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In case you haven’t seen it in the CoG forums, Way Walkers University Halloween DLC has a tentative release date for October 1st, along with both games getting released onto STEAM for the first time! Keep an eye out!
Can’t wait that long? Sign up for the Way Walkers Patreon for sneak peaks, alpha reads, and tons more!
Book three of the Tazu Saga is finally live, folks! Head on over, grab your copy today and make sure to leave a review!!
After a great deal of time, sweat, tears and several meltdowns, the WWU Halloween DLC is done and sent to the publisher. Me and my writing-machine of a co-author Mac Rea are gonna take a well deserved nap, and then we’re going to see what the future holds for Way Walkers 💜
To all my fans, thank you for getting me here, and hang in there with me. There really is more amazing to come.
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!
Tainted Talent is available for e-book pre-order on Amazon! Grab it while you can at the significantly discounted price of $2.99!!
I am thrilled to reveal the full cover the the upcoming third book of the Tazu Saga: Tainted Talent!
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. 😘
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!
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. >_<;
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.
“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….
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