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Tainted Talent Patreon preview!

Sign up as a Way Walker on my Patreon to get a sneak-peek of the first chapter of Tainted Talent– a month before publishing! 😀
Tainted Talent First Chapter Preview!

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Cover reveal: Tainted Talent!

I am thrilled to reveal the full cover the the upcoming third book of the Tazu Saga: Tainted Talent!

Working my butt off

Seriously, i think i’ve thrown down more content in the last three days than i have in the last month, Ooof. My brain is fried. BUT in this time i have:

Started a Patron

Posted new art work sneak peeks there

Posted and scheduled actual interesting blog posts for the Weekly Weird

Created the illustration schedule for WW:U3 and WW:U Halloween DLC

Talked to all my new Patron fam on Discord and set that all up. (shout out to Bone Carver for stepping up as an admin, love you.)

Gathered up a bunch of cool questions for the monthly Q&A on Patron

Finished the next Line Editing wave for the Tazu Saga’s Tainted Talent.

Approved the cover art for Tainted Talent and working on the back blurb.

Got 90% of the Clan Lands Embassy section of the Halloween DLC done

Finally came up with idea to fix a plot hole issue in WW:U3

So, yeah, so far having a Patron has been really good for me mentally, and given me something to focus on and help me organize my thoughts. Also, Weekly Weird is incredibly cathartic, because i never know what to post here– with Weekly Weird, i can just be weird. And you’all sighed up for it 😅

Anyway, come join the Patron. There’s going to be tons of content there as i’m working on it, and we all know it’s going to still take me a while to finish WW:U3. 😅 So might as well come and see more stuff sooner. If not, i’ll still be here, leaving updates and being at least a little bit weird. 😘

~J. Leigh

Patron!

So, i launched a new Patron account! Now, i will still have any BIG updates posted here, but i’m going to provide more in-depth content on Patron, as well as access to art, bonus content, a discord server, playable updates and lots more! So head on over and hopefully i’ll see you there!

 

Way Walkers Patron!

 

~J. Leigh

Clan Lands Halloween preview

I swear, the Clan portion of the Halloween DLC has become a study in me seeing just how much I can freak out Jun/Kess. >_<;

 

Anyways, enjoy!

A yellow lantern hangs above, rocking slowly on its pole. A crude sign lays below it, clearly legible but no less anxiety-inducing. Jun makes an audible gulp as the three of you silently read it.

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“Really?” Jun edges close to the rim of the pit, craning her neck to peer into the darkness. “It goes on forever! They can’t expect us to just… jump!”

“I kind of think they do.” Ay’cure let out a nervous chuckle, his face drawn in a forced grin as he, too, stares into the pit. “I mean, we can’t get around it.”

“Its just for effect, I bet,” you say, wetting your lips in a bit to convince your friends as well as yourself. “It’s probably magicked to take us to another part of the maze. Just like everything else in here– it’s scary, but it’s not actually dangerous.”

Jun makes a low groan, stepping back form the edge. “I don’t think I can do it.”

Another wail echoes from behind the three of you. It’s distant, but the bamboo rattles, hinting at another reunion with the wailing monster. “We need to go!” Ay’cure tries to get Jun to move forward, but she recoils from the pit, eyes wide with horror.

You decide to….

just jump into the pit and let Jun and Ay’cure sort themselves out.
give Jun a push to get her going– if we don’t hurry, we’re all going to get grabbed.
grab Jun and Ay’cure’s hands and get them to jump together with you– it’ll be less scary for everyone that way.

I’m trying but i’m scared. And that’s OK

So i’m not going to beat around the bush much with this: for the moment my immediate family is healthy and safe. (we’ve lost some extended family members and i’m terrified for others but i don’t want to go into detail at this time) Financially, i’m limping along but there’s a real fear that my mother and I’s art business that has been built over the entirety of my lifetime will either be drastically reduced forever, or worse. I usually stick to talking about writing stuff here, but i teach art privately to kids and i love it. If i won the lottery tomorrow or sold a million copies of books i’d still do it. It’s a part of my soul, who i am, as much as anything else.

 

And though we’ve managed to move a good portion of our students to working with us online, i don’t know how long and sustainable this will be. We do an art show in May-June and summer camp in July-Aug every year– i don’t know what will happen to that.

 

And while i make a respectable amount of money with my books, at most that income pays the car insurance and the water bill– Art pays the mortgage.

 

And so, i’m scared. Working the same hours, making half the money and still trying to do everything else that is involved with a home and a nine-month old has delivered an undue stress level unto my poor, already traumatized brain. Unfortunately, a tired, stressed-out, and often terrified J. Leigh isn’t very conducive to writing. At least not well.

 

And that’s OKAY. It has to be, because i can’t manage otherwise.

 

I know i said I would give myself a year from August to finish WW:U3, but that’s just not going to happen. And that’s OKAY. I’m still poking at things, but my production is just too sporadic, too low. Maybe we’ll have the Halloween DLC. Maybe not. I just don’t know.

 

I’m scared. And i don’t know what’s going to happen. But that’s OKAY. Because i’m not alone in that. None of us know.

 

And that’s okay.

 

~ J. Leigh

Exhausted and Stressed–Adapting to the new world

So, like many of you out there, we’ve been put basically on a kind of lock-down until the threat of the COVID-19 virus passes. For me, personally this has meant not only making certain my mother (in the danger zone over 60 with multiple other medical conditions) but also moving my entire art teaching career online and praying students still wish to attend in April and beyond.

 

To say this has been stressful, is the least of it.

 

Anyways i just wanted to let my readers know i’m OKAY for now, though i’m honestly not getting much writing done, since i’m technically still working (a good thing) and just tad bit distracted. It’s depressing because i was actually doing decently before all this, but ah, well, life. Hopefully as things settle back into a routine i’ll be able to write again.

 

Stay safe, stay well, and take care of each other.

 

~J. Leigh

February Preview– Makwan

AH, the joys of unfinished ghost business…..

 

“So, you died before ever getting into the ring?”

Yes! With ishir shield hand, ish taps ishir temple. My Guide informed me it was a small clot in my brain from a previous battle. Imagine, being felled by a tiny speck of blood from a match then weeks old! With no warning!

“Well I can agree that’d be a pretty frustrating, even devastating, way to die.” Wrinkling your nose, you say, “But I don’t see how I can remedy that for you, aside from maybe telling the Turinics that you’re still down here when I head back up.”

I do not require prayers or coxing! Makwan stomps ishir foot, making you start back a touch. I require a battle! One last duel, to sate my Kubeshian blood, and prove to myself I could have won, could have been Grand Champion, and not some forgotten competitor lost to time! Ish sighs, shoulders slumping again. Will you help me, fellow warrior?

Surprised by this request, you respond,

“Wait, you need me to fight you in order to move on? How would that even work when you don’t have a physical body?”
“I’m not a warrior to go getting into a duel with a ghost.”
“I’d like to help, but I don’t have time for this!”

January Preview

I’m going to try to post a few previews here and there, just to keep things moving for you guys

 

Oh, the complications of a plan gone awry…..enjoy the preview!

“Why do you have a  child ,” Yestin practically shrieks at you, eyes wide in horror before turning to Semryu. “And why didn’t you  stop ishi ?”

“I panicked!” you blurt out the same moment Semryu sputters, “Ish didn’t ask me!”

“The kid saw us switch the gems,” you explain, trying to keep a hold of your squirming burden. “And I didn’t know what to do and I was hoping you could reorder her memory or something.”

“Telepathically alter the memories of a child  you kidnapped ?”

“Could we stop arguing and handle the situation, please?” Shelly hisses over Yestin’s objections. “Before someone notices a missing little girl?”