I re-projected the map of Scadrial in TLM to an orthographic map with Earth continent outlines for comparison.
Your overlay of the map over Earth is close. There's discussion on this thread of what's possible and why is it the way it is. Rest assured we considered many things before creating this map. For example, on Earth, both Cayambe and Kilimanjaro near the equator (very tall mountains, to be certain) have glaciers.
What I'm curious about is why the Basin seems to have a temperate climate. I'm guessing the answer is just "because Harmony wants it to".
I don't necessarily think it's because Harmony wants it, though he did somewhat engineer the Basin to be the way it is. :) I'm curious why it's thought that the climate is temperate by Earth standards when there are at least giraffes, lions, and turtles mentioned in the text.
Was Sword-nimi based on its creator replicating a Living blade, Shardblade or Honorblade?
I plan to answer this in the text of the books eventually...so RAFO. :)
I notice that while you're listing a lot of characters, the interlude throughline is still unspecified... I assume it's safe to say it's not any of the other characters you mention in this post (i.e. not Venli, Rlain, Navani, etc), right?
Interlude through line is a RAFO. But you are correct--I do not plan for it to be a character I mentioned elsewhere.
I am planning something interesting, and I have to see if it will work. If it doesn't, I will maybe jump to another idea.
Hey Brandon, where does Stormlight 4.5 fit into your writing schedule?
4.5 is most likely after 5 sometime. So I won't have it ready to deliver next year unless something miraculous happens. 2025 maybe?
We tried to get a celebrity voice (David Tennant) for Tress [audiobook]. His people were great, but I soon realized that asking someone unfamiliar with my work to record something on such a tight deadline was unfair and potentially too stressful for everyone involved.
I tried a different celebrity for project two, but their schedule wasn't open. So I settled on Michael and Kate (whom I was always going to ask to do project three) for the first three. Only they were herculean enough to do it on such short notice. (And for the publishing industry, less than a year up front is short notice.)
Project four will have a narrator we haven't used before in order to try something new. We haven't picked yet, but are starting the process.
Are you able to share who the second celebrity would have been?
Charlie says the Iriali just up and vanished one day some 300 years ago. How big of a population are we talking about here?
Will there still be minor POVs [in Stormlight Five]? Like Moash/Lift/etc? Or only Kaladin, Szeth, Dalinar, Shallan?
There will be minor povs.