Monthly Archives: January 2013

Culling the herd….

So, in a rush attempt to get as much done as possible before i’m inundated with the editing of Way Walkers: Tazu, i’ve been pouring over the notes for WW:U, and have come to a simple, but important conclusion.  I’ve been tossing this around for a while, but now it shines ever the more clear:  In order to get this down to a manageable size, i’m going to have to start ending certain plot line threads.  And the easiest and best way to do this is how they went about it in the original Choose Your Own Adventure series: by killing off the main character.  Pertinently.

I plan to try and kill everyone off well and logically, depending on what choices have been made, so it’s still a decent reading experience despite the earlier ending.  Keep in mind this will mostly apply to main characters who have been refusing to follow the main plot line, have made some nasty enemies, or honestly have gotten far too Red for the their own good.  XD  It’s wont really apply to arbitrary choices, so don’t worry; deciding to confront the bully won’t lead to your untimely demise–however, choosing to go headlong against Semryu….not so good an idea.  Also, as the story progresses, there will be an increase in the possibility of deaths, simply to again, cull the herd of possible threads.  While this might lead to some slightly agitated readers who keep making wrong choices, it will ultimately help me keep my sanity, cut down on the volume i have to write, and possibly (and its a big possibly) allow for another sequel in the storyline.  MAYBE.

You have been warned.

Let the slaughter begin.

~j. leigh



So, i officially signed, notarized and mailed in the contract today for Way Walkers: Tazu.  My beloved Jathen will soon be available for the world to read.  It’s….humbling.


Beyond that, however, is the loom of reality: the editing process.  While i am honestly far, far less nervous over this than i ever thought i would be thanks to the good folks at Red Adept, i still find my self measuring the reality in my mind of needing to trim nearly 80,000 words from my 220,000 word epic in order to meet the printing requirements.  XD  It’s maddening, but as i said, i am calmer than expected.  I trust my new editors and publisher.  ^_^


The other reality is the delay i know this will cause with the CoG sequel to WW:U.  I honestly dont know how much this will need to get shuffled, as i have no idea how long the editing process will be for Jathen.  And then, of course, Jathen’s sequel will need to be finished as well.  What a wonderful problem to have, i think, so many projects to be finished and so many people who will want to see them.  ^_^


I’m looking forward to this ride.


~J. Leigh