Wed
Apr 22 2009 3:36pm

JordanCon 2009: The Report of DOOM

Hi! Remember me?

’Tis I, Leigh Butler, back from the wilds of Atlanta and nearly halfway recuperated from my very first fandom convention, JordanCon 2009.

Didn’t know this was my first one, huh? Well, it was, and I say, nothing could be more appropriate. And I’m-a gonna tell you alllll about it.

...I’m really not kidding, either. Please be aware that this post is rather—lengthy. All right, shut up. What can I say, brevity and I are not friends. We used to be tight back in college, but these days girl won’t even return my phone calls.

Me and verbosity, though—we are like this.

Caveats and general disclaimers: all people and events and quotes and whatnot appearing in this report have been filtered through my highly weird, overloaded, non-note-taking-at-the-time and occasionally inebriated brain, so I apologize in advance for any errors, omissions, paraphrasions, or abrasions committed herein; I tried to keep it all as straight as possible, I swear. Concurrently, any and all errors made can be presumed to be mine and not whoever I thought was saying whatever it was that they possibly didn’t say. There, that should clear things up.

Also, this report is by necessity rather lopsided, as I was running around like a maniac for most of this (though not nearly as much as the folks actually in charge of this thing), and ergo missed a lot of stuff because I was doing other stuff, or resting from the other stuff, or getting ready for more other stuff. So I can only tell you about what I was personally there for, and am probably forgetting some stuff anyway. Take it for what it’s worth.

The contents of this post are USDA-approved, though the FCC is not so sanguine, and there were no animals harmed in the making of this report, even though Jason Denzel would have totally kicked that puppy if I hadn’t stopped him.

What? Okay, fine, that was a lie. (It was a kitten!) Everything below the cut, however, is as for true for reals fo sho as I can make it. Enjoy, or be appalled, as you like. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Thursday

So first of all, La Guardia Airport blows large goats and I hate them. And that should pretty much tell you what getting to Atlanta on Thursday was like, and why I almost did not make it to the hotel in time for the pre-con dinner thingy, which would have been cause for killin’ in my opinion. Also, my shuttle driver was a 45-year-old aspiring rapper who was apparently incapable of going faster than 50 mph on the freeway, and who informed me that he had moved to Atlanta because in many communities there is a 29:1 female to male population ratio, and “he likes it when the ladies have to buy him a drink.” I bet you do, honey.

Fortunately I was amused enough by this (like, did he actually do the math himself?) to be almost completely non-homicidal by the time I got to the hotel, so that’s good. I was immediately greeted at the front desk by none other than Jennifer Liang, the organizer and head guru of JordanCon and all-around lovely human, who told me rather distractedly that the Atlanta airport had somehow misplaced one Brandon Sanderson, so he was going to be late for dinner. Or something to that effect, I’m not really sure what happened. So I guess it’s not just La Guardia that sucks, eh?

Anyway, I checked in and then ran into Jason Denzel, the owner and operator and tireless promoter of Dragonmount, and the one person at this thing (well, almost) whom I had actually met before. I note that his tallness continues unabated. Jason cheerily informed me I had a ride to the pre-con dinner thingy, but only if I was ready in FIVE MINUTES OMG. Have I mentioned I hate La Guardia?

But, it all turned out well despite my lack of airplane funk removal opportunity. The very next person I met, after a hasty dumping-of-my-crap in my hotel room, was none other than JordanCon Guest of Honor Harriet McDougal, whom I had met once years before (the same time I met Jason, actually) and completely do not blame her for not recalling, because I don’t always remember people I work with every day, and she meets like twenty zillion people a year, give or take a few zillion.

Harriet immediately floored me, though, by telling me she had read my blog here on Tor.com and thought it was “wonderful” (her words! I swear!), which left me kind of weebling around mentally for a while. The cessation of said weebling was not helped by the discovery that the jovial-looking gentleman next to her was, in fact, Tom Doherty, who I understand owns some company having to do with books, or something, and has apparently also read and enjoyed the re-read. I’m embarrassed to report that my brain was coming up with phrases like Golly gee! at this juncture, though fortunately I don’t think I actually said anything that inane out loud. I hope.

Somewhere in the middle of this amazingness we reached the restaurant, the name of which I am entirely unable to remember. I do remember there appeared to be some type of hoedown going on in the square/park area adjacent, which at least confirmed I wasn’t in New England anymore.

There were about twenty-ish of us at the dinner, only about half of whom I actually met at that point, but the ones I did meet included Matt Hatch of Theoryland, Melissa Craib of TarValon.net, and most of Jennifer’s minions con staff, including Aubree Pham, Rachel Little, and Jakob R. And... um, a lot of other people who I’m sure I met later. I’m sorry, I suck, I know.

Also there, of course, were the guests of honor: the aforementioned Harriet and Tom, editor and bookmaker extraordinaires, respectively. And, of course, Brandon Sanderson, who finally got to the restaurant after an exciting detour through the completely wrong half of Atlanta, poor man, and was hailed with great relief and general applause from the rest of the party. By chance Brandon ended up sitting next to me, and looked rather uncertain about this until Harriet leaned over and told him that I was the one doing the re-read on Tor.com, though I’m not sure why that revelation would actually relax anyone. With that in mind, I was actually rather relieved that he seemed only peripherally aware of the blog’s existence, though I later warned him that The Gathering Storm was getting recapped same as all the others, mwhahaha. Yeah, I’m very relaxing. Clearly.

Anyway, dinner. Jason, in his role as Toastmaster for the con, got up and made, well, a toast. “To Jim,” he said.

“To Jim,” we echoed.

Many topics were covered over the course of the meal, which was excellent, by the way, but the thing I remember most was Matt Hatch being utterly thrilled at his success in derailing the conversation into a discussion of, what else, who killed Asmodean, which is by all accounts his favorite thing to talk about ever. This particular version of the debate was made a bit spicier by the fact that at least three of the people listening to it actually knew the answer. I’m proud to say that they gave away absolutely nothing, though Brandon looked rather like he was going to burst at several points; you could tell he was dying to tell, but he did not say a word, because his RAFO-fu is strong.

All told we chatted and yelled and ate and rambled for a good four hours before the restaurant finally kicked us out, and then we went back to the hotel, and I went to bed because Friday was going to be A Lot.

And lo, it was.

Friday

Before I tell you what happened Friday, I have to back up about a week or so, to an email I received out of the blue from Jason, which said (in its entirety), “Can you braid your hair?”

And this is how I discovered that the Opening Ceremonies for JordanCon were (a) a comedic skit that (b) I was in. Playing Nynaeve. Of course I was.

*sniff*

Jason’s muse for this was rather out of control, you guys, but then he had rather a lot of people to introduce. Of course, perhaps I shouldn’t throw stones, since out of everyone in the cast I was pretty much the only one who got crazy and decided she needed a prop.

See, I do have fairly long brown hair, but braiding it is problematic because it is all layer-y, and plus I suck at braiding my own hair. Fortunately I live in New York City, where one can find literally anything if one is only determined enough, and by dint of some Googling and bugging innocent salespeople over the phone, I came upon a tiny little shop in the Garment District called Lacey’s Costume Wig. Which is... pretty self-explanatory, I should think, and thus it was that I became the owner of one waist-length brown wig which was surprisingly realistic considering I only spent twenty bucks on it. Of course, I just spent twenty bucks on a wig I will probably never wear again, so maybe I shouldn’t be too proud of myself.

Anyway, Jason had decided to “summarize” the first eleven books of the Wheel of Time in one hour, which officially makes him even crazier than I am. I mean, at least I originally gave it ten months. We met at eleven AM Friday to “rehearse”, and by “rehearse”, I mean “stand around and sort of read the lines while everyone keeps getting distracted by the actual work they have to do, or possibly a shiny thing on the ground”. It was at this juncture that I met Trisha Norris, who was playing Min and is fabulous in every way, and who would end up being my Con Buddy for most of the weekend. We immediately started making fun of Jason, which just never gets old, while Jason smiled valiantly and refused to give up attempting to herd cats, poor man. It was like he had voluntarily decided to live every theatrical director’s nightmare. I still giggle when I think about it.

I confess I was kind of expecting this to be a disaster, and the thing is, it was a disaster, but in a completely awesome way. The fact that no one knew their lines and had no idea where to stand and kept forgetting who everyone else was supposed to be playing just made the whole thing funnier. My brilliant braided wig idea, of course, was the biggest disaster of all. I had recruited Nynaeve Fan Club President Emma de Laat (as is only right and proper) to help me get it on (weirding out a fair number of people in the lobby restroom in the process), but two good braid tugs in my first scene ended the dream right quick. I was reduced to carrying the thing around in my hand for the rest of the novel skit and randomly swinging it at people. Eventually I tossed it on the table behind the “stage”, where Harriet promptly stole it and tried to put it on. I could have told her it was harder than it looks!

The skit in general was a smash, actually. Harriet played the narrator and the Finn, I as mentioned was Nynaeve, which meant I got to shove Jason around, since he was playing Rand. Matt Hatch was Perrin (because “he likes dogs”), and we got a random member of the audience to play Mat. I later found out that Random Mat was actually Mr. Richard Fife, who y’all know as a frequent offender commenter right on this here blog. The best part is, he was the only person who didn’t get to see the script beforehand, and yet did a better acting job than almost all of us. He was only overshadowed by Melissa Craib, who was a thoroughly awesome Elayne-as-New-Age-Ditz, and, rather to my surprise, Brandon Sanderson, who played all the male Forsaken, which meant he got to die at least four times (we skipped Bel’al), and did so with panache, flair, and a rather alarming amount of physical pratfalling. He really got into it, and kicked ass.

And since I might as well finish the curtain call: Aubree Pham was Moiraine, which was hilarious considering she was the tallest girl there, Dot Lin, Tor publicity wizardess, was all the female Forsaken, Jennifer Liang was Egwene, Wilson Grooms, Robert Jordan’s cousin/brother and best friend, played Tam, Larry Mondragon played, who else, Lan Mandragoran. Pablo Defendini was Padan Fain (HAHAHA) and tried to sell everyone... ads, Alan Romanczuk (Jordan editorial assistant extraordinaire) was Thom (and I bet the restaurant staff are still looking for those “daggers”), Maria Simmons (the other Jordan editorial assistant extraordinaire) was Elaida (the most awesome miscasting EVER), Bob Kluttz of Encyclopedia WOT was Loial (Awwww), Jason Ryan of Arms of Valor was Rhuarc (and sold “Rand” a sword, just for the cognitive dissonance), Rachel Little was Aviendha, Tiffany Franklin got to smack the crap out of Jason (Denzel) as Cadsuane (and she really did, too!), and Will McDougal, Harriet’s son, was Mazrim Taim.

And Tom Doherty, of course, was The Dark One. Mwhahaha.

Good times, y’all. Good times. I have been avoiding YouTube assiduously ever since.

After the travesty skit was over, I attended the panel “An Hour With the Rigneys”, which was Harriet, Wilson, Tom, Alan, and Maria talking about Robert Jordan aka Jim Rigney, trading anecdotes about what it was like to live and work with him (consensus: completely awesome).

Before the panel started Wilson had come up to me to introduce himself and tell me how much he liked the blog (he’d commented on it before, even), and then surprised me by telling me that he had actually hunted up the story on my LiveJournal about the time I had met Harriet and Jim in California, which I had dubbed the Great Purple California Trip of 2004, and posted after I heard of his passing. Wilson had given it to Harriet to read (since she didn’t remember it herself). Overhearing this, Harriet laughingly chimed in to confirm this, and to claim that Jim had never owned a purple suit and she had no idea what I was talking about in my story.

I told her I could be wrong, and would check with my sister Liz, but I could swear that’s what color he had been wearing that day. And lo, I just got off the phone with my sister and she says... she can’t really remember.

DAMMIT. I still proclaim my rightness on this! It could have been burgundy! Or, or eggplant.

Purplish-brown? Maybe?

(“I remember the hat!” Liz says. Heh.)

Oh well. The panel was lovely, full of warm and often funny remembrances of Mr. Rigney, and it was clear throughout how much his family life and his professional life were meshed together, in a way that very few people get to do, I think, and how much this was to the mutual benefit and enjoyment of everyone involved. Wilson in particular had many hilarious and touching stories about his “cousin-brother”, whom he obviously adored and admired greatly. It was so cool to hear about things like the Office of Extreme Danger (as Jason put it, “if you sneezed in there you would end up in the hospital, because six hundred pointy things would fall on you”), and Mr. Rigney’s failed scheme to save Harriet’s goldfish pond from a predatory heron (it turns out that herons are not afraid of crocodile urine), and many other sweet and funny stories.

(You may have noticed I’ve been wavering back and forth between “Jim” and “Mr. Rigney”, because everyone was calling him “Jim”, and it’s definitely a lot faster to type, but I was raised in the South, yo, and have a lingering uncomfortableness with calling a man I only met once by his first name. Ergo, waver. I don’t have a point here, I’m just, er, pointing it out.)

It was either before or after this that I got to meet Maria Simmons, who along with Alan Romanczuk were (and are) Jim and Harriet’s assistants both editorial and personal, and have been working like gangbusters on Book 12 with Brandon. Maria is about the nicest human alive, just so you know, and she and I would continually run into each other at intervals throughout the weekend so I could continue to enjoy talking to her about everything and nothing. I’m sneaky that way. She is forthwith commanded to get herself up to New York sometime so I can get my Maria Chat Time fix. No arguments, missy!

Afterwards I went back to my room to recuperate (and stash The Wig), and then met up with the awesome and fearsomely efficient Dot Lin to do a short interview taping for the JordanCon mini-doc she’s doing (and this is all the detail I have on that, presumably someone somewhere will let us all know what becomes of it). Hopefully they can edit out all the “ums” and “likes” in my portion. I was right after Jennifer Liang, which was cool because I got to hear about how JordanCon actually came about, and the crazy amount of work that’s actually involved in getting one of these things off the ground. Y’all give all due and/or mad props to Jennifer and her team, ya heard me?

I had totally meant to go to the poker tournament that evening, because I adore Texas Hold ‘Em, and the proceeds were going to amyloidosis research, but Jason Denzel had made the mistake of introducing me to his friend Jason Ryan, who as I mentioned earlier played Rhuarc in the skit, and sells swords and all manner of medieval weaponry. Jason R. had assisted Jason D. in the fantasy film project he’s working on (and played Evil Bandit #2), which is how they knew each other. He had a booth (or table, technically) at the con, and as soon as I saw it I proceeded to grill him for like two hours about swordfighting techniques and swordmaking techniques and why there are no good forges in the U.S. and whether it was really possible for a girl with comparatively little upper body strength to take on a muscley guy in a swordfight and win. (Jason R., by the way, says yes, if she’s skilled and quick enough, and as a lifelong Military Guy (Air Force) and someone who teaches swordfighting professionally, he should know. This makes me happy.)

This eventually led to me, Jason, Jason, and Trisha going out to eat, and then going out drinking. Because We Could. That Jason D. lives in California and yet manages to know a bartender who will give us free drinks in Atlanta is terribly impressive. It is possible that I am easily impressed. But hey, free booze, you know?

(The bartender, Cooper (aka Evil Bandit #3), gave me blue drinks. I asked him what it was, and he told me, “I call that ‘Blue Drink’”. Thanks, Coop. I’m probably better off not knowing. In retribution I stole his drumsticks, and no, I do not mean that euphemistically. The man really had drumsticks behind the bar. You dirty, dirty people.)

So, no poker for me. On balance this is probably a good thing, as just because I like poker does not mean I am actually any good at poker. I'm sure it was a very good time for those who attended, though.

Saturday

The wisdom of poker-avoidance notwithstanding, going out drinking and dancing till three AM...ish when I had to speak in front of people the next morning like a human was probably not the most intelligent move I’ve ever made. Nevertheless, I was NOT late, JASON DENZEL. I was at the Fandom panel Saturday morning with like three whole minutes to spare. So There. Respect my Responsibilitai!

The Fandom panel consisted of me, Jason D., Matt Hatch, Bob Kluttz, and Melissa Craib talking about, duh, fandom, from the differing perspectives of our respective websites. I felt a little bit like the odd man out on this, since all of the others had started their own websites, like normal geeks, while the history of my own participation in fandom is a little... bizarrer. Not to mention, I was the only one talking about a section of fandom that actually died (namely, the rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan group).

But, it seemed to go over very well; I was pretty impressed at how many people showed, considering Brandon was running a writer’s workshop at the same time (which I would have loved to go to, myself. Oh well). Basically the consensus of us all (which is something I’ve always said) is that the best thing about the Wheel of Time, aside from the books themselves, is the stupendous and enduring friendships and communities it has engendered, and how that has changed so many lives for the better. Mine definitely included; I’ve gotten to go places and meet people and do things as a result of WOT that I would never have done otherwise. JordanCon being, naturally, the latest example of such. Oh yeah, and what I’m doing right this second. Tis a thing of awesome, you guys.

I think it was around this point that Rebecca Starr, also Of The Commenters, introduced herself to me, and we chatted for a bit. It was very cool. I sort of haven’t been mentioning it that much, but quite a few people came up to me and complimented me on the blog throughout the weekend, which was really just so awesome, and I’m really sorry I was in such a state of sensory overload that I have not retained most of their names. My brain, she is sievelike sometimes. But I really appreciated it, you guys, seriously.

After this I was on another panel, “Theories and Rampant Speculation”, the subject of which should be fairly self-evident, with Jakob R, Bao Pham, and (of course) Matt Hatch, who actually did not manage this time to steer us Asmodean-ward, not for lack of trying. Most of the hour, as I recall, was taken up discussing the nature of Min’s visions, how that whole ta’veren thing works, and whether and how the One Power differs from the Pattern. The latter debate mostly centered around balefire, and whether the fact that it could unravel the Pattern had to do with the people/souls it destroyed, or because it undid the choices they had made. I personally really liked the notion that the Pattern consisted of choices/events, rather than souls/lives, and wish I could remember who had suggested it.

Then there was the Team Jordan Panel, which was again Tom, Harriet, Brandon, Alan, Maria, and Wilson, this time talking about the upcoming release of Book 12: what it was like to write it, how much of it was Robert Jordan and how much of it was Brandon Sanderson, and the reasoning behind the decision to split AMOL into three books, and so on. Most of the latter topic was more than adequately covered in Brandon’s blog post, so I won’t revisit that, though I will mention that they reassured us that each of the three books contains a Big Ass Ending (my words, not theirs), and has sufficient closure to be satisfying while still carrying forward to the next volume.

I was intrigued by Brandon and Harriet’s description of the notes and outlines Jordan had left behind, and how they had often had to make decisions where Jordan himself had left multiple options for which way a scene was going to go, and many other interesting details of the writing process. I was generally impressed at how candid and thorough they were about the mechanics of the process without giving away a single detail (that I recall) of the plot itself.

Harriet in particular was very up front about a topic that I imagine they thought to be a bit sensitive, though obvious if you think about it. Which was the... hm, not sure what word to use here. Caution? Admonition? Caveat? Not sure. Let’s go with “forewarning” – forewarning that Book 12 (and 13, and 14) are not “Robert Jordan” books. They are “Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson” books.

As Brandon put it, if they had wanted someone to slavishly imitate Jordan’s prose and style and try to make it seem like it was actually Jordan writing, they could have done that (or tried, as Brandon was of the opinion that not even a skilled ghostwriter would have been really successful at mimicking Jordan’s voice), but that was not what Harriet and Tom wanted. They wanted (and I’m paraphrasing here a little) to finish the series in a way that honored Jordan’s vision without insulting his memory by, essentially, pretending he hadn’t passed on. Which is something that I personally can completely get behind; the “ghostwriter” option strikes me as nothing less than ghoulish, so good on Team Jordan for not going that route. Brandon’s aim in writing, therefore, has been to capture the feel of the Wheel of Time (and keeping everything that Jordan actually wrote before he died intact) while still bringing his own experience and voice to the table. In other words, he’s in there too.

Which I imagine is going to anger some people, and I’m telling those people right now: deal. Of course ideally we would have preferred to have the finale of the Wheel of Time as written by Robert Jordan and Robert Jordan alone, but we can’t have that, and that’s no one’s fault, least of all Harriet et al. I can’t encapsulate everything they said at this panel about it without going on for a hundred years (and this is thing is already frighteningly long), but if you want my take on it, after hearing what they had to say (and having read Brandon’s previously published novels) I am at the very least deeply curious to see the result. Take it for what it’s worth, but I think it’s going to be pretty damn cool. You can think I drank the Koolaid or whatever, and there’s certainly the possibility that I am wrong, and that’s fine, but if you insist on pissing and moaning about something that for all intents and purposes was unavoidable (not to mention the best solution available anyway), I really have no sympathy. Put up or shut up.

(Well, come on, I couldn’t have a whole blog post go by without saying something incendiary!)

Annnyway. Other stuff in the panel: during the Q&A, someone asked if they planned to release one giant set of the entire series once it was done, which earned a laugh, and Harriet grinned and said they would sell it in “a vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk”. Naturally, someone in the audience called out that they would totally buy that. Of particular interest was the revelation from Tom that the “outrigger novels” that Jordan had long ago planned to do would have been a trilogy about the Seanchan, with Mat and Tuon going back to her homeland to deal with the fallout there. Which is... really interesting. I’m kind of uncertain about it in practice (I would worry about it being anticlimactic, for one thing), but it’s an intriguing idea. (I think a comparable situation, though, would be the Empire Trilogy Raymond Feist wrote with Janny Wurts, which could be considered an “outrigger” series to the Riftwar books. And those turned out to be better than the original series, so...)

Immediately after this was what was billed in the program as “A Reading from A Memory of Light”, and the panelists listed were Harriet – and Robert Jordan. I may have been the last person to clue into what this meant. I had assumed that Harriet was going to read something from the book that Jordan had written.

What I got was quite different.

Wilson was there, too, and got up and told us how, a few weeks before Mr. Rigney died, Wilson was sitting with him when Mr. Rigney suddenly began to talk. He was describing a scene, and as soon as Wilson realized what he was hearing he jumped up and ran into the next room and got Harriet and Maria, so they could take notes, and dashed to Wal-Mart to buy audio recording equipment. Because Robert Jordan was telling them the end of the story.

I don’t mind telling you, when I realized they were going to play some of the audio recording for us, I got chills.

Wilson told us that what we were about to hear was recorded twenty days before Mr. Rigney passed, and is a description of a scene in the Prologue of A Memory of Light. I’m not sure, but it may be the very first scene in the book. You could have heard a pin drop in the room when he sat down next to Harriet and started the recording.

I can’t claim that I specifically remember what Mr. Rigney’s voice sounded like when I met him five years ago, but I would have remembered if it had sounded any different from what a big, self-assured man generally sounds like, so hearing what he had sounded like near the end was something of a shock. The voice on the tape was hoarse and cracked and exhausted and determined, and altogether... I hesitate to use the word “eerie”, for fear it seems disrespectful, but, well, I can’t think of another way to describe it. Combined with the scene he was actually describing, which was entirely for the purpose of creating a sense of ominous foreboding, the effect was... I don’t know what it was.

The scene was simple, with largely nameless characters who are unlikely to appear in the larger narrative, starting with a farmer sitting on his porch, watching a cloudbank in the distance, one which is behaving in a manner unlike any clouds the farmer had ever seen before. I won’t go into more detail (though it may be that others will), because we were asked beforehand not to employ recording devices, and though a written summary is certainly not breaking that rule, I feel that I should adhere to the spirit of the request. And besides, a written summary wouldn’t do it justice.

The thing I remember most was the repeated phrase: “The storm is coming. The storm is coming.” He said that over and over again.

I had choked up the moment the recording started, and by the time it was over, I was unabashedly in tears. This may seem like a rather strong reaction, but perhaps it is a little explained when I tell you that by entirely random coincidence, Mr. Rigney had died barely a month before my own father did; my father was only a year older than Mr. Rigney, too.

Meaningless coincidence this may be, but grief doesn’t truck much with logic, and... and I don’t have much more to say on that topic. Let’s just say it struck a raw place, and leave it at that.

All other considerations aside, whatever else I felt at that moment, I also feel privileged to have been there for it.

Fortunately for this con-goer, there was a ball later that evening. With a bar.

But first, I went to dinner, after a little bit of recovery time. I was with The Usual Suspects (Trisha and the Jasons), as well as Bob Kluttz and his lovely wife Joan (when I knocked over a glass of water: “Hey, we’re supposed to be the Kluttzes here”), Maria Simmons, and Brandon Sanderson, at this little Thai/Chinese/sushi place near the hotel. At our urging, Maria and Brandon explained the process of getting a book from manuscript to print, which I’ve heard in several iterations before but for various reasons is endlessly fascinating to me, especially from an “in the trenches” sort of perspective (which said perspective both Maria and Brandon possess in spades, as you well might imagine).

Afterwards we went back to the hotel and I got dressed for the ball. I didn’t have a costume, but I had my swirly black skirt and burgundy velvet top, and most importantly I had my crystal necklace and earrings, which are my favorite pieces of expensive jewelry – possibly because they’re my only expensive jewelry – and which I was thrilled to get a chance to wear.

The ball was a great deal of fun. The music was provided by The Lost Boys, for whom I can’t seem to find a website (I keep getting a certain Joel Schumacher film), in all their kilted glory, which was perfect music for the occasion. There was a silent auction in the back, which was selling, among other things, The Hat, and an original manuscript page from The Eye of the World, which Harriet pointed out contained a most significant edit: Where Ba’alzamon says to Rand in the dream sequence, “At last we meet”, Jordan had crossed out “at last” and changed it to “Once more we meet”. Think about it. All proceeds, of course, going to charity.

For my part, I mostly stood around and ogled people’s costumes. There were lots of Aes Sedai outfits, naturally, some of which were stunning in their elaborateness, and most of the men who dressed up chose to be Asha’man, though there was a Cairhienin lord and lady (complete with stripes of rank and foot-high hairdo), a bare-chested guy who had real raven-and-tower Seanchan tattoos (holy crap), another guy who was dressed in an exact replica of the outfit Rand is wearing on the cover of The Fires of Heaven, and my personal favorite, a girl dressed as one of Elayne’s Queen’s Guards, complete with breastplate, sash, hat and plume. Awesome.

The preponderance of Asha’man costumes led to some interesting (and hilarious) results: Jason (Denzel) hadn’t brought a costume either, and elected to simply wear a suit and tie, but in the spirit of things he pinned either lapel with the Dedicated sword pin and Asha’man Dragon pin being sold at the con. A little while later he wandered up to me and Trisha and told us in a bemused voice that he had just gotten kudos on his clever costume idea: “A modern-day Asha’man, how original!”

I may have giggled about this, a lot. Ha!

(I wish I had remembered to buy some of Badali’s stuff while I was there; I may order something from the Mistborn or Elantris collection later. It was really neat.)

There was a costume contest, naturally, and the results of the charity drive and silent auction, though unfortunately I have no idea who won anything, as we were kind of far back for most of this and the microphones were apparently having existential crises about their lot as devices that actually amplify audio. I’m sure someone else can fill me in. Congrats to the winners, whoever they are, though!

There was also dancing, naturally; I’m here to tell you that Mr. and Mrs. Grooms can cut quite the rug when the spirit takes them. I, on the other hand, do not have the dancing gene, and instead chatted with Jennifer and Melissa and Jakob and Maria and many other people, and complimented people on their costumes, and basically hung out. Harriet and I chatted for a bit, and she seemed to be having a great deal of fun, as well; everyone was, I think. I understand there was a burlesque show later and maybe some other stuff, but it had been a damn long day (a damn long weekend, really), and I had pretty much mentally checked out by then, so I didn’t watch it. Sorry! I was exhausted, but I wandered around and talked to people some more before finally going to bed in the wee-ish hours. All in all, a damn good time.

Sunday

Maybe a little too much of a good time, as I woke up Sunday feeling really, really not good. I tried to eat breakfast with Jason and Harriet and Tom Doherty and a bunch of other people, but ended up mostly just kind of staring at everyone in a nauseous daze, which I’m sure was thrilling for everyone involved. It was a goddamn barrel of monkeys from this end, I can tell you. Yes, yes, I have no one to blame but myself, blah blah blah bitemecakes.

It did have one good result, in that I apparently looked so piteous that Mr. Doherty was moved to rescue me by offering me a ride with him to the airport, as we both had flights out that afternoon. Because he is a Prince Among Men. I accepted gratefully, and said goodbye to everyone I could find before heading out to brave the dark and foreboding clutches of the airline travel industry once more.

And here, pretty much, ends my extremely long-winded tale. I’d like to thank the Academy, and also Jennifer, Dot, Jason, Pablo, and anyone else who had anything to do with getting me to this thing and steering me gently in the directions I needed to go while I was there, and buying me tasty beverages while they were at it. Y’all are the bizzomb, yo.

And, of course, deep thanks to Team Jordan, for being the thoroughly gracious and awesome group of people that you are, and for sharing your time and your expertise and your memories of a singular man with us. I am honored, and I do not say so lightly.

So, that’s my report on JordanCon 2009! I had about a billion tons of fun, and met some of the coolest people on this here mudball, and I am eternally grateful to all y’all for being the kickass fandom that you are. As my people say, laisse le bon temps roule, which is Old Tongue for “Whoo!” Indeed.

Fin!

106 comments
Blake Engholm
1. UncrownedKing
Shes back!!

Missed your posts, the re-read went insane.
Amar Ramraj
2. aiel1219
Thanks a mill Leigh! Was really lookin forward to this
Maggie M
3. Eswana
THANK YOU. Leigh, you are Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooved.


like, 700+ posts worth of love.
Kate Nepveu
4. katenepveu
Nicely done with the chapter icons!

Sounds like you had a good time, except for Sunday (sympathies--been there and done that).

Also:

an original manuscript page from The Eye of the World, which Harriet pointed out contained a most significant edit: Where Ba’alzamon says to Rand in the dream sequence, “At last we meet”, Jordan had crossed out “at last” and changed it to “Once more we meet”.

Wow.
marianelisa
5. marianelisa
and you put me in tears a few points, oh i wish i culd have gone! i still regret that the last time mr jordan came to philly i was in hawaii (some regret)...i had such a sense of urgency about meeting him (which of course had to be ignored) and i know i am at a loss because of it. it is wonderful that people are still so involved with his work and his family though (and more deserving folk than me since you all put som much more into it). i am so glad to hear that you had an awesome, drunky, yelly time...
marianelisa
6. hoping to be of the blood
Tai'shar Leigh
marianelisa
7. dcole78
she she has returned....the twitches they can stop they can stop...(wraps a plastic cord around his arm, prepares his needle, and injects leighness) AH!!!!

(sorry leigh refferences to the 700 or so posts on the topic while you were gone. I wouldn't take the time to read all of them...as someone before me said it got a little insane (ok maybe not a little...) anyway going to enjoy your verbosity now. Do you do anything involving writing for a living, because your writing is always very entertaining and humorous.
Maggie M
8. Eswana
also..... does anyone have a video of the Skit? Is it on youtube? I've been looking, but so far nada.
Galen Brinn
9. GatheringStorm
Re-read went insane, indeed. Mildly understated, UncrownedKing...mildly ;)

Thanks, Leigh. This post made up for not having Wednesday and Friday re-read threads to get our fix on last week.
Brett Michie
10. bchurch
Leigh, you are made of awesome! Glad you had a great time! Thanks for sharing and thank you for coming back to us.
marianelisa
11. markp
cool, thanks for the write-up it sounds like it was a good few days.

I agree it is a good thing they didn't try to do a pastiche of Mr. Rigney's writing. It wouldn't have worked and Brandon Sanderson seems like a good writer him self.

p.s Nobody post any spoilers from A Memory of Light please.
Andrew Lovsness
12. drewlovs
Good to see you back.

I had to laugh when you mentioned your ride to the convention; even on vacation, some male idiot seems to find you and say something stupid... haha.

I was very intrigued by the recording of Mr. Jordan, and though I would LOVE to hear it, I doubt I ever will. Sad, that.

The selfish me wanted to hear more about the upcoming book, but I also liked to hear about what it would be like to actually go to a future Jordancon, so I was not too disappointed.

Glad you had a good time, but I'm even more glad you are back. We got to 700 posts on your last submission; things were getting dicy...
marianelisa
13. Will "scifantasy" Frank
The Lost Boys: No website, but here's YouTube from the con:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnkOP7u_HCU

No other YouTubes, though--so no skit. (Somebody must have been taking video; I'll keep an eye open.)
Blake Engholm
14. UncrownedKing
It would have been sweet to be there. Being around people just as geeked out as you are? Thats the definition of awesome around here. I would have definately gone to the big get together as Mat (green coat, silk scarf, The Hat, and a quarter-staff )and they auction would have been cool.

JordanCon 2010, I just reserved my seat (well when ever I hear about it I will).
marianelisa
15. Lsana
Welcome back! It would be an understatement to say that you had been missed.

My sympathy on the air travel. As far as I can tell, every airport sucks in its own way. Each gives a unique experience that should be treasured...or something.

I'm glad to hear that the last 3 books will be "Jordan and Sanderson." I'm making my way through Elatris at the moment, and I've come to the conclusion that while I like Jordan, and I think I like Sanderson, Sanderson-pretending-to-be-Jordan would be a train wreck. But Sanderson in his own voice could tell the story pretty well.
Dan Sparks
16. RedHanded
I'm pretty jealous because it sounds like it was a pretty good time, though after 2 days of drinking into the wee hours I would probably have been feeling a lot like you felt. Aging sure is a bitch. I'm curious why no one tried to dress as a Fade, or maybe a Seanchan warrior for the ball. I've always wanted to see how their helmets would make them look like insects. It might have gotten messy with all those Ashaman though.
marianelisa
17. Rebecca Starr
Thanks for the shout-out Leigh!

Also, for anyone interested, I presented my thesis (which I've mentioned a few times in comments) on gender in The Wheel of Time to Harriet on the first day. I was so honored that she not only read it that night, but had great things to say about it. Jason is putting it up on Dragonmount sometime soon, so do check it out there and let me know what you think!
marianelisa
18. stepper
*sighs contentedly*
thanks Leigh that was great! Hope to make it myself next year.
marianelisa
19. dcole78
Ah sounds like it was fun! I may have to go to this at some point. I may have to move to atlanta if there really is a 29 to 1 ratio....didn't know you were raised in the South. How in the heck did you end up in New York *shiver* the first time I went up there I all most crapped my pants the first time I was out in Times Square at noon.

So curious is there a reason wotmania never gets a mention in your blog? Some bad blood I don't know about? Wish I could have been there (sigh) one of the bad things about teaching impossible to take off time when ever you like. Anyway glad it was fun and look forward to the reread continuing...


we are getting another post on that today to right...*twitch*...*twitch*...
Kevin Morgan
20. DrMorganstien
It sounds like everything I had hoped it to be!

I think its awesome that there is not one bad word about anyone in there, which is very touching. I am glad everyone there was as good to you as we (the stuck-at-home-commenters) would have asked for.
marianelisa
21. BigMac
YAY!!! Leigh's back!!

Game on!
Dan Sparks
22. RedHanded
Rebecca,

I don't check that site as regularly as this one so when your thesis gets posted on Dragonmount please let us all know. I'm definitely curious!
Brian Cavanaugh
23. jagahanas
Thanks for the recap Leigh! It's always fun to live vicariously through others having a great time!
marianelisa
24. Ian Hurst
Awesome recap, Leigh. Made me feel like I was right there with you. Sounds like it was a really great time!
Lannis .
25. Lannis
Leigh! Yay! We missed you! (Could you tell?!)

Lovely recap--heard it was a blast, and glad to have a few more details! Thanks for sharing!

Re: the "raw" feeling you mentioned, during the reading from AMoL... there's something about seeing/hearing a dear one who has passed that gives me the chills, a moment to remember and experience a glimmer of what was lost. Knowing what WoT has meant to me, growing up and as an adult, and the admiration I have for Mr. Jordan would qualify a recording of his voice as something that would definitely move me, too. Please don't think I am dismissing your mention of your father and the emotions involved therein: exactly the opposite. I think we all wish we could have a little piece of a lost family member recorded for all time. It must have been wonderful for Harriet to share that with all of you!

Thank you for sharing this with us. :)
Amar Ramraj
26. aiel1219
@Leigh
Gotta say I agree with you on the comments about Sanderson writing RJ's story in his own style. Ghostwriters=bad idea

We kinda had our own party here too u know :) and I believe quite a few people may possibly be hung over. LOL!!! (700+ posts LOL!!!)

I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Leigh's adventures @ JordanCon" :P

and u have my sympathies for the airport xperience.

@15.Lsana
If by treasured u mean locked in a chest and sunk to the bottom of the sea... then yeah I agree :P
Bill Siegel
27. ubxs113
Sounds awesome, wish I could have gone. Welcome back!
marianelisa
28. WinespringBrother
Welcome back Leigh. "Why isn't your hair braided?" LOL The convention was amazing. The opening skit was hysterical and I'm sure someone posted the film of it, though I haven't found it yet. It was great to learn the process behind writing and publishing the books from the author's, editor's and publisher's viewpoints. The discussion panels were all interesting, especially the theorizing. I had fun playing Snakes and Foxes (and winning :) ) on a board that Aubree made up.

I got chills from the reading from the prologue by RJ. I hope they do a early release of the prologue - since it will be tough to wait 6.5 more months, because the Storm is coming! Also, Brandon had a Q&A about AMOL (though no plot details unfortunately), and the current state of the sci/fi fantasy world, which was fascinating. One of the editors from Tor, Paul, ended up having lunch and talking books with my fellow HCFF's at Taco Bell, which was cool.

It was also nice meeting old friends and making many new ones, and all the guests (especially Harriet, Brandon and Wilson) and organizers did an outstanding job. I definitely recommend going to next year's JordanCon!
marianelisa
29. RebelLives
Thanks for the re-cap Leigh! Sounds like it was a good time. Also, thanks for coming back. The comments on the last post were getting a little crazy. :)
Chris Maurer
30. grayfox
Great recap Leigh.

Do you have any idea if the RJ recording will be made available at any point? Maybe in an "extras" package with his notes and stuff.

I know many of us that couldn't go (3 month old rugrat occupying most of my time at home) would love to hear it from the Creator's mouth...
Richard Fife
31. R.Fife
grayfox: I can answer that in short: no. Aside form us not being allowed to record for legal reasons, Harriet also said it would not be released because "it isn't fair to release an author's notes." Sorry.

And indeed Leigh, it was an honor meeting you, as well as the rest of the Tor.com peeps (both staff and commentors) etc etc.
Evan Langlinais
32. Skwid
I wonder if the Robert Jordan voice message that used to be accessible by dialing a certain extension at St. Martin's Press is still around? I have the number archived somewhere, I'm sure...

Anyway, I never met the man, but I've heard recordings of his voice, and I'm sure what you describe would have affected me much the same!

(PS: rasfwr-j represent!)
Blake Engholm
33. UncrownedKing
I can no longer take r.fife seriously since I was rick-rolled. That aside, I want that prologue so bad.
I bet they release it this summer.
marianelisa
34. Pamk
Wow, you're like, some sort of Fandom Celebrity! At least I can say I knew you back in the day...

Joking aside, it sounds like you had a great time, air travel aside. Good to hear!
Sam Mickel
35. Samadai
I wish I could have been there, it sounded amazing. I will go next year for my birthday as it is on the 17th,if it takes place at the same time.
Chiara Elvira
36. elvyelvy
Oh, the lady of All Blogs is back, and Order has been restored to Postland.
Thanks for sharing.

You can now join PostCon, which took place during your post-absence. On second thought, please don't.
marianelisa
37. BookFairy
Joy and contentment. We are so glad your back. It sounds like you had a blast. Thus Leigh spoke of her travels and order was restored to Blogland.
marianelisa
38. BookFairy
Oh No. Joy and contenment fly away. Now I really can't wait to read the prologue. Deep breathing...Sigh, turning away from computer searching for Patience.
Luke M
39. lmelior
The part about RJ's dictation of the prologue = chilling just to read. Sounds like it was a great time, though. And wow, how could you not be starstruck Leigh, major WoT orchestrators are reading these things. I wonder how fun it is for them to hear all of the theorizing and such?

New game: search through the 6000+ comments (yes, I added them up) over all 35 re-read posts to find Wilson's comment(s). What do you suppose he commented on?

A simple, well-deserved pat-on-the-back for Leigh?

Perhaps he weighed in on the ever-controversial gender issues and actually described what RJ's thought process was, as he understood it.

A post full of inane theories except for one actual spoiler? This is my favorite, and I hereby claim it is this until proven otherwise.

Any takers?
marianelisa
40. Zeynep
I could wax poetic longwindedly, but you do that so much better, so I'll simply go: Thanks. Thanks a thousand times. Wonderful report, Leigh.
marianelisa
41. alreadymadwhensaidinwascleansed
elvyelvy@36
Postcon has been irredeemably tainted. Enter at your own risk.
Jason Denzel
42. JasonDenzel
Hi everyone,

I posted some of my JordanCon experiences on the community page at Dragonmount:

http://www.dragonmount.com/OurCommunity/?p=313

It includes a scan of the manuscript page that Leigh mentioned. :)
Chiara Elvira
43. elvyelvy
alreadymad@41 I like living dangerously... al least in Postland

If we already have 6000+ at this stage, I wonder what the total will be at the end of the re-read...

Posting-total bets open.
marianelisa
44. Rikka
So. Totally. Jealous. XD

I can haz next yr plz?
marianelisa
45. Rachel/Yelenia
Excellent post! It was great to meet you, however briefly - and glad you had a good time!
john massey
46. subwoofer
Ahhh Leigh... glad to hear good times were had. fyi alcohol seriously retards a person and a person's immune system. I went to an all inclusive resort where they were free pouring everything like it was going out of style and was hammered for 3 days straight a long time.
Glad you liked R. Fife. When the angry mob catches up with him for his shenanigans with the rickster it may not be pretty.
Since no one has done it yet- I call "dibs" on the first book off the press. awww..... it was worth a go.
Can't wait for a fresh post. TSR #10 has serious flies buzzing around and the lunatic fringe is passing the time by tossing lawn darts at each other.
um... Yay!
Richard Fife
47. R.Fife
Sub: you talk like you aren't part of the "fringe"

And yes, I doubt there will be very much of me left soon. Especially if I catch elvy again. She'll probably hop across the pond just to use the beaver and taxi *panic*

On an actually responding note: Jealousy from me, actually. For all my schmoozing and hobnobbing, I actually didn't get to spend any time with Brandon. At least I got to see the two writing panels and some of the "Meet Brandon" panel, but still. To actually have dinner with him, *green with envy*
Leigh Butler
48. leighdb
Kate Nepveu @ 4:

Wow.

I know, right? Of such little things come fourteen-book sagas...

Rebecca Starr @ 17:

Also, for anyone interested, I presented my thesis (which I've mentioned a few times in comments) on gender in The Wheel of Time to Harriet on the first day.

Wait, that was what she was talking about? She went on to me about it at the ball, but I didn't know it was yours! She seemed very impressed, you should be proud. Very nice. I definitely want to read it, be sure to post the link when Jason puts it up.

dcole78 @ 19:

didn't know you were raised in the South. How in the heck did you end up in New York

Ah, grasshopper, that is a long story. But for the record, I was raised in New Orleans, so yes, Southerner to the bone. Then I ruined it by living in both Los Angeles AND New York, but hey.

To your other question, I have nothing at all against wotmania, I just didn't mention it because it honestly didn't come up; as far as I know none of the proprietors were there, and actually last I heard the site is being taken down, so.

grayfox @ 30:

Do you have any idea if the RJ recording will be made available at any point?

I of course cannot speak for Harriet and the Jordan estate, but I would not be surprised if the answer was no. That seemed like a one-time-only kind of thing to me. I could be wrong, naturally.

R.Fife @31:

Ah, I see you have answered the question for me. And it was wonderful to meet you as well. Thanks for raising the tone of the skit, man.

Skwid @32:

You want to represent, dredge up the Loy and then we'll talk! (Mmmmwah!)

Pamk @34:

*snort* Whatevs, like you didn't do it first. You got a shout-out at the Fandom panel, in case you're curious. From me, but hey.

lmelior @39:

I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure Wilson commented when the blog first started, so during TEOTW. Hope that helps!

Zeynep @40:

Aww.

jwdenzel @42:

Cool. Now do something about that puppy you kicked.

(Seriously, thanks, man. 'Twas kickass to hang with you again.)
john massey
49. subwoofer
member of the fringe? Hell, I'm not just a member, I am the president. Good to be green. I am trying to talk my wife into spending our first anniversary at the next con. It would be really tough to braid my crew cut so I might have to get a wig too.
Am trying to get into Elantris though. I want to get an idea of where Brandon is coming from and what he can bring to WoT. From the buzz from all the posts, I'd say that I am a latecomer to the party for the Brandon fan club.
marianelisa
50. Planeswalker
JordanCon was a great event! Will this be annual? then 2010 next?
Steve Godecke
51. Steve.Godecke
Great Con recap!

(Nitpick)

I've reviewed the video of the opening skit, and didn't think that looked like Will McDougal as Taim - though I only met Will briefly, so I had to go back to the vid and check - my gut was correct, it was actually Ben Gunderson.

(/Nitpick)

*returns to prepping the video for everyone to watch*

*peeks back in*

Oh, and I think they said it was fox urine, not crocodile.
marianelisa
52. cps2195
subwoofer @49

Elantris was good but Mistborn is so much better. After reading the first one I totally understood why Brandon Sanderson was chosen to finish the series.
marianelisa
53. LynnOH
What? No Bela's at the ball?

You sat next to B. Sanderson at dinner? Talked and chatted with Harriet? Shared a cab with Mr. D?
You are living right my girl!!!!! Way to go!

wow!

Wow!

WOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
T C
54. Freelancer
Thanks Leigh, that's an amazingly thorough presentation of the Con. Sorry Sunday morning was so hard on you.

laisse le bon temps roule

Heh, knowing that you were from out NOLA way, and with the vast variety of cultural, colloquial, literary, literal, and whimsical references you refer to, I'd been wondering when you'd get around to using the city's tag line. It was the unofficial motto of a fighter squadron I was in during my Navy days. "Let the good times roll!"

I'm glad you got to meet all them wonderful folks. I met Brandon at a reading/book signing when Hero of Ages was released, and of course people wanted to talk much more about AMoL than about his Mistborn series, which if anyone out there hasn't gotten around to yet, DO IT. But read Elantris first. An epic fantasy in a single volume, the likes of which I'd never seen before. He is absolutely the right author to be doing AMoL.

Anyway, please do yourself a favor and don't even think of looking back into the comments for your last two re-read posts. Nope, just don't go there.

Now, who killed him? You know who I mean. In a room with three folks who know, and you didn't torture the answer out of them? I don't buy it, so spill...
marianelisa
55. Seanie
AWWWWesome! TY Leigh.....wish I coulda gone.... finals , werewife * headdesk *headdesk* felt like I was there!! so many moments....*goosepimply!*
know what ya mean about provoking mems so strongly!!missed ya!! again ty for the fab pov (no DF evidence btw) Tai'shar WOTer !!
marianelisa
56. sps49
Leigh- Everyone has read your blog here, nice, but did anyone give you props for your work with the FAQ? (which is truly excellent, btw)
john massey
57. subwoofer
cps2195- thanks for the heads up- I will forsake all until I can get into these books... um with the exception of Leigh's next posts... and maybe my wife...
Kate Nepveu
58. katenepveu
Re: Sanderson's books: I was not hugely impressed by _Elantris_, but many many people have said that the Mistborn books are much better. And they are complete in three volumes.
marianelisa
59. MCSwan
@58 Kate

The third, Hero of Ages, is out in paperback this Tuesday, the 28th.
Kate Nepveu
60. katenepveu
MCSwan--thanks, my husband read them in hardcover from the library.
Autumn Frostfall
61. AutumnFrostfall
Thank you for sharing this. The part where you described Jim's voice on the tape for the prologue brought me to tears.

During the Path of Daggers signing in Canada my family & I got to hear him read a chapter which was a vast contrast to what you described.

Your report was very enjoyable to read.
marianelisa
62. Tankard of ale
Excellent post and glad that you had a good time.

Can't wait for the re-reads to begin again.
T C
63. Freelancer
Subwoofer,

Elantris is an exceptional one-volume saga, not to be missed by anyone who favors WoT. As a debut publication, it's in a class by itself.

That said, it is but the precocious adolescent beside the more mature Mistborn trilogy. The detail and shading of the story, personalities, and events in Elantris is spot-on for the size of work it is, and yet Mistborn is so much deeper, both in scope and concept.

In an interesting twist, I think if you read carefully you'll see occasions where Brandon borrowed some tidbits from the "mythology" of WoT, as RJ borrowed from so many of the mythologies of our world.
Abdel Masdoua
64. TheDarkOne
Thank You so much for sharing your experience at JordanCon Leigh.

Talk About Laughter and Tears!
Wish I could have been there...

Way to go Rebecca!
I am definetely gonna want to check this out...
(Yeah, I'm a WoT-oholic! So sue me! ^^)
marianelisa
65. Wilson, Brother/Cousin
Still lurking here.

Leigh, you rock!

Richard, er em, r.fife. Next time I need a volunteer for anything, calling you. Props.

Bela of the ball? Kiley. Moiraine never looked so good.

Jen.. kudos are not enough. Mega snaps girl. Same time next year?

Bob, Sarah, Christy, et al, All, everyone.. Thank you for making my family welcome in your WOT family.

Brandon.. who knew there was ham in there.

Humbly,

Wilson
Brother/Cousin
4th of 3
T C
66. Freelancer
All we need now is a shout out from Brandon Sanderson. Normally I'd think "No, he shouldn't be lurking on fansites, he needs to keep WRITING". But since the 12th book is now "in production", it would be cool if he dropped in.

I'd worry that once he learned how completely bonkers WOTers are, that he'd run like Forrest. But he was there in Georgia, can't imagine there's any surprises left about the mental state of this crowd.
Leigh Butler
67. leighdb
Wilson @65:

As you and yours also belong to the set of all people who rock, it was therefore a true pleasure to meet you, sir. Here's to more like that one, eh?
marianelisa
68. Tankard of ale
Wow, How cool is that?
john massey
69. subwoofer
back to my og question- is it me or did TSR#10 go boom? anyone else having issues? Fatal error: Allowed memory size of 50331648 bytes exhausted (tried to allocate 1314591 bytes) in /www/sites/www.tor.com/files/html/plugins/system/yvbbcode.php on line 426
marianelisa
70. Tankard of ale
Hey Sub, I was just there and it was working just fine. I did see that you had multiple post at the end.

But we might be close to making it go boom, lol.
Amar Ramraj
71. aiel1219
@69 subwoofer
I got the same error message.
Anyone elses has that issue?
Amar Ramraj
72. aiel1219
well I guess they could fix it if they edited php.ini on the server to increase memory limit and restart Apache. That otta do the trick. But I guess they'll figure its only 1 Post. hmmmmm...

I think RJ may be frowning down at the TOR.com guys saying "Give my fans what they want darnit!"

ok will mb the RJ frowning at them card maybe too much.
john massey
73. subwoofer
@70 damn chosen people- grumble grumble- still sucks for me. woudda been moot anyway as soon as Leigh *ahem* puts a new post up and we can ramble on about the book. I dunno must be crazy. Maybe putz around until then.
marianelisa
74. Tankard of ale
Don't know if this matters, but I got to #10 through the community page. It loads quicker.
Richard Fife
75. R.Fife
Hmm, seems to actually be a matter of IE failing. I can get into TSR#10 on Firefox, just not IE.

Correction, now my Firefox isn't working either. Oh phooy.
john massey
76. subwoofer
how does one get on through the community page?
marianelisa
77. Tankard of ale
A Mr. pablodefendini asked real nicely that we not post over there anymore tonight, But to do it on the recaps instead.

Apparently we broke it or they are having server issues, He said to try tomorrow when Leigh post her re-read.
john massey
78. subwoofer
Never mind... figured it out and it worked for a second... then went boom again.
john massey
79. subwoofer
@77 figured that part out anyway... see I'm here
Amar Ramraj
80. aiel1219
just making sure u guys see this if u not looking at that other post...
Ohh I just realised I cud see and view the 800+ comments page as a guest(and post) but not when I log in with tmy aiel1219 account.... go figure
marianelisa
81. subwoofer
yup....do not log in and all is well. Maybe they just got tired of us... Maybe Homeland security caught wind of my plans to conquer the world 1 Starbuck at a time and yanked the plug. Maybe they're watching us now... wife- check the salt shaker!
marianelisa
82. subwoofer
'k, if Wetlander's math is correct, I just have to post like 20 more times then I get a prize.
jane reynolds
83. janie
Welcome back, Leigh, and thanks for the fantastic and detailed recap of what sounds like a memorable weekend! If it doesn't exactly soften the lump of rock that is my jealousy, it at least makes it less hard. (See what I did there?) I mean, you got to meet - well, all the important people in the world. Add to that the fact that you quite rightly are one of them (I'd like to second sps@56), and ... Just reading your recap of listening to the recording gave me chills. Major props, lady!

On another note, I'd like to apologise for my part in the meltdown that was TSR part#10. Unless of course you haven't read it. What meltdown? No idea what you're talking about. Somebody balefire that!

- EDIT - I see the nutty beat me here ... Not in front of Leigh, guys! We don't want her to think we're crazy!
And also, I'm considering taking back the balefire comment. Cos I think technically we created the nutty, so we should be balefired to remove it. And I'm just not sure I'm ok with that ...
Timothy Schaefer
84. breeze
Great work with the re-read and the Con coverage. I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Timothy Schaefer
85. breeze
Double post =/
Chiara Elvira
86. elvyelvy
aiel@uff-somewhere-up me too. Can see ok when not logged in, after logging I get "fatal error blablahblah". Really made the server go bonkers... that's what we did. Likeky we are gonna get span... oh, no, not again!!!
Chiara Elvira
87. elvyelvy
Wooah, the page is blocked with IE and Firefox but, hear hear!, Opera works! And I copied the whole page and all comments on Notepad, so it won't be lost!!!

...some time later...
I did try to copy it on Word and... well it's about some 200 pages long. Shall it be named the Book of Crap? The Pages of Madness? The Manuscript of Twitching?
I absolutely need kaf. A lot of kaf.
Gawin van Waesberghe
88. McArcher
You did it, you actually broke the thread :D gee guys, wel done :D

@elvyelvy

Call it "Wotmania, an indepth look at depriving addicts"
Chiara Elvira
89. elvyelvy
McArcher, good title, I'll keep it for my upcoming essay :-)
Btw, the subtitle will be "Yeah, I'm one of them"
marianelisa
90. subwoofer
Whaddaya mean the nutty beat you hear? This is a peanut free zone. Of course those of us posting into the wee hours may not be sober, but not nuts... and I'd like to say that I am on the patch. It is 800- 1000 pages long and really sticks out of my shirt but osmosis keeps me calm. Leigh- *help* !
marianelisa
91. RebelLives
I think at this point, we really need Leigh to post part 11. We need focus. The Void has completely collasped at this point.

@53 people in Bela costumes at the ball would have been hilarious!
marianelisa
92. gagecreedlives
Please Leigh post part 11.

I want to take my tutu off and resume sanity but I need your help to take that first step
Blake Engholm
93. UncrownedKing
To all "WOT re:Read The Shadow Rising Part:10" fans, I feel that I may be responsible. I was the 800th post,and I feel that was the straw that broke the bull-horse's back.

@87
"I did try to copy it on Word and... well it's about some 200 pages long. Shall it be named the Book of Crap? The Pages of Madness? The Manuscript of Twitching? "

Title: "The 10th Age: A Time Without Leigh"
or
Title: "When Leighs Away, Tor.com Implodes"

(I like implosions)
marianelisa
94. stepper
OH GREAT! I leave for just a few hours and you guys BREAK the whole site down!! Well thanks for that! lol
ACtually I really am starting to feel the need for a reread post here!
marianelisa
95. gagecreedlives
Im sorry elvyelvy but I have already copyrighted the "Book of Crap" for my autobiography.

But the pages of madness is still free as far as I know.
Lannis .
96. Lannis
If nothing else, folks, I think we can safely say that when Leigh's away we can entertain ourselves, of a fashion... I just don't know if Tor will ever want us to do so again.

Leigh! Maybe we've just secured you a job at Tor.com, appeasing the crazies! Or fending us off, or whatever... (years from now, you're still feeding us thrice-weekly tidbits of old recycled WoTFAQ to keep us satisfied...)
marianelisa
97. Kiley K
"...which left me kind of weebling around mentally for a while. The cessation of said weebling was not helped by the discovery that the jovial-looking gentleman next to her was, in fact, Tom Doherty, who I understand owns some company having to do with books, or something, and has apparently also read and enjoyed the re-read. I’m embarrassed to report that my brain was coming up with phrases like Golly gee! at this juncture, though fortunately I don’t think I actually said anything that inane out loud. I hope..."

This is TOTALLY how I felt - seriously. Stupid things kept coming out of my mouth around them. When I shook hands with Brandon before the Con started I think I might have turned into a teenaged version of myself if I had met one of the Backstreet Boys in 1999.
Chiara Elvira
98. elvyelvy
Damn it, gagecreed, that was a really good title. Oh, well, you can have it, I will keep "Pages of Madness" and borrow from Uncrownedking the subtitle "When Leighs Away, Tor.com Implodes".

So far our comments make up a rather bulky book. A huge book. Loial-size.
T C
99. Freelancer
I gotta say, if you printed a book of the TSR10 reader posts, it would be legal to burn it in all 50 states. That it would take two days to burn is beside the point.

Which reminds me of a thought I had when I first encountered the WOTFAQ: That far more words have been written ABOUT the WOT series than have been written IN the series.
marianelisa
100. TnSabregirl
Hey, Leigh. I really wish I had gotten to meet you at JordanCon - your posts keep me in stitches. :-) You may have seen me (I was dressed as Cadsuane) but I just never really got to talk to you.

Anyway, regarding the Lost Boys, they have a myspace where you can check out some of their tunes:

http://www.myspace.com/thelostboys1599

And they DO have a website:

http://www.thelostboysonline.com/

Enjoy! Hope to get to talk to you at NEXT year's JordanCon!

--tnsabregirl
marianelisa
101. Kiley Sedai
Great recap! Love your writing (and braid pulling).

Here's my recap article from a "non-gai'shain" POV: http://wakeupnaptown.com/2009/04/the-final-jordanconfession-why-we-pine-for-april-2010/
marianelisa
102. kantoka
Fantastic summary of a great weekend.... I had a a blast seeing you and hearing you speak at the panels. I think I am still recovering after two weeks. Love the Re-read's...sorry we didn't get to chat more at the Con. See ya next year hopefully!
marianelisa
103. Orion Bühler
Thanks! An enjoyable read. Hearing about the reading made me wish even more that I was there.

Clouds... just last night, as I was reading Knife of Dreams, I noticed a little line slipped in about clouds. It was in the chapter "A Call to a Sitting." As Romanda is on her way to the meeting, she notices a cloudbank near Dragonmount suddenly appearing (or disappearing?), but quickly her thoughts shift to other matters.
marianelisa
104. SScorp99
Hi Leigh,

It was very nice meeting you at the con, and I look forward to DragonCon, and high hopes of seeing you there.

The prolouge recording was the best part I must say and as I sat there with that large lump in my throat listening to a few of the last words from a great man, I couldn't help but think how special we all were for being there and getting that chance.

BTW I think we all come back as birds, as on my trip to Daytona, I saw a white heron hunting in the dunes, and I thought of Mr. Rigney again, and how happy I know he is that Branden is the writer finishing this work.

Cant wait for the next blog post we all enjoy.
See you in the comments!

Randy
marianelisa
105. tnsabregirl
PamK@34 -
PamK? Like *the* Pam Korda?

*total fan girl moment*

Ah, rasfwr-j how I miss thee! (I was april_h_o back in the day....) I can only bow to your uber WOT-ness.
marianelisa
106. High Lady at the Ball
Wilson

Hey, would u ask Marissa to email me?

She will know who I am

you and Janet rocked at JC

High Lady
House of D'Acre
The Woman with the big White wig at JC

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