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Dayton, OH KoD signing, 21 October 2005 - report by Scott CarlsonEdit
posted at rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan
I was too busy trying to rush my way through KoD (and failing) (and avoiding the spoilers I knew I'd find here till I finished) to remember to fish for questions, so I only had a couple hastily prepared ones on my mind. Being so hastily prepared, I was sure at least one of them would get RAFO'd. To my surprise, neither did.
The first was: "Lately LTT has been in Rand's head increasingly, and increasingly, LTT has been bemoaning that he's got voices in his head. Is LTT merely a disembodied voice in Rand's head in Rand's time, or is there some kind of time-spanning link between them, and Rand is concurrently a disembodied voice in LTT's head in the Age of Legends?"
RJ replied that it is the former; that LTT is a disembodied voice that refuses to believe he is a disembodied voice.
On my second trip up, I went for what I figured was the longer-shot. I asked "Rand has been having the dizzy spells and sick sensations when channelling, despite having cleansed saidin. Is this an lasting effect of the taint, like having built up some taint in male channellers that won't go away?"
And the answer was "No, it's completely unrelated to the taint."
In retrospect, I should have gone for an either/or on the second question, posing LTT trying to sieze control of saidin as a second option, and maybe gotten a positive confirmation on my top 2 contenders, instead of just a negative confirmation on one.
Since I snagged a seat fairly close to the desk he was signing at, I got to listen in on the snippets that seemed story related rather than personal or involving his writing process, and gleaned in addition that there's a 50/50 chance that the next book will be based off the working title "A Memory of Light," and that book 12 (which he declared in his opening schpiel will absolutely positively be the last book if it ends up 3000 pages long and they have to sell it with a bookstand and luggage carrier -- not an exact quote but close) will definitely "cover Tarmon Gaidon and a little beyond."
Anyhow, that's my meager, notes-scrawled-on-the-back-of-my-line-number report.