Thanks for the welcome and the useful info. It will definitely come in handy! (And no confusion here!)
I've finished all the books and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of A Memory of Light. I can't wait for it to come out! Every time I see Brandon Sanderson's progress bar go up I get excited. My favorite characters are Aviendha, Lan, and Mat. I find Elayne, Nynaeve, and (yes, I'll admit it) even Rand annoying. Mat took a while to grow on me - I didn't like his immaturity in the first few books - but I love him now. He's so funny, and I enjoy a reluctant hero. I like Aviendha and Lan because they are both strong warriors with soft sides who have been true to their nature throughout the entire series. I used to like Egwene and Perrin more in the earlier books, but I'm sorta off of them now. I liked Perrin's straightforwardness and loyalty, but I found his dogged persistence in finding Faile (which inextricably hardened him) to be exhausting. I think Egwene's a little ridiculous in her treatment of Gawyn, but I understand why she does it. As for my favorite Forsaken, well. . .they're all mostly unloveable, but I have a little bit of soft spot for Lanfear because I think she still has a pinprick of decency left somewhere in her. She wasn't attracted to the Dark One because of power but more out of revenge towards Lews Therin since he broke off his relationship with her.
I made sure to donate to the JordanCon/Mayo Clinic initiative. It would be so cool if my name got drawn to be a character in the upcoming book! I do like to write too, but mostly I write on a professional level. Writing fiction is a hobby that I don't get to indulge in too often.
I will be checking out the other forums and seeing how it all works. So far, I haven't found it too difficult to navigate.