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Minor edits[edit]

You need to stop marking almost all of your edits as minor because most of them are not minor. A minor edit only involves "superficial differences between the current and previous versions". For example these two edits are NOT minor, but this edit is. Thank you. Spidey104 17:45, 2 January 2014 (UTC)

Well thanks for your advise, Spidey. It's indeed something I always do. Does it make you not see my edits or something? J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 17:49, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
I do not have my preferences set to skip minor edits because I realize people accidentally (or purposefully) mark non-minor edits as minor, but some editors do. Read through the help article about minor edits to understand why it is important to mark them correctly. It is better to accidentally not mark a minor edit as minor than to mark a major edit as minor, so your default should be to not check the minor edit box. I hope that helps. Spidey104 17:54, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
I will keep an eye on it :) I recently updated The Way of Kings and The Stormlight Archive. I hope you approve. J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 18:20, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
Please do.
I saw those edits and I do approve. I think I hit the "Thank" button for one of them. Only two months and two days until Words of Radiance is released! Spidey104 21:47, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
I seriously think The Stormlight Archive is the best epic fantasy series since Jordan. I myself am NOT a fan of George Martin and for me Sanderson is really becoming a grandmaster in the genre. Elantris and The Final Empire are also outstanding. --J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 14:31, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
With only one book written so far I think it is too soon to call Stormlight the best epic fantasy since WoT. Also, I liked The Way of Kings but I don't think it was Sanderson's best work. Brandon Sanderson is my second favorite author, and my first is Robert Jordan. I love his entire Mistborn series. I have read George Martin and seen the show based on his series; it is good and I enjoy it, but it is not as good as Jordan or Sanderson. Spidey104 04:38, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
Not his best work?! Wow, speaking of taste. Way of Kings is the third best book I ever read, with The Gathering Storm at number 2. Rand helping to save Maradon in Towers of Midnight must be one of the best scenes in fantasy (according to me). A Memory of Light was a huge disappointment. Nothing wrong with the writing, but the plot... I think Jordan didn't leave as much notes as said, or he just didn't know himself where the plot was moving too. Come on, Rand's 'fight' with the Dark One was just plain stupid. Only the first two hundred pages were good, and the POV of Androl. The rest was just description of how people got killed or how the cavalry moved from A to B. Disappointed indeed, if you compare it to the rest of the series. And I do prefer the Sanderson books. J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 09:12, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
I think you underestimate my opinion of The Way of Kings because I said it wasn't his best work. I still think it is a really good book. His worst book is better than the best book of many other currently popular authors. I had two complaints about the book. The first is that most of the interludes of seemingly random characters seemed to only provide worldbuilding and did not progress the plot. I realize this is the first book and those interludes will most likely build to something important, but for the book by itself right now it was a little off. The second complaint is probably caused by his time commitment to finishing WoT; it needed more revision. There were some areas that he probably could have revised to be more concise and fix some small errors that were missed.
I agree with you that The Gathering Storm and Towers of Midnight were awesome. I understand your opinion about Rand's fight with the Dark One, but I disagree. It was a fight different than what was expected and probably why you were disappointed, but to me it still made a lot of sense and it worked. If you don't read Brandon Sanderson's blog you should look at it, because over the end of 2013 he wrote several posts about writing WoT and he mentioned a lot of what was from the notes and what were his own inventions. It was very informative to read it. Spidey104 14:53, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
Sanderson said the interludes are not always a huge part of the main story and never will be. They are pure worldbuilding; flashes of what happen in the rest of Roshar. However, I don't see them as wasted space; I enjoy them because of the little pieces of information they provide. People like Martin and, in some extent, Jordan, have huge info dumps in their books, and I find this a interesting way to give us everything we need to know about Roshar. And of course, it gives us a look at the background story too. Ishikk met in the Purelake some guys: Grump, Blunt and Tinker. If you know how to find it, you can discover that Grump is actually Galladon from Elantris, and some of the others are also characters from some other books Sanderson wrote. You heard of the Cosmere? I can understand why some people don't like the interludes, or the flashback chapters, but I really enjoyed them. The flashbacks were also great. I really can't think of something I didn't like in this book. Maybe Adolin. His POV was really just there to assist Dalinar's plot.
Yes, I read Sanderson' blog, but the fight between Rand and the Dark One stays a disappointment for me. Sanderson is very open to his readers, and I like that about him. Question: do you have problems with Sanderson' site at the moment? The last few weeks I receive his blog posts very delayed. Also, the percentages at the top are different on every page. Did you noticed that? PS: if you didn't read the Left interlude yet I have only one thing to say: search and read it. J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 15:10, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
I must have missed him saying that the interludes are pure worldbuilding. Of course I know of the Cosmere! I have a word document going where I compile all of the information I find about it. I knew various characters crossover between his books. How do you know Grump is Galladon and the others are other characters? I don't doubt your information; I just want to read the source to see if there is more I don't know. If I remember correctly Wit in Stormlight is actually a very special character who is in all of his books.
I also like that Sanderson is very open with his readers. I went to a signing for A Memory of Light about a year ago and it was nice getting to meet him. I have been busy lately so until I read your last post it had been a couple weeks since I went to his site. I checked and it seems to be working for me now. If it still doesn't display right for you try clearing out your cache and your temporary internet files. I don't read advance chapters from books, because I prefer to read the book in order when it is released. Spidey104 18:31, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, the interludes are pure worldbuilding, but don't forget that they show us bits of information that will be needed later in the books, especially about spren. Galladon is indeed Grump, and Thinker was Demoux from Mistborn. You can find a lot about the Cosmere on 17thshard.com. They have a special wiki with all the information about Sanderson' books. Wit is indeed Hoid, the special character that appears in every novel. How much I would love it, I can't go to signings because I'm from Europe (Belgium - that's why my English is so screwed). I wish I had a document with all the Cosmere information, because it's not easy to collect all the information, particulary because sometimes you just need the help of the author to find them. As a sidenote: how old are you? You're probably older than I am (22). J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 19:00, 5 January 2014 (UTC)
I am definitely interested to see what he does with spren later in the series, because he has already built that up a lot. I'll have to look at that 17th shard; thank you for telling me about that. I think Sanderson has done foreign signing tours in the past, so there's a chance he could come near you in the future. I have also heard stories of people planning entire vacations to the United States around going to one of his signings, and obviously doing other stuff while they are here. You are correct that I am older than you, but not by a large margin. No offense to you, but I try to keep some of my personal information off of Wikipedia to keep myself anonymous, so I won't tell you my exact age. Even though it is your talk page anyone can read it. Spidey104 18:19, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I also don't say to much about myself here on the site (my 'personal' page is blank). Don't think Sanderson will be in Belgium any time soon :) This posts are getting long :P Will be deleting some stuff (it looks like a chat now). 2014: the year of Words of Radiance, Fireflight and (hopefully) Rithmatist sequel. J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 18:27, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── On a personal talk page there are no problems with having a personal conversation such as this. We would be in trouble if we were using the talk page for an article for this. So there is no need for you to delete this, but I will not be offended if you feel the need to. Also, I wanted to point out that even though you blanked your personal page it is still possible to see what had been on it through the history. However, since it is your own page you would be able to delete it and that would delete the history. If you copy and paste {{db-self}} to your personal page it will be deleted within a day and that personal information you had posted will be gone and inaccessible by others.

I didn't say Sanderson would be in Belgium soon, but I was trying to give you hope he would be there before you turn 30. I am definitely looking forward to Words of Radiance, but I have not had time to read Steelheart or The Rithmatist yet, so I am not as excited about those sequels. It is so much fun that Sanderson is such a prolific author because there is so much to enjoy, but it also poses a problem to keep up with everything he writes and still read other authors as well. I am very excited about the possibility of another Mistborn novel coming out this year! Spidey104 14:27, 9 January 2014 (UTC)

I must [admit] that I didn't read all the Mistborn books yet, only The Final Empire, which was absolutely fantastic (although I never was a fan of Vin). If you really are a Sanderson reader, just read The Rithmatist and Steelheart right now - you won't be disappointed. Elantris was, for me, the best standalone novel in the genre that I ever read - and still one of his best works. Today I also read the prologue and first two chapters of Words of Radiance, available at Tor.com. I don't have to explain to you what I thought of it.
Foremost I am a fantasy reader; I started when I was twelve when I read the Harry Potter books. Those are still the best novels I ever read (and you may think of that what you wish). I began writing stories when I was 13 and worked years and years on the same project (thinking about it :D) and finished the manuscript when I was 21. Of course its the work of a amateur, but I had it read by a experienced reviewer and he was full of praise, even going so far to make notes about little flaws here and there (minor spelling). In English you would translate it as The Light of the World, the first book in The Last Descendants series. Probably not, but do you write? PS. Do not judge me on my English - my Dutch is fine :) --J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 16:46, 9 January 2014 (UTC)
I am also a fantasy reader. I started reading the Wheel of Time when I was 13, and those are the novels I think are the best ever written. I have read Harry Potter, but I found them too predictable. I didn't hear about Brandon Sanderson until it was announced that he was finishing Wheel of Time after Robert Jordan died. So the first thing I did when I heard the news was immediately go to a book store to buy one of his books so I could test him out. I wanted to buy Elantris, but they didn't have any copies so I bought The Final Empire. I have been a huge fan ever since. If you liked The Final Empire you will like the rest of the Mistborn novels, even if you don't like Vin. I have read the entire trilogy twice. I have read Elantris and I think it is in a close tie with Warbreaker for best stand alone novel, though I am excited for both of them eventually getting sequels. I want to read The Rithmatist and Steelheart, but I am busy reading novels by other authors that have been suggested to me by friends or family. I will read them eventually. I actually like to hold Brandon Sanderson novels in reserve in case one of those suggested novels turns out to be bad, so I can guarantee myself something good to read next. I have tried to write stuff myself, but I have mixed results. I write really good short stories, but my stuff starts to fall apart when I try to write anything big. I have some good ideas for big stuff, but I would need someone's help to try to make that happen.
Mostly you have small mistakes and nothing big, so you don't need to worry about your English. You have better written English than some native speakers that I know. Plus, I can't give you a hard time even if it was bad, because I don't speak a second language. I am the product of a typical American public school system: bad foreign language skills. Spidey104 03:35, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
I started reading The Wheel of Time in 2010, discovering Sanderson a year later. I read the first 100 pages of The Well of Ascension, but still have to continue; I'm a reader who is easily distracted by other novels - I can't read one book straight-through unless its superb. At the moment I'm re-reading The Way of Kings and The Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (a apprentice of Sanderson in his writing classes). It's really good. I found Warbreaker a lot weaker, especially the character of Vivenna. She's the reason why its taking so long to finish this book. Legion was good, but it was so damn short, which made the book almost bad for me, especially the ending.
The most difficult thing for a writer is motivation, to make yourself sit down before the computer and actually write. Writing the novel isn't the hardest part, just to find the meaning of continuing the story. My teenage years were filled with writing ideas down about this novel, writing some bad first chapters and scenes. On some scenes I have worked years as exercise, and when I finally started writing serious I was thinking all the time: "I already wrote this - this book will be full of repeatings!" but it actually turned out really good and I'm pleased with it. Its 235.000 words long, around 600 pages. Short stories is nothing for me; if a novel is not at least 200 pages, I don't read it - unless its written by Sanderson, of course. 2014 will be the 10th year I'm working on this series, 4 years of actually writing. At the moment I have almost 400 pages of the second book, but after that I still have to do three more books. --J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 16:31, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
It wasn't until I had a Kindle (I got it a few years ago) that I ever read more than one book at a time. I do jump around in my reading by never reading two books by the same author back-to-back. Has your book been published? Spidey104 00:56, 11 January 2014 (UTC)
No, it hasn't been published. I have sent the manuscript to several publishers in September, so I expect a answer soon. However, the chances are small. Fantasy isn't as popular in Belgium and The Netherlands as it is in English countries. They mostly publish translations. Mine is fantasy, a debut, the first in a series, Dutch fantasy... that doesn't help me to get published. I dare to say that I am almost good enough to be published, but if it will be with this book I can't say. --J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 08:44, 11 January 2014 (UTC)
Good luck! I hope you get good news when you receive an answer. Don't feel bad having the confidence to say you are good enough to be published, because confidence is necessary to survive in a tough industry like publishing. Spidey104 01:21, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the timely updates to the Words of Radiance article[edit]

Hello J.A.R. Huygebaert,

Thanks much for the timely updates lately to the Words of Radiance article. I appreciate that you are keeping it up-to-date for visitors to the article (and somewhat selfishly, I've found out about the released chapters based on your wiki updates before hearing about it elsewhere). Caidh (talk) 01:32, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

    • No problem, Caidh. I'm a huge fan of The Stormlight Archive and everything Brandon Sanderson does, so I will keep up the timely updates if something importants happens. --J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 14:52, 24 January 2014 (UTC)

De-linking Neil Druckmann[edit]

Hi J.A.R. Huygebaert,

I noticed that you reverted the de-linking of Neil Druckmann on the article of The Last of Us. I wrote a personal message to Lemaroto, the person who did it (you know, per WP:DTTR) so s/he could explain why, but to no avail. If it happens again, I think warnings are in order. Thanks, and happy editing. --Soetermans. T / C 12:30, 3 February 2014 (UTC)

P.S. Als ik het goed begrijp spreek je Nederlands. Mijn verre voorouders komen waarschijnlijk uit België, mijn achternaam en username Soetermans schijnt een Vlaams-joodse naam te zijn. Groeten uit Amsterdam!

Ik spreek inderdaad Nederlands; ik kom uit België. Mijn kennis van Wikipedia is niet grootschalig genoeg om te weten hoe je een waarschuwing zou moeten geven, dus op dat punt kan ik je niet helpen. Ik zal verdere de-linking van dees persoon echter in de gaten houden. Groeten, --J.A.R. Huygebaert (talk) 15:56, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
Dat is een fluitje van een cent (is dat ook een Vlaamse uitdrukking?) middels WP:TWINKLE. Twinkle maakt editen veel gemakkelijker, zeker met bijvoorbeeld waarschuwingen geven. Een aanrader! --Soetermans. T / C 19:18, 4 February 2014 (UTC)

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