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WW:U3 teaser

I’ve had a rough month. Got very sick the end of March, then injured my back so i’ve been bedridden for about two weeks, and now, getting sick again. *sigh* Anyways,  because of all of this, my NaNo plans are pretty much out the window, so i thought i’d give you guys a little teaser of what *was* done. I’m still plugging along, just not at the pace i wanted. *sigh*  Anyways, enjoy!


This is a scene from the birthday party, specifically if you are part of the theater club:


“Oh,” you say with a start, bringing out the next card and reading it. “Some help I beg, to turn this tide, perhaps, perhaps from my faithful Guide!”


Semryu flounces onto the stage.


Dressed as a Guide in a long, oversized set of pale blue robes he’s absolutely drowning in, with a set of gigantic gossamer wings bedecked in sequins affixed to his back and a halo complete with rhinestone ‘beams’ of light flaring out from it away from his head, he looks completely ridiculous. There’s a wave of giggling throughout the room as he strikes a pose, hands on his hips and chin pointed up toward Kess.


“Fear not!” he bellows, not sounding the least bit guide-like and more Semryu being boastful. “Your love-Guide has appeared! I’ll tell you what to say so she’ll get all flustered and fall madly in love. But not so in love she falls off the balcony.”


“That’s not the line!” Kess hisses in a whisper across the stage at him.



Camp NaNo April

So, the theme for Camp Nano this time around isn’t a word count but rather “finish the Tazu Saga third book at all costs” and then “attack WW:U3 with a vengeance”. Wish me luck and all that, at this point i make no promises to no one and just hope for the best. >.<


That being said, current word count for Tazu #3 is 161,934 words and WW:U3 is sitting at a whopping 123,131 (counting code) and i’d say it’s about 1/3 done. For comparison’s sake, the first WW:U was about 115k, and number two was closer to 130k if i remember correctly. My goal at the end of the month is to have *most* of the currently mapped out scenes done– of which there are 17, of which only 4 are ‘done’.  If i can get that number up to about 10 done and seven unfinished, i can then FINALLY get into the heavy-duty structuring of what will be the rise into the climaxes, and then finally, plotting out the ruddy climax scenes. If i can get there, i can officially claim to be halfway done the silly thing. It’s a big baby, always has been, and i’m doing the best i can.


Also, at some point i am planning to spelunk back into WW:U1 &2 to make a few larger editing changes, the primary of which will be more gender options than to be male/female, as well as clean up a few glaring plot holes with some basic tweeks. My goal is to release that update before WW:U3 hits but it’s a long ways off so we’ll see.


Anyways, that’s the plan, so in the meanwhile, enjoy my first snapchat.


~j. leigh

I know, its been a while.

August was when i last wrote a blog post, and sadly, i don’t have a lot to update, as it’s been a really rough fall into winter. I wont go into the depths of it, but as my loyal fans know i don’t deal too great with stress and there’s been a lot of it over here in the US of A. Top it off with a death in the family back in July, and missing that person terribly over the holiday season, and i’ve just been kinda hibernating.


But the hibernation isn’t without some progress. As some of you will remember, i did manage to throw another 40k words into WW:U3 back in November, and while it’s still no where near done, its a step in the right direction. my real issue has been book three of the Tazu saga where i hit a plot hole wall going about 100 miles an hour back in August and hadn’t been able to slip past it to save may life. FINALLY, now, i think i’ve got the solution, so it’s just going to take me a few good sessions to write it all out. No idea how long that will take. 😄 Still, i’m making this promise– when Tazu 3 is done i’m picking up WW:U3 again and not stopping until that’s done. really. Promise.


I just might have to move houses in the interim. >_<


Cover Wars comith!

Friends and followers! Way Walkers: Tangled Paths has been entered in the prestigious COVER WARS. It shall compete in battle for the title of best cover and a chance to be featured on their page as a winner! It’s competition is mighty, so please, i call upon you all to stop by and vote for the glory that is Walkers! it costs nothing to do so, no sign ups or memberships and you can vote once a day all week– so lets see if we can win this thing. 😉

If we do win, perhaps i’ll even post up a teaser from the next book or CoG. 😀

Trying to finish

I’m doing a bit better these days, now that i’m taking my yearly break from art classes. I’ve signed up for NaNo’s July camp and had a good start so far. I’m not focusing on word count so much as just getting the third Tazu book DONE. Really, i’ve been working on parts of it since 2011, it’s over due, lol. Thanks so much to everyone who has been supporting me through this very long series of events: friends family and my gloriously patient publishers RAP and CoG. really, it means the world to me.


Anyways, plugging along. See you on the flip side, hopefully with a finished book.


j. leigh


Not going to lie, it’s been very hard lately. i really can’t go deep into details, but let’s just say i’ve had more bad days than good. I’ve had to get another part time job in order to make ends meet, and while i do enjoy the job, the schedule cuts very deeply into my writing time. I’m tired. My brain is fuzzy from waking up early and going to bed late. I’m trying to write, but the times are few and far between.



Book Review: Way Walkers: Tangled Paths

A spectacular review of Way Walkers: Tangled Paths

A Rambling Reviewer

Tangled Paths 1Tangled Paths 2Plot: Jathen is a moot; a dragon in a human body and unable to shift. But he is more than that; he’s the Crown Prince and until his uncle starts to respect rather than shun him, Jathen must fight for his birth-right. Only, he isn’t yet sure if he even wants to become king.

Invited on an adventure by friends-turned-father-figures, Jathen tries to discover himself. But along the way, he finds more than that. He discovers friendship, uncovers love and begins to find happiness. Nothing can last though, and Jathen must discover his true power if he is to survive.

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Firstly, big thank you to everyone who supported the release of Way Walkers: Broken City! It was an awesome feeling to see my second book out there, and i’m super excited to see all my first reviews have been positive. Thank you! Keep reviewing! 🙂

So, in the wake of broken City’s release, i had had set myself the goal of being done the next one at or around that time, and of course, i’m not done. At all. This leaves me not 100% but perhaps 90% sure i’m going to end up splitting the current third book in the Tazu Saga into two books. I’m choosing to do this because #1 the first portion of this book, which had originally been the middle section of the original sequel, reads exactly like that– the middle of a book. And that’s not good enough. It needs fixing in order to tell the best possible story, and i honestly feel it will be better served by lengthening than shortening the narrative. i want to give the readers what they want– the proper growth of Jathen’s story, centered upon his training and him discovering that aspect of himself, as well as fully exploring the many ramifications of Dodbyen, and of him finding answers to certain questions. The #2 reason i’m doing this is the later half of this book is already around 70k words and well, it, too, is just not done yet. And #3, the total word count for both sections is 153k, and because i have a smaller publisher (which is just the best, btw) we don’t have the resources to print a book above 170k words.


So, i am faced with the choice of cutting it back and only telling the minimum of the tale or, splitting it and having the freedom to tell the correct story. Kinda a no brainier on some levels.


The only down side of this is that what is now the third book needs a major overhaul in plot and pacing. But, it needed this weather i split the book or not, so by splitting it i’ve a bit more wiggle room to fix it. (about 20-40k worth of words if i so choose.)


This does of course mean it will take me longer to finish it, and i am, honestly sorry. Not just for my fans, but also for my poor brain, which originally thought the whole Tazu Saga was going to be a trilogy at most. (and seriously, huge thank u to my publisher for making the call not to put ‘trilogy’ on the cover of the first one. i’d have gone insane long ago otherwise.) I’ve officially been working on parts of this ‘third’ book since 2012 and i’m exhausted.  But i’m plugging along, too.


Anyways the plan at the moment is to throw both sections at my best alpha reader for a week, take a breath, and then go back in. Since it’s a NaNo month, i might poke around in WWU3 a little bit and see what i can get done there before heading back into Tazu-Land, but no promises, as i also have craft fair season early this year with two full weekends at a ren faire and a butt-load of inventory to make for it.


So, just bare with me, and i promise it will not only eventually all get done, but it will also be good.  😉


~J. Leigh

Doing my best

And my best is just going to have to be good enough. I’m still not done the next Tazu Saga novel, not because i haven’t been writing, but because i HAVE and its… just not done yet. the tale must be as long as it needs be to make sense in my head and well, thats just how it’s going to be. It’s almost 150k by now (tangled paths was 170k published), and i don’t know how long it will be when it’s done. I don’t know if my publisher will whittle it down or if they’ll make the choice to once again split my book into two. And ya know what, i’m cool with either. We already took the first 120k of it and made that into Broken City (which will be out on the 5th) and if it happens yet again, i’ll just roll my eyes, finally admit it’s my process and go back to typing away like an insane person.


April’s NaNo will mostly be dedicated to finishing Tazu Saga’s current book. I don’t know how many words it will take, so i’m just going to dive in and do my best. And that’s cool.


I’m also cool with WW:U3 being done when it’s done. I’m sorry it’s taken so long but i’m also very much not sorry. In the last three years since WW:U2 i’ve published Tangled Paths, written what’s now 270k words in what will be it’s sequels with the next one coming out in April (so that’s two books), planned a wedding, got married, worked through not one but three renovations on three different houses, moved once, and still got another 75k written in WW:U3 even after losing the ruddy notebooks with the entire freaking plot in it. All while working part-time as a private art instructor for seven classes a week. (what would be considered full time for a college professor even though i’m not one.)


And for some insane reason i feel like i dropped the ball. that all that is’t good enough.


For many years I’ve suffered from anxiety attacks and fits of depression, and the last few months have breed some pretty crippling and severe ones mostly centered on  me still just so behind on where i wanted to be in my writing projects timeline, complete with utter despair when fans message me asking where WW:U3 is– but it needs to stop. For my health, for my sanity. I’ve been writing. Every Day. For Months. And that’s good enough for me.


And it will just have to be good enough for everyone else, too.


~j. leigh



Offical Release Date For Broken City!

Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front– been writing. 😉 Anyways the release date for Way Walkers: Broken City book two of the Tazu saga is officially going to be April 5, 2016! Keep an eye out here for when pre-order sales will begin! 😉

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