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posted at rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan
Just a very brief update on some of the questions asked during RJ's signing in Midtown. Not very many questions were asked, surprisingly. And he was packing to leave at about 1:50pm [for a signing that began at 12:30pm].
Perhaps the most startling revelation was that he has been in talks about doing "2 or 3" extra WOT books beyond the final installment and the prequels. They would focus on subsidiary characters we have encountered.
He reaffirmed that the next book would be the final installment of the main series, followed by the prequels, in that order. Reiterated that if it takes 2000 pages, than so be it, and he really will fight with Tor to not divide it like the Martin's FoC.
Did Be'lal's name mean "Netweaver" or "Envious"?
re: bulk "strength" in the power, RJ reiterated that men were stronger than women by a couple of levels, including Lanfear [whom he reiterated was a woman after all]; but then he also reminded us that that did not take into account the dexterity factor. [which segued to]
re: Lanfear and Rand at the docks. She was just toying with him using her angreal, [while he used the little fat man]. They were pretty well matched. BUT, questioned whether Rand's estimation that he could end it if he wanted to, RJ said, yes. But of course, Rand couldn't.
He announced very loudly to the entire floor that the last book would be out very soon after he had finished writing it.
Someone asked him advice for newly-wed to which he responded make her laugh and she'll forgive you lots, dance with her and she'll forgive you even more. Dance well with her and she'll forgive you anything.
He admits that he had had carpal tunnel, and went into how he fixed that.
Anyone else there probably overheard a few other questions, but those were the ones I heard from him or asked myself.