This is the supplemental blog for GATEWALKER, a contemporary fantasy serial written by Joey Cruz.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Chapter 6 - Things Get Interesting

Gatewalker Chapter 6

I told you this chapter was a doosey. Hopefully you went back and reacquainted yourself with Detective Russo and the man called Midian after I put chapter 5 up, but even if you didn't, I hope it was still satisfying.

Now, as I've already said, chapter 7 will not come nearly as fast as 5 and 6 did because, well, reasons. (Mostly money/work/scheduling reasons.) Rest assured, though, that I am not giving up on Gatewalker. I love this story and will continue to plug away at it until it's all the way told. I just beg your patience in the time it takes for me to do so.

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Also, you can follow me on Twitter, where I regularly spew my thoughts about... everything, and give frequent updates on the status of my various projects. (early apologies for the vulgarity and irreverence you are guaranteed to find there)

With that out of the way, on with the Bonus Features!


The song for this chapter honestly didn't occur to me until my final revision pass before posting it up. In point of fact, I had intended for this song to come into play much later in the story, but as I reread the chapter, it seemed to fit the tone best here. Cool, atmospheric, ominous, and just a little bit mischievous, the track is "Evil Dub" from the album The Last Resort by Danish electronic artist, Trentemøller.

Casting Call

Remember I said there were three Marvel Cinematic Universe actors who I saw in certain roles in Gatewalker?

Detective Kyle Russo 

should be played by

Before I actually started writing Gatewalker, all I knew about Russo was his relationship to Midian (which you will learn more about in coming chapters). He had no name, no description, not even a personality. It wasn't until after I saw Ruffalo in The Avengers that I started to see the character take shape in my brain. I even gave him a similar name!

So, there you have it. Two down, one more to go. What do you guys think? Do you see it? Did you guess it? Do you think I'm crazy? Leave your comments below to let me know!

Thank you, as always, for reading the story (and thank you even harder for reading this shamelessly self-indulgent bit of bloggery). I hope 2013 wasn't too rough on you, and I hope 2014 brings you nothing but joy.

See you when 7 drops!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Chapter 5 - When last we left our intrepid adventurers...

Gatewalker Chapter 5

Yes, it's been a while, and no, we're not exactly back on schedule yet.

The good news is, my professional writing and editing work has been keeping me busy -- the bad news is, that means Gatewalker time is in short supply. But, I've had two finished chapters (and a half-written third) sitting on my hard drive for over a year, waiting for me to build up more of a backlog for regular posting. Today, I realized that backlog's a long way off, and these words are burning a hole in my pocket, so I'm giving you what I've got.

Chapter 5 is a quiet grace note after everything hit the fan in chapter 4, but I think it's a fitting reintroduction to the story.

I know I said I'd reveal my next casting choice in this blog post... but I think it's better reserved for next chapter. Just trust me. It's coming next week. And it's a doosey.

So, I'm sorry for the delays, and I'm sorry I'm not on a regular schedule yet, but hopefully these two chapters will make up for it. My holiday gift to you.