Tama makes the brattiest of faces.
In our spoiled Scion’s defense, Zhiro does avoid talking about things a lot. Five-year-old-bad-blood between him and Mizha? Pointed remarks that avoid the issue. Just had a shouting match with a nightmare version of himself? Insists that he’s fine. Accused of making a deal with a trickster god? Has no comment. Gets yelled at for calling Koruval his father? Calmly agrees on the technicality. Asked to talk about the past? Insists it’s forgotten. Gets confined to quarters? Doesn’t want to talk about it.
In Zhiro’s defense, he puts up with a lot of kizak from a whole lot of people. Way more than he deserves.
Also, the aforementioned brattiness doesn’t help.
In day-to-day news, Cory and I sat down for our monthly business meeting to talk about Kickstarter plans. Volume four is on our to-make list for 2016. We’re trying to figure out what to offer for stretch goals, since I feel we’ve never quite gotten those right. “What do LeyLians like?” I asked, “What kind of people are they?”
The tricky thing is, those turn out to be difficult questions to answer. This story doesn’t hit a “boys ages 8-10” easy-to-sum-up demographic. We have old and young, male and female, cis and trans*, thinkers and feelers, those battling mental illness and those who are not, readers of vastly different ethnic and national backgrounds, and no clear bubble that everyone fits into. At shows, we’ve learned to talk to everyone, because there’s no “look” to a LeyLian. The story might not be for everyone, but anyone could be a LeyLines reader.
Trying to find that mysterious Venn diagram that everyone fits into has been a mystery that I’m starting to think I will never solve. Many LeyLians seem like introverts, I suppose. A lot of you are fellow book-worms. Authors like Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tolkien, Jim Butcher, and Tamora Pierce seem to come up a lot. Many of you are Whovians. A lot of us love Star Trek, although we’ve all got our favorite Trek (DS9!). A lot of us also love Star Wars, and for the most part we seem to be in the “can’t we all just love both?” camp of whether Trek or Wars is better. Firefly and other Whedon offerings seem to have a cult following here (although I’m not sure there’s any community that doesn’t have a secret Whedon cult following somewhere in its midst!). Based on the discussions we’ve had here, many LeyLians are thorough and thoughtful, enjoying discussion and exploration of ideas. Some through drama and emotion, other through abstract concepts and attention to the tiniest of details.
Where are the common threads? And how does that knowledge translate into creating products that LeyLians would love to have?
These are the questions that always baffle me when it comes to brainstorming stretch goals. I may never unlock the puzzle that is this group. I just know that you’re a wonderful group of people to be around.