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Thursdays with Tynaal: Interview with Luckers


Tynaal Consen

This week, I've had the pleasure of interviewing another one of the administrators here on Dragonmount. I think he has something to do with the Wheel of Time forums, but hey, we'll all know soon enough! He's one of those who will make you fear for your fingers if he has an opposing opinion from yours in a discussion, since he's that passionate about it all. Without much further ado, I give to you: Luckers!

 

Q: Who are you and what do you do on Dragonmount?

 

A: Well, I'm the Wheel of Time Administrator, so my main task is basically seeing that the Wheel of Time boards are all running smoothly. I usually have my fingers in most things Wheel of Time related that run through the website--I wrote most of the book summaries (and the .pdf we released to bring everyone back up to date for the Towers of Midnight release), and had a hand in developing the Tower Guard program for the signing tour for Towers of Midnight. I worked heavily on the update for the Wheel of Time FAQ when we took it over from Leigh Butler. I've also run interviews with most of the major players in Team Jordan, and I was able to do an official showing of Jason Denzel's amazing Towers of Midnight trailer at WorldCon on behalf of the website last year, which was pretty damn awesome.

 

But yeah, essentially, if it has the Wheel of Time stamp on it, I've had some part of it (even if occasionally it's just Jason and Jenn Liang giving me a heads up that something is coming when the secrecy goes beyond my paygrade.)

 

 

Q: How did you get involved on Dragonmount?

 

A: Umm. I just got picked up as a staff member on Debates and Discussions. Dunno why they decided to make me an offer (I was very young at the time). Then when I lost some of my interest in Debates and Discussions, I quit and offered to take on WoT modding. From there, one day I just decided to develop my own FAQ, and emailed Jenn and Jason saying that I was going to, and they were fine with it. Much the same with the Big Unnoticed Thing Theory Compilation. Somewhere in all this, Jason must have been impressed because then they made the offer for Wheel of Time Admin.

 

But yeah, it's mostly just a matter of putting yourself out there. If you have ideas, say them.

 

 

Q: When and why did you join Dragonmount?

 

A: I had just turned fourteen, so it would have been late 2002, early 2003. As I recall, it was the Dragonmount Prologue movie that Jason was developing at the time that attracted me here. I stayed for all the cool, insane people.

 

 

Q: What got you to read The Wheel of Time?

 

A: I was given The Eye of the World and A Game of Thrones for my twelfth birthday (I'd just gotten into fantasy through the Belgariad, which is a great gateway fantasy series for the young). I started A Game of Thrones first and found it too confronting (and to be fair to my Mum she had told the clerk at the bookstore to suggest books for her twelve-year-old, so it was all on him). Anyway, I started EotW, and was hooked by the Manetheren story. I've never looked back.

 

 

Q: Who is your favorite character?

 

A: Look, Brandon will roll his eyes at me if he reads this, but Cadsuane. I mean, she gets a bad rep, but when push comes to shove she has always had Rand's back.

 

 

Q: If you could be in the skin of one character for a day, who would it be?

 

A: Moridin.

 

 

Q: How do you earn your crust in Real Life?

 

A: I'm a writer, though I don't really get much money from that. My day job is at a photolab--and yes, we do see dodgy photos.

 

 

Q: Married? Kids?

 

A: Well, I'm gay, so it's currently illegal where I am to be married. One day, if decency prevails.

 

 

Q: Do you think Brandon Sanderson has done the series justice so far?

 

A: Yes and no. I think he has done a very good job with some things, and a not so good job with other things. I've been very open with him about both sides, and in response, he has been quite open about some of what he perceives to be his successes and failures. A lot, I suspect, will depend on A Memory of Light, but for now...yes and no.

 

 

Q: How do you feel about the last book finally coming out?

 

A: I've no idea. It changes from day to day. "Bittersweet" would probably be the closest word I can think of for how I feel...

 

 

Q: Favorite nation? And why?

 

A: The Aiel. Uncompromising honor guided by keen wisdom--they are the most decent people in the series.

 

 

Q: If you could choose between going to Randland and any other fantasy world, which would you choose and why?

 

A: Randland, easy. In part, this is why I love the Wheel of Time so much, because its world is so immersive, so vast, that you literally feel like you could step into it.

Besides, with my knowledge of the Wheel, I reckon I could make a decent attempt at conquering the world. *evil grin*

 

 

Q: Bow, spear, axe, or sword?

 

A: I actually fenced for about seven years, so definitely the sword.

 

 

Q: Your Wheel of Time crush?

 

A: Mat. I'd love to take him clubbing in the modern world.

 

 

Q: Anything else you'd like to add?

 

A: Long live Cadsuane? *wink*




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I've been pretty open with my problems with tGS and TofM, if you want to look around the boards. Mostly its the timeline and continuity issues, the compromising of secondary characters in favour of primrary characters (or primrary characters in favour of better liked primrary characters), the at times clunky prose and dialogue, and the tendency to tell instead of showing.

 

*shrug*

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Mashiara Sedai

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Luckers, you're so cool!

 

I agree about Brandon's writing style. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Brandon's books; I have read all of them and own most of them. His writing style is just a bit... juvenile, I think. It works well in his books, but feels just a bit off in Wheel of Time. People seem to roll their eyes a lot in tGS and ToM (which isn't a common habit through the other books). Some scenes, though, were perfect. I loved Egwene's attack on the Black Ajah and then the defense of the Tower.

 

All I know is that I'm so grateful he is even completing the series.

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Luckers, you're so cool!

 

I agree about Brandon's writing style. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Brandon's books; I have read all of them and own most of them. His writing style is just a bit... juvenile, I think. It works well in his books, but feels just a bit off in Wheel of Time. People seem to roll their eyes a lot in tGS and ToM (which isn't a common habit through the other books). Some scenes, though, were perfect. I loved Egwene's attack on the Black Ajah and then the defense of the Tower.

 

All I know is that I'm so grateful he is even completing the series.

 

 

I never noticed that!!! But it's so true. Aaaaaah! Gonna annoy me when I read the books now :tongue:

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Hey luckers you got an amazing job, keep up the good work! The wheel weaves and all things change, decency will prevail ;)

 

As for Cadsuane Melaidhrin she doesn't deserve her bad reputation true but Moiraine Damondred clearly blows the other Aes Sedai out of the water! lol

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Mashiara, I agree with your opinion of Brandon's writing. I am also very grateful that he is completing the series and even more grateful that Jordan was able to leave so very much in the line of notes, whether written, audio recorded or verbally passed on ideas to friends and family. I do not want to downplay Brandon's work but I honestly believe that the best and my most favorite scenes from the last two books are on of the areas that is purely "Jordan material." Brandon wrote that many scenes in the book were already planned out completely and his main task was to fill in the blanks as seamlessly as possible.

 

I think Brandon is doing an admirable job in the filling in task especially using his own style of writing that he is so familiar with. I believe that it would have been ludicrous to try to mimic Jordan perfectly because no man can completely sound like another. Also, Jordan is just too damn good to be copied! If we were comparing signatures, Brandon would have Jordan's name spelled correctly and maybe even the same angle of the letters but the deft flourish of the strokes just do not quite match up... Besides, this is all stemmed from Jordan's visions and only he could fathom every aspect and angle of it completely.

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