Mashiara Sedai

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  1. Our friends at Wheel of Time Spoilers reached their milestone 100th episode while attending JordanCon 10. To celebrate this prestigious event, Seth and Patrick sat down with Jason Denzel, Brad Kane, and Wilson Grooms. To listen to Episode 100, click here! This episode, recorded live at JordanCon, delved into many topics. Most importantly being the current status of The Wheel of Time television show. During the Team Jordan panel at JordanCon, Jason asked Harriet McDougal of the show’s fate. For those unable to attend that panel, Jason shares the basics here. Wilson, who has been a big part of The Wheel of Time fandom, including helping Robert Jordan update his blog posts during his treatments, also shares some fond memories. Wilson talks about Jordan’s love for reading, his days in the military, and the process of publishing The Wheel of Time stories. For more from Wheel of Time Spoilers, you can check out their recent interview with Dragonmount, their website, or their new spin-off of sorts, Mistborn Spoilers. View full news item
  2. This summer, PBS is hosting an eight-part series dedicated to discovering America's favorite books. A list of 100 books have been selected, and the PBS series will focus on narrowing down these top picks to select one winner. Naturally, The Wheel of Time series is included on this list. The first episode—which premieres May 22nd—will consist of a two-hour introduction, highlighting each of the 100 books, and what they have contributed to American culture. The show will continue with one-hour episodes in a documentary style with authors, celebrities, and book lovers, discussing the nominated books. The finale will air in October and the winner will be announced. Here’s where you come in. The point of the show is to narrow the results, and to do so, PBS is asking Americans to vote! We all know The Wheel of Time fandom is the best in the world, so we’re calling on all of you to let everyone know how amazing our beloved series is. Voting will open on May 22, in conjunction with the two-hour premier, and can be done online and through social media outlets. Follow “The Great American Read” on their website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. And always check back to Dragonmount for updates!
  3. Fandom Flair: Asha'man Coat

    It wouldn’t be JordanCon without a new, Wheel of Time related costume. The convention starts tomorrow, so in preparation, I made myself an Asha’man coat. I’ve been wanting one forever—some of you might remember when I posted this picture of what I envisioned a female Asha’man coat to be like. JordanCon 10, plus Dragonmount’s 20-year anniversary, seemed like the best time to make my dream a reality. First, I started with this pattern, selection D. The military style seemed to fit my vision, and I loved that it had a high collar. The pattern is classified as “easy,” but it was the trickiest pattern I’ve sewn to date. My Aes Sedai and sul’dam dresses were much easier. Either way, I followed the directions for the jacket, but I skipped the lining. I used black poplin—an inexpensive and forgiving fabric—for the project, with a few snippets of a white satin for the pockets, and about a yard of interfacing. I probably spent less than $15 on the fabrics. A great deal for such an ambition outfit. The most impressive thing is how much the coat flairs out! It's got a ton of fabric in the sides giving it an extra fluff. I gave myself the time frame of a week to complete this. I finished it in a week. I took my time, allowing breaks when the sewing grew monotonous. In all, I’d estimate the number of hours as fifteen, total. Of course, I still consider myself an apprentice seamstress, so a more skilled worker could probably finish it in much less! A modification I added to this was using Velcro to fasten the front close instead of installing real buttons and button holes. I sewed the buttons to the front flap to give the illusion of actual button holes. This was to prevent puckering of the fabric between the buttons. My button choice was calculated, though I discovered later that there were yin-yang buttons on Etsy. I may change out my buttons at some point in the future. But for now, I selected these. I bought them from SAS Fabrics, a warehouse chain in the Phoenix area. These have an industrial feel to them I really love! For the completed outfit, I paired my jacket with black nylons and black boots. I must say, I love it! To celebrate JordanCon, I also indulged and bought myself the Badali Dedicated/Asha’man pin set! It used up my birthday present for the year, but it’s worth it. (Picture with those forthcoming after my Black Tower pinning ceremony!) Be sure to follow the JordanCon Facebook page to keep up to date with the festivities!
  4. Wheel of Time Spoilers 100th Episode

    Our friends at Wheel of Time Spoilers reached their milestone 100th episode while attending JordanCon 10. To celebrate this prestigious event, Seth and Patrick sat down with Jason Denzel, Brad Kane, and Wilson Grooms. To listen to Episode 100, click here! This episode, recorded live at JordanCon, delved into many topics. Most importantly being the current status of The Wheel of Time television show. During the Team Jordan panel at JordanCon, Jason asked Harriet McDougal of the show’s fate. For those unable to attend that panel, Jason shares the basics here. Wilson, who has been a big part of The Wheel of Time fandom, including helping Robert Jordan update his blog posts during his treatments, also shares some fond memories. Wilson talks about Jordan’s love for reading, his days in the military, and the process of publishing The Wheel of Time stories. For more from Wheel of Time Spoilers, you can check out their recent interview with Dragonmount, their website, or their new spin-off of sorts, Mistborn Spoilers.
  5. This year marked the 10th anniversary of JordanCon. It's truly amazing that the dedication and loyalty of so many Wheel of Time lovers has turned this convention with a modest beginning into a yearly pilgrimage for many fans. The depth of love from all the people involved--from the staff, to the volunteers, to the attendees--is a testament to Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time series. To celebrate the milestone of ten amazing years, during the opening ceremonies, a video overview was shown. It highlighted Robert Jordan, his fight with amyloidosis, and the following years of JordanCon where his life and his life's work were/are celebrated. After this played for the crowd of con-goers, I can pretty much guarantee there was not a dry eye. You can view the video here. Even without being surrounded by hundreds of other fans, this is still beautifully touching. The song fit the theme of this year's JordanCon, SeanCon: the Return. But the deeper meaning is there. If you've ever had the privilege of attending a Wheel of Time related event, you know that meeting fellow fans is like a homecoming. View full news item
  6. Welcome Home to JordanCon Video

    This year marked the 10th anniversary of JordanCon. It's truly amazing that the dedication and loyalty of so many Wheel of Time lovers has turned this convention with a modest beginning into a yearly pilgrimage for many fans. The depth of love from all the people involved--from the staff, to the volunteers, to the attendees--is a testament to Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time series. To celebrate the milestone of ten amazing years, during the opening ceremonies, a video overview was shown. It highlighted Robert Jordan, his fight with amyloidosis, and the following years of JordanCon where his life and his life's work were/are celebrated. After this played for the crowd of con-goers, I can pretty much guarantee there was not a dry eye. You can view the video here. Even without being surrounded by hundreds of other fans, this is still beautifully touching. The song fit the theme of this year's JordanCon, SeanCon: the Return. But the deeper meaning is there. If you've ever had the privilege of attending a Wheel of Time related event, you know that meeting fellow fans is like a homecoming.
  7. JordanCon 10 (2018)

    Highlighting the shenanigans of JordanCon 10
  8. SeanCon 2: The Return Recap

    This year’s JordanCon was epic in proportion, first because it was the tenth year of the convention (according to Jennifer Liang, everyone thought the first JordanCon would be the last JordanCon), and second because this year marks the 20th anniversary of Dragonmount. Arriving Thursday night was like coming home to a group of very good friends. After checking into my hotel room around midnight, I headed down to the lobby and promptly began deep, philosophical discussions about The Wheel of Time series with none other than Paul Bielaczyc—though there was a moment when he got The Wheel of Time mixed up with HG Wells’ The Time Machine…. That, in a nutshell, is JordanCon. Approach any person, say hello, and they’re your friend for life. This year’s lineup of panels and guests was colossal. If I had to list a negative part of the Con experience this year, it was that too many amazing panels happened simultaneously. I had many difficult decisions to make, and I feel many other Con-goers had the same dilemma. This year’s Toastmaster, and Empress—may she live forever—of the Seanchan’s glorious Return was Aubree Pham. The Seanchan theme continued throughout the event, including a game in which members of the Low Blood were required to eliminate members of the High Blood. Even the annual Saturday night dance party was the Homecoming: One Night in Falme. Naturally, the Author Guest of Honor for the year of Dragonmount’s 20th birthday was Jason Denzel. He attended many panels, hosted a Kaffeeklatsch, read a snippet of the next series he plans after the Mystic trilogy is finished, and talked at length with Matt Hatch of Theoryland about the origins of their respective websites—including an incident that happened at JordanCon 1 involving Brandon Sanderson’s newly finished, and unpublished copy of The Gathering Storm, Brandon’s credit card, and a Kinkos. The Artist Guest of Honor was Stephanie Law. Her artwork was spectacularly displayed in the vendor’s hall, and she dazzled attendees with a watercolor demo. The highlight was the “Women in Illustration” panel, with other artists, Ariel Burgess, Melissa Gay, Amanda Makepeace, and Angela Sasser. In another panel, Stephanie, Angela, and Ariel also helped explain Patreon—the ins and outs of the subscription service, and how to determine if it’s a worthwhile investment of your time and energy. For me, personally, one of the best moments was being inducted as an Asha’man into Bill Nesbitt’s Black Tower. I worked very hard on my Asha’man costume to be ready for the pinning ceremony. But even better was the Wheel of Time discussion at the party afterward. For more than an hour, there was a healthy debate over the nature of the Creator and the Dark One, and whether it was possible that Rand was actually the Creator. The next day, I talked to Matt Hatch, and he solved the debate in less than a minute. Though his presence at the party would have solved it quickly, as the Knights Radiant are fond of saying: “Journey before destination.” For the Daes Dae’mar trivia contest, Dragonmount had an official team entry! It consisted of myself, Verbal32, Keyholder21, Songstress, Hallia, Kathleen, and Leelou, plus four other friends we found along the way: Monica, Jeanine, Anna, and Natalie. Through our valiant efforts, we tied for second place. The dreaded Theresa Gray (Terez from Theoryland) determined our answers were subpar, so she awarded the other team, The Salty Wetlanders, second place, and awarded us third. Naturally, the team Gap of Infinity—consisting of Theorylanders—won first place. We’ll have to do a rematch next year. So Dragonmounters, start your re-reads and be prepared! And though Dragonmount’s birthday isn’t until September—Jenn Liang was very definitive of the month—we still celebrated! We had as many people as possible crammed into a suite, and while everyone chatted and indulged in merry-making, we also had a Wheel of Time spelling bee. We were doing okay until we got the word “Ta'maral'ailen.” Jason couldn’t pronounce it. Brandon couldn’t pronounce it. Maria Simons (of Team Jordan fame), wasn’t in the room. But we did have contestants successfully spell Tel’aran’hriod, Tarmon Gai’don, and Asmodean, to name a few (that last one was me). I also had several opportunities to talk with Seth and Patrick from Wheel of Time Spoilers. They even mentioned how they kicked off their newest podcast Mistborn Spoilers. They’re starting at the very beginning of the first trilogy, so make sure to start while it’s new! This was my fifth JordanCon, and it was the best of the bunch so far! The guests were amazingly friendly and accessible. The game hall had activities going nonstop. Every corner of the hotel was filled with people who love The Wheel of Time as much as me. If there’s such a thing as paradise on Earth, it’s JordanCon! You can already order tickets for JordanCon 11: Shai’Con. The Guest of Honor will be Brent Weeks, author of The Night Angel trilogy and the Lightbringer series. The Artist Guest of Honor will be Dan dos Santos, well known in our circle for his ebook cover of the The Fires of Heaven, as well as the cover of Warbreaker. The Toastmaster will be Paul Bielaczyc—which is self-explanatory since the theme is Shai’Con. If you missed out on the fun this year, don’t make the same mistake for next year! I hope to see you all there! You can see a collection of JordanCon pictures in the Dragonmount Gallery, or browse through the JordanCon Facebook group!