Well, where to start.
Mostly I think I plan to use this for a while to monologue about some observations/opinions/ideas I have regarding the patterns of interrelatedness in The Wheel of Time with other novels/worlds. They'll possibly be quite general, I may delve into some fan fiction set ups as I have this terrible aspect to my imagination that essentially bastardizes the Wheel of Time World by cutting and pasting it with elements from other stories. It's a terribly blasphemous streak in me, but it's a good part of the fun that I find with this series. I mean one of the things I appreciate the most about the Wheel of Time World is that it was constructed porously enough that I can rationalize my impositions into a semblance of plausibility.
To warn or inform, sources I draw from for my corrupted vision of it all are about to be short listed.
First though I'll state that I've been reading this series since about 7th grade, so that means 1995 or 96...I've read the series over at least three times, possibly more for some of the books. I used to own the Wheel of Time PC game and played it through (it got stolen, sigh) and also have the Wheel of Time RPG game from Wizards of the Coast. I have as much of the comics as are available so I consider myself a pretty dedicated fan. The Wheel of Time would hands down be my favorite series, and Robert Jordan is among my top three favorite writers.
Since I'm on the subject my favorite writers are: Ursula K. LeGuin, Anne McCaffrey, Robert Jordan, Phillip Pullman, Robin McKinley, Piers Anthony, Stephen Brust, Tad Williams, Terry Brooks....Brandon Sanderson is definitely rising in the ranks of my appreciation. I've read Mistborn, Elantris, Stormbreaker and The Way of Kings. So I'm definitely a fan. Tolkien and Lewis kind of go without saying.
Anyway, this list kind of begins laying out the ingredients of the mental melting pot that WOT stews in within my brain.
Also, I am an actor, with a theatre degree and I minored in anthropology and english.
I don't know how this blogging gig will run for me. Sometimes I'll argue/criticize things. Because I both love and hate inconsistencies in the story, but I figure I'm better off running my typer over here than doing it too much on the forums.
Anyway direct world fusions I like to think of hijaking elements from are in no particular order as follows.
The Codex Alera, Avatar the Last Airbender, The Dragonriders of Pern, The Left Hand of Darkness, Chthon, The Song and the Silence Trilogy, the Abhorsen Trilogy, Xanth, The Talent series, Myst, The Hero and the Crown and the Blue Sword, Mistborn, and Stormlight, Shannara...
Yeah, its chaotic.
However...I like to imagine a big huge ol' series of what if's. Like this.
What if, say during the Trolloc Wars, a group of Aes Sedai used the Portal Stones to go in search of Allies. The Portal Stones can do more than just reach the reflected mirror worlds, though that is all we've seen them do in Randland of the present. However in the Age of Legends, things were different. Whats worse, what if this small group of Aes Sedai were followed by a few Black Ajah sister's and dark friends?
It gets silly. ... But fun.
I like to try and imagine how I can fit all the disparate elements that I'd like to put in the World of the Wheel of Time, but placed in such a way that the Pattern would allow it and the story as told, would simply have a few more wrinkles/dimensions but not be very altered. As my intrusions would always have to yield to the story as rendered.
But I can't help but want there to be fire lizards, spren, daemons, and furies and mistings, random talents, ...all kinds of chaos...I mean...what would a Hemalurgically enhanced Myrdraal be like?
I also have this opinion/theory/idea...that because Brandon Sanderson is writing within the Wheel of Time, his work has become more closely linked to the World of Robert Jordan, within the universe of the collected conscious. Also, with this idea is the one that as thankful as I am that Brandon Sanderson is finishing the series, it isn't truly cannon. Like the mirror worlds within the series, this is perhaps the closest reflection of what the last bit was like, however, it isn't the true world...and so its kind of through this opening of the unfinished end, all my silly, fun, fantastic little ideas can infiltrate the soil there and take root.
So...this is along the lines of what I'm thinking about, and what this blog will probably reflect.