Orem signing

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Pending review
Name Orem signing
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Date March 10, 2018
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Location Orem, UT
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Bookstore Dragon's Keep
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How frustrating is it that you have to wait so long and do so many things first before you can tell the Hoid story.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's not as frustrating as you think.  Because, if you sat me down and told me I could only write one of these, Hoid story or Stormlight.  I would pick Stormlight every time. Stormlight is a, in my opinion, Stormlight is a stronger story over all. And Hoid's really interesting, and it's going to be a really cool thing for me to write.  But I'm more excited for Stormlight 8, 9 and 10 than I am... Though I'll be very excited when I get to write the Hoid ones because they're going to be cool things.

But Stormlight is the thing that I plotted out to be the big opus. It's more frustrated that there's only one of me, despite what the internet says.  I don't got any clones, or any Sanderbots to do all this.  So I have more ideas than I can write books about.  The biggest frustrating in my life is that I can only do so much.

But that's been a frustration since I was unpublished. I always had more stories I wanted to write than I could.  So it's all about story triage for me.

One thing I've learned to do is to write novellas or work on graphic novels. Because the actual word count that I need for a novella like Emperor's Soul or for a graphic novel like White Sand, is a fraction of what a big novel takes.  And so I get this cool thing with a graphic novel where I can write something out..like I just finished an outline and script for a new graphic novel, that we're not going to release until after White Sand's done.  But now that White Sand 3 is moving along and the writing portion of that is done, and we're just working on the art, I came up with something else.  And instead of taking 18 months like a Stormlight novel takes, it took me, like, a month.  And so that's a way I can get a story ready and can release it to people without having to spend 18 months on something.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

With Soulcasting, we know what can be Soulcast based on the color of the gem. With Awakening, say you have emerald, green *indecipherable* if you were Awakening straw or some other form of plant matter, if you used a source of green for the color, would it be more efficient than using red?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So I haven't built that into the magic system yet. Part of me feels I should have. But I did not. I want color to be relevant to each of the cosmere magics. It's an essential part of it, and it's part of where we stray more into the magical sense. Like, in my books we treat magic scientifically but they're still magic. And it was a thing when I was building Stormlight, I'm like, "So the difference between these two gemstones is matter of a slight impurity.  Chemically they are 99% the same thing. Am I actually going to have them do different things or not?" And my judgement call was yes, because I want color to be relevant in the cosmere.  But by that point, when I was really getting that magic system to work, I had already written Warbreaker. And I had known that I wanted color to start being a big part.  I'd already written Mistborn where I worked in color in different ways

But I didn't work that into the Warbreaker magic. I felt like it already had enough restrictions. I say my worry about the Warbreaker magic is the color feels tacked on. Like, the magic could work without it, narratively, so why is it there? And that's the question I asked myself while I was building; that's the question I continue to ask myself when I continue to work on-- for that magic system, to make sure it works for me.  But my instincts say adding restrictions like that, particularly when they weren't covered in the first book, feels like the wrong way to go.  It'd be like retconning the magic. It's something I considered.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I've been going back over Mistborn lately, and one thing really stuck out. "I write these words in steel, for anything not set in metal cannot be trusted."  I get how Kwaan could've figured out that Ruin was messing around with records, but how could he possibly have known metal was immune?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That's not as hard to figure out as you think it might be.

*long pause*

*laughter*

I'm going to RAFO that. Partially because it'll dig into that story that I just don't want to canonize right now.  I don't think I'm going to write it.  People ask me if I'm going to write it, and I really don't think I'm going to. But some of the elements of that are important to things that are coming up, so I don't know.  I'm going to RAFO that for now. It's not as hard to figure out as you would think.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I notice that stormlight is a bit volatile in how well it heals or who it heals. Because it seems like Renarin's eyesight would have been a long term problem, kinda like Rysn's legs and Lopen's arm. But Lopen's arm got healed, Rysn's legs didn't and Kaladin's scars didn't. So I didn't know if there was a reason for those things.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So stormlight healing, there's a couple things that have to be considered. But in reference to what you're saying, the person's perception of themselves is a huge part of it.  The way healing works in the cosmere is, you've got the three versions of yourself. You've got the Physical version, the Cognitive version, and the Spiritual version, And a lot of stormlight is taking your Physical version and matching it to the Spiritual version which is your Ideal self.  But it has to be filtered through the lens of your mind.

I almost always--probably should say always--am using it to reinforce some sort of character attribute.  The fact that Lopen never saw himself, even though he only had one arm, as being disabled, as a big influence, versus whether Kaladin deserves his brands or not.  Does that makes sense?  And those are two very different things that influence how the healing works.  And you will see that as a metaphor and theme, if you watch what heals and what doesn't.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have intentions to have a conclusion to the cosmere, or is it something that's going to be ever expanding?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I did build a conclusion in, and I will write toward it. My goal is to get to it before I get too old. And if I want to still noodle in the cosmere, do planets that we didn't get to or things like that.

So the cosmere main timeline that I'm working on, my plan is to try release a book every year or so in this main timeline. Depends on how long the Stormlight books are. *laughter*

Oathbringer rough draft was 540,000 words. A normal novel is considered 90,000-100,000. The Way of Kings was 300,000. This happens to us fantasy writers. It depends on how long the Stormlight books take. But the main line is 10 Stormlight books in 2 5 book arcs. First 5 book arc, then there'll be a break in-world of about a decade. So it won't be as big as the Mistborn jumps. But there'll be a break in world and then we'll come back to it in book 6. And book 6 is where we'll refocus on different characters, some characters go through the whole thing. Some characters kind of fade more into the background and new characters become the focus. So you can imagine it as two series set in the same world.

We have the mainline Mistborn series, which is taking Mistborn through a bunch of different eras, eventually landing us in science fiction, space travel. I originally plotted those as 9 books, but then I wrote the Wax and Wayne books as more part of that.  

But the ending of the cosmere is the science fiction Mistborn trilogy. Chronologically, that's the last thing I have in the plot. That science fiction Mistborn trilogy is space opera. It's Star Wars meets the cosmere. That's our endpoint. 

Right before I write that I will do Dragonsteel, which is Hoid's backstory. Which is flashing back to the beginning of the cosmere, before Adonalsium was Shattered.

So that's our time line. You'll get that...Right now, it's finish the first 5 Stormlight books, do the 1980's level Mistborn books, next 5 of Stormlight, Dragonsteel, ending.

I'll probably work some Elantris books and a Warbreaker book in there but that's my main line. Anything that's not in there, like the Threnody novel and things like this, I plan to do but they have to fill a slot of a side project when I have extra time. Might be pushed to be a novella, instead. That's my main line plan. And that's plenty for me to do.

And granted, I just finished book of mine number 42 or 43 or something like that, that I've written since I turned 21. So in 20 years, I wrote 40 books. That sounds like a lot but it depends on how long Stormlight books are.

*laughter*

Like, last year, I basically only did one thing. I had Snapshot and then Stormlight. Those take a lot of work.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

What was your hardest scene to write?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll have to pick it by book, right. Like actual, actual hardest. Have you finished Oathbringer? Hardest scene in Oathbringer to get right was actually the scene where Kaladin met with the guy in the lighthouse, that involves the foreshadowing of where he needs to go and stuff like that. No, actually that's not it. The first chapter. The Dalinar scene where he is in the vision and he jumps off and he goes and inspects the rubble and things, I did four versions of that chapter that were completely different, that weren't in the vision. That one was actually really hard. Finding out where to start this book so that it felt like it had it's own soul, but it wasn't, you know.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

After another thousand years will the Well of Ascension to fill up again, or did Harmony do away with that?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

One would not expect the Well of Ascension to fill again. People in-world assume it will not, and they have legitimate reasons to think that.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

If Harmony could make it so that koloss can reproduce, why is it he did not do the same thing for the kandra?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

[long pause] I'm not sure how to answer this without straying in directions I don't want to go. It was a conscious choice, I'll tell you that.

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Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

It seems that taking something metal that is Invested and melting it down, and reforging it, does not destroy the Investiture in it. For example the spike that got turned into a bullet.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, and the... yeah. There are other examples as well.

Mason Wheeler [PENDING REVIEW]

If that doesn't ruin its Invested nature, what would happen if Wax would take one of his ironminds, have that melted and alloyed into steel, and then tried to burn it?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So you are saying mixing in... right. Um, this would probably not work. But I'd have to go to the document on this one, because I've theorized in it. So I'm going to say probably won't work, but I have to go to my document, so Notes And Find Out. As soon as we get into the really detailed.... One of the things I want, even when I was building the Mistborn magics, is I wanted it to get really complicated. Because, my philosophy was making a wheel is easy to understand what's going on. Making a car uses all the same simple tools and physics, but is infinitely--well, you know, not infinitely--hugely more complex. Making a spaceship goes beyond that. And I wanted when we dug into all the actual mechanics it all works, but it's like the difference between making an abacus and making a computer. And we're starting to stray not into computer-making realms, but into combustion engine-making realms, and so these are the sort of things that I just can't talk about off the cuff as easily. Because I have this document and I'm like "this, this, this, this." Does that makes sense?

So I'm going to say that probably wouldn't work. <I believe what is going to happen there is you're probably going to end up with one of these things where you see a reservoir there but you can't access it that happens quite a bit when things get muddled once you mix in other metals and things like that. But I can't give you 100% on that without the notes to double check myself.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

All of these steel plates in the caverns, before chromium was well known, how did they not get rusted?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I actually thought about this. I kind of imagine some of them rusted, but at the same time I've read about.... What was my answer to this? I have an answer. I can't remember what my answer is, so I'm going to RAFO that. Send it to me and I'll try to look it up. I had an answer to this. They were using some sort of thing to keep it from rusting.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So there were people in the Steel Ministry keeping it clean?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I don't think that was my answer. I thought that I had them plating it somehow, but I'm not sure. I mean we're talking ten years ago now when I wrote this. I think I had them plating it somehow, because I needed them to last longer. You can just write that one as a RAFO, but it's a RAFO that Brandon can't remember. It happens sometimes. It's one of those things Peter asked me when we were working on the books and I'm like, "Oh, we'd better have an answer for this," but now I don't remember what it is.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I think there's a flaw in my understanding of Cognitive Shadows. I assume that they would have more visibility into the Cognitive Realm, like a Herald would be able to see spren more easily, that kind of thing. Is that incorrect?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That is incorrect. A Cognitive Shadow simply means a copy of the Cognitive side made by a deep amount of investiture. And everybody has a Cognitive side. Basically it's a fake soul. Or, fake is the wrong term. Even in-world they don't know if it's really them or not. It is investiture has replaced the investiture that is fleeing from them as they die, or enhancing it in some way to keep it around. So some Cognitive Shadows trapped on the Cognitive Realm are going to be...have a lot of Cognitive... I mean, they're there, right? But some Cognitive Shadows inhabiting a body in the same way that your mind inhabits your body, the way the cosmere works. So a Herald is going to feel like they are alive just like... but their soul has been somehow transformed. It's not really transformed, it's been reproduced or copied by an injection of investiture.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

And I'll say for the purpose of the recordings, I haven't canonized any of that terminology that I just used about Cognitive Shadows. I'm just talking about it, I'm not necessarily saying that this is how you are supposed to refer to it. You can refer to it however you want. I've often used the metaphor of how fossils get made. When a fossil is made there is a pattern and it is slowly replaced with another substance that is stronger and more endurant, and has the shape of it, but is it still the bone? When you have a fossil bone is it the dinosaur bone? In most cases no, but yes. It's the ship of Theseus sort of thing again. Is this the bone or is it not? Is this the soul? Is this the person or is it not? That's the same sort of thing is happening with Cognitive Shadows. And it's happening on all three Realms to an extent, though of course the body is not. The body stays. It's happening on two Realms. It's happening Spiritually, mostly Cognitively.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Could we hear the name of Cultivation's holder.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The vessel of Cultivation? No, I'm going to RAFO that for now.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a Knight Radiant were to store Connection and Identity into the appropriate metalminds on a heavy basis, would it affect their spren bond, and how?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, right. Yes, but I won't answer the how, but it definitely has an effect. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do Honorblades bestow their abilities similar to an Identity-free nicrosil mind with other Metalborn abilities?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, these are working on similar principles. Same principle, divergent applications by the magic system, but yeah, I would say, they come back to the same principles.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I wondered how involved you are with the board games.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The board games I usually leave more to my assistants because I don't play board games. The RPG I was all over, right? Reading all the drafts and things like that. But I play Magic, I don't play board games. But my agent loves them and Kara loves them, and so basically when board game stuff happens I say to them, "You guys need to determine if these are any good, because I have no idea."

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Warbreaker, you were talking about a sequel. Is that for sure?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is a for sure thing. It's not a direct sequel, meaning some of the characters will be in it, other ones won't. I need to get Nightblood into a certain place.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the first book, Kenton, after all his friends and family and everybody is wiped out and he becomes the new ruler or whatever, suddenly he becomes more powerful. Something happens, and I missed what the change was. Something changed in him and he suddenly is more proficient?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

He has more skill. His whole character arc is "do more with less," right? He is about taking what he has and doing the best he possibly can with it. I would not say that he ...

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Suddenly gains more skill?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, I wouldn't say that. I would say that he is progressing, he is learning, and by being forced to do heavy lifting... Like, I would say the biggest two places I grew in writing skill was writing my first book, and then when I had to take over the Wheel of Time, because suddenly everything was beyond my skill and I had to rise to the occasion.

Footnote: Kenton also overmastered, which increased the number of ribbons he could control.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

The Fused *inaudible* like the Lashings can be a lot faster than Kaladin are? Is because <inaudible> than the Radiants?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Kaladin can go faster, but they are faster over a large span. What's going on with the Fused is... the way their investiture works, it doesn't leak and they are able to use it for much longer periods of time. But they don't have access to the number of times that Kaladin can Lash himself directions and things like this, and the speed with which he can pick up speed. So in the short Kaladin is favored, in the long they're favored.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Kaladin comes to make a Shardspear and everything, but why were all the Blades left behind by the Radiants, Blades?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO. That's a good question.

Footnote: This question was answered here.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I know that you need to have stormlight to regenerate Shardplate from a piece. Why can enemies not do that? Is it a thing that only the owner can do? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

We haven't dug into this in the books, but if you've got a piece... I answered this somewhere on the forums I believe. If you've got pieces you can regenerate it, and if multiple people are trying to regenerate different pieces there is kind of a sort of tug-of-war that goes on there. There are certain things are involved in whoever ends up regenerating it. One thing is how much of it you have, but another is how much stormlight, and things like this. It is possible to steal a piece of someone's Shardplate and start a little war over it that way. 

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

There's a Trell, *inaudible* a foreman named Trell. Is it cosmere significant or is it just someone...?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If all the Elantrians combined their efforts and made a massive Aon, an Aon Daa, would it be like a Death Star?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

[laughs] Make a Death Star? This would be a lot of investiture and a lot of work. This is theoretically possible.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you transfer consciousness via Hemalurgy? Like could you spike someone's ability to *inaudible*.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I'll RAFO that for now.  It's a good question.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So far there hasn't been a lot of the Stonewards in the books. Are they going to come forward in the next few?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes. One of the reasons I built the structure of the Stormlight Archive the way that I did is I knew it would be easy to overwhelm with the number of magical abilities, and to let myself get distracted by some of them and not do them justice. So I've been very careful, perhaps more careful than I need to be, and when I show like a Fused using a power, I focus more on the ones you know about and things like this, intentionally to keep the reader's attention on what they know as I expand. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can they shape stone? In one of the flashbacks they kind of melt it and it becomes sand.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Basically, my original pitch to myself on Stonewards, one of their main powers, I mean, everybody has two, but this ability you're talking about was the ability to grab matter and just kind of, like what if the whole world were clay to you. Not just stone, not just rock, but if you could just pick something up and stretch it, whatever it was, that was my original pitch on that order.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So architects or combat engineers fill that order?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, stuff like that, but also, like you need to get out of a room? Well, let's mash ourselves a doorway here and step through, or just all kinds of stuff. 

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Can they do that to living flesh?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

No. That's the general, the more invested something is the more it resists, and Stoneward powers are highly resisted by things. Even a small amount of extra investiture is gonna prevent them. Like if you stuck stormlight in [an object], say a Windrunner did, a Stoneward wouldn't be able to change that.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

How does an object in the Cognitive Realm view itself if there are competing viewpoints of it? Like if two kids view a toy as their toy, how does the toy view itself?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

There is going to be often, things are going to be in a position of change. And usually it will have one thing. You will say, "What am I?" "I'm Brandon's toy." And a little later it might be you say "What are you?" "Well, I'm Brandon and Joel's toy." And then at some point it might just become "Joel's toy." It's kind of the "When does a pile become a heap?" and that sort of philosophical question. At what point do you transition between one and the other? It happens, but it's fuzzy and it's vague. And it also influences what you can do to it and how to change it and things like that. Like a rock viewing itself as a rock changing into sand, there's some fluidity there.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Can you tell me about the mechanics of Nightblood's revulsion vs. compulsion magic?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

What do you want to know?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is it like Rioting?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, Rioting is a good parallel to that. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is agency being taken away?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I wouldn't say agency is taken away but it depends on how you view Rioting, right? If you are enhancing someone's emotions, here is the question for you. If someone is feeling depressed, is their agency being taken away? And this is a question that our society has a really bad answer to, right? So if you are being Rioted, strict-line I would say no, your agency isn't being taken away, but you are certainly under the influence of another force which is taking certain emotions you might have and emphasizing them a great deal.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So is it the same kind of push that makes a virtuous person want to vomit?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Virtuous might be the wrong way to put it. But yes, that sort of thing is related. It's related to Nightblood and it's related to how he was created and all of those sorts of things.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In Silence, when silver turns to dust, is that a Spiritual transformation or a chemical reaction?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Both, as I have it right now. That one's not canon, but I say not canon because I haven't written it into the books yet and I still have another book to write, there. But I would say both right now.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do you have any book recommendations that are about the same level of "prudishness" as your own? For reference, Dresden and Lightbringer were a bit too much, you and McClellan are perfect.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Robin Hobb tends to be right in that same realm. I haven't read all of Robin's work, but everything of I've read fits within that level of prudishness. Have you tried Robin?

You probably want more epic fantasy or sci-fi. Not Guy [Gavriel Kay], and not Nora [Jemisin]. I really like  Jane Yolen's short story collection from last year. Well, it didn't cross any lines for me but it might for you. I would put it further than I go. Peter Orullian. I'll be honest with you, the first book was weak, I thought the second book was good. I thought his short fiction was really strong.

I mean there’s a ton in YA, like Charlie Holmberg but that’s different (she’s one of my students) . I should come up with a list. I mean, Terry Brooks is always safe, but everyone knows Terry. Have you read Pratchett?

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I read the Color of Magic.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Okay, Color of Magic is terrible. Read The Truth. It's not terrible, but Color of Magic is his weakest book by far. The Truth is great, Going Postal is great, those two of my favorites. If you don't like either of those then Pratchett is not for you.  And they're both stand-alones.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In the cosmere, sixteen is obviously a very important number, or very significant, but on Roshar everything comes in groups of ten. Is that a cultural construction or is that really how things are being grouped on that planet?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It is both. It is a cultural construction that came from slight cosmere events that are not super, super, super important. Like, there's a reason we think in base ten, right? Is it important to the universe? Meh? And it's maybe a little more on Roshar, but at the same time....

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

There are ten orders of surgebinders. Did they order them that way? Or are there actually sixteen different...

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Well, it kind of goes back to there were ten Knights Radiant with ten sets of power given by Honor, and Honor is an individual, right, so does that make sense? You cannot separate, in a lot of places in the cosmere, the perspectives of the sapient beings who are interfering with what's going on. Even going back to the number sixteen.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why did you choose the political system in Elantris, just based on an economic system, I thought that was fascinating.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

I wanted to explore, this was just an idea for a story I had: what if an MLM were in charge of a monarchy? And it obviously didn't go straight that direction, but that was my pitch to myself. I feel like sometimes fantasy books just take everything as assumed. And you end up with these... And sometimes it's okay, right? But in every book I write, I'm like, let's see if there's something different, not taking all of our assumptions for granted. And with Elantris it was that--MLM runs a monarchy, go. And that's where my worldbuilding went. You can probably blame Dune a bit for this, because Dune's worldbuilding and economy are so wrapped up together that ever since I read that,almost everything I've built has had an economic component to the worldbuilding.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

You know Felt?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Felt, I know Felt.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is Felt originally Scadrian?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yep.

Yes. You guys know about that, right? I don't think that's a big secret. But, he is, and that should be raising other questions.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

About his name? Or how he's showing up on Roshar?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

About that and the fact that... He should stand out more.

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ElephantEarwax [PENDING REVIEW]

Are there any Hemalurgic bind points in the mouth or digestive tract?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Eh. *laughs* Why do you want to know this? 

ElephantEarwax [PENDING REVIEW]

We're trying to make sure we're doing it right.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The Hemalurgic table will be released later this year. I have not planned any bind points inside the mouth. But the Hemalurgic table that we will release will comprise the knowledge of the people in-world at a specific point, and it's entirely possible that new bind points could be discovered.

ElephantEarwax [PENDING REVIEW]

At what point will they be known? Like, when, in-world?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

When will we know what's smaller than a quark and how gravity interacts with subatomic particles?

ElephantEarwax [PENDING REVIEW]

No, I mean what time in-world, like what knowledge era, for the chart.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Oh, okay. I was answering the wrong question. What technology era. I believe we are setting the table... Wax and Wayne era, is what I told Isaac. But it's weird because it's going in the third Mistborn hardcover. But I think our intent is it's what they know by that era. 

ElephantEarwax [PENDING REVIEW]

So it's what Spook found out?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes, basically it's what Spook found out. But you can't count that quite as canon until it comes out, because Isaac's going to be in charge of setting that date.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

In terms of discussing Identity, I know that in Emperor's Soul, they talk about Identity, and the Parshendi talk about losing their identity, and then I was just rereading Bands of Mourning, and one of the kandra talks about how the spikes are their Identity. Are all of those things connected somehow or are they different forms of Identity?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They are connected, although the Parshendi losing their identity is a little more metaphorical. But yeah, the idea of these things is Identity is an innate attribute in the cosmere that is related to your soul, your spirit, and it is one of the things that Hemalurgy can fiddle with and Feruchemy can fiddle with. It's kind of important to how the Metallurgic Arts play out, but it's important to all the magics.

Identity is involved in why you can't use another person's metalminds, right, that kind of thing. And those are all related. The Parshendi is more metaphorical. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I wondered because it's always capitalized, in the book.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yep, and it's done intentionally. Peter always asks, "Are you sure this one is capitalized?" "Yeah."

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Why do spren appear on Roshar and nowhere else?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

They do, but they're in different shapes. Seons are the same thing that spren are, for instance. So there are places where you will see them, it just is going to depend on how the worldbuilding is built and how the magic is channeled and things like that. 

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Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

The screenplay that we got with DMG came in at like 250 pages.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Love it!

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, but that's like a four hour movie, not really viable.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

I'm good with four hours.

Questioner 2 [PENDING REVIEW]

Nobody wants to make a four hour movie.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, that's why we're looking more at television.

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is that a possibility, of just doing shows instead?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, it's a distinct possibility. It really depends on what offers come and what DMG puts together, and stuff like that. But it is something that we have always been open to and they have always been pursuing. They just wanted to see, what does a screenplay look like? Turns out, it's a four hour screenplay.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, Miles Hundredlives. If you were to spike his Allomantic gold out of him, would that change his Identity such that he could no longer access his metalminds?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That would not necessarily change his Identity, but it would change his investiture. So if you took off the piece of his soul that could do Allomancy, and then gave him his metalminds.  Well, no. I see. No, this is more complicated than I was assuming. So you're saying if someone took away his ability to do Allomancy, could he still access his Feruchemy metalminds. Yes he could. He could still do that. That should work just fine. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Do the metalminds kind of have a pointer to his Identity, they don't have a copy of his Identity that they're keyed to? 

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yeah, he is still him unless you spike him and do something with the Identity specifically. 

Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So you could potentially steal his Identity.

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

That strays into RAFO territory, so we'll go ahead and give you a RAFO card. But simply taking it away would not change his Identity to the point that it would prevent... Good question. Very detailed.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If you were to Feruchemically drain your Identity, would you just be able to be soulstamped by any *inaudible*.  Would any soulstamp work on you?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Not the way I have it now.  Because....you're getting into stuff that I really would like to have my notes next to me for.  So don't take this as too gospel.  But the way I have this worked out right now, is if you drain your Identity, you still can't use Feruchemical metalminds that themselves have not been drained of Identity, right?

So, any old stamp still is going to be keyed to someone's past and Identity.  So my instincts say no that wouldn't work, but I have no worked out that specific interaction in the notes.

Footnote: This is likely referring to Essence Marks/Soul Forgery.
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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a Listener were on Scadrial, would they be able to hear Allomantic pulses, like a Seeker?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

RAFO

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

If a thieving crew had an Aviar of the breed of Kokerlii, would that be able to function as a Smoker?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

Yes.

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

Is the sequel to The Rithmatist still in the works?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

It's still in the work. The Rithmatist is this strange doc in my writing in that it's the last book I wrote before the Wheel of Time hit me like a freight train. All future plans got trampled and balefired, right? And things I'd been planning to do, I no longer knew what was going to happen. So  Rithmatist I didn't release right then. I let it sit for a while. Eventually the publisher is like, "we should release this, it's a good book." And I think it is a really strong book.

So a couple of years back, I sat down and tried to write the sequel. And it's another one of these books that didn't work. There are a variety of reasons it didn't work. But it didn't work. I got like four or five chapters in. I shelved it and wrote an Alcatraz book instead--it's another series I've had looming over me. Now that I've learned to do novellas and things like this, you find me making open-ended series less often. Like with Skyward, it's going to be a trilogy and I'm going to write two of them this year--maybe all three if I can--and then it's done and turned in. And with the novellas, there's not necessarily sequels that I'm planning. So I'm getting better at managing that, but I've gotten these kind of "open" series. I really want to write Rithmatist 2. I think it's very deserving of a sequel. I think it's a good book. I don't know how to do it yet, which is rare for me, but I don't.

So, maybe this thing will work with Dan, and I'll go, well maybe there's someone who can help me fix this, one of my friends. Maybe I will just carve out the time to do this, let's do it. But right now, it is one of those things I don't just have a date for, and I feel bad about that. The good news is I'm doing this less and less. I'm figuring out how to make this happen. Legion is now done and turned in. Alcatraz is very close. I finished half of Alcatraz 6. Well, Bastille 1, but there's only one Bastille. If you guys don't know, the first five Alcatraz books are written by a guy named Alcatraz and then he leaves the ending in a terrible cliffhanger at the fifth book, and says, "I'm done!" But the joke has always been his friend Bastille thinks that's stupid, so she's going to write the ending he refuses to write. So I wrote half of her book and it looked good. I'm pleased with where Bastille Vs. The Evil Librarians is going. So that'll be wrapped up before too long, and then that series is done. So Legion and Alcatraz are very close to being done. That leaves The Rithmatist. And so it would be next on my, "let's figure out how to get this done."

That's a long answer that just basically says, "it's coming but I don't know when."

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Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

So, with Apocalypse Guard pseudo-shelved, and now Dan Wells being brought on as a co-author. A) How cool is that, and B) Is it, like, from the ground-up restructuring co-writing? Or is he coming in as, like, a super-editor?

Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

So, for those who don't know, I wrote Apocalypse Guard, somewhat connected to the Reckoners books. That was my project for last summer. And to catch you up to speed... it didn't turn out. Like, I finished the whole book, and there are some really good parts to thi sbook. But the book didn't work; some of the characters were off, some of the art was off. And I beat my head against the wall for a good month and a half trying to do revisions. And every revision I tried made it worse. And that's when I shelved the book. And I shelved the book and I started working on Skyward. This still happens to me. If you're a newer writer, and you're like "Wow, my book just didn't turn out," it happens to all of us. And then I did get the bright idea, it was about a month later, I'm like, "Who's the best author I know? It's Dan! Dan is the best author I know." So I just called him, and I said, "Dan, is this something you would even consider? I would hand the book completely off to you, let you have it for, like, six months or a year. Do whatever you feel like you need to make it work, come back to me, and then we'll write some sequles. Either I'll write one and you'll write one, or something like that. We'll collaborate on an entire trilogy." Because I've always wanted to do something with Dan. And this felt like a good place, because I couldn't get the book to work.

He was super enthusiastic. He's like, "Yeah, sounds like fun." Dan likes weird things, this is a weird thing. Like, I'd never heard of someone doing this before. So, Dan took it, and he came back. We did a meeting over dinner, where I'm like, "Well?" He listed off... all the stuff I also thought was broken, he thought was broken. He picked them out himself, he's like, "This character doesn't work, and this is..." So I'm like, "What do we do?" And so we just brainstormed for a while on what to do. And I'm kind of just letting Dan do his thing. It's not super-editor, like, he's ripping out entire chapters and rewriting them, things like that. Like, then there's one character who's just been ripped out of the story and a new one put in their place. Stuff like that. Total, takes the sledgehammer and goes to work on it. But, of course, preserving the stuff I think works the best. So, I haven't seen... I've seen him with the sledgehammer, and he says "What about this?" I'm like, "I don't think that's a load-bearing wall." He's like, "Great," BAM. I'm like, "I hope this looks good when we come back." But it can't look worse than it did.

So, I'm not sure, still. Kind of, our thing on that is that, we're gonna sign a contract... We haven't even signed contracts yet, he's just doing it. When we sign a contract, it will be like, we'll put a date in there that we think he'll turn it back to me, and a date I'll turn it back to him, and we'll see. I'm really excited, though. Finally being able to work with Dan, and finding a way to fix a story... I'm excited.

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Name Orem signing
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Date March 10, 2018
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Location Orem, UT
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