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January 9, 2014

For those who aren’t aware, I teach a course entitled “How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy” at Brigham Young University. The course is focused on the nuts and bolts of having a writing career. Characterization, worldbuilding, plotting, and publication. In previous years, a graduate student recorded my lectures as a personal project, and posted them online.


I want this course to be available to as many people as possible. This year, that became easier than it has ever been, and many of you who live locally have signed up until the class is once again at seating capacity. If you don’t live locally, then know that I intend to get the class filmed this year and release it online (details yet to be arranged).


Why BYU?


I get asked this question more than I expected that I would, so I’ll address it here. People are curious why I don’t:


A: Teach the class on my own, like David Farland does, or


B: Teach the class at a state university, rather than a place like BYU, which has a more difficult enrollment policy.


Addressing the first, I think the resources (such as Dave’s courses) that already exist in this realm are very good, and see no need to go that direction myself. Dave’s aforementioned classes are excellent, and I’d refer you to him. Clarion has an excellent reputation, and my friends who have attended have spoken very highly of their time. Orson Scott Card’s literary boot camps likewise have excellent reccomendations from people I trust. Mary Robinette Kowal also hosts writing retreats, like the one this summer focusing on Writing the Other. I would point you those directions.


I like having my class where it is. I took this class in 2000, when it was taught by Dave, and feel that it offers an excellent resource in a much-needed setting. BYU does have its quirks (even aggravations), but I owe this school, and its community, payback. In 2001 and 2002, I applied to some dozen or so creative writing programs around the country, submitting Elantris as my writing sample. Of them, only one—BYU—agreed to let me in. (Even going so far as to name me their #2 applicant to that department for the year, and waiving all fees.)


I like BYU. My time there was wonderful. I support it and the LDS church, which administers it. It is possible that, in the future sometime, some situation will require me to go elsewhere. For now, however, we’re doing it here. That’s why I want you to know about the following.


My course is part of Evening Classes, which means it is much easier to take than a regular BYU class. The mission statement of BYU evening classes is to offer courses for continuing education and improvement to the entire community, without the need for people to have to apply formally to BYU.


I believe I started this class in 2004, making this year number ten. We’ve made some changes this year. The most relevant one to you is that we added a special “Lecture Only” version that students could sign up for. It gives you one credit hour, and basically involves coming each week, listening to the lectures, and getting an A. (The only requirement is that you sign your name each week saying you attended, and write a short paragraph on what you thought of the lecture. And if you were wanting to get into the main class, but didn’t make it this year, having taken the lecture-only course gives you a leg up on getting into the class next year.)


You should be aware, though, that even this lecture-only class has proven very popular and has essentially filled the big classroom they gave me. I wasn’t expecting that and was going to give you all the info on why you should apply to Evening Classes and come down tonight, but instead I’m going to recommend that you keep this in mind for next year. All of you in the community who want to take the class next year can do so (space allowing!) for a small fee. (Ranging between $257 and $680, depending on your student status.) That means you can sign up and attend the lecture portion from 5:10 to 6:25, once a week, for minimal cost—and do so even if you have a full-time job.


This year the university has given me a very large classroom to fit all of the extra students who want to take the class, and I’m filling every seat with an enrolled class member. If you’d like to be one of those students next year, please keep this in mind for when registration opens in the fall of 2014. I’ll try to do another blog post then to remind you. I’d like to thank all the students who have enrolled and shown the university how important a class this is to the community.

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Published on January 09, 2014 15:03 • 158 views

January 8, 2014

Just dropping in to say that the first preview chapters of Words of Radiance are now up on Tor.com. This is the prologue and first two chapters. More preview chapters will follow in the coming weeks.


There’s also a post about the Shallan endpapers that Michael Whelan painted for the book. Plus you can download those as a wallpaper.

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January 1, 2014

Just a quick note that Steelheart is $1.99 today only, in the US Kindle and Nook stores. You can also check the other stores to see if anyone is price-matching.


Happy New Year!

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Published on January 01, 2014 10:48 • 819 views

December 31, 2013

BrandSanderson Mon Dec 02
Today The Emperor’s Soul is $2.49 on Kindle in the US (links) joining Steelheart (links)


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 02
And The Way of Kings is still $2.99 on all ebook stores in the US. Links here: link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 02
And check out the Brandon Sanderson Store’s holiday specials on hardcovers, Szeth shirts, and Windrunner pendants. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 02
So, A MEMORY OF LIGHT and STEELHEART are both among 10 finalists for best audiobook of the year on Audible. Awkward. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 03
Tor.com has a Way of Kings article today analyzing what it takes to become a Windrunner. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 03
Steelheart fans! A sequel short ebook, MITOSIS, came out today. This goes between Steelheart and Firefight. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 03
A new Cosmere novella is out today! “Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” in the DANGEROUS WOMEN anthology. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 03
Did I mention that Claudia Black narrated the audiobook for my “Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell” novella? link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 03
New blog post up about my two pieces of short fiction that were released today. link


BrandSanderson Wed Dec 04
The Worldbuilders charity drive has begun, and I and many other people signed this steel helm up for auction. link


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 05
Tor.com’s reread of THE WAY OF KINGS hits chapter 47, a flashback where Kaladin makes a pivotal decision. link


trevorade Thu Dec 05
@BrandSanderson In your original version, did he pivot the other way?


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 05
@trevorade Yes. The first chapter of the original was a very similar sequence, though he took the “gift.”




BrandSanderson Thu Dec 05
I’m signing at Hill AFB today (military ID required), Idaho Falls on Saturday, and Pocatello on Monday. See you there link


up2000lbs Thu Dec 05
@BrandSanderson My wife bought me the Mistborn trilogy for Christmas. Needless to say I found it and am loving every page.


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 05
@up2000lbs Yay for early Christmas presents!



BrandSanderson Thu Dec 05
On my way in to Hill Air Force Base for my signing! If you serve on the base, I hope you will stop by the exchange to see me.


BrandSanderson Fri Dec 06
Working on the last few tweaks on Words of Radiance. Need to turn it in tomorrow morning. Just little fixes, as per my notes files, now.


BrandSanderson Fri Dec 06
Just sent the last revision of Words of Radiance to my assistant so he can format it and send it off to Tor. The book is officially done!


BrandSanderson Fri Dec 06
My assistant has sent the final draft of Words of Radiance in to Tor. That means production can now begin, so we are on track for March.


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
STEELHEART is one of the AV Club’s favorite books of the year. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
Pocatello! I’ll be at Fred Meyer signing books at 3:00 today. Details here: link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
Check out the Brazilian cover art for Mistborn: the Final Empire by Marc Simonetti. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
THE RITHMATIST is on Audible’s best teen audiobooks of 2013 list! link And A MEMORY OF LIGHT was named the best fantasy.


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
STEELHEART was voted by Audible’s listeners as the single best audiobook of 2013. Wow! link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
THE RITHMATIST has been named one of seven notable 2013 Young Adult books by the New York Times. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
Several people have asked if you can buy prints of Marc Simonetti’s cover for the Brazilian Mistborn. Yes! Here: link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
THE RITHMATIST was also named by the Texas Library Association to their 2014 Lone Star Reading List. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 09
Kaladin showed up at my signing today! pic


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 10
Tor.com took pictures of the WORDS OF RADIANCE manuscript that I turned in. It’s rather large. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 10
Want to read 10,000 words of the sequel to The Way of Kings? Tor.com has “Lift,” with a new illustration! link


BrandSanderson Wed Dec 11
Isaac Stewart has a great post on how he makes fantasy maps. link


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 12
Tor.com’s reread of THE WAY OF KINGS this week talks about the chapter “Strawberry” with jam and bread. link


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 12
We’re recording Writing Excuses right now. If you have writing questions you want us to answer (which we haven’t covered already) post away!


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 12
Thanks, all, for your questions. (See earlier post.) We got to about half of them. Episodes will run in February or March.


BrandSanderson Fri Dec 13
Utah Valley! Tomorrow (Saturday) I will be at the Orem Library Holiday Author Extravaganza, 10:00 a.m. Details: link


BrandSanderson Fri Dec 13
Words of Radiance is done! Here’s my blog post talking about that and what I’m writing next. link


BrandSanderson Sat Dec 14
My signing at the Orem Library is about to begin. First a talk in the city council chambers next door. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 16
Here’s what I’ll be doing for Worldbuilders: live-streaming a writing session where you tell me what to write. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 16
I’ll be signing in the Salt Lake Valley this weekend. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 16
If you missed my link this morning: For the Worldbuilders charity, I’ll be livestreaming writing what you suggest. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
Tor.com has a Stormlight Archive article about Soulcasters and Settlers of Catan. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
THE RITHMATIST was named the Best Teen Novel in the iBooks #Bestof2013 list! link Also AMoL’s in the Fantasy category!


Nerdrage87 Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson It would be pretty cool if instead you linked to something I didn’t have to download software I don’t want in order to read.


Rajani_Isa Tue Dec 17
@Nerdrage87 @BrandSanderson It’s Apple’s award, their store and you’re surprised their want to launch iTunes? Blaming the wrong guy you are


Rajani_Isa Tue Dec 17
@Nerdrage87 @BrandSanderson In fact, double checking, Apple only has it set up to show individual products, not any other pages, in browsers


Nerdrage87 Tue Dec 17
@Rajani_Isa @BrandSanderson Still. #FuckApple


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@Nerdrage87 @Rajani_Isa All Tor ebooks are DRM-free, I believe. Dragonmount sells a platform-independent version. link







BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
I want a new audiobook, and I have audible credits to burn. Which should I go for first: His Majesty’s Dragon or Gail Carriger’s Soulless?


mizzelle Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson Napoleonic ships and warfare and dragons or Victorian paranormal and steampunk? What do you feel like?


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@mizzelle Both. Which is why I’m having trouble deciding… :)


tara_oshea Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson @mizzelle I vote Naomi Novik. But then, I dislike Carriger, whereas Naomi’s slept on my sofa :) So I’m way biased.


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@tara_oshea @mizzelle Lol.






GunnerMcGrath Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson Nope, Theft of Swords by @author_sullivan great book and extremely well done audio.


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@GunnerMcGrath @author_sullivan It’s on my list, but he gave me a print copy I want to read.


author_sullivan Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson @GunnerMcGrath I agree w/Chris, the audio for Theft of Swords elevates the experience. You can pass on the print copy ;-)


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@author_sullivan @GunnerMcGrath Well, I suppose that would keep the print copy nice and pristine—except I think my assistant grabbed it.



BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@author_sullivan @GunnerMcGrath At least, he’s been talking about your books the last few days.






gavinmostyoung Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson that moment where the first thing I thought to recommend was one of your own books. . .


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@gavinmostyoung Lol.


gavinmostyoung Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson Holy crap you responded you just made my year. In response to the original question how about Unbroken by Laura


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@gavinmostyoung My wife read and liked Unbroken. I’ll put it on the list of books to look into. Thanks for the suggestion!






CricketManBand Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson Did you know that @audible_com has Steelheart on sale for $3.99? That’s crazy good!


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@CricketManBand @audible_com It is a bit crazy good, to be honest. Steelheart on audio has been a fantastic experience.



BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
All Tor ebooks are DRM-free, I believe. Dragonmount sells platform-independent versions: link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
Hum. That last one was posted in reply to someone, but I think my software messed things up. Sorry if it’s confusing.


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
Final vote on “What should Brandon download from @audible_com next” is: His Majesty’s Dragon: 33 Soulless: 25. So I’ll download it tonight.


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
This is fitting, as Naomi defeated me for the Campbell, & therefore counts as a (mini) nemesis alongside the greater Evil that is @scalzi.


Razakan Tue Dec 17
@BrandSanderson As a newer follower, I have been curious about the significance of the Mistborn llama.


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 17
@Razakan My old writing group was called the Mistborn Llamas, a blend of a book I was working on and one @bmoorebooks was writing.



BrandSanderson Wed Dec 18
Oh hey, both Infinity Blade novellas are 99¢ for the holiday. link


BrandSanderson Wed Dec 18
Every time I finish writing a chapter of FIREFIGHT, my assistant updates the progress bar in the upper-right corner: link


BrandSanderson Wed Dec 18
Some humorous “Stormlight Park” fanart. link


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 19
We’ve again reached that most famous (& messy) of cosmere holidays: Koloss Head-Munching Day. Thank you all for the kind wishes.


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 19
The press Tor is using cannot physically manufacture a book longer than 1088 pages. Good thing that’s the exact length of Words of Radiance.


bruhsam Thu Dec 19
@BrandSanderson How many signatures is that? 34? 68?


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 19
@bruhsam Not sure. Peter might know. [The answer is 68.] Part of the problem is the end-pages, which apparently take pockets in the printer. [Yes, though it's more of a bindery issue than a press issue. A different bindery could have made a bigger book, for a higher cost.]



scalzi Thu Dec 19
@BrandSanderson You did that on purpose, didn’t you.


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 19
@scalzi Just trying to set a benchmark for Shadow War of the Night Dragons. You know, so you have a goal to strive toward.




BrandSanderson Thu Dec 19
Update on my audiobook foray: I’m enjoying His Majesty’s Dragon immensely. Narrator is excellent. (But I’m not sold on the dragon’s voice.)


Wyattstombstone Thu Dec 19
@BrandSanderson Are you perhaps unfairly influenced by Cumberbatch’s recent portrayal of Smaug?


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 19
@Wyattstombstone Probably more by my own imagining of Anne McCaffrey dragons for all those years.




BrandSanderson Fri Dec 20
Tor.com’s most recent reread post for THE WAY OF KINGS hits chapter 49, where Kaladin starts training bridgemen. link


BrandSanderson Fri Dec 20
The deadline for BYU students to apply to get into my creative writing class is Monday December 23rd. link


BrandSanderson Sat Dec 21
Salt Lake City! I will be signing at the Sugarhouse Barnes & Noble at 3:00 p.m. today. Details: link


BrandSanderson Sat Dec 21
On my way to Salt Lake. Will be signing at the Sugarhouse Barnes and Noble from 3 til about 6. Last chance to get signed books as presents!


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
For you last-minute shoppers wanting signed books, my store has gift certificates and the Sugarhouse B&N has books. link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
There are also four Writing Excuses episodes we put up this month that I haven’t linked to yet. link


quella Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson enjoying MistBorne Trilogy with Daughter. Wondering age range for your other books fantasy books, pre-teen readers?


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella It really depends on the teen. Steelheart and Rithmatist are intended to be teen books, and Mistborn has the most crossover.


quella Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson one last question. Would a girl liking fantasy enjoy Steel and Rith? Will both be a series of books in the future?


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella Both are series, and both also include prominent female characters. However, those have only one viewpoint character, who is male.



BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella Steelheart is more action/adventure while Rithmatist is more school life/magic.



BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella I should have mentioned The Emperor’s Soul earlier, however. Female protagonist, and though short, is one of my best works.


quella Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson more money going from my pocket to yours! Keep up the great writing that so many enjoy.


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella Thanks!







BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella Warbreaker would be the next I’d suggest, though it has slightly more sexual content. (Not a ton, but more than Mistborn.)


quella Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson thoughts on The Way of Kings series for said adult content? First book of Mistborne did not seem too adult in content


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella The Way of Kings is about equal to Mistborn in terms of violence, but has less adult content otherwise.



BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella Kings is my best book, but though the content is not adult ratings-wise, it is my most “adult” novel concept-wise.



BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella It uses non-linear storytelling, a lot of viewpoints, challenging worldbuilding, and a sometimes dense narrative.





BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@quella You can browse that one for free on my website & see what you think. Elantris would be fine for a Teen, but is less action-oriented.



BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
I finished His Majesty’s Dragon and really liked it. I plan to post a review on @audible_com here pretty soon.


icedhockey Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson as a professional driver, I consume all my books via audio, audible is excellent as are the adaptations of your books.


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@icedhockey Good to hear. I haven’t done audiobooks a lot before this, but really enjoyed the process with this one.


icedhockey Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson a good narrator vastly enhances a book experience for me, Novik’s novels had a good one IIRC.


icedhockey Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson It is my distinct hope that the Stormlight Archive can maintain one narrator for the duration of the series.


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@icedhockey Michael Kramer, from my limited experience with audiobooks, is my personal favorite. So I hope so too.







BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
What should I listen to next: Daughter of Smoke & Bone or Amulet of Samarkand? (If you’ve read both, your vote counts double.) @audible_com


Killianjess Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson @audible_com You should continue with the Dragon series!


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@Killianjess @audible_com Eventually. I like doing surveys where I read the first book of a series so I know that author’s writing.




ComradeHarrison Mon Dec 23
@BrandSanderson When submitting manuscripts (to tor) do you recommend having the story fully written or just their 3 chaps plus synopsis?


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@ComradeHarrison The latter.



BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
@ComradeHarrison Oh, sorry. I didn’t read closely enough. Do finish the book, but then send the sample chapters once you are done.



BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
The votes are for Amulet by a landslide. (Though Daughter had its enthusiasts.) I’ve downloaded Bartimaeus, and will report back!


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 23
Here’s what happens when you give the WORDS OF RADIANCE proofread to a five-year-old. video


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 26
Flying to Costa Rica for a friend’s wedding. Simpy Books in Salt Lake airport (Gate C6) has signed books! 3 Steelhunt codes in Steelhearts.


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 26
Reading for my flight is @dragonmount’s novel. And maybe some more of Bartemaeus via audiobook.


TheJarvin_IronM Thu Dec 26
This line made it all: “I’ve seen SteelHeart bleed, And i will see him bleed again” #SteelHeart by @BrandSanderson YOU ROCK !!!!


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 26
@Marvin_IronMan Thanks!



BrandSanderson Thu Dec 26
LAX! I managed to find 3 copies of Steelheart in the Hudson News in Terminal 6. Signed them and put Steelhunt codes in two copies.


croseknows Thu Dec 26
@BrandSanderson I checked the LAX bookstore earlier this morning. Just missed ya!


BrandSanderson Thu Dec 26
@croseknows Dang! So close… :)




BrandSanderson Thu Dec 26
The writing of Bartemaeus is great—quite funny & exciting. But man, the apprentice character is annoying. I don’t enjoy his scenes as much.


BrandSanderson Sun Dec 29
A MEMORY OF LIGHT signed & lettered leatherbound limited edition is up for auction by Worldbuilders: link


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 30
Here is Michael Whelan’s Shallan endpaper for WORDS OF RADIANCE! link There’s also a link at the bottom to wallpapers.


BrandSanderson Mon Dec 30
For Mistborn fans, this Survivorist hymn is pretty sweet. Props to the writer and performer. link


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 31
Stopped by Atlanta on the way home from Costa Rica. Signed Steelheart, Rithmatist in the New York Times store, E Gates.


luiscerdas Tue Dec 31
@BrandSanderson oh, no! Was hoping to host you and your family while in Costa Rica. :( next time :)


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 31
@luiscerdas Sorry! I kept looking for a time I could tweet a meet up, and I just never found one. :(




BrandSanderson Tue Dec 31
Atlanta airport Simply Books at the A Gates also has Rithmatist & Steelheart, signed. So if you go through Atlanta, visit the A or E gates.


MaryRobinette Tue Dec 31
@BrandSanderson I have just realized that you’re flying on New Year’s Eve. I’m so sorry.


BrandSanderson Tue Dec 31
@MaryRobinette Yeah. (Hoping for no Mary-go-round…)



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Published on December 31, 2013 21:29 • 78 views

December 23, 2013

It’s too late to have things shipped in time for Christmas from the store, but you can send gift certificates. These are sent by email to whoever you want to receive one, and you can buy them here.


The Sugarhouse Barnes & Noble has signed copies of The Rithmatist, Steelheart, The Way of Kings, and all three of my Wheel of Time books. The Steelheart copies are all the B&N exclusive edition with an annotated chapter, and on Saturday there were still three copies with Steelhunt codes inside them. Thanks to all who came to the signing, and to B&N for setting up such a nice event! This is the only place in the valley right now to get signed copies of my books, for you last-minute shoppers.


I’ve also neglected to link to the Writing Excuses writing advice show episodes that have been released this month. They are:



Long-Form Storytelling with Sam Logan
Hard Social Science Fiction with Joel Shepherd
Q&A with Mercedes Lackey
Creative non-fiction with Mette Ivie Harrison
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December 20, 2013

Many of you know that I teach a creative writing class at Brigham Young University once per year. As an undergraduate I took this class from David Farland when he was teaching it, and it was invaluable to me as a budding writer. When Dave moved on, I took over the class as I feel that it’s important to give back to the community and foster the next generation of great fantasy/science fiction writers.


As you can imagine, it’s a popular class that has become very difficult for students to register for—it often fills up on the first day of registration, and often only graduate students (who get to register earlier than undergraduates) would make it into the class. So this year we’re trying something different. The class is being broken into two parts—one class just for the lectures, and another class for the workshopping portion. The lecture class is open enrollment (both classes are only for registered daytime or evening students of Brigham Young University), and the workshopping class is by application only.


Well, the application deadline is Monday December 23rd, and I’m mentioning it here in the blog because at this point not all that many applications have actually been submitted. My assistant Peter is wondering if everyone is waiting until the last minute, or if many prospective students think the competition will be too fierce.


Whatever the case may be, here’s your reminder, all BYU students who like writing fantasy and science fiction: the application deadline is Monday.

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Published on December 20, 2013 14:39 • 408 views

December 16, 2013

Hey, all. As the holiday season is here, I wanted to give a shout-out to Worldbuilders, Pat Rothfuss’s yearly, F&SF-themed charity drive. Pat puts a great deal of work into the charity, and I love how it brings the community together to do something great. The charity he supports (Heifer International) is quite worthy, and I’ve participated in one way or another every year I’ve been able.


This year, I wanted to do something a little special. With the help of the Waygate Foundation, the group of Wheel of Time fans who seek to do charitable work, I have offered to Pat a special event for Worldbuilders, if one of his benchmarks is met. (I believe he set it at 100k in donations, which we’re very close to reaching.)


He lists my stretch goal as something like, “Brandon will live-stream a writing session.” But this is going to be so very much more than such a simple sentence indicates. If we hit Pat’s goal, I’m going to get on Twitch.tv (a streaming site with an integrated viewer chat) and then I’m going to brainstorm and write a story according to audience direction.


That’s right, I’ll let you have a say in deciding turning points, descriptions, and general mayhem in the story. I’ll explain what I’m doing each of the way via Twitch’s integrated webcam feature, and will try to do an extended Q&A as well.


I’ll look at doing this for five hours or so: an hour of brainstorming followed by four hours of writing. If we don’t finish the story (which is likely, as I envision four hours getting us somewhere around 2,000–3,000 words) I’ll try to wrap up what I’m doing in some interesting (but open-ended) way, then release the story into the Creative Commons as something like an extended writing prompt. The challenge to all of you will to be to finish it according to your preference.


Either way, it should be a very unique experience. You’ll be able to not only watch me write, but have a hand in what takes place, as well as ask questions about the process while it’s going on. If you’d like to see this happen, all you need to do is donate to Worldbuilders. (I’ll probably use the writing session itself as a mini donation drive as well.)


Now, there will be some limitations. The chat will be heavily moderated by my team to delete abusive or inappropriate language—be aware, therefore, that we’re going to be a little trigger-happy with deleting comments. Something like this could quickly spiral out of control. If we hit the goal prompting me to do this, I’ll look at doing this session in the coming weeks—I promise it will at least happen before Worldbuilders ends on February 2nd. (I’m thinking second week of January is the likely date, though I’ll give lots of forewarning.)


My intent is to release whatever I write during the session to the Creative Commons. Then, I will probably finish the rest of the story on my own time and donate it to Worldbuilders or Waygate to sell (assuming it turns out well enough to be worth paying for) as a digital download, proceeds going to charity. I do have to warn that though the writing process of the story should be a lot of fun—and will hopefully be very interesting to all involved—I can’t promise the story will actually work. I’ve never done anything like this before. You’re going to be able to see me write a rough draft in all of its ugly glory, egregious spelling errors included. Perhaps that alone will be amusing enough to some of you to encourage a donation. But I’ve been toying with trying this for over a year now, and it’s time to offer the chance to everyone out there.


So, please go to Worldbuilders and check out all of the awesome incentives that authors and other creative professionals are offering. Donate what you can. Then, get ready for something distinctly strange as you all create the story, and I do the writing.


Brandon

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Published on December 16, 2013 07:17 • 533 views

December 13, 2013

First off, keep in mind that the shipping deadline for signed books and other nifty things is tomorrow! Look here for more details. I’m also appearing at the Orem Library Holiday Author Extravaganza tomorrow morning; see my events calendar.


For those who missed my posts on social media in the wee hours of the morning last week, I have finished the final draft of Words of Radiance, second volume in the Stormlight Archive. We turned the manuscript in to Tor, and they printed the thing off and showed how big it is in this blog post here. They also released one of the interludes on their site for free, as a preview. Enjoy!


I also wanted to mention that I did a few signings last week, and left signed books behind that you might want to grab. The most important of these was the signing I did for the military men and women on Hill Air Force Base. The Exchange there said that they commonly ship to other Exchanges around the world.


So, if you are in the army or air force and you want to buy a signed copy of Steelheart, you can just go to your Exchange and have them order one of the signed ones in from the Hill Base Exchange! The book only costs about $14 there. I thought some of you might be interested in this, particularly some of you serving overseas who can’t easily get signed books otherwise.


I also did leave many copies of my books signed at the Idaho Falls Barnes & Noble. (Including A Memory of Light and The Emperor’s Soul.) The Fred Meyer’s in Pocatello had a very nice turnout on Monday, and I left signed books with them too. So if you’re in eastern Idaho, I think you’re covered. And as I mentioned above, I’ll be at the Orem Library tomorrow, for those of you in Utah Valley.


Anyway, now that Words of Radiance is done and turned in, I’m working full-time again on Firefight (sequel to Steelheart). I plan to keep at that through December and into January, so watch the progress bars if you want to keep up.


Thanks, all, and have a Merry Christmas and some Happy Holidays!


Brandon

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December 5, 2013

This (long) weekend I have three signings for you. Today at Hill Air Force Base (military ID required to get on base—sorry for the short notice!), Idaho Falls on Saturday, and Pocatello on Monday. Details are below.


I’ll sign any book I wrote that you bring, and all the stores will have books for you to buy, especially Steelheart. It’s nice to support the store hosting me by buying something in the store while you’re there. In Idaho Falls I’ll also be doing a reading from Words of Radiance and a group Q&A, but the other two venues probably won’t work well for anything aside from signing, unless I discover differently when I arrive. And you can always ask me questions when you come up to the table to get your books signed.


Hill Air Force Base, UT – AAFES

Date: Thu, Dec 05, 2013

Time: 1700 until as long as it takes.

Place: AAFES

Address: Bldg 412

5845 E. Ave

Hill Air Force Base, UT 84056

Phone Number: (801) 825-8584

Notes: This signing is for military personnel (and their immediate families with ID) only. Military ID is required to get on base.


Idaho Falls, ID – Barnes & Noble Booksellers

Date: Sat, Dec 07, 2013

Time: 3:00–6:00 pm

Place: Barnes & Noble – Grand Teton Mall

Address: 2300 East 17th Street Suite #11

Idaho Falls, ID 83404

Phone Number: (208) 552-1452


Pocatello, ID – Fred Meyer

Date: Mon, Dec 09, 2013

Time: 3:00 pm until as long as it takes.

Place: Fred Meyer

Address: 800 Yellowstone Ave Ste 1

Pocatello, ID 83201

Phone Number: (208) 239-4000

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December 3, 2013

All, I’ve got some fun news for you here in the holiday season. I have not one, but two different stories coming out today. The first is Mitosis, a novelette set between books one and two of The Reckoners. If you enjoyed Steelheart, I think you’ll enjoy this story—but I do have to warn you that it includes major spoilers for Steelheart itself, so I’d avoid clicking that link unless you’ve read the novel. (And if you haven’t, you can find it here!)


The second short is available exclusively in George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois’s Dangerous Women. Two years ago, George asked me at a convention if I’d consider doing a short for one of his anthologies. I was eager to say yes—he and Gardner have a reputation for putting out some of the finest anthologies in the business, and it’s an honor to be invited into one of them.


The resulting novella, called “Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell,” is set in the Cosmere but not on any planet you’ve seen before. I talked a bit about my inspiration for this novella here, and you can read a short piece of it here. I’ve put links for places you can buy the entire anthology here. The narration for this novella in the audiobook version of the anthology is provided by the talented Claudia Black.


Thanks, as always, for your support.


Best,


Brandon

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