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Isabel
10-29-2009, 01:46 AM
http://www.dragonmount.com/News/?p=855

Questions during Live Feed

Question: Will Rand eventually be united with his father Tam?

Answer: RAFO

Question: Would the True Source beat the True Power?

Answer: Okay. My gut instinct is going to say, yes. My gut instinct says yes, but that is not coming from the notes. If I was actually going to have to write it out I would have to go to Charleston and I would have to look in the notes but from what Iíve read Iíd say yes. But that is not canon because Iím not remembering specifically, does that make sense? Iíll tell you if itís canon or it isnít, but that one is just my instinct.

Question: How extensive were RJís notes about Lews Therin?

Answer: His notes about Lews Therin, I would say are about middle extensive, comparatively of different things that he has notes on. Les than some, more than others. They were extensive enough that I know enough things you donít know to make me excited, but not so extensive that you know, you are ever going to see a book about Lews Therin or anything like that.

Question: As a followup question, are the notes about Lews Therin the same notes about the voice of Lews Therinís?

Answer: You know I think thatís enough of a spoiler because there is still confusion or not confusion, wondering from people whether or not Lews Therin is the voice, I mean, of course Semirhage said that it isÖ Robert Jordan never really made that explicit himself. What I think and what you think may be different and so weíll just leave it. There are things about this in the book.

Guess we never know the truth :(
Question: What was your reaction when you finished The Gathering Storm?

Answer: It was an enormous sigh of relief, followed by a, how shoudl I say it, a curiousity what kinds of screams I would get when people read the last chapter of the book.

Question: When will the book be released in New Zealand and South Africa?

Answer: New Zealand and South Africa I think are both part of the World English market which is the UK publishers job to get books shipped there. So it all depends on how quickly the UK publisher gets their edition out and how quickly they can get to shipping them. Austrailia should be very soon, how ever long it takes them, but itís not going to be a long time because I thought UK was releasing today. Alright? And South Africa should be the same.

Question (Katie): Why did you choose to be so open with your writing process?

Answer: Itís because when I was trying to break into this business and learn to be a writer, the whole process seemed opaque to me. And I think thatís because I was doing it before the era of the Internet really hit and now that we have this opportunity I figure Iíll throw it out there and maybe what Iím talking about will really help other writers who are aspiring. And also on the other end of it, it gets a little frustrating waiting for books to come out and you never know whatís going to happen and you never know whatís going on. I figure with the Internet we have such a great opportunity to keep people in the loop to let people know whatís going on. We donít have to be so shadowed anymore, so I want to make as best use of it as I can.

Question (Katie): If you could choose an Ajah, which Ajah would you choose?

Answer: If there were Ajahs for guys, I would definitely be a Brown.

Question: Do you have any books coming out between the next two Wheel of Time books?

Answer: I have been working very hard on a book called ďThe Way of KingsĒ for about ten years now. It is the beginning of a large epic and Iíve always wanted to write one. I think itís almost ready. If the revisions work it will come out next fall. I donít think I will have one the year after that because the Wheel of Time is first priority. So, either between this one and the next one or between ďThe Towers of MidnightĒ and ďA Memory of LightĒ.

Question: Since you are Brown Ajah, will we learn more about the 12 (13) Depositories in the White Tower?

Answer: They are mentioned in ďThe Gathering StormĒ.

Question (Luke): Has anyone ever had the same ability as Min? And do you know how it is caused or how the ability works?

Answer: The ability works quite explicitly from her being able to see glimmers in the Pattern. She is seeing what is being woven in the future and that is how most of the Foretelling powers work. He was actually pretty explicit in the notes about that. Though some of them of course, there are ones that are strict, meaning they see the Pattern, some of them you see how the Pattern might be. She sees the Pattern as it will be. Has anyone ever had it before? Yeah, from what I read it never said it explicitly, but it implied that this is a power that could exist again and has existed before, but there are no lists of anyone thatís had it before. Itís definitely open that somebody could have had it before, but he doesnít actually say specificially.

Question: How much writing do you think youíll get done during the Tour?

Answer: I bought a brand new Netbook just yesterdayÖthe goal being to do writing on the plane rides and in the car while the driver is driving me around. How much do I think Iíll get done? My goal is to get up to about 90%ÖIím not sure if Iíll make thatÖweíll seeÖget to the 90%. What am I at right now? 70? (pause while he signs a book) Okay, letís not say 90%, I just added that up. Letís say 80%. Thirty thousand words is going to be tough to get. As I was thinking about that, wait a minute, fifty thousand words is a good month on its own, so if on tour I get half that Iím going to be happy.

Question (Claire): Will we see the Land of Madmen in any of the last books?

Answer: RAFO.

Question (Susan): Will you be coming to Canada? Will any previously unknown Black Ajah members be revealed?

Answer: I have spoken with my Canadian publisher and they have offered to send me on a tour. We are looking at having me go sometime next summer? I will yes that. Yes there will be Black Ajah members revealed in The Gathering Storm.

And last but not least:
1. Brandon refuses to confirm or deny that the One Power was used to kill Asmodean. He also mentions a Slayer scene deleted from the Shadow Rising which would have shown more about Slayerís powers.

2. If he could pick a nationality from the Wheel of Time world, heíd belong to Malkier because he loves the lost kingdom story. He thinks all the Borderlands are cool, but would definitely NOT be a Saldaean.

3. He says heíd have to consult the notes to make sure, but he believes women can become ďwolf-sisters.Ē We just havenít seen any.

4. His favorite chapters to write from TGS were the concluding chapter and also chapter 22.

He also repeated things that heís said elsewhere, like that Robert Jordan left extensive notes, though he does have the power from Harriet to override them for the interests of the story. Robert Jordan especially left a lot of specific notes as to who lived and who died in Tarmon Gaidin, and he wasnít going to change any of that. So is there going to be a lot of deaths? The answer, of course, is RAFO.

I donít remember if he said this during dinner or during the signings or both, but he was considering doing the outrigger and prequel novels, but that the decision was ultimately Harrietís. Jordan left notes for that as well, especially the other prequels. If Brandon writes the other books, it will be after a pause at the end of the series. He definitely doesnít want it to become Ďthe McWheel of Time.í

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Tam: how did he mention the Slayer thing?

Terez
10-29-2009, 02:39 AM
Question: How extensive were RJ’s notes about Lews Therin?

Answer: His notes about Lews Therin, I would say are about middle extensive, comparatively of different things that he has notes on. Les than some, more than others. They were extensive enough that I know enough things you don’t know to make me excited, but not so extensive that you know, you are ever going to see a book about Lews Therin or anything like that.

Question: As a followup question, are the notes about Lews Therin the same notes about the voice of Lews Therin’s?

Answer: You know I think that’s enough of a spoiler because there is still confusion or not confusion, wondering from people whether or not Lews Therin is the voice, I mean, of course Semirhage said that it is… Robert Jordan never really made that explicit himself. What I think and what you think may be different and so we’ll just leave it. There are things about this in the book.

Guess we never know the truth :( Interesting indeed! I got the feeling from reading the book that he's read some of our arguments (and it would most likely be here since it's mostly a Theoryland debate, according to my friends from the other sites - it's not something that comes up often at Wotmania or Dragonmount). I still think the truth is obvious though, and I'll still continue to argue it. :D

He says he’d have to consult the notes to make sure, but he believes women can become “wolf-sisters.” We just haven’t seen any. RJ confirmed this:

TOR Questions of the Week, August 2004-January 2005 (http://www.wotmania.net/faqtopic.asp?ID=183)

Week 13 Question: If a Wolfbrother is reborn in another Age, will he be a Wolfbrother again? In other words, is being a Wolfbrother a trait related to the soul? Can women be Wolfbrothers?

Robert Jordan Answers: Women certainly can be Wolfbrothers, though the term would be Wolfsisters. A Wolfbrother or Wolfsister reborn in another age would only be a Wolfbrother or Wolfsister again if that were possible in that Age. The ability to speak with wolves doesn't exist in every Age. In the "current" Age, it is a fairly new thing, appearing not too long ago. There are tales of it, sometimes just vague stories of people who supposedly "can talk to animals," without necessarily mentioning wolves, but remember that Elyas's ability was taken, at least by some Aes Sedai, as a sign that he was linked to the Shadow.
BS should have known that! :D Or maybe he did, but wasn't completely sure he was remembering correctly.

4. His favorite chapters to write from TGS were the concluding chapter and also chapter 22. I could tell. :D

I don’t remember if he said this during dinner or during the signings or both, but he was considering doing the outrigger and prequel novels, but that the decision was ultimately Harriet’s. Jordan left notes for that as well, especially the other prequels. If Brandon writes the other books, it will be after a pause at the end of the series. He definitely doesn’t want it to become ‘the McWheel of Time.’ I love his feelings about this - they're very respectful (even though of course he's got his original material in mind that he wants to work on). But if there are enough notes for the prequels and outriggers....after reading this book, I think I'd love to see him do it. He's improved so much as a writer over the last few years, and I bet he will continue to improve, at an even faster rate than before (according to his own comments about how extremely much WoT has influenced his writing, in general, and especially since he started writing it). I bet he'll even get Mat down eventually. :D

Sodas
10-29-2009, 03:11 AM
Why have such extensive notes on LTT if he wasn't a real character.

(rhetorical question)

Terez
10-29-2009, 03:14 AM
Straw man much?

Sodas
10-29-2009, 03:19 AM
Why do you think that's a straw man?

The Black Wind
10-29-2009, 03:22 AM
Maybe not straw man but still relatively unrelated. In any case, he obviously had notes on LT because he needed to use those to create memories to use in Rand's head. :)

Terez
10-29-2009, 03:27 AM
Why do you think that's a straw man?
Because no one ever said he wasn't a real character?

Sodas
10-29-2009, 03:33 AM
Maybe not straw man but still relatively unrelated. In any case, he obviously had notes on LT because he needed to use those to create memories to use in Rand's head. :)

You're lucky you are right :p

I wonder if those notes included that LTT had idiosyncrasies like humming after women. Hard to write down memories of said events for someone who lived hundreds of years, but if anyone would do it, it would be Jordan.

The Black Wind
10-29-2009, 03:45 AM
You're lucky you are right :p

YAY!!! It only took 118 posts to be right about something on theoryland!

Terez
10-29-2009, 03:48 AM
Forgot the cuendillar thing already, eh? :)

Sodas
10-29-2009, 03:49 AM
YAY!!! It only took 118 posts to be right about something on theoryland!

Lol. Younglings are like new cars, you gotta break em in first ;)

Terez
10-29-2009, 03:50 AM
And we'll keep breaking you till you make it to Hero. And even after. ;)

The Black Wind
10-29-2009, 03:55 AM
Forgot the cuendillar thing already, eh? :)

I'll call it 110 then.

Lol. Younglings are like new cars, you gotta break em in first. ;)

So long as I'm not a Ford. :p

Sodas
10-29-2009, 03:56 AM
Seriously, don't get me started on fords, lol.

Davian93
10-29-2009, 08:28 AM
Seriously, don't get me started on fords, lol.

Weren't Fords just rated at the top of the list by Consumer Reports? Over Toyota this year or something. Considering its the only American car company staying afloat by itself, they must be doing something right.

~owns a Honda~