Today is the 66th birthday of James Rigney, gone now these seven years past, who created the Wheel of Time series using the pen name Robert Jordan. In his loving memory we launch this official Wheel of Time page on Google +.
The picture above-right was taken at his desk in Charleston, SC, and the logo above-left is a gift given to Harriet by New Zealander publishing representatives.
There are a lot of great tributes to RJ being posted today, including these two which have caught our eye:http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/on-this-day-robert-jordanhttps://www.facebook.com/events/589614294483905/?ref=3&ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Rather than try to repeat these lovely sentiments, perhaps it’s best to let Harriet and RJ himself express themselves through their art:
For James on October 17:
All things seem even now,
soft breezes, gentle sun.
The quiet water laps the shore,
its salty smell as rich as life itself.
October days can seem as mild as love
that moves the earth, October days
that hold me in you arms
whenever I draw breath of this sweet world.
New little lizards skitter
on the slate that paves
the walkway near the pond;
young goldfish join the scrum for food,
and love’s desire never dies,
but is forever young.
© 2007, Harriet Popham Rigney
We have cast our fate upon the wind,
but let him who shivers cower behind.
Bind your courage around your forehead
and scramble upward,
for heaven in its splendor beckons
and all the starry skies belong
to him who dares.
© 2005, Robert Jordan
Just a few notes about the Google page. In coming weeks we plan on making available photos that might interest you, as well as possibly a video or two. If anyone has any requests about things you would like to see or know more about, within reason, feel free to post. It goes without saying that trolls will be treated with contempt and removed at our earliest convenience; if you wish to rant, get your own page. This page focuses on the author Robert Jordan and his works.
For those who haven’t heard, the manuscript for The Wheel of Time Companion (the encyclopaedia) was submitted to our publisher Tor in early September. The scheduled release is November 2015. Over the next few months we will be finalizing details on format, layout, and illustrations. Some of your favorite WoT artists are part of this project, and we know you’re going to love the results.
Lastly, the Special Collections Department in Addlestone Library at the College of Charleston, repository of Jim Rigney’s collection of papers and various artifacts from his life, is now open again after undergoing extensive renovations over the summer. The staff there, including Head of Special Collections Harlan Greene and archivist Josh Minor, are happy to assist visitors who wish to research this body of work, including material specific to the Wheel of Time. Please be advised that visitors are welcome to take handwritten notes on anything found in the archives, but are asked to refrain from making scans, photographs, or other facsimiles of this material. For hours and to give them a heads-up if you wish to view the collection, you can contact them through the “contact us” link on their very informative blog about the RJ Collection: http://blogs.cofc.edu/thetruesource/