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    Questioner

    So, I'm about to read the last four books of Wheel of Time, and I know in your interview with Deseret News is that no one has asked you about something big, world-shattering. What should I be thinking of while I read these books?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I can't give you even a clue, because I've been sworn to secrecy by team Jordan. I made it up, but they said "We can't tell people this." So, this is something I added to the books, it's not something that was in the notes. So there, you learned something about it.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Where is the status, or will it ever happen on the pizza necromancer book?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...Death by Pizza's floating. Really I can only start new things if it's directly for my contract for Tor or for my contract [with Random House] until I clear off a few things, so I'm not letting myself do that one. I considered slotting it in when I did Skyward, but Skyward was the one I ended up doing. So, that one's, basically-- I'm not gonna do it until at least I get Rithmatist and Alcatraz done.

    Questioner

    Well, I'm excited. It sounds fun.

    Brandon Sanderson

    It is a load of fun.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    What's the deal with Hoid and instant noodles?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...He likes his ramen, right? Like any sane person, he likes his instant noodles. Nothing more than that.

    Questioner

    ...Has he ever had instant noodles?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, he's had instant noodles before. They have them on Taldain, yeah.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    If Soulcast blood is human blood, does that mean Soulcast meat is people meat?

    Brandon Sanderson

    No.

    But that doesn't necessarily mean that, like-- when it has a blood type, and things like that-- I don't know enough about blood. I didn't mean to imply it's human blood. I'm just saying, it has all the attributes of blood, and it could be ascribed to something specific. That's where my mind was going. If they were asking, "Is this human blood?" No, that's not necessarily-- some of it is. Soulcast meat is definitely not. Soulcast blood, probably is most of the time. But it is-- there are, like, certain derivations of it that happen. It's more complicated, in other words, than what I-- than a simple answer can give. So, is Soulcast blood human blood? You could use it for blood transfusions, most if it, unless, in certain instances, you couldn't. Like, it's more-- Those sorts of questions, I have to circumlocute them so much.

    Let's just put it this way. You can eat-- The meat is not human meat, but the blood can be used for blood transfusions. Is that enough? Yeah, we'll go with that.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    CaptainRyan

    *written* Could a Shard refuse to "fuel" a magic user? E.g. Could Preservation have refused to "fuel" Ham's pewter? (Please, for the question, assume Preservation is whole and undamaged.)

    Brandon Sanderson

    *written* No, but he could have interfered.

    *spoken* So, the answer is "no, he couldn't." Like, if you just had the Allomancy going, like--

    CaptainRyan

    They can't shut you off?

    Brandon Sanderson

    They can't shut you off, but they can interfere with you using it. They could do other things. But, like, the magic, it would be like saying, "I refuse to let gravity work on this person."

    CaptainRyan

    But couldn't a Shard-- Technically, they can control forces--

    Brandon Sanderson

    No, they can't, but they can interfere with it, does that make sense? ...Gravity is not gone, but this person is being interfered with and their relationship to these sorts of things.

    CaptainRyan

    Kind of like if I throw your pen in the air, gravity's not gone, but I've interfered with something.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, exactly. And you can, like, twist the gravity, so it's pointing... But the laws of natures, burning is, like, a law of nature, and things like that. And they can circumvent, and they can twist, and they can bend, but the laws of nature are still the laws of nature.

    CaptainRyan

    They can't just cut it off?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    With your awesome art people, have you thought about doing kids' books, like 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade level?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I've considered it, but I haven't practiced that very much, and it is a different skill. I'm not confident in being able to do that myself. But it's on my radar, since I have kids that age.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, I was curious if the Alethi were always-- like, if there was a time where there wasn't a segregation between lighteyes and darkeyes.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that did exist.

    Questioner

    ...How did the separation occur?

    Brandon Sanderson

    There are some clues in [Oathbringer] and in the last book. It has to do with Knights Radiant and Surgebinding and things like that. It's a part RAFO. It's pretty guessable. There's nothing--

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Can a kandra have a human kid, if they're in a--

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...So, their DNA would-- I've answered this both ways, I think, on the internet, as I go back on forth on whether I want DNA testing to be able to catch a kandra or not. I've erred on the side of, their DNA isn't human, and so they would not be compatible, but I've gone the other direction some of the time when people have asked this question. So, I guess the answer is, I have not fully decided for myself yet.

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    Questioner

    So, the Shardfork. A very versatile, Shard-whatever. Would it be possible to do, like, a Shardrock, or something, that would go in a catapult?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, it has more variety than people would think, but it isn't limitless, what they can become. But that would totally be possible.

    Questioner

    And what would a Shardrock do if it hits you?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Uh, bean them on the head and be really strong. If you can get into the spirit, if you can start getting past the skin and stuff, you can do some serious damage.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, in Edgedancer, there's a spot where they're going through all the weird things going on in the city, and they're talking about some spren that only shows up if she dumps water out. Is that significant, or is that a crazy person? ...The spren that shows up every morning if she leaves water out?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes, that is true.

    Questioner

    Okay, she's is not crazy?

    Brandon Sanderson

    She's not-- Okay.

    Questioner

    Are the spren intelligent?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Sapient spren, no. But she may have the cause and effect mixed up. She may not have the cause and effect correct. She might have correlation and causation mixed up.

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    TheFulgid

    ...I know that a lot of [Dragonsteel] is not canon anymore? How much of it, like, percentage-wise, I don't need specifics. 

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say that all... I consider almost all the worldbuilding to be canon, but the characters to not be.

    TheFulgid

    So, anything about Topaz, does that not stand?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Doesn't really stand. The whole thing with the gods, and stuff like that, is really in flux.

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    TheFulgid

    Could you Invest... Could you use a nicrosil metalmind to Invest the sort of Investiture enough that you could open a Perpendicularity up to the Cognitive Realm?

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I'll just say it this way. Enough concentrated Investiture in one point is going to pierce the Realms, no matter what form it takes. 

    TheFulgid

    ...So, it doesn't have to be a nicrosil metalmind.

    Brandon Sanderson

    No. 

    TheFulgid

    Okay... But it could be?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yes. That is theoretically possible. 

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Where did you get the idea for the gemhearts.

    Brandon Sanderson

    So, I wanted-- in the books, I wanted there to be an economic component to the magic, like, something that was based on the money in the world. And I knew I wanted to use the gemstones, but I also knew they would be used up really quickly by the magic, with Soulcasting. So, I built something into the creatures of the world, so that we could renew the gemstones, so they wouldn't all just be gone after a few hundred years.

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    Questioner

    Would you be able to write the... Second Ideal of the Truthwatchers?

    Brandon Sanderson

    ...It's a RAFO. There's a lot of stuff about the Truthwatchers in [Oathbringer], that's gonna make it complicated to do that, okay? ...Yeah, it's really complicated, and those are things I'm not gonna probably canonize for another couple of books, for reasons that will be very clear by the end of this book.

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    Questioner

    So, a Radiant's blade. When it takes other forms, does it take on any different properties? So, like, if Kaladin beat someone with the butt of his Sylspear, would it still do something in regards to the soul?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Would he still hit the soul? That is theoretically possible to make happen. It requires a lot of work. That is theoretically possible.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    How much do you plot books? How much do you plan out what happens before you start writing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    I am a plotter. I am very naturally-- I do a lot of extensive plotting. So, I would say I have, like, 90% of it before I start most books, thought I knock out like, 10% or 20% while I'm writing and change it if something better comes along. 

    Questioner

    Do you go chapter by chapter, or do you kinda just--

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's more like an outline of, like, "Here's my goal. And here are ways to achieve it." I do a whole lecture on it in the BYU lectures, if you're interested,  that are on YouTube.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Is there a limit to what the spren can become, like we've seen them become a blade or a spear or a shield, can they become, like-- I've heard hints of a bow and arrow. Can they become a sword and a shield or just one main thing?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Um, it is more expansive than people guess it is, but it is limited.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    How do you come up with names that sound awesome?

    Brandon Sanderson

    It's harder than it sounds, no pun intended... If you wanna know how to name things, find the podcast where we answer that on Writing Excuses, we go into in depth, that'll help you out. But basically I'm looking for, like, lists of baby names from languages that I don't speak, and trying to play with those names until I find something that sounds good.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    So, how much time-- personal reading time to do you spend on different types of things: research versus classic versus other fantasy type--

    Brandon Sanderson

    I would say, boy-- most of my reading is fantasy. My reading for other things is eclectic; it's like, when I find something I'm interested in. I would say, of that, it's like, half just reading whatever I feel like reading and then taking notes, and half reading for research. But, I do a lot of audio books, and I do a lot of podcasts, I can do them while I'm signing books, and things. So, some of my reading recently has been like, Hardcore History, which is a podcast. Stuff like that.

    Questioner

    So, how many hours do you actually spend. Obviously, when you write, and you're signing, I understand that.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Always, when I'm signing, I try to listen to, like, a book, or something like that. And then, I try to get in, like, an hour every night. I don't always get it, but that's what I try to do.

    Oathbringer release party ()
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    Questioner

    Does anybody every ask you to, like, write them? Like, people ask someone to draw them, but does anybody ask you to write them?

    Brandon Sanderson

    Yeah, an artist asked me to write something for them. Yeah, I've actually had some artists say, "What if I painted a picture, and then you wrote a story for it." Which I think would be a really cool idea, we just have to wait for the right time to do that.