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Monthly Archives: December 2011

The end of the year makes most of us at least a little contemplative, even though – let’s face it – there’s no real difference between Dec 31st and Jan 1st.  This time of year always makes me think of something I heard about a dozen years ago on an episode of Ally McBeal.  [For the record, I did not make a habit of watching the show].  It goes something like this, “When you look back at the year, if it doesn’t bring tears to your eyes – of either joy or sadness – consider the year wasted.”

I’ve never been terribly picky about where my philosophical inspirations come from.  This one has always been a reminder that without risking sadness, you can’t find joy.  And any time that the status quo is “good enough”, it’s probably time to try something new.

2011, for me, has plenty of sadness (a death of a loved one) and frustration (mainly related to work and what free time doesn’t remain).  But there is also joy.  My joy is mostly from the little things (like my small daughter saying, “I love you Daddy.”), but it is the small things that make the biggest difference. 

So Bon Voyage 2011.  If 2012 is any better, I’ll be truly blessed, indeed.

Well,  only a few days after I posted that I wouldn’t be suprised if the forthcoming Wheel of Time book did not actually turn out to be the last, it has been announced that Brandon Sanderson has completed the draft of the final book  – “A Memory of Light”. 

There’s still lots of editing and revisions that are required, of course, so the actual release is likely to be the fall of 2012.  I am, of course, anxiously awaiting its release.  Speachlessly, apparently, since I can’t finad anything more to say than, “It’s finally coming.”

On a related note, MacMillan is running a sweepstakes to win a set of all the WoT audio books (through Towers of Midnight, so excluding A Memory of Light).  See the link here: MacMillan

I was first introduced to Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time” series in 1994, just before the release of the 6th book, “Lord of Chaos”.  At the time, the books had been getting released every fall, and we (meaning fans of the series) knew that then end was close – there could only be two, or possibly as many as four more books remaining.  The series would be complete before the end of the decade.

And then a funny thing happened.  The next book wasn’t released in the fall of 1995, but in the following spring.  And by then end of that book, we didn’t seem substantially closer to Tarmon Gai’don (the Last Battle).   This must be a breather before the rush to the end, right?  And RJ had been writing at breakneck speed for years at that point.  The delayed publication must, too,  just be a long needed rest, so that he could write his best for the final few books.

But the book releases  came farther and farther apart.  Years passed we saw the eighth book released, then the tenth, without the end being in sight.  And then the worst blow came following the release of book 11 “Knife of Dreams”  RJ was extremely ill.  He told us that the next book would be the last, and that he intended to complete it before he passed.  But alas, in the fall of 2007, his time came without having completed the final installment. (As a side note, that year was a tough one on my literary inspiration: Madeleine L’Engle had passed away just 10 days before RJ).

Brandon Sanderson was eventually asked to complete the series, but it quickly became clear that he, at least, would be unable to pull everything together in one book.  He proposed 3, one to be released in the fall of each year starting in 2009.  As the new final installment neared, Sanderson announced that its release would be delayed into 2012, though only (he had hoped) to March.  It seems unlikely that we’ll hit that, as his website doesn’t yet list the draft as complete.  It is perhaps pessimistic, but I suspect that he has realized that he will still need more than this 14th installment to adequately complete the series.

Though I doubt he’ll ever see this blog, let me say – Brandon, it finally looks like the end is near, so if you need another couple of books (although I may grumble a bit), I understand.  I long ago decided not to expect the final book until it is in my hands.  After all, I’ve already been reading the series for better than half my life.

And as we all know “there are neither beginnings nor endings to the Wheel of Time”.

I’ve started this blog to help draw attention to my newly published e-book, Disenchanted (currently available through the usual suspects – Amazon, Barnes and Noble, with others to be added soon). 

Disenchanted is a young adult fantasy/adventure.  I wrote it to be a sort of anti-Harry Potter.  My hero is thrust into the world of magic, but he’s not “the chosen one” as the central characters of such works often are.  So, if you like Madeliene L’Engle or Susan Cooper, (or eben Harry Potter) I hope you’ll spend a few miutes and at least read an excerpt.