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Monthly Archives: February 2012

As of today, Tor has announced the release date of the final volume of the Wheel of Time series.

January 8, 2013.

As unfortunately was to be expected, most of the comments on Tor’s website are angry and frustrated, blaming Tor, somehow for the “delay”.

I certainly appreciate their impatience to see this long and loved series reach its finale.  But let’s reflect for a moment.  This series has been in publication for over two decades.  Many of us thought that the series would be done before the end of the 20th century.  This won’t even be the longest lag between books, even aside from the time before Sanderson was picked to complete the series.

Some of the comments seemed to imply that the delay was solely for Tor to generate more profits.  Seriously?  Business rule #1: A dollar today is worth more than a dollar tomorrow.  There is no financial incentive to delay – especially given that an earlier release would take advantage of the holiday shopping season.

The last point I’d like to make is this.  The most anxious and impatient fans – the ones who most want to read the book – should be the ones happiest to have the writer, editors and publisher take all the necessary time to ensure that it’s the best work possible.

I, for one, am choosing to be excited.  I heard long ago that the climax was the first part that Robert Jordan had envisioned.  I can’t wait to read the scene that drove him to spend the last two decades of his life writing this series.

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I’m currently nearing completion of the first draft of my next novel.  My goal is to have it completed and ready for e-publication before the end of the year, but there’s lots of editing between here and there (and not just by me!)

This next book, which I’ve yet to come up with an acceptable title for, is darker than Disenchanted.  If Disenchanted is best compared to a work of Madeleine L’engle, then this one could be compared to Neil Gaiman.  (I don’t mean to imply that I am the same caliber of writer, of course, I’m simply referring to tone and overall style).

I’m actually quite surprised that this is the next work that will be completed.  I typically have a number of works in genesis at any time, some that I’m terribly excited by, and some that I’m more indifferent to.   At the time this began, there was one that I’ve pretty thoroughly outlined, and even expect to make a short series of which I was quite excited about.  But it  was this dark book that had the characters coalesce and the plot firm.  From there the writing took off.  Once I’d made enough progress, it became clear that this was the work to push through to completion.  And that is the nature of writing – and reading, I suppose – it isn’t always the most original plot that makes the best story.