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Terez
09-08-2011, 06:12 PM
There are a number of interviews that have not been transcribed that we're hoping to put in the database. Would any of you guys be willing to help transcribe?

Here's one that I don't think has been transcribed:

DragonCon 2005 (http://ia700507.us.archive.org/31/items/DragonCon_2005__Robert_Jordan/RobertJordan.mp3)

PS - Many thanks to Darth Andrea for digging this one up. Actually, Marie might have already found it; she's keeping a list somewhere of untranscribed interviews.

Edited to add list of interviews and volunteers:

1. Adventures in SciFi Publishing Interview (http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com/2008/02/aisfp-42/), 9 February 2008 (audio). - Marie (wip)

2. Bookexpo America Interview (http://www.boomtron.com/2009/06/brandon-sanderson-interview-bookexpo-america-2009-video/), 1 June 2009 (video). - sleepinghour (done)

3. Geekerati Radio - Brandon Sanderson Talks Fantasy (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geekerati/2009/09/07/brandon-sanderson-talks-fantasy), 7 September 2009 (audio). - Terez (done)

4. Louie b. Free Show (http://www.vindy.com/louie-free/archives/2009/nov/03/), 3 November 2009 (audio). According to Brandon's blog (http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/847/Doctors-Without-Borders-Interviews-THE-WAY-OF-KINGS), only Part One works, but that's the whole show. Brandon's segment (again, according to the blog) starts at about 3:03:14. - Marie (done)

5. Macmillan Interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyhPRIokTSM), May 2009 (video). - Marie (done)

6. Science and Society Podcast (http://scienceandsociety.net/2009/11/30/brandon-sanderson-the-gathering-storm-the-wheel-of-time-series/), 30 November 2009 (audio). - Marie (done)

7. Mythmaker Films Interview (http://vimeo.com/9109667), November 2009 (video). - Marie (done)

8. San Diego ComicCon Interview (http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2010/07/cc-interview-brandon-sanderson.html), 24 July 2010 (video).

9. Fantasy Authors Panel (http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2010/10/nycc-video-panel-the-fantasy-authors.html), New York ComicCon, 10 October 2010 (video).

10. Peter Orullian Interviews Brandon Sanderson (http://orullian.com/writing/brandonsanderson_interview.html), November 2010 (video).

11. Fantasy Faction Interview (http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/brandon-sanderson-interview), 2 July 2011 (video). - sleepinghour (done)

12. BookBanter Interview (http://www.bookbanter.net/episodes.html#bb002), 8 November 2008 (audio). - Marie (done)

13. Interview with Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6apckMB0Ww), 1 October 2009 (video). - Marie (done)

14. Interview with Team Jordan on The Gathering Storm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7LWAU69UwQ), 16 October 2009 (video). - Marie (done)

15. Interview with Brandon Sanderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zmi56xBQWc), 20 October 2009 (video). - Marie (done)

16. 4th Age Podcast Interview with Team Jordan (http://www.dragonmount.com/index.php/News/podcast/podcast-episode-79-interview-with-team-jordan-r77), 2 December 2010 (audio). - Terez (done)

17. Reality Break Podcast - Interview with Robert Jordan (http://www.realitybreakpodcast.com/2008/07/13/episode-3-robert-jordan/), 1994 (audio). - Marie (done)

18. Eye on Books Interview (http://classic.eyeonbooks.com/ibp.php?ISBN=0312864590), 2003 (audio). - Marie (done)

19. Fast Forward Interview - Book 10: Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2AAS0ZLjeY), Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW-RrHpmpVk), March 2003 (video). - Nelal Hurcran (done)

20. SFF Audio - The Dragon Page Interview with Robert Jordan (http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=2029), 2005 (audio). - fdsaf (done)

21. Fast Forward Interview - Book 11: Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXOIdUI4jck), Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN6snUw4LQs), December 2005 (video). - Terez (done)

22. DragonCon 2005 (http://ia700507.us.archive.org/31/items/DragonCon_2005__Robert_Jordan/RobertJordan.mp3) - Terez (done)

23. PolarisCon Q&A 2011 (http://www.mediafire.com/file/ji4pzu2vfby22qe/BrandonQ&APolaris.mp3) - Terez (wip)

24. Suvudu Interview - ComicCon 2011 (http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/07/sdcc-2011-video-interview-brandon-sanderson.html) - sleepinghour (done)

25. Fine Print Interview 2003 - Rick Kleffel (http://trashotron.com/agony/audio/robert_jordan.rm) - Terez (done)

26. Dragon Page Cover to Cover (http://www.dragonpage.com/2010/05/24/cover-to-cover-409a/), 24 May 2010 (audio). - Marie (done)

27. BookBanter Interview (http://www.bookbanter.net/episodes4.html#bb038), 15 November 2010 (audio). - Marie (done)

28. Provo Herald Interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYPvXkBUz8o), 12 February 2010 (video). - Marie (done)

Leanne
09-08-2011, 08:33 PM
Q: How do you keep track of everything?

A: I am a genius...

Love it. I will work on it this weekend if no one else will. I've never done it before, so I will look to see how you have the others.

Terez
09-08-2011, 09:40 PM
Awesome, thanks! Check out the Budapest transcript (also on this forum)...I even gave an example of how not to do it at the beginning. I will look it over when you're done and make sure it's right, though, so no worries.

sandoz12
09-09-2011, 01:04 AM
Hi,

I will be able to do an hour or two's work this weekend.

Zombie Sammael
09-09-2011, 06:06 AM
Normally, my full-time job is doing exactly this. So I guess I can help.

Marie Curie 7
09-09-2011, 11:13 AM
Here is a list of some of the other interviews that we need transcribed. These are all more recent interviews by Brandon. I also hopefully will have a list of some other RJ interviews that need transcription, but I have to check the links for those to see which ones still work.

1. Adventures in SciFi Publishing Interview (http://www.adventuresinscifipublishing.com/2008/02/aisfp-42/), 9 February 2008 (audio).

2. Bookexpo America Interview (http://www.boomtron.com/2009/06/brandon-sanderson-interview-bookexpo-america-2009-video/), 1 June 2009 (video).

3. Geekerati Radio - Brandon Sanderson Talks Fantasy (http://www.blogtalkradio.com/geekerati/2009/09/07/brandon-sanderson-talks-fantasy), 7 September 2009 (audio).

4. Louie b. Free Show (http://www.vindy.com/louie-free/archives/2009/nov/03/), 3 November 2009 (audio). According to Brandon's blog (http://brandonsanderson.com/blog/847/Doctors-Without-Borders-Interviews-THE-WAY-OF-KINGS), only Part One works, but that's the whole show. Brandon's segment (again, according to the blog) starts at about 3:03:14.

5. Macmillan Interview (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyhPRIokTSM), 11 November 2009 (video).

6. Science and Society Podcast (http://scienceandsociety.net/2009/11/30/brandon-sanderson-the-gathering-storm-the-wheel-of-time-series/), 30 November 2009 (audio).

7. Mythmaker Films Interview (http://vimeo.com/9109667), November 2009 (video).

8. San Diego ComicCon Interview (http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2010/07/cc-interview-brandon-sanderson.html), 24 July 2010 (video).

9. Fantasy Authors Panel (http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2010/10/nycc-video-panel-the-fantasy-authors.html), New York ComicCon, 10 October 2010 (video).

10. Peter Orullian Interviews Brandon Sanderson (http://orullian.com/writing/brandonsanderson_interview.html), November 2010 (video).

11. Fantasy Faction Interview (http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/brandon-sanderson-interview), 2 July 2011 (video).

If anyone wants to help out with the transcription of any of these, please post in this thread to let us know which one you're working on so that there's no duplication of effort. Thanks. :)


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ETA: Here are some more Brandon interviews that need to be transcribed:

12. BookBanter Interview (http://www.bookbanter.net/episodes.html#bb002), 8 November 2008 (audio).

13. Interview with Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6apckMB0Ww), 1 October 2009 (video).

14. Interview with Team Jordan on The Gathering Storm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7LWAU69UwQ), 16 October 2009 (video).

15. Interview with Brandon Sanderson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zmi56xBQWc), 20 October 2009 (video).

16. 4th Age Podcast Interview with Team Jordan (http://www.dragonmount.com/index.php/News/podcast/podcast-episode-79-interview-with-team-jordan-r77), 2 December 2010 (audio).



And here are some old RJ interviews, in addition to the one that Terez posted in the OP, that need to be transcribed:

17. Reality Break Podcast - Interview with Robert Jordan (http://www.realitybreakpodcast.com/2008/07/13/episode-3-robert-jordan/), 1994 (posted in 2008; original interview from LOC Book Tour in 1994) (audio).

18. Eye on Books Interview (http://classic.eyeonbooks.com/ibp.php?ISBN=0312864590), 2003 (audio).

19. Fast Forward Interview - Book 10: Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2AAS0ZLjeY), Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qW-RrHpmpVk), March 2003 (video).

20. SFF Audio - The Dragon Page Interview with Robert Jordan (http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=2029), 2005 (audio).

21. Fast Forward Interview - Book 11: Part 1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXOIdUI4jck), Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN6snUw4LQs), December 2005 (video).

Zombie Sammael
09-09-2011, 11:35 AM
I'm very busy doing this to actually be paid at the moment :p so I'll let others have first refusal, but once my schedule clears a bit I will have a crack at one or two.

Terez
09-09-2011, 08:41 PM
Awesome. Definitely let us know here whenever you begin working on a report so there's no duplicate effort, and also, whenever you finish a report, post it in this forum as a new thread so that we can use that as the source link for the report (that way it will link directly to a post by you instead of a post by me - it's another way of not stealing your credit). You can send it to me for approval first, or I can just edit your post, either way.

The Seeker
09-09-2011, 08:56 PM
I'll take 9 and 10 and work on them this weekend.

Terez
09-09-2011, 09:17 PM
I'll take 9 and 10 and work on them this weekend.
Awesome, thanks. Let us know when you get them done.

Mjolner
09-09-2011, 10:37 PM
I claim 8 and 5

Terez
09-09-2011, 11:12 PM
Thanks Patrick!

Terez
09-10-2011, 06:10 AM
I have started #16, so I might as well finish it. I'm prioritizing data entry right now, but I will get to it. Marie, I'll copy what you add(ed) to my OP with a list of who is doing what.

sleepinghour
09-10-2011, 07:20 AM
2. Bookexpo America Interview (http://www.boomtron.com/2009/06/brandon-sanderson-interview-bookexpo-america-2009-video/), 1 June 2009 (video).


I'm giving this one a try right now, but there's a lot of background noise in the video, so it's hard to make out what he says sometimes. Will probably need someone to proofread the transcript when it's done and check for any missing lines.

Terez
09-10-2011, 02:03 PM
Don't worry, I'll handle that. Thanks!

Marie Curie 7
09-10-2011, 05:26 PM
I ended up just going ahead and transcribing 13, 14, and 15 because they are all short and related. The transcripts will be linked in a separate thread.

Terez
09-11-2011, 02:38 AM
I'm getting close to being halfway done with mine. Transcribing always seems like it's more work than it should be, and I have a good memory and type fast. But then, I'm also working on putting Twitter into the database which is also time-consuming.

Marie Curie 7
09-11-2011, 07:34 PM
I just completed #17, the Reality Break podcast, originally from 1994. It was a pretty long one, 32 minutes. Nothing earth-shattering, but awesome to hear RJ from 1994 talking about the series.

Nelal Hurcran
09-11-2011, 08:00 PM
I can work of the two Fast-Forward interviews. They're already split into nice and manageable chunks.

Terez
09-11-2011, 08:11 PM
I can work of the two Fast-Forward interviews. They're already split into nice and manageable chunks.
Thanks!

fdsaf3
09-11-2011, 10:46 PM
Working on 20. SFF Audio - The Dragon Page Interview with Robert Jordan, 2005 (audio).

I assume copy/paste from a text document is easiest?

Terez
09-11-2011, 10:47 PM
Yeah, that will work. I like to use italics for emphasis in transcripts, but I can add those after you post it. Thanks for chipping in!

fdsaf3
09-11-2011, 10:53 PM
Just a heads up - I am a terrible speller, so any name/place/etc. which doesn't have an obvious spelling will probably be fairly seriously messed up. I always have to check my spelling when I write a post (and have added numerous WoT words to my Chrome dictionary).

Terez
09-11-2011, 10:57 PM
The fact that you are aware of it makes all the difference. Fixing a few kinks won't be a problem. :)

mjcarrier
09-12-2011, 04:49 PM
What about this interview.
Quote from old Dragonmount website:
"28 Minute Audio interview with Robert Jordan now online
January 20, 2003
Rick Kleffel, the editor of "The Agony Column" radio & Internet talk show has a 28-minute audio interview with Robert Jordan online. He was very kind to send us this interview. Follow the links below to hear the interview and to read Rick's review of Crossroads of Twilight."
http://web.archive.org/web/20030405224131/http://trashotron.com/agony/audio/robert_jordan.rm

Terez
09-12-2011, 05:23 PM
hmm, does anyone know what player reads .rm files? In any case, thanks for finding that - we'll work it out. :)

mjcarrier
09-12-2011, 06:39 PM
Realplayer (If someone doesn't have Realplayer just be careful when installing it, it likes to install extra programs if you don't uncheck them in the installation options.) plays rm files

Marie Curie 7
09-12-2011, 11:00 PM
What about this interview.
Quote from old Dragonmount website:
"28 Minute Audio interview with Robert Jordan now online
January 20, 2003
Rick Kleffel, the editor of "The Agony Column" radio & Internet talk show has a 28-minute audio interview with Robert Jordan online. He was very kind to send us this interview. Follow the links below to hear the interview and to read Rick's review of Crossroads of Twilight."
http://web.archive.org/web/20030405224131/http://trashotron.com/agony/audio/robert_jordan.rm

I've got this in my 'master list' of audio/video stuff. It's the same interview that's listed on the Seven Spokes site (http://www.sevenspokes.com/author/interviews.html) as the 'Fine Print Audio Interview'.

However, my RealAudio player won't play it - it gives an error when I try to play the file. Thus, since it seemed to me that either the file is corrupted/dead/whatever or that some mucking about with file conversion was necessary, I didn't post it in the list above. I only listed interviews where it was obvious the links and the audio or video was working so that transcription would be straightforward.

Anyway, if anybody wants to give the FinePrint Audio one a try, that would be great; hopefully the audio will work.

Terez
09-12-2011, 11:07 PM
It works on VLC. I downloaded it.

Marie Curie 7
09-12-2011, 11:11 PM
It works on VLC. I downloaded it.

Awesome...I guess you get to transcribe it then. :p

Terez
09-13-2011, 12:28 AM
I'm only halfway done with the one I already signed up for. :( It's an hour-long podcast...

Terez
09-13-2011, 01:34 AM
Yoniy0 from Dragonmount volunteered, so I threw his name on the list. (I also added a couple more interviews.)

Leanne
09-13-2011, 12:41 PM
We will never get anywhere if you keep adding! ;)

I really did start this weekend, but I got to a 3 minute Conan question and my mind wandered. I will get to it though!

fdsaf3
09-13-2011, 02:48 PM
Do you want these interviews transcribed if they don't contain any information which we don't know now?

Mine is dull as hell.

GonzoTheGreat
09-13-2011, 03:05 PM
Do you want these interviews transcribed if they don't contain any information which we don't know now?

Mine is dull as hell.Do I want those transcribed?
"Elaborate aliases with back stories," Mat said, handing Thom and Noal their sheets. "Bloody right I do."

Terez
09-13-2011, 11:16 PM
Do you want these interviews transcribed if they don't contain any information which we don't know now?

Mine is dull as hell.
lol. Sorry. :( Yeah, we want them. A lot of them are boring, alas. I keep thinking about skipping a bunch of stuff in the 4th Age podcast for the same reason. :(

PS - Not because the podcast is boring, but because Alan likes to make jokes instead of ACTUALLY ANSWERING QUESTIONS and Jennifer Liang talks more than anyone else on the show.

Terez
09-14-2011, 12:01 AM
Another thing is that it's quite normal for a whole interview or a whole signing report to be relatively fruitless. It's normal to get one tidbit from here, one from there, etc. For plot-related stuff, the only pure gold interviews you'll get are the ones done by HCFFs, past and future. (I wonder if RJ expected to find so many HCFFs in Budapest. He seemed a little lazy on that report, like he couldn't believe they knew the books near as well as he did at first.)

Juan
09-15-2011, 01:08 AM
I'll pitch in with one during the weekend. I'll update you as soon as I see which one I'll do/can do (if any) and also update you on progress. Glad to be of help.

Terez
09-15-2011, 04:11 AM
Cool, thanks. No one has finished any yet but Maria and sleepinghour, lol. I need to finish mine, but I keep getting distracted by data entry.

sandoz12
09-15-2011, 05:28 AM
I will do number 3 tomorrow morning (or at least as much as I can anyway). Nobody has claimed this right? I confess I haven't read entire thread but I can't see anybodies name by it. Will check the thread in the morning before I start transcribing.

Preferred format? .pdf or .doc or google doc? Or plain text?

fdsaf3
09-15-2011, 08:42 AM
Cool, thanks. No one has finished any yet but Maria and sleepinghour, lol. I need to finish mine, but I keep getting distracted by data entry.

I'm working on it - hopefully this weekend.

Working 2 jobs, going to school full time, and attempting to have a social life makes finding time for transcribing interviews hard. :p

Terez
09-15-2011, 09:29 AM
I will do number 3 tomorrow morning (or at least as much as I can anyway). Nobody has claimed this right? I confess I haven't read entire thread but I can't see anybodies name by it. Will check the thread in the morning before I start transcribing.

Preferred format? .pdf or .doc or google doc? Or plain text?
sleepinghour used a google doc so that I could edit it when she was done, and then she posted it, but if you prefer you can send it to me as a .doc and I'll send it back to you so you can post it. (Also, I'll put you up for #3 - thanks!)

Marie Curie 7
09-17-2011, 02:28 PM
I just finished and posted a transcript of #18, the Eye on Books interview with RJ from 2003 (it was short, only about 7 minutes).

The guy asked RJ about some of the negative fan reaction to COT, lol.


Also:
Cool, thanks. No one has finished any yet but Maria and sleepinghour, lol. I need to finish mine, but I keep getting distracted by data entry.

I didn't realize we were getting help from Charleston, lol. ;) I did the opposite thing in one of the tags for an entry for the new database. It was something that referenced Maria, and I inadvertently tagged it "Marie". I caught it later, though. :)

sandoz12
09-17-2011, 06:50 PM
I am finding it this really slowly going - so hope you guys aren't in a rush for my section. If not I can always hand on what I have done and where I am up to.

He talks if fast, with long compound sentences, full of qualifiers meaning lots of double checking. I am listening to each sentence several times over to make sure I get it right.

I am using NZ english - which I guess isn't appropriate for BS but we could edit this afterwards - finding it hard enough to keep up with it without trying to translate to American English at the same time.

Anyway just letting you all know - that I am actually doing something.

Nelal Hurcran
09-20-2011, 11:39 AM
Terez, what's your e-mail for Google Docs?

Terez
09-20-2011, 11:42 AM
terez27 @gmail

fdsaf3
09-20-2011, 04:40 PM
My section has been roughly done. I need to give it another listen and wrap up loose ends. The interviewer in my segment doesn't complete any of his thoughts, making transcribing his questions almost impossible.

Should be done tonight.

Terez
09-21-2011, 03:28 AM
Cool. Mine is chugging along; I finally got over the halfway mark. It took so long!

Terez
09-22-2011, 06:24 PM
My section has been roughly done. I need to give it another listen and wrap up loose ends. The interviewer in my segment doesn't complete any of his thoughts, making transcribing his questions almost impossible.

Should be done tonight.
You done yet? No rush, but we're almost up to 2005.

fdsaf3
09-23-2011, 07:37 AM
Yeah I'm done. I'll upload it somehow this afternoon.

Sorry, as I said I've just been amazingly busy. I know you're not rushing or pressuring me to hurry up or anything, but I feel a little bad I didn't take care of this sooner.

I gotta say, my interview was pretty dang boring. Nothing interesting. In fact, RJ seemed a little frustrated at some of the quesions about the series dragging on too long. He talked about work post-WoT, and he seemed excited at the thought of doing something different.

But really, there wasn't anything plot or story related that I think many people will find interesting at this point.

Still, glad I could help.

Terez
09-23-2011, 11:10 AM
Yeah I'm done. I'll upload it somehow this afternoon.
Yay! We already made a page for it, so we're ready for it. And no need to feel bad - your timing is actually quite good.

fdsaf3
09-23-2011, 02:54 PM
[/URL][URL="http://www.dragonpage.com/2008/02/04/cover-to-cover-295a/"]The Dragon Page (http://www.sffaudio.com/?p=2029)

MRM: I'm Michael R. Mennenga...

ET: ...And my name is Evo Terra. We're joined on the phone by none other than Robert Jordan. Magical Wheel of Time series is his, and we're going to talk about the latest book which just came out not long ago called Knife of Dreams. Robert, welcome back to the show.

RJ: Thank you. Glad to be here.

ET: And it's a pleasure to have you with us again. So when last we talked, we were chatting about the prequel novel New Spring (which is also available in paperback now if you want to rush out and grab a copy of that).

RJ: It's available in hardcovers too!

ET: Oh, that's true.

MRM: That's right!

ET: You can buy either copy. But Knife of Dreams is the new one, which I understand is now the eleventh sequential story in the Wheel of Time, although it's the twelfth book, since...

RJ: The eleventh main sequence novel, yes.

ET: Exactly. So let's talk a little bit about Knife of Dreams. Where do we pick up in the story?

RJ: Well, we pick up pretty much where we left off in Crossroads of Twilight, but a lot of things that were building in Crossroads of Twilight (and even earlier) come to a head in Knife of Dreams. Elayne gets the throne of Andor in rather spectacular fashion, and Mat...or rather Tuon completes the marriage ceremony to Mat. And we get to see a lot of battles...a lot of battles, probably more than any other book.

MRM: Wow.

ET: Cool.

RJ: All in all, I'm afraid there are more deaths in this book than any of the others.

ET: Time to start killing people off as we're getting to the end, I suppose.

RJ: Well, not that exactly.

ET: Oh, okay. Actually, since I brought the topic up, let's ask that. This is the eleventh in sequence, or twelfth book. Where are we going to? Do you have a definite end point in mind?

RJ: Oh yes. I've known the last scene of the last book for...oh, over twenty years. I could have written it back then, and if I had done so and put it away, and then rewrote it now, the wording might change but what happens would not. There will be one more novel.

ET: One more.

RJ: One more - the twelfth book. That will be so even if that book has to be 2000 pages in hardcover, and requires a luggage cart and shoulder strap to get it out of the store.

ET: I'm getting the feeling that you're ready to be done with this.

RJ: Well, it's not so much that I'm ready to be done with it, as - I think I can do it in a shorter book than that - but, you know, I set out in this thing thinking it's a 10K run, maybe a 15K, and suddenly I found out I was in a marathon. Now, if you're running a marathon, running a good 20 mile time or a good 22 mile time is all very well, but it doesn't count until you cross the finish line.

ET: That's exactly right. People want to know where you're going with that. And you know, you say you wrote a marathon, but actually I think you've defined the marathon. There's a lot of people trying to keep up writing series that go this long and have this kind of following.

RJ: Well, you know, the series going this long is a matter of me undertaking to tell more story than I thought I was setting out to tell. In the beginning, I really thought I could do it in five or six books. By the time I finished The Great Hunt I knew five or six books....it wasn't going to happen, but I didn't know how many, and for a number of books, I was frankly pulling numbers out of the air. People would ask me how many it would be, and I'd say six or seven, maybe eight, eight or nine. Now I think I can finish it in a twelfth book, and I certainly intend to do so if I can. I believe I can.

ET: When you have an idea for those first five novels - and obviously you didn't have five novels totally storyboarded out... I imagine you did not.

RJ: No. I had the major events. I had the opening events in the Two Rivers, I had the final scene, I've had the way things were going to wrap up, and I had major events in between those two. And I thought I could tell that story - get from one event to another - and change these people in the way they needed to be changed so that the people in those first scenes would become the people in the last scenes. I thought I could do that all in five or six books, but even with The Eye of the World, I had certain things I wanted to do in that book, and I realized before I reached the end, I could not do them all. And that was the book took four years to write; it was the longest of them all, because I realized as I was writing it that I had more to work out than I had thought in the beginning.

ET: When you were exploring these new things that needed to be worked out - obviously you focus much on character development and tell the story of the people there - but were there also events that kind of cropped up which kind of seemed like a good place to take the story, and that's also caused some of the diversion?

RJ: No. I've stuck pretty much to the events that I had listed, although in some cases I've done away with some because I realized there was a better way to do what I wanted to do, to effect the change in the character. There was a more economical way to do it, and something that perhaps made more sense in terms of the story, the way it was going.

MRM: Now, since you have basically...you had a beginning and you knew where the end was, and you said you had these points in here. Don't you feel as though maybe you may have locked yourself into a path that you could have explored different directions or different paths? Do you have any regrets to locking yourself into that and not giving yourself the freedom to go where the story takes you?

RJ: No. No, because I knew where I wanted the story to take me. If you're a writer, you do that; you control it. I like to say I am an Old Testament God with my fist in the middle of my characters' lives. If you just sit down and start writing and see where it takes you...well, God knows if it's ever going to take you to a story that's worth anything.

MRM: You like to know where the end is before you get started, huh?

RJ: Yes, I do.

ET: So outside of this...How many years? From when you first sat down to write the first story, how many years has it encompassed?

RJ: About twenty-one years.

ET: And in between that time when you're not working on Wheel of Time...or has that been to dedicated strictly to Wheel of Time?

RJ: That has been dedicated strictly to Wheel of Time.

ET: No short stories have come out? No...

RJ: I wrote a novella for Bob Silverberg's anthology Legends - that was the origin of the novel New Spring, and I wrote a short piece for a BaltiCon program book - The Strike at Shayol Ghul - but everything else has been Wheel of Time. As a matter of fact, Jack Dann just asked me to do something non-Wheel-of-time for an anthology he's putting together, and I've been noodling around with ideas for that, but it'll be twenty-one years that I have written anything non-Wheel-of-Time-related.

MRM: Now that has to be a little bit frightening, since you've spent so much time inside this world, and you know this world so well, to break out into new territory. It's exciting at one point, but at the same time, it's not the same, right?

RJ: Oh, it's not frightening. It's very exciting. And besides, for...oh, at least ten years, I've been bouncing around ideas in the back of my head - nothing on paper, but quite a bit in the back of my head - as to what I will do when I finish Wheel of Time, and I have a good bit of that already planned out. A trilogy - actually two sets of trilogies - to be called Infinity of Heaven.

ET: So we'll have to see that, but we have to wait a little bit until the other book comes out, obviously.

RJ: A little bit, yes.

ET: Now, the folks at Tor, your publisher - you know, Tom Doherty and crew - have obviously stuck behind you as you've increased this from five to six books all the way to twelve.

RJ: Yes.

ET: Have they been a good support all the way through?

RJ: Yes, good support.

ET: Have you had the same editor all the way along?

RJ: I have had the same editor for every book that I have ever written with one exception. My wife Harriet is my editor. As a matter of fact, our professional relationship predates our marriage, predates our going together even. She was the editor and publisher of my first novel - The Fallon Blood, a historical novel - and it was after that was published that we began dating.

MRM: Now, that is a brilliant move.

ET: I'm telling you, that's how to get an editor to do what you want. Marry them.

MRM: That's right.

RJ: Oh, is that what you think?

(laughs)

RJ: She keeps reminding me that she knows where I sleep.

ET: Yeah, or it's the other way around, where that's the perfect way for the editor to get the writer what she wants him to do.

MRM: Mmm, I wonder how that works.

ET: We'll leave that for speculation. We're not going to try and answer that question right here, Robert. If you don't mind, Robert, we'll take a very short break. We'll come right back and continue our conversation. We're chatting with Robert Jordan. The new book in the Wheel of Time is out, kids. It's called Knife of Dreams, and we'll be back to talk about it in just a moment, here on the Dragon Page with Michael and Evo.

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edits:

1. Sorry for all the misspellings and things I couldn't make out. Most were names of things I didn't recognize.
2. The interview was supposed to continue in a second part, but the rest of the file is something completely different. Not sure what to make of this.

Terez
09-23-2011, 05:36 PM
Sweet, thanks. I edited your post for typos and whatnot. Now we get to put it in!

Terez
09-25-2011, 08:38 PM
I finished the Fine Print interview. Yay.

sleepinghour
09-28-2011, 10:55 AM
I finished the Fine Print interview. Yay.

Oh, good. I tried doing that one, but gave up since VLC wouldn't let me rewind for some reason.

I can do this one instead, if no one else is working on it:

24. Suvudu Interview - ComicCon 2011 (http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2011/07/sdcc-2011-video-interview-brandon-sanderson.html) -

Terez
09-28-2011, 12:41 PM
Awesome. Yeah, I tried doing the Fine Print one on VLC at first, and I was like NO FREAKING WAY, so I tweeted about it and a very helpful person converted the file to .mp4 for me. :D (Using VLC - turns out it's easy.)

By the way, I PM'd Leanne and she hasn't written me back, so I should probably do the DragonCon interview she signed up for.

Terez
09-28-2011, 01:08 PM
I can't seem to download the 2005 DragonCon audio. Can someone maybe download it for me? Or has anyone else already downloaded it to listen to it? Maybe it's just unavailable.

Terez
09-28-2011, 01:14 PM
Nevermind, I managed to get it from the site from which it was originally linked.

Terez
09-29-2011, 02:01 PM
Nelal Hurcran seems to have disappeared so I'll do the second FF interview from 2005.

Marie Curie 7
10-01-2011, 11:37 PM
Okay, I finished another one of the Brandon interviews (BookBanter, 2008). On the other hand, I also added another one, BookBanter from 2010.

To update where we stand on the transcriptions: Of the 27 interviews needing transcription, 7 are still unclaimed, and 8 of the ones that were claimed have not yet been listed as finished.

sleepinghour
10-02-2011, 02:20 PM
A Dutch interview with RJ from 2001 (http://www.dromen-demonen.nl/auteur.lasso?n=173). Maybe someone here could translate it?

Sarevok
10-02-2011, 02:44 PM
A Dutch interview with RJ from 2001 (http://www.dromen-demonen.nl/auteur.lasso?n=173). Maybe someone here could translate it?

On it.

Terez
10-02-2011, 02:50 PM
Damn. I tried to rep you Sare, but I have to rep other people first. Maybe by the time you're done... :D

Sarevok
10-02-2011, 04:08 PM
Damn. I tried to rep you Sare, but I have to rep other people first. Maybe by the time you're done... :D

I hope you've been repping a lot in the last... 1 hour and 18 min? :p

Marie Curie 7
10-05-2011, 08:05 PM
Just swung by to say I'm working on #6, the Science and Society Interview with Brandon:

The Science and Society mission is to promote and support the public understanding and awareness of science, and to promote and support math and science education."

It may be kinda interesting to see how interviewing Brandon fits in with this mission...

Anyway, I laid claim to it on the big list of transcriptions - it should be done in a day or two.

Marie Curie 7
10-17-2011, 12:05 AM
Science and Society Podcast done. 14 transcripts still to go, I think, if I counted correctly.

I'm now claiming #7, the Mythmaker Films interview. Will post the transcript in a few days, hopefully.

sleepinghour
10-19-2011, 10:36 AM
It would probably be a pain to transcribe, but I found a video recording of the epic fantasy panel (http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17902799) at NYCC a few days ago. Brandon talks a bit about the issues with CoT and some other WoT-related stuff.

Terez
12-19-2011, 02:40 PM
Since 4th Age is done, I'm working on finishing the Geekerati one.

sleepinghour
12-19-2011, 03:28 PM
Which reminds me, I forgot to post the Suvudu one... It's done, just need to upload it to Google Docs.

Terez
12-19-2011, 07:35 PM
Okay, just let me know when it's up.

Marie Curie 7
12-23-2011, 10:05 AM
I'm working on #26 now, the Cover to Cover interview from 2010. Should have it done soon...

Terez
12-23-2011, 12:07 PM
Mine is pretty long, so I'll probably still be working on it when you get here, lol. Check out the entries I already put in for Geekerati. Longwinded Brandon is longwinded!

sleepinghour
12-27-2011, 03:50 AM
11. Fantasy Faction Interview (http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/brandon-sanderson-interview), 2 July 2011 (video).


I can do this one if no one else is working on it yet.

Terez
12-27-2011, 04:11 AM
I can do this one if no one else is working on it yet.Nope, no one's doing that one. Marie's working on Cover to Cover, and I'm doing Geekerati. (I have about 30 minutes left of that one, ugh; it was 80 to begin.) Thanks again. :)

fdsaf3
12-27-2011, 09:34 AM
Unless I missed something on the first page of this thread, there aren't any more clips to transcribe right?

I am on break from school until January 17 or so. I would have some time to chip in if needed before then.

Marie Curie 7
12-27-2011, 02:40 PM
I finished and posted the transcript for #26, the Dragon Page Cover to Cover interview. I'm now going to work on #4, the Louie b. Free show interview. :)

Terez
12-27-2011, 02:45 PM
Unless I missed something on the first page of this thread, there aren't any more clips to transcribe right?

I am on break from school until January 17 or so. I would have some time to chip in if needed before then.We're trying to get the database done before the end of the year, and we're going to do it either way. If you could get one done before then, that would be helpful, cause then we could move on to the overhaul. I got sent messages to Mjolner and The Seeker, and neither has responded. Since I tried to contact Mjolner a few days ago, I'm assuming he won't respond. The Seeker, I'll give a little more time; he might have actually finished his and posted them at TarValon.net for all I know. I just contacted him last night.

Edit: I removed the names of people I haven't heard one so you can see which ones still need doing.

Marie Curie 7
12-28-2011, 03:30 PM
I haven't finished the Louie Free interview yet (still working on it, because it's kind of long), but I did just finish off the short Macmillan interview (#5).

Figbiscuit
02-02-2012, 04:29 PM
Hey, I'm a bit late to the party here, but do you still need any transcription help? I've just got myself a snazzy new laptop so might be able to help if still required?

Terez
02-02-2012, 10:47 PM
Yes! I believe what we need most are the ones not signed off on the list, but sometimes Marie starts working on something so she would know for sure.

Dajoran
02-03-2012, 08:59 AM
My better half is ill at the moment - so I shall have a weekend of making Tea and Chicken Soup.

In between caring for her I can have a bash at one of the files that's left if needed.

It looks like the three that are left on the front page are:

DragonCon 2005.

Adventures in SciFi Publishing Interview, 9 February 2008 (audio).

San Diego ComicCon Interview, 24 July 2010 (video).

Any preference on what is needed the quickest?

Terez
02-03-2012, 09:21 AM
Yes, any of those would be great! There are also a few more we need...one person signed up for them and then disappeared! So I removed his name, and I also uploaded an audio file for another one. Thanks for the help!

Dajoran
02-03-2012, 09:25 AM
No worries, I'll have a listen to them when I get home from work, and I'll let you know later which one (if not all) I'll be able to do!

Figbiscuit
02-03-2012, 01:38 PM
Yes! I believe what we need most are the ones not signed off on the list, but sometimes Marie starts working on something so she would know for sure.

Okies. I make no promises but if I can squeeze something in I'll give you a nod as to which one I start. Also I'm an internet phillistine, as I believe I may have mentioned, so I'll probably just post it up here and let you do whatever you want with the editing :)

Marie Curie 7
02-03-2012, 04:24 PM
It looks like the three that are left on the front page are:

DragonCon 2005.

Adventures in SciFi Publishing Interview, 9 February 2008 (audio).

San Diego ComicCon Interview, 24 July 2010 (video).

Any preference on what is needed the quickest?

DragonCon 2005 is already done - it's #22 on the list.

I'm working on Adventures in Scifi Publishing (#1) and the Louie b Free Show (#4) (the list will be updated to reflect this).


The ones that still need to be transcribed, other than the ones Terez and I are currently working on, are:

#8. San Diego ComicCon Interview

#9. Fantasy Authors Panel, New York ComicCon

#10. Peter Orullian Interviews Brandon Sanderson

#23. PolarisCon Q&A 2011

Dajoran
02-06-2012, 06:01 AM
Well I'll go for the San Diego ComicCon Interview, first anyway. I'll see how I get on/how quickly I can tear through it, then sign myself up for some more.

Cheers!

Terez
02-06-2012, 06:09 AM
Alright, your name is on the list. Thanks!

sleepinghour
02-06-2012, 06:45 AM
The Fantasy Faction interview is almost done, it's just really long (40 minutes) and needs a lot of editing to make it sound more coherent. I've done my best, but it still needs a good proofreader. I'll put the first part on Google Docs in a bit.

Terez
02-06-2012, 06:52 AM
Awesome. Just let me know; I'll be around all day probably.