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Re: “Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time series lives on thanks to his wife Harriet McDougal and writer Brandon Sanderson.

Harriet,

You may not read this as God knows you have hundreds, even thousands, of posts that people try to show you, but I wanted to tell you that I was so proud to find out that the series would be continued under Brandon Sanderson. Thank you for having the courage and perseverance to continue the series.

I know that every time you go to a book signing or the JordanCon, or anything remotely resembling that, you are reminded everywhere of Mr. Rigney and something he said or you find yourself remembering something that he would have said if he was there. I know how that is and I feel for you something awful.

Just remember, that eventually the pain does lessen. To me, it never goes away, but it does eventually lessen in time. I can only pray to the Creator that the same thing happens to you.

I just wanted you to know that I will always keep the memory of Robert Jordan alive in my life and I will honor his dedication and vision by ensuring that my children have read the books as well. He was a true author of vision and someone whose influence will be felt for all time.

As a budding author, I feel his influence all the time when I am thinking of how I want to phrase something or develop a character or even when I want to create a "RAFO" moment. I know from the article and talking to Brandon Sanderson that even he feels his influence when he was writing and Mr. Rigney is helping me every day to become the writer that I know I can be. He is a very big part of that and I am grateful to him for the lessons he imparts in his books.

Some of the lessons he imparts are subtle but all are based in real life: learning to trust someone, always having faith that good will triumph in the end, simply believing in something is not enough; you have to go out and do it yourself, and I think the most important lesson of all: that all the gold and land and treasures and power in the world is not worth a thing if you don't have someone who loves you and whom you love as well.

Luckily, he had you for that, Harriet. I don't think I ever saw a picture of Mr. Rigney and you two together where he wasn't smiling or laughing at something you said. That speaks more to his character and inherent goodness than words could ever do. You were a lucky woman and you still are a lucky woman to have had love that pure. My congratulations on that, Harriet.

Lastly (before this becomes the longest eulogy in history), there is only one other thing you can say and that is, "May the hand of the Creator shelter you, and the last embrace of the Mother welcome you home, Mr. James Rigney, aka Mr. Robert Jordan."

You have inspired a legion of fans and diehard fanatics who take your words to heed and hold your memory in their heart for as long as the Wheel of Time turns.


-Prince of the Ravens

Posted by Prince of the Ravens on April 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM
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