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Interviews: AMOL Signing Report - Wetlander

Summary:

Entries

12

Date

Feb 12th, 2013

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Seattle, WA

TourCon

AMOL Book Tour

Bookstore

University Temple United Methodist Church

Reporter

Wetlander

Links

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  • 1

    Wetlander

    Okay. Here's the (mostly) verbatim transcription of the Seattle Memory Keepers conversation with Harriet & Brandon. It's not every last bit; I left out the worst of the chatter except where it actually led to the next good question. JeffS is JeffS, WL is me, and the rest of the initials are the various non-rereader MKs except where I couldn't tell for sure who was talking, in which case I just used MK. Much of this I already posted, but this is directly from the recording.

    Seattle Memory Keepers time with Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson
    12 February 2013 (Verbatim except where noted, with the repetitions and voiceovers removed.)

  • 2

    Wetlander

    What was in Grady's letter from his wife? Does she have a new ugly baby?

    Brandon Sanderson

    RAFO.

    Wetlander

    (I got a real RAFO card for it!)

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  • 3

    Wetlander

    Can you tell me more about the Jenn now, or do I have to wait for the encyclopedia? Will the encyclopedia tell what happened to them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    General refusal to answer: shrugging, changing the subject, etc. :)

    Wetlander

    (Yes, it was nearly a joke, because I've been pestering Brandon about the Jenn for over a year now, either in person or by proxy...)

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  • 4

    Wetlander

    Was Bao the Wyld part of Sharan prophecy? If so, was Demandred co-opting their Dragon prophecies?

    Brandon Sanderson

    "The Wyld" was part of Sharan prophecy; Demandred thinks he co-opted the Sharan version of the "dragon prophecies" but it was actually about him all along.

    Wetlander

    (I was surprised to get an answer to this; I expect some of it will show up in "River of Souls" anyway. An interesting follow-on question might be whether this means the Sharans were destined by the Pattern to fight for Team Dark.)

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    Wetlander

    Will you confirm now that Rand's sword (received in The Gathering Storm, given to Tam in A Memory of Light) is Hawkwing's sword Justice?

    Brandon Sanderson

    "Yes, I can now confirm that. It's also my sword." (But in-world, it's Justice.)

    Wetlander

    (Possible follow-on question, if anyone is interested: Is there a backstory on it, e.g. the theory that Hawkwing took it from Guaire Amalasan? What about the idea that it came from the War of Power and was Lews Therin's own sword then?)

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    Wetlander

    Since balefire strengthens cuendillar, what effect would Egwene's opposing "Flame of Tar Valon" weave have?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good question!

    Wetlander

    (But then we got interrupted and didn't come back to it, so if someone is curious, they could try again and get the rest of the answer. Related questions might be... Would Egwene's weave strengthen cuendillar simply because it is the One Power? If for every weave there is an opposite weave, could there be a weave that would turn the Tar Valon harbor chains back to iron?)

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  • 7

    Wetlander

    Can you give any further detail on Min's viewing of Aviendha having Rand's babies? (Per the quotation: "Aviendha would have Rand's babies, too. Four of them at once! Something was odd about that, though. The babies would be healthy, but still something odd.")

    Brandon Sanderson

    They are natural quadruplets (no, Aviendha does not adopt Min's or Elayne's children in order to get four), and the "odd" thing is specifically their ability to channel from birth.

    Footnote

    Min's viewing about Aviendha's babies was in Winter's Heart, Chapter 12.

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    Wetlander

    Some would like a definitive answer: Are channelers ever bound to the Horn? (Rand? Egwene?)

    Brandon Sanderson

    "They certainly could be." Brandon and Harriet agreed that, although the notes never specified any channelers who were so bound, there was nothing in the notes to indicate it couldn’t/didn't happen either, and they both believe it’s entirely possible.

    Wetlander

    (A follow-on question might be asked about whether Egwene might be a Hero, but they didn't give me the impression that they were hedging—which they probably would have, if that were in the notes.)

    Footnote

    RJ previously confirmed that Rand/Lews Therin was a Hero of the Horn.

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  • 9

    Wetlander

    Vora's sa'angreal—was it always in the notes that it didn't have the buffer against over-drawing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that was always its setup according to the notes, though Brandon gets credit for naming the thing.

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  • 10

    Wetlander

    Have you started the embroidery yet?

    Harriet McDougal

    No (with a laugh).

    Footnote

    Harriet has mentioned previously that she purchased an embroidery kit in preparation for retirement, now that the Wheel of Time is complete.

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  • 11

    Wetlander

    Did the name "s'redit" have anything to do with "editor"?

    Harriet McDougal

    No, she didn't think so; however, she told the story... The Ringling Brothers (I think) circus came to town and she & Jim went to watch the elephants being unloaded. It was quite an impressive sight, and she indicated that was when he decided to put them in the books. Also, watching the (incredible!) acrobats, she's pretty sure that's when the ideas for Luca's menagerie etc. came into being.

    Footnote

    RJ actually told the story in 2001 of how going to the circus inspired him to include Valan Luca's show in the books.

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  • 12

    Brandon Sanderson

    I’ve got three names, and you can tell me what you think. Peter wants “Knights Radiant”; Moshe, my editor, wants “Lightweaver”; and I want “The Words of Radiance.” For the second Stormlight book.

    (general chaotic discussion of names, pros and cons)

    Harriet:

    I don’t like yours, it’s too long.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    They like “Lightweaver” – I’m worried, having a book called “A Memory of Light” and then another one with Light in the title the same year, which was why I didn’t go with that.

    (more general chaotic discussion)

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    You guys are voting for Knights Radiant. It seems too on the nose for me, is the thing. Like naming Pat’s (Rothfuss) new book “Kvothe has sex” or something like that, you know? Yes, it’s what the book’s about, but it’s very on the nose – it’s exactly what the book’s about. Does that make sense? That’s why it bothers me, but that’s why all the marketing people are like “Yeah, that’s what it’s about! Let’s make it!”

    HARRIET

    Think. up. a. new. one.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Yeah, but Moshe needs it like two weeks ago!

    HARRIET

    Some other weaver. Radiant Weaver.

    BRANDON SANDERSON

    Hey, that’s not bad. That’s actually good. You can make it two words.

    (more chaos)

    HARRIET

    It’s better than the other three. I haven’t read a word of it...!

    Footnote

    Brandon ended up going with Words of Radiance

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