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    July - December 2020 ()
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    Willow-o-Wispily

    Firstly, I wanted to thank /u/Will_Wight for writing the blogs on the new writing technique he undertook for Wintersteel. I found the process very fascinating and eased the wait anxiety between books. I agree with his conclusion that perhaps he was over-cutting.

    I do not think that he came to the complete solution to the problem of Uncrowned.

    The problem with Uncrowned was what was missing, not what was cut.

    Uncrowned was only missing two scenes, but those two scenes were deeply unsatisfying blank spots.[Read full post for entire question]

    Will Wight

    First of all, let me say in all sincerity that I appreciate the level of thought and care that you've put both into evaluating these issues and into writing them up. You clearly put consideration into this, and it shows.

    Second, I very much appreciate the constructive spirit in which this is posted. I absolutely take this for the constructive criticism that it is, and I respect that.

    It is because of that respect, in fact--and because you tagged me directly, implying to me that you want my thoughts--that I will give you an honest response.

    More honest a response than I perhaps usually give, though I always try to be as real with you guys as I can.

    Here goes:

    You're putting together a picture with more than half the puzzle pieces missing.

    The lesson learned from Uncrowned should be to add one more step to the editing process.

    I really don't mean any offense, I mean this as a very literal observation, but you don't know what steps are currently in my editing process.

    I know, from your perspective, that it must seem self-evident. A.) There were scenes you felt were missing, therefore B.) the beta readers weren't looking for gaps, because if they had been, they would have made that note and C.) I would have written the scenes. A-B-C.

    That is not at all how it works.

    The beta readers are virtually never looking for scenes to cut. Hilariously enough, Wintersteel is the first time where we've had that as a beta reader step. They're only ever looking for what they feel is missing or broken.

    The notes I get from beta readers overwhelmingly fall into one of three categories. Here they are, from most common to least:

    1.) Things they felt were bad. Out of character, poorly phrased, confusing, whatever.

    2.) Things they felt were missing or that they wanted to see that weren't there.

    3.) Typos and minor sentence-level corrections.

    Since I know you were primarily looking out for #2 on this list, I'll address that one specifically: that's the one where I could always add more. There's no end to it. I always, always, even with Wintersteel, cut that off early.

    We have a couple of weeks after the beta reading phase, during which I'll add whatever scenes I can write in that time. But when I run out of time, that's it. That's the number of scenes you get.

    "But Will, you sterling stallion, why the arbitrary cutoff?" There has to be an arbitrary cutoff. I could keep going on that step for years, but each addition of a scene means more material to read through, and there's no outside force giving me a firm deadline so it has to be arbitrary to some degree.

    I say all this just to illustrate that there's a lot going on under the surface that isn't necessarily evident to the post-mortem analysis of a story.

    Most times, when people are unhappy with an ending, it's because the author did not put in an emotional climax.

    I don't want to put words in your mouth (or keys under your fingers), but I suspect you're talking about the emotional resolution.

    The climax of a story is the point of greatest conflict, and in Uncrowned in particular (this isn't true for all my stories, but it is for this one) the emotional climax and plot climax are the same moment.

    The point of greatest emotional conflict with the highest stakes is between Lindon and Yerin as they clash in the tournament. The resolution is when the fallout of that climax is resolved and we get to see how things turned out for those involved, which (in terms of the emotional arc) occurs at the beginning of Wintersteel.

    So there very much was a climax in Uncrowned. You might hate it with a burning passion, but structurally it is there.

    I do agree, however, with your ultimate point that Wintersteel felt a lot more fleshed-out than Uncrowned, and I'm hoping to learn from that with Bloodline.

    It's harder than it seems, though. There's a lot to juggle in Bloodline. But I'm doing my best!

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    Dyslexic Satan

    The cthaeh from the king killer chronicles vs the entire world of Cradle

    *cthaeh is given 500 years to prepare and sets events in motion but cannot start violence until 490*Cradle does not know Cthaeh is there to kill them until it has been in world for 500 years*Abidan are not involved

    Will

    Those are some harsh conditions.

    The only advantage Cradle has at this point is that there ARE individuals capable of seeing and manipulating the future. I mean, Elder Whisper already demonstrated the capacity to catch glimpses of the future, and he's pretty low on the overall power scale.

    This type of scenario is interesting enough that I was already considering it for the distant future, actually (not the cthaeh, obviously, but some other malicious oracle entity). But if I did, their objective wouldn't be to depopulate Cradle.

    Because here's the problem: the cthaeh WOULD be detected before 500 years are up. Some of the people on the top end of the scale would go "Who's that messing with the future?" and go find it to blow it up.

    And if it started depopulating Cradle, the Abidan WOULD get involved. I mean, heck, the Abidan are pretty spot-on about any foreign threat messing with Cradle's fate. There's a snake in the nursery; the adults aren't going to ignore it.

    HOWEVER, given your conditions...

    ...it gets pretty interesting.

    The first thing the cthaeh is going to realize is that it isn't the only fate-manipulating individual around, and that the others have much greater destructive power. So it's going to have multiple layers of misdirection around it: a proxy oracle to take the blame, a decoy tree, some way to mask its touch on fate, and it would probably limit itself to a very subtle, long-term influence to avoid getting caught.

    Then it would make a list of these other precognitive threats and make sure that whatever it did destroyed them first. If it can be the only entity capable of manipulating fate, it wins.

    The advantage there is that, while there are millions if not billions (population of Cradle is huge) of sacred artists in Cradle with the ability to see hints of fate, there are only a handful capable of manipulating it. And if the cthaeh can kill them, or even most of them, its chances of success increase significantly.

    But it's still playing with fire, because while it is making its own preparations, the native oracles are laying their plans as well. Plus, due to the nature of Cradle's magic system, new threats to the cthaeh can pop up anytime, so it has to account for POTENTIAL precognitives as well.

    I think it would probably, in order to mask its own influence and still have the most destructive impact possible, start leading psychotic and murderous individuals to sources of great power. It might even start its own cult around itself, dedicated to killing readers of fate. It would certainly provoke the Dreadgods, leading them to go on four separate destructive rampages, and probably wake as many of the other ancient threats as it could.

    There are things buried in Cradle that can affect the global climate, swarms of monsters that multiply endlessly, weapons that detonate living beings directly, curses that make innocents into killers...

    All that said, I have difficulty envisioning a scenario in which the cthaeh is able to FULLY destroy Cradle.

    In the end, it can't act too directly or it risks discovery, and new threats to its existence can pop up any day. And it's an individual, while Cradle is a massive planet with trillions of people, each of whom are POTENTIALLY capable of growing to the degree that they can threaten the tree.

    I think it could easily destroy all civilization and cause thousands of Paths to be forgotten, erasing hundreds of legacies and killing billions of sacred artists. It turns the whole planet into an inhospitable post-apocalyptic wasteland in which only the most hardy can eke out a living.

    But eventually, someone is going to kill it.

    Jono

    However, that only works if you go with Kvothe's belief of the abilities of the Cthaeth. If you were to agree with Bast's opinions, Cradle has no chance as the Cthaeth will have already predicted all this and everything that may come of it, and all counters to its schemes, thus meaning that the Cradle inhabitants working to stop it are, in fact, furthering its goals.

    Will

    Sure, except that it's up against similar beings, so assuming that they're equal is a stalemate.

    "It predicted you'd predict it, so it was prepared for your prediction, but you predicted that prediction and prepared a prediction of your own..."

    Stalemate.

    Like a lot of these matchups, you have to assume a reasonably equal scale.

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    Lightsyde

    This is my favourite blog since 'Ancestors of Cradle'!! Fun reading!!!

    How aboutGrom (The Archmage of Menzoberanzan) vs Elder Whisper

    Ryu Hayabusa (from Ninja Gaiden 2) vs Yerin?

    Goku (ignoring anything past the Main Buu Saga) vs Northstrider?

    Is there anyone in the Cradle world (not the universe itself but the planet) that can take one Majin-Buu or Majin-Vegeta?

    Evangeline Kitty McDowell (from UQ Holder) vs Luminous Queen Sha Maria?

    Touta Konoe (UQ Holder) vs Yerin

    Esdeath (Akame ga kill) vs Li Markuth

    More to come later =(^-^)=

    Will Wight

    This thread has gotten so long! It's been awesome, but now I'm having trouble keeping track of it all!

    1.) Grom vs. Elder Whisper

    I'd like to give it to Whisper because of the flexibility of madra vs. Vancian magic, which relies on prepared and memorized spells and material components. That said, I'd think it would depend on where they fought. Elder Whisper relies on light aura, and Menzoberranzan is in the Underdark. There is some bioluminescence for decoration, but the dark elves primarily rely on infravision to see. No light aura, and Elder Whisper's powers are more limited. Plus, Grom can attack directly, which Elder Whisper essentially can't. Grom gets it.

    2.) Ninja Gaiden 2 Ryu Hayabusa vs. Yerin

    I have to say I didn't play 2; I played 1, and I played Dead or Alive, but not 2. So if the specifics of what I say are wrong, forgive me.

    I'd think Yerin would get it because she's from a magic system with more magic. Everything she does is infused with madra--she's strengthened by madra, throwing blades of madra, using the power of an opponent's blades against them.

    Ryu has powers of his own, as well as a great deal of training, but for the most part he's swinging regular steel weapons. Yerin beats him.

    3.) SS3 Goku vs. Northstrider

    This is roughly the level of power I'm looking at for Northstrider. When he powers up, the world shakes for miles around. That sort of thing.

    (Not blowing up planets, but they could do that in the Saiyan Saga, so I'm just kind of pretending DBZ characters can't do that.)

    I'd think Goku would win, because Northstrider can't teleport or use ki blasts (unless between now and my introduction of the character I decide to give him that ability). In a straight punch-out, they'd be comparable.

    4.) Majin Buu or Majin Vegeta

    Yes.

    5.) Evangeline vs. Sha Miara

    UQ Holder Evangeline rather than Negima Evangeline, huh? Not that in her particular case it matters much, that's just interesting.

    Evangeline has to win because she's immortal and Sha Miara isn't. In terms of magical firepower, I'd give it to Sha Miara, but I don't know that Evangeline has ever gone 100% all-out. Still a similar level.

    6.) Touta Konoe vs. Yerin

    Same thing: Touta wins because he can't be killed. So he basically can't lose a death match.

    I'm also not fully clear on what his powers are, but the White Light of Mars can presumably disperse Yerin's Striker and Ruler techniques (though not her Enforcer techniques, which I'd guess would work more similar to chi in the Negima universe). Even if you say that dying once disqualifies him, Touta probably wins.

    7.) Esdeath vs. Li Markuth

    Esdeath can freeze *time itself,* which is pretty OP, but I think Li Markuth still wins. He's superhuman and has access to a broader variety of techniques.

    July - December 2020 ()
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    PlaceboJesus

    So, Will, you tried some new things in your writing method, how do you feel it worked out for you?

    Will Wight

    I plan on blogging about this soon, maybe this week. I wanted to wait until as many people as possible got to read the book before I commented on the writing process, so now that sales are starting to slow down (relatively speaking), that indicates to me that most fans have had a chance to read Wintersteel and form their opinion on it.

    In short, I feel like it was the most efficiently I’ve ever written a book. I was therefore able to write more in less time without killing myself.

    However, I try to improve my writing process in some way for every book, so this is really just another step in a long iterative process that most likely won’t ever end.

    Also, while I’m pleased with how efficiently I wrote Wintersteel, not all books I write in the future will be this long. For instance, Bloodline probably won’t be. It is (or it should be) a much more focused story, so I don’t need things like two competing primary storylines.

    I feel like the answer I’m supposed to give is “I loved this process so much because it gave the story the room it really needed to breathe, and I felt more free to explore and flesh out the world,” but I didn’t really feel that way.

    I felt paralyzed with fear over what to cut and what to leave in, shipped it off full of dread, received the positive reviews with a massive sigh of relief, and retroactively look over it with a feeling of “Well, I’m going to write the next book in a similar way but tweaked based on what I learned last time, and I hope they like the next one just as much but there’s every chance they won’t.”

    Same as usual!

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    UncleObii

    While I immensely enjoyed the ending of WS I never doubted Yerin was going to win the tournament. Not because the stakes were too high to be a serious threat (and I agree! Will did such a good job weaving everything together) but because you know it's Yerin. Will loves her so much that a defeat was unthinkable.

    Will Wight

    Wait, what?

    That’s news to me.

    I understand the “a defeat was unthinkable” part, since there’s only one main character left in the tournament so there’s a greater-than-normal likelihood that they’ll win, but I don’t recall having any extra attachment to Yerin.

    I mean, I’ve been writing her for a long time so I’m attached to her like I am to all my major characters, but in terms of who I personally like writing the most among the main cast she might be in last place.

    Her manner of speaking is still a pain to write, her conflicts and relationship with Lindon mean that I have to write a higher-than-normal number of relationship scenes when she’s around (which are difficult for me), and on a personal level I feel like I’d get along with every other member of the main cast except her.

    So again, while I love Yerin like I love all my main characters, hearing you say that I love her in the context of a comparison between other main characters makes me scratch my head a bit.

    What piqued my curiosity is that he or she seemed to think that Yerin is my favorite character or something, and not only do I not feel that way, I wasn’t sure what gave that impression.

    You could make an argument that Yerin suffered the most of the group, or the least of the group, or anywhere in between. Any of them are valid reads, and I don’t really care about where someone thinks she falls on that spectrum.

    My answer to any of those arguments would most likely be “Sure, you could see it that way.”

    But I don’t “reward” characters because I like them, or make characters I dislike struggle more. That’s what surprised and confused me enough to make the comment.

    Why would you be able to tell which character an author likes or dislikes more based on how difficult their life is? Surely that would mean that most writers write their main characters with a sense of seething hatred.

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    Will Wight

    You shouldn't be looking for the “right” names for your progression tiers. The ones that fit your world perfectly and really click for you.

    The truth is, literally anything works.

    You don’t need to look for the terms that fit your world now, just pick names you like and then change your world to make them fit.

    Cradle has Copper through Gold for the first advancement levels, but precious materials have absolutely nothing to do with the sacred arts. That was just an easy way for me to visually show progression, so I picked valuable materials and then changed the setting to support that choice.

    You can pick any labeled sequence. Materials that increase in value or hardness. Luminosity; maybe someone starting out is Dull and a master is Radiant (or a Windrunner ayooo). Someone mentioned colors, which would absolutely work because a rainbow is a labeled sequence.

    You could still DO colors that don’t progress in order of the rainbow, but it’s less intuitive.

    There’s increasing physical scope: he’s a room-scale mage because his spells can only affect anything in the same room he’s in, but this archmage over here is a national-scale mage who’s shaping the weather and sending his eye familiars all over the sky to watch you.

    Increasing size: Tiny, Medium, Large, Massive. Sounds stupid? Sure it does, so tweak it: “His brontosaurus shook the earth with its steps, so its body contained enough mana to bury their entire camp. She hid inside the doorway, closing her eyes, clutching her shivering baby velociraptor to her chest.”

    In that case, you don’t need official categories. Big, Bigger, Biggest. You just need to know that the bigger your dinosaur is physically, the more magic power it can hold.

    In that way, a progression system doesn’t need discrete tiers. If your magic capacity is measured in balloons, and you have fifteen balloons of magic but the enemy has figured out how to get one massive hot air balloon, who has the advantage? How does that affect what spells you can both cast?

    That’s something where the comparison isn’t as clear-cut as it is in Cradle (a Jade beats an Iron every time), but there are still crystal-clear methods of progress (increase the size of your balloons or the number).

    I say all this not to give you more ideas, but to encourage you to stop spending time trying to think of the one that fits your setting BEST. Any of them work.

    The one that fits your setting best is the one that you make fit your setting. So spend an hour brainstorming, pick the idea you think sounds the coolest, then work it into your setting.

    If you finish your first book and your readers tell you that your tiers of progression are dumb (which I can’t imagine unless they’re intentionally ridiculous, like you measure power output in Spirit Clowns), THEN you go back and change it. It’s no big deal to change it later.

    Any tips on how to overcome this hump?

    Yes, pick literally any progressive sequence, attach it to your setting, and move on.

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    Questioner

    If you had the chance to write a short story or novel in another author's universe, which world would you choose?

    Will Wight

    I would choose not to do that.  Because that's very intimidating to me.  I don't feel like I could do a good job.  So it hard for me to... If they are writing in that universe, by all means, they keep doing it.  There was, I think it was Jim Butcher, who said when he found out Brandon Sanderson, it may have been someone else, don't quote me on this, that when he found out Brandon Sanderson was doing Wheel of Time, was like, "Wow, good luck to him.  I would never do that."  That sounds super intimidating.  And yup.  If I had a chance to write in someone else's, like for instance Jim Butcher, since that is who we are talking about, if I had a chance to write a Dresden novel, would I?  No.  No.  Absolutely not.  I love Dresden, love the character, love the novels, I could never do that justice, it's so very much Jim Butcher's voice.  No way I can do it.  I'm just not good enough.  I feel that about pretty much anything I would be passionate enough to write in.  I just couldn't do it justice.  

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    Questioner

    Would you ever consider another media for your stories? Graphic novel, animation, live action? Who would you cast as Urzaia?

    Will Wight

    So, this is going to be heretical to some people, but there is nothing sacred about books to me.  I love books.  I read books.  I got in trouble a lot as a kid for reading too many books.  But, it's stories.  It's all about stories.  So it doesn't matter to me what medium those stories are in.  It's all about the story.  So to me, if it's a video game, if it's a graphic novel, it's a whatever, I am cool with it.  I made that joke recently about Wintersteel being available in aerosol format, but if that was an actual way of consuming stories, I would be inhaling stories all the time.  So, the medium of the story is not important to me.  

    Who would I cast as Urzaia?  Travis Baldree.  Just a striking physical resemblance.

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    Questioner

    What kind of writing schedule do you keep?  Do you keep to a 9-5 or do you brainstorm when inspired?

    Will Wight

    Neither.  I touched on this a little bit earlier, but I don't do everyday 9-5, I just don't do that well.  I don't do that with anything.  I don't really keep a schedule very well.  I just kind of don't.  I guess that's the temporal version of getting lost.  So what I do instead, is I do blocks of time.  I do days, or even weeks at a time, where I just do nothing but write.  And that helps me more.  I can concentrate more easily.

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    Will Wight

    I'm going to talk about Hunter Hunter for a second.  So, some people believe that a hard magic system is inherently better, and a magic system that doesn't have, that is soft, so it doesn't have clear cut rules is inherently worse, and that's just not true.  There are a lot of series with great soft magic systems.  But Hunter Hunter in my opinion has such an elaborate set of rules, that it works best as a hard magic system.  So, when it's following it's own rules, because you have such a cool set of rules, and there are so many awesome things that are possible within it, that while you are working within those constraints, it's the most interesting.  Then when you're not, I'm like, but you had this awesome set of rules.  Use those.  But I also really like

    (Interruption for hat change.  What did Will really like?  We may never know.)

     

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    Questioner

    If Cradle is the "top source" of Abidan recruits, does it give the most recruits, the best recruits, or both?

    Will Wight

    So, Cradle is not the top source of Abidan recruits.  Cradle is the fir.. well, I guess it is technically.  So, it's the one where it's the easiest to ascend.  Right?  So it's the one where the magic system most easily translates to ascending, because if you continue to follow the magic system, you eventually ascend.  Not every magic system has ascension built into it.  This one does.  So that is why Cradle is such a great source of Abidan recruits.

    What I meant to say a minute ago is that it is not the source of the best recruits.  So, people have asked "Are Cradle workers the strongest?"  No they are not.  There are iterations with a higher power level than Cradle.

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    Questioner

    What's next? You have mentioned Traveler's Blade a few times, but are you more excited at the concept of moving on to some new creative adventure?

    Will Wight

    Alright, so me, just a little about me, how I always am, how I always, always, always, am, is I always, always, always,

    (Will debates killing a cow vs. killing pigs. He kills the pigs.  Bacon for everybody!)

    I always, always, always want to move on to the next thing.  Always do.  I really am constantly everyday thinking about what the next thing is I can do.  What's a new idea?  I always have new ideas.  I always have new ideas I'm passionate about.  It changes constantly.  I just really like doing new things.  It's just fun.  I like making up new concepts.  That is the really fun part to me.  So, when people talk about Traveler's Blade, that is fun.  That's fun to me.  I have nothing against doing it.  It's just, it's not as fun as doing something new.  And that's kind of what's hard about sticking with a series as long as I've stuck with Cradle.  While I like Cradle, and I really enjoy writing Cradle, and I don't want to stop Cradle, it is still not a new thing.  So I don't want to say I get bored of it; I don't really.  I come up with new stuff, so I wouldn't keep writing it if I was actually bored.  But I want to write something new, right? I want to do something else.  Stretch myself, challenge myself.  Use new ideas.  It's just fun.

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    Questioner

    What inspired the liquid madra test in Sacred Valley?

    Will Wight

    What inspired it?  Like for me writing it?  Or for the people in universe who came up with it?  For me writing it, I don't know, I want to say it was the water glass test from Hunter Hunter.  Which is, as I mentioned earlier, just a really cool magic system.

    (Bedrock!  But no appearance from the Flintstones.  Sad times.)

    So, I want to say it was the water glass test, but it actually wasn't.  So that's how you test your nan in Hunter Hunter.  So people always assume that is the inspiration, and I wish I could say that it was, because that's a really cool device, but it actually wasn't it.  I was just like, OK, what's a thing that they could do to test this belief that they have?  And s therefore, it had to be formless. then it had to take a certain form.  So I was just like, yeah it would be cool, but I also wanted it to be simple, strait forward, digestible.  The kind of thing you would make up when you didn't really know what you were talking about.  And I was like, yeah.  Water in a bowl.

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    Questioner

    How do you feel going back now and reading Traveler's Gate?

    Will Wight

    Terrible.  Thank you for asking.  I always feel bad reading my old stuff.  Just don't like it.  So when I read Traveler's Gate I am constantly just cringing and embarrassed.  But that's true when I read almost any of my old stuff.  So that's pretty normal.  

    Questioner

    Do you feel like you would have worked the series differently if you had all the experience you have now?

    Will Wight

    Yes.  Absolutely.  Even as I finished the Traveler's Gate trilogy I wanted to redo House of Blades.  I wanted to immediately go back and just rewrite the whole book.  But I didn't.  Because that's a, I don't think that's right.  Because if I did that, I could do that with any book.  Like, I could write it, then afterwards I'm a better writer.  Then I could write it again.  And even though it's kind of special because it's my first book, I didn't want to be rewriting House of Blades every five years.  I didn't want to be rewriting House of Blades every five years, so I just sort of didn't.

    So, I think there is some really good ideas in Traveler's Gate, I'm emotionally attached to Traveler's Gate, but when I read it, and when I read it out loud for the audio books I was so embarrassed.  I'm just a better writer now.

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    Questioner

    Have you ever thought about doing a Sci FI series, what would it look like?

    Will Wight

    No, I have not.  Here's why.  I believe every story is better with magic.  So if I did a sci-fi series, it would be a magic series set in space.  I've considered doing that.  Like I said early, I have considered doing magic terraforming.  That's basically a fantasy sci-fi.  So, if I did do a sci-fi series, it would look a lot like Red Rising.  And Pierce Brown already did that better than me.

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    Questioner

    Have you ever been recognized out in the wild?

    Will Wight

    Yes.  So, one thing that happened, which was kind of funny, this is the first thing that pops into my mind; I have actually been recognized a few places, which is weird because I don't appear in person that often, so it's odd to be recognized.  Like, why did you know what I look like?  I guess because I do streams like this basically.  So, one particular story I had, this is not much of a story really, I was in a DnD group with a friend of mine, who invited a friend of his.  The friend of his asked what I did and said I was a writer.  And he asked what I write.  And I told him and he was like holy crap, I love that series.  So it was just Cradle, and it was neat.  So, that's the end of that story.  It wasn't super dramatic; it was just cool.  Because he had already read it.

    There was another one; my dad was looking to hire somebody, and interviewed the guy, and the guys said he read a lot.  My dad said "What do you read?"  And he said "I read scifi/fantasy, and I am actually in the middle of a series now by a guy who has your last name."  Our last name is pretty unusual.  W-I-G-H-T.  And he said, "Oh really?  What series is that?"  And it was the Cradle series.  So that was pretty neat.  And of course he ended up hiring the guy, because obviously the dude has impeccable taste.

    Chat

    It's kind of weird how people recognize you since you're dead.

    Will Wight

    I'm not dead anymore.  I came back to life.  That's how I'm doing this stream.

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    Questioner

    If Kelsa had gotten the same opportunities as Lindon, would she have risen even more quickly?

    Will Wight

    No.  No she would not have.  So she, while being more talented, and a genuinely cool person, is not as resolved or determined as Lindon would be, and would not have set out to save Sacred Valley.  If she had that knowledge and the exact same opportunities that Lindon did she would have stayed in Sacred Valley and tried to persuade everyone else to leave.  So, that is how she would have solved that problem; she would not have gone out and advanced.  If she did do exactly what Lindon did, she would have stuck with the things he has stuck with and would have advanced differently.  And perhaps more efficiently, but it wouldn't have gotten her as far as Lindon has gotten.