||Thus Spake The Creator
Q: I was wondering if the Dark One is ever going to be
manifested into a single person, and was also wondering
where you went to college?
A: I graduated from The Citadel and, for the rest, read
and find out! That is neither to say yes nor nor; just
read and find out.
Q: You seem to have a great grasp of history; what is
your background? Do you know how the wheel will finally
A: Well, I've been reading history as a hobby since I was
five or six, and yes, I do know how it will turn, and how
it will end.
Q: How did you initially break into fantasy writing?
It seems like you've come from no where to suddenly be on
top of the market.
A: I'm just another twenty-year overnight success.
Q: I lived in Chas during Hugo--has that influenced
you or the story in any way?
A: I don't think your presence influenced me at all! As
for the storm, it didn't influence me either, except that
I have noticed sometimes, when the wind gets high, I
climb up on the roof for no particular reason.
Q: This obviously requires huge amounts of plotting
and info outlining. Did you have any pertinent WOT info
lost during Hurricane Hugo? (And did your house suffer at
A: Yes, my house suffered during Hurricane Hugo, and no,
I didn't have any significant information loss.
Q: You have written in many Genre, but fantasy seems
to be your most profilerant (sp?). The Conan and WOT are
the most popoular, it would seem. What do you attribute
A: Good genes.
Q: Mr.Jordan are you willing to do lectures at
colleges and universities?
A: Depending entirely on whether I have time, which I
seldom do, unfortunately.
Q: When you get writers block.What do you do to get it
back into form?
A: i'VE NEVER HAD WRITER'S (SORRY) block -- but I've
sometimes had caps lock.
Q: If you could work with any of the writers you
named, who would you choose?
A: None of them. I work by myelf. I don't see how to work
with someone else, really.
Q: Do you play any role-playing games? What are your
A: My hobbies are listed on the dust jacket; they're too
many to list here.
Q: When did you decide to become a writer? did you
always want to write or did it come later in life.
A: At five, while reading Huckleberry Finn and Tom
Sawyer, I decided I wanted to write, but I always thought
I would do it "one day," after I had a
practical career. Then I was injured and I had a lot of
time on my hands, so I decided to put up or shut up about
this "one day" stuff. To my surprise, somebody
actually wanted to buy it, and that was that.
Q: I was wondering more what your "writing life"
was like...you know, like an every day kinda thing could
you tell us what a normal, RJ day is like? (enjoy the
A: Average day at beginning of book is: have breakfast,
answer letters and telephone calls, then write for six to
eight hours. Do this five days a week. After a while,
this gets to be: drink a quart or two of strong coffee,
write for twelve to fourteen hours a day, and do this
seven days a week. Eventually the book is finished or I
Q: Mr. Jordan, how did you becme interested in
A: I was reading Mark Twain. I was five years old, and I
wanted to make stories like that.
Q: How old where you when you started writing?
A: I was 30 when I started writing. Maybe 29. I'd have to
sit down and figure it out. It was a while ago.
Q: How difficult is it to get a major publisher like
TOR to publish a novel, Mr. Jordan?
A: I forgot who asked this, but it wasn't difficult to
get Tor to publish my first novel. Tom Doherty liked what
I write. I've been writing for 20 years and I told him
that I had an idea for a multi-volume book I didn't
know how many books and probably any other publishers
would have thrown me out of his office but Tom said OK!
Q: Being English, I cannot help but notice that you
are very much centred in the US. Bearing this in mind, do
you consider yourself an international author who is
based in America or an American author who just happens
to have an international following?
A: I would have to say I'm an American author, an d mrore
specifically that I'm a Southern author. My voice is both
very American and very Southern. I've been lucky in that
people in a great many nations seem to enjoy that voice,
Q: I love the song lyrics in your books. Do you write
songs and music other than in the books? A: No, not
at all I'm afraid. Some poetry to my wife now and then,
Q: I really like the romance in your stories and I was
wondering if you could tell us how and where you met your
wife (if it's not too personal) and, also, if she ever
pulled a Moirane/Lan on you, i.e., pouring ice water over
you while you slept?
A: Well, I met my wife --the actual story is very long
and complicated--but I met her because she had come back
to Charlstone to set up her own publishing company and I
was in the process of quitting my engineering job to
write. As far as the ice water, no, she has never poured
ice water over my head, but she has made motions toward
my belly button with a paring knife. She says this is
wholly unconcious. I have my doubts.
Q: What are your days like and how do you discipline
yourself to write? Is it something you only do when the
mood strikes, or do you work at a page, despite it not
really flowing, and then edit like hell later?
A: A writer who waits for the mood or the muse to strike
will starve to death because he or she won't write very
much. I write almost every day, I would say every day,
but occaisionally I actually do something else: my
typical day is to have breakfast, answer the phone calls
I have to answer, deal with the letters, and then i sit
down and start writing. I then write for at least the
next eight hours straight, and sometimes ten or twelve or
more: though I do occassionally take a day off to go
fishing, my usual week is seven days.
Q: I find you're style similar to Ernest Hemingway in
you're attention to detail. Do you consciously write this
way, or do you find yourself just writing this way? I
wish to write in the future after life's experiences and
this would be of great assistance.
A: I simply write the way I write. I don't try to imitate
anyone. I've certainly read--and still read--Hemingway,
and admire most of his books but I think the person with
the greatest influence on my style is Mark Twain. The
trouble with that is that I've read a great many authors,
and I can't say who has most influenced me over the years
without my knowing it.
Q: How do you feel about women being admitted to the
A: In the first place, I do wish that the school had been
able to remain all male, but the fact is, women are in
the Citadel, and as far as I'm concerned, it's time to
get on with the business at hand and stop grousing about
Q: Considering that schedule, do you spend every
waking minute on your books or do you do other things in
between that prepare you to write?
A: I do other things. I fish, although not nearly as
often as I should, just for relaxation purposes, and of
course I read. Actually, I have to read. If I don't read
someone else before going to bed, I will lie there awake
all night thinking about my own work and what I want to
You have said several times that you based many of the
cultures in World of Time on cultures of history. Do you
have a favorite period in history, or a favorite culture?
The Enlightenment would have been a fine time to live, I
think. And there are a few others. But by and large I am
happy right where I am -- and when.
When you first started writing, what was your first
effort, and how long was it before you had anything
first book was accepted by DAW and then rejected by DAW
20 years ago. Whereupon I immediately resigned my
position as an engineer. The first year I made nothing,
the second year I made $3000, and the third year I made
twice what I had made in my best years as an engineer. I
have been earning my living with my pen ever since.
Q: What's your writing day like?
A: Breakfast, answer the mail, answer phone calls, then
sit down and start writing. I don't stop until lunch.
About six or seven in the evening I quit and go in for
dinner. If the book is really going hot, I might work
later. It's eight or nine hours of writing, usually, and
I do that seven days a week. If I decide to take a day
and go fishing, since I know I don't do that very often,
I don't mind doing that.
Q: what other things keep you
busy apart from working a lot on The Wheel of Time?
A: Hmm. Trying to finish the books
would be enough for any sane person. I occasionally find
time to go fishing, although not so far this year. I find
time to read a little bit. Less than one book a day now.
And I don't really have a great deal of time for anything
else. When I'm doing anything else, I feel I should be
writing. It's a sickness. [smiles]
Q: I'm curious about yr writing
methods - do you write for a set number of hours every
day? Morning or night? Do you prefer a computer or do you
write long-hand on yellow legal pads? Enquiring minds
want to know!
A: I most definitely write on a
cmputer. I upgrade it about every 18 months. At the
moment I'm using a Pentium 266 MMX with 32 MB ram and a
10G hard drive. I'll upgrade that in another six months.
My writing day goes as follows: AFter breakfast i answer
the phone calls and letters that I have to answer from
yesterday. Then i start writing. I seldom stop for lunch
and I stop about six or seven at night. That's seven days
a week. Occasionally I take a day off to go fishing.
Q: What were some of the jobs
that you did before you were a writer
A: Not really a lot... I was a
nuclear engineer and i was in the US Army before that.
Then i became a writer.
Q: what's his fav sci-fi movie?
A: Actually...I think i hav eto go
all the way back to Forbidden Planet. My favorite fantasy
movie would have to be Excalibur. There are a lot of good
science fiction movies out there, from Bladerunner to The
Day The Earth Stood Still to The Terminator, but nothing
can touch Excalibur.
Q: What made you decide on
Robert Jordan as your pseudonym? Is it Hemingway?
A: No, it wasn't Hemingway. I
simply wanted to separate the different kinds of books
that I wrote with different names, and I made lists of
names with my real initials and picked one name from one
list and one from another, and Robert Jordan was one of
the names that popped out.
Q: That brings us to your intersts outside of writing
fantasy. Could you tell us about them?
A: I like to hunt and fish, primarily fly fishing, though
I'm not a absolute purist. If the fly fishing isn't going
well, I don't have any objection to spin casting. I like
to play poker and shoot pool, and play Go. Well, I like
to try to play Go. I also collect antique weapons, swords
and old muskets and that sort of things and also Asian
and African art. Of course, writing is what takes up most
of my time. I hope people are enjoying The Wheel of Time.
Q: As a man who served tours of duty in Vietnam, how
does your epic reflect your own personal experience with
war, and how difficult is this for you to write about?
A: It really doesn't reflect any of my own experiences,
except that I know what it is like to have someone trying
to kill you. I don't try to write about Vietnam; I
thought I would, once, but now I don't believe I could
make myself. But I know the confusion, uncertainty, and
outright ignorance of anything you can't see that exists
once the fighting starts; I don't think war will ever
become sufficiently high-tech to completely dispel "the
fog of war." So I can put these sensations into my
''I've never used my real name on a book. In the late
'70s, I used to think I would write a novel about
Vietnam, and put my name on that. I had decided I would
put a different name on different types of books,
different genres, simply to avoid confusion. People would
know clearly, this is a fantasy novel, this is a science
fiction novel, this is a western, this is a historical
novel, and I would put my real name on any contemporary
fiction I write. Well, I've never written any
contemporary fiction, as it turns out. If I wrote that
Vietnam novel now, it would be a historical novel, and
I'm not sure anybody's really interested anymore. Vietnam
is a long time in the past, almost 30 years ago, and it
struck me that 30 years after my father came home from
the South Pacific, not only had men walked on the moon,
but the manned space program was already dying. That's a
long time! It gives you a little perspective."
Q: Thanks for such a terrific series! I can't begin to
tell you how many hours of entertainment it's provided. I
was just wondering . . . provided that you get the time
once in awhile, do you tend to read books inside the
fantasy genre or outside or it?
A: I read more outside of the fantasy genre than inside,
but I certainly do read fantasy.
Q: Mr. Jordan How many hours per day do you
aproxometly spend writeing, and do you listen to music
meanwhile or do you prefere the silence?
A: I usually write to classical music of various kinds,
and occasionally Chinese or Japanese music. I like to
listen to rock and to jazz, but I can't write to them. As
for the number of hours, I try to do at least 8 hours a
day, six or seven days a week. When the schedule gets
very hectic, that can grow to twelve hours a day 7 days a
week, and no time off.
Why did he start writing, and is that
still the reason he writes?
"I started to write because I'm crazier than ... and
I still am. [laughter] ... I knwe at the age of five that
I would write one day. _One day_ I alwayswas a ferocious
little monster. That is to say, when I was five year old,
my worldview was equivalent to that of the average of a
twentytwo or twentyfive year old. I had the life-experience
of a five year old, but I had the way of looking at
things of a twentyfive year old. and I looked at myself
and I thought 'well, I can't be writing.' No, I'll write
one day, but for me to be writing now would be ridiculous.
I'm a kid. and when I was a teenager, it was the same
thing. I hadn't seen anything, I hadn't done anything.
Okay, this simply isn't possible anymore. I'll just tell
in general what else he said... He finally started
writing when he was in hospital some years later,
realizing that life was too short.
And that still is the reason he writes. Life is too short
to waste on things he doesn't want to do.
Q: Have you visited many WoT websites on the internet?
Jordan: ... I do not regularly spend time visiting
websites, though. When I sit down at my desk, I'm looking
at my computer. When I'm looking at my computer, I think
of what I can do with the computer, how I can best use
it, and the answer to all these questions comes back:
write! So, I have visited some, but it's not a regular
A question about how autobiographical the books are.
A: There is nothing in my books that I can point to and
say 'that happened to me,' but everything I write is
talking about who I am. And who I am is a creation of all
the things that have happened to me in my life. So you
could say that everything I write was first shaped by my
life's experiences. It's a rather tenuous connection, but
that's the only one I can find for you, sorry.
Q: when you are writing, do you have music at the
A: when i am writing i almost always have music playing
usually classical music, some jazz and some ethnic music
primarily japanese and african
Has the Fantasy genre always been your favorite
genre to read? Is it now?
No. I have no favorite genre to read, nor have I ever. I
read any book that I think is good, in almost any
genre. I mean I dont read romance novels. Simply
the fact that a book is supposed to be a good book, is
enough for me to consider reading it. And maybe if I
decide it isnt a good book, it is not
worth reading it. Ill try anything; fiction, non-fiction...
You've learned to read at a very young age, and the
books you read weren't children's books either. Do you
think that this is what caused you to become an author in
the long run?
Uhm, I dont think it caused me to become an author.
I must say I prefer writer. I write, I dont
`author`. I think that theyre synchronous things.
Or perhaps, both `indignative` of the same thing about me.
I didnt become a writer because I read early, any
more than I read early because I was going to become a
writer. I am the kind of person who would become a writer
[...] and that kind of person is, I think, perhaps
someone who reads early, who gathers inspiration for
When very young, did you ever think of writing
already, or was it a sudden realization in your mid-twenties
I knew that I was going to write, one day. From the age
of five, I knew this. But, when I was very young - five,
ten - I was precautious enough, or advanced enough in my
thinking, to believe that it was ridiculous, to think of
a five, of a six year old, or a ten year old, writing.
And I was very conscious of my dignity at that age. In my
teens, Ive said I havent lived enough, havent
experienced enough. Anything that I will write will just
be empty and useless. So I didnt write. And what
actually got me started was in my late twenties when I
was injured. I spent a month in the hospital. I was
injured in the fall, was torn away from my family.
Complications in the surgery. So I spent a month in the
hospital, I nearly died. There were some other factors
involved. In part, that simply convinced me that life was
too short. I shouldnt wait any longer.
When you started writing, did you expect or hope to
become so popular and famous?
I certainly did not expect it. That would go beyond
having an ego, becoming an egomaniac. Everybody hopes
that what theyre writing will be popular. I dont
think anybody writes a novel and says "I hope 50
people will read this". Thats all they want,
just 50 people. You hope that what you write is gonna be
popular, but you certainly dont expect it.
Do you enjoy listening to music, and if so does it
aid you in acquiring inspiration for your writing?
In many ways, yes, I listen toe very sort of music.
Classical, Rock, Jazz, Country, Western, Ethnic music
from various countries... I do not write to Jazz, or Rock.
I like all country western, I like to listen to it, or
blues, but I cant write to it. I write, or at least
maybe I can write to some Jazz, I mainly write to
classical music, and some jazz. I usually have
music playing when I write.
Something quite unusual from now on. Is there
anything youd like to talk about, doesnt have
to do with Fantasy at all, but just want to share your
opinion with the world?
No, nothing. The world has enough people who try to share
their opinions with the whole world, and I figure I will
share my opinions with the whole world when Im
backed into a corner and prodded with a pitchfork. Other
than that, Im sorry, I will just pass on that.
Q: When you are
writing, do you have a daily routine?
A: Yes. I read the newspapers over breakfast, lift
weights or swim for half an hour, then go to my desk, in
the carriage house in the garden, and answer the email,
letters and telephone calls that simply must be answered.
Then I begin writing. I usually spend at least eight
hours a day writing, with a short break for lunch, and
normally I do this seven days a week. Occasionally I will
take a day to go fishing, but unless I am away from home,
I usually find myself wondering why I am not back at my
Reports from signings
His wife said he is the only author she allows to
submit partial manuscripts for editing. She also does
Morgan Llewelyn, the Bears and David Drake among others.
She said she was starting to reduce the number of authors
she edits since she is overloaded. She edited one of RJ's
books before they ever dated, so their professional
relationship was already established before they married.
She feels that mutual respect for the other's work is
what keeps the two relationships from interfering with
each other. I think that's all that was said of any
significance. The rest was personal info that I don't
think is important here, and I'm not sure a lot of this
was either. BTW, both Mr. and Mrs. RJ are very friendly,
outgoing people and were fun to talk with. Am I the only
one that thinks he looks like an older Bayle Domon? This
could lead to some interesting speculations.
The biggest fish he have ever caught was a 12",
980 lbs tigershark, even though he had some help. He
claimed he had on one occasion caught a tigershark bigger
than the boat, but let it go. The audience saw with
suspicion at this statement.
The next book isn't going to come out until 1998
because RJ is "a sadistic SOB" (his words, not
mine). This one's outdated, but I
liked the self-description. -Raina
Hawk found a way to get RJ's attention. Brandish a
whip. You see, RJ IS a dirty old man.
RJ fits the classic
description of an author: Plenty of facial hair, a cane
and a little on the podgy side. He didn't have an African
hunting hat though
The cane looked pretty cool, and
he assured us he'd use it if we tried to swarm him.
After he explained
how they taught him to speak in the army. They'd stand
you with your nose touching the barracks and get you to
give your orders, if the people on the other side obeyed,
you were half way there. If the barracks obeyed, you had
RJ first started
reading at 4. He skipped children's books and read "White
Fang". By 5 he was reading Jules Verne. Since then
it was his dream to become an author. But instead at uni
he chose Maths(?) and Physics to become an engineer
because he hadn't heard of a successful American author.
Later, after he had had a near death experience, he
decided it was do or don't time. He wrote TEOTW, and sent
it in to a publisher hoping to get a reply something like
"This is good, with some more experience you can do
well." Instead he got, "This is great, we want
to buy it"
RJ writes 8-10
hours a day. He usually misses lunch, sometimes dinner
too. If he takes a day off, it's because his wife says
he's working too hard. He says he writes because he likes
But he seemed genuinely interested in talking about
them, and was very warm and responsive. Harriet was with
him, and I was really pleased to meet her, as well.
She's a lovely, elegant lady. But she sat up
suddenly with a startled look several times during our
chat, and the whole effect was somehow birdlike. I
couldn't help but think of Verin in her "pay no
attention to the little brown sister in the corner"
Someone mentioned the Internet-based rumours about him
suffering from heart attacks / other forms of poor health.
I couldn't tell from his expression whether RJ was amused
or annoyed: Probably both equally. He replied that
he's in good health with a resting heart rate of 71 beats
per minute and good cholesterol.
Another reader asked how long he's been married to
Harriet. He said 18 years -- and that he has to
have Harriet remind him, since it seems like last month.
At one point, he began reminiscing about signings from
years past when all of 15-20 people would show up for a
signing, and after they were all done, they would sit
around and chat. I'm sure that some of the signings
he was referring to involved some of our very own
Cabal members (TINC). He said he hopes those days
never come again, but that he certainly enjoyed the
signings more back then...
At one point, someone made some comment about Orson
Scott Card (which I didn't hear), and Jordan replied with
a meaningful "Scott and I disagree on _many_ things."
I don't know what brought that on, but evidently the two
have had some contact, enough to identify gaping
differences. It was hard to miss the point of his
comment; in fact, IIRC, he said basically the exact same
thing at least twice, and almost in succession.
As the line was drying up, the crowd apparently
consisted mainly of several booksellers. They got
talking about first edition printings of the hardcovers
for tEotW. Jordan said that he has a whole box of them at
home, and that he should give the bunch of them to his
son, so he can finance all his children's college
"I grew up around strong women; weak men were
pickled and salted. The women wouldn't waste time raising
a weak boy."
Evidently, Jordan didn't like being taught cursive,
but showed otherwise by a teacher at a young age. "A
gentleman's handwriting is always round and legible,
always clear, no matter how drunk, how tired, or
how busy he may be. This I require of you." Being
"required" to do something by that particular
teacher was evidently a big deal.
It seems Jordan learned to read by having his father
read to him constantly (when he was being read to, he
wasn't messing around with expensive "toys"
that broke easily). They started out with
children's books, until Dad found out that it didn't
matter whether Jordan really understood or not, and
started reading books that Dad wanted to read instead.
This went on for a while, until the night Dad put a book
away before it was finished, so Jordan grabbed it and
struggled through it on his own, figuring out what he
didn't understand through context. (The Maltese
Falcon was mentioned, but I don't recall how, other than
as one of the books that he liked.)
When Jordan was 6, he got a library card -- like "the
keys to the city". The librarians didn't want
to let him out of the kids section, so he learned tricks.
If you shelved books in the reading room, they would stay
there, so you could pick them up again later, whether
they belonged there or not. And kids could go to
the reference section. "I discovered the
The library at the time was in a mansion -- the "Miskelle
house", I think. He spelled it for me (without
being asked; by that time there had been more than one
comment about the lunatic scribbling notes on everything),
but my notes were rather cramped by that time.
"Reading is like breathing. If you take it
away, first I become antsy, then violent."
He also told one fellow who wanted a photograph that
he didn't mind having his picture taken, but he insisted
on keeping his clothes on. Someone in the line
said "Damn!" rather loudly, and RJ looked
back and said that he hears that a lot. Well .
. . .
There were a lot of amusing personal remarks as well,
which I won't try to capture. He seems to have a
half a dozen answers for the question, "Where do you
get your ideas?" The one that tickled me was
that he sends off to a mail order company from Trenton,
NewJersey (I think) for some large amount of money, at
three ideas per page. I looked askance and remarked
that Ellison gave the same answer, except his ideas came
from a warehouse in Peoria (which I'm sure I've read
somewhere. Think it was Ellison.) He shot
back, "Yeah, but did you notice that mine are more
And at one point, while posing for a picture, he asked
if should appear pensive? Or perhaps Byronic?
I shot back, "Byronic, or ironic?" "I
can do ironic, too, but it costs more."
Another thing I found amusing was that a woman behind
me talked about how she lives where RJ originates (Charleston?).
He supposedly takes his bicycle around town, waving at
people and ringing the bell on his bike.
RJ: Youve seen him in the back of the books. Hes
got a scragglier gray beard and longer hair now. He walks
with a cane. Hmm
Ah yes, and he still has the
infamous hat, of course.
RJs Intro: *Basic rules, such as no personalizing
until after everyones through, pictures are fine,
NO full frontal male nudity (when asked about back
nudity, he gave an equally hearty no). Female nudity was
not commented on.
Q5: What kind of music do you listen to?
A5: Works to classical. Listens to South African,
Japanese, some country music, etc. He said (quite
seriously) everything under the sun. Except
for punk music.
RJ exercises his hands a lot to avoid Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome and whatnot.
He had amusing comment on how women saying Oh, hes
got such strong hands and whatnot is BS, and that
what theyre thinking about is those muscular jaws.
(I wont elaborate, as I think your imagination will
make that more interesting than it really was
Q10: Can you personalize this?
A10: Youll have to get to the end of the line [it
was a rule that sigs would come first, then anyone who
wanted personalization would have to wait in line again].
Then he goes on to tell a story about a guy who was the
last in line that wanted a personalization.
RJ:Youll have to get in back of the line.
Fan:I AM the back of the line.
R:Dont make me repeat the rule.
F:*think, think* *walk around in a circle and returns to
R: Hi! *smile, smile*
[Just included this to show how cruel and sadistic he is.
[The next piece of conversation was between RJ and a
guy from Russia. He started off asking how he liked
Russia (since RJ went there before), and this whooooole
thing got rolling. For the first part, Ill just say
that RJ has met some rather dangerous Russian mafia types
(heh). Robert Jordan, a white-knuckled translator ready
to wet himself, and a Godfather-type guy. How do
you know what you know? Interesting picture there.
Second part: What everyone wants to know: RJs
When he was in Russia, he was surprised by the drinking
there. Everyone says that Russians can and do drink a
lot, he said, but he was amused that people kept telling
HIM to slow down and eat before drinking. The man can
handle a good deal. I mean, ****, he said vodka was like
When I was young, when I really used to drinkImagine
if you will, the Creator himself, sitting at a table with
a bunch of drunken buddies. Theres $4700 dollars on
the table. Yes, this is a drinking game. At any point,
someone can say stand. The drinkers have to
stand up, hold their hands above their heads, spin around
three times, and sit back down. If you become unable to
do that, you lose. After TWO QUARTS of Russian vodka,
everyone else is floored, and our man wins. Not only
that, but he drags his drunken friend back to their room.
He mentioned that he didnt get undressed for bed
that night (as if admitting some weakness from the
He used to know all of 7 words of useful Russian, most of
them curses (he repeated two of them, to the amusement of
the guy he was talking to).]
Q20: Did you get that custom made? *pointing to RJs
A20: No. And he likes rams horn sticks (walking
canes?). They fit the hand nicely. [Ok
Then Jordan finally entered. I don't
know how late this was, but I'd say around 19:40 or so...
My first impression was that he was pretty much like the
photos I'd always seen of him, except that his hair was
even wilder, and I never really appreciated the size of
Anyway, Jordan arrived, telling us that
he wanted to make an announcement. We'd come for Jordan
and Pratchett, so there he was. He was both people, had a
split personality and all. I'm sorry, I'm incapable of
bringing it across as well as Jordan did, but it was
funny, especially knowing all the rumors about Jordan
being either George R.R. Martin, or Pratchett, or
Goodkin, or any of the other bearded fantasy writers.
Then Pratchett arrived, wearing Jordan's hat.
Just before getting to Jordan, I heard a
question about him once having trouble with his arm or
something, and how he got over that.
"I worked very hard with grip-exercises. Now I no
longer have pain while writing or grasping, or ..."
Sometimes he does still wake up in the middle of the
night with shooting pains though, end then has to do
excersises until it's passed.
I don't remember too clearly what
caused this, but suddenly he was talking about faking his
own death and starting a new life. Either as a rockstar,
or in the circus. Harriet was rooting for the rockstar
idea. Yes, just faking his own death, putting a coffin
full with rocks into the ground, and going to go off and
start another career somewhere.
Hmm, and I managed to tape one line of Jordan suddenly
starting singing: "Take me in pretty woman, ride the
A general remarks: I don't know if this comes across very
well in these reports, but Jordan changes what he's
saying a lot while halfway a sentence, probably already
far ahead with thinking, wanting to say more and other
things before even finishing what he started saying...
Q: Do you ever talk to any other fantasy authors
outside of work?
A: Well, someimes... not often. They're a good distance
apart. John M. Ford...
Then he looked very closely at the card I had him sign...
me: It's supposed to be Graendal.
J: Yeah, well, it is.. I just never knew that Graendal
had nipple-rings, that's all. Now for once, it's just a
thing I hadn't realized about a character in my book,
A: I see fantasy writers sometimes at conventions. And
no, we don't sit around talking about fantasy. We sit
around drinking bear, talking about contracts, mainly.
And John M. Ford comes to visit me almost every
christmas, he's a close friend of me, uhm, almost as long
as I've been married. [I think that was what he said]
And no, we don't talk about fantasy either. We talk about
other writers, and contracts. When ... has his book
finished, that sort of thing.
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