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    #4

    Shardlet (paraphrased)

    I then pointed out the basis for my theory, beginning with the flashback chapter where Kaladin whales on Jost with the quarterstaff.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    What you didn't ask was whether Kaladin had ever felt the Thrill.

    He then went on to say that that was not a confirmation or a denial.

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    #7

    Shardlet (paraphrased)

    Is the Thrill, with a capital 'T', more than an adrenaline rush or battle rush? (I indicated that it seemed very clear to me that there was a lot more to it.)

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Brandon wrote the answer to this in my book that he was signing by writing "You are a very smart man!"

    SpoCon 2013 () Copy
    #9

    Shardlet (paraphrased)

    I first asked about Lines of Forbiddance and the timing of the generation of the field particularly in reference to things like a Marks Cross or just general crossing Lines of Forbiddance.

    Brandon Sanderson (paraphrased)

    Rithmatics was originally designed as a cosmere magic system and is very cognitively (not the terminology he used, but the essence is the same) based. The line (speaking of all Rithmatic lines) takes effect when the Rithmatist thinks it should. A line could begin to take effect before the drawing of the line is completed.

    General Twitter 2018 () Copy
    #10

    Cady McKinnon

    [Dark One], IMHO, has "secret project" written all over it. Anyone care to confirm?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    It’s not the secret project. Brandon talked about this with Dark One in his State of the Sanderson in December, but not with specifics.

    Secret project is a lot less exciting, for me.

    General Twitter 2018 () Copy
    #11

    Overlord Jebus

    is there a word for baby chulls and if not, can it be chulldren?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The baby form is a chull cremling. Sorry...

    Craig

    Hold on. Are you saying that when we see cremlings, they are at least some of the time immature forms of other creatures? Or is it just a broadly used term?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Some of the time they are!

    General Twitter 2018 () Copy
    #12

    HistoryMonster

    the tumblr side of the fandom is wondering what kind of steel (carbon steel, stainless steel, weathering steel, etc) Chicago was transformed into by Steelheart in that book...is this known? (We were wondering if "the Bean" was changed...sorry).

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Good question. I don’t know.

    General Twitter 2018 () Copy
    #13

    Charles Smith

    I always pictured Skullmoss looking a bit like the ash on these logs - would you say it’s an accurate comparison?

    Brandon Sanderson

    That is pretty close.

    Footnote: The questioner attached a picture of mostly-burnt logs in a campfire.
    Sources: Twitter
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    #15

    Stormborn125

    are the knights radiants powers/spren derived from both honor and cultivation? as it seems each order has a has a power of nature e.g. light gravity etc

    if yes, what powers would odium give the knights radiants, if he where force to empower them? and would there be any additional oaths they would need to swear to use these powers?

    everything in the books is alluding to damnation and the tranquiline halls being one and the same. is this true or is it more separate countries in the same land mass? and what is the general landscape of this alternate dimension?

    Brandon Sanderson

    These questions stray into RAFO type territory, which I try not to delve too deeply into on twitter. (Because of the short space I have to reply.) But there are some hints in the links @sandersonarmy included...

    Footnote: The links were to Arcanum, the Coppermind, and the 17th Shard.
    Sources: Twitter
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    #16

    Dean Cook

    Finished Era 2 of Mistborn again, I really can't get enough of Wayne and Wax. Will this 'secret project' effect the timeline of Book 4?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It shouldn't, but it depends on how long it takes. (I'm almost done with it, though.)

    General Twitter 2018 () Copy
    #17

    Jack Eaton

    Can hemalurgy steal a nahel bond? And if so, would that bond be unbreakable for as long as the spike was implanted.

    Brandon Sanderson

    This is a very dangerous and frightening thing in the cosmere, but it is possible--and the implications of it are something I intend to cover eventually in the books.

    General Twitter 2018 () Copy
    #18

    Benjamin Akpojaro

    PLEASEE tell me you're already in talks to turn the Stormlight Archive into a big screen fantasy extravaganza??!!

    Brandon Sanderson

    These days, I'm pretty sure small screen is more likely, considering the size of the books. But we're trying.

    General Twitter 2018 () Copy
    #19

    Pelham TP

    sadly I am currently suffering with toothache. However as the waves of pain fluctuate through my jaw I am reminded of the two blind men discussion with Hoid and Shallan. I understand the beauty of pain receding. I wondered if you endured a similar experience when you were writing that passage.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Similar, yes, but scenes like that are always part my experience, part my extrapolation of what the character might have experienced.

    General Reddit 2018 () Copy
    #21

    Ray745

    A couple years ago Peter answered in this post that as of May 2015 (3 years ago now), Brandon had sold ~7 million copies (not including Wheel of Time). I am curious now if Peter would be so good as to give us an update, especially after I saw this from his source in that comment that in the first week alone of Oathbringer's release it sold over 300k copies. That number, especially when taken in context with this other comment of Peter's from that thread, means that OB did way better than the average #1 NYT bestseller.

    When a movie hits #1, millions of people saw it that week. On a slow sales week for books, it's possible to hit #1 on the New York Times list and only sell 12,000 copies. (Though that is rare; it's also possible to sell that much and miss the top 15.) The #1 usually sells much less than 100k copies in release week. Publishers don't want people to know, without digging for the info, how small the industry really is.

    I'm sure Oathbringer's sales were pretty frontloaded given it's place in a series and how anticipated it was, but I'd love to know how well the books are doing, and I'm just curious if he could give us an idea of how well Stormlight does compared to Mistborn or anything like that. I assume the SA books are Brandon's top sellers, but I obviously don't know that for sure, and I just wonder if each SA book sells like twice as much as an average Mistborn book, or is it closer to 1.5x, or 3x. I imagine they must sell very well to be worth the huge amount of time and the incredible toll it takes on him to write given they are 2-3x longer than his other books.

    Anyway, I'm just a curious and nosy guy who loves learning about sales figures, I follow boxofficemojo.com every Sunday to see how much each movie makes for no reason whatsoever aside from I'm interested in it. I also, like many of us I assume, wish for the best for Brandon and the rest of Team Dragonsteel and hope his books are kicking ass and flying off shelves.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Total sales are now over 11 million worldwide (still not counting WoT). Mistborn, with more books, is a higher proportion of that than Stormlight is. Stormlight is catching up, but it still has quite a way to go. Oathbringer has sold more in hardcover than anything except WoT books.

    Mistborn's mass market paperback box set is usually in the top ten box set sales for the year. Way of Kings mmpb has sold more each year than the year previous since 2014. So did Mistborn until 2017, which is also the first time that Way of Kings mmpb passed up the Mistborn mmpb and box set combined. But Well of Ascension is still outselling Words of Radiance by the same metric.

    Those are just print numbers. I don't have the ebook breakdowns handy. Generally ebook has been selling twice as much as print, with audio a bit lower—but with Oathbringer, the print, audio, and ebook numbers are nearly identical. Readers seem to really like the hardcovers, probably due to all the art, and Oathbringer was the most preordered Audible audiobook of all time—which I believe means it had the highest-selling audiobook release week of all time. (It won't pass up books like Harry Potter in the long run.)

    Ray745

    When you say "Those are just print numbers" do you mean the paragraph preceding that statement, or is the "over 11 million" just print? I am assuming over 11 million includes all print/ebook/audible etc, but just want to clarify. Again, thank you.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    The 11 million does include ebook and audio. Though also, that number was from June so it doesn’t include Oathbringer. But that fact doesn’t change anything I said here, yet.

    Aurora_Fatalis

    I wonder - considering the three main Stormlight books are about as many words as all the Mistborn books combined, which series has "sold the most words"?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Still Mistborn.

    Aurora_Fatalis

    Interesting! I suppose it's somewhat expected considering Mistborn was released first. If you'll indulge me, is it still the same if we rescale for time? Sort of a "word sales rate" - is the average Sanderson reader more likely to currently be reading Stormlight or Mistborn?

    Peter Ahlstrom

    Hard to say right now because the good numbers reporting only happens every January and July. The sales period from July to December 2018 will be best to look at for comparison purposes, since neither series will have a super-recent book out in that period. We'll get those numbers in July 2019.

    learhpa

    That's an insanely long delay for getting good data.

    Peter Ahlstrom

    It's because the publishing industry borrows from the future by paying authors royalties 6 to 11.97 months after book sales take place. And it's the royalty reports that include the actual sales numbers.

    General Reddit 2018 () Copy
    #22

    Eagle206

    If you could write a story in any other world/authors work what would it be and why(discounting be obvious of you already did wot)?

    If you could let any other author write a story in one of your universes, what story, which author?

    Now what if the answer to both those questions where pat rothfuss?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Good questions.

    First one would be tough. I've turned down, for example, writing on a Marvel property--and could likely write a Star Wars book if I wanted, but am not particularly interested in either. Not because I don't enjoy those stories, but because I'm happy doing my own thing, and don't know that I can add in a meaningful way to what is already happening with properties like that.

    I would enjoy working with specific authors. For example, I'd leap at doing something with Pat--but I doubt we'd want to do anything in either of our worlds. But something new.

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    #23

    Eagle206

    Congrats u/mistborn

    Very happy for him that [Dark One] is getting off the ground but also worries me a bit.

    I’ve been through the waiting game with George r r Martin, j k Rowling and Robert Jordan. I started reading wot when I was like 13 and finished when I was 34 or so. I’m worried that some of the stuff that sounds awesome will never see the light of day or be 40 years in the future. The second half of the storm light or warbreaker 2 for example

    I also wish that this was In the cosmere cause it could be a great tie in.

    I’m also worried that it fails and kills any chance of his other works being adapted.

    Either way hoping that my fears are unfounded and it’s awesome. Sounds cool

    Brandon Sanderson

    I think that we want this to not be cosmere--because that should both give me a chance to dabble in Hollywood, but also not risk the continuity of the cosmere until I have more of a reputation there.

    Also, I don't think you need to worry. So far, this hasn't divided my attention too much from other projects. I've spent maybe a day ever few weeks or so on Dark One--and I don't anticipate letting it consume me too much.

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    #24

    xyrd

    What is the [Dark One] podcast piece going to be like? An old-style radio serial or something?

    Brandon Sanderson

    The original pitch was for something more contemporary, like a fake version of the podcast Serial--but in-world and dealing with a specific character. But a lot will depend on how the series develops.

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    #25

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've had to hide this news for a long time. It was almost one year ago that the Dark One outline finally snapped together for me at long last. We had interest almost immediately from Fremantle, and I've done multiple flights to LA to chat with them about it. I think this one might finally be the real deal when it comes to a Sanderson adaptation--which is amusing, considering we don't have any books for Dark One yet. But if this goes forward, I'll be sure to write some.

    Aurimus_

    I'm a big fan of this multimedia approach, but I'm wondering what inspired it. Was it your idea or Fremantle's? Is this an experiment for other properties in the future at all? A lot of us on the 17th Shard discord have discussed the sheer size of Stormlight, for example, and worry about DMG either going the Hobbit route (hours upon hours of content for a single book, which'll really rack up even by the time we reach OB), or missing out on a ton of content. If Dark One pans out well, would you use this multimedia approach for Stormlight? (I'm a big fan of the idea of a Black Mirror style show for the interludes, but straight up seperating them from the rest of the books would take a lot away, especially with characters such as Szeth and Venli)

    Brandon Sanderson

    With Dark One, I've pounded myself against the idea for years. Finally, I sat down with it and said, "What if I were going to design this for a television show or graphic novel first?" Using Stranger Things and the recent Westworld reboot as guides, I dug into a parallel narrative--half in our world, half in another world. A kind of dark "portal fantasy" story.

    It came out as an eight episode outline that I really liked, with a solid outline for two prequel novels about the previous generation. (Characters still important in the episode outline.) With this in hand, I took it to Hollywood and said, "If you guys are interested in doing the episodes, I'm interested in writing these books--and we can intertwine them in a (hopefully) very cool way."

    Fremantle was on board immediately. (They'd been intrigued by Dark One from a one-page outline they'd seen, back before I did this new treatment.)

    Warning: I can't say how much of my original outline will end up in the show; I've never written for a television show before, and the showrunner will know better than I will what will or won't work. But (theoretically) the graphic novels will follow the outline pretty closely.

    If this works, will I apply it to the Cosmere? That's the goal. I do like the idea of getting some experience with TV/Film through non-cosmere projects, particularly as we see how things shake out these next few years in regards to TV/film distribution.

    cusoman

    Brandon, I'm curious how you see the same scenario playing out with Cosmere material considering the material already exists and the opportunity for the same intertwining wouldn't be quite the same. Unless of course you go back and interweave new stories with the already completed books?

    Very excited to see what comes of this venture! I've loved the concept from the moment you first mentioned it and I can't think of a better way to see it come alive than how you're doing it here.

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can't really say at this point. There are just too many variables. There are a lot of ways these things could be approached, however.

    General Reddit 2018 () Copy
    #26

    shinarit?

    There is that scene where Kaladin takes a sharp turn at high speeds and he almost blacks out. That is normal for jet pilots, since they experience high G forces when their airplane tries to accelerate them by their backs and bottoms.

    But Lashing doesn't work that way, it generates fake gravity. Accelerating your whole body shouldn't cause you anything, you can't even feel it.

    Is this something that is an admitted physics hiccup or I misunderstood this kind of Investiture usage?

    Brandon Sanderson

    This one is actually in the process of flux, as I do more research on the effects of acceleration (including interviews with fighter pilots, which has been fun.) Basically, I realized I needed to beef up my understanding of all this, and then make some decisions on exactly how this all works, because I've been relying on instinct too much in some of these sequences.

    So...that's a RAFO, I'm afraid. More because I'm still tweaking some of the little details of how I want this all to work. (In ways that become increasingly relevant as I look forward toward things like Windrunners in space.)

    There are a ton of details to consider, even if I eventually hand-wave some of it with the magic. (For example, the heart pumping blood in a high-g environment. How does that interact, if at all, with stormlight? And the direct oxygenation of the brain implied by not needing to breathe while holding stormlight...)

    We have several very large math-ish projects going on behind the scenes.

    Phoenixdown

    I think it depends on if lashing independently impacts each atom within your body simultaneously, or if it is only a subset.

    Brandon Sanderson

    There's one important fact you're not considering, but which is vital: reader expectation.

    One of the questions I have to ask myself is this: What will the reader expect to happen? How will they expect to feel? Granted, none of us have ever flown like this before--but we generally imagine similar things, similar feelings.

    As a writer, one thing I need to balance is when I go against reader expectations and when I don't. Going against the expectations can be interesting, but often takes a large burden of words and explanation to keep reminding them something is not how they'd imagine it to be.

    For example, it took a relatively large amount of reader attention (and explanation) to keep reminding people in Mistborn that plants weren't green and the sky wasn't blue. In many ways, making something new (like a chull) is easier on readers than making something familiar into something strange (like the horses in Dragonsteel, which were smaller than Earth horses--and kept causing confusion problems in my alpha readers.)

    As annoying as this example can me, this is why Lucas had sound, fire, gravity, etc in space. Starships banking in formation felt real to the viewers, even if it didn't make sense in context. I hope to not go that far, but these questions are something in my mind.

    I try to be careful not to remove the sensations of magic, in order to keep the movements of characters grounded. Windrunning has left me having to decide how far I want to go with things like this, in order to preserve the visceral feelings for the reader.

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    #27

    RabidRussian

    Did "dun spheres" start as a typo of "dim"?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, as has been noted, it's an actual word in English. There was no typo, though I have adapted it to mean something slightly different in the books.

    I still can't remember for certain where I got crem from, though.

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    #28

    Ray745

    So once upon a time Brandon was going to write Szeth as the flashback character for book three, but then Brandon changed his mind, decided to write Dalinar's flashback chapters to see how that would go, and then after writing them made book 3 Dalinar's book instead. Here is a quote from the first Stormlight Book 3 Update post Brandon made in this subreddit

    As someone else has posted, I have finished the rough draft of Dalinar's flashbacks for Stormlight Three. I consider the experiment of writing his flashbacks for this book, instead of waiting for book five, to be a success. Therefore, I'm proceeding with the Dalinar/Szeth flip.

    The reasoning for this is something I can't discuss in detail until the book is released. I'd be happy to revisit this topic once you all have a chance to read the novel.

    Now that the book has been out for 6 months or so, I'd love to hear Brandon discuss the reasoning behind this. Personally, I have a very tough time imagining how this book would have played out if Szeth had been the flashback character. Clearly we wouldn't have had to Dalinar/Odium confrontation if we didn't have Dalinar's flashbacks, as those were integral to the overall storyline. I'd love to hear what the plot of this book was originally supposed to be when Szeth was going to have the flashbacks. Does anyone know the answers to this, or am I going to have to hope Brandon sees this post and decides to answer more than a RAFO? :)

    Brandon Sanderson

    Hmm. This is going to be difficult to answer without straying into spoilers for books four and five. It's also hard to say how the books would have played out if I'd swapped these back.

    The Dalinar/Odium confrontation would still have happened, as that was something I'd been planning for a while. But how would things have played out? Hard to say, as an outline is only a rough guide--even for someone like me. It's when you get to the nitty gritty of the story that things come together.

    Having finished the book, it's hard for me to imagine going another direction--as I made the decisions I did because I felt they were the ones that were right for the story. And a lot has changed over the years as I've worked on the details. (Kaladin's arc from book two, for example, was originally plotted for book three--parallel to Szeth and his flashbacks, which share some similarities.)

    Dalinar's flashbacks would work very well for book five for reasons I can't explain yet--but it became clear to me that I needed them for this book, despite the outline looking at the Szeth/Kaladin dynamic. (Which was upended anyway when I moved Kaladin's second character arc to book two.)

    So...that's a whole lot of not saying much, I'm afraid. I can answer a lot more once book five is out.

    sv15249

    Does it mean that we shouldn't expect any explanations or clues about what happened with Dalinar at the end of Oathbringer before book 5?

    Ask just to know if we'll know more in book 4 or we'll have to wait a bit longer.To avoid false expectations:)

    Brandon Sanderson

    There will be explanations and clues, but I would anticipate more Dalinar in book 5 than in book 4.

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    #29

    QuickToJudgeYou

    Anyone really want Wayne and Lopen to have a conversation?

    I have no idea what they would have to say to each other but it would sound magical. Michael Kramer is awesome.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Maybe I can find a way to do this as some kind of non-canon easter egg, like the Kelsier/Moiraine conversation.

    BookCon 2018 () Copy
    #30

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Can you sleep through a highstorm?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Some people can. I probably wouldn't be able to.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    So it's not impossible.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    It's not impossible. The guys in Bridge Four? They can sleep through anything

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    #31

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I was wondering what is your favorite book size to write?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    That's really hard to answer, I like different books for different reasons. The big ones are more satisfying, but a lot of the shorter ones can be funner. So, probably Bands of Mourning, from the Mistborn series is my favorite for the fun. But the Stormlight books are more satisfying. 

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    #32

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Do you write like you're running out of time?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I am, I've gotta get the cosmere finished, and I've only got thirty years left to get that out.

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    #33

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Are we ever going to get Hoid's story?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yes.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Does Rock, not Rock, [Roial?] make it to one of the books.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Read and Find Out

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    But Hoid's coming?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Hoid's backstory is coming. It's gonna be a while, but you will get it.

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    #34

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    This book seemed a little sadder, I thought Kaladin would reach the next level.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Yeah, he's still got some things to work out. 

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    I was surprised that Elhokar *inaudible, disavowing/disemboweling?*

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    At least, in this draft, it wasn't Dalinar that *inaudible* [in the original version]. That didn't work.

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    #35

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How did you know that Stormlight and Mistborn were going to be the focus [of the cosmere]?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I did a lot of writing and figured out the <inaudible> exploration. And I had an advantage in that I had written all these books before, and I was able to go back and say, <inaudible> right from the beginning, there's something special about that.

    I was able to look back at say, Mistborn, which had a tight magic systems that really worked, my best magic system. I know this has the best magic magic system, if I can match a plot that makes it a good book, I can make that magic system kind of the spine of what I'm doing.

    *Inaudible* So I got lucky on that. In some ways, not publishing for a long time was the luckiest thing that could have happened to me.

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    #36

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    The reveal at the end of The Bands of Mourning was just the biggest surprise ever. I held off reading Secret History. When I read Secret History, it feels like reading Hero of Ages all over again. It was so great.  *Inaudible* Kelsier, what it's going to mean.

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    You'll see, next book. RAFO card.

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    #37

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    Do you know when we're going to get Nightblood?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I don't know for sure. Your best bet at Nightblood is after Stormlight 5. I'll take a little bit longer break than normal between 5 and 6 because there are two five-book arcs, and I'm really hoping to squeeze Nightblood in there.

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    #38

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What is your favorite magic system you've read?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I really like Melanie Rawn's Sunrunner books. Probably the best magic system is either Brian McClellan's, I really love Patrick Rothfuss'. Probably the best three are those, as far as magic systems.

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    #40

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    For the Stormlight series, I feel like there will be things I don't really fully get *inaudible* keep all that straight?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I use a program called Wikipad, which is a personal wiki. I just do a lot of outlining in a wiki, as if it were *inaudible* only on my computer. I have the ability to--now I can hire continuity editors. So it gets better and better the further I go along.

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    #41

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    *Inaudible* one of the things I'm *inaudible* is writing multiple perspectives. So how do you go about that *inaudible*?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I think really distinctive viewpoints is a big part of it, particularly in the third-limited. It's much easier in the first to distinguish them in some ways, though it's harder *inaudible*. But in third limited you want to make sure your viewpoints are really distinctive. I always ask myself the question, "How would they describe a cup of water?" Would they see that as if they are thirsty, or how would they describe that thing.

    Third limited gets away with a sort of more general voice of the narrator a little bit, to kind of lean on that *inaudible* focus on descriptions and voice and thoughts of the characters.

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    #42

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What is the weirdest thing you've ever been given at a signing?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    All the normal things: license plates, swords, armor, pens, lots of pens. Weirdest thing... I need to write these things down when I get them. Sculptures, stickers, I would ask my wife. I'm going to go with license plates, that is pretty odd. They got two, put one on their car and gave one to me.

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    #43

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    *Inaudible*<how long it had been like that><...or just a weird thing>

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I was so excited to be able to do that.

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How long were you sitting on that secret?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I've sat on that secret since the first book. I don't know if you've read Arcanum Unbounded and the scene in there, but I was building in all these little things, it was a lot fun. But it took me forever to get that book written.

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    #44

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    *inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    We are doing more graphic novels. Now that I've experimented once, we've got some sweet stuff on the way that we should be announcing later this month.

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    #45

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    *Inaudible*

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    I loved writing Steris. Part of the fun was, I wrote her in Alloy of Law knowing that a lot of people were going to have an opinion of Steris they would have to change over time, and I liked watching fans come to that realization.

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    #46

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    If a Thaylen and Alethi had a child, how would their eyebrows look?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Their eyebrows would probably have streaks of white. You would just see according to the situation how bushy and long their eyebrows got. The color would breed kind of half-way true.

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    #47

    Alvaro Lopez

    Why Odium is stronger and worst evil than Ruin?

    Brandon Sanderson

    One reason is that Ruin had a person in control of it who, for many years, fought against the impulse to destroy--and in the end, channeled it toward entropy and decay, necessary elements of the universe. Odium represents something else entirely.

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    #48

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    How long is the [Skyward] series going to be?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Skyward is a trilogy. And I usually write--you'll find my style for a trilogy is the first one stands very well on its own, and the second two will have more cliff-hangery sorts of things.

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    #49

    Questioner [PENDING REVIEW]

    What was your inspiration for kandra?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    So, I knew that I wanted to do a shapeshifter, but I worried about the whole... The first idea was that you take the bones of the person you killed, sort of thing. I worried that that would be too... I wanted a limitation on that. So I'm like, "Well, what if they can't kill people?" and I kind of extrapolated from there. But the first idea was that idea of you can become someone if you can get their bones first.

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    #50

    WindRunner88 [PENDING REVIEW]

    So far during the Stormlight Archive we've seen that the spren bond appears to have some distinct advantages (i.e. armor, more efficient Stormlight consumption, access to a variety of weapons) over what Tanavast via the Oathpact provided the Heralds. With the exception of Nale, and the fact that the Heralds had no need for Stormlight, can you please tell me one way in which a Herald had a distinct advantage over a level 5 Radiant of their corresponding  order?

    Brandon Sanderson [PENDING REVIEW]

    Rebirth. (After seeing what must have been a crestfallen look on my face he added) The Heralds had access to raw levels of power that no Radiant could obtain.