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  1. Our friends at the Wheel of Time Spoilers podcast have a new project in the works: Mistborn Spoilers. Following the same format, Patrick and Seth scrutinize Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series—one chapter at a time—and discuss all the nitty-gritty details, backstories, foreshadowing, and wonders that make up this fantastic series. The first three episodes focused on the background information needed to comprehend the world, the Lord Ruler, and the current life of the people. After that, they delve right into the books. I was very pleased when Seth and Patrick allowed me to be a guest host for the Prologue and Chapter 1 episodes. I’m a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, and the Mistborn series is at the top of my favorite works by him. That doesn’t mean the books are flawless. I’m very quick to point out the under presentation of women in this first novel, and the over-dependence on using rape as a plot device. That said, I do love this book, and I love these characters, and I was happy to be able to discuss them with others who are so knowledgeable. Patrick and Seth currently record Mistborn Spoilers on Monday, and for a $1 Patreon donation, you can listen live while they record! The back and forth dialogue with devoted fans adds a lot to the quality of the show, one of the reasons why both these podcasts are so popular! You can follow Wheel of Time Spoilers on Facebook or Twitter, and you can follow Mistborn Spoilers on Facebook. View full news item
  2. Our friends at the Wheel of Time Spoilers podcast have a new project in the works: Mistborn Spoilers. Following the same format, Patrick and Seth scrutinize Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series—one chapter at a time—and discuss all the nitty-gritty details, backstories, foreshadowing, and wonders that make up this fantastic series. The first three episodes focused on the background information needed to comprehend the world, the Lord Ruler, and the current life of the people. After that, they delve right into the books. I was very pleased when Seth and Patrick allowed me to be a guest host for the Prologue and Chapter 1 episodes. I’m a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson, and the Mistborn series is at the top of my favorite works by him. That doesn’t mean the books are flawless. I’m very quick to point out the under presentation of women in this first novel, and the over-dependence on using rape as a plot device. That said, I do love this book, and I love these characters, and I was happy to be able to discuss them with others who are so knowledgeable. Patrick and Seth currently record Mistborn Spoilers on Monday, and for a $1 Patreon donation, you can listen live while they record! The back and forth dialogue with devoted fans adds a lot to the quality of the show, one of the reasons why both these podcasts are so popular! You can follow Wheel of Time Spoilers on Facebook or Twitter, and you can follow Mistborn Spoilers on Facebook.
  3. I totally take credit for breaking DM. :P *Wipes at tears * Kat, your words were so heartfelt and sweet! I'm so, so lucky to have you! *lays Souvra weave on Kat* To celebrate this, I made you two siggies!
  4. My Dragonmount journey has been one of constant ups and downs, activity and inactivity, lurker and participant. However, since my most recent return in 2008, one thing has remained the same: my fondness and admiration for @Kathleen. We "met" in the Tinker's/Illuminator's Guild and found we have much in common, mostly a driving passion to be writers. We really met in 2014, at JordanCon 6, and our lives got more entangled. For four years, Kat has been my constant on Dragonmount, and even in real life. We talk on other social media outlets weekly. She's been a huge supporter of my writing, with words of encouragement that mean so much! She's helped on bad days, she's laughed with me on good days. Last month, at JordanCon10, I had the opportunity to spend even more time with Kat. Because of a last-minute surprise, she was able to attend the convention. Since my husband had to cancel, I had an extra bed and my room, and Kat became my roommate! Our time together that weekend only cemented what I'd already believed: Kat is amazing and a true friend! During one night at JCon, Kat held my hand while other con-goers read some of my published novel. It was nervewracking, and Kat was my moral support! It meant so much to me that she gave of herself so freely! My heart feels warm just remembering. So, I wanted to announce to everyone here how special Kat is to me, and ask Kat formally to be my Souvra Sister. Will you, Kat? It would mean the world to me!
  5. As announced last month, PBS will be hosting a new series called “The Great American Read.” Through a national survey, they identified the best 100 books. PBS states: This is exciting for us as booklovers, but it’s also exciting for us as Wheel of Time lovers. The Wheel of Time (the complete series) is one of the 100 nominated. The two-hour pilot airs tonight (Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018) at 8/7c. Check your local PBS station for exact time. Now here’s where devoted fans of Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time come into play. When the pilot airs, voting for the best book begins. From May 22nd until October 18th, viewers can vote DAILY! On top of that, there are two ways to vote each day. 1. Use the voting app on The Great American Read website. You’ll need to register first, using an email address or a Facebook login. 2. Post an original post on Facebook or Twitter and include the official hashtag of the book you choose. The hashtag for The Wheel of Time can be found on its page once voting has opened. Starting September 11, 2018, there will be two additional ways to vote—bringing the total to four! More on that when it’s closer. The Wheel of Time has a great advantage in a show of this format. We are vast in numbers, and our community is very close-knit. If we all band together, we can share our beloved series with the rest of the country! View full news item
  6. As announced last month, PBS will be hosting a new series called “The Great American Read.” Through a national survey, they identified the best 100 books. PBS states: This is exciting for us as booklovers, but it’s also exciting for us as Wheel of Time lovers. The Wheel of Time (the complete series) is one of the 100 nominated. The two-hour pilot airs tonight (Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018) at 8/7c. Check your local PBS station for exact time. Now here’s where devoted fans of Robert Jordan and The Wheel of Time come into play. When the pilot airs, voting for the best book begins. From May 22nd until October 18th, viewers can vote DAILY! On top of that, there are two ways to vote each day. 1. Use the voting app on The Great American Read website. You’ll need to register first, using an email address or a Facebook login. 2. Post an original post on Facebook or Twitter and include the official hashtag of the book you choose. The hashtag for The Wheel of Time can be found on its page once voting has opened. Starting September 11, 2018, there will be two additional ways to vote—bringing the total to four! More on that when it’s closer. The Wheel of Time has a great advantage in a show of this format. We are vast in numbers, and our community is very close-knit. If we all band together, we can share our beloved series with the rest of the country!
  7. It’s time for another author interview! I’m very pleased to be able to have J.S. Fields with us. J.S. is the author of the Ardulum Series, with the third book, Third Don, being released June 4, 2018. J.S. is an author, an artist, and a scientist, with a special interest in wood spalting. Q: Thank you for taking the time to talk with me, J.S. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Thank you for having me! I’m a professor, parent, professional sculptor, and most recently, author. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA but am not a dog person, which is sort of a perpetual issue in this region. I love dark chocolate, dark fantasy, and anything with a strong f/f or enby/f romance line (assuming it still has plot). Also I’m queer x10000, but I think that goes without saying. Q: Your Ardulum Series is praised as a ground-breaking space opera with special emphasis on species with more than two genders, or gender-neutral roles. How important is it to you to see this representation within the writing community? Being nonbinary myself, I am of course very tired of not seeing myself in fiction. But I think more importantly, in space science fiction, there is really no excuse to not have nonbinary genders. The binary doesn’t even routinely exist on earth, so why in the world would it exist for every species we might meet in space? While representation clearly matters, I think I’m actually more insulted on a science front when I read science fiction that doesn’t include nonbinary genders. How can anyone claim to be a scientist and not understand (or embrace) the natural variability of living systems? On the representation front, I think in many ways science fiction has not really evolved in terms of gender. Sexuality has always been explored (not always well, or respectfully), but gender seems to be this big hurdle writers can’t get around (exceptions, of course, do exist). We can imagine hyperdrives and wormholes, but not the idea that this person with breasts and a vulva isn’t a woman. And the more space science fiction, especially, pushes the boundaries of sexuality, the more the lack of gender representation stands out. It’s demoralizing and, quite frankly, incredibly ignorant, to imagine worlds where, say, everyone is ‘anatomically female,’ so of course there are lesbians, but no one ever seems to stop and go, oh, hey, just because they have these parts doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t have men, or enbies. It feels like conscious erasure, like nonbinary and trans people are just too much work to put into a narrative. Because calling someone with a penis a woman is so much harder than a two-page treatise on how a civilization evolved on a tidally locked planet inside a wormhole. Q: Your series introduces several new species. Can you explain a bit about them, and how they are different/similar to humanity or other alien species we’ve grown accustomed to? ARDULUM has a number of non-human species. In fact, humans, while present, are not POV characters, nor do they drive the narrative. I did make a conscious effort to make most of my aliens humanoid. This was for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: 1) reader familiarity: while some readers love a good goopy, phase-shifting being, if you don’t have humans as your main characters, you will lose readers who cannot connect with goopy-protag. 2) technology: we all work within the ecosystems that support us. It makes sense that bipeds would generally congregate together due to similarities in needs. Hence, while it is made apparent in the series that plenty of variation exists across the galaxy, the bipeds mostly hang out in biped-specific establishments. This means they generally only meet other bipeds. Some exclusions occur, and in fact, it is the interaction of biped/non-biped interactions that drive a lot of the narrative 3) genetics and reproductive fitness: there are a lot of genetic narratives in play in the ARDULUM series, and for those to work, I need genetically related species. Genetic relations generally tend to mean you look like the person you’re related to (on a family level or higher), so I didn’t have a lot of leeway to have non-humanoid bipeds in the narrative. 4) Sex. I like a good tentacle sex scene as much as the next person but I’m not prepared to write one. To the aliens in ARDULUM specifically: At the heart of the story is Neek (from a planet of the same name), a young woman outcast from her world for failure to tow the religious line. This species has two distinct phenotypes: the eight-fingered variety that mostly have reddish hair and variable skin melanin content, and the variety that have bone white skin and variable fingers. All secrete empathic mucous from their fingertips. There are three standard genders on Neek: male, female, and gatoi. Gatoi is third gender, and while genitals are never discussed, it is established that this gender is a player in reproduction. The Ardulans are bipedal humanoids with transparent skin (of varying melanin contents), also all with reddish hair, and also with a male/female/gatoi breakdown (you see now where the genetic through-line is coming in). To describe much more would give spoilers, unfortunately, but generally this species has some unique telekinetic abilities. Mmnnuggls are the primary non-bipeds of the series. These are ball-shaped beings that hover a few meters off the ground (the mechanics of this are not discussed). They’re generally shades of purple (sometimes so dark as to be almost black). They have four genders (primary male, secondary male, primary female, secondary female), which includes both anatomical changes and social role changes. This species was a lot of fun to write because they choose to interact with bipeds, but there is so much to understand between fundamentally different lifeforms. What are the purpose of hands, afterall, if your species has evolved to have no use for them? They probably just look downright stupid! But really, having characters like the Mmnnuggls points out the real struggle in writing aliens, and why so many books/movies chose to use a standard biped form. If you’re going to have multiple aliens, there’s just too much anatomy and culture to build to even have your species begin to interact. And the more disparate the anatomy, the more likely it is that the species require mutually-exclusive environments. And then you’re into a whole different type of science fiction. The final species of note are the Risalians, an agender, bipedal, humanoid species with a blend of mammalian and reptilian roots. These are the prerequisite blue-skinned aliens of the series (tropes help ground readers, I’ve found, when you have a lot of new information and ideas to toss at them). While the neopronouns for the Risalians threw some readers, I thought it was really important to not just give nonbinary genders a pass with ‘they,’ especially since there are so many different flavors of nonbinary in the book. Hence, every type of nonbinary gender gets its own pronoun set. The reviews on that are about what you would expect, but as a nonbinary person, it was really important to me to highlight the uniqueness of each gender. ‘They’ just wasn’t going to cut it. Q: How important is it to add romance within the series? Do you feel it’s a personal preference or more an obligation to the reader? I think that depends on what type of audience you are trying to capture. A lot of hard science fiction readers aren’t looking for romance. Romance readers, clearly, are. Yet, it’s very hard to market a book as f/f and not have some romance (although it really shouldn’t be. Lesbians are allowed to have autonomous lives without chasing tail constantly). For me personally, I like to see a romance line in a heavier plot, because I just haven’t had the opportunity to see the kinds of relationships I engage in mirrored in fiction. Hence, my books always have a romance line which is integral to the story, although as in the case of ARDULUM, the purpose behind it is so deeply wound in with the plot that you don’t see its purpose until the very end. Q: Do you have any authors that have influenced your writing? Not particularly. I think a lot of TV shows influenced me though, especially the slew of 9pm sci fi serials that used to play on FOX back in the 80s and 90s. M.AN.T.I.S., VR5, Time Trax, these were the shows that shaped my understanding of science fiction/fantasy and inspired me to write. Q: Your scientific background is amazing! How does your academic work influence your fiction writing? Specifically for the ARDULUM series, the science part of the book is entirely informed by my background in wood science. I get to interact with some really neat tech as part of my job, and it was a great opportunity to get to showcase some of that work in fiction. In THIRD DON, I got to play with the other end of my research, fungi, and I think any mycophiles reading it will be pleasantly surprised with the nods to the science of wood decay. Q: Do you have any other fiction projects in the works? I am currently querying a YA fantasy with a nonbinary protagonist, where the magical system is based on spalting fungi (there’s that academic tie-in again). There will also be a fourth ARDULUM book—a book of shorts that contains origin stories for the main characters. Q: Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you, or your series? One of the best ways to support authors, especially indy and small press authors, is to leave reviews, especially on Amazon! If you read any of the ARDULUM books I would love it if you would take a few minutes and leave an Amazon review. It can be something as simple as ‘Boobs!’ or a several page narrative. One start or five, every review matters. And of course if you want to chat, whether to bemoan the very slow-burn romance of Neek and Emn, or to work through the mechanics of cellulose microkinesis, you are always welcome to engage with me on Twitter. You can check out J.S.’s website, Twitter, or Goodread’s page for more information. First Don and Second Don are currently available, and Third Don is available for preorder from NineStar Press. View full news item
  8. It’s time for another author interview! I’m very pleased to be able to have J.S. Fields with us. J.S. is the author of the Ardulum Series, with the third book, Third Don, being released June 4, 2018. J.S. is an author, an artist, and a scientist, with a special interest in wood spalting. Q: Thank you for taking the time to talk with me, J.S. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Thank you for having me! I’m a professor, parent, professional sculptor, and most recently, author. I live in the Pacific Northwest of the USA but am not a dog person, which is sort of a perpetual issue in this region. I love dark chocolate, dark fantasy, and anything with a strong f/f or enby/f romance line (assuming it still has plot). Also I’m queer x10000, but I think that goes without saying. Q: Your Ardulum Series is praised as a ground-breaking space opera with special emphasis on species with more than two genders, or gender-neutral roles. How important is it to you to see this representation within the writing community? Being nonbinary myself, I am of course very tired of not seeing myself in fiction. But I think more importantly, in space science fiction, there is really no excuse to not have nonbinary genders. The binary doesn’t even routinely exist on earth, so why in the world would it exist for every species we might meet in space? While representation clearly matters, I think I’m actually more insulted on a science front when I read science fiction that doesn’t include nonbinary genders. How can anyone claim to be a scientist and not understand (or embrace) the natural variability of living systems? On the representation front, I think in many ways science fiction has not really evolved in terms of gender. Sexuality has always been explored (not always well, or respectfully), but gender seems to be this big hurdle writers can’t get around (exceptions, of course, do exist). We can imagine hyperdrives and wormholes, but not the idea that this person with breasts and a vulva isn’t a woman. And the more space science fiction, especially, pushes the boundaries of sexuality, the more the lack of gender representation stands out. It’s demoralizing and, quite frankly, incredibly ignorant, to imagine worlds where, say, everyone is ‘anatomically female,’ so of course there are lesbians, but no one ever seems to stop and go, oh, hey, just because they have these parts doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t have men, or enbies. It feels like conscious erasure, like nonbinary and trans people are just too much work to put into a narrative. Because calling someone with a penis a woman is so much harder than a two-page treatise on how a civilization evolved on a tidally locked planet inside a wormhole. Q: Your series introduces several new species. Can you explain a bit about them, and how they are different/similar to humanity or other alien species we’ve grown accustomed to? ARDULUM has a number of non-human species. In fact, humans, while present, are not POV characters, nor do they drive the narrative. I did make a conscious effort to make most of my aliens humanoid. This was for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: 1) reader familiarity: while some readers love a good goopy, phase-shifting being, if you don’t have humans as your main characters, you will lose readers who cannot connect with goopy-protag. 2) technology: we all work within the ecosystems that support us. It makes sense that bipeds would generally congregate together due to similarities in needs. Hence, while it is made apparent in the series that plenty of variation exists across the galaxy, the bipeds mostly hang out in biped-specific establishments. This means they generally only meet other bipeds. Some exclusions occur, and in fact, it is the interaction of biped/non-biped interactions that drive a lot of the narrative 3) genetics and reproductive fitness: there are a lot of genetic narratives in play in the ARDULUM series, and for those to work, I need genetically related species. Genetic relations generally tend to mean you look like the person you’re related to (on a family level or higher), so I didn’t have a lot of leeway to have non-humanoid bipeds in the narrative. 4) Sex. I like a good tentacle sex scene as much as the next person but I’m not prepared to write one. To the aliens in ARDULUM specifically: At the heart of the story is Neek (from a planet of the same name), a young woman outcast from her world for failure to tow the religious line. This species has two distinct phenotypes: the eight-fingered variety that mostly have reddish hair and variable skin melanin content, and the variety that have bone white skin and variable fingers. All secrete empathic mucous from their fingertips. There are three standard genders on Neek: male, female, and gatoi. Gatoi is third gender, and while genitals are never discussed, it is established that this gender is a player in reproduction. The Ardulans are bipedal humanoids with transparent skin (of varying melanin contents), also all with reddish hair, and also with a male/female/gatoi breakdown (you see now where the genetic through-line is coming in). To describe much more would give spoilers, unfortunately, but generally this species has some unique telekinetic abilities. Mmnnuggls are the primary non-bipeds of the series. These are ball-shaped beings that hover a few meters off the ground (the mechanics of this are not discussed). They’re generally shades of purple (sometimes so dark as to be almost black). They have four genders (primary male, secondary male, primary female, secondary female), which includes both anatomical changes and social role changes. This species was a lot of fun to write because they choose to interact with bipeds, but there is so much to understand between fundamentally different lifeforms. What are the purpose of hands, afterall, if your species has evolved to have no use for them? They probably just look downright stupid! But really, having characters like the Mmnnuggls points out the real struggle in writing aliens, and why so many books/movies chose to use a standard biped form. If you’re going to have multiple aliens, there’s just too much anatomy and culture to build to even have your species begin to interact. And the more disparate the anatomy, the more likely it is that the species require mutually-exclusive environments. And then you’re into a whole different type of science fiction. The final species of note are the Risalians, an agender, bipedal, humanoid species with a blend of mammalian and reptilian roots. These are the prerequisite blue-skinned aliens of the series (tropes help ground readers, I’ve found, when you have a lot of new information and ideas to toss at them). While the neopronouns for the Risalians threw some readers, I thought it was really important to not just give nonbinary genders a pass with ‘they,’ especially since there are so many different flavors of nonbinary in the book. Hence, every type of nonbinary gender gets its own pronoun set. The reviews on that are about what you would expect, but as a nonbinary person, it was really important to me to highlight the uniqueness of each gender. ‘They’ just wasn’t going to cut it. Q: How important is it to add romance within the series? Do you feel it’s a personal preference or more an obligation to the reader? I think that depends on what type of audience you are trying to capture. A lot of hard science fiction readers aren’t looking for romance. Romance readers, clearly, are. Yet, it’s very hard to market a book as f/f and not have some romance (although it really shouldn’t be. Lesbians are allowed to have autonomous lives without chasing tail constantly). For me personally, I like to see a romance line in a heavier plot, because I just haven’t had the opportunity to see the kinds of relationships I engage in mirrored in fiction. Hence, my books always have a romance line which is integral to the story, although as in the case of ARDULUM, the purpose behind it is so deeply wound in with the plot that you don’t see its purpose until the very end. Q: Do you have any authors that have influenced your writing? Not particularly. I think a lot of TV shows influenced me though, especially the slew of 9pm sci fi serials that used to play on FOX back in the 80s and 90s. M.AN.T.I.S., VR5, Time Trax, these were the shows that shaped my understanding of science fiction/fantasy and inspired me to write. Q: Your scientific background is amazing! How does your academic work influence your fiction writing? Specifically for the ARDULUM series, the science part of the book is entirely informed by my background in wood science. I get to interact with some really neat tech as part of my job, and it was a great opportunity to get to showcase some of that work in fiction. In THIRD DON, I got to play with the other end of my research, fungi, and I think any mycophiles reading it will be pleasantly surprised with the nods to the science of wood decay. Q: Do you have any other fiction projects in the works? I am currently querying a YA fantasy with a nonbinary protagonist, where the magical system is based on spalting fungi (there’s that academic tie-in again). There will also be a fourth ARDULUM book—a book of shorts that contains origin stories for the main characters. Q: Is there anything else you’d like readers to know about you, or your series? One of the best ways to support authors, especially indy and small press authors, is to leave reviews, especially on Amazon! If you read any of the ARDULUM books I would love it if you would take a few minutes and leave an Amazon review. It can be something as simple as ‘Boobs!’ or a several page narrative. One start or five, every review matters. And of course if you want to chat, whether to bemoan the very slow-burn romance of Neek and Emn, or to work through the mechanics of cellulose microkinesis, you are always welcome to engage with me on Twitter. You can check out J.S.’s website, Twitter, or Goodread’s page for more information. First Don and Second Don are currently available, and Third Don is available for preorder from NineStar Press.
  9. That would be awesome, @Dar'Jen Ab Owain! I'll add you to the thread!
  10. @ed2funy Ghosts is the least of our concerns! Personally, I'd welcome ghosts!
  11. *LOL* Seriously, I turned off the button. I had no idea they were all posting here. DM has ghosts or something.
  12. Thanks, Kaylee! I'd welcome the extra help! I'll add you to the thread right now!
  13. Most Wheel of Time fans know that Robert Jordan, besides being an avid writer, was an avid reader. On the lastest episode of Wheel of Time Spoilers, Wilson Grooms—Jordan's relative—stated that Jordan was reading one book a day. This led his personal library to reach over 10,000 books. And that collection will soon be available for purchase from Mr. K’s Used Books, CDs, DVDs and More: For those in the areas, the four Mr. K's locations are in Asheville, North Carolina, Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina, and Johnson City, Tennessee. You can see a map of their locations here. Don't miss out on the opportunity of owning one of Robert Jordan's personal books! View full news item
  14. Most Wheel of Time fans know that Robert Jordan, besides being an avid writer, was an avid reader. On the lastest episode of Wheel of Time Spoilers, Wilson Grooms—Jordan's relative—stated that Jordan was reading one book a day. This led his personal library to reach over 10,000 books. And that collection will soon be available for purchase from Mr. K’s Used Books, CDs, DVDs and More: For those in the areas, the four Mr. K's locations are in Asheville, North Carolina, Charleston and Greenville, South Carolina, and Johnson City, Tennessee. You can see a map of their locations here. Don't miss out on the opportunity of owning one of Robert Jordan's personal books!
  15. Ugh, this isn't supposed to be duplicating the post here. *LOL* Sorry if it seems I'm spamming this board!
  16. Hello, all! The White Ajah is looking for people who are willing to assist us in a White event coming soon. If interested, please let me know!
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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 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! View full news item
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