle anime) I think the show would pay for itself after the first season (by whatever distribution platform) and you could easily get investors for the first season, either from our community or elsewhere. I'd be at the front of the list. Also, hi, fellow Central Floridian!

    Will Wight

    Hello back! I think I can see you across the swamp.

    Unfortunately, funding and making profit from an animated series are both way less straightforward than you would think.

    And even if I did come up with the money to hire a great animation studio, who’s going to write it? If I do it, that means I’m not writing books.

    Point is, it’s very complicated, and even untangling that mess takes time and energy away from producing novels.

    Footnote: This was in response to a comment from a few years ago.
    Sources: Reddit
    2023 ()
    #18 Copy


    How's the anxiety doing? Loved the first chapter. Looking forward to it!

    Edit: sorry that was probably weirdly parasocial and crossing into to personal.

    Will Wight

    Nah, it’s cool.

    This stuff doesn’t make me very anxious. Having people read the first chapter and speculate on it is fun.

    I still feel great anxiety about the book’s actual reception on release.

    2023 ()
    #19 Copy


    So far as I can tell, the 'Disciplines' of magic that he's learning are:

    1. Rituals and Binding (OG)

    2. Elemental Magic (water specifically?)

    3. Edit: it was pointed out that the Doom-y scenario he tries to use a “path finding” spell which could be divination based

    4. Curses

    5. Not enough info in the civil war scenario

    6. Not enough info in the invincible 'hero' scenario

    All the scenarios share the same sci-fi vibe where the magic is combined with technology, so I think I agree that they're all pretty similar mechanically, but each discipline seems fairly narrow/deep instead of being versatile. It should give our hero the chance to fight by switching up different schools to be able to play into what the scenario needs in a way that other characters in the verse can't while not having him just be *better* than each individual enemy at things in general. I'm really looking forward to it since it seems like conflicts will be decided by much more than just "X is faster/stronger, so they blitz" and be more of a tactical play against advantages of certain disciplines over others.

    I don't know if the limitations are as hard-coded into the magic system as Cradle's cores are, though. It seems to me that the magic being ritual/knowledge based and not really technique/feeling based indicates that the problem is a psychological one. I think that the limitation for knowing one system is that it's perspective-altering diving that deep into one discipline and you just can't really conceivably bend your mind around it another way. Like one of those illusions where you see one perspective until someone tells you where to focus and the image flips to something else. But you don't really know how to make it flip back, so you can only see the new image. I think that's why he had to live the lives/memories of his other selves. He was trying to just import the knowledge of the magic, but that wouldn't have been possible without having the perspective of his other selves.

    Will Wight

    ||I’m really looking forward to it since it seems like conflicts will be decided by much more than just “X is faster/stronger, so they blitz”

    Very vague and minor spoilers for Book 1 (nothing plot-related, just having to do with my intentions)…

    Ultimately yeah, that’s the plan, but I’ll warn you now that there’s a lot of blitzing. Especially in the first book.

    2023 ()
    #20 Copy


    Alright, be honest, is there a subtle reference intended with dying as a prisoner of war being Light Four?

    Will Wight

    It’s not, unfortunately. I didn’t notice until Andrew Rowe pointed it out. If I had noticed earlier, I would have leaned into it.