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March 2, 2015

BoreykoDiana Sun Mar 01

@BrandSanderson It’s already 2nd of March in Kazakhstan. Can you please congratulate me with my birthday? It would mean a lot to me. 

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Published on March 02, 2015 09:11 • 195 views

February 27, 2015

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.

Kierstin Scharnitzke: “Megan’s eyes could have drilled holes through butter.”
Andrew Means: “Like a washing machine at a gun show.”
Holden R Johnson: “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.


Grant Montoya

Grant Montoya


Becca Horn

Becca Horn


Ross Newberry

Ross Newberry


Jeremy Guebert

Jeremy Guebert


Grant Wheeler

Grant Wheeler


Jeff Wakefield

Jeff Wakefield


Gary Singer

Gary Singer


Josh Mock

Josh Mock


Karen Clarke

Karen Clarke


Mario Kadastik

Mario Kadastik


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


@CrimL

@CrimL


@jimjollings

@jimjollings


@12inater

@12inater


@aussiekinga

@aussiekinga


@jgl_beer

@jgl_beer


@Un0ri

@Un0ri


@ithilestante

@ithilestante


@futuredreams35

@futuredreams35


@katernz

@katernz


@scottcody88

@scottcody88





@simpsonseattle – This guy is obviously in the US but we had an extra set so we're sending it to him anyway.

@simpsonseattle – This guy is obviously in the US but we had an extra set so we’re sending it to him anyway.


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.

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Published on February 27, 2015 15:07 • 497 views

February 23, 2015

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.


I have more exciting news for the Reckoners series. Steelheart was nominated for the 2014-15 Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers.


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?

Tor.com is continuing their reread posts 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.


My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for February.

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Published on February 23, 2015 16:05 • 1,485 views

February 20, 2015

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.

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Published on February 20, 2015 10:17 • 182 views

February 16, 2015

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.


The Rithmatist has been given the honor of placement on the 2016 Master List for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award in Illinois.


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.


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

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Published on February 16, 2015 11:28 • 620 views

February 12, 2015

Isaac here with the promised reminder that The 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.


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.

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Published on February 12, 2015 16:37 • 758 views

February 9, 2015

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.


Tor.com continues reread posts on The Way of Kings. 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.


My assistant Adam has updated the Twitter posts archive for February.

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Published on February 09, 2015 12:04 • 349 views

BrandSanderson Mon Feb 02
New Writing Excuses, Firefight tour photos + Updates

link


BrandSanderson Tue Feb 03
I sat down with PW Radio to talk about Firefight. link


SheldonMenery Thu Feb 05
Fiction prof assigned us to read something on our “not school” list (pretty awesome of her), so it’s @BrandSanderson ‘s The Way of Kings.


BrandSanderson Thu Feb 05
@SheldonMenery Should I make a joke about you only being able to read the letters used in the main character’s (aka commander’s) name? :)



BrandSanderson Sat Feb 07
On my way to Taiwan! Restocked the signed books in the Salt Lake Airport. Simply Books by gate C6. Prizes inside most books!


FeekiLin Sun Feb 08
@BrandSanderson Looking forward to seeing you on Friday!


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
@FeekiLin :) Me too, Feeki!




BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
In the Tokyo airport. Haven’t found any books to sign, but the Skyclub has this wonderful Engrish gem. pic


obogert Sun Feb 08
@BrandSanderson your always flying somewhere, what do you do with all the frequent flyer miles?


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
@obogert The sad thing is, I travel so much, I don’t want to use the miles because it would mean more flying.




Thompson42K Sun Feb 08
@BrandSanderson have any plans in Taiwan besides the Book Expo? Couple of expats/fans living outside of Taipei would like to know!


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
@Thompson42K I might very well have time. Not sure quite yet.



Sakaiti Sun Feb 08
@brandsanderson Hi do you have any input on the Winter Dragon thing airing on FXX early Monday morning?


KaitlinGulstad Sun Feb 08
@Sakaiti @BrandSanderson I asked his assistant @PeterAhlstrom about it but it’ll air before they reply so toss the dice and hope it’s good


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
@KaitlinGulstad @Sakaiti @PeterAhlstrom I first heard about it an hour ago. I don’t think Harriet was involved either.




KaitlinGulstad Sun Feb 08
@BrandSanderson I hugged you in MN cause you gave WoT much more than we ever could have hoped for. Thank you for Tarmon Gaiden. For it all


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
@KaitlinGulstad It has been an honor. :)


KaitlinGulstad Sun Feb 08
@BrandSanderson The honor is all mine in getting to read your hard work. Will you be watching Winter Dragon?


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
@KaitlinGulstad I’m in Tokyo right now, so probably not. But I hope someone records it.





BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
A WoT show is apparently airing tonight. I know nothing about it, & agree with Dragonmount’s assessment: link


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
It appears that Dragonmount is down. (See last post.) Basically, neither I nor (I think) Team Jordan were involved. (More.)


BrandSanderson Sun Feb 08
This is likely a move by the people with the rights to produce something quick to keep control. But who knows. I first heard of this today.


oraymw Mon Feb 09
@BrandSanderson Perhaps mention that the director was passed away in a car crash a few days ago. Would be good for fans to be gentle.


BrandSanderson Mon Feb 09
@oraymw Good point.




earthtojenni Mon Feb 09
@BrandSanderson Your blurb is incorrect – it says “High Epic, Regalia, also known as, Firefight” #firefight pic


earthtojenni Mon Feb 09
@BrandSanderson …I don’t mean to be anal (but I kind of do), there should be a space between ‘of’ and ‘Manhattan’. #firefight


BrandSanderson Mon Feb 09
@earthtojenni I know. I’m kinda annoyed… (sorry for the mistakes. We need to be better at making the publisher send us covers early.)




fartski Mon Feb 09
@BrandSanderson Welcome back to Taipei. Any details on your appearance at TIBE Friday, or elsewhere? Little info on TIBE or your site.


BrandSanderson Mon Feb 09
@fartski I will try to post more info soon. Don’t have any right now.


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Published on February 09, 2015 11:59 • 151 views

February 2, 2015

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.


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!


My assistant Adam updated the Twitter posts archive for January.


I finished the Firefight tour a few days ago. While at signings or cons I am often surprised by my readers who bring me small gifts or make elaborate and time-consuming costumes. I’m deeply grateful for the time and thought put into these, and I try to post photos of them from time to time (at least the photos that manage to focus properly). My Firefight tour was no exception. Here are some of the small gifts and cool things I saw while on tour!


Many amazing gifts here: chocolates for my wife, a hand-drawn piece of art of a smiling Steel Inquisitor and Hounded by Kevin Hearne, gummy bears (that my family has been devouring), Magic: The Gathering cards and doll, origami, and a numbered ARC of Knife of Dreams (sorry, it was washed out when I took the photo!). As well as this amazing Mistborn blanket! Thank you all so much!


Firefight tour, January 16, 2015 at Powell’s Books in Beaverton, Oregon – Epics!


Firefight tour, January 5, 2015 at Barnes & Noble in West Jordan, Utah – Bridge 4 Guard


Firefight tour, January 16, 2015 at Powell’s Bookshop – Mistborn


Firefight tour, January 17, 2015 at Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito, California – Mistborn


Firefight tour, January 17, 2015 at Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito, California – Wooden Shardblade


Firefight tour, January 17, 2015 at Barnes & Noble in El Cerrito, California – Jonathan Phaedrus cosplay.


Firefight tour, January 20, 2015 at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, California – Mistborn


Firefight tour, January 20, 2015 at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego, California – Shallan


Firefight tour, January 20, 2015 at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona – Mistborn


Firefight tour, January 20, 2015 at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texes – Mistborn with glass knives


Firefight tour, January 20, 2015 at Murder by the Book in Houston, Texes – Mistborn with metal vials


Firefight tour, January 20, 2015 at Barnes & Noble in Newnan, Georgia – Lerasium pendant


Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2015 – Jasnah Kholin


Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2015 – Mistborn


Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2015 – Mistborn


Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2015 – Mistborn


Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience 2015 – Shallan

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Published on February 02, 2015 15:01 • 610 views

January 30, 2015

Hey everyone in Utah, I’ll be at FanX on Saturday, so you should come on down. I know a lot of you want to get Firefight signed—the booth I’m signing at won’t have copies (though we will have some of my older big titles), but the Shadow Mountain booth will have Firefight, or you can bring your own. I’ll be happy to sign any of my books you bring.


I’m doing a panel with Dan Wells where we shoot the breeze and take a bunch of audience questions. My most significant panel of this convention will be the Infinity Blade panel I’m doing with the folks from ChAIR. We’ll also have a very limited number of convention exclusive hardcovers of Infinity Blade: Redemption for sale at the signing.


I hope to see many of you there! Here’s my full schedule.


1:00–1:50 p.m. Room 250A

The Brandon and Dan Show

Brandon Sanderson and Dan Wells on writing and anything else.


2:00–2:50 p.m. Room 250A

The Infinity Blade Universe

Brandon joins Donald Mustard, Creative Director, and Geremy Mustard, Technical Director of ChAIR Entertainment to discuss their collaboration on the Infinity Blade series. The panel will be followed by an autograph signing and release of the limited edition hardcovers for Infinity Blade: Redemption, the latest novel in the series.


3:30–5:30 p.m. Badali Jewelry Booth #1410

Brandon Sanderson, Donald Mustard, & Geremy Mustard Signing

The Infinity Blade: Redemption exclusive hardcover will be available at the signing. There should be a few other books for sale, but if you want to buy Firefight stop off at the Shadow Mountain booth (#2007) before coming to the signing. Badali will also have Cosmere jewelry for sale at the signing.


The expo floor closes at 6:00 p.m.

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Published on January 30, 2015 15:33 • 124 views