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March Progress Update



We're about to wrap up the Social Media part of the review. Getting pretty close.

TWG 100%: Brandon 100% (116/116), Peter 100% (116/116), Isaac 100% (75/75), Ben 100% (38/38)
17S 100%: Brandon 100% (97/97), Peter 100% (103/103), Isaac 100% (103/103), Ben 100% (92/92)
Reddit 68%: Brandon 100% (126/126), Peter 100% (99/99), Isaac 0% (0/17), Ben 0% (0/80), Adam 0% (0/8)
Twitter 39%: Brandon 100% (119/119), Peter 12% (14/119), Isaac 11% (14/126), Adam 28% (14/50)
Blog 100%: Brandon 100% (206/206)

Social Media Total: 79% (1332/1690)
Theoryland Review: 3% (35/1183)
Events and Signings Review: 0% (0/397)

I don't expect Reddit will take much longer. Isaac and Adam don't use it a ton, and while I haven't looked at Ben's comment total yet, I don't expect there'll be too much worth adding. Next step will be finding a good Twitter archive. I'm pretty sure I found one a while back and saved a link. For Brandon's, I had been using the one his assistants maintain. But they don't include anyone else's Twitter accounts in there, so I'll have to find a third-party archive, or leave my computer open for months while I scroll through. I'm sure there's something out there, though.

I'm thinking of pausing on social media for a month or two, though, and jumping over to the Theoryland review. I'm not sure if I'll be able to go to JordanCon this year, but if I do, I'd like to be up to speed on the Wheel of Time stuff. So I'd be multitasking; catching up on WoT tidbits, and making sure any of Brandon's non-WoT stuff has been carried over.

As far as Peter's Reddit comments, when it was all said and done I added 22 items to Arcanum between this month and last month. You'll find them scattered around in General Reddit events. A good chunk of them are super niche stuff, or only added for historical purposes. But the one I found most interesting was the following:



I'm currently on a reread of WoK and in chapter 57 Hoid says to Kaladin: "I've many [names]. I began life as a thought, a concept, words on a page. That was another thing I stole. Myself."

Do we know if this is Hoid breaking the fourth wall or is it just some kind kind of metaphorical reference to his presence at the birth of the Shards?

Peter Ahlstrom

The simple answer is that this does not break the fourth wall, but we won't find out why until years from now. So it's understandable that you would interpret it this way.


Can we have a hint as to which book will explain it?

Peter Ahlstrom

Probably Hoid's origin story, which Brandon is writing after he finishes Stormlight 10.

General Reddit 2015 (Nov. 29, 2015)

One of his names in the Dragonsteel series will be this mysterious reference. We know of two names from Dragonsteel Prime (Topaz, Cephandrius) and two names from Liar of Partinel (Midius, Hoid). Hoid being the name of his old master, and Topaz from a stone he used to wear. Midius, being the first chronological name we've seen him have, would seem to make sense as this reference, and it's a name that has appeared in canon (through Oathbringer). How exactly it works out... well, I've got no ideas, there. But I'll hazard a guess that we know which name he was alluding to.

And what the heck, I'll add a second, sillier one, that I'm sure a lot of people have been wondering about:



In Alloy of Law, Wayne says he read a book with talking rabbits, which is referenced again in Bands of Mourning. I'm all but certain this is a reference to Watership Down. In Bands of Mourning there's a bit where Wayne says he read a book where seven convicts stole a spaceship or something, and it's clearly a reference, but I'm not sure what it's a reference to. Does anyone know? Preliminary Google searches turned up only a TV show called Blake's 7, which seems unlikely to be the reference, since it's not actually a book.

Peter Ahlstrom

Both of these are references to books that exist on Scadrial, not our world. Watership Down is not the only book (even in our world) from the point of view of rabbits. (Don't forget Rabbit Hill!)


I believe you when you say that there are books about talking rabbits on Scadrial, but at one point in the Wax & Wayne books, they make a reference to talking rabbits, and then the word "fiver" is used. Fiver is one of the characters in Watership Down. Brandon is definitely using a play on words to reference a classic novel from our world.

Peter Ahlstrom

Oh yeah. I forgot the fiver thing. Nevertheless, it could be a complete coincidence, because talking like that is consistent with Wayne's character. :)

General Reddit 2016 (Jan. 28, 2016)



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