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  1. TarValon.net’s annual Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications: This year’s topic is: How do you plan to use your education in a way that exemplifies being a Servant of All? If you're interested in combining your academic studies and your love of The Wheel of Time, make sure you submit your applications before June 5th! View full news item
  2. This week I stared doing some light exercises. Since having surgery in March--and still having open wounds on my chest--the amount of activities I can do are very limited. I was doing walks 4-5 times a week for the past few weeks, but now I started to do some weight lifting. Simple things, really. Nothing too strenuous. Push ups, lunges, squats. Things like that. It's been really nice! After the Monday's session I felt like I was going to throw up! That's how inactive my body has been. But yesterday's session was better and easier. I think I'll have to do more repetitions since I didn't feel as tired as Monday and Tuesday.
  3. Halfway through the month, but I'm feeling motivated, so I'm jumping on it! I'm not one to read non-fiction. So, I thought it would be an interesting avenue to explore. The last non-fiction book I read was "Teaching Like a Champion," a book that gives helpful hints on how to manage a classroom. It was actually really great, and as a first-year teacher, I really needed all the help I could get. Other non-fiction books I've read include "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running" by Haruki Murakami. He's a Japanese novelist who decided he needed to stay active since he was spending so much time writing. He shares how he learned to love running and now competes in triathlons! It was an amazing read! What non-fiction books have you read?
  4. Okay *deep breath* So, I went into this procedure with an expectation of getting a body image I liked. As I said before, the doctor said she'd get my breasts as small as safely possible. That is something I can respect. However, I have been an unquenchable ball of rage for the past four weeks. At one of my appointments, my doctor mentioned how I felt my breasts were still too big. She said she could have taken them smaller but she decided not to because she wanted them to be proportional to my body. What? I'd made it clear I wanted SMALL breasts. Very, very clear. Unfortunately, that was one appointment my husband wasn't able to attend with me, so I was left to feel this overwhelming sense of fury all on my own. Now, I'm very soft spoken in person, so I didn't blow up at my doctor for misleading me. Rather, I've contained it inside my body for four weeks. I cry every few days because my rage is limitless. So, yesterday at my appointment I finally worked up the correct way to address this. I knew yelling at the doctor and releasing my anger would not be an appropriate tactic--which was why it took me several weeks to analyse my emotions and express them calmly. So, I asked what options there were to get my breasts smaller because I was still very unsatisfied with the size. I admitted that I'm crying most days when I look and see how big they are. I mean, I have been going through daily torment with the surgery alone, and to not have satisfying results on top of it? Double frustration. And of course she was understanding and compassionate. She said she would fix it. I know she's an expert and I'm sure she's dealt with a lot of women who are looking for an aesthetically pleasing body. I'm not one of those women. I want my body to be comfortable and I am still so UNCOMFORTABLE. Ugh.... Anyway, she said she'll fix it. We'll have to wait 4-5 months, but she'll fix it. She reaffirmed there would not be any additional costs, besides the biopsy of any tissue removed. That's acceptable. I'm still terribly pissed, but at least I have her confirmation we can still get this done and it won't be more of a financial burden. *deep breath again* I guess I'm just tired of having people second guess my personal choices. I knew what I wanted and I wasn't listened to. But she'll fix it, and I won't have to pay for another round of surgery, so I'll get the results I wanted, just not in a timely manner.
  5. Great job on the last two film reports, James! I haven't seen Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. As I'm not particularly inclined to like war films, I'm sure I won't. But I did watch Zero Dark Thirty and found it to be very interesting. I've watched too many movies to count over the last month and a half of isolation. We're watching at least one a night, sometimes two. However, most of the ones we're watching are repeats. We watched the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe collection. We watched all the X-Men films. We watched all the Star Wars films. We watched all the Matrix films. We're currently watching the DC ones, and the Star Trek remakes. Then we watched The Sound of Music which my husband had never seen! That was really fun to watch again. For new ones, we did watch one called The Set-Up (1949). It was about a boxer who wanted to fight one last time and his wife's inability to support him while he gets beat up. It was really good. I haven't seen Aqua Man yet, so that will be new when we get to it.
  6. Hello, all! Welcome back to another Community Round-Up! Let’s dive right in. Some major news on the Amazon Prime Wheel of Time show, Daniel Henney—who plays Lan Mandragoran—did a Q&A on Instagram this week. It was amazing to listen to the obvious reverence Daniel has for Lan. As someone who has loved Lan dearly since I first read the series (my Dragonmount name is Mashiara, so my love for this character should be pretty obvious), I am beyond excited to see Daniel in this role. The happiness of JordanCONline last month can’t be put into words. I am so thankful for Jenn and Jimmy Liang, as well as all the JordanCon staff and volunteers who helped put the event together. It was amazing to spend time with friends and listen to Wheel of Time related discussions. The highlight, of course, being when Rafe Judkins—the show runner for the Amazon Prime show—joined the WoT on Prime panel. Rafe, obviously under a non-disclosure agreement, was limited in what he could say. But he did share plenty of great information that already had the panelists, especially Matt Hatch of The Dusty Wheel, theorizing. You can read a quick synopsis of Rafe’s Q&A here, or check out all the JordanCONline recorded panels on their YouTube channel. Dragonmount’s The Wheel of Time Community Show recapped all that happened at JordanCONline! You can watch Ebony and Thom discuss here! Along those same lines, JordanCon’s March Madness Fantasy Artifacts brackets came to a close. The ultimate winner was: the Chodean Kal! Not really a surprise there, in my opinion. This event was a lot of fun and I’d love to see it happen again next year. Tor.com’s Sylas K Barrett—who is currently doing his first time read through of the series—highlighted the changes we see from Mat Cauthon as the series progresses. Sylas is currently on The Shadow Rising, which is where Mat visits Rhuidean and goes through the second doorframe Ter’angreal. That trip certainly does change him! But Sylas also points out how the other characters are unable, or unwilling, to see these changes. It’s a very interesting read! You can check out all of Sylas’s writings on The Wheel of Time here! Is anyone play Animal Crossing in their downtime? I know I am. And here’s great news, there’s a WoT Animal Crossing Group on Facebook! You can play with Wheel of Time friends—some of which even have WoT themed islands, clothes, and landscapes. (As mentioned above, I love Lan, so my island is named Malkier.) You can even find random Animal Crossing things in other WoT spaces. Christopher posted this in the JordanCon group: his creation of the Wheel and Serpent pattern you can use in the game! Now onto the memes! This one I really like because I think Galad will help the Children of the Light become less evil. And of course everyone is so happy for the new reaction of Facebook! That's all of this edition. Don't you think Daniel Henney is going to be amazing as Lan? Please leave your comments below! View full news item
  7. Hello, all! Welcome back to another Community Round-Up! Let’s dive right in. Some major news on the Amazon Prime Wheel of Time show, Daniel Henney—who plays Lan Mandragoran—did a Q&A on Instagram this week. It was amazing to listen to the obvious reverence Daniel has for Lan. As someone who has loved Lan dearly since I first read the series (my Dragonmount name is Mashiara, so my love for this character should be pretty obvious), I am beyond excited to see Daniel in this role. The happiness of JordanCONline last month can’t be put into words. I am so thankful for Jenn and Jimmy Liang, as well as all the JordanCon staff and volunteers who helped put the event together. It was amazing to spend time with friends and listen to Wheel of Time related discussions. The highlight, of course, being when Rafe Judkins—the show runner for the Amazon Prime show—joined the WoT on Prime panel. Rafe, obviously under a non-disclosure agreement, was limited in what he could say. But he did share plenty of great information that already had the panelists, especially Matt Hatch of The Dusty Wheel, theorizing. You can read a quick synopsis of Rafe’s Q&A here, or check out all the JordanCONline recorded panels on their YouTube channel. Dragonmount’s The Wheel of Time Community Show recapped all that happened at JordanCONline! You can watch Ebony and Thom discuss here! Along those same lines, JordanCon’s March Madness Fantasy Artifacts brackets came to a close. The ultimate winner was: the Chodean Kal! Not really a surprise there, in my opinion. This event was a lot of fun and I’d love to see it happen again next year. Tor.com’s Sylas K Barrett—who is currently doing his first time read through of the series—highlighted the changes we see from Mat Cauthon as the series progresses. Sylas is currently on The Shadow Rising, which is where Mat visits Rhuidean and goes through the second doorframe Ter’angreal. That trip certainly does change him! But Sylas also points out how the other characters are unable, or unwilling, to see these changes. It’s a very interesting read! You can check out all of Sylas’s writings on The Wheel of Time here! Is anyone play Animal Crossing in their downtime? I know I am. And here’s great news, there’s a WoT Animal Crossing Group on Facebook! You can play with Wheel of Time friends—some of which even have WoT themed islands, clothes, and landscapes. (As mentioned above, I love Lan, so my island is named Malkier.) You can even find random Animal Crossing things in other WoT spaces. Christopher posted this in the JordanCon group: his creation of the Wheel and Serpent pattern you can use in the game! Now onto the memes! This one I really like because I think Galad will help the Children of the Light become less evil. And of course everyone is so happy for the new reaction of Facebook! That's all of this edition. Don't you think Daniel Henney is going to be amazing as Lan? Please leave your comments below!
  8. Good point! I don’t recall Darkhounds in book one, but wolves are probable!
  9. This weekend, JordanCon hosted an online version of the beloved convention dedicated to Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time series, and all things fantasy. The Wot on Prime panel had some amazing panelist: Jennifer Liang, Shannan Lieb, Matt Hatch, Adam Whitehead, and Daniel Green. But the surprise guest blew us all away: Rafe Judkins, the show runner for the Amazon Prime Wheel of Time show. Rafe’s presence was a complete shock to watchers on YouTube. Once everyone calmed down, the group talked about casting choices (discussing the amazing acting by Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones and how it won over the fans), the progress of the series (Rafe did nod when Matt said the series will not premier in 2020, and nodded again when Jenn said there won’t be 14 seasons), and how new fans who haven’t read the series might react to the show (Daniel promotes peace between book fans and show fans). Rafe spoke about how fans will react to his adaptation. A lot of factors play into it—alluding to what they could get a dog to do on a Saturday—but Rafe insists he’s keeping the heart and spine of the series whole. He’s casting actors on the ability to portray the soul of the character, or keeping the heart of the scene, even if it’s different from the actual scene from the books. Rafe went into detail about how hiatus has affected the show, including having all eight scripts for season two finished before they start filming it and how that will positively impact editing and the flow of shooting. He shared a story of Josha Stradowski (Rand), Marcus Rutherford (Perrin), and Barney Harris (Mat) sneaking out together in a very similar way the three ta’veren heroes are often out finding trouble. Jenn asked why Rafe wanted to be involved in The Wheel of Time show and Rafe’s answer was perfect—and reminiscent of Brandon Sanderson’s answer for finishing the series—he doesn’t want anyone else to do it because they might mess it up. Rafe continued on this topic and praised Brandon for his support on the project. Adam asked about how gender will play into the show and Rafe answered that the Wheel of Time series addressed many gender issues when it was first released and wants to focus on making sure those points are made in a modern way (my interpretation is the show will not be focusing on feminism from the 1990s, but address it from a 2020-ish perspective). He also talked about major themes of fate, hope and destiny will be prominent within the show. Matt asked how the show will honor Robert Jordan, and Rafe answered there’ll be more of a feel of Harriet McDougal (Robert Jordan’s widow), Maria Simons (Robert Jordan’s assistant and member of Team Jordan), and Brandon Sanderson. He also uses audio clips of Jordan’s book signings for help with pronunciations. Rafe feels behind the scenes footage is better left until after the actual footage has been seen. He says pictures will be released before any behind the scenes footage. Before leaving, Rafe did praise Wheel of Time fans for our kindness. Jenn had to reiterate how we try to have a “No Jerks” policy in all our spaces. After Rafe left, panelists speculated about tidbits Rafe said. The first being the reference to a dog not doing what it was supposed to on a Saturday—Jenn suggests it might be the scene where Mat flours Haral and Alsbet Luhhan’s dogs? There was also heavy emphasis on how Rafe is a huge fan of the series and how similar his answer was to Brandon Sanderson on why he got involved with the show. You can watch the recorded video on JordanCon’s YouTube page, including real-time fan chat! You can check out other JordanCONline videos here! So what do you think? Will Rafe’s fan status ease your worries? Let us know in the comments below! View full news item
  10. This weekend, JordanCon hosted an online version of the beloved convention dedicated to Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time series, and all things fantasy. The Wot on Prime panel had some amazing panelist: Jennifer Liang, Shannan Lieb, Matt Hatch, Adam Whitehead, and Daniel Green. But the surprise guest blew us all away: Rafe Judkins, the show runner for the Amazon Prime Wheel of Time show. Rafe’s presence was a complete shock to watchers on YouTube. Once everyone calmed down, the group talked about casting choices (discussing the amazing acting by Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones and how it won over the fans), the progress of the series (Rafe did nod when Matt said the series will not premier in 2020, and nodded again when Jenn said there won’t be 14 seasons), and how new fans who haven’t read the series might react to the show (Daniel promotes peace between book fans and show fans). Rafe spoke about how fans will react to his adaptation. A lot of factors play into it—alluding to what they could get a dog to do on a Saturday—but Rafe insists he’s keeping the heart and spine of the series whole. He’s casting actors on the ability to portray the soul of the character, or keeping the heart of the scene, even if it’s different from the actual scene from the books. Rafe went into detail about how hiatus has affected the show, including having all eight scripts for season two finished before they start filming it and how that will positively impact editing and the flow of shooting. He shared a story of Josha Stradowski (Rand), Marcus Rutherford (Perrin), and Barney Harris (Mat) sneaking out together in a very similar way the three ta’veren heroes are often out finding trouble. Jenn asked why Rafe wanted to be involved in The Wheel of Time show and Rafe’s answer was perfect—and reminiscent of Brandon Sanderson’s answer for finishing the series—he doesn’t want anyone else to do it because they might mess it up. Rafe continued on this topic and praised Brandon for his support on the project. Adam asked about how gender will play into the show and Rafe answered that the Wheel of Time series addressed many gender issues when it was first released and wants to focus on making sure those points are made in a modern way (my interpretation is the show will not be focusing on feminism from the 1990s, but address it from a 2020-ish perspective). He also talked about major themes of fate, hope and destiny will be prominent within the show. Matt asked how the show will honor Robert Jordan, and Rafe answered there’ll be more of a feel of Harriet McDougal (Robert Jordan’s widow), Maria Simons (Robert Jordan’s assistant and member of Team Jordan), and Brandon Sanderson. He also uses audio clips of Jordan’s book signings for help with pronunciations. Rafe feels behind the scenes footage is better left until after the actual footage has been seen. He says pictures will be released before any behind the scenes footage. Before leaving, Rafe did praise Wheel of Time fans for our kindness. Jenn had to reiterate how we try to have a “No Jerks” policy in all our spaces. After Rafe left, panelists speculated about tidbits Rafe said. The first being the reference to a dog not doing what it was supposed to on a Saturday—Jenn suggests it might be the scene where Mat flours Haral and Alsbet Luhhan’s dogs? There was also heavy emphasis on how Rafe is a huge fan of the series and how similar his answer was to Brandon Sanderson on why he got involved with the show. You can watch the recorded video on JordanCon’s YouTube page, including real-time fan chat! You can check out other JordanCONline videos here! So what do you think? Will Rafe’s fan status ease your worries? Let us know in the comments below!
  11. Though the annual JordanCon was canceled in the physical realm, they’re taking the party to a mystical place similar to tel’aran’rhiod… the internet. More specifically, JordanCon’s website, their Discord server, and other meeting apps like Zoom. Today, JordanCon released this weekend’s schedule: Thursday night will have a JordanCon countdown. Join the Discord server and party till the party starts! Friday’s events start with the “Kilts and Crowns Kickoff on our Social Media.” This event can be accessed several places, including JordanCon’s website, their Facebook group, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t say they’re not giving you options. There will also be a “Dragonsteel Kickstarter” where Brandon Sanderson and Dragonsteel will reveal their latest project. There will also be livestreams with artists Ariel Burgess and Paul Bielaczyc—Ariel’s will be demonstrating digital painting techniques, while Paul’s will host other artists for a game of Drawful. As usual, Saturday is the day for cosplay! Follow or post your own pictures on all of JordanCon’s social media accounts. Jennifer Liang and Adam Whitehead, along with other panelists, will discuss “WoT on Prime,” delving into all we know about the show and other things we can guess. No Texas Hold-em Tournament this year, but JordanCon is still raising money of the Mayo Clinic—this year’s game of choice will be “Celebrity DnD.” And no JordanCon is complete without the Saturday dance party! You’ll need to head to Zoom to see the dancing and Discord to hear the music. Sunday concludes the convention with “Fantasy Debate,” where the panelists will discuss Wheel of Time versus fantasy elements. And finally, Jenn and Jimmy Liang will end the event with the JordanCon Awards. Though we can’t be together all in one place, at least we’ll be able to spend digital time with people we love and discuss the series that brought us all together. Keep up-to-date with the details by following JordanCon on social media, or check out their website! View full news item
  12. Though the annual JordanCon was canceled in the physical realm, they’re taking the party to a mystical place similar to tel’aran’rhiod… the internet. More specifically, JordanCon’s website, their Discord server, and other meeting apps like Zoom. Today, JordanCon released this weekend’s schedule: Thursday night will have a JordanCon countdown. Join the Discord server and party till the party starts! Friday’s events start with the “Kilts and Crowns Kickoff on our Social Media.” This event can be accessed several places, including JordanCon’s website, their Facebook group, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t say they’re not giving you options. There will also be a “Dragonsteel Kickstarter” where Brandon Sanderson and Dragonsteel will reveal their latest project. There will also be livestreams with artists Ariel Burgess and Paul Bielaczyc—Ariel’s will be demonstrating digital painting techniques, while Paul’s will host other artists for a game of Drawful. As usual, Saturday is the day for cosplay! Follow or post your own pictures on all of JordanCon’s social media accounts. Jennifer Liang and Adam Whitehead, along with other panelists, will discuss “WoT on Prime,” delving into all we know about the show and other things we can guess. No Texas Hold-em Tournament this year, but JordanCon is still raising money of the Mayo Clinic—this year’s game of choice will be “Celebrity DnD.” And no JordanCon is complete without the Saturday dance party! You’ll need to head to Zoom to see the dancing and Discord to hear the music. Sunday concludes the convention with “Fantasy Debate,” where the panelists will discuss Wheel of Time versus fantasy elements. And finally, Jenn and Jimmy Liang will end the event with the JordanCon Awards. Though we can’t be together all in one place, at least we’ll be able to spend digital time with people we love and discuss the series that brought us all together. Keep up-to-date with the details by following JordanCon on social media, or check out their website!
  13. Welcome back to “Community Round-Up,” which highlights all the latest fun and news within the Wheel of Time and Sci-Fi/Fantasy community. First up, the Hugo Award has its list of Finalists! Our sponsor Tor, and its subsidiary Tor.com, have four novels up in the Best Novel category: The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan) Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing) A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK) Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing) The other two novels nominated are: The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK) The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK) The Wheel of Time series was not nominated, but Dragonmount contributor Adam Whitehead was nominated for Best Fan Writer! We wish him the best of luck as voting begins later in April. You can find more information on casting your ballot here. Most of you saw (and voted) in the March Madness Fandom Madness matchup hosted by the fansite Winter is Coming. Unsurprising, to us at least, Moiraine Damodred won the whole tournament! Here’s what the organizers have to say: You can read the details of the matchup here. Dragonmount’s Wheel of Time Community Show has two new episodes to keep you entertained while stuck at home. In one, Kitty Rallo dives into the directors of the Amazon Prime television show. She also speculates about the titles and the timing of the shows versus the books. And in the second Lanfear is back and giving advice on parenting (and flouting the quarantine rules). And let’s wrap up with some great memes! This is an oldie but a goodie from our friends at Ta’veren Tees. Something we're all excited to hear someone say in the Amazon Prime show: And since Lanfear is so hot right now.... This meme from the Facebook group Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time, can stand on its own, but sometimes the comments can make it more meaningful. That's all I have for today. I'm super excited about the Hugo nominations. Which of the nominees for Best Novel have you read?
  14. Welcome back to “Community Round-Up,” which highlights all the latest fun and news within the Wheel of Time and Sci-Fi/Fantasy community. First up, the Hugo Award has its list of Finalists! Our sponsor Tor, and its subsidiary Tor.com, have four novels up in the Best Novel category: The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan) Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing) A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK) Middlegame, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing) The other two novels nominated are: The Light Brigade, by Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK) The Ten Thousand Doors of January, by Alix E. Harrow (Redhook; Orbit UK) The Wheel of Time series was not nominated, but Dragonmount contributor Adam Whitehead was nominated for Best Fan Writer! We wish him the best of luck as voting begins later in April. You can find more information on casting your ballot here. Most of you saw (and voted) in the March Madness Fandom Madness matchup hosted by the fansite Winter is Coming. Unsurprising, to us at least, Moiraine Damodred won the whole tournament! Here’s what the organizers have to say: You can read the details of the matchup here. Dragonmount’s Wheel of Time Community Show has two new episodes to keep you entertained while stuck at home. In one, Kitty Rallo dives into the directors of the Amazon Prime television show. She also speculates about the titles and the timing of the shows versus the books. And in the second Lanfear is back and giving advice on parenting (and flouting the quarantine rules). And let’s wrap up with some great memes! This is an oldie but a goodie from our friends at Ta’veren Tees. Something we're all excited to hear someone say in the Amazon Prime show: And since Lanfear is so hot right now.... This meme from the Facebook group Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time, can stand on its own, but sometimes the comments can make it more meaningful. That's all I have for today. I'm super excited about the Hugo nominations. Which of the nominees for Best Novel have you read? View full news item
  15. Mashi ~ Head of the White Ajah If we talk about it, I’m fine. If we don’t talk about it, I’m fine.
  16. Welcome back to another Community Round-Up! There’s been a lot happening online within the Wheel of Time fandom since we’re all locked up with nothing to do. First off, Rafe Judkins—the showrunner for Amazon’s Wheel of Time television show—is also bored! He answered fan questions on Instagram! You can see a full analysis from Adam Whitehead here, including the complete transcript of the questions and answers. Speaking of bored, there are plenty of WoT themed online activities. One JordanCon’s Facebook page, Rick Martin posted an acrostic puzzle for people to try! Some crafty people are also using this time to craft WoT inspired items. This cross-stitch pattern made by Caz Willows caught my eye! It’s an amazing design and I love the mix of Aes Sedai colors and scary Trolloc skulls. If you’re interested in trying this—and cross-stitch is pretty easy for beginners!—you can purchase the pattern from Caz’s Etsy shop! And Dee Tee has a Discord channel with WoT Spoilers dedicated to testing your Wheel of Time knowledge. Stop by for a visit and play a game, or just mingle with the amazing people! And as tradition dictates, we’ll end with some memes. Okay, not really Wheel of Time related, but I thought this was fantastic! This raises an interesting question. If Mat's wily ways had continued in the Two Rivers, would any of his pranks gone far enough to land him in jail? Does Emond's Field even have a jail? The Pattern's face says it all. I don't think the Black Ajah is as cute as this, honestly. That concludes this Community Round-Up. Let's try to keep our spirits up as much as possible during these trying times! Besides re-reading Wheel of Time, what other actives are keeping you from going stir crazy?
  17. Welcome back to another Community Round-Up! There’s been a lot happening online within the Wheel of Time fandom since we’re all locked up with nothing to do. First off, Rafe Judkins—the showrunner for Amazon’s Wheel of Time television show—is also bored! He answered fan questions on Instagram! You can see a full analysis from Adam Whitehead here, including the complete transcript of the questions and answers. Speaking of bored, there are plenty of WoT themed online activities. One JordanCon’s Facebook page, Rick Martin posted an acrostic puzzle for people to try! Some crafty people are also using this time to craft WoT inspired items. This cross-stitch pattern made by Caz Willows caught my eye! It’s an amazing design and I love the mix of Aes Sedai colors and scary Trolloc skulls. If you’re interested in trying this—and cross-stitch is pretty easy for beginners!—you can purchase the pattern from Caz’s Etsy shop! And Dee Tee has a Discord channel with WoT Spoilers dedicated to testing your Wheel of Time knowledge. Stop by for a visit and play a game, or just mingle with the amazing people! And as tradition dictates, we’ll end with some memes. Okay, not really Wheel of Time related, but I thought this was fantastic! This raises an interesting question. If Mat's wily ways had continued in the Two Rivers, would any of his pranks gone far enough to land him in jail? Does Emond's Field even have a jail? The Pattern's face says it all. I don't think the Black Ajah is as cute as this, honestly. That concludes this Community Round-Up. Let's try to keep our spirits up as much as possible during these trying times! Besides re-reading Wheel of Time, what other actives are keeping you from going stir crazy? View full news item
  18. Thanks for thinking of me, @LilyElizabeth! There's just so much going on right now I'm a tad overwhelmed. As far as my recovery goes, I've hit a road stop. I had some separation in the stitches (much worse on the right breast than the left) and it set my recovery back another three weeks. I'm seeing my doctor weekly, which is lovely because I'm the type to freak out. She's been amazingly compassionate, understanding, and calming. So I'm not overly worried, I'm just frustrated that it's taking so long to heal. I've been unable to look at my wounds because it grosses me out so much, so my husband has taken over changing my bandages every day. After I shower, he has to clean them with hydrogen peroxide, add a medicated ointment of some sort, then add on a special medicated gauze (called xeroform), then put on the regular, absorbent gauze. It's a lot, but he does it lovingly and without complaint. I'm so lucky I've got such a wonderful spouse! A lot of my swelling has gone down, but my doctor let me know it'll take roughly six months for them to stabilize at the size they'll be from now on. So far, I think they're still too large, but we'll see how much more they can shrink. If not, I've already talked to her about possible liposuction to get the results I want. So, it's been rather stressful with all this going on and also the forced isolation and trying to instruct 10-year-olds with online learning. Are all you hanging in any better than me?
  19. It’s with great sadness our friends at JordanCon announced they will have to cancel the convention for 2020. In a statement released earlier today, Jennifer Liang, the convention chair of JordanCon said: It may take some time to work out all the details, including prepaid merchandise, members's tickets, and the hotel room blocks. Showing patience and understanding during this hectic time can go a long way for the JordanCon staff and board of directors. Many of these smaller conventions are taking massive hits from the Covid-19 pandemic. As a non-profit, JordanCon functions year to year, and this hiccup could cause lasting damage. I’ve seen many people on social media call for those who are fortunate enough to donate their ticket fees to the convention. This could help recoup some of the losses on the horizon. I am more than happy to support JordanCon and all it stands for. I purchased two tickets--one for me and one for my husband--and I will donate that to the convention instead of asking for a refund or having the paid price apply to next year. There will be other ways we can support JordanCon authors and artists. Many of them are also struggling with so many conventions being canceled. For those who earn their livelihood on the con tracks, now is a scary time. You can find the full list of JordanCon guests. If you’re able, buy a new book to read during quarantine! Support an artist and buy a new print to brighten up your living room! JordanCon is a family, and we want to show our family we are here for them. Keep up with the latest from JordanCon on Facebook, Twitter, or their website. View full news item
  20. It’s with great sadness our friends at JordanCon announced they will have to cancel the convention for 2020. In a statement released earlier today, Jennifer Liang, the convention chair of JordanCon said: It may take some time to work out all the details, including prepaid merchandise, members's tickets, and the hotel room blocks. Showing patience and understanding during this hectic time can go a long way for the JordanCon staff and board of directors. Many of these smaller conventions are taking massive hits from the Covid-19 pandemic. As a non-profit, JordanCon functions year to year, and this hiccup could cause lasting damage. I’ve seen many people on social media call for those who are fortunate enough to donate their ticket fees to the convention. This could help recoup some of the losses on the horizon. I am more than happy to support JordanCon and all it stands for. I purchased two tickets--one for me and one for my husband--and I will donate that to the convention instead of asking for a refund or having the paid price apply to next year. There will be other ways we can support JordanCon authors and artists. Many of them are also struggling with so many conventions being canceled. For those who earn their livelihood on the con tracks, now is a scary time. You can find the full list of JordanCon guests. If you’re able, buy a new book to read during quarantine! Support an artist and buy a new print to brighten up your living room! JordanCon is a family, and we want to show our family we are here for them. Keep up with the latest from JordanCon on Facebook, Twitter, their website, and the FAQ.
  21. Welcome back to another Community Round-Up. There’s been a lot happening online as the world around us crumbles. First up, JordanCon is holding a “Fantastic Artifacts Through the Ages March Madness.” It’s a 16-bracket game with artifacts from all over the sci-fi/fantasy realm (many are Wheel of Time related, of course). Voting on the first bracket has begun: Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and also Norse mythology) vs the One Ring (from Lord of the Rings). Go cast your vote! Earlier this week, Jaymie Greenway highlighted the most badass Aes Sedai in the Green, Red, and Gray Ajahs. Jaymie’s reasoning is spot on! And I’m so happy to talk about Red sisters we know and love. They had a rocky ending, with Elaida going so crazy, but the core of what makes Reds Red is still there and they are badasses! I can’t wait to see the other Ajahs covered—especially the White, since that is my Ajah! In gaming news, Animal Crossing New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch is set to release this Friday (March 20th). This series belongs in the fantasy genre as well since all you do it interact with talking animals. I’m a huge fan of the Animal Crossing franchise since they released the original for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. Also, who in this community doesn’t love building maps? The fan-made Happy Island Designer online app allows you to pre-plan your New Horizons island getaway. And that’s how I’ll be spending my time this week off work! And let’s leave on a high note! I’ve got lots of great memes from around the WoT social media communities. First, KatySedai on Instagram helped us all remember to wash our hands for 20 seconds. And now the memes! There's been a lot of discussion going around on "well-turned calves." I know that's what I was looking for when I met my spouse. And on that note, you can see some of the best memes from Shai'tan Posting on their new page Valan Luca's Well-Turned Meme Menagerie. As a huge fan of Nynaeve, I loved it when Sharina made an appearance in the actual timeline. I'd love some more information on how the raising ter'angreal interacts with the main world and all the parallel/mirror worlds. That's all for now. Remember to be safe out there! If you get bored in quarantine, share your favorite WoT memes with us. Post in the comments below.
  22. Welcome back to another Community Round-Up. There’s been a lot happening online as the world around us crumbles. First up, JordanCon is holding a “Fantastic Artifacts Through the Ages March Madness.” It’s a 16-bracket game with artifacts from all over the sci-fi/fantasy realm (many are Wheel of Time related, of course). Voting on the first bracket has begun: Mjolnir (Thor’s hammer, from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and also Norse mythology) vs the One Ring (from Lord of the Rings). Go cast your vote! Earlier this week, Jaymie Greenway highlighted the most badass Aes Sedai in the Green, Red, and Gray Ajahs. Jaymie’s reasoning is spot on! And I’m so happy to talk about Red sisters we know and love. They had a rocky ending, with Elaida going so crazy, but the core of what makes Reds Red is still there and they are badasses! I can’t wait to see the other Ajahs covered—especially the White, since that is my Ajah! In gaming news, Animal Crossing New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch is set to release this Friday (March 20th). This series belongs in the fantasy genre as well since all you do it interact with talking animals. I’m a huge fan of the Animal Crossing franchise since they released the original for the Nintendo GameCube in 2001. Also, who in this community doesn’t love building maps? The fan-made Happy Island Designer online app allows you to pre-plan your New Horizons island getaway. And that’s how I’ll be spending my time this week off work! And let’s leave on a high note! I’ve got lots of great memes from around the WoT social media communities. First, KatySedai on Instagram helped us all remember to wash our hands for 20 seconds. And now the memes! There's been a lot of discussion going around on "well-turned calves." I know that's what I was looking for when I met my spouse. And on that note, you can see some of the best memes from Shai'tan Posting on their new page Valan Luca's Well-Turned Meme Menagerie. As a huge fan of Nynaeve, I loved it when Sharina made an appearance in the actual timeline. I'd love some more information on how the raising ter'angreal interacts with the main world and all the parallel/mirror worlds. That's all for now. Remember to be safe out there! If you get bored in quarantine, share your favorite WoT memes with us. Post in the comments below. View full news item
  23. That sounds awful, Mother! I’m sure I would have fainted too if I saw a hole in my pinky. Blugh. When I looked at my wounds I was laying in bed just in case I did get woozy. It wasn’t as bad as I’d feared though. And I didn’t look long. Lol!
  24. Thank you all for your continued thoughts! I’m healing as best I can. On Monday, the surgery lasted five and a half hours. There was a lot to take! I wasn’t thrilled with how quickly they released me. I don’t remember the car ride home—though I talked non stop—and I only gained consciousness when we pulled up to our house. The pain was so minimal the first day, but by the second I was taking the pain killers they gave me. I had my post-op appointment on Wednesday and the doctor said everything was looking good! My anxiety hit hard at her office because they started pulling off all the wrappings and the gauze and it freaked me out. They had to lie me down and elevate my legs and give me an ice pack. It drained me. Thursday was the day I could shower. I couldn’t work up the courage to do it. But I did shower Friday morning and I felt a ton better! I stopped taking my pain meds (opioids) on Wednesday and I’ve been taking Advil instead. The pain is almost non existent. It more an uncomfortable feeling not one that hurts. I drove myself to Walgreens yesterday (less than a mile from my house) and got more gauze to line my bra. The wounds are still leaking quite a bit. I showered again this morning and FINALLY worked up the courage to look at myself. During the showers and changes of clothing I’ve kept my eyes shut tight. I looked and I cried. It’s so horrible looking! I’m so bruised and swollen. It’s awful! I’m totally numb around the center of my breast, where they moved the nipples to, and it’s all discolored. But my hubby says it looks so much better than on Wednesday when they removed the first bandages. My doctor gave me the go ahead to return to work on Monday—assuming that they don’t cancel school in our district. So the process has been long but I’m steadily improving! ❤️
  25. Welcome back to another edition of Community Round-Up where we highlight all the latest happenings in The Wheel of Time fandom and the larger Sci-Fi/Fantasy community. This week there have been some major reports about the Amazon Prime show. Adam Whitehead went into detail about the four directors picked for Season 1. The four selected are being celebrated for their diversity. To see more of their resume and what to expect from them behind the camera, you can read Adam’s article here. Theoryland is still going strong with Matt Hatch’s The Dusty Wheel podcast and fans passionate to discover some of the left-over hidden truths of the series. Recently, The Dusty Wheel hosted a chat about one of the great mysteries: Nakomi. The fact that there is still so much left to speculate on The Wheel of Time shows how timeless the series is—and will continue to be. You can listen to the whole episode of The Dusty Wheel here, and be sure to check out all their Wheel of Time content! JordanCon released a statement that the convention is still on! They are continuing to keep up to date with the recommendations of the CDC and will let all members and fans know if the situation changes. Let’s hope we can all make it there for our traditional homecoming! You can read more from JordanCon here. And what’s a round-up without memes? The ones feature today come from the Facebook groups Screw You All, I Love Wheel of Time and, one of my favorites, Shai’tan Posting. (One of my favorite scenes in the series!) This meme from Shai'tan Posting even had hilarious comments, like: "Sorry, I didn't hear you over the sound of the dice in my head." "#powercouple" "Change of plans. This escape is now a kidnapping. ~Mat that's-not-your-empress-that's-my-wife Cauthon" "He's like, I wish I could get off with only death by slow torture." As a math teacher, I love the Venn diagram memes.... That's all for this edition of Community Round-Up. Which theory about Nakomi do you think is true? Let us know in the comments!
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