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  1. Thank you to Lara, one of my fellow Memory Keepers, for writing this post! Book Signing Lexington, KY with Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougal Rigney January 11, 2013 As I was talking with fans as they were waiting to have their books signed, one of them asked me if I was the Loial of the Memory Keepers. I liked it, so I said yes. So consider this Loial’s report of the signing. The Wheel of Time books were front and center as one entered Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington. The barista at Bronte’s Bistro said the managers were worried about running out of everything with the volume of people they were expecting. People began to file in, one or two in costume or pieces of costume, several in Ta’veren Tees t-shirts. There were whole families with small children in hand. One proud father said all of his children were “future fans” (he hoped). By the time Brandon and Harriet appeared, there was standing room only. The bookstore was still open for regular business, but the top floor was filled with people holding A Memory of Light. There’s one fantastic picture in particular that you should be sure to check out on www.josephbeth.com (the Lexington Store). You’ll know it when you see it, I promise. The Q&A Session was as follows (as I have not yet read The Book, I guarantee that this will be spoiler free): Question: If there are three people, and person 1 balefires person 2, then person 3 balefires person 1, does person 2 come back to life? Answer: Brandon reminded the fan that when someone asked Robert Jordan this question, Mr. Jordan responded by saying the asker needed the love of a man, woman, or schnauzer of his choice. There is actually a correct answer: balefire removes a thread from the Pattern, and, once removed, that thread cannot be replaced. Question: How did Brandon feel when he was chosen to complete the work? Answer: “Dumbfounded stupefaction.” Brandon repeated the story of how Harriet found Brandon and hired him to finish the series. It’s been stated several times, so I won’t repeat it here. Question: Which character is most like you? Answer: Brandon said he identified with Perrin. Harriet stated, “Verin, minus her wrong turn, but I still want her owl.” Question: There was a new weave used by someone in book 14; did anyone else see it? Answer: Yes, and that’s all that was spoken about it, since it contained spoilers. Question: Did Brandon question himself when he was chosen? Answer: Apparently, Brandon was unable to sleep that night after saying yes, because he knew that he would fail. Anyone who took on this project would fail, because no one could tell the story as good as Robert Jordan would have. Brandon had only published two novels at the time, so it was a huge risk for him, and it was a risk for Harriet to ask him. However, he knew that he was a fan of the series, and that, if he didn’t say yes, and it went to someone who wasn’t a fan of the series and they messed it up, it would be his fault. He decided that in the Venn Diagram that consists of Wheel of Time fans in one circle, and pretty good writers in another circle, he was the person in the middle. “I’ll screw it up the least,” he said. Question: Will the prequels be written? Answer: The answer, directly quoted from Harriet, is, “This is it. Except for the Encyclopedia, this is it.” There are not enough notes to write them, and Robert Jordan didn’t want any sharecropping, once stating he would “run over his hard disks three times in a semi” before he’d let that happen (which makes Tom Doherty sad). Robert Jordan left two sentences about the outriggers. Later, someone asked what the two sentences were. Harriet stated they contained spoilers, but they would be released at a later time, possibly six to seven months, possibly included in the Encyclopedia. Question: With now having the new series on top of Brandon’s other work, is he concerned that he’s spreading himself too thin? Answer: “That is a worry.” Brandon is a compulsive writer; he does side projects to keep himself fresh and able to write. Question: Does he have any advice for new writers? Answer: He suggests listening to his podcast, Writing Excuses, published weekly. In addition to this, someone recorded Brandon’s lectures in his writing Science Fiction and Fantasy class at BYU, and published them online at www.writeaboutdragons.com. It’s like taking his class. Harriet’s advice was to attend sci-fi conventions, which are quite frequent in this country. Editors and agents troll for talent, so attend often and collect as many business cards as you can. Question: What is your writing regiment? Answer: His goal is to write 2,000 words, but there are days when he writes a half a page, and days when he gets 20 pages. His biggest piece of advice: If it’s not flowing, work on it anyway. Do it wrong, commit it to the page poorly, and change it tomorrow. Question: Are there any updates to a potential TV series or movie? Answer: “It is, at present, under development at Universal Pictures, but the dates are mysterious to me.” --Harriet Question: Will anything be done specially for those who won the contest to have their names in the book? Answer: In The Gathering Storm, many fans stated that the names felt off, and Brandon agreed. Robert Jordan’s character names were inspired by the real world, such as Ogier St. in Charleston, his stove, medications he was taking, etc. There had been a fundraiser for one person to have his name included in one of the books, and that was being continued. Brandon decided to increase this, and put many people in the final two books. The short answer: Nope, the name in the book is the something special. (Note: Later, I happened to be sitting up front when the person who asked this question came to the front, with his wife and an absolutely adorable two-year-old little girl. Turns out, he had his daughter’s name placed in the book instead of his own. Brandon signed the book at the place where she was mentioned.) Question: What was Brandon given to start his work? Answer: He received one scene from each prologue--the first scene from The Gathering Storm that was dictated, the Kandori tower scene from Towers of Midnight, and one scene from A Memory of Light that I will not state since it contains a spoiler. There were large chunks of the ending, including the entire epilogue. He received fragments of Egwene’s visit from her “special visitor” in TGS, and a proposal at the end of ToM. There were also discussions of scenes, and answers from Team Jordan. Either my hand was cramping up or I missed a segue, but somehow a discussion of Brandon’s writing style commenced. He stated that he works from an outline, and that Robert Jordan grew and nurtured scenes over time. Brandon did not try to imitate Robert Jordan’s writing style, and left the blending of the two writing styles up to Harriet. Harriet was Tor Books’ original editor, discovering Mr. Rigney and editing the two best-selling series in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Harriet was in charge of blending the voices together. Harriet gave a shout-out to a relative of hers from Kentucky named Martha Bennet Styles (I hope this is spelled correctly), author of the book Sailing to Freedom. The state of Kentucky chose this book to be included on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Brandon and Harriet both thanked bookstores in general, saying that they provide a service that is difficult to find elsewhere. “Bookstores are a great treasure.”- Harriet That concluded the Q&A portion, and they moved on to some housekeeping. While people were waiting in line to have their books signed, I began talking with the fans. I was curious to know what some favorite scenes were, how far they traveled, favorite characters, etc. One fan I met lived almost right across the street from the bookstore, while another family drove 5 hours. Most lived about 1.5-2 hours away. One fan waited around for personalization for...I have no idea how long. The last book came out on his birthday, and he wanted Brandon to write Happy Birthday in it. The question of favorite character came out overwhelmingly in favor of Mat, with one fan saying his favorite character was Noal. However, in the question of favorite scene, I figured Dumai’s Wells would be the overwhelming favorite (not my favorite part, but it seems to be quite popular). No one I asked said the same scene as another person. Dumai’s Wells, Rand’s bonding, Moiraine meeting Lan, Rand’s epiphany on Dragonmount, Lan admitting he loved Nynaeve, Lan finding Nynaeve after their separation, Moiraine describing the fall of Manetheren, even Mat cursing at Moiraine and Thom after leaving the Tower of Ghenjei were all mentioned as favorites, along with countless others. The most remarkable and heartwarming experience for me at this signing was that everyone had a story. Each person had a tale to tell about how this book changed and impacted their lives. Marriages have happened and babies have been born because of this series. We’re all sad to see its end. I started reading this series at 11 years old, and I am now 31. The past 20 years of my life have been, in part, defined by The Wheel of Time. I would turn to my friends Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Egwene when I literally had no other friends, and many others I’ve met did the same thing. Many of us don’t know what to do next, but, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel. This is a beginning. Pictures of this event can be found here.
  2. Thank you to Lara, one of my fellow Memory Keepers, for writing this post! Book Signing Lexington, KY with Brandon Sanderson and Harriet McDougal Rigney January 11, 2013 As I was talking with fans as they were waiting to have their books signed, one of them asked me if I was the Loial of the Memory Keepers. I liked it, so I said yes. So consider this Loial’s report of the signing. The Wheel of Time books were front and center as one entered Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington. The barista at Bronte’s Bistro said the managers were worried about running out of everything with the volume of people they were expecting. People began to file in, one or two in costume or pieces of costume, several in Ta’veren Tees t-shirts. There were whole families with small children in hand. One proud father said all of his children were “future fans” (he hoped). By the time Brandon and Harriet appeared, there was standing room only. The bookstore was still open for regular business, but the top floor was filled with people holding A Memory of Light. There’s one fantastic picture in particular that you should be sure to check out on www.josephbeth.com (the Lexington Store). You’ll know it when you see it, I promise. The Q&A Session was as follows (as I have not yet read The Book, I guarantee that this will be spoiler free): Question: If there are three people, and person 1 balefires person 2, then person 3 balefires person 1, does person 2 come back to life? Answer: Brandon reminded the fan that when someone asked Robert Jordan this question, Mr. Jordan responded by saying the asker needed the love of a man, woman, or schnauzer of his choice. There is actually a correct answer: balefire removes a thread from the Pattern, and, once removed, that thread cannot be replaced. Question: How did Brandon feel when he was chosen to complete the work? Answer: “Dumbfounded stupefaction.” Brandon repeated the story of how Harriet found Brandon and hired him to finish the series. It’s been stated several times, so I won’t repeat it here. Question: Which character is most like you? Answer: Brandon said he identified with Perrin. Harriet stated, “Verin, minus her wrong turn, but I still want her owl.” Question: There was a new weave used by someone in book 14; did anyone else see it? Answer: Yes, and that’s all that was spoken about it, since it contained spoilers. Question: Did Brandon question himself when he was chosen? Answer: Apparently, Brandon was unable to sleep that night after saying yes, because he knew that he would fail. Anyone who took on this project would fail, because no one could tell the story as good as Robert Jordan would have. Brandon had only published two novels at the time, so it was a huge risk for him, and it was a risk for Harriet to ask him. However, he knew that he was a fan of the series, and that, if he didn’t say yes, and it went to someone who wasn’t a fan of the series and they messed it up, it would be his fault. He decided that in the Venn Diagram that consists of Wheel of Time fans in one circle, and pretty good writers in another circle, he was the person in the middle. “I’ll screw it up the least,” he said. Question: Will the prequels be written? Answer: The answer, directly quoted from Harriet, is, “This is it. Except for the Encyclopedia, this is it.” There are not enough notes to write them, and Robert Jordan didn’t want any sharecropping, once stating he would “run over his hard disks three times in a semi” before he’d let that happen (which makes Tom Doherty sad). Robert Jordan left two sentences about the outriggers. Later, someone asked what the two sentences were. Harriet stated they contained spoilers, but they would be released at a later time, possibly six to seven months, possibly included in the Encyclopedia. Question: With now having the new series on top of Brandon’s other work, is he concerned that he’s spreading himself too thin? Answer: “That is a worry.” Brandon is a compulsive writer; he does side projects to keep himself fresh and able to write. Question: Does he have any advice for new writers? Answer: He suggests listening to his podcast, Writing Excuses, published weekly. In addition to this, someone recorded Brandon’s lectures in his writing Science Fiction and Fantasy class at BYU, and published them online at www.writeaboutdragons.com. It’s like taking his class. Harriet’s advice was to attend sci-fi conventions, which are quite frequent in this country. Editors and agents troll for talent, so attend often and collect as many business cards as you can. Question: What is your writing regiment? Answer: His goal is to write 2,000 words, but there are days when he writes a half a page, and days when he gets 20 pages. His biggest piece of advice: If it’s not flowing, work on it anyway. Do it wrong, commit it to the page poorly, and change it tomorrow. Question: Are there any updates to a potential TV series or movie? Answer: “It is, at present, under development at Universal Pictures, but the dates are mysterious to me.” --Harriet Question: Will anything be done specially for those who won the contest to have their names in the book? Answer: In The Gathering Storm, many fans stated that the names felt off, and Brandon agreed. Robert Jordan’s character names were inspired by the real world, such as Ogier St. in Charleston, his stove, medications he was taking, etc. There had been a fundraiser for one person to have his name included in one of the books, and that was being continued. Brandon decided to increase this, and put many people in the final two books. The short answer: Nope, the name in the book is the something special. (Note: Later, I happened to be sitting up front when the person who asked this question came to the front, with his wife and an absolutely adorable two-year-old little girl. Turns out, he had his daughter’s name placed in the book instead of his own. Brandon signed the book at the place where she was mentioned.) Question: What was Brandon given to start his work? Answer: He received one scene from each prologue--the first scene from The Gathering Storm that was dictated, the Kandori tower scene from Towers of Midnight, and one scene from A Memory of Light that I will not state since it contains a spoiler. There were large chunks of the ending, including the entire epilogue. He received fragments of Egwene’s visit from her “special visitor” in TGS, and a proposal at the end of ToM. There were also discussions of scenes, and answers from Team Jordan. Either my hand was cramping up or I missed a segue, but somehow a discussion of Brandon’s writing style commenced. He stated that he works from an outline, and that Robert Jordan grew and nurtured scenes over time. Brandon did not try to imitate Robert Jordan’s writing style, and left the blending of the two writing styles up to Harriet. Harriet was Tor Books’ original editor, discovering Mr. Rigney and editing the two best-selling series in the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Harriet was in charge of blending the voices together. Harriet gave a shout-out to a relative of hers from Kentucky named Martha Bennet Styles (I hope this is spelled correctly), author of the book Sailing to Freedom. The state of Kentucky chose this book to be included on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Brandon and Harriet both thanked bookstores in general, saying that they provide a service that is difficult to find elsewhere. “Bookstores are a great treasure.”- Harriet That concluded the Q&A portion, and they moved on to some housekeeping. While people were waiting in line to have their books signed, I began talking with the fans. I was curious to know what some favorite scenes were, how far they traveled, favorite characters, etc. One fan I met lived almost right across the street from the bookstore, while another family drove 5 hours. Most lived about 1.5-2 hours away. One fan waited around for personalization for...I have no idea how long. The last book came out on his birthday, and he wanted Brandon to write Happy Birthday in it. The question of favorite character came out overwhelmingly in favor of Mat, with one fan saying his favorite character was Noal. However, in the question of favorite scene, I figured Dumai’s Wells would be the overwhelming favorite (not my favorite part, but it seems to be quite popular). No one I asked said the same scene as another person. Dumai’s Wells, Rand’s bonding, Moiraine meeting Lan, Rand’s epiphany on Dragonmount, Lan admitting he loved Nynaeve, Lan finding Nynaeve after their separation, Moiraine describing the fall of Manetheren, even Mat cursing at Moiraine and Thom after leaving the Tower of Ghenjei were all mentioned as favorites, along with countless others. The most remarkable and heartwarming experience for me at this signing was that everyone had a story. Each person had a tale to tell about how this book changed and impacted their lives. Marriages have happened and babies have been born because of this series. We’re all sad to see its end. I started reading this series at 11 years old, and I am now 31. The past 20 years of my life have been, in part, defined by The Wheel of Time. I would turn to my friends Rand, Mat, Perrin, and Egwene when I literally had no other friends, and many others I’ve met did the same thing. Many of us don’t know what to do next, but, there are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel. This is a beginning. Pictures of this event can be found here.
  3. I also think she might be BA. Though I have to admit there might be more to it - she's not simply BA but BA with some mission (maybe kind of Verin style). The reasons for Verin not killing her or including her on the list might be many: ranging from the fact DR is bonded to her and would go into warder's rage if Alanna dies, to Verin knew some role Alanna might play. Alanna is a shady character and a wild card if you ask me. Early in online WoT discussion the term "Purple Ajah" was used to describe Verin and her shady actions. Maybe Alanna is also a member of the Purple Ajah (I forget who coined the term, but it was on rasfw-rj). I'm not sure you can use the Purple Ajah as an association any longer. It was used to describe the odd or shadey actions of Verin who turned out to be able to lie because she was a member of the BA. We've not caught Alanna in any lies and the Purple does not appear to exist as far as we know, it seems safe to rule this out. I would like to know why Alanna was heard crying for weeks before she left. Did she receive Verin's letter that far in advance and grieved for her presumed friend or was it for another reason. Was she being tortured, threatened? How did she manage to leave Tear? People felt channeling from her rooms but never enough to make a gateway. Did she move to a location to where she wouldn't be felt channeling that much of the One Power before she made the gateway? So many questions! D;
  4. I'm thinking it was to be Aviendha or Moraine that Rand and Nynaeve create the circle with. I'm not sure on the ebony hand, that one is a bit of a mystery to me but Shaidar Haran seems a little unlikely. I'm not sure we will ever see Shaidar Haran confront Rand. I don't get the feel that he has that role to play and more of a support role (if by support you include watching and punishing the Chosen who are bad boys and girls).
  5. I think Alanna got a letter from Verin, they seemed to have a fairly close relationship after spending all that time in the Two Rivers. I never got the impression that she was BA but then we've never had a POV from her. She did however make the appeal to Rand to just be useful to him at one point and he shipped her off to help in Tear. I think if she went to such lengths to just to help Rand (instead of a BA who would probably be fine with avoiding notice and being able to come/go as will), it seems unlikely (although not impossible) for her to BA.
  6. I PM'd you the other day by mistake Luckers instead of posting it here, sorry! Doing it the proper way now. xD Could we get a thread on Callandor please?
  7. Maji

    Nakomi

    It seems rather unlikely that Aviendha is in Tel'aran'rhiod when Verin visits. She is familiar enough with the World of Dreams that she would most likely recognize if she were in there. She's no expert by any means but her time with the wise ones and with Elayne, it just doesn't seem to plausible. Verin was very adept at leading others down the path they needed to take all the while appearing to be oblivious to the world around her. She's already notorious in the books (even if the characters are unaware save Egwene) for her letters and using her last few days to give the Light a chance against the forces of the Dark One. Verin has already shown quite a bit of interest in the Aiel, Terez wrote a wonderful and well thought out theory on Nakomi, summarizes many reasons why she is possibly Verin http://theoryland.com/theories.php?func=5&rec=144&theo=2771
  8. I'm hoping that Rand paid a visit (whilst shutting off the bond to Elayne) and that it was part of the BT subplot which we will learn about in AMOL. There is also the good soup at the WT, supposedly made from ingredients shipped in from Caemlyn - I'm still trying to work out the timeline to see whether that can be attributed to a specific visit from Rand. If it was just the bond between Rand and Elayne then it would have been consistently sunny above the Lion Throne. That might the effect of Mat sitting within a mile of Caemlyn for nearly a month! Also, there is a line where Egwene comments on unspoiled food they just got at Tar Valon (town and Tower) and mentioned it was just imported from Caemlyn We never see evidence of Perrin producing cloudless skies. It is unlikely that Mat has this effect if Perrin does not. We have not seen that one is more powerfully ta'vern than the other. We only know that Rand is the strongest and Mat/Perrin are the same (roughly). Nothing sets these two apart so it's safe to assume that if one does not have that effect on the weather, the other does not as well. Rand has that effect and it's probable that through his bonds to these women (Min, Elayne) that the cloudless skies are occurring. We do not have confirmed on Alanna or Aviendha though since Alanna is off doing whatever Verin set her out to do and Aviendha is meeting with Nakomi and the pillars ter'angreal.
  9. New Book binding proccess, just like RJ said he would do if necessary! ;) I'm really anxious to see how Rand, Mat, Egwene, Perrin, Nynaeve, etc all handle Rand's plan for the Dark One. In a couple of POVs we get to see Rand in he states he doesn't even know how he's going to defeated the DO so this scene is definitely on the top of my list that I am waiting for. Plus it's the first time all the main characters will be together again since Tear.
  10. Maji

    Asmodean

    I think the "why/how" is more intriguing than the "who". I still think it was more of a crime of opportunity than a planed killing, so they question in my mind is was it Graendal herself or someone else. And if it was a crime of opportunity (ie: stumbled upon Asmo by mistake/chance), what was really going on to lead to that person being in the right place at the right time. Does not seem logical that someone would be waiting in a place they would expect a servant to appear to kill him on purpose... I'm guessing it was Graendal herself since Asmodean recgonized his killer. This has always made me believe it was one of the Chosen, specifically Graendal or Lanfear (although always though it was pretty unlikely even if she is spiteful enough to take out Asmodean with her 3 wishes from the Foxes).
  11. Right, Lanfear was a little too power hungry for LTT's taste which eventually led him to ditch Lanfear for Ilyena. Cannot blame the guy, I'm sure he was looking for someone a little more.. stable.. Not some power-hungry egomaniac
  12. I took a vacation day the next day so I could read it all day until the book signing that night (I live in Cincinnati). Totally worth it, I just warned my girlfriend prior to the book's released that I would be ignoring her for the day and that she had fair warning. It probably didn't hurt that I made up for it the day before. It was easy when candy is the way to her heart.. .xD
  13. Trust me, you don't want to know. 2nded Anyway, Dick and the chick fall immediately in love, but Dick cannot touch the chick because she will eat his soul if he does (but she's a nice girl). I started laughing out loud when I read this line. It's accurate though. Terrible books, but an unimaginative author (which becomes more apparent as the series literally drags on.) Like Terez I'm not sure why I finished it either, curiosity probably. >_>p I heard his new book the Nine of Nines or whatever it's called has the main characters name as Rahl also. Goodkind is definitely the Badkind of author, I'm in the group that finds a lot of his details in his worlds a little too familiar... Sisters of Light, come on... D; Back to TofM, I really enjoyed Mat and even Perrin (after a few painfully slow chapters that I could have done without. I like how Perrin finally saw Mat again for the first time since TSR and how he saw Egwene again too). Elayne wasn't even that bad this time around, maybe because her portions were so large as they were in KoD. Cadsuane still feels off but I'm ok with it since I like her more this way to be honest... xD
  14. This cover has been around for about 5-6 years at least and always seems to pop up when the new book(s) come out >_> Never really that it was that funny myself :x
  15. It definitely has it's good/bad moments but I still enjoyed it, probably more than TGS which was a very good book in opinion. A lot happens, that's for sure.
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