Thursday, November 13, 2008

Brandon Sanderson Book Signing

Hello to all of my faithful readers! I wanted to do a quick post about a quick little adventure that Michelle and I went on Wednesday night. We drove up to Dayton after work to the Books and Co, to attend a book signing that Brandon Sanderson was doing to promote the third book in his Mistborn Trilogy. Here's a picture: For those of you who don't know, Mr. Sanderson is the author that was chosen to finish the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, who fell ill with a condition called Amyloidosis and passed away last year before the epic's completion. I didn't really know of Brandon Sanderson's work before I heard he was completing the Wheel of Time, but as soon as I did, I went out and bought Mistborn, which was a fantastic novel! I'd recommend it to anyone, not just fantasy readers. The trilogy is accessible and easy to read, and most importantly not too big to commit to reading like say, Wheel of Time! :) Mr. Sanderson addressed this last night too. It's easier to get into an author's body of work if you don't have to begin with book one of a 13 volume epic. Anyway, There was Q&A, and some readings from a couple of Mr. Sanderson's books, including a passage from his very own multi-volume epic which is unpublished and mostly unwritten as yet. We had a great time listening to his thoughts on both writing, and reading. I was glad to hear that two of his major influences were Robert Jordan and Orson Scott Card - Two authors I respect greatly. We were there about an hour and left just before the Mistborn Trilogy - Book 3 spoilers began, thanks to a prudent warning from the author. It was a great time, and really inspired me to keep pursuing my writing. I think I could definitely make a go of it if I can find the time and the drive to get my first book written. I am envious of Joel Cooper, who is now beyond the initial writing, and into the editing. Well, I don't envy him too much. Editing is supposed to be the tedious part. :) So that's my update on my latest adventure! Thanks again for reading! -J


Gina said...

How awesome! That must have been a fun time. That's great that you got a picture with him too. Did you get to talk to him personally? Did he mention when he'll finish WOT?

Joel said...

So I hadn't checked your blog in a while, and when I do, lo and behold, my name gets a mention! :) There goes my 15 minutes of fame. :)

Anyway, editing is most certainly the tedious part. I enjoy the whole process, but certainly enjoyed the initial writing the most. I have done tons of editing, but know that there is still quite a bit of work to do before I consider it ready for submission.

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Trudger said...

Hey guys! Just catching up with the blog and wanted to say:

Gina: It was indeed awesome. We did get to talk to him personally. He was really down to earth, and enjoyable to talk with. He's hoping to finish writing WoT and have it published by November 09. That could move but that's the goal.

Joel: What can I say. Most great artists are dead before they really get famous. Consider yourself lucky! :) As I suspected, the editing is going to be rough. I do not relish the idea, but hopefully my friends will help. *wink wink nudge nudge*

Juliet/Alena: Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoy the blog! As I just posted in an entry, it's amazing to know that someone I don't know is reading my entries.I really do appreciate it!


Elizabeth said...

If you're interested in Brandon Sanderson, the audiobooks of his Mistborn series are out now at Audible and iTunes. They are read by Michael Kramer, who also narrates the Wheel of Time audiobooks.