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  1. 19 points
    I'm retiring this mirror blog, after the launch of my new website. I'm pretty sure very few people actually followed this mirror. My new blog is right on my new site's front page, and it has a new RSS feed. You can also get more frequent updates from me on Twitter and Facebook. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/09/retiring-this-mirror-blog.html">Source</a>
  2. 18 points
    My website debuted a major redesign yesterday. I kick it off with a post about winning two Hugo Awards this past weekend. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/09/website-redesign-launch.html">Source</a>
  3. 15 points
    Hey, all! I had an exciting time at Worldcon, as you might have heard. I'm working on a long blog post about the experience, and it will go up tomorrow. (Actually, be sure to check my site tomorrow, regardless...) For today, though, I wanted to announce the release of my second and final Infinity Blade novella! It's out now on the iBookstore, with a short exclusive period for them. It will move to other ebook platforms next week. If you aren't familiar with this project, these are based on a game series made by some friends of mine in Salt Lake City. The games are awesome, and have been bestsellers on iOS devices. I did one other novella bridging the first and second games, and now have written one taking place after the second game. It's been a fun experience; they've really let me onto the team, and I've been able to have a lot to do with the story development of the entire series. Pictures of Hugo Awards tomorrow! In other news, my assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive, covering August. A bit of catch-up on the Writing Excuses podcast: We did episodes on making non-human characters relatable, survivorship bias, and a guest episode with Jeph Jacques of Questionable Content about digging yourself out of holes. Brandon <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/09/infinity-blade-redemption-updates.html">Source</a>
  4. 14 points
    Hey, all. This is a post that may not be relevant for everyone, but I thought it was an important one to make anyway. I had the pleasure of being Guest of Honor a few weeks back at SpoCon, a sf/fantasy convention in Spokane, Washington. Well, it turns out that the same group who run SpoCon have a bid out for Worldcon in 2015. The voting will happen this weekend at Worldcon in San Antonio, which I'm attending. (Though kind of last-minute.) Voting costs $40, and unfortunately it's too late to mail in ballots; it has to be done in person. Voting also gets you a supporting membership to whichever Worldcon wins for 2015—meaning you can vote in that year's Hugos as well (and get that year's Hugo Voter Packet), for cheaper than it will cost to buy a supporting membership once 2015 rolls around. And a supporting membership can be upgraded to an attending membership very easily. Since I was just hosted by these people, I think I'm in a unique position to give them—and their Worldcon bid—a shout-out. The guest liaison team was top-notch, and the entire convention was extremely well organized. I was surprised by how pretty Spokane was this time of year to boot. If anyone is debating where to put their vote for Worldcon, let me nudge you toward Spokane. I don't know anything about the other Worldcon bid teams, and I'm sure there are plenty of great people on them—but I know for certain the team in Spokane knows what they're doing. The city itself is pushing hard for the convention, even going so far to send city representatives to Worldcon this year to lobby. Hats off to the entire crew. I had a wonderful time, and would love to return in two years for Worldcon. This is a bid to take very seriously. Brandon <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/spokane-2015.html">Source</a>
  5. 12 points
    Worldcon in San Antonio (LoneStarCon 3) starts tomorrow. Here's my schedule! There are hundreds of industry luminaries at the convention, so be sure to check out all the great programming. World Science Fiction Convention, San Antonio Place: LoneStarCon 3 Address: Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center 200 E Market St San Antonio, TX 78205 Schedule: August 29th–September 2nd, 2013 SATURDAY 6:00–7:00 p.m., 006A Brandon Sanderson Reading SUNDAY 1:00–2:00 p.m., Autographing Area Autographing: John Maddox Roberts, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Laura Underwood 8:00 p.m., Grand Ballroom The Hugo Awards The Emperor's Soul is nominated in the Best Novella category, and Writing Excuses in the Best Related Work category. Best of luck to all the nominees! You can also watch the awards live on UStream. Notes: The "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" convention exclusive hardcover will be available in limited numbers at Howard Tayler's booth in the dealers' room. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/worldcon-this-weekend.html">Source</a>
  6. 11 points
    Put together this spreadsheet based on the Statistical Analysis data on Coppermind: Stormlight Analysis (2018-9-7).xlsx. The Oathbringer data I entered myself when the book was released, so I feel pretty confident in that. Not certain about the other two, but I expect they're fairly accurate. Had to enter in the Edgedancer data for this myself, along with character genders. Otherwise it was just minor edits, separating the data, etc. Some fun charts I put together with it below. Let me know if you'd like to see any other interesting comparisons and don't feel like doing it yourself. Spoilers: There aren't any real spoilers below, UNLESS you don't want to know which characters appear in future books or how much screen time they get. If you don't want to know that, you've been warned. (as someone pointed out on Discord, I've lumped femalen listeners in with female. might be some other odd cases that I overlooked.)
  7. 10 points
    Tomorrow and Saturday I'll be at Gen Con. My schedule is below. See you there! But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders TODAY for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. (Or you can come to the release event at the Orem Barnes & Noble on September 24th. More details later.) Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. Steelheart Signed & Numbered Copies Weller Book Works is excited to offer signed and numbered copies of Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart. A maximum of two copies may be ordered per customer. The price is $15.19 per copy plus tax and/or shipping if applicable. That's 20% off the cover price of $18.99. United States shipping is via USPS Priority Mail. You may choose to have orders for a single copy shipped in a padded envelope or in a box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a box. Shipping prices are as follows: US Domestic padded envelope - $7.00 US Domestic box - $13.00 In addition, orders picked up in-store or shipped to destinations in Utah will be charged sales tax of $1.04 per book. International shipping is via USPS 1st Class or Priority Mail for single copies. You may choose to have single copy orders shipped in a 1st Class padded envelope, a Priority Mail padded envelope, or a Priority Mail box. Orders for two copies will be shipped in a Priority Mail box. Unfortunately, we are not able to ship two copies 1st Class due to weight limits. Please note that 1st Class orders will not arrive until significantly after the release date. Shipping prices are as follows: Canada & Mexico 1st Class padded envelope - $16.00 Canada & Mexico Priority Mail padded envelope - $21.00 Canada & Mexico Priority Mail box - $ 42.00 All other international 1st Class padded envelope - $23.00 All other international Priority Mail padded envelope - $25.00 All other international Priority Mail box - $62.00 Orders may be paid for with credit card or Paypal only. All orders must be placed via e-mail by e-mailing [email protected] When you order, please let us know how you would like your copy personalized. Tell us "signature only" if you just want it signed and numbered. If you would like it signed to you or to a friend, say, e.g., "Sign it 'to John.'" If you are paying by Paypal, please include your paypal email in your order so that we can invoice you. Please include your shipping address when ordering. This promotion is limited to 500 copies of Steelheart, and all orders must be received and paid for by August 31, 2013. E-mail [email protected] to order today! Gen Con Indy Place: Gen Con Indy 2013 Address: Indiana Convention Center 100 S Capitol Ave Indianapolis, IN 46225Schedule: August 16–17, 2013 FRIDAY 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon, ICC Room 244 (SEM1345269) Panel: Worldbuilding: Magic & Mysticism Learn to weave magic into your setting in a way that drives the story and satisfies the reader. Elizabeth Vaughan, John Helfers, Lou Anders, Dave Gross, Brandon Sanderson 2:00–3:30 p.m., ICC Room 500 Ballroom/Reception (ENT1350579) Event: Epic VillainsBestselling authors Brandon Sanderson (STEELHEART, Sept. 2013) and James Dashner (EYE OF MINDS, Oct. 2013) introduce their new series and discuss the creation of the most horrifying villains within their fiction—past and present. For a chance to win an epic prize, collect some cool swag, and receive a limited edition signed poster, come check out this sneak peek! Cost: $2.00 4:00–5:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345264) Panel: Writer's Craft: Novel Outlines Discover the techniques and tricks for creating effective, compelling, and pitchable novel outlines. John Helfers, Jerry Gordon, Saladin Ahmed, Brandon Sanderson, Erik Scott De Bie 7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350944) Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 1 Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers. 9:00 p.m.–2:00 a.m. VIG Lounge, ICC Rooms 116–117 (TCG1352591) VIG: Magic: The Gathering draft and tournament with Brandon Sanderson Come draft and play MTG with Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series and the continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga. Prizes awarded! VIG and VIG Companions only. Cost: $24.00 SATURDAY 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall Booth 1749 Signing: Brandon Sanderson at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase, or you can bring your own books. Howard Tayler, Jim Zub, and Tracy Hickman will also be at the booth at various times throughout the day. And you can also ask Brandon to sign your books any other time during the convention that you can catch him between panels. 2:00–3:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345288) Panel: Exploring Genres: Young Adult Get the inside scoop on what it takes to write fiction for the lucrative YA market. Kelly Swails, David Farland, James Dashner, Ari Marmell, Brandon Sanderson 3:00–4:00 p.m., ICC Room 245 (SEM1345289) Panel: Exploring Genres: Dark Fantasy Explore techniques for writing fantasy with an edge as we discuss the darker side of the genre. Paul Genesse, Kelly Swails, Chris Pierson, Lucy Snyder, Brandon Sanderson 4:00–5:00 p.m., Crowne Plaza Grand Central Ballroom D (SEM1343796) Panel: Scheming through Scadrial: Making Mistborn Yours The Final Empire is hard on Crews but it's also tricky for Narrators. Join the creators of the Mistborn Adventure Game for an interactive panel about adventuring in Brandon Sanderson's unique world. NOTE: This panel is a two-hour panel beginning at 3:00. Brandon will show up for the final hour of the panel. Patrick Kapera, Brandon Sanderson 7:00–9:00 p.m., ICC Room 244 (SEM1350945) Panel: Writing Excuses: Live Audience Session 2 Join Writing Excuses hosts Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Mary Robinette Kowal for a live audience recording session Friday evening. The team will record four to six episodes of their popular podcast between 7pm and 9pm, interviewing special guests from the symposium and VIG's and others from the wider convention. During this session at least one episode will be a rapid-fire Q&A using questions taken from the audience, so be sure to bring some stumpers. NOTE: Brandon's books (including this year's convention exclusive hardcover) will be available for purchase at Howard Tayler's Schlock Mercenary booth 1749 in the Exhibit Hall. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/my-gen-con-schedule.html">Source</a>
  8. 9 points
    I just want you all to know, before I begin, that I’ve been hyped about writing this literally since I posted the last one. I’ve mulled over what to say, tried to remember parts...yeah. So that’s fun. (Despite this, I’m still managing to write most of this way too late at night.) I’m posting it both in a status update and in my blog as a way of transitioning this tradition to my blog in the future. I’ve only done it once before, so does it need a transition and can I call it a tradition yet? Who knows. With that out of the way...another year happened. Which is a decently big deal on the Shard, for those of us who haven’t been around for ages, at least. It’s now been two years since I read the Sanderson Memes and Sanderfan threads during school, then decided this place was pretty cool. In the last year I’ve gone from thirty-one followers to fifty-four, thirteen days won to fifty-seven, and 1,038 reputation points to 3,904 of them. I made a blog and submitted my crappy art to the gallery. (Be glad I never submitted my Inquisitor sculpture...) I started some more forum games and some more roleplays too - who’s surprised - and the old ones have been just as fun. I even participated in a few discussions about the actual books. (I also joined Discord, which in my case is essentially an extension of the Shard, and that let me meet and talk to even more wonderful people. I don’t regret that choice.) This means it’s also been two years since I started gradually meeting some of the best people in the world. Because really, you are. Again, I can’t list all of you because I will literally run out of original compliments, and it’ll end up as something like “you’re cool! And you can write! I like what you write and how you talk!” for everyone and that’s not very nice of me, so to everyone I didn’t mention - that does not mean I don’t enjoy talking with you, laugh when I read your RP, and overanalyze your member titles. It just means I’m running out of ways to say those things without saying the same thing to all of you and feeling guilty about it. I’m going to begin by saying that it wouldn’t be fair to mention the people I focused on last time again, but also I can’t not because they are amazing too, so consider yourselves mentioned! Archer continued to help me through some emotional death sessions and Mist saved my butt recently. Also Po is Po and I really don’t have words for her. (@Archer, @Mistspren, @Blessing of Potency) Sorana is another storming awesome human being who must be talked about. If someone had told me a couple years ago that I would eventually be friends with a literal angel who also is an adult in Europe, I would have been very confused. But I am! And you are! You’re one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my entire life, and everything you spend your time on, from sewing/quilting/doing magic with cloth to all types of roleplay, is just so grand. Your writing style is so beautiful and also you’re one of those cool smart people who’s bilingual. I know there are a lot of them, especially in countries that don’t speak English, but that doesn’t make them any less smart. So yeah, you’re awesome. (@Sorana, @bilingual people) Guess who else rocks? Meta. Meta does. You’re so witty that you should be Ene! Also, you write well. No arguments - you do. In addition, I have come and died in your inbox and you just causally revive me and send me off again to keep living in the world. How do you do this? No idea, but I’m convinced you’re a Feelings Sorcerer. Thanks for the Rioting and recommendations; you’re hilarious and way smarter than anyone has a right to be. Please do not stop being these things. If you do I will make sad puppy eyes at you. (@MetaTerminal) Next up on our list of Extremely Fantastic Human Beings is Stick! DoomStick, I will clarify, because this site has a trillion of them! Stick, we’ve been talking for ages and I would like to not stop, because you’re always super fun and clever and interesting. Like seriously, always. You can cook and bake and play an instrument and speak Latin and make epic rainbow loom things...the world is running out of things you haven’t conquered, dude. Every time we chat, whether on the Longest Status Update or in the plethora of other updates or TLPW or our AMAs or anywhere else, you’re a delight to talk to, and RPing with Tourmaline and Olivia is no different. Thank you. (@DoomStick) WYN. YOU’RE A PERSON. A great person who has heartwarming RP, sweet things to say to everyone, and palpable love just...emanating from you. You and your stories are fantastic. James is fantastic - thank you so much for being in TKND. I hope that girl at your school learns how awesome the “janitor man” is. Your faith and humor deserve accolades. (@Wyndlerunner) Silva, for all y’all’s information, is also incredible. I mean, how many named NPCs do you have? And you keep them all organized and write awesomely with them! At this point you can’t convince me your brain could make words go together badly. Maybe if you had a concussion. No matter what we’re talking about, religion or magic dreams or cute deer, you are consistently amazing. (@Silva) Getting on Discord introduced me to Storm, and I am eternally grateful. I already knew you were fairly cool from our small Shard interactions and the fact that you founded TUBA, but now I know your coolness in detail! You’re funny and an epic storyteller, and I really like our conversations. I look forward to RPing with you. (@Stormblessed Dolphin) Lunaaaaaaaaa!!! I’m not sure why I typed your name like that, but! Whatever! You’re exciting! Having adventures with you is a highlight of my Sharding experience, and you seem to be able to just make fun nonsense happen through sheer force of being you. Also you can write! “Well I’ve never RPed before” *proceeds to make characters who I fall in love with instantly* (@Lunamor) (You can probably tell I’m tired by now, and this is getting long, but spike it I’m gonna rapid-fire verbally hug you all in no particular order fight me) Invo, you are obviously The Cool Kid but also you’re really thoughtful and you give smart advice. I’m glad I know you. (@Invocation) Salad, you are literally the best in every way! I love talking with you, and also we are the same in like fifteen different ways. Everything you say, I can relate to or agree with, with the sole exception of your British spelling. You’re a writing ace. hahahahaha worst pun ever we’re gonna pretend that didn’t happen okayyyyy I am so sorry but also I’m leaving it in so how sorry am I really (but seriously you are a good writer) (@The Awakened Salad) Ele, you were the first person to welcome me to the Shard, but I only really got to know you on Discord. You’re friendly and funny and I’m sorry I haven’t watched that one general man’s video you gave me yet, but I’m happy to know it’s there if I need encouraging. (@ElephantEarwax) Per, you’re supportive and cool and I am so sorry I haven’t been around to watching RWBY with you, it was fun! Jay, it’s great talking to you and I’m going to buy your books someday! (@Emperor Stick, @Jaywalk) Lith, you break my brain with your creativity! Zinc, your art and writing are frighteningly good! Star, your enthusiasm for your art is inspiring! Xino, you know how great you are at worldbuilding! (@ShadowLord_Lith, @ZincAboutIt, @Shard of Thought, @xinoehp512) Venture, you are steadfastly amazing and brave! Jac, you have really great ideas and chatting with you is a pleasure! Rebecca, I love talking with you in TUBA PMs and thank you for being a great Maid of Honor, even though it went nowhere! Same goes to Ash, who also killed me with her ships! (Condor will never be resolved...nooooooo...) (@Butt Ad Venture, @bees?, @Rebecca, @Ashspren) Mac, I marvel at your advice and wisdom! Truthless, I’m sorry I left HAHAR (hold up, that was its acronym? Ha har, a laugh? That’s gold lol) but RPing with you was fun! Honorless, your discussions are always great! (@MacThorstenson, @Truthless of Shinovar, @Dreamer) To everyone I have ever roleplayed with, I sincerely thank you. Let me get really serious for a sec. A common phrase when people are expressing love is “I love you to death.” Which makes some sense: “I’ll love you even past death.” “I’d kill for you.” It could also be interpreted as “I love you so much I want to kill you.” (Let’s hope not.) And...”I would die for you.” The thing is, I do love all of you, as friends, sometimes as much as family. Honestly, more than my own family in some cases. And I will continue loving you in the afterlife that I believe in. I would not, however, kill for you in most cases, nor would I kill you. Or die for you. But the last year or so has just hit me so hard that I don’t even want to think of a good enough metaphor. Sometimes the Shard was the problem, or made the problem worse. But most of the time, you guys have saved me. I’m not suicidal, that’s not part of my depression portfolio. But I’m living emotionally and mentally as well as I am because of some of you people. So I don’t love you to death. I love you to life, because that’s what your love did for me. *hopes that wasn’t as stupid as it sounds in her head as she pulls out a root beer and proposes a toast to another year*
  9. 9 points
    Some quick updates today. But first, if you haven't seen the STEELHEART teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters, please go give them a look! The release date is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books available to preorder, but they won't be shipped until I sign them in October. Waygate Foundation has a new charity auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. They're auctioning off a rare production sample of a Ta'veren Tees t-shirt featuring Perrin Aybara, signed by Team Jordan and me. You can't buy a shirt with this exact design. The auction ends on August 21st. The Kindle Daily Post has an interview with me about STEELHEART and other topics. Also, Inspiring Insomnia is giving away (US-only) an ARC of STEELHEART. I often mention giveaways like this on Facebook and Twitter when I see them, but sometimes the giveaways are over by the time I compile a blog post. So if you want to keep track of things like that, Facebook and Twitter are the best places to follow me. The most recent Writing Excuses podcast episode is another microcasting one where we touch on the following topics: How do you manage your workload? Are writing contests worth it? Which ones are good? How do you make it clear that the weird aspects of your world are done on purpose rather than just being bad science? How do you know when to take a break from your writing? What are your word count suggestions for various markets? SF Signal asked me to name two or three authors I feel haven't received the recognition they deserve. So I had to keep the list short, but you should check it out! Tor.com's newest THE WAY OF KINGS reread post covers chapters 27 and 28. Chasm duty, Horneater stew, and smashing a lot of rock with a hammer. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/signed-perrin-t-shirt-charity-auction.html">Source</a>
  10. 9 points
    It's time to announce the winners of the STEELHEART Mega Vault Fan Art contest. First, if you haven't seen the teaser trailer, the prologue, or teaser chapters for STEELHEART, please go give them a look! STEELHEART Preorders The release date for STEELHEART is fast approaching, so think about preordering the book from your favorite vendor. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, Audible, Apple, Kobo, Google Play.) If you would like a signed and numbered copy, Weller Book Works will begin accepting orders on August 15th for delivery on or very shortly after September 24th. Mysterious Galaxy and Shawn Speakman's The Signed Page will also have signed books (without numbers) available to preorder, but they won't be shipped as quickly. When I'm on tour in October, I'll stop by both of these places and sign the preordered books, which will then be shipped out. Mega Vault Contest Winners We had a great response to the STEELHEART fan art contest. Take a look at all the entries over at my official fan site, 17th Shard. The fan art is just fantastic! There were so many awesome entries, in fact, that we had a hard time choosing winners. So we've made space for five winners and five runners-up. The five winners of the Random House Mega Vault are, in no particular order: Bleed by HeavenlyHedgehog Steelheart by Archetype Deathpoint by Kristal He Was Majestic by Rodrigo Legoheart vs. Deathlego by Neverland The five runners-up will receive a STEELHEART poster signed by me, and their choice of one signed book from my online store. Here are the runners-up, in no particular order: I've Seen Steelheart Bleed Poster by jlequire What Are You Doing Here? by GalaxyFlyer Steelheart Custom Binding by Stairdweller Steelheart's Ultimatum by ktep by Scott CapenerTo the winners: My assistants will be contacting you through the 17th Shard message system. Thank you again for entering the contest, and thanks to Random House for providing these awesome Mega Vaults and posters as prizes. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/steelheart-preorder-and-mega-vault.html">Source</a>
  11. 9 points
    Tomorrow I'm heading out to Spokane for SpoCon, and I'll also be signing at Barnes & Noble. Details are below. There's no signing listed at SpoCon itself, but I will sign books if you find me between panels. See you there! Barnes & Noble, Spokane Date: Thursday August 8th, 2013 Time: 5:30–7:30 p.m. Place: Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Northtown Mall Address: 4750 North Division Street Spokane, WA 99207 Phone: (509) 482-4235 Notes: This signing is in conjunction with SpoCon, but you don't have to be a SpoCon member to attend the signing. Please consider attending SpoCon as well though, since they are flying Brandon out and he'll be doing many more events there this weekend. SpoCon 2013, Spokane Dates: Friday August 9th–Sunday August 11th, 2013 Place: SpoCon 2013 Address: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Spokane City Center 322 North Spokane Falls Court Spokane, WA 99201 Phone: (509) 455-9600 Fri, 08/09/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Parkside II Writing For the Youth Market Do you enjoy telling your children stories? Do you remember childhood stories of your own? Would you like to share them with other youth; to help shape and put a bug of creative imagination in to their minds? Why just infest your own children's imagination, or that of friends and family, when you can tweak the youth of the world's imagination. Buahaha... Brandon Sanderson, Jessica Rising, Deby Fredericks, Fallon Jones, Shelley Martin Fri, 08/09/2013 - 18:30 to 19:00, Salon 5 Opening Ceremonies Come join SpoCon Staff and distinguished Guests as we celebrate the opening of SpoCon 2013; see our Guests introduced, and hear about some of the great things that SpoCon has to offer this year! As usual, SpoCon's opening ceremonies are not something to be missed.... Brandon Sanderson, Kaja Foglio, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Andy Dopieralski, Christian Doyle, Beau Prichard Fri, 08/09/2013 - 19:00 to 19:45, Salon 5 Marmot Talk Sitting in for the Mad Marmot himself will be the one and only Scott C. Brown with his mostly fearless sidekick Tim Martin. Join us for a style of talk show only SpoCon can produce. On the schedule is a Q&A with our distinguished Guests. We are pretty sure you won't want to be missing this... Scott C. Brown, Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Mark Osier, Kaja Foglio, Tim Martin, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard Fri, 08/09/2013 - 20:00 to 21:00, Shades Reading - Brandon Sanderson Come and enjoy a reading from SpoCon's 2013 Guest of Honor, author Brandon Sanderson. Brandon will read a number of selection, and will include some of his works for younger readers. Sat, 08/10/2013 - 12:30 to 13:30, Parkside II World-Building: Creating a Magic System Learn how to tackle the challenges of creating a magic system for your world or universe from true masters of the art. Brandon Sanderson, S.A. Bolich, Rhiannon Louve, Shelley Martin Sat, 08/10/2013 - 15:30 to 16:30, Spokane Falls Ballroom B The SpoCon Unquisition! So, you think you know The Wheel of Time? Bring your questions to SpoCon's Unquisition - Our panel of Unquisitors will listen to your question about The Wheel of Time, that may NOT contain any name, or direct reference to anything IN The Wheel of Time series. Should our panel of Unquisitors deem the question "correct", our Guest of Honor will then answer the approved query in any manner he so chooses. Brandon Sanderson, Debbie Lentz, Christian Doyle, Molly Lloyd Sat, 08/10/2013 - 20:00 to Sun, 08/11/2013 - 02:00, Spokane Falls Ballroom D Magic the Gathering Draft with Brandon Sanderson Brandon loves playing Magic the Gathering. Brandon enjoys it so much that when he travels, he often puts out the word that he's up for a game. Now Brandon is here at SpoCon, and he's not just putting out the word, he's offered us a tournament. So, come out and play in a MtG draft with our Guest of Honor, Brandon Sanderson! Did somebody say prizes? Why yes we did! Per Brandon, this will be a "Booster Draft." Our friends at Gamer's Haven will help administer this event. Seats are limited to 15 players, and please note that there will be an additional $25 fee to participate in this event. Sun, 08/11/2013 - 15:00 to 16:00, Salon 5 Guest of Honor Address - Brandon Sanderson Join famed author Brandon Sanderson in Salon V for his Guest of Honor address. Learn about his career, his current and future works, and more. Sun, 08/11/2013 - 16:00 to 17:00, Salon 5 Closing Ceremonies You've packed your days full of all of the awesome fun that SpoCon has had to offer. Join us in Salon V to finalize our time together and talk about what we have in store for you next year. Brandon Sanderson, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, Mark Osier, Scott C. Brown, Christian Doyle, Andy Dopieralski, Beau Prichard, Rob McDonell <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/spokane-this-week.html">Source</a>
  12. 8 points
    Edit: This blog entry used to contain a theory on my mental health. I no longer believe that it is true, and have therefore deleted it. My apologies for any confusion.
  13. 8 points
    Playing catch-up with the Writing Excuses podcast, we did episodes on both Writing Reluctant Characters and Combining Dialogue, Blocking, and Description. We also did a Q&A session at the Out of Excuses Retreat that touches on these questions: To Dan: How did you go about selling your first trilogy in Germany before selling it in the US? To Howard: did you consider doing a separate storyline on Sunday strips? Why or why not? Have you transitioned between outlining and discovery writing? To Brandon: Why is John Scalzi your evil nemesis? To Dan and Howard (and Mary): When you had full-time work, what did you do to "reset" when you came home from work, especially since your job used the same parts of your brain that writing does? Tor.com has revealed Michael Whelan's cover art for WORDS OF RADIANCE, the sequel to THE WAY OF KINGS. The cover is gorgeous, as always, and I love how the wraparound looks on it. Many thanks to Mr. Whelan for all his hard work! Tor.com has also announced that the tentative release date has been pushed to March. I may have more to say on the reasons for this in the future, but it's important that I get this book right. On July 24th I tweeted a screenshot of me starting the third draft. I've missed mentioning a couple of THE WAY OF KINGS reread posts; you can find all of them here. Tor.com also put up an excerpt of my novella "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell" coming in the George R.R. Martin/Gardner Dozois anthology DANGEROUS WOMEN that will be released on December 3rd. My Comic-Con interview with MTV Geek is archived here. The video is at the bottom of the page; I appear at the 1:59:38 mark. There's also an extremely short preview of the STEELHEART book trailer right before I come on. The full trailer should be released fairly soon. And on that page you can also read the second excerpt from the book. There's also an interview with me about STEELHEART over at Big Shiny Robot. My assistant Peter uploaded another Twitter posts archive. This one covers most of July. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/08/updates-catch-up-michael-whelan.html">Source</a>
  14. 6 points
    The Hugos are one of the most prestigious awards in our field, and they are given out by the readers themselves. The deadline for voting for the Hugo Awards is approaching quickly. Less than a week left! For a ballot to be counted, it needs to be in by Wednesday, July 31, 2013 before midnight, Texas time. So, if you were considering joining Worldcon to vote, you don't have a lot of time left. (Full disclosure, The Emperor's Soul by yours truly is up for an award in the novella category. Also, Writing Excuses has been nominated its third year running for best related work.) For the last few years, the Hugo Awards have been offering a "Voter's Packet" to everyone eligible to vote, and it includes ebooks of basically everything nominated. To be eligible to vote, you have to buy at least a "Supporting Membership" to Worldcon, which costs $60. So, for sixty bucks, you get a selection of the best sf/fantasy published last year––including five novels and a ton of short fiction. It's one of the best deals out there, and you get to vote for what you consider the best fiction of the year as well. (You'll also get to nominate for next year's awards.) Unlike the Academy Awards or the Grammys, these awards aren't chosen by distant committees––they are chosen by discerning fans. As always, I strongly suggest that you read/watch/listen to the majority (if not all) of the entries in a category before voting on it. Do not vote for your favorite author; vote for what you actually think is the best work. As the voting is in our hands, let's do what we can to maintain the integrity of the award. (Though, if you do join now and only have a week or so left, you should totally read the novella category first, so you can vote on that one without running out of time. Just saying...) It was great seeing many of you at San Diego last weekend! I look forward to meeting more of you at my upcoming events! <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/hugo-awards-voting-deadline-is-july-31.html">Source</a>
  15. 6 points
    It has been quite a busy time these last six or seven months. Too busy, maybe? A lot of great experiences, but it has cut into my time to be at home writing. Let me give you a little update of what I’m doing writing-wise. First off, of course, is Words of Radiance. If you weren’t watching, I finished the rough draft of this book (the second book of the Stormlight Archive, and sequel to The Way of Kings) late June. I sent it off to my agent and editor for commentary and advice. I got back my editor’s notes last week, my agent’s notes today, and Peter just finished assembling everything together and doing a tight, continuity-focused copyedit of the entire manuscript. At 360k words, it’s roughly the length of A Memory of Light. Obviously, there’s a lot left to do here. Tor keeps talking about January as a publication month, and I’d like to meet that, if at all possible. That’s going to require me to do several drafts of the novel over the next two months. More updates as we progress, but I’m pleased with the book. It has only a few large flaws, and I think they can be fixed fairly quickly. During July, I took time off from major projects to have a breather. If you aren’t aware, I prefer to do smaller projects between big epics as a means of helping me stay fresh. This month’s “breather” stories include a novelette (9k words) piece set in the Steelheart world, which should be published as an e-original around Christmastime. I also did some work in the Infinity Blade world. (More on that later. If you aren’t aware, this is a video game that friends of mine make. I’ve enjoyed being involved to practice my video-game writing chops, with an eye toward doing Mistborn video game writing.) My next major writing project will be the sequel to Steelheart, which is called Firefight. (And if you haven’t seen the trailer, Prologue, or teaser chapters for Steelheart, please go give them a look! We’re hoping for big things from this novel.) As you might be aware, I will often be preparing for/writing one piece while I do revisions on another. I generally can only do new prose on one piece at a time, but I like to be revising and writing on two different things at once. So, for the foreseeable future, I’ll be writing Firefight and revising Words of Radiance. What does this mean for future projects? Well, let me go down the list of sequels in order of current urgency. 1) Rithmatist Sequel. I will hop on writing the next one very soon. 2) Shadows of Self. (The next Wax and Wayne Mistborn novel.) I’ve finished some sample chapters of this and have a fairly solid outline. Expect to see me writing on this sometime early next year. 3) Book Three of Stormlight. I don’t want to let this series languish with three year gaps between books, as I was forced to do between books one and two. Because of this, I’ll try to be doing them at 18 month or 24 month intervals at the most. Do note that the books, at around a thousand pages each, are HUGE undertakings. The way I write, I have to space out projects like this. They’ll be regular, I promise, but part of the reason I’m so productive is because I allow myself freedom to work on different projects, instead of being beholden to one series. 4) Calamity (Book Three of Steelheart.) This will be the final of that trilogy. 5) Elantris Sequel. (This is getting close. Should be doing this in the relatively near future.) 6) Legion Sequel. I have sample chapters of this done, but as it’s a side project, it can’t command prime writing time. I will probably slip it in between some of the books above somewhere, but I can’t promise when. 7) Final Rithmatist book. (I’m not 100% sure this will be a trilogy. It might just be two books.) 8) Nightblood. (Warbreaker sequel.) This one is still fairly far off. 9) Alcatraz 5. Still planning to write this. We have to find a home for the series, however, as I bought the rights back to it from Scholastic earlier this year. Within the next couple of months, my US readers will be able to buy my British publisher's omnibus edition of the first four books. As for non-sequel, original projects, here’s what might be coming in the future, as they stand now. 1) "Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell." Cosmere novella set on a new world. Find it in GRRM and Gardner Dozois’s anthology called Dangerous Women, which I believe is coming out Christmastime. Read an excerpt on Tor.com. 2) "Sixth of the Dusk." Cosmere novella set on a new world. Written following a Writing Excuses brainstorm. Still needs a revision, but should be released later this year. 3) The Silence Divine. Standalone Cosmere Novel. Modestly far off, but maybe not too far. I don’t want to be stuck writing only sequels. Though, since I did release two new books this year (Rithmatist and Steelheart) in new worlds, starting new series, I will probably wait on this one until those series are done. 4) The Liar of Partinel. Cosmere Novel, set on the original planet of Yolen and dealing with Hoid’s origin story. Very far off right now. 5) Skyward. (Working title.) Young Adult cosmere novel. In the early stages of development. Probably a few years of. 6) Dark One. Non-cosmere YA novel. Still haven’t been able to get this one off the ground. I had a chance, but The Rithmatist worked better, and I wrote that instead. Don’t hold your breath on this one, though someday I might post the sample chapters that I wrote a few years back. 7) Death By Pizza. (Urban Fantasy.) This book was fun, but not remotely good enough to publish. We’ll see if I ever get the bug to go back and fix it. 8) White Sand. Cosmere trilogy. Some fun things are happening here, but I can’t really talk about them right now. And finally, media properties. 1) Mistborn: Birthright. (Video Game for consoles and maybe PC, cross platform.) We’re looking at 2015 for this right now. (Sorry.) The new console generation made us push it back. I’m still planning to write it, and development is still moving. It’s far from dead. 2) Mistborn film. Option runs out in January. I’ve had a very good experience with the producers, but so far, we do not have funding for the film. We’ll have to see where we are in another six months. 3) Legion television show. Lionsgate still has this under option! 4) Steelheart Film. I had lunch with the producer at Comic-Con. It's still early in the process, but they're very engaged and very excited. That's it for updates. For now, I should get back to work on the Firefight outline. As always, thank you all for reading! <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/state-of-sanderson.html">Source</a>
  16. 6 points
    So, I'm at Comic-Con in San Diego right now. You can see my schedule here. Among the other things I'm doing at the con is an interview with MTV Geek. That's not a public event at the convention, but they will be streaming it live on their site on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Pacific time. And as part of the interview livestream, MTV Geek will be premiering the book trailer that Delacorte made for STEELHEART. It will be exciting, so set your alarms for 1:00 p.m. Pacific in two days. (Right now their countdown clock says the trailer reveal will be at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, but we're pretty sure that's a mistake.) And right now, MTV Geek has put up a new preview of STEELHEART on their site. If you haven't read the prologue you should read that first, and then come back and read chapters 10 and 11 on MTV Geek's site. MTV Geek has also revealed the Comic-Con exclusive Steelheart poster by DC Comics artist John Van Fleet. Go there to check it out. I'll be signing prints of the poster with Mr. Van Fleet at the DC Comics booth #1915 today at 11:00 a.m. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/read-preview-2-of-steelheart-steelheart.html">Source</a>
  17. 6 points
    I'm leaving today for Comic-Con, and I'll be there Friday through Sunday. See you there! There will also be a Steelheart trailer reveal online on Sunday with MTV Geek; I'll add the link later. Date: July 19–21, 2013 Place: San Diego Convention Center Address: 111 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101 Schedule: Friday, July 19th 11:00–11:30 a.m., booth 1915 DC Entertainment Signing with John Van Fleet Signing exclusive Steelheart poster prints by John Van Fleet 2:30–3:30 p.m., Room 24ABC Epic Fantasy Panel Dragons, elves, and magic—epic fantasy transports us to another world. Colleen Lindsay and some of the genre's biggest authors discuss the worlds of their own creation and what fantasy has to say about our own world: Robin Hobb (Blood of Dragons), Raymond Feist (Magician's End), Django Wexler (The Thousand Names), Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn and The Wheel of Time series), Melissa de la Cruz (Frozen), Christopher Paolini (the Inheritance cycle), and Daniel Abraham (The Tyrant's Law). 4:00–5:00 p.m., Table AA09, Autograph Area Signing by authors from the Epic Fantasy Panel 5:00–6:00 p.m., booth 2707Tor Booth Signing Brandon will sign copies of The Way of Kings (and probably any other books you bring) Saturday, July 20th 1:00–2:00 p.m., booth 1515 Random House Booth Signing Signing ARCs of Steelheart This is a ticketed signing. Tickets can be picked up at the Random House booth 1515 on Saturday when the booth opens. The line will start forming 15 minutes before the signing. Sunday, July 21st 2:30–3:30 p.m., Room 23ABC Safety Not Guaranteed, Post-Apocalyptic Panel Dystopian societies, postapocalyptic scenarios, enhanced (and deadly) abilities, and mysterious government branches make the future a not-so-safe place to be. Moderator Anna Jarzab (Tandem) joins authors Marie Lu (the Legend series), Gen Albin (Crewel), Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart), Margaret Stohl (Icons), Amy Tintera (Reboot), and Michael Johnston (Frozen) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds they've created. 4:00–5:00 p.m., Table AA09, Autograph Area Signing with the previous panel's authors. Brandon will sign ARCs of Steelheart (and probably any other books you bring). Notes: The "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" con exclusive hardcover will be on sale at Mysterious Galaxy's booth, #1119. Badali Jewelry will be at booth #532/534 with their beautiful assortment of jewelry based on Elantris, the Mistborn series, and more. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-san-diego-comic-con-international.html">Source</a>
  18. 6 points
    Recently I got back from The Rithmatist tour, so it's time for me to post some pictures of some of the cool things I saw and some of the neat things you all gave me. I appreciate the time and thought put into the gifts. Take a look at this Steel Inquisitor sculpture Meghan Etzel-Hardman gave me. Wow! You can take a look at more of her work at her site. These awesome Mistborn costumes came from the hard work of Sarah Levinson, who came with her pals to Phoenix Comicon. From left to right: Karen as Tindwyl, Varouj as Sazed (I think I saw him dressed as Aang from Avatar one of the others days), me dressed as myself, Brian as Elend, and Sarah as Vin. The attention to detail on these costumes is amazing! Here's a beautiful bookmark I got from the Tattered Cover when I signed there, beads from New Orleans, A Game of Thrones card game, and a silver spoon and expertly knitted animals for Baby Melvin (not his real name). At one of my tour stops back east, I met fellow Tor author David Walton. He was kind enough to give me a copy of his latest book Quintessence, which I enjoyed reading during my flights. One reader, lmlnewburg, created some fan art for a story idea the Writing Excuses cast helped me brainstorm about psychic birds in the jungle, "Sixth of the Dusk." And as usual, the various assortment of Magic cards: Emily Grange knitted this koloss based on Ben McSweeney's illustrations. The detail on this guy is amazing! The event put on June 3rd by the King's English Bookshop and hosted by the Provo Library was a great success. With nearly 500 people in attendance, this was probably the second-largest non-release-party event that I've had for one of my books so far. At the signing, I received this beautiful glass ornament from the folks at Gomm Studios (check out their gallery of stained glass). There were some nice T-shirts for those working the event. They gave me one too. Take a look at that enormous gear decoration! Incidentally, the picture below was chosen by Publishers Weekly as their photo of the day on June 6th. In addition to the book store signings, Phoenix Comicon and BookExpo America were all part of the tour. It made for a crazy time, but as always, I want to thank you all for coming out to the signings and other events. Because of you, The Rithmatist debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-rithmatist-tour-swag.html">Source</a>
  19. 6 points
    The anthology THIS IS HOW YOU DIE, sequel to THE MACHINE OF DEATH, was released today. I don't have a story in it (I was considering submitting something, but I'm way too busy), but my friend and alpha reader Karen Stay Ahlstrom (who happens to be married to my assistant Peter Ahlstrom) does have a story in the volume. I was surprised when she submitted her story to our writing group, since she usually participates as a reader rather than a writer, but it was a great story and I think the anthology's editors (Ryan North, David Malki!, and Matthew Bennardo) made a good choice when they plucked it from the field of over 2000 submissions for the volume. What is THIS IS HOW YOU DIE, and what is the Machine of Death phenomenon? Longtime readers of my blog know I follow a lot of different webcomics. This particular phenomenon started with the following strip from DINOSAUR COMICS: Buy the trade paperback here: Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Books-A-Million Powell's The Book Depository Buy the ebook here: Kindle (US)(CA)(UK) Nook Kobo iBookstore (US)(CA)(UK)(AU)(NZ)(IE) Google Play As I understand it, discussion got underway in the webcomics community about how cool the idea was: a machine that predicted your manner of death, but didn't give you enough details for that knowledge to be very useful to you. DINOSAUR COMICS' creator Ryan North and WONDERMARK creator David Malki! then got together with writer Matthew Bennardo and they edited the anthology THE MACHINE OF DEATH to explore the concept further. That book was indie-published and hit #1 on Amazon. THIS IS HOW YOU DIE is the sequel, and it was picked up by mainstream publisher Grand Central, an imprint of Hachette. I think the concept is a great one, and the first book is quite entertaining. If you've read the first volume and are wondering if you should read the second, you may have noticed that one issue with the first is that a number of the stories tread the same ground, making a few of them a bit repetitive. The second book breaks that mold—the editors specifically put out a call for stories that took the concept in new and interesting directions. I've read the second volume, and it certainly does that! A few of the stories do start out seeming like they're going to be retreads and then you realize that something is wildly different. That's the case with Karen's story, titled "Machine of Death." Each story in both anthologies has a title that is the cause of death read from the card the machine produces, such as "Natural Causes" and "Execution by Beheading," but as in the comic above, these are often misleading. And that's also the case with Karen's story. What if you haven't read the first volume? Don't worry. These are both concept anthologies, not a coherent narrative. Each story stands on its own. All you need to know is the initial concept of a machine that predicts how you die, and you're good to go. The stories can be read in any order or no order. If you haven't read the first volume, don't hesitate to read the second one now and decide later whether you want to read the first one. These are the cream of the crop (though the first volume also has some very good stories—and it's currently in the Humble Ebook Bundle II, which is a great deal). There's also this trailer for the book (or basically just the concept). It's a bit gory, if you want to avoid that kind of thing. This is How You Die: Stories of the Machine of Death - watch more funny videos THIS IS HOW YOU DIE – 90 page preview by David Malki <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/this-is-how-you-die-stories-of.html">Source</a>
  20. 6 points
    This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode is entitled "Your First Contract" and it's about exactly that! We're not lawyers so don't consider this to be legal advice, but as a writer you're a a small business owner who should be thinking about this sort of thing. The STEELHEART fan art contest ends tonight at midnight (probably Mountain Time). There are over 30 entries so far. Fantastic work, folks! I'm looking forward to seeing what else gets submitted before the deadline. Note: This contest is only for people in the US and Canada, but Fantasy Book Critic has a book giveaway that is open worldwide. They don't have the Mega Vault though. Tor.com's Way of Kings reread has reached chapters 19 and 20, which includes Dalinar's first highstorm vision of the book. Ta'veren Tees has a new shirt up for preorder, called the Golden Crane. It's available for men and women. The library comic UNSHELVED does a "book club" comic every week. The most recent one is on THE WELL OF ASCENSION. They also featured ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE EVIL LIBRARIANS a few years ago. Something very cool today is that Tor.com is celebrating their five-year anniversary by giving away an ebook of every piece of short fiction Tor.com has ever published, including my novelette "Firstborn." This ebook is available to anyone registered at Tor.com. All of the stories are still online for free, but the download is in convenient ebook format epub, mobi, and pdf. These stories are available from the ebook vendors for 99¢ each, so the following huge list for free (in alphabetical order by author) is a great deal: When We Were Heroes, by Daniel Abraham Olga, by C.T. Adams Foundation, by Ann Aguirre The Department of Alterations, by Gennifer Albin The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model, by Charlie Jane Anders Six Months, Three Days, by Charlie Jane Anders Intestate, by Charlie Jane Anders Legacy Lost, by Anna Banks The Witch of Duva, by Leigh Bardugo The Too-Clever Fox, by Leigh Bardugo The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder, by Elizabeth Bear The Horrid Glory of Its Wings, by Elizabeth Bear Faster Gun, by Elizabeth Bear The Final Now, by Gregory Benford Grace Immaculate, by Gregory Benford Backscatter, by Gregory Benford River of Souls, by Beth Bernobich A Window or a Small Box, by Jedediah Berry Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, by Michael Bishop Catch ‘Em in the Act, by Terry Bisson TVA Baby, by Terry Bisson The Cockroach Hat, by Terry Bisson Shall We Gather, by Alex Bledsoe Prophet, by Jennifer Bosworth The Ruined Queen of Harvest World, by Damien Broderick Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order, by Damien Broderick The Memory Coder, by Jessica Brody The Desecrator, by Steven Brust Brother. Prince. Snake., by Cecil Castellucci We Have Always Lived on Mars, by Cecil Castellucci Our Human, by Adam Troy Castro The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere, by John Chu Fare Thee Well, by Cathy Clamp The Commonplace Book, by Jacob Clifton What Makes a River, by Deborah Coates The Ghosts of Christmas, by Paul Cornell The Elephant in the Room, by Paul Cornell Day One, by Matthew Costello Am I Free To Go?, by Kathryn Cramer Tourists, by Sean Craven Eve of Sin City, by S.J. Day The Cage, by A.M. Dellamonica Among the Silvering Herd, by A.M. Dellamonica Wild Things, by A.M. Dellamonica Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away, by Cory Doctorow On 20468 Petercook, by Andy Duncan The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday, by G.D. Falksen Men Who Wish to Drown, by Elizabeth Fama The Iron Shirts, by Michael Flynn A Clean Sweep With All the Trimmings, by James Alan Gardner Lightbringers and Rainmakers, by Felix Gilman Shade, by Steven Gould Bugs in the Arroyo, by Steven Gould Steampunk Quartet, by Eileen Gunn Mother, Crone, Maiden, by Cat Hellisen The Ink Readers of Doi Saket, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Too Fond, by Leanna Renee Hieber At the Foot of the Lighthouse, by Erin Hoffman Ghost Hedgehog, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman A Spell of Vengeance, by D.B. Jackson The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles, by Kij Johnson Ponies, by Kij Johnson Crazy Me, by James Patrick Kelly First Flight, by Mary Robinette Kowal How to Make a Triffid, by Kelly Lagor A Water Matter, by Jay Lake The Speed of Time, by Jay Lake The Starship Mechanic, by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes Dress Your Marines in White, by Emmy Laybourne A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel, by Yoon Ha Lee Uncle Flower's Homecoming Waltz, by Marissa Lingen Earth Hour, by Ken MacLeod Farewell Performance, by Nick Mamatas Though Smoke Shall Hide the Sun, by Brit Mandelo The Finite Canvas, by Brit Mandelo The Hanging Game, by Helen Marshall The Courtship of the Queen, by Bruce McAllister Heads Will Roll, by Lish McBride Swift, Brutal Retaliation, by Meghan McCarron Preparations, by Mark Mills About Fairies, by Pat Murphy Fire Above, Fire Below, by Garth Nix Ruled, by Caragh M. O'Brien Hello, Moto, by Nnedi Okorafor Sacrifice of the First Sheason, by Peter Orullian The Great Defense of Layosah, by Peter Orullian The Battle of the Round, by Peter Orullian Sweetheart, by Abbi Mei Otis Ragnarok, by Paul Park Four Horsemen, at Their Leisure, by Richard Parks The Rotten Beast, by Mary E. Pearson Angel Season, by J.T. Petty Silver Linings, by Tim Pratt The Button Man and the Murder Tree, by Cherie Priest Clockwork Fairies, by Cat Rambo The Next Invasion, by Robert Reed Our Candidate, by Robert Reed Swingers, by Robert Reed The Cairn in Slater Woods, by Gina Rosati Jack of Coins, by Christopher Rowe Jack and the Aktuals, or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory, by Rudy Rucker Good Night, Moon, by Rudy Rucker Loco, by Rudy Rucker Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill, by Marie Rutkoski The Film-Makers of Mars, by Geoff Ryman Firstborn, by Brandon Sanderson After the Coup, by John Scalzi The President's Brain is Missing, by John Scalzi Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue, by John Scalzi A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon, by Ken Scholes Making My Entrance Again With My Usual Flair, by Ken Scholes Two Stories, by Ken Scholes If Dragon's Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear, by Ken Scholes Rag and Bone, by Priya Sharma Do Not Touch, by Prudence Shen The Night Children: An Escape From Furnace Story, by Alexander Gordon Smith King of Marbury, by Andrew Smith Beauty Belongs to the Flowers, by Matthew Sanborn Smith Overtime, by Charles Stross Down on the Farm, by Charles Stross A Tall Tail, by Charles Stross Zeppelin City, by Michael Swanwick The Trains That Climb the Winter Tree, by Michael Swanwick The Dala Horse, by Michael Swanwick The Mongolian Wizard, by Michael Swanwick The Fire Gown, by Michael Swanwick Day of the Kraken, by Michael Swanwick Eros, Philia, Agape, by Rachel Swirsky A Memory of Wind, by Rachel Swirsky The Monster's Million Faces, by Rachel Swirsky Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia, by Rachel Swirsky Sing, by Karin Tidbeck What Doctor Gottlieb Saw, by Ian Tregillis Vilcabamba, by Harry Turtledove The Star and the Rockets, by Harry Turtledove The House That George Built, by Harry Turtledove We Haven't Got There Yet, by Harry Turtledove Shtetl Days, by Harry Turtledove Lee at the Alamo, by Harry Turtledove Running of the Bulls, by Harry Turtledove The City Quiet as Death, by Steven Utley The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While, by Catherynne M. Valente Terrain, by Genevieve Valentine Last Son of Tomorrow, by Greg van Eekhout Errata, by Jeff VanderMeer A Stroke of Dumb Luck, by Shiloh Walker Last Train to Jubilee Bay, by Kali Wallace Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction, by Jo Walton The Nostalgist, by Daniel H. Wilson Super Bass, by Kai Ashante Wilson The Palencar Project, by Gregory Benford, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., James Morrow, Michael Swanwick, and Gene Wolfe, Edited by David G. Hartwell <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/steelheart-fan-art-contest-ends-tonight.html">Source</a>
  21. 6 points
    I'm in Connecticut this weekend for ConnectiCon. Below is my schedule! But also, the STEELHEART fanart contest (you can win books!) is still ongoing, with a deadline of this Friday. Details here, and the first entries from readers are up here. ConnectiCon, Hartford Place: ConnectiCon Address: Connecticut Convention Center 100 Columbus Boulevard Hartford, CT 06103 Phone: 860-249-6000 Type: Convention Schedule: July 12th–14th, 2013 Friday 1:00–2:00 p.m. Brandon Sanderson Autograph Session Signing with Brandon will be Bryce Moore, author of Vodnik Location: Online Media Guest Hall Friday 4:30–5:30 p.m. Brandon Sanderson Q&A Location: Panel 2 Friday 6:00–7:00 p.m. Last Dance with Mary Sue: How to Write Great Characters Location: Panel 7 Friday 9:00 p.m. Magic Draft with Brandon Location: Special Events 2, the capital room in the Marriott Please sign up ahead of time with the convention! Slots are limited. If there are any slots left on Friday, you can sign up at the 1:00 p.m. autograph session. Saturday 2:30–3:30 p.m. Worldbuilding in Fantasy & Scifi 201 Location: Panel 4 Saturday 5:00–6:00 p.m. Starting Out With a Bang Location: Panel 1 Sunday 1:00–2:00 p.m. Brandon Sanderson Autograph Session Location: Online Media Guest Hall Sunday 3:00–4:00 p.m. The Changing Face of Publishing Location: Panel 8 Notes: Brandon is a Guest of Honor ConnectiCon will have copies for sale of the con exclusive double "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" at the Literary Guest Table in the Online Media Guest Hall. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/my-connecticon-schedule.html">Source</a>
  22. 6 points
    Below I have info on a contest that's Steelheart-related (sorry, for the US and Canada only). But first some updates. This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode covers chapter breakdowns—what determines our chapter breaks? How do we handle POV shifts, scene/sequel balance, and other considerations when we're carving our stories into chapters? My assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive, this one covering the past month. And Tor.com has put up another Ecology of Roshar post, about purple and orange blood. I'm pleased to announce that my novel The Alloy of Law (or L'Alliage de Justice in French) has won France's Imaginales Festival prize for best translated novel. I'm glad that my French readers enjoyed it! When I got back from the The Rithmatist tour, I found this waiting for me from Delacorte, the publisher of my upcoming YA novel Steelheart. This is the Random House Mega Vault. Random House has graciously donated three of them to be given away. And yes, that case is real metal. Not sure what type, but I suspect an Allomancer could make use of it. Opening the Mega Vault: Inside are copies of the first books in three new series releasing this fall. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner releases October 8th. Teardrop by Lauren Kate releases October 22nd. And of course, Steelheart, my post-apocalyptic young adult novel about normal people assassinating the powerful evil Epics who rule mankind. Steelheart releases September 24th. I'm sure the other two books are also appetizing reads. Though Dashner's book could use some salt. Want to get your hands on one of our three Mega Vaults? Here's what you do. Step 1: Read the prologue to Steelheart at this link. Step 2: Create some awesome fan art based on the prologue. Let's keep it to the visual arts. So, original illustrations, sketches, comic book panels, Photoshopped images, etc. Even videos, if you want to get that ambitious. Please keep the images tasteful and "safe for work." Step 3: Log in to the Brandon Sanderson fan forums at The 17th Shard. I know making an account somewhere can be a hassle, but other methods we considered for organizing this were just too complicated logistically. Step 4: Post your image in their Steelheart Mega Vault Contest gallery. To post, click the black "upload" button in the upper right-hand corner. Click "choose file" and upload as usual. Click "review and publish." Add a title and description if you want, then finish and publish it. The webmasters on the forums will approve all images before they are posted. Step 5: You'll have a week to submit—the deadline is July 15th. After the deadline, the webmasters and my assistants Peter and Isaac will narrow down the submissions to ten unannounced semifinalists. From those ten, I'll pick my three favorites, whose creators will each receive one of the Mega Vaults from Random House. Note that they can only ship to the United States and Canada, so please accept my apologies if you live outside these areas. I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with! Good luck! <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/random-house-mega-vault-contest-updates.html">Source</a>
  23. 6 points
    In this week's Writing Excuses episode, Mary, Dan, Howard, and I talk about Space Opera. Give it a listen. My assistant Peter has uploaded another Twitter posts archive. There will be another one next week; we're a bit behind. As always, you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook (both have basically the same content) for up-to-the-minute updates. I'm a bit more likely to respond on Twitter since I find it more convenient, but there's a great community on Facebook discussing the posts and I sometimes respond there too. Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS hit chapter 18, where Dalinar and Adolin race the highstorm, among other things. The post also includes this quote from Carl Engle-Laird at Tor: "After last week's reread some of you percipient readers noticed that Amazon.com has changed the release date for book 2 in the Stormlight Archive to January 21st. I've asked around the Tor offices, and can say that the book is currently scheduled for that date. Feel free to update your calendars, with the understanding that the release date could still change in the future." As to whether we'll hit that date (which despite the above, is not an officially announced final date), there's a good chance we will, but the date could still slip around a bit or even change drastically. I'm very close to done writing the first draft of WORDS OF RADIANCE; I've written the climax and the epilogue, but there are still a few scenes in the middle of the book that aren't finished yet. And then of course come revisions, which will take a couple of months. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/07/updates-for-this-week.html">Source</a>
  24. 5 points
    We're geeks. We learn things and share, right? Well, this year at WisCon I learned firsthand how to report sexual harassment. In case you ever need or want to know, here's what I learned and how it went. Two editors I knew were throwing a book release party on Friday night at the convention. I was there, standing around with a drink talking about Babylon 5, the work of China Mieville, and Marxist theories of labor (like you do) when an editor from a different house joined the conversation briefly and decided to do the thing that I reported. A minute or two after he left, one of the hosts came over to check on me. I was lucky: my host was alert and aware. On hearing what had happened, he gave me the name of a mandated reporter at the company the harasser was representing at the convention. The mandated reporter was respectful and professional. Even though I knew them, reporting this stuff is scary, especially about someone who's been with a company for a long time, so I was really glad to be listened to. Since the incident happened during Memorial Day weekend, I was told Human Resources would follow up with me on Tuesday. There was most of a convention between then and Tuesday, and I didn't like the thought of more of this nonsense (there's a polite word for it!) happening, so I went and found a convention Safety staffer. He asked me right away whether I was okay and whether I wanted someone with me while we talked or would rather speak privately. A friend was nearby, a previous Guest of Honor at the convention, and I asked her to stay for the conversation. The Safety person asked whether I'd like to make a formal report. I told him, "I'd just like to tell you what happened informally, I guess, while I figure out what I want to do." It may seem odd to hesitate to make a formal report to a convention when one has just called somebody's employer and begun the process of formally reporting there, but that's how it was. I think I was a little bit in shock. (I kept shaking my head and thinking, "Dude, seriously??") So the Safety person closed his notebook and listened attentively. Partway through my account, I said, "Okay, open your notebook, because yeah, this should be official." Thus began the formal report to the convention. We listed what had happened, when and where, the names of other people who were there when it happened, and so forth. The Safety person told me he would be taking the report up to the next level, checked again to see whether I was okay, and then went. I had been nervous about doing it, even though the Safety person and the friend sitting with us were people I have known for years. Sitting there, I tried to imagine how nervous I would have been if I were twenty-some years old and at my first convention. What if I were just starting out and had been hoping to show a manuscript to that editor? Would I have thought this kind of behavior was business as usual? What if I were afraid that person would blacklist me if I didn't make nice and go along with it? If I had been less experienced, less surrounded by people I could call on for strength and encouragement, would I have been able to report it at all? Well, I actually know the answer to that one: I wouldn't have. I know this because I did not report it when it happened to me in my twenties. I didn't report it when it happened to me in my forties either. There are lots of reasons people might not report things, and I'm not going to tell someone they're wrong for choosing not to report. What I intend to do by writing this is to give some kind of road map to someone who is considering reporting. We're geeks, right? Learning something and sharing is what we do. So I reported it to the convention. Somewhere in there they asked, "Shall we use your name?" I thought for a millisecond and said, "Oh, hell yes." This is an important thing. A formal report has a name attached. More about this later. The Safety team kept checking in with me. The coordinators of the convention were promptly involved. Someone told me that since it was the first report, the editor would not be asked to leave the convention. I was surprised it was the first report, but hey, if it was and if that's the process, follow the process. They told me they had instructed him to keep away from me for the rest of the convention. I thanked them. Starting on Tuesday, the HR department of his company got in touch with me. They too were respectful and took the incident very seriously. Again I described what, where and when, and who had been present for the incident and aftermath. They asked me if I was making a formal report and wanted my name used. Again I said, "Hell, yes." Both HR and Legal were in touch with me over the following weeks. HR called and emailed enough times that my husband started calling them "your good friends at HR." They also followed through on checking with the other people, and did so with a promptness that was good to see. Although their behavior was professional and respectful, I was stunned when I found out that mine was the first formal report filed there as well. From various discussions in person and online, I knew for certain that I was not the only one to have reported inappropriate behavior by this person to his employer. It turned out that the previous reports had been made confidentially and not through HR and Legal. Therefore my report was the first one, because it was the first one that had ever been formally recorded. Corporations (and conventions with formal procedures) live and die by the written word. "Records, or it didn't happen" is how it works, at least as far as doing anything official about it. So here I was, and here we all were, with a situation where this had definitely happened before, but which we had to treat as if it were the first time—because for formal purposes, it was. I asked whether people who had originally made confidential reports could go ahead and file formal ones now. There was a bit of confusion around an erroneous answer by someone in another department, but then the person at Legal clearly said that "the past is past" is not an accurate summation of company policy, and that she (and all the other people listed in the company's publically-available code of conduct) would definitely accept formal reports regardless of whether the behavior took place last week or last year. If you choose to report, I hope this writing is useful to you. If you're new to the genre, please be assured that sexual harassment is NOT acceptable business-as-usual. I have had numerous editors tell me that reporting harassment will NOT get you blacklisted, that they WANT the bad apples reported and dealt with, and that this is very important to them, because this kind of thing is bad for everyone and is not okay. The thing is, though, that I'm fifty-two years old, familiar with the field and the world of conventions, moderately well known to many professionals in the field, and relatively well-liked. I've got a lot of social credit. And yet even I was nervous and a little in shock when faced with deciding whether or not to report what happened. Even I was thinking, "Oh, God, do I have to? What if this gets really ugly?" But every time I got that scared feeling in my guts and the sensation of having a target between my shoulder blades, I thought, "How much worse would this be if I were inexperienced, if I were new to the field, if I were a lot younger?" A thousand times worse. So I took a deep breath and squared my shoulders and said, "Hell, yes, use my name." And while it's scary to write this now, and while various people are worried that parts of the Internet may fall on my head, I'm going to share the knowledge—because I'm a geek, and that's what we do. So if you need to report this stuff, the following things may make it easier to do so. Not easy, because I don't think it's gotten anywhere near easy, but they'll probably help. NOTES: As soon as you can, make notes on the following: what happened when it happened and where who else was present (if anyone) any other possibly useful information And take notes as you go through the process of reporting: write down who you talk with in the organization to which you are reporting, and when. ALLIES: Line up your support team. When you report an incident of sexual harassment to a convention, it is fine to take a friend with you. A friend can keep you company while you make a report to a company by phone or in email. Some allies can help by hanging out with you at convention programming or parties or events, ready to be a buffer in case of unfortunate events—or by just reminding you to eat, if you're too stressed to remember. If you're in shock, please try to tell your allies this, and ask for help if you can. NAVIGATION: If there are procedures in place, what are they? Where do you start to make a report and how? (Finding out might be a job to outsource to allies.) Some companies have current codes of conduct posted on line with contact information for people to report harassment to. Jim Hines posted a list of contacts at various companies a while ago. Conventions should have a safety team listed in the program book. Know the difference between formal reports and informal reports. Ask what happens next with your report, and whether there will be a formal record of it, or whether it will result in a supervisor telling the person "Don't do that," but will be confidential and will not be counted formally. REPORTING FORMALLY: This is a particularly important point. Serial harassers can get any number of little talking-to's and still have a clear record, which means HR and Legal can't make any disciplinary action stick when formal reports do finally get made. This is the sort of thing that can get companies really bad reputations, and the ongoing behavior hurts everybody in the field. It is particularly poisonous if the inappropriate behavior is consistently directed toward people over whom the harasser has some kind of real or perceived power: an aspiring writer may hesitate to report an editor, for instance, due to fear of economic harm or reprisal. STAY SAFE: You get to choose what to do, because you're the only one who knows your situation and what risks you will and won't take. If not reporting is what you need to do, that's what you get to do, and if anybody gives you trouble about making that choice to stay safe, you can sic me on them. Me, I've had a bunch of conversations with my husband, and I've had a bunch of conversations with other people, and I hate the fact that I'm scared that there might be legal wrangling (from the person I'd name, not the convention or his employer) if I name names. But after all those conversations, I'm not going to. Instead, I'm writing the most important part, about how to report this, and make it work, which is so much bigger than one person's distasteful experience. During the incident, the person I reported said, "Gosh, you're lovely when you're angry." You know what? I've been getting prettier and prettier. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/06/guest-post-by-elise-matthesen-how-to.html">Source</a>
  25. 4 points
    Hey all you good folks, I want to provide a brief introduction to what I hope will be a somewhat consistent series here on this blog. Introducing "Wyn talks Anime", a place for me to write about my favorite anime, or review ones that I'm currently watching, hopefully with a little bit of me talking storytelling in general. So today we've got my spoiler-free thoughts on My Hero Academia season 1, alongside my musings on what makes an excellent first season of a show. Spoilers for length
  26. 4 points
    You are going to love this theory. I guarantee it. I was reading Andrew's article the other day, and that got me thinking about what makes magic work on a fundamental level in the cosmere. This will be somewhat of a rebuttal to you, Andrew, because this direction is far more fruitful. But it's much more than a rebuttal. In my opinion, this is quite a paradigm shift. In any given Shardworld, magic is directly tied to a Shard. Everyone has pieces of Shards inside them. In Mistborn, everyone has fragments of Ruin and Preservation inside them. In Warbreaker, everyone has Breath. It's not unimaginable to think that this generalizes for any Shardworld, so I'm going to assume that always holds. In order to use Allomancy, you need to have "enough" Preservation in you. There's other stuff you need, too, like Snapping, but we'll discuss that later; it's not important anyways. The only real requirement for Allomancy is that you have enough Preservation. The rest is just book-keeping. And likewise, for Awakening, you need Breath, a fragment of Endowment. So here's a question: why is Awakening different from Allomancy? Before you go saying this is a totally obvious question, let me remind you that there are distinct differences between Awakening and Allomancy. Awakeners never need to Snap, though Allomancers do (and the Shaod is sort of similar to Snapping, too, in a way). We want to discover the fundamental rules of how magic operates, right? So the question about the difference between Awakening and Allomancy isn't so dumb. Now that I've made the question sound important, let me completely trivialize it with the easy answer: they are different because the Shards are different. Duh. That's fairly obvious. But in fact, this is precisely the key to understanding all magic. My principle is simple: To interact with the spiritual power of the Shard inside you, it must be in accordance with the Shard's intent. (That is, the name of the Shard. Ruin. Preservation. Endowment. It is what the Shard wants to do. Look at the bottom here for that reference.) I'm going to call it the Principle of Intent, simply because that makes it sound important. Now I simply have to show you how important this principle is. Let's say that Breath is the Nalthis equivalent of those fragments of Ruin and Preservation on Scadrial. These latent powers of a Shard can be accessed and manipulated. With Preservation's magic, I can do lots of cool things, but one thing I can't do is move that fragment of the soul around. But, I could do such a thing if I was using the right magic system. On Nalthis, Endowment endows. It makes perfect sense that Awakening can move pieces of souls around, because that's Endowment's intent. Indeed, I can do similar things with Hemalurgy, because it is inherently destructive. Ruin ruins. Endowment endows. Preservation preserves. "But wait, why does Allomancy cause such rapid changes if it's from Preservation? That seems antithetical to Preservation's intent." There was a thread about this on Adonalsium.net, actually, and I couldn't come up with a proper explanation. Now I can. Watch closely, because this is fancy footwork. Think, for a moment, less about the external effects of Allomancy. Brandon's said that powers don't need to have rational explanations, just that they are bound by rules. Is there any particular reason why iron does the Physical Internal power rather than pewter? No, and that's okay. Instead, let's consider what happens to that piece of Preservation inside you when you utilize Allomancy. Awakening moves spiritual energy, or endows it to something else. This doesn't happen with Preservation. There ought to be some reason why Preservation provides a net gain of energy with Allomancy instead of Awakening's system, and there indeed is. Preservation does preserve, it just preserves the piece of Preservation inside you (and for that matter, every aspect of your body. There is no direct physical cost to Allomancy in the act of burning metals). When you think about it from a Shard level, each Shard has a focus. Ruin and Preservation share a focus in metal. This metal activates some spiritual action, I'd imagine. Lock and key. The metal is the key to all the Metallic Arts. The metal must do something with respect to Preservation, and what's it going to do? With the Principle of Intent, that fragment of Preservation inside you wants to preserve itself, its spiritual energy. It also wants to preserve yourself. So, the only place it receive energy from is some external source, in order to preserve your own energy. Slight side note: Another issue with Allomancy and its net gain is the idea that if Preservation "designed" Allomancy--though that term is a bit misleading, as I suspect no Shard explicitly could design something like that--he's losing energy. That's not true. The Well of Ascension refills every thousand years (technically, 1024 years). Utilizing it doesn't make it go away. Burning atium also regenerates eventually in the Pits of Hathsin. Likewise, there's no reason why this Allomantic energy actually goes away. It regenerates, too. Wait a minute. I just got the most brilliant idea ever as I wrote that. Brandon said that Preservation or Ruin could, in principle, fuel any of the Metallic Arts, but he said that it expends power in ways gods are hesitant to do (I can't find the citation right now, but I think it's in the Hero of Ages spoiler thread). Why would it expend energy? Doesn't it all regenerate? No, I think not. Not exclusively. What if a Shard's power only regenerates when the Shard is doing something according to the Shard's intent? Atium is of Ruin, and so using that energy with respect to Ruining something will make it regenerate. The Well put Rashek into severe Preservation mode, making him extremely reactionary. So in a roundabout way, that again is Preservation. That kind of explains why dispersing the power broke Ruin's prison--it was an act not of Preservation, so the power wasn't conserved. Also, if this was true, it makes a heck of a lot more sense why Endowment Returns people, and why he isn't dead from doing so. The power all comes back eventually. Ahem, that got off track. I'll build that theory in more detail, with better citations, later. Back to the Principle of Intent, with respect to the other Metallic Arts. It's been noted in the annotations that Ruin is selfish. So, fragments of its power wouldn't want to destroy itself, but it is perfectly okay with destroying other things. Hence Hemalurgy doesn't do much to yourself, and instead destroys other things. To use the analogy with Preservation, Preservation preserves spiritual energy, while Ruin destroys spiritual energy. I suspect that the greater amount of Ruin inside you, the more likely to perform Hemalurgy, however. So why does Feruchemy work? Well, it's perfect balance. I can't utilize the power of either Ruin or Preservation here. They are balanced. I can't use either power up now. Were I to use or "access" the Shard's powers, they'd cancel each other out, so to speak. Nothing happens on the spiritual side of things (Okay, that's probably not true. It's just no spiritual energy is changed. I'm sure on some Realmatic level, both Ruin and Preservation act equally) So what happens if not doing something with spiritual energy? I draw from myself. This fits the Principle of Intent just fine. You may be wondering why there'd be such a principle at all. Sazed could do all sorts of things when he held both powers. The difference here is that the body acts as a conduit--and not a very good one--for the power. Only once Vin's body vanished did the power become more expansive. I suspect this effect is due to the Physical, Cognitive, and Spiritual Realms. When a Shard's power is in a physical form, it does one specific thing (lerasium, atium). The Physical Realm seems to have a restricting effect. Thus, for humans, they access the power in their Shards in a more restrictive manner simply by being human. That's why the Principle of Intent appears to hold. Of course, even as a full Shardholder, the same principle applies eventually. The Shardholder's mind would be shaped to the Shard's intent over the centuries. Furthermore, Brandon said that Preservation or Ruin could, in principle fuel any of Metallic Arts, but he said that that expends power in ways gods are hesitant to do. Presumably, this is because while a Shard is a part of the power of creation and can do lots of amazing things, the Shard can more easily do things in line with its intent. Or, if I was right about the conservation thing, it's that a Shard knows the power will come back eventually. A Shardholder's consciousness apparently "feeds" off the spiritual power of the Shard, so if that power is all gone, that person dies. Maybe you're not buying my principle. Don't believe me? Well, no theory is good unless it has some predictive power, so let's do some theorizing on other magics. I'd like to work with Elantris, but I don't know either Aona or Skai's Shard name, so it's going to be challenging to know just what they do. But Stormlight Archive is the perfect testing ground for a theory. We know all the Rosharian Shard's names, and there's a bunch of magic systems that don't exactly make sense. I began pondering what exactly would Honor--the Almighty's Shard--do. Knowing the answer to this would give an intuitive understanding to the mechanism of his magic. But Honor is hard to pin down. Ruin ruins... Honor honors stuff. That's, uh, super helpful. But you know what's really honorable? Oaths. Promises. Bonds. Oathpact. Surgebinder. Peter said on TWG that a Surge is what people on Roshar call a force (I'd assume things like gravity). Surge, plus a bond with a spren? Surgebinders. Congratulations, you are now a magic user. Honor's power comes from oaths and bonds. Perhaps it creates a spiritual bond of sorts. That's what Honor does. There was also the question of what happened to Kaladin at the end of Way of Kings. He spoke the Second Ideal of the Knights Radiant, then he burst with power. Seems to me that this near unequivocal evidence that Honor uses these oaths in a specifc, magical way. Then there's good old Szeth. How is he a Surgebinder if he doesn't have a spren? I'm not totally sure, but perhaps his strong oaths as a Truthless provides the sufficient bond for Honor's magic to work. Maybe there does exist a spren. Either way, those oaths are intricately tied with Szeth's Radiant powers. So, I'm calling it right now: if Szeth breaks his oaths, he will lose his powers. I read a little bit of Way of Kings today, and I had forgotten that Jasnah said that two orders of the Knights Radiant have natural Soulcasting abilities. Now, recall that in the 17th Shard interview with Brandon, he said that there are ten powers (it seems to be ten Surges is the technical term), and you make an order of the Knights Radiant by picking from two of those Surges. I never realized before, but that must mean Soulcasting is a type of Surgebinding. That's kind of a scary implication. We've seen, what, Windrunners and Soulcasters, and there are ten more powers? Plenty more magic systems to go around, clearly. But a more detailed analysis of Stormlight Archive magics is for another day, I think. Other theories for other days. Source: The Principle of Intent
  27. 4 points
    This comes up in conversations occasionally and I've been meaning to write up a concise and simple explanation for a while now. So here we go. But before I say anything else, I feel like I need to emphasize that I don't want to come across like I'm complaining about the books. Stormlight Archive is my absolute favorite series and this is such an obscure detail. Astronomy and orbital mechanics is a low-key passion for me (I blame Kerbal Space Program, mostly), so when I'm reading a book that I love and see information about this topic I can't help but dig into it. Brandon and his team do a LOT of work to make all of his fantastical worldbuilding make sense. They can't knock it out of the park every time. Maybe they'll look into this when doing the Stormlight leatherbounds and find a way to "fix" it. Maybe they won't--Roshar's moons are really imaginative, so why throw that out over some minor issues that 99% of readers will never even stop to consider? I'm just writing this up because I enjoy exploring the "science" of these books. Sometimes it doesn't work out nicely... and that's okay. It's fun to do the math regardless, and I'm just thankful Brandon put enough into the books that I can overthink it this much. The Situation I want this to be accessible for people who know very little about astronomy, so let's start with some quick basics. Below is a simple image of Roshar from "above". We're looking "down" on the North pole here.You can see which way it rotates relative to the Sun. You can see where the sun is setting and where it's rising. Note that the continent is actually in the southern hemisphere (I think it's one of the TWoK maps that shows the equator along the edges in a subtle way). For simplicity, in this post I'm just going to look at points along the equator. Also note that the continent spans about 120 degrees longitude, and Iri/Shinovar are about 90 degrees longitude behind the Shattered Plains. In other words, sunset on the Shattered plains is noon in Shinovar. Midnight in Shinovar is dawn on the Shattered Plains. We know that Roshar's moons orbit the planet once per day (every 20 Rosharan hours) because they rise and set the same time every night. This is something the books are never 100% explicit on, but it's heavily implied and has been confirmed. (Technically, they orbit a *bit* faster and precess slightly so that they keep their position relative to the Sun at all times of the year.) This nearly implies a geosynchronous orbit, where a satellite ends up over the same spot on the ground every day. But it can't be that or the moons would be up all day and night. Viewed from the ground they'd just sort of wobble back and forth around a fixed point in the sky. And that's not the case. They rise in the east, set in the west, and are only up for a few hours. (TWoK 2 & 23, among others) This means they are in a retrograde orbit (they go around clockwise) and it means they're in an elliptical orbit with the low point on the nighttime side of Roshar. This is what you need to get such behavior. Here's a very simplified approximation of one such moon: There are 3 of them of course. The Arcanum Unbounded star chart of Roshar suggests they are all at slightly different orientations relative to the sun. They are also inclined orbits, which is necessary to have the rise/set in the east/west for a viewer in the southern hemisphere. But for this post we're just going to keep it simple and pretend they're on the same plane as the equator. The order and timing of the moons as observed from the Shattered Plains is (and I'm using a 20-hour clock)... Salas rises just after sunset, around 15:00. Salas is up for about 2 Rosharan hours. Salas sets and we have an hour of darkness before Nomon rises. ("the hateful hour") Nomon rises around 18:00 and is up for 3-4 hours. Nomon sets as Mishim rises, around 1:00 or 2:00, and Mishim sets at sunrise (5:00). So why don't they make sense? Let's zero-in on the first moon, Salas. The moon should JUST become visible on the horizon at sunset, so the viewer's line of site looks something like this. Now we skip ahead 2 hours. Roshar turns about 36 degrees during that time (2 / 20 hours = 10%), so I've put an X at our viewer's new location. At this time, Salas is setting behind the horizon. So their line of sight looks like this. So consider what a person at points Y (2 hours behind the Shattered Plains) and Z (Shinovar) are seeing. It's pretty clear that they can't possibly see the moon rise at sunset. In Shinovar, Salas will be high in the sky already in their afternoon. Now, to be fair, the orbital path that I've drawn for Salas is somewhat arbitrary here. But the fundamental problem can't be fixed with a different orbit. If you want to slow the moon down, so that it's simply visible around sunset in Shinovar, that means it's going to be visible longer in the Shattered Plains' night sky. Solutions? I can't help but wonder what could be done differently. If you were going to try and "fix" the books, what approach would you take? (Aside from the option of just ignoring the problem and not thinking about it too much) The simple option is to just make the orbits work for the Shattered Plains and say that they ARE indeed not visible for some of western Roshar. Maybe they are visible during the day. The problem with this is that Szeth seems to suggest they don't do that. The Shin are actually where we get a name ("hateful hour") for the time between Salas and Nomon. But that could be changed. And there are some other timings that would need to be adjusted, but not too many. Alternatively, you might be able to push all of them back in their orbits a bit so that they all show up in the night sky for everyone across the continent. This would probably result in them moving faster across the sky. And it would probably mean that eastern Roshar has a few hours of darkness between sunset and Salas while western Roshar has a few hours of darkness between Mishim and sunrise. Another option is to have them move more slowly. It wouldn't be hard to have them set to all rise at roughly the same time, if you turn the orbit the right way. It simply means they're going to be relatively high in the sky for that portion, and that means they're going to be visible for much longer. Their movement would almost be more from Roshar turning than from the moons' own movement. (i.e. more like the way our own moon moves across the sky) This means their visibility will overlap and it means we have to toss out the hateful hour. Of course, if someone sees something I'm missing, please let me know. I HAVE simplified this by keeping things on Roshar's equatorial plane, but I'm fairly confident that you get more or less the same thing if we incline the orbits a little and view the moons from a point in the southern hemisphere.
  28. 4 points
    Finally got around to something I've wanted to do for a long time. Make a globe of Roshar! The site doesn't work very well on mobile, so here's some images: First need to say thanks to u/Stoneward13 on Reddit who created the beautiful high-resolution map that I used for this. The trick was getting the projection right. @Otto Didact identified the map from Oathbringer as an "azimuthal equidistant" projection while the "Map To Globe" site I used required an equirectangular projection. With a bit of patience I finally discovered a way in QGIS to mark coordinates on a raster image and have that program pump out the equirectangular projection! So here you have it. I've positioned it at the appropriate latitude, with the equator passing through the center of Kadrix island. To anybody not aware, yes, Roshar is mostly ocean. Brandon has stated that there are no other major landmasses. It's possible that ice caps exist, (seems like Yalb mentions tales of a southern ice cap?) but I haven't speculated on that. Maybe I'll circle back around to it. The continent is a bit smaller than Asia. More details on that sort of thing here: Under the "Options' menu you can toggle longitude/latitude lines. (if comparing with the Oathbringer map, typical lines won't line up right because Roshar uses 200 "degrees" in a circle) And play with some other tweaks, like lighting. But my favorite feature is the "Measure distance" button. Click that and enter Roshar's radius (about 5663 km) and it report the distance between two points you select.
  29. 4 points
    I am working on multiple mistborn fan projects and I will post updates and details of them here as I go. I don't know if anyone will actually read this but I think it will be helpful to me to keep a blog of what I am doing and may help me be more consistent with the work I put in. I currently have four mistborn projects: -The Steel Alphabet Font (which will be the focus of this post) -A version of Shelldry (More on that soon) -A character generator for the Mistborn Adventure Game (More on that soon too) -And one other that is in very early design and I will post more about when there is something to post about it This particular post will cover how I made the steel alphabet font. Inception I had always really liked the allomantic symbols though I wasn't originally aware that they were an actual alphabet. When I got my copy of the MAG I noticed the writing on the cover page of the treatise mettalurgic but initially I didn't have the time or energy to investigate it further. Later as I was becoming more invested in Mistborn and the cosmere I saw this thread and the desire to read and write steel alphabet became much stronger. Knowing that due to my poor handwriting anything I wrote in steel alphabet would be abysmal I decided to make a font for it. Having never attempted to create a font before I had no idea how easy or difficult it would actually be. I spent some time searching for a good free font creator, my efforts were somewhat hampered firstly by the complexity and shape of the allomantic symbols which made some font editors unsuitable. Secondly I needed a font editor where I wouldn't be too seriously hampered by my own lack of artistic skill and thirdly I needed a font editor with a good set of tutorials. Eventually I settled on FontForge. It had the capabilities I needed and a set of solid tutorials. Development To get started I took the chart of the allomantic symbols from mistborn 1 from Isaac's website and cut out each symbol into a separate bmp file. I then went through each symbol, using the symbol as a background for it's respective letter. I then carefully traced around each one using font forge's point tracing system. The first few symbols took me a long time and many deleted lines to accomplish, but as I got more experience I was able to trace the symbols faster and with a better quality. I ended up going back and redoing my early tracings as I wasn't satisfied with them. They still aren't perfect, but well enough. A tracing of duralumin ('s' in the steel alphabet) with the background visible And the tracing without the background I hit my first major problem with the tracing when I reached the symbols which had enclosed areas, such as copper, gold and bendalloy. My standard method for tracing wouldn't work with these as the enclosed areas would be filled in with black. After some research and experimentation with different tools and methods I managed to create the symbols using the cutting tool. I did the full outline of the symbol, passing through the enclosed section and ignoring the part of the spikes that would close it off. I would then use the cutting tool to cut the appropriate places on the curves into a couple of separate segments, delete the middle section and then link up the cuts to create the beam of the spike, leaving an enclosed section. If that sounds confusing don't worry, it confused me too and I muddled it more than once. Once I had traced all the symbols to make all the glyphs I needed (the characters in a font are refered to as glyphs) I adjusted the left side bearing and the right side bearing of the glyphs (the space left to either side when a glyph is typed) so that the spacing between the symbols when using the font would be approximately equal. Then came what I have to say was my least favourite part of creating the font, kerning. Kerning is the process of taking each and every pair of glyphs in the font and adjusting the space between them. This is done so that the glyphs fit well together with no overlapping parts or strangely large gaps. An example of this is if you type a capital 'T' followed by an 'o', the 'o' will actually be positioned slightly under the 'T' so as not to leave a gap. This is easier to see in a larger size so here are To and Th for comparison: To Th Kerning turned out to be quite important for the steel alphabet as some of the characters have long spikes jutting out to one side or the other. In some cases, depending on the spacing of the pair, this could leave the spike overlapping with the next symbol, or with a large gap in-between them that looked very strange. A couple of good examples of where this kerning is useful are the pairs: sv cm Once the kerning was complete there was nothing left to do but to tell font forge to actually create the font and then post it for others to enjoy. Closing thoughts I enjoyed making the font and learned a lot about the process of making fonts from doing so. I elected to create it for the steel alphabet as it was during the final empire as I personally like those symbols the best but also because some of the others, notably the symbols in "Hero of Ages" would have been notably harder to do. It certainly isn't a professionally developed font, their are numerous flaws and imperfections with it, but by and large I am happy with the result. In future posts I will be talking about the projects I am currently working on, I'll leave you with a sentence saying "Brandon Sanderson is awesome." in the font. Thanks for reading! A very late edit for anyone who stumbles across this now. You can download the font here: http://steelministry.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=501&p=7410#p7410 A site update broke old attachments on that forum at one point, but I've uploaded a new copy of the file.)
  30. 4 points
    Preamble Firstly, I was somewhat surprised, but very happy, to know that some people read the last entry I posted Thankyou. So, for anyone who isn't aware, Shelldry is a game in the world of the mistborn series. It is mentioned a couple of times at most, but from when it is mentioned we can gather that it is some form of gambling card game. Partly to play with my MAG groups and partly just for the fun of it I decided to create a version of shelldry. It isn't complete yet so everything here is subject to change. The rules have gone through several iterations and the card backs have been designed so some significant progress has been made on it. I currently hope to complete it within the next fortnight. I wanted the game to be heavily set in the mistborn world, as a result it is based around the 10 allomantic metals that were known in the time of the final empire and their relative value and connections to eachother. I know that both skaa and nobles play Shelldry and many skaa wouldn't know about allomancy. However I decided for this that it was perfectly possible that the nobility created the game and that the skaa adopted it even though most don't understand the significance of the metals and sets. How to Play The game is played with a set of 34 cards, 4 copies of each of the physical and mental metals, 1 gold and 1 atium. The game is, in basics, vaguely similar to Texas Hold'em poker. As such the best sets are of 4 and the different values of hands are based on metal pairs. The hands, in increasing value: -no set -2 of a kind (eg, 2 iron) -metal/alloy pair (eg. iron and steel) -2 * 2 of a kind. (eg 2 iron and 2 brass) -metal/alloy pair and a 2 of a kind (eg. iron, steel, and 2 brass) -3 of a kind -2 of the same metal/alloy pair (eg, 2 iron, 2 steel) -4 of a kind -2 pairs, one from mental, one from physical (eg, iron, steel, zinc, brass) -full set, physical or mental (aka, iron, steel, tin, pewter OR zinc, brass, copper, bronze) -gold and atium pair. (Special case) Atium and gold act differently to the others. A gold/atium pair wins the pot (explained later) and ends the game, but neither gold nor atium is involved in any other set. Instead, atium and gold act as tiebreakers. If you and another opponent both have the same value set, for example if you both have a metal/alloy pair, and you have atium, you win the tie. On the flipside if you have gold, you lose the tie. This reflects atium and gold's allomantic values (Or at least how valuable they are considered by most mistborn, to all you gold lovers out there.) In Shelldry there are two distinct pools of clips/boxings. There is the current betting pool which contains all the bets from the current round and there is the pot. The pot gradually increases in size throughout the game and nothing is taken out of it till the end. How each round works: -Each player is dealt 2 cards, then, starting with the player to the left of the dealer, each player has to choose to stick with their cards, or to pay the minimum bet (lets say 1 clip for now) into the pot to discard them face-down and draw 2 replacement cards. -Each player is dealt a third card. -Each player (in turn) chooses an amount to bet of at least the minimum bet, they do not have to match previous bets. These bets stay in front of the player and are collectively called the "betting pool". -A final card is flipped face up in the centre of the table. Each player can make sets from the cards in their hand and this card. -Each player (in turn) chooses one of 3 options: 1. Fold, and take back half their bet rounded down. The remainder stays in the betting pool. 2. Stand. (No changes to their bet.) 3. Double Down. Provided the player has enough clips/boxings remaining they can double their bet, increasing the betting pool. -All players who didn't fold reveal their hands and the player with the best set wins the round. They take back their bet and an equal amount from the betting pool. If there is not enough in the betting pool to match their bet they take however much there is. They do not take from the pot to make the difference. -Any remaining clips/boxings in the betting pool are added to the pot. -The cards are shuffled, the player to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer and a new round begins. In the case of a tie, if one of the players has atium, they win the tie. If one has gold, they lose it. If that doesn't resolve a tie a player who formed their set completely from their hand wins the tie. If that still doesn't determine a victor the round is a tie and the players who are tied take back their bets and then split the remainder of the betting pool evenly between them, with the caveat that each player, like normal, cannot receive more than they bet. Any clips/boxings that they would otherwise receive from the split are added to the pot as is any extra that cannot be evenly split between the tied players. -The game ends when a player reveals a gold/atium pair during scoring (including the case where they have one of them in hand and the other is the centre card), that player wins the round and takes the pot. Rounds in Shelldry should go a little faster than normal poker rounds while still allowing for some bluffing and psychological play. Gold and atium make for an interesting risk-taking dynamic. If you get gold on the initial draw do you hold on to it in the hopes that atium will come up, sacrificing your chance to get a set of 4, reducing your chance of a decent set AND causing you to lose ties? Very risky. Atium is a safer, though still risky, choice as while it makes you win ties, it still prevents you from getting a set of 4 and reduces your chance of gaining a good set. A player who starts with one in their hand has to decide if the potential reward is worth the risk An option for resolving things if the game has to end before an atium/gold pair surfaces is to deal a final round with no betting. The winner of that round takes the pot, split the pot if there is a tie. The most recent modifications to these rules are yet to be tested so changes may well still occur. The Cards The easiest way to play is simply to take a standard deck of cards, take out all of the cards for the numbers 1 through 8, 1 jack card and 1 king card. Then: 1/ace = iron 2 = steel 3 = tin 4 = pewter 5 = zinc 6 = brass 7 = copper 8 = bronze Jack = gold King = atium This is what I have been using during testing, however while this is functional it would be much nicer to have proper cards, so I have been working on designing them. I figured it would be cool to have a table of the 10 then known allomantic metals on the back of the cards, both for visual use and as an easy reference chart. Partly due to this the cards I have designed thus far will be round, however as I know that round cards are much harder to print properly and cut out I also plan to put the table on to the back of more regular sized cards for those who prefer them. Circular cards are cooler for this, but normal cards are far more practical I then ran into a problem in that there isn't any table for just the 10 metals known during the final empire. This is where a friend of mine, nard, (he has an account on steel ministry but not here) helped me out. He took the table from "The Hero of ages" He then used photoshop to cut off the bottom part, then took the top part and copied it down to make a full circle. He then covered over all the unwanted symbols and most of the inner lines to create something looking like this: At the time he then just roughly sketched in the remaining symbols. Coming back to working on the card-back now I decided that the sketched in symbols really wouldn't do the trick. Instead I traced out the gold and atium symbols from the full allomantic chart, shrunk them to the size I wanted and used them. Atium initially gave me a bit of trouble as it was too dark a grey and kept blending in with the background. I ended up adjusting the contrast and brightness to make it a much whiter colour that stands out better on the card (and is actually closer to how I always imagined atium anyway ). That left the internal metal symbols. I could take them from the initial chart but they would be white and would look strange and asymmetrical on this new chart. I considered doing as I had with gold and atium and taking them from the full allomantic chart. However, I rather liked how the existing symbols fit with the background and how they contrasted with the new atium and gold symbols. In the end I took the symbols from the Hero of ages chart and simply inverted the colours on them then adjusted the brightness/contrast as necessary and stuck them in. I am quite pleased with the final result. Closing Thoughts Creating shelldry has been a lot of fun. I will hopefully finalize the rules and create the cards in the next two weeks before I go back to Uni. When I do I'll share it in the Creator's corner and upload the files for the cards so anyone who wishes to can print them off. I worry that the gameplay may be slightly suboptimal due to my desire to base it so much on the allomantic metals but I think I managed a decent balance in the end. I don't actually gamble real money with this and I wouldn't recommend anyone doing so , it is just for fun The most I do is sometimes I play it with my MAG players where they are using their ingame (regenerating) resources to try to temporarily get more or to gain secrets from the "informant" they are gambling with As an aside. I will be starting another campaign of the MAG over on steelministry.com hopefully in the next 2 weeks. It will be a multiple crew "cops and robbers" type campaign where there is a skaa crew (or perhaps 2 separate crews depending on the number of players I get) who are trying to pull a certain job, and a ministry crew trying to hunt them down. I have enough players to run it already, but I am looking for a couple more, so if you are interested just toss me a pm or create an account on steelministry and chime in to say you are interested. Thankyou for reading, and if you have any thoughts, comments, criticisms or ideas please feel free to comment and let me know
  31. 4 points
    Everything I need to know I learned from Mistborn. Maybe this is because I’m just nerd, but when I come across some kind of problem, I find myself turning to books and movies and video games for solutions to my problems. As Kelsier once said, “Every action we take has consequences…both in Allomancy and in life.” I’m the kind of person that weighs the costs of my actions before I do much of anything. I know some people who do not, and they seem to be perpetually angry, depressed, stressed, or all three because they keep getting in their own way. Everyone’s life would be much simpler if they would learn to apply this basic principal. There is balance to everything, like with Ruin and Preservation. Sometimes, it’s horrific to turn on the news or read the newspaper, because it seems like everyone is fighting each other, everyone is sick, and even our environment is out to get us with disasters like earthquakes and floods. I think it’s easy to forget that even amidst all the chaos in our crazy little world, there is lots of good. Volunteer work to help disaster victims. Animal shelters that find homes for needy pets. Boy scouts helping old ladies across the street. I think it’s something of a statement that in Mistborn that at first is a much bigger focus than Preservation. It’s easy to forget—or even ignore—all the good around us. “Belief isn’t simply a thing for fair times and bright days, I think. What is belief—what is faith—if you don’t continue on after failure?” This one quote has helped me through a lot of hard times. I’m a fairly religious person, but I sometimes have days where everything seems to go wrong and no one is out there watching over me. Sometimes, I need to walk on my own and learn to fall so that I can pick myself up and not fall down again. “At first glance, the key and the lock it fits may seem very different. Different in shape, different in function, different in design. The man who looks at them without knowledge of their true nature might think them opposites for one is meant to open, and the other to keep closed. Yet, upon closer examination, he might see that without one, the other becomes useless. The wise man then sees that both lock and key were created for the same purpose.” Look closely at the people around you. They may seem like something unnecessary, something that doesn’t make sense, but there’s always more than meets the eye. There’s always another secret. You’ll be surprised what you’ll find. What about you guys? What has Mistborn taught you that’s helped you in your life?
  32. 4 points
    Writing Excuses has two new episodes this week due to a goof on our part. We had planned to hold Mary's brainstorming episode back until the spring, but we forgot that there was a direct followup episode. The followup got released first and people were confused, so we've gone ahead and made it a two-episode week. Here are the episodes in chronological order: episode 51, Brainstorming with Mary, and THEN episode 50, Outlining the Mary Way. InkWing has a new blog post up about their December deadlines and the Windrunner pin, which they're giving away in each T-shirt order, or which you can get by entering the contest in the blog post comments. I have two events in Utah this week. Dragons Keep Magic The Gathering Draft & Signing, Orem Date: 12.13.12 Time: 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Place: Dragons Keep Address: 48 W 300 N Orem, UT 84601 Phone: (801) 225-5215 Schedule: Draft: 6:00 p.m. Signing: 9–10 p.m. Limited amount of potential draft participants; sign up now. Cost: $12.00 Dragon's Keep Standard Draft Pricing and Prizes This one will focus on ALL of my books, and while there might be a few copies of the Mistborn Adventure Game for sale, this is my holiday signing for Utah Valley. Because of that, we'll bring a lot of copies of various things to sell.</p> Worlds of Fantasy at the Salt Lake City Library Date: 12.15.12 Time: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Place: Salt Lake City Library Address: 210 East 400 South Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Phone: (801) 524-8200 Schedule: See the library website for the full schedule, which begins at 10:00 a.m.. My events are as follows: Fantasy Literature and the Re-imagined Myth with Brandon Sanderson 12:00 noon–1:00 p.m., Nancy Tessman Auditorium Sponsored by Utah Humanities Council A discussion exploring the questions; from whence did Fantasy Literature Rise? What is its place in contemporary culture? Where is it going? Brandon Sanderson Q&A: World Building 1:30–3:00 p.m., Lower Urban Room Brandon Sanderson Signing 3:30 p.m., Night-Flight Comics at Library Square Bookplates for A MEMORY OF LIGHT will be available.</p>Here is the Salt Lake Library's press release on the event: Popular Fantasy Author Brandon Sanderson Speaks at The City Library Highlights Worlds of Fantasy Exhibit on Display December 10, 2012—Salt Lake City—Fantasy is a major component in our cultural zeitgeist. The past decade has been filled with literature, film, games, and art that capture society's desire for the exploration of magical worlds. From Harry Potter to Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic: The Gathering, our pop-culture world is one obsessed with fantasy. Join The City Library for a series of events highlighting the mystical and magical. On December 15, The City Library will be transformed. An ongoing exhibit featuring sets and pieces from a locally-produced fantasy film, Flight from Shadow, will be the backdrop for a series of fantastic events, including an all-ages costume contest—from the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Robert Jordan, wand-making classes, film screenings, book browses, tours of the exhibit, and a performance by the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra. The feature of the December 15 celebration is a lecture with famed author Brandon Sanderson, beginning at 12pm in the Main Library Auditorium. Sanderson is best known for finishing Robert Jordan's epic series, The Wheel of Time. The final installment of this series will be released on January 8, 2013. Sanderson will also host an intimate Q&A, focusing on world-building, followed by a book signing. Other Worlds of Fantasy events continue through the month of January, including Dungeons and Dragons at the Chapman Branch, and a continuation of the Fantasy Genre Speaker's Series, focusing on art, film, and deconstructing Middle Earth. The Genre Speaker's Series is funded by the Utah Humanities Council, and Worlds of Fantasy has been sponsored by The City Library, University of Utah Department of English, Fort Douglas Military Museum, McGrew Studios, Wagonland Adventures, Absinthe Hair and Grooming Parlor, Razor's Edge, Abbie Warnock Photography, Badali Jewelers, Wheel of 9 Productions, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, The Downtown Alliance, Gryphon Games, Night Flight Comics, Utah Film Commission, and Marcela Torres. For more information on Worlds of Fantasy at The City Library, visit www.slcpl.org/fantasy. Source
  33. 4 points
    The ebook for UNFETTERED, which contains the A MEMORY OF LIGHT deleted sequence "River of Souls," has now been released. Details below. Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS reached chapters 16 and 17, the first flashback with Laral and Tien, and Kaladin leading Bridge Four from the front. Also, Writing Excuses' latest podcast episode features us talking about middle grade fiction with E.J. Patten, author of RETURN TO EXILE and THE LEGEND THIEF. Buy the ebook here: Kindle (US)(CA)(UK) Nook Kobo Dragonmount (DRM-free here only) (Note: The iBookstore links below do not yet work, but should work sometime later this week.) iBookstore (US)(CA)(UK)(AU)(NZ)(IE) Grim Oak Press hardcover If you haven't heard about UNFETTERED before, here's a bit of an introduction. When I was on tour probably for THE ALLOY OF LAW, Shawn Speakman (webmaster for Terry Brooks and Naomi Novik, and who also runs the booksigning service The Signed Page), approached me about an anthology he was putting together (at the suggestion of Terry Brooks) to help defray Shawn's medical bills stemming from his 2011 diagnosis with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Shawn has been a friend and supporter to the careers of a lot of writers, so I was interested in helping out. The question was what to contribute to the anthology. The title Shawn gave it was UNFETTERED, because he didn't want to put any restrictions on whatever the authors wanted to contribute. When I was writing A MEMORY OF LIGHT, there was a sequence of viewpoints I was working on that were somewhat more daring than some other viewpoints I had done. The character I'm talking about is known as Bao in the book, and if you've read it you'll know who that is. I wanted to try to give some deeper backstory to Bao, but after I showed the scenes to Harriet, though we all liked them, we decided they they didn't fit in the book. Harriet felt that these scenes were distracting and derailing the narrative too close to what was to be the climax of the entire series, because of the new elements I was adding and fleshing out. So after some discussion, we decided that they should be cut. Though I saw the need for this, the fact that this was necessary left me feeling kind of sad. I felt the scenes were strong and added a lot to the character, giving a lot of extra motivation and poignancy to some of the things going on in A MEMORY OF LIGHT. So when the opportunity for Shawn's anthology came along, I began to think this would be the place for them. I approached Harriet, and she said that was a good idea. The result is "River of Souls," labeled as a Wheel of Time tale by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. Since it's actually a sequence of deleted scenes, it's meant to be read as a companion to your read of A MEMORY OF LIGHT. It's not going to make a whole lot of sense if you haven't read at least the rest of the Wheel of Time, but it's a complete arc and I find it very exciting. I think you'll really like it, and I think this anthology is a good place for these scenes because they won't be distracting from the rest of the story. UNFETTERED also has stories from lots of other wonderful writers in it. I'm honored to have a story in there, to be alongside the names that appear in this anthology. It's great to see so many people pulling together to support someone in the community, and I wish Shawn the best. The anthology is available now in ebook form, and as a hardcover direct from Shawn's Grim Oak Press website. He'll be shipping books out over the next three weeks (he has a very small operation and it will take him time to get through so many orders). Also note that the long-sold-out special edition signed by every single author will take even more time to deliver. The signing pages are currently being shipped around the country from author to author for all of us to sign, and that will take a while. Once all of those are back with Shawn, the pages will be bound into the books, which will then be delivered. Here is the complete list of stories appearing in UNFETTERED: Imaginary Friends by Terry Brooks (a precursor to the Word/Void trilogy) How Old Holly Came To Be by Patrick Rothfuss (a Four Corners tale) River of Souls by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (a Wheel of Time tale) The Old Scale Game by Tad Williams Game of Chance by Carrie Vaughn Martyr of the Roses by Jacqueline Carey (a precursor to the Kushiel series) Dogs by Daniel Abraham Mudboy by Peter V. Brett (a Demon Cycle tale) The Sound of Broken Absolutes by Peter Orullian (a Vault of Heaven tale) The Coach With Big Teeth by R.A. Salvatore Keeper of Memory by Todd Lockwood (a Summer Dragon tale) Heaven in a Wild Flower by Blake Charlton The Chapel Perilous by Kevin Hearne (an Iron Druid tale) Select Mode by Mark Lawrence (a Broken Empire tale) All the Girls Love Michael Stein by David Anthony Durham Strange Rain by Jennifer Bosworth (a Struck epilogue tale) Nocturne by Robert V. S. Redick Unbowed by Eldon Thompson (a Legend of Asahiel tale) In Favour With Their Stars by Naomi Novik (a Temeraire tale) The Jester by Michael J. Sullivan (a Riyria Chronicles tale) The Duel by Lev Grossman (a Magicians tale) Walker and the Shade of Allanon by Terry Brooks (a Shannara tale) The Unfettered Knight by Shawn Speakman (an Annwn Cycle tale) If you missed it, where I explain my part in this anthology. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/06/unfettered-with-memory-of-light-deleted.html">Source</a>
  34. 4 points
    Hey there, everyone who was planning to come to my signing tomorrow—I just found out that it's going to start an hour earlier than previously announced. So if you can swing it, please try to come at 11:00 a.m. instead of noon. I've never done a Costco signing before so I'm not really sure what the logistics will be, but if the space is amenable enough for me to do a reading and Q&A, that will happen at the beginning. If you come later you can still get your books signed, so don't worry about that. As always, check out my other events on my events page. Signing Details: Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2013 Time: 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Place: Costco Address: 273 E 1000 N Spanish Fork, UT Phone: (801) 504-9530 Note: Costco members ONLY! <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/06/saturday-spanish-fork-costco-signing.html">Source</a>
  35. 4 points
    This week the Writing Excuses podcast has a "project in depth" episode on Mary Robinette Kowal's novella "Kiss Me Twice," which was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula last year. Give it a listen, though you'll probably want to read the novella first. Tor.com had a couple of The Way of Kings articles last week. First was one on the ecology of Roshar, and then their reread reached chapter fifteeen. Every June, publishers like to highlight audiobooks. This year they're doing it with the hashtag #ListenLit on Twitter. All of my books are now out in audio editions. There are two different kinds of audiobooks of mine that have come out: standard unabridged readings (from Macmillan Audio, Recorded Books, and Audible) and full-cast dramatizations (from GraphicAudio). Which type each book has depends on how contracts were negotiated. Recorded Books has unabridged readings of Elantris, Warbreaker, The Emperor's Soul, and all four Alcatraz books. GraphicAudio has full-cast dramatizations of Elantris and Warbreaker. They've also recently acquired rights to give the same treatment to Mistborn trilogy but I don't know when those will be coming out. Macmillan Audio has unabridged readings of Mistborn 1, 2, 3 and The Alloy of Law; The Way of Kings; and The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and A Memory of Light. They will also put out Words of Radiance, the sequel to The Way of Kings, with Michael Kramer and Kate Reading narrating, the same time the hardcover and ebook are released. But of course I have to finish writing the book first. (The first draft is nearing completion; I'm writing the epilogue now. Then it will go into revisions for a few months.) Amazon has most of the above for sale. Audible has everything except for the GraphicAudio editions, and they are also the publisher of the audiobook for Legion. iTunes also has many of the books. Tor.com has a free unabridged reading of the novelette "Firstborn" (see the "Listen" link in the left column). <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/06/june-is-audiobook-month-updates.html">Source</a>
  36. 4 points
    ALCATRAZ VERSUS THE SHATTERED LENS has now been released in the UK (and presumably also in Australia and New Zealand). That means all four books are now out, and since they all came out this year, it should be relatively easy to find them on shelves and in ebook form. (Note that all four books are still out of print in the US, though the audiobooks ARE currently available in the US.). The most recent Writing Excuses episode is a microcasting episode touching on the following questions. Give it a listen! What's your first step in the rewriting process? How do you write Artificial Intelligences as characters? Tactful promotion: how do you get nominated for a Hugo or Nebula? How do you decide whether or not to take an offer from a publisher? Do you use a writing notebook? How, and for what? What methods do you use to test the "coolness" and/or viability of a story idea? What genre or style do you read that is outside of the one(s) in which you write? Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS continues with chapters 13 and 14, the battle with the chasmfiend and Kaladin's first attempt to change Bridge Four. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/06/alcatraz-in-uk-updates.html">Source</a>
  37. 4 points
    Tor made a book trailer for THE RITHMATIST (which is out now). Enjoy! There's also a cool Kickstarter campaign (well past its goal, ending in two days) from Cryptozoic Entertainment for a digital TCG/MMO called HEX. The developers of the (targeted for fall 2014) MISTBORN: BIRTHRIGHT video game, Little Orbit, are working on this game with Cryptozoic. My congratulations to all of them for such a successful Kickstarter! <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/06/book-trailer-for-rithmatist-kickstarter.html">Source</a>
  38. 4 points
    This week's Writing Excuses episode talks about prewriting with our guest E.J. Patten, author of RETURN TO EXILE and THE LEGEND THIEF. Check it out. The Tor.com reread of THE WAY OF KINGS has reached chapter 12, covering the introduction of Dalinar and Adolin. I'm signing tonight at the Provo Library, with books sold by the King's English. Space in the room is limited to 500 people, and the library has already given out 500 free tickets. If you show up without a ticket you'll be in the standby line, but I plan to stay as late as necessary for everyone to get their books signed. (I'm also signing on June 22nd at the Spanish Fork Costco, if you're a Costco member and don't want to deal with the enormous crowd tonight.) Date: Monday, June 3rd, 2013 Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m. Place: The Kings English Bookshop Hosted at the Provo Library at Academy Square 550 N University Ave Provo, UT 84601 Phone: (801) 852-6661 <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/06/signing-tonight-at-provo-library-updates.html">Source</a>
  39. 4 points
    The newest Writing Excuses podcast episode is called "What The Avengers Did Right." It has a bunch of spoilers for that movie and talks about it from the point of view of a writer. I've uploaded all of Ben McSweeney's awesome illustrations for THE RITHMATIST. This includes the map (which isn't in the ebook right now) and a couple of doodles that didn't make it into the final book. If you have the audiobook, we prepared a script for Michael Kramer that included the text from the diagrams so you shouldn't be missing anything essential, but it will probably still help quite a bit to be able to see these illustrations. If you haven't seen them, I also have interior illustration galleries for THE WAY OF KINGS and THE ALLOY OF LAW. Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS has reached the end of part one. The most recent post covers the first set of interludes and talks about the search for Hoid. This week I will be at Book Expo America in New York. Here's my schedule: Date: May 30–31, 2013 Place: Book Expo America Address: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center 655 W 34th St New York, NY 10001 THURSDAY, May 30th 2:00–3:00 p.m. Author Signing at Meeting Room MR 3211 (Tor Table #17) The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist (Note: This event is ticketed.) 4:00–5:00 p.m. RHCB Booth Signing Booth #3940, Table #1 Steelheart FRIDAY, May 31st 3:00–4:00 p.m. Signing at Tor Booth 1557 The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist 4:00–5:00 p.m. Audio Publishers Association Author Tea Janis Ian, Bill Bryson, Louise Penny, Brandon Sanderson (Note: This event is ticketed.) <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-rithmatist-illustrations-book-expo.html">Source</a>
  40. 4 points
    Today through Sunday I'm in Phoenix for Phoenix Comicon. Here's my schedule. Thu, 6:00-7:00PM (Room 104B) Books & Authors Phoenix Comicon Kickoff Kick of Phoenix Comicon 2013's Books and Authors programming with a brief look at what all is going on this weekend and a group interview with several of our author guests conducted by Peter Orullian. Brandon Sanderson, Cherie Priest, Peter Orullian, Terry Brooks, Timothy Zahn Fri, 1:30-2:30PM (Room 132) Brandon Sanderson and The Wheel of Time Join Brandon Sanderson and some Wheel of Time fans for a discussion of the series and its completion. Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Young, Phoenix Comicon Staff Fri, 2:30-3:30PM (Brandon's booth #896) Brandon Sanderson Signing The "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" convention exclusive hardcover will be available. Sat, 4:30-5:30PM (Room 132) The Unfettered Panel: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy Join the editor and four contributors to Unfettered, a new anthology. Learn about its creation from the editor, Shawn Speakman, while contributors Terry Brooks, Brandon Sanderson, Kevin Hearne and Peter Orullian talk about their stories. Brandon Sanderson, Kevin Hearne, Peter Orullian, Shawn Speakman, Terry Brooks Sat, 5:30-6:30PM (Author's Alley table 2411) Signing with the Unfettered authors The Phoenix Comicon Exclusive Edition of Unfettered will be available in a limited quantity. Brandon Sanderson, Kevin Hearne, Peter Orullian, Shawn Speakman, Terry Brooks Sat, 12:00-1:00PM (Room West105B) Magic Methods Magic systems and fantasy go hand in hand. Join some of our author guests as they talk about how they make it work and how they make it believable. Brandon Sanderson, Melanie Rawn, Peter Orullian, Sam Sykes, Sharon Skinner Sat, 3:00-4:00PM (Room 132) Brandon Sanderson Spotlight Join New York Times Bestelling Author Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series, The Stormlight Archive, Alcatraz, The Wheel of Time (with Robert Jordan), and others including the new novel The Rithmatist, for a talk and Q & A about his work past, present, and future. Brandon Sanderson Sat, 4:00-5:00PM (Brandon's booth #896) Brandon Sanderson Signing The "Firstborn"/"Defending Elysium" convention exclusive hardcover will be available. Sat, 9:00PM-3:00AM (Moran Room, Hyatt) Magic Draft with Brandon Cost is $10 and slots are limited. Sign up at Game Central. Sun, 12:00-1:00PM (Room 132) The Epic Fantasy Panel Some of today's most popular epic fantasy writers talk about what epic means to them and how they write it. Brandon Sanderson, James A Owen, Melanie Rawn, Peter Orullian, Sam Sykes, Terry Brooks Sun, 3:00-4:00PM (Room 132) Worldbuilding in Science Fiction and Fantasy How do writers create worlds for their stories anyway? Join our panelists and find out. Brandon Sanderson, Michael A. Stackpole, Peter Orullian, Terry Brooks, Timothy Zahn <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-phoenix-comicon-schedule.html">Source</a>
  41. 4 points
    A few weeks ago I talked about the Hugo Voter Packet and how for a $60 supporting membership to Worldcon you could get copies of most of the Hugo Award-nominated works. Well, the packet was finally released today, so if you're already a member go download it now! If you're not a Worldcon member already, check out the cover art of the nominated works (it looks like pretty much everything except for the Dramatic Presentations are included in the packet) and consider joining so you can vote for the Hugo Awards by the July 31st deadline. My Hugo Award-nominated novella THE EMPEROR'S SOUL is in the packet alongside the other Best Novella nominees, and it's an honor to be in such a group. This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about short story writing with Mary Robinette Kowal. Mary has published more short stories than the rest of us combined, and she has a lot of good helpful things to say about the process. I sent out a newsletter last week. Here it is. If you're interested in getting these three or four times per year, and getting an email reminder when I'm signing near your city, sign up here. Tonight I'm signing in San Jose and tomorrow I'll be in Albuquerque. Details on my events page. I've also left quite a few signed books at my previous tour stops, so give the following stores a call! Maple Street Book Shop, New Orleans They have signed copies of THE RITHMATIST and A MEMORY OF LIGHT in hardcover, and some of each paperback of all of my books that are in print. They also have a few of the special Rithmatic chalk bags that Tor made—ask about getting one when you call. (504) 866-4916 Murder by the Book, Houston Murder by the Book has signed copies of all of my books, and they're going to bring them to Comicpalooza in Houston this weekend, unless you call and buy all the books before the weekend arrives. (888) 424-2842 (I will be at Phoenix Comicon this weekend.) Other Stores All of the following stores have some of my books signed. Call them up to find out what they can ship to you. Books of Wonder, New York Phone: (212) 989-3270 Email: [email protected] Children's Book World, Philadelphia Phone: (610) 642-6274 Email: [email protected] Tattered Cover, Denver (Highlands Ranch) Phone: (303) 470-7050 Barnes & Noble, Omaha (Oakview Mall) Phone: (402) 691-4557 Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston Phone: (281) 497-8675 <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/hugo-voter-packet-out-now-signed.html">Source</a>
  42. 4 points
    Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS reaches chapter 11 today, which is Kaladin's low point. My YA dystopia STEELHEART comes out in September. Today the Onion AV Club put up the prologue of the book. Check it out! I'm in the middle of the tour for my YA fantasy THE RITHMATIST right now; I'll be in Denver tonight. If you're not near the cities I'm signing in, you can still grab a signed copy by ordering it from one of the bookstores I've already stopped at. They have quite a few copies and will be happy to ship one to you. Books of Wonder 18 West 18th St. New York, NY 10011 Phone: (212) 989-3270 Email: [email protected] Children's Book World 17 Haverford Station Rd Haverford, PA 19041 Phone: (610) 642-6274 Email: [email protected] <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/steelheart-prologue-signed-rithmatist.html">Source</a>
  43. 4 points
    Just a quick update today. I'm on my way to New York for the release of THE RITHMATIST on Tuesday. More about that in another post tomorrow, but The Book Smugglers have an interview with me where I talk about it and about writing YA, among other things. This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about the culture that surrounds the writing community and the conventions we attend. Tor.com's reread of THE WAY OF KINGS has reached chapters 9 and 10, including Kaladin's first flashback chapter. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/quick-update.html">Source</a>
  44. 4 points
    My YA fantasy novel THE RITHMATIST comes out next week. Read the first 5 chapters here and check out my signing tour schedule here. Tor.com also put up an article today talking about the book's magic system. I'm also pleased to report that Michael Kramer is narrating the audiobook for THE RITHMATIST. You can listen to the prologue and the first part of chapter 1 below. It will be available from Macmillan Audio via Audible and preloaded digital audio, and I assume via iTunes as usual though the listing isn't up yet. In non-Rithmatist news, my Hugo Award-nominated novella THE EMPEROR'S SOUL has its ebook currently at a $2.99 special price on Amazon for the month of May, and that's matched at other ebook vendors. The most recent Writing Excuses podcast episode covers blocking. If you're aware of blocking in the context of theater and wonder how it translates over to fiction—or if you have no idea what blocking is—check out the episode! I've missed linking to a couple of Tor.com's reread posts for THE WAY OF KINGS. The first one covers chapters 5 and 6, and the second covers chapters 7 and 8. They will put up another post tomorrow. I'm busily writing the sequel, WORDS OF RADIANCE, and you can see that the progress bar on my site is up to 70%, though that may be a bit out of date. My assistant has also put up another Twitter posts archive covering the last eight weeks. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-rithmatist-audiobook-emperors-soul.html">Source</a>
  45. 4 points
    I got back from JordanCon a few days ago. Often times at cons and signings, my readers bring me small gifts. I'm deeply grateful for the time and thought put into these, and I try to post pictures of some of them from time to time. JordanCon was no exception. Here are some of the cool things you all gave me. A highlight of the con for me was going to lunch with one of my idols, Michael Whelan. (For more on how much I love his work, see here.) He gave me one of the signed limited editions of The Art of Michael Whelan, which includes a beautiful original illustration (below). The book and the illustration are absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to see what Michael comes up with for the cover of Words of Radiance. Together Jennifer and Jimmy Liang head up JordanCon each year and do a smashing job of it. This year Jimmy wanted to get me Magic cards in Korean. Instead, his search turned up these cards in Chinese: Of course, readers brought me all sorts of other goodies: mac and cheese, more Magic cards (vintage!), books, an awesome wooden baby rattle, traditional songs rewritten with Wheel of Time-inspired lyrics, and a book of letters from the Black Tower Social Group from Dragonmount. Matt Hatch from Theoryland brought me a shirt and art print with a symbol based on the Dusty Wheel from Towers of Midnight. As a cool side note, the pipe drawing is based on one of Robert Jordan's actual pipes. If you're interested in buying one of these shirts, they're available at InkWing. (Also note that Ta'veren Tees has many types of Wheel of Time shirts.) One reader, a student of various languages—including American Sign Language—is working on putting together a sign language based on Aiel maiden handtalk. Check out her blog to follow her research. I should also mention that two of my readers, Kalyani and Rahul, cooked me a wonderful meal of traditional southern Indian food. Seriously, the food was better than what you might find in a restaurant. Again, I had a wonderful time at JordanCon. It's really the people and the hospitality that makes this a great convention every time I've gone. Brandon <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/jordancon-swag.html">Source</a>
  46. 4 points
    This is an article I wrote as a submission to a contest in the Waggie, the vet school newspaper. Essay guidelines were write a 500-word humor article relating to vet school. So here's a sample of how dorky and weird I get. xD ---------------- Many new veterinary students struggle with gaining unwanted pounds during their stressful first year. Juggling the rigorous curriculum and the emotional demand of a veterinary education with a new nonexistent social life, coupled with easy, unlimited access to the excellent food available in Davis, including the free pizza often provided at lunch talks, can result in rapid weight gain. A recent study by Cornell University found that on average, freshmen gain about 0.5 pounds per week. (1) Students often turn to diet, fitness programs, and even pharmaceuticals or surgery to cope with their expanding waistlines, but before you attempt harmful fad diets, spend your study time working out, or waste your money on weight loss pills with phony claims, take a moment to read this report and learn how you can successfully manage your weight for LIFE! This practical, flexible, easy, all-natural, scientific, and organic strategy allows you to eat everything you want, with no need for moderation. Dating back to the 19th century, with celebrity adherents such as the late opera singer Maria Callas (2) this time-honored traditional remedy has been proven effective. Discover the solution of Taenia saginata, or the beef tapeworm! Simply ingest a little steak tartare containing our patented Cysticerci™, or encysted larvae, and feel the Taeniarrific difference as your very own cestode develops into an adult in your small intestine! Within three months your cestode can be up to 5 meters long, competing with you for nutrients, and helping you lose more weight than you ever dreamed you could, with no need for the expenditure of any effort. Find a new appreciation for your small bowel as you sense your cestode shifting gently within you with every wave of peristaltic motion, and take comfort from the stress of endless examinations with the knowledge that you are not alone. The uniquely close attachment between human and cestode can result in a powerful emotional experience, in addition to the health and beauty benefits. Dr. Walter M. Boyce, DVM, Ph.D. of UC Davis says of this bond, “Some of our tapeworms are kind of the ultimate companion animals, cause you’ll have them for much of your life.” The therapeutic benefits of the human-animal bond are well documented; keeping companion animals has a significant correlation with reduced stress levels and better mental health. Order your infective stages of Taenia saginata today, serve as the definitive host for a new best friend, and support the UC Davis Class of 2014! Results may vary. Potential side effects include abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, constipation, weakness, nutritional deficiencies, intestinal obstruction, and occasionally death if incorrectly serving as an intermediate host for Taenia solium or other species of cestode. (1) Questionable web statistics (2) Possibly slanderous article from The Guardian
  47. 3 points
    The Rithmatist is out! Buy it from the links to the right or visit your local bookstore. (In the UK/Australia, the release date is May 23rd.) My book tour starts tonight in New York and continues in Philadelphia, Denver, Omaha, New Orleans, Houston, San Jose, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Provo, and Spanish Fork. For details see my events page. (And note, as always I'm happy to sign any books you bring to a signing. Don't feel bad showing up to a signing for The Rithmatist carrying your copy of A Memory of Light. I'll sign it gladly. And if you want me to send you an email when I'll be signing near you, tell me your city here.) Buy the hardcover here: Amazon Barnes & Noble IndieBound Books-a-Million Powell's Buy the ebook here: Kindle (US)(CA) Nook iBooks (US)(CA) Kobo Google Play Dragonmount Buy the audiobook here: Audible iTunes (US)(CA) I'm super excited about The Rithmatist. Imagine a world where people duel using a magical, StarCraft-like system where one draws units and structures in chalk. Those come to life once you complete them, though they remain two dimensional, and you can use any drawing surface as a dueling platform. The main character, Joel, gets to go to a school specializing in this magic, though he can't actually use it himself. (He is the son of the cleaning lady, so he gets free tuition.) Students start disappearing, and he gets mixed up in the mystery. This book is a favorite among my beta readers. (The Rithmatist has been around in draft form for some six years now, so many of the inner circle of my fans have read it already.) It's a fun, quick read that (hopefully) will tide you over while I'm finishing up Stormlight 2, Words of Radiance. (About 80% done with that right now.) While I love my Alcatraz series for younger readers, that series is very bizarre and quite different from the style of my adult books. I've found that many of my readers wish I had something more "Brandonesque" to hand to their younger siblings, children, nieces and nephews, etc. Well, this is the book for you. Deep worldbuilding, a complex magic system, and a sharp plot. Hopefully you'll all be willing to give it a look. The sample chapters are here and you can hear the beginning of the audiobook here. Read onward on this blog post if you want to hear some of the background of The Rithmatist and how it came to be. Otherwise, check out those sample chapters, and come see me on tour! The origin of The Rithmatist Six years ago, I was writing a book that I hated. Now, that's both rare and common for me at the same time. I tire of pretty much every book I work on at some point, usually during the revision process. I push through and get over it. That's what you do as a writer. By the time I'm done with the process, I'm tired of the book—but it's the good kind of tired. The "I worked hard, and now have something awesome to show for it" tired. Unfortunately, that wasn't happening for this book. Called The Liar of Partinel, every chapter was a chore to write. Though it had started very well, it continued to spiral farther and farther down the drain. I was familiar enough with my own writing by this point to realize the problems with Liar wouldn't work themselves out. The characters were boring, the plot forced. The worldbuilding elements never quite clicked together. It had been years since I'd had such a bad feeling about a novel. (The last time, in fact, was Mythwalker—my sixth unpublished book—which I abandoned halfway through.) Part of the problem, I suspect, had to do with my expectations. Liar, set in the same world as Dragonsteel, was to be the origin story of Hoid, the character who has appeared in all of my Cosmere novels. (Information here—warning, big spoilers.) I needed Hoid's story to be epic and awesome. It just wasn't. And so, I ended up "hiding" from that novel and working on something else instead. The Rithmatist. It started with some drawings and a purely creative week sketching out a world, characters, and magic. That week is the exact sort that turned me into a writer in the first place, and was a distinct contrast to the grind that had been Liar. I abandoned the book and dove into The Rithmatist (then called Scribbler), and wrote a book where everything just came together. It happens sometimes. It just works, and I can't always explain—even to myself—why. I finished the first draft of the book in the summer of 2007. In the fall, I got the call regarding the Wheel of Time, and my world transformed forever. The Rithmatist, though an awesome book, languished for years because I didn't have the time to devote to it. Doing a tour or contract for another teen book was impossible at that time, and beyond that I couldn't commit to writing any sequels or even doing any revision for the novel. I did tell Tor about it, though, and they started to get excited. The publisher tried at several times to get me to release it, but I didn't feel the time was right. I couldn't let my attention be divided that far. I was already stretched too thin, and I wanted my attention (and that of my readers) to be on the Wheel of Time. The month A Memory of Light was done and turned in, however, I called Tor and told them it was time to move forward. I'm pleased to be releasing the book now, when I can give it the attention it deserves. And hopefully someday I'll be able to fix The Liar of Partinel. (At this point, I'm feeling I need to rewrite it as a first-person narrative, though making that switch is going to cause an entire host of problems.) Anyway, thanks so much for reading! I hope you enjoy The Rithmatist. Brandon <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-rithmatist-out-now.html">Source</a>
  48. 3 points
    I'm doing a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) right now at /r/fantasy. Ask away. This week's Writing Excuses podcast episode talks about narrative rhythm. Here's the penultimate video of me from WORDS OF RADIANCE, the next Stormlight book. Next week I'll put up the conclusion and the sped-up version with everything in one video. <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/04/reddit-ama-updates.html">Source</a>
  49. 3 points
    The nominations for the 2013 Hugo Awards were recently released, and I'm elated to announce that The Emperor's Soul has been nominated for Best Novella. This is, quite frankly, awesome. It's my first major award nomination in a fiction category. Alongside it, Writing Excuses has been nominated for Best Related Work for its third year running. I don't know what to say other than thank you. Thank you to those who supported the story, who gave me feedback, and who encouraged me to find time to whip it into shape and release it last year. Also, a big thanks to Tachyon Publications, the book's publisher. The winners will be announced at Worldcon on September 1st. The Hugos are a fan-voted award, but only members of Worldcon can participate. The cool thing is that generally all of the fiction nominees for a given year are offered as free ebooks to anyone who is eligible to vote, and this includes supporting members. (Those are people who don't attend the convention, but still want to participate in things like the Hugo voting.) The Hugo Voter Packet comes as a single download once everything is collected, and should be available on April 14th so you have plenty of time to read the nominees before votes have to be turned in by July 31st. This means that for $60 you can get copies of basically everything on that Hugo list (except for the movies and TV episodes). That's not only an excellent deal, but it gives you the chance to participate in choosing the best works of the year. Every year I've done it, it has been a wonderful experience. A word of warning, however. I strongly suggest that you avoid voting in any categories for which you haven't read the majority of the nominees. Early in my career, my editor impressed upon me the need to treat this award with solemnity. Don't vote for me, or anyone else, just because you like us as authors—I encourage you to read the stories and vote for what you feel is genuinely the strongest one in each category. This will preserve the integrity of the award. Don't treat the Hugos like a popularity contest. That said, I sincerely hope that many of you try out the experience of reading and voting. The addition of the Hugo Voter Packet with its ebooks has, I understand, led to record participation by the community in the awards. If you've ever griped that the books you like never win big awards, this is your chance to become part of the process. Enjoy, and thank you again to everyone who read and nominated The Emperor's Soul! Brandon Best Novella nominees After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon Publications) The Emperor's Soul, Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications) On a Red Station, Drifting, Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press) San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, Mira Grant (Orbit) "The Stars Do Not Lie," Jay Lake (Asimov's, Oct–Nov 2012) Best Related Work nominees The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, Edited by Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press) Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them, Edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Sigrid Ellis (Mad Norwegian Press) Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who, Edited by Deborah Stanish & L.M. Myles (Mad Norwegian Press) I Have an Idea for a Book ... The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg, Compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers (The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box) Writing Excuses Season Seven, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Jordan Sanderson <a href="http://mistborn.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-emperors-soul-nominated-for-hugo.html">Source</a>
  50. 3 points
    As I continue down my neverending quest to become a halfway competent web designer, I am constantly reminded of how little I actually know. If you've ever done anything with CSS at all, you can understand how alluring it can be. Rather than messing around with the actual content of the site and manually styling every element individually, you can assign them all values and then edit those values in a separate, friendlier file. The problem is when elements you thought were different have been assigned the same value. Take, for instance, the header tags. h1, h2, etc. The IPB default skin is set up under the assumption that certain elements will always be displayed over a similar-colored background as each other. Maybe they weren't as creative as we are, I don't know. Anyways, this is a problem with a very high-contrast site like ours, which uses both light and dark backgrounds on a very abundant basis. I will often change one value to make it visible, only to find out that I accidentally changed something else rendering that illegible (or sometimes downright invisible), and I have to spend ages finding that other thing so I can change it back. Then I have to fix it so that they're either separate from each other, or - the easier way - slap a background color behind one of them and call it a day. It's frustrating in more ways than one, but I'm getting it. Slowly. I don't know it all yet. Not by a long shot. In fact, I really only know a very, very small amount. But I'm going to make that small amount work as best as I can, and the more I do that, the more knowledge I add to it. I'm learning something new, and applying it to something useful and productive. It's a good feeling for sure, and I'm enjoying every step of this little journey. Even the hilariously awkward ones. This site might make a Soulcaster out of me yet.
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