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2015-06-16 15:45:46 (23 comments, 17 reshares, 166 +1s)Open 

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles someserio... more »

Most reshares: 50

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2015-03-12 19:27:56 (17 comments, 50 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumesof poignant dra... more »

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2015-03-12 19:27:56 (17 comments, 50 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumesof poignant dra... more »

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2015-06-23 17:52:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

YALLFest 2015 + Updates

For those who haven’t heard, I will be a keynote speaker at YALLFest in Charleston this November along with Brandon Mull, Richelle Mead, and R.L. Stine.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#8322

Back 2010, Elbakin.net in France gave an award to the first Mistborn book. This year, The Way of Kings has been nominated for the 2015 version of the same award. Best of luck to all the nominees, and I hope my readers in France are enjoying more and more of my books as they get translated there.
http://www.elbakin.net/fantasy/news/23426-Les-nominations-du-Prix-Elbakinnet-2015

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, What Makes a Scene?, we try to answer that question. How do we, as writers, structure things using scenes? When does it begin, or end, and when has it gone on too long? We each do this a little differently, and because of thosedif... more »

YALLFest 2015 + Updates

For those who haven’t heard, I will be a keynote speaker at YALLFest in Charleston this November along with Brandon Mull, Richelle Mead, and R.L. Stine.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#8322

Back 2010, Elbakin.net in France gave an award to the first Mistborn book. This year, The Way of Kings has been nominated for the 2015 version of the same award. Best of luck to all the nominees, and I hope my readers in France are enjoying more and more of my books as they get translated there.
http://www.elbakin.net/fantasy/news/23426-Les-nominations-du-Prix-Elbakinnet-2015

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, What Makes a Scene?, we try to answer that question. How do we, as writers, structure things using scenes? When does it begin, or end, and when has it gone on too long? We each do this a little differently, and because of those differences, definitions and processes will vary widely across mediums. So we are going to talk about how we do this, making reference to Scene/Sequel format, the MICE quotient and pacing.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/21/writing-excuses-10-25-what-makes-a-scene/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan attained a new level in her Lightweaving. This week, in Chapter 42, she uses her new skills to survive a meeting with the Ghostbloods.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/18/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-43/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter archive for June.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-june-2015/___

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2015-06-16 15:45:46 (23 comments, 17 reshares, 166 +1s)Open 

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles someserio... more »

New Fan Art + Updates
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-fan-art-updates/

Reader Nate Kohl sent in these awesome photos of the woodburning project he did that features Szeth with some Allomantic symbols.
http://imgur.com/gallery/SrslH/#5wGWVEf

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Hooking Young Readers, we sit down with Kily Snyder, the Media Specialist (school librarian) at Discovery Middle School in Indiana, to help answer those often asked questions about the young reader markets from someone who has their finger on the actual pulse of those readers.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/14/writing-excuses-10-24-hooking-younger-readers/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Kaladin finally initiated serious Windrunner training and tentatively accepted Renarin’s presence. This week, in Chapter 42, Shallan tackles some serious Lightweaver training and is saved from grave error by Pattern’s…well, patterns.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/11/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-42/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter archive for June.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-june-2015/___

2015-06-09 19:06:17 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Steelheart Awards + Updates

I have some more exciting news: the students of Kentucky have chosen Steelheart as the 2015 winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award in the 6–8 category. It has also been selected as an Evergreen Teen Book Award nominee for 2015–2016.
http://kba.nku.edu/
http://www.evergreenbookaward.org/2016-nominees

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Adrià Guxens at Spain’s Celsius 232 Festival a while back. Our discussion ranged from the Cosmere to my three laws of magic. You can read it here.
http://www.adriasnews.com/2015/05/brandon-sanderson-interview.html

Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 31 was released last month (I’ll be one of the contest judges next year, for what goes into volume 32), and you can see the winners here.
http://torforgeblog.com/2015/04/30/writers-and-illustrators-of-the-future-volume-31/
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Steelheart Awards + Updates

I have some more exciting news: the students of Kentucky have chosen Steelheart as the 2015 winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award in the 6–8 category. It has also been selected as an Evergreen Teen Book Award nominee for 2015–2016.
http://kba.nku.edu/
http://www.evergreenbookaward.org/2016-nominees

I was fortunate enough to sit down with Adrià Guxens at Spain’s Celsius 232 Festival a while back. Our discussion ranged from the Cosmere to my three laws of magic. You can read it here.
http://www.adriasnews.com/2015/05/brandon-sanderson-interview.html

Writers and Illustrators of the Future volume 31 was released last month (I’ll be one of the contest judges next year, for what goes into volume 32), and you can see the winners here.
http://torforgeblog.com/2015/04/30/writers-and-illustrators-of-the-future-volume-31/

In this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Can You Tell Me How to Show?, we continue following the syllabus for the Season 10 Master Class. We have all heard the “show, don’t tell” rule, so in this episode we’re going to discuss showing–how to do it well, how to do it consistently, and how to use it to accomplish things that telling just can’t get across.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/06/07/writing-excuses-10-23-can-you-tell-me-how-to-show/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Shallan found her new home in the warcamps. This week, in Chapter 41, Bridge Seventeen and Kaladin begin in-depth training in the chasm.
http://www.tor.com/2015/06/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-41/___

2015-06-02 15:59:55 (10 comments, 1 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Words of Radiance & Awards + Updates

Words of Radiance has made it past the first round of voting for the 2015 David Gemmell Legend Award and is one of five nominees on the short list. (You may remember that The Way of Kings won this award back in 2011.) The polls are open from now until July 17th, and anyone can vote. The UK cover for Words of Radiance by Sam Green is also nominated for the Ravenheart Award on the same page. Good luck to all of the nominees!
http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting/

The good news continues as Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were presented an Audie Award this past week for Words of Radiance. It has been a dream come true to work with these two amazing people who bring my characters to life.
http://www.theaudies.com

My publisher in Israel just informed me that both The Way of Kings and A Memory of Light have been nominated for... more »

Words of Radiance & Awards + Updates

Words of Radiance has made it past the first round of voting for the 2015 David Gemmell Legend Award and is one of five nominees on the short list. (You may remember that The Way of Kings won this award back in 2011.) The polls are open from now until July 17th, and anyone can vote. The UK cover for Words of Radiance by Sam Green is also nominated for the Ravenheart Award on the same page. Good luck to all of the nominees!
http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting/

The good news continues as Michael Kramer and Kate Reading were presented an Audie Award this past week for Words of Radiance. It has been a dream come true to work with these two amazing people who bring my characters to life.
http://www.theaudies.com

My publisher in Israel just informed me that both The Way of Kings and A Memory of Light have been nominated for the Geffen Award for Best Translated Fantasy Novel, given out by the Israeli Society of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Awesome!
http://geffen.sf-f.org.il/

In last week’s Writing Excuses episode, Q & A on Worldbuilding, we went to you for questions about worldbuilding and you had some really good ones:

• Has there ever been a piece of worldbuilding that you didn’t include, and regretted not including?
• How do you remain consistent?
• How do you decide between writing a secondary world fantasy, and creating an historical fantasy?
• Can you avoid cultural appropriation while still using elements inspired by other cultures?
• What’s the minimum amount of worldbuilding required?

In this week’s episode, Project-in-Depth: Of Noble Family, we discuss Mary’s latest novel, so if you haven’t read it yet be warned. This episode contains many, many spoilers. You will get more out of our discussion if you read (or listen to) the book before listening to this episode.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/31/writing-excuses-10-22-project-in-depth-of-noble-family/


Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we reach back in time to Shallan’s happy childhood home on the Davar estate. This week, in Chapter 40, Alice Arneson is with Shallan as she finds her temporary home in the warcamps.
http://www.tor.com/2015/05/28/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-40/

My assistant Adam had updated the Twitter post archives for May.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-may-2015/___

2015-05-30 02:08:00 (17 comments, 7 reshares, 106 +1s)Open 

Calamity is Done!


I have finished the second draft of Calamity, the third and final book of the Reckoners trilogy. As I’ve said before, my second draft of a story is the one where I do “bug fixing.” Essentially, I read through again and tweak any problems I know the book has, trying to make it readable by my editor. I often do a polish and trim during or after this. (In this case, the book was clean enough that I did it during, doing about a 5% cut along the way to tighten the language.)

So, huzzah! The book, and the series, is a wrap. I’ll probably end up doing one to two more drafts on this book after alpha readers (my family, writing group, editor, and agent) and then beta readers (who are carefully selected by my assistant Peter) have a look at it.

But for now, my Reckoners plate has been cleared. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) someone just shoved anotherfull pl... more »

Calamity is Done!


I have finished the second draft of Calamity, the third and final book of the Reckoners trilogy. As I’ve said before, my second draft of a story is the one where I do “bug fixing.” Essentially, I read through again and tweak any problems I know the book has, trying to make it readable by my editor. I often do a polish and trim during or after this. (In this case, the book was clean enough that I did it during, doing about a 5% cut along the way to tighten the language.)

So, huzzah! The book, and the series, is a wrap. I’ll probably end up doing one to two more drafts on this book after alpha readers (my family, writing group, editor, and agent) and then beta readers (who are carefully selected by my assistant Peter) have a look at it.

But for now, my Reckoners plate has been cleared. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) someone just shoved another full plate at me: Mistborn, Shadows of Self. It’s time for the editorial and beta reader edits for that book, which is due into Tor in its (mostly) final form June 15th. So, there’s no rest for me this time around, despite wanting to someday have a chance to play Bloodborne. (Mmm...Dark Souls games...)

Anyway, as you can see from the progress bars on my website, I'm already halfway through the Mistborn revision, so I may finish ahead of schedule. June 15th or earlier, then, will mark my official start of work on Stormlight Three. I know a lot of you are waiting for this, and I’m eager to get to it. Things will go better if I get this Mistborn revision done first, however, since we’re not far away from that one actually getting released.

Thanks, as always, for your support and patience. I realize many of you would rather I just stick to one project—but time has proven to me that my writing is stronger if I keep a variety of stories moving through my brain. The books that you personally love are made stronger by me dividing my time.

Anticipated work and release dates of future books are:

• Shadows of Self (Mistborn Era Two, Book Two)
Set for October 6th and up for preorder now! Working on final revisions currently.

• The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn Era Two, Book Three)
Set for January 26th and up for preorder now! The final revision notes not yet back from the editor. Will probably be due in two or three months. (So I’ll need to take a break from Stormlight when they arrive.)

• Calamity (the final book of the Reckoners)
Spring 2016 sometime. The date isn’t set yet; we’re talking with Random House about this right now. The book just got sent in, and editorial revisions will likely be due late this summer. My goal will probably be to do them during the same break where I do Bands of Mourning revisions.

• Alcatraz vs. the Dark Talent (The Evil Librarians Book Five)
Summer 2016 sometime. Note that currently the plan is to rerelease all four of the previous books during the winter/spring with brand new art (and, at last, ebooks). Yay!

• Stormlight 3 (No official title yet, though I’ve bandied about many different ones, including Stones Unhallowed) 
Christmas 2016. My next project, starting work in June. Anticipated writing time: 8–10 months, plus interruptions for drafting other books. Follow along on the progress bar on my website.

There you go! As I’ve said before, my goal is generally to do two books a year—one large epic and one smaller teen novel. However, last year, instead of doing a large epic I did two shorter Mistborn novels. (Along with one tiny book, in Evil Librarians 5. Amusingly all three of these books added together are only around two-thirds the length of a Stormlight novel.)

Hopefully I’m not releasing too much. I don’t want you folks to get tired of me. One side effect of the way I approached last year is that I currently don’t have any novellas in the pipeline, which saddens me, as Perfect State, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell, Legion: Skin Deep, and Sixth of the Dusk have all had very good receptions over the last year. So, I’ve been wondering if—while writing Stormlight 3—it might be good for me to squeeze in a novella-length story about one of the side characters, then release it next spring as a teaser. We’ll see.

As for what I’ll do when Stormlight 3 is finished...well, that’s too far off to judge. My eyes are solidly on Stormlight at this point, and it’s going to dominate my life for the better part of a year. Once it’s done, we’ll see. My next book could be Rithmatist 2, or it could be the final Wax and Wayne book, or it could be a new teen project to follow up the Reckoners. All three are things I’ll consider doing in the break between Stormlight 3 and 4.

But man...I don’t even want to think about Book Four right now. Book Three is looming large, and it’s almost time to settle in and get to work.

For now, I hope you enjoy the Mistborn books and Calamity as they are released. Thanks again for your support!

Brandon Sanderson
May 2015___

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2015-05-21 16:06:20 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Today I’m off to Kansas City for the ConQuesT convention that starts on Friday. My complete schedule (including a “Play Magic with Brandon” game) down below. Also, copies of the Perfect State/Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell con exclusive double hardcover will be available at the Basement Books booth in the dealers’ hall. But first some updates.

I’ve mentioned before that my middle grade humor series that starts with Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians will be republished next year by Tor, leading up to the release of the fifth and final book that Alcatraz will write. Well, there will also be a ton of new illustrations in the book, and Isaac Stewart has written up a post for Tor.com that introduces the illustrations to you. Enjoy! http://www.tor.com/2015/05/18/check-out-the-new-look-for-brandon-sandersons-alcatraz-books/

Over the weekend, Words of Radiance was namedthe winne... more »

Today I’m off to Kansas City for the ConQuesT convention that starts on Friday. My complete schedule (including a “Play Magic with Brandon” game) down below. Also, copies of the Perfect State/Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell con exclusive double hardcover will be available at the Basement Books booth in the dealers’ hall. But first some updates.

I’ve mentioned before that my middle grade humor series that starts with Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians will be republished next year by Tor, leading up to the release of the fifth and final book that Alcatraz will write. Well, there will also be a ton of new illustrations in the book, and Isaac Stewart has written up a post for Tor.com that introduces the illustrations to you. Enjoy! http://www.tor.com/2015/05/18/check-out-the-new-look-for-brandon-sandersons-alcatraz-books/

Over the weekend, Words of Radiance was named the winner of a 2014 Whitney Award for the Speculative category. Thanks to all of the Whitney Awards academy members who found it deserving! And many congratulations to all of the winners and finalists. http://whitneyawards.com/2015/02/09/1332/

There are a couple of Writing Excuses episodes I haven’t yet talked about in the blog. The 19th episode this season talks about Intrigue. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/10/ What’s the difference between intrigue, suspense, and mystery? We answer this and then talk about what makes intrigue useful as a tool for any story, and how to use it without falling back on idiot character plots, or simply withholding information from the reader. Intrigue is also its own genre, with spy stories and political intrigue stories fitting into this space. We talk a bit about how those stories work and how they’re built. Next, the 20th episode is titled, How Do I Write a Story, Not an Encyclopedia? http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/17/ You’ve done piles of worldbuilding. How do you convey this world to reader without infodumping? We talk about the different skill levels involved, and then the techniques that you’ll be using as you get better and better at what is probably the most critical skill unique to genre fiction writers.

ConQuesT 46 http://www.conquestkc.org
Date: Fri, May 22, 2015 – Sun, May 24, 2015
Address: Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 West 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: (816) 421-6800

Friday, May 22
4:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
MidAmericaCon II
MidAmeriCon II is coming to KC in 2016. Learn more about Worldcon and the local fans helping make this happen.
Diane Lacey, Ruth Lichtwardt, George R.R. Martin, Jeff Orth, Mark Oshiro, Brandon Sanderson

5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
World Building – Religion and Magic
We’ll discuss creating believable worlds from religion to magic systems. We’ll also look at how you make everything work together and decide what everyone needs to see and what only you need to know.
Kathleen Collins, Gera L. Dean, Brandon Sanderson, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Thomas Trumpinski

7:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Opening Ceremonies

Saturday, May 23
1:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Brandon Sanderson Interview

3:00–5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Brandon Sanderson Book Signing

5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Research – How Much Do You Really Need?
Discussion of what to research, where to research, how much to research, when to quit researching. How to determine if the information is legitimate. How to use Google and other serach engines for research.
Holly Messinger, Penny Cockrell, Gera L. Dean, KD McEntire, Brandon Sanderson

7:00 p.m.–midnight, Mary Lou Williams room, 3rd floor
Magic Draft with Brandon Sanderson
This will be a Magic: The Gathering draft of the type that Brandon likes to do at conventions. The cost is $15. Limited to 16 participants. Sign up ahead of time using the signup sheet located in the main gaming area.

Sunday, May 24
12:00 p.m., Bennie Moten A/B
The Story Mind
Neurological research suggests that the human mind is hardwired for stories and that humans remember stories more easily than they remember facts. Panelists discuss this theory and what this means for sf & f tales.
M.C. Chambers, Zo Allen, Marshall Edwards, Lezli Robyn, Brandon Sanderson

5:00 p.m., Count Basie Ballroom A
Closing Ceremonies___

2015-05-05 18:28:18 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?, we address those of you who who start writing the story before you finish building your world. Letting the story drive the worldbuilding can often be more efficient.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/03/writing-excuses-10-18-build-an-entire-world-are-you-crazy/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we saw science in action on the shattered plains. This week, in Chapter 36, Alice Arneson discusses the beginning of Shallan’s newest stage of her journey as she reaches the war camps and tries to get established there.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-36

My assistant Adam had updated the Twitter post archives for April and May.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/htt... more »

New Writing Excuses + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Build an Entire World? Are You Crazy?, we address those of you who who start writing the story before you finish building your world. Letting the story drive the worldbuilding can often be more efficient.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/05/03/writing-excuses-10-18-build-an-entire-world-are-you-crazy/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, we saw science in action on the shattered plains. This week, in Chapter 36, Alice Arneson discusses the beginning of Shallan’s newest stage of her journey as she reaches the war camps and tries to get established there.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-36

My assistant Adam had updated the Twitter post archives for April and May.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-may-2015/___

2015-04-27 21:47:40 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Q&A on Beginnings, we answer some of your questions on the matter. Here are some of the questions:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/26/writing-excuses-10-17-qa-on-beginnings/

– What are there differences between the beginnings in different   forms?
– How do you begin in media res when you’re not writing action?
– What’s the biggest mistake that can be made when plotting the beginning?
– I see a lot of big-name author beginnings that aren’t all that strong. Why should I spend time making my beginning awesome?
– How do you balance the need to have something happening right away against the need to have the reader know something about the    characters?
– In creating a character, where do you start in the development process, and what do you beginrevealing first?
... more »

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Q&A on Beginnings, we answer some of your questions on the matter. Here are some of the questions:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/26/writing-excuses-10-17-qa-on-beginnings/

– What are there differences between the beginnings in different   forms?
– How do you begin in media res when you’re not writing action?
– What’s the biggest mistake that can be made when plotting the beginning?
– I see a lot of big-name author beginnings that aren’t all that strong. Why should I spend time making my beginning awesome?
– How do you balance the need to have something happening right away against the need to have the reader know something about the    characters?
– In creating a character, where do you start in the development process, and what do you begin revealing first?

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Last week, Alice Arneson watched madness blossom in two interlude chapters. This week, Carl Engle-Laird, watches science mixed with a little madness, flourish on the Shattered Plains.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-35

The Rithmatist is on sale in the UK on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th. I have country-specific links in the tabs here. And for everyone else (including those in the UK), my novella Perfect State came out a few weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/
http://brandonsanderson.com/perfect-state

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for April.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/___

2015-04-25 06:44:24 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Signing tonight in Sharjah!
http://brandonsanderson.com/signing-tonight-in-sharjah

Tonight I will be doing a signing; details can be found below and on the events page. This will be my last public event for this trip to the UAE and I want to sign your books! As always, if you want email reminders of when I’ll be appearing in a city near you, simply sign up for my newsletter and tell me what city you want notifications for.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup

Sharjah, UAE – Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 18:00–19:00
Place: Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Hall 5
Address: Expo Centre
Al taawun Street, Al taawun, – إمارة الشارقةّ
Sharjah, UAE
Phone Number: +971 6 577 0000

Jashanmal Books will have a very limited number of my books on hand. They will sellout quickly, so if you h... more »

Signing tonight in Sharjah!
http://brandonsanderson.com/signing-tonight-in-sharjah

Tonight I will be doing a signing; details can be found below and on the events page. This will be my last public event for this trip to the UAE and I want to sign your books! As always, if you want email reminders of when I’ll be appearing in a city near you, simply sign up for my newsletter and tell me what city you want notifications for.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup

Sharjah, UAE – Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 18:00–19:00
Place: Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, Hall 5
Address: Expo Centre
Al taawun Street, Al taawun, – إمارة الشارقةّ
Sharjah, UAE
Phone Number: +971 6 577 0000

Jashanmal Books will have a very limited number of my books on hand. They will sell out quickly, so if you have your own books, please bring them. I will also sign cases for electronic devices if you prefer, or anything else other than body parts.___

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2015-04-21 02:49:30 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival + Updates

This afternoon I am heading off to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. For those of you who are in the vicinity, I look forward to seeing you there! So far I’ve listed a panel on Thursday the 23rd on my events calendar, and I’ll try to add more details when they’re forthcoming.
http://brandonsanderson.com/sharjah-childrens-reading-festival-updates/


In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?, we talk about how to fill the space on the first few pages of your story. Those are the few pages where you have to convince the reader to keep going, as the first page is often the only opportunity you have to get the reader’s attention at all.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/19/writing-excuses-10-16-what-do-i-do-with-all-this-blank-space/
Las... more »

Sharjah Children's Reading Festival + Updates

This afternoon I am heading off to the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates. For those of you who are in the vicinity, I look forward to seeing you there! So far I’ve listed a panel on Thursday the 23rd on my events calendar, and I’ll try to add more details when they’re forthcoming.
http://brandonsanderson.com/sharjah-childrens-reading-festival-updates/


In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, What Do I Do With All This Blank Space?, we talk about how to fill the space on the first few pages of your story. Those are the few pages where you have to convince the reader to keep going, as the first page is often the only opportunity you have to get the reader’s attention at all.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/19/writing-excuses-10-16-what-do-i-do-with-all-this-blank-space/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird viewed the storm with grumpy old men and cheeky whippersnappers. This week, Alice Arneson discusses the outcome of two incomprehensible experiences and their respective forms of madness.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-interludes-7-and-8

The Rithmatist is on sale on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th in the UK. I have country-specific links in the tabs here. And for everyone else (including those in the UK), my novella Perfect State came out a couple of weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for April.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/___

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2015-04-13 22:58:19 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

The Rithmatist ebook sale in the UK  + Updates

Good news for everyone in the UK! The Rithmatist is on sale on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th. I have country-specific links in the tabs here. And for everyone else (including those in the UK), my novella Perfect State came out a couple of weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

And some more awesome news: Rhode Island teens voted, and Steelheart has tied for the 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. Thanks to all of my readers there! Firefight is out now, and I’m hard at work on the final book in the trilogy, Calamity. I’ve passed the 50% mark and should finish around the first week of May. You can keep track by looking at the progress bars in the upper right corner of my website.
http://rilibraries.org/ritba

There is a newWrit... more »

The Rithmatist ebook sale in the UK  + Updates

Good news for everyone in the UK! The Rithmatist is on sale on Kindle (and may be price-matched at other vendors) until May 4th. I have country-specific links in the tabs here. And for everyone else (including those in the UK), my novella Perfect State came out a couple of weeks ago, if you missed the news.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

And some more awesome news: Rhode Island teens voted, and Steelheart has tied for the 2015 Rhode Island Teen Book Award. Thanks to all of my readers there! Firefight is out now, and I’m hard at work on the final book in the trilogy, Calamity. I’ve passed the 50% mark and should finish around the first week of May. You can keep track by looking at the progress bars in the upper right corner of my website.
http://rilibraries.org/ritba

There is a new Writing Excuses episode this week: Worldbuilding Wilderness with Wes Chu. Wes recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, and has some things to say about all the wilderness trekking that our characters do in the books we write, and how we often forget to say anything about sleeping on inclines, altitude sickness, or packing toilet paper. More importantly, we need to remember that our characters are experiencing these wilderness treks, and have opinions about them.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson attempted to unravel the mysteries of the Listener songs. This week, Carl Engle-Laird deals with Interludes 5 and 6 which generally involve grumpy old men talking down to young whippersnappers.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-part-2-epigraphs

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for April.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/" title="Tweets April 2015___

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2015-04-06 22:38:53 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

There is a new Writing Excuses episode this week: How Much of the Beginning Needs to Come First? We all have cool things we want to put in our stories, which means we need what sets it up earlier. In this episode we talk about how to determine which of these elements needs to come first.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/05/writing-excuses-10-14-how-much-of-the-beginning-needs-to-come-first

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird finished off the last chapter in Part 2 and waved a sad farewell to a sinking ship. This week, Alice Arneson wraps up Part 2 briefly, then moves on to an examination of the Listener songs in the Part 2 Epigraphs.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-part-2-epigraphs

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive forM... more »

New Writing Excuses episode + Updates

There is a new Writing Excuses episode this week: How Much of the Beginning Needs to Come First? We all have cool things we want to put in our stories, which means we need what sets it up earlier. In this episode we talk about how to determine which of these elements needs to come first.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/04/05/writing-excuses-10-14-how-much-of-the-beginning-needs-to-come-first

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird finished off the last chapter in Part 2 and waved a sad farewell to a sinking ship. This week, Alice Arneson wraps up Part 2 briefly, then moves on to an examination of the Listener songs in the Part 2 Epigraphs.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/04/words-of-radiance-reread-part-2-epigraphs

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for March and April.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-april-2015/___

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2015-04-02 18:04:27 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Minicon 50 starts today!

Minnesota! I’m in Minneapolis for Minicon starting today, and I’m also signing in St. Paul on Saturday. Here’s my complete schedule.

Thursday
6:00 PM – Edina
Brandon Sanderson Creative Writing Lecture Live Broadcast Taping
Watch Brandon Distance Teach his Brigham Young University course entitled “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy” over the internet. The course is focused on the nuts and bolts of having a writing career. Characterization, worldbuilding, plotting and publication will be presented to you and to his class simultaneously via telepresence technology. (6:00–7:20 PM)

8:00 PM – Edina
Opening Ceremonies

Friday
2:30 PM – Ver 5/6
…and Magrathea Ground to a Halt
Worldbuilding can be hard – what is the biggest thing that cause you to stop? What was that major obastacle, andhow did you overcome ... more »

Minicon 50 starts today!

Minnesota! I’m in Minneapolis for Minicon starting today, and I’m also signing in St. Paul on Saturday. Here’s my complete schedule.

Thursday
6:00 PM – Edina
Brandon Sanderson Creative Writing Lecture Live Broadcast Taping
Watch Brandon Distance Teach his Brigham Young University course entitled “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy” over the internet. The course is focused on the nuts and bolts of having a writing career. Characterization, worldbuilding, plotting and publication will be presented to you and to his class simultaneously via telepresence technology. (6:00–7:20 PM)

8:00 PM – Edina
Opening Ceremonies

Friday
2:30 PM – Ver 5/6
…and Magrathea Ground to a Halt
Worldbuilding can be hard – what is the biggest thing that cause you to stop? What was that major obastacle, and how did you overcome it?
Blake Hausladen, Brandon Sanderson, Donna Munro, Larry Niven

5:30 PM – Edina
Guest of Honor Interview: Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson, Joel Phillips

7:00 PM – Ver 5/6
The Business of Brandon
What is it like working with/for Brandon Sanderson?
Brandon Sanderson, Michael Whelan, Peter Ahlstrom, Tom Doherty

9:00 PM – Gaming
Magic Draft with Brandon
Cost: $9.00
15-16 slots available (There will be a sign up sheet put up at the convention on Saturday)
Decks: Khans of Tarkir, Fate Reforged and Dragon’s of Tarkir

Saturday
2:30 PM – Ver 1/2
Brandon Sanderson Reading

3:30 PM – Outside Bloomington/Edina
Mass autograph session
(Brandon will be here only until 4:30.)

6:00 PM – Red Balloon Bookstore
See details here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#7653

10:00 PM – Edina
The Brandon Sanderson Social Hour!
Brandon talks about things! And stuff! And you get to ask him questions…about things! And stuff!
Brandon Sanderson, Peter Ahlstrom

Sunday
11:30 AM – Ver 5/6
Who’da Thunk
Our Guest of Honors sit together and interview each other – who knows what stories they have about each other?
Brandon Sanderson, Larry Niven, Michael Whelan, Tom Doherty,

2:30 PM – Krushenko’s
Middle Grade Optimism vs YA Dystopia
Magical wonder abounds in middle grade lit but seems to disappear once stories make the jump to the next age bracket. Does pessimism go hand in hand with the advent of hormones? Is middle grade more than it appears? (from both read and writer perspective)
Adam Stemple, Alec Austin, Brandon Sanderson, Donna Munroe, Jane Yolen, Marissa Lingen

4:00 PM – Edina
Closing Ceremonies
Adam Stemple, Brandon Sanderson, Dave Romm, Jane Yolen, Joel Phillips, Larry Niven, Matt Strait, Michael Whelan, Tom Doherty___

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2015-03-31 17:03:59 (15 comments, 13 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

New novella: Perfect State

Today marks the release of a new novella of mine, Perfect State. This one is a bit different from anything else I’ve written, and I think you’ll enjoy it. Here’s the blurb:

God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai’s world.

Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.

Forces have conspired to require him to meet with his equal—a woman from another world who has achieved just as much as he has. What happens when the most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world? Perfect State is an action-filled novella about privilege, culture clash, and expectations.

Check out an excerptat the li... more »

New novella: Perfect State

Today marks the release of a new novella of mine, Perfect State. This one is a bit different from anything else I’ve written, and I think you’ll enjoy it. Here’s the blurb:

God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai’s world.

Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.

Forces have conspired to require him to meet with his equal—a woman from another world who has achieved just as much as he has. What happens when the most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world? Perfect State is an action-filled novella about privilege, culture clash, and expectations.

Check out an excerpt at the link below. The cover illustration is by the talented J.P. Targete, and you can get the novella now as an ebook (with no DRM) at the usual ebook vendors (see the link).
http://brandonsanderson.com/perfect-state/

A couple years ago I put out a double edition of my novelettes Firstborn and Defending Elysium, and this year I’m doing the same thing with Perfect State and Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell. The double hardcover of these two novellas (they’re printed back-to-back, so there are two front covers) will start out as available exclusively at conventions, before going up on my website store sometime in the fall. If you want to pick one up, your first chance will be this week at Minicon in Minneapolis. Check my events calendar throughout the year to see what other conventions I’m attending. http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events___

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2015-03-30 22:07:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Newsletter coming tomorrow + Updates

My almost quarterly newsletter is being sent out tomorrow; you can see past ones here. It will have an exclusive preview of one of my future books, so if you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

Steelheart was selected by the 2014–15 Georgia Peach Book Awards as an honor book. Thank you to everyone who voted to make that possible!
http://georgiapeachaward.org/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Where is My Story Going?, we look at the middle of stories. You know that big long section between the beginning and the end where almost everything happens? We talk about how to use formulaic structures to helpyou get the... more »

Newsletter coming tomorrow + Updates

My almost quarterly newsletter is being sent out tomorrow; you can see past ones here. It will have an exclusive preview of one of my future books, so if you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

Steelheart was selected by the 2014–15 Georgia Peach Book Awards as an honor book. Thank you to everyone who voted to make that possible!
http://georgiapeachaward.org/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Where is My Story Going?, we look at the middle of stories. You know that big long section between the beginning and the end where almost everything happens? We talk about how to use formulaic structures to help you get them to do all of the things that you need them to do without the story feeling formulaic.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/29/writing-excuses-10-13-where-is-my-story-going-2/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson dived deep into the mechanics of not being dead anymore. This week, in Chapter 34, Carl Engle-Laird watches a ship sink in a storm made of Shardblades and people being jerks.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-34

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for March.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-march-2015/___

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2015-03-23 22:39:23 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Newsletter coming next week + Updates

I usually send out three or four newsletters each year; you can see past ones here. In the last couple of newsletters I included just for newsletter subscribers an exclusive preview of a future book, and that trend will continue with the next newsletter that I’m sending out next week. If you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Story Structure Q & A, Wesley Chu visits with us again for a Q & A on this month’s topic: story structure. Here are the questions:http://www.... more »

Newsletter coming next week + Updates

I usually send out three or four newsletters each year; you can see past ones here. In the last couple of newsletters I included just for newsletter subscribers an exclusive preview of a future book, and that trend will continue with the next newsletter that I’m sending out next week. If you’re not on the list, now is a good time to sign up. If you fill in the “Metro Areas” field in the signup form, I will also send you an email when I’m appearing at an event in or close to those areas.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Story Structure Q & A, Wesley Chu visits with us again for a Q & A on this month’s topic: story structure. Here are the questions:
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/22/writing-excuses-10-12-story-structure-qa-with-special-guest-wesley-chu/

– Do you make a conscious decision about how to structure your story before you begin writing?
– Is it necessary to use multiple structures (three-act, Hollywood formula, etc) in order to ensure that your story works?
– What tools do you use to view your story’s structure?
– What do you think about cliffhangers?
– How do you come up with plot twists for your stories? 
– What structures should I use to add variety to my writing?
– Is there a specific amount of time you should spend on your introduction before getting to the inciting incident?
– What do you do when you’re halfway through with a story before you realize the structure is wrong?


Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird endured the storm with the help of Beowulf. This week, in Chapter 33, Alice Arneson follows the aftermath of the storm with Kaladin and the Kholins.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-33

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for March.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-march-2015/___

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2015-03-16 19:37:26 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses + Updates

If you missed it, my novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is available as an independent ebook. I talk more about that here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-writing-excuses-updates/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Project In Depth: “Parallel Perspectives”, we discuss the 13-page graphic story (“comic book”) found at the end of Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel and focus on its story structure.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/15/writing-excuses-10-11-project-in-depth-parallel-perspectives/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson got to hang out with Kaladin and Shallan as the next highstorm approached. This week, in Chapter 32, Carl Engle-Laird talks about something almost completely unrelated. Again.http://ww... more »

New Writing Excuses + Updates

If you missed it, my novella Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell is available as an independent ebook. I talk more about that here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-writing-excuses-updates/

In this week’s new Writing Excuses episode, Project In Depth: “Parallel Perspectives”, we discuss the 13-page graphic story (“comic book”) found at the end of Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel and focus on its story structure.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/15/writing-excuses-10-11-project-in-depth-parallel-perspectives/

Last week, in Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson got to hang out with Kaladin and Shallan as the next highstorm approached. This week, in Chapter 32, Carl Engle-Laird talks about something almost completely unrelated. Again.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-32

Minnesota residents and anyone willing to drive to Minneapolis! Minicon is coming up the first week of April and I’m a guest of honor. My full schedule is here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for March.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-march-2015/___

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2015-03-13 20:35:08 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Just a quick note to say that tonight in the Salt Lake City area I’ll be at the launch party for my good friend Brandon Mull’s book Five Kingdoms: Crystal Keepers. Come join Brandon Mull and me along with: Richard Paul Evans (Michael Vey series), Chad Morris (The Cragbridge Hall series), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle), and several others.

These launch parties that the other Brandon does are unlike any signing you’ve been to—hundreds of people, with hilarious comedy sketches and possibly even singing. People often say “I thought you said you were singing!” when I talk about a signing, but in this case someone might actually sing. Just not me. But I will be signing books along with everyone else at the end of the event, so come on down. It should be a lot of fun!

Just a quick note to say that tonight in the Salt Lake City area I’ll be at the launch party for my good friend Brandon Mull’s book Five Kingdoms: Crystal Keepers. Come join Brandon Mull and me along with: Richard Paul Evans (Michael Vey series), Chad Morris (The Cragbridge Hall series), Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle), and several others.

These launch parties that the other Brandon does are unlike any signing you’ve been to—hundreds of people, with hilarious comedy sketches and possibly even singing. People often say “I thought you said you were singing!” when I talk about a signing, but in this case someone might actually sing. Just not me. But I will be signing books along with everyone else at the end of the event, so come on down. It should be a lot of fun!___

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2015-03-12 19:27:56 (17 comments, 50 reshares, 177 +1s)Open 

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumesof poignant dra... more »

Goodbye, Sir Terry

I woke to the news that Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away. I knew this was coming, but—as with the passing of Robert Jordan almost eight years back—it still hit me like a slap to the face.

Many of you know of my fondness for Pratchett’s works. If you aren’t aware, here’s a piece that I wrote about him a while back. When I wrote it, I worried I strayed into hyperbole. Looking at it again, I now wonder if I didn’t say enough. Too many readers I’ve met, particularly in the States, have never given Pratchett a try.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2013/04/terry-pratchetts-discworld-might-be-the-highest-form-of-literature-on-the-planet

The genre, and the world, just lost something wonderful in that man. Of all the writers I’ve read, Pratchett felt the most human. There was more truth in a single one of his humble satires than in a hundred volumes of poignant drama. Unlike most comedians—who use their humor like a weapon, always out for blood—Terry didn’t cut or bludgeon. He was far too clever for that. Instead, he’d slide down onto the bar stool beside us, drape his arm around us, and say something ridiculous, brilliant, and hilarious. Suddenly, the world would be a brighter place.

It wasn’t that he held back, or wasn’t—at times—biting. It’s just that he seemed to elevate every topic he touched, even when attacking it. He’d knock the pride and selfishness right out from underneath us, then—remarkably—we’d find ourselves able to stand without such things.

And we stood all the taller for it.

Sir Terry, you have my sincere thanks. I don’t think that, despite your many accolades, the world knows what it had in you. Fantasy certainly didn’t. Our glittering awards are made foolish and inconsequential by their disregard for you, though I doubt you cared much about them either way.

The most fitting memorial I can give is this: a request. For those of you reading this post, why not give this man’s legacy a try? If I had to guess which fantasy author of our era will be read most in the centuries to come, I’d lay my money on the works of Sir Terry Pratchett.

I suggest beginning your journey in Discworld with The Truth, Going Postal, or Guards! Guards!

Brandon Sanderson___

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2015-03-09 22:15:37 (15 comments, 5 reshares, 65 +1s)Open 

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is now out as an independent ebook! See here for where to get this ebook.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

If you didn’t already read it in the Dangerous Women anthology, check it out! Here’s the blurb:

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: “Don’t kindle flame, don’t shed the blood of another, don’t run at night. These things draw shades.” Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

There’s an excerpt ofthe story here ... more »

My Cosmere novella Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is now out as an independent ebook! See here for where to get this ebook.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

If you didn’t already read it in the Dangerous Women anthology, check it out! Here’s the blurb:

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: “Don’t kindle flame, don’t shed the blood of another, don’t run at night. These things draw shades.” Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

There’s an excerpt of the story here on Tor.com, the link is below. The new ebook has a great cover illustration by Miranda Meeks:
http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/07/dangerous-women-brandon-sanderson-excerpt___

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2015-03-09 22:14:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Hugo nomination deadline + Updates

Don’t forget, the deadline to nominate anything for the Hugo Awards (if you’re a member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons) is tomorrow! For more details see my award eligibility post here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

In other news, in this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Q&A with the I Ching, Wesley Chu helps us literally shake up our structure. For those who aren’t familiar with the I Ching, it’s a collection of poems which you consult with numbered sticks. You ask a question, shake a random stick from the cup, and the corresponding poem holds your answer. In writing The Man in the High Castle, Phillip K. Dick used the I Ching to make plot decisions at crucial points. We decided to turn that, and our format, on its head, so we used the I Ching to ask usquestions... more »

Hugo nomination deadline + Updates

Don’t forget, the deadline to nominate anything for the Hugo Awards (if you’re a member of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons) is tomorrow! For more details see my award eligibility post here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/hugo-nomination-deadline-shadows-for-silence-ebook-release-updates/

In other news, in this week’s Writing Excuses episode, Q&A with the I Ching, Wesley Chu helps us literally shake up our structure. For those who aren’t familiar with the I Ching, it’s a collection of poems which you consult with numbered sticks. You ask a question, shake a random stick from the cup, and the corresponding poem holds your answer. In writing The Man in the High Castle, Phillip K. Dick used the I Ching to make plot decisions at crucial points. We decided to turn that, and our format, on its head, so we used the I Ching to ask us questions.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/08/writing-excuses-10-10-qa-with-the-i-ching/

Last week, In Tor.com’s continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Carl Engle-Laird got to read about all the pretty eels. This week, in Chapter 31, Alice Arneson hangs out with Kaladin and Shallan as a highstorm approaches.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/03/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-31

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for March.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-march-2015/___

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2015-03-06 20:23:09 (14 comments, 7 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

Three Stories in New Formats


Words of Radiance launched in paperback this week, so if you’ve been waiting to grab it, now might be a great time! (The ebook price was supposed to drop at the same time, but due to a glitch that won’t happen until Monday or Tuesday.)

I don’t usually do much of a heads-up on paperback releases, but I figured this would be a good time to talk about a few other re-releases we’ve got going on. For one, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (the novella I wrote for GRRM’s Dangerous Women anthology) just had its standalone release in ebook. I’ll do a blog post on that next week in depth.

For now, I wanted to talk about a new edition of Elantris, along with making a bit of confession to you. You see, I’ve done something dangerous. The new editions of Elantris and Words of Radiance both made me confront some of the problems inthe text, and... more »

Three Stories in New Formats


Words of Radiance launched in paperback this week, so if you’ve been waiting to grab it, now might be a great time! (The ebook price was supposed to drop at the same time, but due to a glitch that won’t happen until Monday or Tuesday.)

I don’t usually do much of a heads-up on paperback releases, but I figured this would be a good time to talk about a few other re-releases we’ve got going on. For one, Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (the novella I wrote for GRRM’s Dangerous Women anthology) just had its standalone release in ebook. I’ll do a blog post on that next week in depth.

For now, I wanted to talk about a new edition of Elantris, along with making a bit of confession to you. You see, I’ve done something dangerous. The new editions of Elantris and Words of Radiance both made me confront some of the problems in the text, and I have decided to go ahead and fix them. (More on that below.)

Elantris 10th Anniversary

First, in relation to Elantris, May is the 10th anniversary of its release, my first published book! In celebration, we’ve been putting together a 10th Anniversary Edition, which is coming out later this year. It will be in trade paperback form (the paperback format which is more the size of a hardcover), and I’m hoping I can get Tor to print at least a few hardcovers for those who want to get them.

We’ve packed this edition with some cool extras. It includes the short story “The Hope of Elantris” as well as a new foreword by Dan Wells, a retrospective by myself, an Ars Arcanum appendix (as this was the only one of my Cosmere books not to have one), brand-new redone maps by Isaac Stewart, and a very short extra scene. In addition, as I mentioned, we’ve changed a few things.

Now, this is the dangerous thing I talked about above. We’ve seen in certain high-profile films that changes done by the creator many years later are controversial. It’s a slippery path. Part of creating a work of art is learning when to let it alone—most writers I know could just keep tweaking something forever. The quote (often attributed to da Vinci) that says “Art is never finished, just abandoned” is quite a true statement.

However, Elantris needed some attention. When I wrote it, I didn’t have access to a good cartographer who could make the continuity of my crazy map-based ideas for the story work out. I did my best, but it never quite clicked. The maps didn’t match the story, and the conceptualization of the ending was always kind of vague because of this disconnect.

Well, I have Isaac now, along with Peter who is really, really good with the minutiae of this sort of plotting. We’ve made two kinds of sweeping changes, then, to the text:

Map Continuity: We’ve had to shift the locations of some buildings and events as we’ve figured out a scale for the maps and for the city. We’ve tweaked the ending; the events are the same, but where certain things happen has been changed to fit. (Over the years, many of you have asked me about this, and I’ve had to admit that we just got it wrong.) This shouldn’t change the story in any significant way except that now it actually makes sense, but I thought you should know.

Language Changes: Peter has done a very, very thorough copyedit, and has made some stylistic changes to remove some of the quirks of my earlier prose. (Extraneous commas, for example.) Again, this shouldn’t change the story in any significant way except to make it more readable.

Right now the book looks like it’s scheduled for an October 20th release, but since that’s over half a year away, it could possibly end up coming out slightly earlier or later.

Words of Radiance Tweak

Moving on to Words of Radiance, as we were entering typo fixes for the paperback of this book, I made changes to a few lines near the end. This isn’t anywhere near as extensive as the changes in Elantris, but once again I figure I should be up-front about what I did and why I did it.

This part is going to have some spoilers for the book, so if you haven’t read it, please stop right here. I’ll put a number of blank lines here to prevent accidental spoilers. Scroll down if you’ve finished the book.














So, in Words of Radiance, I think the scene I worked on the longest both in my head and on the page was the final confrontation between Kaladin and Szeth.

There was something I wanted to do, and took a stab at it in the text, then backed off because I couldn’t make it work. It was important to me that Kaladin refuse to kill Szeth at the end. Kaladin is about protection, not vengeance, and once he realized that Szeth really just wanted to be killed, I wanted Kaladin to hesitate.

It didn’t end up working, and I moved on to a new version and submitted it. But this itched at me, and by the time the book was released, I felt I’d made the wrong choice for that scene. So I’ve taken this chance to roll it back to the previous idea, and written it in a new way, which I like much better.

The events are the same, except for that moment. Szeth is now killed by the storm instead of by Kaladin, which I think is more thematically appropriate.

The question this raises is about Szeth being stabbed by a Shardblade, then being resuscitated. I’m sad to lose this sequence, as it’s an important plot point for the series that dead Shardblades cannot heal the soul, while living ones can. I’m going to have to work this into a later book, though I think it’s something we can sacrifice here for the stronger scene of character for Kaladin and Szeth.

As I’ve said, it’s dangerous to tweak your work after it’s out. I realize this, and I hope you’ll give me some artistic liberty in this case. (Besides, with Tolkien’s after-publication tweaks to The Hobbit being so good, I think there is proof in the genre that changing the text here and there isn’t always bad.)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hobbit#Revisions

Thanks, and as always I appreciate you reading and supporting me in this crazy thing that I do.

Brandon Sanderson
March 2015___

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2015-03-02 23:33:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Writing Excuses episode on story structure + Updates

This month's Writing Excuses</a> syllabus topic is story structure. In Where is my Story Coming From?, we talk about where the story starts for the writer.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/01/writing-excuses-10-9-where-is-my-story-coming-from/

The deadline for the 2015 Writing Excuses Retreat Scholarships is fast approaching. You can see the application details for the Carl Brandon Society Scholarship as well as the Out of Excuses Scholarship here. The application period for both scholarships ends at midnight (EST) March 14, 2015. Here is what each scholarship includes: Full tuition, a bed in a double-occupancy room, and up to $500 of travel expense to and from our departure port in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/22/the-2015-writing-excuses-retreat-scholarships/

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Writing Excuses episode on story structure + Updates

This month's Writing Excuses</a> syllabus topic is story structure. In Where is my Story Coming From?, we talk about where the story starts for the writer.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/03/01/writing-excuses-10-9-where-is-my-story-coming-from/

The deadline for the 2015 Writing Excuses Retreat Scholarships is fast approaching. You can see the application details for the Carl Brandon Society Scholarship as well as the Out of Excuses Scholarship here. The application period for both scholarships ends at midnight (EST) March 14, 2015. Here is what each scholarship includes: Full tuition, a bed in a double-occupancy room, and up to $500 of travel expense to and from our departure port in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/22/the-2015-writing-excuses-retreat-scholarships/

Last week, in Tor.com's continuing reread posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson waded through one of the filthiest sewers of the wickedest minds of Roshar. This week in Chapter 30, Carl Engle-Laird reads about all the pretty eels!
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-30

I had my assistant Adam update the Twitter post archive for February and March.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-february-2015/
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-march-2015/___

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2015-02-27 23:29:41 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Steelhunt contest winners!

For those who were not aware, I ran some contests through Facebook and Twitter a few weeks ago. Winners receive a set of Epic stand-up die-cut cards, and all are collected below!

One contest was for people to tweet their favorite of David's bad metaphors from Steelheart and Firefight. Here are the winners (selected randomly). You can find a bunch more at the #steelhunt hashtag on Twitter.
http://brandonsanderson.com/steelhunt-contest-winners/

Kierstin Scharnitzke: "Megan's eyes could have drilled holes through butter."
Andrew Means: "Like a washing machine at a gun show."
Holden R Johnson</a>: "They looked so dangerous, like alligators. Really fast alligators wearing black. Ninja alligators."
Tim Bunker: "An off balance washing machine filed with a hundred epileptic... more »

Steelhunt contest winners!

For those who were not aware, I ran some contests through Facebook and Twitter a few weeks ago. Winners receive a set of Epic stand-up die-cut cards, and all are collected below!

One contest was for people to tweet their favorite of David's bad metaphors from Steelheart and Firefight. Here are the winners (selected randomly). You can find a bunch more at the #steelhunt hashtag on Twitter.
http://brandonsanderson.com/steelhunt-contest-winners/

Kierstin Scharnitzke: "Megan's eyes could have drilled holes through butter."
Andrew Means: "Like a washing machine at a gun show."
Holden R Johnson</a>: "They looked so dangerous, like alligators. Really fast alligators wearing black. Ninja alligators."
Tim Bunker: "An off balance washing machine filed with a hundred epileptic monkeys."
Robert Fowler: "The bed as large as a really, really big piece of toast."
Chase Wheatley: "I feel like a brick made of porridge."
Midobal: "That's an answer in the same way that ketchup can be hair gel."
Lisa Roush: "Like a catapult that shoots enormous grapes."
Hanna Mae: "I'll be quiet as a buttered snail sneaking through a Frenchman's kitchen."
Roy: "The sensation felt like an unbalanced washing machine with a hundred epileptic chimpanzees."


The next contest we did via Facebook was the easiest; all people had to do was share a link the events page on my website and say what event they were going to or wished they could go to.

Caitlin Schanaker
Jean Verney-Carron
Ross Newberry
Benny Junker
Brian Bowersox
Jeremy Guebert
Becca Horn
Heather Kirby
Sarah Casey


This next group of winners found out about this contest through my newsletter. So if you don't want to miss out in the future, sign up here.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/

Greg Montoya
Becca Horn
Ross Newberry
Jeremy Guebert
Grant Wheeler
Jeff Wakefield
Gary Singer
Josh Mock
Karen Clarke
Mario Kadastik




The final contest was open to the readers of the Gollancz ediition (in the UK, Australia, or elsewhere)

@CrimL
@jimjollings
@12inater
@aussiekinga
@jgl_beer
@Un0ri
@ithilestante
@futuredreams35
@katernz
@stottcody88
@simpsonseattle


Congratulations to all the winners! Check your Facebook messages or Twitter direct messages for info on how to get your prize.

There was also a separate Steelhunt fan art contest that was run by the Adonalsium Tumblr page. You can see the results of that here.
http://adonalsium.tumblr.com/post/108678156562/adonalsium-steelhunt-winners___

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2015-02-24 00:15:31 (13 comments, 22 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

Shadows of Self cover reveal + Updates

Shadows of Self, my new Mistborn novel coming out in October, now has an awesome cover by the ever-talented Chris McGrath. Tor.com has the full reveal.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-cover-reveal

I have more exciting news for the Reckoners series. Steelheart was nominated for the 2014-15 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.
http://www.georgiapeachaward.org/?q=2014-15_nominees

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, Q&A  on Character, we answer topical questions from our attendees at the 2014 Out of Excuses Workshop:

– How do you have a character grow in power and/or expertise without needing to ridiculously overpower the villains?
– How do you give a flawed character a growth arc without changing what originally made that character likable?
– Whenyou ha... more »

Shadows of Self cover reveal + Updates

Shadows of Self, my new Mistborn novel coming out in October, now has an awesome cover by the ever-talented Chris McGrath. Tor.com has the full reveal.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/brandon-sanderson-shadows-of-self-cover-reveal

I have more exciting news for the Reckoners series. Steelheart was nominated for the 2014-15 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.
http://www.georgiapeachaward.org/?q=2014-15_nominees

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, Q&A  on Character, we answer topical questions from our attendees at the 2014 Out of Excuses Workshop:

– How do you have a character grow in power and/or expertise without needing to ridiculously overpower the villains?
– How do you give a flawed character a growth arc without changing what originally made that character likable?
– When you have a 1st person POV, how do you convey the emotional complexity of the non-POV characters
– How do you create an interesting an engaging story with a main character who is not the protagonist or hero of the story?
– Is there an easy way to tell when the plot is driving the character instead of the other way around?
– How do you write a character with egregiously offensive views without you, as the author, appearing to espouse or condone those views?
– How do you write a character who has a belief that is different from your own?
– What are some tips for writing a sympathetic antagonist?
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/22/writing-excuses-10-8-qa-on-character/

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts</a> for Words of Radiance. Last week, Carl Engle-Laird went on a small rant regarding the International Phonetic Alphabet and danced with beautiful con-women. This week, in Chapter 29, Alice Arneson gets in the unwholesome mind of our of favorite sleazeball, Sadeas.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-29

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for February.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-february-2015/___

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2015-02-20 18:35:08 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

Chicago Signing Tonight. Huzzah!

When Firefight came out last month I didn't have a stop in the Chicago area, but I'll be there tonight at Anderson's in Naperville, before recording some Writing Excuses episodes in the next few days and doing a school visit early next week. If you're in the area, stop by the signing, but do note the ticketing policy below.

Signing details:

Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Place: Anderson's Bookshop
Address:123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone:(630) 355-2665


Signing Policy for Anderson's:
Anderson's DOES have a ticketing policy. In order to get anything signed, they require you to buy a book (by any author) in the store while you're there, or bring in an Anderson's receipt for Firefight. I will sign any number of books that Iw... more »

Chicago Signing Tonight. Huzzah!

When Firefight came out last month I didn't have a stop in the Chicago area, but I'll be there tonight at Anderson's in Naperville, before recording some Writing Excuses episodes in the next few days and doing a school visit early next week. If you're in the area, stop by the signing, but do note the ticketing policy below.

Signing details:

Date: Fri, Feb 20, 2015
Time: 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Place: Anderson's Bookshop
Address:123 West Jefferson Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540
Phone:(630) 355-2665


Signing Policy for Anderson's:
Anderson's DOES have a ticketing policy. In order to get anything signed, they require you to buy a book (by any author) in the store while you're there, or bring in an Anderson's receipt for Firefight. I will sign any number of books that I wrote, but will probably only personalize 3 books per person per time through the line. At 7:30 I’ll start with a reading, followed by a general Q&A and then the signing itself. The reading most likely won’t be from Firefight but will be from some other future project. I probably won’t decide what to read until right before the event, so it will be a surprise!

Check out my calendar to see if there’s another signing that will be more convenient for you.

href="http://brandonsanderson.com/events___

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2015-02-16 20:23:33 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses + Update

We at Writing Excuses are continuing February's focus on characters in this week's new episode, Who Are All These People?, where we explore some of the challenges involved in building a cast for your story. You need to know why you are putting your characters in your book and what the purpose each of them actually serves in your story.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/15/writing-excuses-10-7-who-are-all-these-people/

The Rithmatist has been given the honor of placement on the 2016 Master List for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award in Illinois.
http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/2016-award

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts for Words of Radiance. Last week Alice Arneson had a large quantity of family feels at the Davar estate. This week, in Chapter 28, Carl Engle-Laird deals with boots, ships, beautiful... more »

New Writing Excuses + Update

We at Writing Excuses are continuing February's focus on characters in this week's new episode, Who Are All These People?, where we explore some of the challenges involved in building a cast for your story. You need to know why you are putting your characters in your book and what the purpose each of them actually serves in your story.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/15/writing-excuses-10-7-who-are-all-these-people/

The Rithmatist has been given the honor of placement on the 2016 Master List for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award in Illinois.
http://www.rebeccacaudill.org/2016-award

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts for Words of Radiance. Last week Alice Arneson had a large quantity of family feels at the Davar estate. This week, in Chapter 28, Carl Engle-Laird deals with boots, ships, beautiful conwomen, men on horseback and torn bodices! Wait, no, not that.  He also goes on a small rant involving the International Phonetic Alphabet.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/02/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-28

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for February.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-february-2015/___

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2015-02-13 15:20:30 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 




My Schedule for the Taipei International Book Exhibition


Saturday, February 14

2015 TIBE Forum 12:30–1:30 pm
Book Signing TIBE Hall 1 2:10–3:30 pm
Panel Discussion & Signing in Eslite Bookstore 7:00–9:30 pm

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#7207




My Schedule for the Taipei International Book Exhibition


Saturday, February 14

2015 TIBE Forum 12:30–1:30 pm
Book Signing TIBE Hall 1 2:10–3:30 pm
Panel Discussion & Signing in Eslite Bookstore 7:00–9:30 pm

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#7207___

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2015-02-13 00:44:10 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Brian McClellan's The Autumn Republic

Isaac here with the promised reminder that he Autumn Republic—the third volume of Brian McClellan's Powder Mage Trilogy—was released this week. Those of you who enjoy Brandon's fantasy novels will likely find a lot to sink your teeth into with Brian's. As we've mentioned before, Brian was a student of Brandon's back in the day and is writing some really good stuff.

Brandon gave the first book in the series, Promise of Blood, quite a nice cover quote. He said, "This book is just plain awesome. I found myself enjoying every moment of it. Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast." Adam and I reviewed the second book in the series—The Crimson Campaign—in a post a few weeks ago, lauding its readability, interesting characters, and fun twists.http:... more »

Brian McClellan's The Autumn Republic

Isaac here with the promised reminder that he Autumn Republic—the third volume of Brian McClellan's Powder Mage Trilogy—was released this week. Those of you who enjoy Brandon's fantasy novels will likely find a lot to sink your teeth into with Brian's. As we've mentioned before, Brian was a student of Brandon's back in the day and is writing some really good stuff.

Brandon gave the first book in the series, Promise of Blood, quite a nice cover quote. He said, "This book is just plain awesome. I found myself enjoying every moment of it. Innovative magic, quick-paced plot, interesting world. I had a blast." Adam and I reviewed the second book in the series—The Crimson Campaign—in a post a few weeks ago, lauding its readability, interesting characters, and fun twists.
http://brandonsanderson.com/woven-map-reveal-more-mcclellan-a-second-staveley-and-legos/

Now here we are with the third in the trilogy. Brian's writing has grown more confident and more powerful. The trilogy concludes with punch (think fist, not Kool-Aid), an ending that finishes things without the contrivance of feeling like it's wrapped up too nicely with a nice little happy birthday card attached. History, countries, characters, and lives all feel like they continue on beyond the pages of the trilogy, and there's some good suspense here, as we've learned from previous volumes that not all of Brian's characters are safe from bullet or sword.

Now let's hear from our resident McClellanite, Adam, with his take on The Autumn Republic:

It's awesome!

Now, I don't need to say any more than that to sum up my feelings on The Autumn Republic or the Powder Mage Trilogy as a whole, but I will. Just as Isaac said, there is some great suspense and the pacing is awesome. I found myself saying, "I will put it down after this chapter," only to read for another two hours. If you like Brandon's books you will enjoy these. Do take notice, they are grittier than Brandon's usually are but they stay pretty clean in other regards. Needless to say, I have been converted and have become a McClellanite and look forward to Brian's books in the future.

Other sites have done a good job of summarizing the book with the intent to excite readers—see the Kirkus and Publishers Weekly reviews. If you've read the first two books, by all means check out the conclusion, and if you haven't read Brian's books before, and you enjoy fantasy novels—especially fantasy with a bit of a historic feel to it—then check out Brian's first book, Promise of Blood. The story is a lot of fun, and I have it on good authority that the maps aren't anything to scoff at either.
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/brian-mcclellan/the-autumn-republic/
http://www.brianmcclellan.com/blog/publishers-weekly-on-autumn-republic___

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2015-02-09 20:16:46 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Greetings from Taiwan! I will be attending the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) this week. I'll have more information on my exhibition schedule later this week. Watch this space for details. For those who want to attend, here's address:

Taipei World Trade Center
10F., No.180, Section 1, Keelung Road
Taipei City, Taiwan 110

The Writing Excuses writing advice show has a new episode this week, The Worldbuilding Revolves Around Me (The Magical 1%). Dan, Mary, Howard, and I were lucky enough to have Max Gladstone sit in with us and talk to us about worldbuilding and how genre settings seem to revolve around whatever gifted, magical or otherwise special sort of people our heroes and villains happen to be.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/08/writing-excuses-10-6-the-worldbuilding-revolves-around-me-the-magical-1/

Tor.com continues reread posts... more »

Greetings from Taiwan! I will be attending the Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) this week. I'll have more information on my exhibition schedule later this week. Watch this space for details. For those who want to attend, here's address:

Taipei World Trade Center
10F., No.180, Section 1, Keelung Road
Taipei City, Taiwan 110

The Writing Excuses writing advice show has a new episode this week, The Worldbuilding Revolves Around Me (The Magical 1%). Dan, Mary, Howard, and I were lucky enough to have Max Gladstone sit in with us and talk to us about worldbuilding and how genre settings seem to revolve around whatever gifted, magical or otherwise special sort of people our heroes and villains happen to be.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/08/writing-excuses-10-6-the-worldbuilding-revolves-around-me-the-magical-1/

Tor.com continues reread posts on <i>The Way of Kings</i>. Last week Carl commiserated with Adolin's discovery of the shallowness of his friends, balanced by the depth of his bond with his lovely Ryshadium, Sureblood. This week, in Chapter 27, Alice Arneson returns to Shallan's past in the pleasant, homey estate of the Davar family in Jah Keved.
http://www.tor.com/features/series/words-of-radiance-reread-on-torcom

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for Tweets February 2015.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-february-2015/___

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2015-02-02 23:26:19 (3 comments, 5 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

Here are some of the awesome things I saw on my Firefight tour!

Here are some of the awesome things I saw on my Firefight tour!___

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2015-02-02 23:21:08 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, What Do You Mean My Main Character Is Boring?, we lead off February's Master Class with the exploration of a common problem: the main character is often the least interesting person in the story. It's something that each of the hosts has struggled with, and we talk about the solutions we've arrived at (insomuch as we've managed to solve the problem) and what sorts of things you can do in order to solve them too.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/01/writing-excuses-10-5-what-do-you-mean-my-main-character-is-boring/

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts on Words of Radiance. Last week, Alice got to play with all the pretty ponies. This week, Carl Engle-Laird discusses Chapter 26, and only gets to play with one of the pretty ponies. Luckily it's Sureblood who is prettiest of them all!... more »

In this week's Writing Excuses episode, What Do You Mean My Main Character Is Boring?, we lead off February's Master Class with the exploration of a common problem: the main character is often the least interesting person in the story. It's something that each of the hosts has struggled with, and we talk about the solutions we've arrived at (insomuch as we've managed to solve the problem) and what sorts of things you can do in order to solve them too.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/02/01/writing-excuses-10-5-what-do-you-mean-my-main-character-is-boring/

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts on Words of Radiance. Last week, Alice got to play with all the pretty ponies. This week, Carl Engle-Laird discusses Chapter 26, and only gets to play with one of the pretty ponies. Luckily it's Sureblood who is prettiest of them all!
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-26

My assistant Adam updated the Twitter posts archive for January.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/___

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2015-01-26 23:10:08 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Philly signing CANCELED, new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

I have some bleak news for everyone in Philadelphia: The signing tomorrow is CANCELED due to snow and the airlines canceling flights. I was going to be signing at Children's Book World in Haverford. Instead, we will be trying to reschedule. But in the meantime, we'll send them a big box of signed bookplates you can stick in the front of your books, as well as ‪#‎Steelhunt‬ cards. Hopefully those will get there next week. I'll post again about it when they arrive. (Boston: Right now the signing on Wednesday is still scheduled to happen as planned, but this could change as the situation develops. Stay tuned to my Upcoming Events calendar.)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

I will be signing at Joseph-Beth in Lexington, Kentucky tonight at 7:00 p.m. As far as I can tell it's not aticke... more »

Philly signing CANCELED, new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

I have some bleak news for everyone in Philadelphia: The signing tomorrow is CANCELED due to snow and the airlines canceling flights. I was going to be signing at Children's Book World in Haverford. Instead, we will be trying to reschedule. But in the meantime, we'll send them a big box of signed bookplates you can stick in the front of your books, as well as ‪#‎Steelhunt‬ cards. Hopefully those will get there next week. I'll post again about it when they arrive. (Boston: Right now the signing on Wednesday is still scheduled to happen as planned, but this could change as the situation develops. Stay tuned to my Upcoming Events calendar.)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/

I will be signing at Joseph-Beth in Lexington, Kentucky tonight at 7:00 p.m. As far as I can tell it's not a ticketed event, so bring all your books and I'll sign them, though personalizations will be limited to 3 books per time through the line. It's also nice to show your support for the store by buying something while you're there. (Their café has some Reckoners-themed menu items just for the event!)

From the Out of Excuses Workshop and Retreat comes another live Q&A episode where we premiered the Season 10 concept. Our attendees gave us the questions for this month: 

– Ideas are hard! Is it ever acceptable for inexperienced writers to write derivative works?
– How do you keep from being discouraged when something similar to your idea comes out?
– How do you know when your idea is a novel, vs. when it’s a short story?
– Should you only write for themed anthologies if you already have an idea ready in that theme?
– How can you practice description when your idea is set someplace completely unfamiliar to you?
– When should you abandon an idea you love?

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/01/25/writing-excuses-10-4-qa-on-ideas/

In Tor.com's continuing re-read posts for Words of Radiance, Alice Arneson discusses Chapter 25. Last week it was of cons and curry, this week we turn to Kaladin's Comedy Corral for your entertainment.

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-25

Today is the final day to find The Rithmatist audiobook on sale for just $6.95 (at least in the US) on Audible.

http://brandonsanderson.com/books/the-rithmatist/the-rithmatist/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for January.

http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/___

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2015-01-24 17:10:49 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 37 +1s)Open 

Crafty Games' Mistborn dice Kickstarter campaign is ending in just 10 hours. They're about to reach the funding level where all backers get 12 dice in their set, and can vote on what symbol appears on two of those dice. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftygames/mistborn-allomancy-dice

Crafty Games' Mistborn dice Kickstarter campaign is ending in just 10 hours. They're about to reach the funding level where all backers get 12 dice in their set, and can vote on what symbol appears on two of those dice. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftygames/mistborn-allomancy-dice___

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2015-01-21 23:44:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Firefight Tour, Award Nomination Season + Updates

My tour for Firefight continues through the rest of this week: Find the full tour schedule and details by following the link below.

-Tonight (1/21) at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona at 6:00 p.m.
-Friday, January 23 at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas at 6:30 p.m. (They also have hardcovers of Mitosis available, and   they'll ship signed copies.)
-Saturday, January 24 at the Barnes &amp; Noble in Newnan, Georgia at 3:00 p.m. (possibly actually more like 3:30)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/


Writing Excuses put up two new episodes. The first one is on Lovecraftian Horror, where we, with the help of Cherie Priest, discuss what it is, the influence it’s had on genre fiction, and the tools if offers to modern writers. The second is a mini-episode talking aboutSh... more »

Firefight Tour, Award Nomination Season + Updates

My tour for Firefight continues through the rest of this week: Find the full tour schedule and details by following the link below.

-Tonight (1/21) at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona at 6:00 p.m.
-Friday, January 23 at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texas at 6:30 p.m. (They also have hardcovers of Mitosis available, and   they'll ship signed copies.)
-Saturday, January 24 at the Barnes &amp; Noble in Newnan, Georgia at 3:00 p.m. (possibly actually more like 3:30)

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/


Writing Excuses put up two new episodes. The first one is on Lovecraftian Horror, where we, with the help of Cherie Priest, discuss what it is, the influence it’s had on genre fiction, and the tools if offers to modern writers. The second is a mini-episode talking about Shadows Beneath's 2015 Hugo Award eligibility, which I mentioned on the blog earlier this week when I talked about my eligible works.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/

Tor.com is continuing their series of re-read posts for Words of Radiance. This week, Carl Engle-Laird discusses Chapter 24, which is mostly talk about cons and curry.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-24

A couple months back I was featured on the school library TV show Bookends. You can watch the video by following the link below.
http://epresence.psdschools.org/1/watch/2020.aspx

The Mistborn dice Kickstarter from Crafty Games is in its final 3 days. If 158 more people back it, they will add Atium and Gold dice to every set.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftygames/mistborn-allomancy-dice

My assistant Adam updated the Twitter posts archive for January.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/

Sign up to my newsletter.
http://brandonsanderson.com/newsletter-signup/___

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2015-01-15 16:17:05 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

Firefight Tour, a new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

Firefight was released last week in the US and UK and the tour is underway. You can see the full tour schedule here.

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#5408

My next tour stop will be at Powell's in Beaverton, Oregon on January 16th at 7:00 p.m. It looks like this isn't a ticketed event, so I will sign any book I wrote that you bring, but it's awesome to show support for the store by buying your books there (ahead of time, if you want to read it before the signing). If you can make it, I hope to see you there, and many more of you throughout the rest of my tour in the US.

There's a new Writing Excuses episode, I have an Idea; What Do I Do Now? We talk about our various approaches to the next critical step: What to do once you've got an idea that has story-legs. Many of which... more »

Firefight Tour, a new Writing Excuses episode + Updates

Firefight was released last week in the US and UK and the tour is underway. You can see the full tour schedule here.

http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events/#5408

My next tour stop will be at Powell's in Beaverton, Oregon on January 16th at 7:00 p.m. It looks like this isn't a ticketed event, so I will sign any book I wrote that you bring, but it's awesome to show support for the store by buying your books there (ahead of time, if you want to read it before the signing). If you can make it, I hope to see you there, and many more of you throughout the rest of my tour in the US.

There's a new Writing Excuses episode, I have an Idea; What Do I Do Now? We talk about our various approaches to the next critical step: What to do once you've got an idea that has story-legs. Many of which center around finding the person or people most affected by the thing our idea conjures into their world.

http://www.writingexcuses.com/2015/01/11/writing-excuses-10-2-i-have-an-idea-what-do-i-do-now/

Tor.com is continuing their series of re-read posts for Words of Radiance. In the last chapter we were left hanging with word of an assassin in the palace. This week, Alice Arneson discusses Chapter 23, where we discover what the attempt involved and what the fallout was.

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2015/01/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-23

Another thank you is in order; Words of Radiance was voted as the winner for Best Novel in 2014 by the r/Fantasy community on Reddit. Thank you for your continued support in this, my lifelong dream of being a professional writer. I couldn't do it without you!

http://http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/2rh018/best_of_rfantasy_2014_the_results_thread/

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post archive for January.

http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-january-2015/" title="Tweets January 2015___

2014-12-31 00:45:38 (4 comments, 5 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

All, this is your last chance to get The Way of Kings ebook for free from the iBookstore (with a US-linked iTunes account). This deal only goes through December 31st 2014, so you should hurry up and get it here: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=881209503&at=10l6oF (It's DRM-free so you can sideload it to another platform if you prefer. If you don’t see The Way of Kings on that list and you are in the US, use this link instead: http://itunes.apple.com/book/id376229549?at=10l6oF In other countries you’ll see different books, such as Robin Hobb’s excellent Assassin’s Apprentice if you’re in the UK.)

A new Writing Excuses episode is up, a Capstone to Season 9, where we talk a bit about what we’ve each learned this year and how we have changed as writers in 2014. Hopefully this discussion will bring some insight to how your own writing hasdeveloped, ... more »

All, this is your last chance to get The Way of Kings ebook for free from the iBookstore (with a US-linked iTunes account). This deal only goes through December 31st 2014, so you should hurry up and get it here: https://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewFeature?id=881209503&at=10l6oF (It's DRM-free so you can sideload it to another platform if you prefer. If you don’t see The Way of Kings on that list and you are in the US, use this link instead: http://itunes.apple.com/book/id376229549?at=10l6oF In other countries you’ll see different books, such as Robin Hobb’s excellent Assassin’s Apprentice if you’re in the UK.)

A new Writing Excuses episode is up, a Capstone to Season 9, where we talk a bit about what we’ve each learned this year and how we have changed as writers in 2014. Hopefully this discussion will bring some insight to how your own writing has developed, and how you might take steps to develop it in the future. http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/29/
• Howard explained the surprising changes that came with a change in his work space
• Mary told us how she reached a new understanding of pacing
• Brandon talked about how recent time pressures have informed his writing process
• Dan learned why he is writing

The time is fast approaching for the release of Firefight next week. We’ve been told the tour will be announced tomorrow, so watch my feed.___

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2014-12-31 00:39:38 (14 comments, 16 reshares, 175 +1s)Open 

My family commissioned this for me as a birthday/Christmas gift. This handcrafted chest was made by my uncle and now holds all my favorite Magic: The Gathering cards.

My family commissioned this for me as a birthday/Christmas gift. This handcrafted chest was made by my uncle and now holds all my favorite Magic: The Gathering cards.___

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2014-12-22 22:49:25 (10 comments, 8 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 

Legion: Skin Deep free on Audible + Updates

If you haven't heard yet, Legion: Skin Deep is free on Audible (outisde the UK/Aus/NZ etc.) until Wednesday December, 24th. Get it with the link below.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/legion/legion-skin-deep/

Firefight's release is two weeks away, and Audible has put up an audio preview that you can hear below. Links for preordering are below.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight/

In the latest Writing Excuses episode, Dan, Howard and I talk about writing for nothing more than the fun of it.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/21/writing-excuses-9-53-writing-for-fun/

Tor.com is continuing their re-read posts for Words of Radiance. Last week Carl Engle-Laird discussed Chapter 22 where we watch a number of threads plot along, then are surprised by an assassin.... more »

Legion: Skin Deep free on Audible + Updates

If you haven't heard yet, Legion: Skin Deep is free on Audible (outisde the UK/Aus/NZ etc.) until Wednesday December, 24th. Get it with the link below.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/legion/legion-skin-deep/

Firefight's release is two weeks away, and Audible has put up an audio preview that you can hear below. Links for preordering are below.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight/

In the latest Writing Excuses episode, Dan, Howard and I talk about writing for nothing more than the fun of it.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/21/writing-excuses-9-53-writing-for-fun/

Tor.com is continuing their re-read posts for Words of Radiance. Last week Carl Engle-Laird discussed Chapter 22 where we watch a number of threads plot along, then are surprised by an assassin.
http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/12/words-of-radiance-reread-chapter-22

My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter post Archive for December.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-december-2014/___

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2014-12-16 18:06:03 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Steelheart ebook sale + Mistborn dice Kickstarter

The release of Firefight is just three weeks away! My book tour should be announced very soon. And for the next few weeks up until the Firefight release, the first book in the Reckoners trilogy, Steelheart, has its ebook on sale for $2.99 in the US and Canada. (Check the country tabs here to see what your local price is: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-ebook-sale-mistborn-dice-kickstarter/ ) If you haven’t read it (or Mitosis, the $1.99 ebook novelette that goes between the two books), now is a great chance!

There’s also something cool for Mistborn fans that just started this week. Crafty Games is putting out more Mistborn dice (for use with the Mistborn Adventure Game or any other game with dice). They’re normal 6-sided dice, but since each Mistborn metal symbol has a dot in it, the one-dot side of the die is replaced witha met... more »

Steelheart ebook sale + Mistborn dice Kickstarter

The release of Firefight is just three weeks away! My book tour should be announced very soon. And for the next few weeks up until the Firefight release, the first book in the Reckoners trilogy, Steelheart, has its ebook on sale for $2.99 in the US and Canada. (Check the country tabs here to see what your local price is: http://brandonsanderson.com/steelheart-ebook-sale-mistborn-dice-kickstarter/ ) If you haven’t read it (or Mitosis, the $1.99 ebook novelette that goes between the two books), now is a great chance!

There’s also something cool for Mistborn fans that just started this week. Crafty Games is putting out more Mistborn dice (for use with the Mistborn Adventure Game or any other game with dice). They’re normal 6-sided dice, but since each Mistborn metal symbol has a dot in it, the one-dot side of the die is replaced with a metal symbol. To determine quantities and how many different metal symbols to use, Crafty is running a Kickstarter campaign. Since the campaign went live yesterday it has already funded, but the stretch goals add to the number of symbols included. Right now each set of eight dice has four symbols in it, but each goal adds a symbol until they get up to ten dice with ten symbols—with additional campaign-exclusive dice possible after that if the total goes high enough.

The campaign runs for 39 more days. Check it out here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/craftygames/mistborn-allomancy-dice___

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2014-12-15 18:30:01 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Crafty Games has Mistborn dice, and which symbols get made depends on how successful this Kickstarter is.

We're live! Get some! http://mistbornrpg.com/___Crafty Games has Mistborn dice, and which symbols get made depends on how successful this Kickstarter is.

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2014-12-15 18:20:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

New Writing Excuses Episode + Updates

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, From the Page to the Stage, we were lucky enough to have Allison W. Hill and Austin Hill sit down with us to talk about turning A Night of Blacker Darkness, by Dan Wells, into a stage play.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/14/writing-excuses-season-9-52-from-the-page-to-the-stage/

Words of Radiance has been selected for inclusion into the iBookstore Best of 2014 list.
http://itunes.com/ibooksbestof2014

The Legion sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, is available now (except for in the UK and associated territories). Go get it now!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/legion/legion-skin-deep/

The Firefight tour should be announced soon.  Watch this space for details.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight/

The Twitter archive for December... more »

New Writing Excuses Episode + Updates

In this week's new Writing Excuses episode, From the Page to the Stage, we were lucky enough to have Allison W. Hill and Austin Hill sit down with us to talk about turning A Night of Blacker Darkness, by Dan Wells, into a stage play.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/12/14/writing-excuses-season-9-52-from-the-page-to-the-stage/

Words of Radiance has been selected for inclusion into the iBookstore Best of 2014 list.
http://itunes.com/ibooksbestof2014

The Legion sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, is available now (except for in the UK and associated territories). Go get it now!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/legion/legion-skin-deep/

The Firefight tour should be announced soon.  Watch this space for details.
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/steelheart/firefight/

The Twitter archive for December has been updated by my assistant Adam.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-december-2014/___

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2014-12-09 22:26:56 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

Words of Radiance among Audible's Best of 2014 + Updates

It was a close call this year, but thanks to your voting, Words of Radiance is #1 in Listener Favorites and Fantasy on Audible’s Best of 2014. It’s a great way to follow up 2013′s Listener Favorites win with Steelheart. Thank you!
http://www.audible.com/mt/Best-of-2014-Listener-Favorites/

I sent a set of signed copies of The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance to Patrick Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity. Anyone who donates $10 or more to the Worldbuilders charity drive has the chance of winning the set or any of the other donated prizes. The drive ends next Monday.
https://fundraise.heifer.org/events/worldbuilders-fundraiser-2014/e37546

The Twitter archive for December has been updated by my assistant Adam.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-december-2014/

Words of Radiance among Audible's Best of 2014 + Updates

It was a close call this year, but thanks to your voting, Words of Radiance is #1 in Listener Favorites and Fantasy on Audible’s Best of 2014. It’s a great way to follow up 2013′s Listener Favorites win with Steelheart. Thank you!
http://www.audible.com/mt/Best-of-2014-Listener-Favorites/

I sent a set of signed copies of The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance to Patrick Rothfuss’s Worldbuilders charity. Anyone who donates $10 or more to the Worldbuilders charity drive has the chance of winning the set or any of the other donated prizes. The drive ends next Monday.
https://fundraise.heifer.org/events/worldbuilders-fundraiser-2014/e37546

The Twitter archive for December has been updated by my assistant Adam.
http://brandonsanderson.com/tweets-december-2014/___

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2014-12-09 22:21:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Last week there were two Writing Excuses episodes, a little surprise for you who were wanting an extra dose. Both episodes were recorded at the Out of Excuses Workshop and Retreat in front of a live audience. The first one talked about how to effectively write for readers who are familiar with the genre or story structure in which we're writing. The second one was a Q&A episode touching on the following questions:

•Given the trend toward moral ambiguity, is there still a place for an unquestionably evil character?
•Should you publish a first book that isn’t in the style or genre that you’re ultimately interested in?
•Is it possible to write epic fantasy with a single POV?
•Of all of the myriad talents of the literary agents you work with, what’s the one that makes you stick with your agent?
•How do you maintain your writing chops when you’reburied in the res... more »

Last week there were two Writing Excuses episodes, a little surprise for you who were wanting an extra dose. Both episodes were recorded at the Out of Excuses Workshop and Retreat in front of a live audience. The first one talked about how to effectively write for readers who are familiar with the genre or story structure in which we're writing. The second one was a Q&A episode touching on the following questions:

•Given the trend toward moral ambiguity, is there still a place for an unquestionably evil character?
•Should you publish a first book that isn’t in the style or genre that you’re ultimately interested in?
•Is it possible to write epic fantasy with a single POV?
•Of all of the myriad talents of the literary agents you work with, what’s the one that makes you stick with your agent?
•How do you maintain your writing chops when you’re buried in the research phase of a project?
•What are some issues a short story writer should be aware of when tackling a novel?
•How do you go about discovery writing characters?
When you build a story, does the foreshadowing go in during the first pass, or in later edits?___

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2014-12-08 18:57:25 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

New Google+ header photo for the new book, available now (except in UK-associated territories).

New Google+ header photo for the new book, available now (except in UK-associated territories).___

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2014-12-05 20:50:52 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

Utah! I'm signing at the Orem Library tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with a few other authors. http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events

Utah! I'm signing at the Orem Library tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with a few other authors. http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events___

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2014-12-05 18:25:27 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

If you missed it yesterday— Altered Perceptions is now available as a DRM-free ebook.

Chapters from the original draft of The Way of Kings now available in the Altered Perceptions anthology
 
Earlier this year I told you about an IndieGoGo project to produce an anthology that would contain chapters from my original 2002 version of The Way of Kings (sometimes called Way of Kings Prime). Well, the anthology is finished, and IndieGoGo backers received their ebook copies a few weeks ago. The hardcovers have also been printed and right now I’m signing the ones that I was supposed to sign. The books will ship out this week and next.

For those of you who weren’t involved in the IndieGoGo campaign, a DRM-free ebook of the finished Altered Perceptions anthology is now available. You can buy it at the usual ebook stores—links are here:
http://brandonsanderson.com/?=7161
The ebook sale is being run by Waygate Foundation, a public charity that was founded by prominent Wheel of Time fans, for which I sit on the Board of Directors. Waygate Foundation, in turn, will donate 90% of the net proceeds from the ebook sale to Robison Wells’s chosen charity, Bring Change 2 Mind.
http://waygatefoundation.org
http://bringchange2mind.org

Thirty-one different authors (including Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Shannon Hale, Larry Correia, Brandon Mull, and Seanan McGuire among many others) came together to make this anthology happen. It contains original stories, deleted scenes, and essays from the contributors about how mental illness has affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

I talked more about the concept for the anthology here:
http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=6393
and you can read a snippet of my Way of Kings Prime excerpt here:
http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=7128
Included in the book are six chapters totaling 31,000 words (or a little shorter than The Emperor’s Soul). In the first, the young spearman whose name I later changed to Kaladin made a choice that was opposite a pivotal choice Kaladin makes in the version of The Way of Kings that was eventually published. The next five chapters chronicle his adjustment to his new way of life, including his training under a certain grumpy swordmaster who you met in Words of Radiance and elsewhere.

I do want to make clear that these chapters are not even close to canon and can’t be considered to be very good. It’s obvious that I made the right choice to shelve this version of The Way of Kings and rewrite it from scratch years later, after I felt my writing skills had improved to the extent that I could do justice to the ambitious project that is the Stormlight Archive. These chapters are meant, like all my other deleted scenes, as a curiosity, a look at what might have been.
http://brandonsanderson.com/library/#deleted-scenes

More important is the Altered Perceptions anthology’s glimpse at how the lives of so many people, including people I care about deeply, are affected by mental illness. There are some fantastic and heartbreaking essays here, and I hope you read every one.___If you missed it yesterday— Altered Perceptions is now available as a DRM-free ebook.

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2014-12-05 00:38:43 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Chapters from the original draft of The Way of Kings now available in the Altered Perceptions anthology
 
Earlier this year I told you about an IndieGoGo project to produce an anthology that would contain chapters from my original 2002 version of The Way of Kings (sometimes called Way of Kings Prime). Well, the anthology is finished, and IndieGoGo backers received their ebook copies a few weeks ago. The hardcovers have also been printed and right now I’m signing the ones that I was supposed to sign. The books will ship out this week and next.

For those of you who weren’t involved in the IndieGoGo campaign, a DRM-free ebook of the finished Altered Perceptions anthology is now available. You can buy it at the usual ebook stores—links are here:
http://brandonsanderson.com/?=7161
The ebook sale is being run by Waygate Foundation, a public charity that was founded bypromin... more »

Chapters from the original draft of The Way of Kings now available in the Altered Perceptions anthology
 
Earlier this year I told you about an IndieGoGo project to produce an anthology that would contain chapters from my original 2002 version of The Way of Kings (sometimes called Way of Kings Prime). Well, the anthology is finished, and IndieGoGo backers received their ebook copies a few weeks ago. The hardcovers have also been printed and right now I’m signing the ones that I was supposed to sign. The books will ship out this week and next.

For those of you who weren’t involved in the IndieGoGo campaign, a DRM-free ebook of the finished Altered Perceptions anthology is now available. You can buy it at the usual ebook stores—links are here:
http://brandonsanderson.com/?=7161
The ebook sale is being run by Waygate Foundation, a public charity that was founded by prominent Wheel of Time fans, for which I sit on the Board of Directors. Waygate Foundation, in turn, will donate 90% of the net proceeds from the ebook sale to Robison Wells’s chosen charity, Bring Change 2 Mind.
http://waygatefoundation.org
http://bringchange2mind.org

Thirty-one different authors (including Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, Shannon Hale, Larry Correia, Brandon Mull, and Seanan McGuire among many others) came together to make this anthology happen. It contains original stories, deleted scenes, and essays from the contributors about how mental illness has affected their lives and the lives of their loved ones.

I talked more about the concept for the anthology here:
http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=6393
and you can read a snippet of my Way of Kings Prime excerpt here:
http://brandonsanderson.com/?p=7128
Included in the book are six chapters totaling 31,000 words (or a little shorter than The Emperor’s Soul). In the first, the young spearman whose name I later changed to Kaladin made a choice that was opposite a pivotal choice Kaladin makes in the version of The Way of Kings that was eventually published. The next five chapters chronicle his adjustment to his new way of life, including his training under a certain grumpy swordmaster who you met in Words of Radiance and elsewhere.

I do want to make clear that these chapters are not even close to canon and can’t be considered to be very good. It’s obvious that I made the right choice to shelve this version of The Way of Kings and rewrite it from scratch years later, after I felt my writing skills had improved to the extent that I could do justice to the ambitious project that is the Stormlight Archive. These chapters are meant, like all my other deleted scenes, as a curiosity, a look at what might have been.
http://brandonsanderson.com/library/#deleted-scenes

More important is the Altered Perceptions anthology’s glimpse at how the lives of so many people, including people I care about deeply, are affected by mental illness. There are some fantastic and heartbreaking essays here, and I hope you read every one.___

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2014-12-02 19:29:18 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Cory Doctorow on Writing Excuses + Updates

If you missed it last week, the Legion sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, has been released (except for in the UK and associated territories). Go get it now in all formats!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/legion/legion-skin-deep/

Cory Doctorow joined the Writing Excuses crew at Westercon 67 to talk with us about the Neurobolics of Characters—the techniques and methods writers use to help our readers care about the characters we create.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/11/30/

My assistant Adam has updated my Twitter posts archive for October and November.
http://brandonsanderson.com/category/tweet-archive/

The Macmillan audio edition of Words of Radiance, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, made it onto the AudioFile Magazine Best of 2014 list.
http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/bestof/

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Cory Doctorow on Writing Excuses + Updates

If you missed it last week, the Legion sequel, Legion: Skin Deep, has been released (except for in the UK and associated territories). Go get it now in all formats!
http://brandonsanderson.com/books/legion/legion-skin-deep/

Cory Doctorow joined the Writing Excuses crew at Westercon 67 to talk with us about the Neurobolics of Characters—the techniques and methods writers use to help our readers care about the characters we create.
http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/11/30/

My assistant Adam has updated my Twitter posts archive for October and November.
http://brandonsanderson.com/category/tweet-archive/

The Macmillan audio edition of Words of Radiance, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading, made it onto the AudioFile Magazine Best of 2014 list.
http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/bestof/

Both Steelheart and The Rithmatist were voted onto the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Teens’ Top Ten list, and they've posted an interview with me. Check it out here: http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/11/26/___

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2014-11-28 18:44:14 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Black Friday + Signing in Idaho Falls on Saturday

I hope everyone is having a great Black Friday—as a reminder, my store has some awesome new items. See here for details:
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-in-the-brandon-sanderson-store-updates/
And my book Legion: Skin Deep was released this week. See my previous post for details on that.
http://brandonsanderson.com/introducing-legion-skin-deep/

Tomorrow, I'm signing in Idaho Falls. Details are below.

Idaho Falls, ID - Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Place: Barnes & Noble – Grand Teton Mall
Address: 2300 East 17th Street Suite #1101
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone Number: (208) 552-1452

The bookseller says: Join us for an afternoon with bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. Line tickets will be available topick ... more »

Black Friday + Signing in Idaho Falls on Saturday

I hope everyone is having a great Black Friday—as a reminder, my store has some awesome new items. See here for details:
http://brandonsanderson.com/new-in-the-brandon-sanderson-store-updates/
And my book Legion: Skin Deep was released this week. See my previous post for details on that.
http://brandonsanderson.com/introducing-legion-skin-deep/

Tomorrow, I'm signing in Idaho Falls. Details are below.

Idaho Falls, ID - Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Date: Saturday, November 29, 2014
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Place: Barnes & Noble – Grand Teton Mall
Address: 2300 East 17th Street Suite #1101
Idaho Falls, ID 83404
Phone Number: (208) 552-1452

The bookseller says: Join us for an afternoon with bestselling author Brandon Sanderson. Line tickets will be available to pick up Friday, November 28 at 6:00 a.m. Don’t miss your chance to meet this amazing author!

Notes: I'll sign any book that I wrote that you bring, but it's nice to support the store hosting me by buying something in the store while you're there. I'll also be doing a reading and a group Q&A.

Check out my calendar to see if there's another signing that will be more convenient for you. http://brandonsanderson.com/upcoming-events___

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