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Bela is a Darkfriend - Hawk's Eyrie
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Bela is a Darkfriend
And I killed Asmodean.

Well, not actually, but those were two of the three bumper stickers that they were giving out at the Sanderson signing for The Gathering Storm on Saturday. Harriet was there as well, and looking well considering that this is the first book tour that's happened since Jordan died.

Paul Ward was there as one of the Stormtroopers^H^H^H^HStorm Leaders for the San Jose signing, and I caught up a bit with him and his father. He pointed me towards a lurker who remembered me from newsgroup days, and it was just as awkward as meeting lurkers in person at DFS'. His friend? girlfriend? wanted to take my picture, but I declined.

The event seemed sparsely populated. Back in the day, I remember there were hundreds of people at these things (at least, it felt like it). This one only attracted between 150-200 people.

It started mostly on time, with Brandon talking a bit about how he got chosen to continue the books. The most important bit, I think, is that he said that he figured the intersection between people who loved the books & are good authors was small, and that if anyone was going to screw up the books it'd be him - who at least loved them! In fact, RJ's books were what got him into writing in the first place. He deconstructed The Shadow Rising paragraph by paragraph to teach himself how to write after his creative writing class failed him.

I had fun talking with a few people, and was quite bemused to find that some of the Theoryland people think that they started the whole Bela is important/evil/a darkfriend bit.

Harriet held up with great grace, especially after someone asked a rather tactless question, IMNAAHO. She wanted to know what Harriet missed most about RJ as a (business) partner & as a husband. Harriet answered with class, and said that she misses him every day & tries not to think about it. And I don't blame her. I can't imagine that this book tour isn't ripping open wounds that she had thought were starting to heal.

In response to some of the Q&A & other things:

A) Can the True Power be shielded? Yes, but differently than the others.
B) How much of tGS was RJ's writing & how much Sanderson's? He might answer that after the series is finished.
C) The quote from the Unknown Scholar as the opening quote of the book is actually from RJ's notes about the WoT world, people, etc. The amount RJ wrote while world building is just as many - if not more - than he's actually put into the books themselves.

I thought I recalled more, but I'm blanking now. There were two R.A.F.O. cards handed out, and I'm sure that those'll be mentioned when Dragonmount does the write-up on the SJ signing.

Per kate_nepveu's curiosity about Sanderson mentioning having checked out rasfwrj back when he got on the 'net, I asked him if he'd ever posted. He said that he doesn't quite recall - he went from us to the Tolkien group, got flamed in one or both areas, and decided to stay off of Usenet. He "didn't recall" which name he might have used if/when he posted.

Harriet commented on my raptor shirt, and I mentioned the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory to her, a rather awesome place.

All in all a fun time.

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lbmango From: lbmango Date: November 23rd, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Wait, didn't *WE* (as in RASFWRJ) invent the "Bela is a darkfriend" meme? I think it's great that someone got bumperstickers made of it.
From: silmaril Date: November 23rd, 2009 04:11 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
You're a RASFWR-Jer? Would you like to join darkfriends? There is not much going on there, but I am still trying to collect people...

(I was a latecomer to the group, from 1998 onwards, and I lurked moar than I posted. The name I posted under---my real name---is easily findable from my LJ profile.)
From: silmaril Date: November 23rd, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Thanks for the report...
From: puppybrother Date: November 28th, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I was wondering where the "Bela is a Darkfriend" came from on your AIM status.

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