GenCon Badge Giveaway, My Convention Schedule, and a Reading in Indianapolis…

Heya everybody.

Sorry I haven’t gotten around to posting up details about the TV deal yet.

(Oh yeah. For those of you who haven’t heard, there’s a TV deal.)

Things are still in very early stages, and a lot of the brief articles that are out there are only about 60% accurate.

I’m putting together an official announcement post that is full of all manner of True Facts ™. But it’s taking a while, and I have to run it by PR people. It’s taking a while.

So for now, some other news…

  • Gen Con Badge Giveaway  

As you know, I’m going to be at GenCon next week.

What you might not know is that I’ve got two 4-day Gen Con badges to give away.

These were generously given to us by the Gen Con Writer’s Symposium, which is the group running all of the cool author panels at the con.

The great thing about the writing track is that most of their events are free. So getting a free badge means you can go to the con and soak up as much writing panel-ness as you’d like and it won’t cost you an extra nickel. If you go to the Writer’s Symposium website, you can see a full schedule of what sorts of things they’ve got going on.

And there’s a lot of other cool stuff you can do at the con, of course. You could take a whole day just browsing through the dealer’s room.

If you’d like a chance at winning one of these badges, just drop a comment down below. It should say, “I’d like a badge” along with…. um….

How about with your favorite quote from the book?

Make sure you have a current e-mail address listed in your profile, as that’s how we’ll end up contacting you.

Post a comment by Saturday at Midnight, CST. That’s when we’ll be picking the winners.

  • Cool Things at Gencon – Booth #661

So this year at Gencon, Worldbuilders will be having a booth. We’re sharing with Badali Jewelry  at booth #661.

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(Look at us, being all fancy with our signage….)

This is a new thing for us, and we’ll be doing pretty much what you’d expect. I’ll be hanging out, signing books. And we’ll be selling some of the stuff that’s available in The Tinker’s Packs with the added bonus that you don’t have to pay for shipping.

And we’ll have other things too. Stuff we’re debuting at the convention. Stuff you can’t get in the store, at least not yet.

For example, we’ll be selling Boss Monster, a game by Brotherwise Games.

In this game, there are a bunch of hero cards that pay homage to characters from classic fantasy video games and/or literature.  In the prototype deck, there was a “Quothe Ladykiller, The Polymath” hero card.

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That’s actually how I first found out about this game. Someone sent me a link to a picture of this card. I was amused by it, and called them up to ask if they’d be willing to let us sell some for Worldbuilders. They agreed.

But here’s the thing, the Quothe card didn’t make it into the final game. It was just one of the prototypes.

But because they’re awesome, the guys over at Brotherwise made a special promotional card just for us. They printed 200 copies of the Quothe card so that we can use them as a special promotion when we sell our copies of the game.

So not only are these cards limited edition, but buying them from us is the only way to get them, and we’re debuting them at GenCon.

Right now, we’ll be making 50 of the decks available each day of the con. That way, while it’s still first-come first-serve, you have a chance of getting a deck even if you’re only coming on Saturday or Sunday.

And we’ll have other things too we’ll be launching at the con. Cool things. Trust me. Stop by.

(As always, all profits from The Tinker’s Packs go to Worldbuilders.)

  • My Schedule in Indy

Thursday, August 15th

12-1:45 Signing at the booth
2PM The Art of Storytelling – Moderator ICC Room 245
3PM Dynamic Characters ICC Room 245
5PM Literary Alchemy ICC Room 245

(Unfortunately, I’ve had to bail out of that last panel, as I need to get to my Reading/Signing event at the Central Library on time.)

Friday, August 16th

10:30-11:45 Signing at the booth
7:30-9PM – An Evening with Pat Rothfuss – ICC Room 243

Saturday, August 17th
12 NOON Reading ICC room 244
2:00 – 4:00 pm: True Dungeon
4-6 Signing at the booth

Sunday, August 18
11-1 Signing at the booth
2-4  Signing at the booth

  •  Getting Your Books Signed

Here’s the thing, GenCon doesn’t want us to have a huge line that will block traffic and people’s access to other booths.

So if you want to get something signed, you’ll need to swing by the booth to pick up a ticket. They’re free, but we’re using these to organize things. That way you don’t have to stand in line for an hour, and we don’t get in trouble with the con.

If you can’t get to the booth during one of my signing times, or your time slot is full when you try to get a ticket, I’ll be signing things at my “An Evening with Pat Rothfuss” panel on Friday at 7:30, as well as my off-site event at the Central Library (see below).

Both events will be nice, relaxing places to hang out, get stuff signed, and listen to me to me either rant or ramble, depending on my bloodsugar levels.

  • Library Reading in Indianapolis – With Goodies… 

For those of you who aren’t really into the con scene, I’ll have my off-site reading and signing at the Central Library at 7:00 PM. I’ll be reading some stuff, answering questions, and signing books for everyone who’s interested.

Central Library – Clowes Auditorium
40 E St Clair St
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Facebook Event

Since we’re going to be in town running a booth at Gencon, we’re going to be supplying our own books for this event. And since we’ve got some *other* cool stuff with us for our booth, we’re thinking we could bring those things out to the library event as well.

But for logistical reasons, we can’t pack up our whole booth and bring it with us. We simply can’t bring *all* the t-shirts in *all* the sizes.

We will be bringing a selection of stuff, but if you’re coming to the library reading and there’s something in particular you’d like for us to bring, it might be best if you mention it down in the comments. We’ll do our very best to bring it along for you.

Please be clear and specific in your comment, lest we descend into madness. Something like this would be ideal:

“Could you pleas bring a woman’s L Greysdale Mead shirt, a copy of Unfettered, and Denna’s Ring in a 6.5 with the antiqued finish. My name is Laurie.”

I’ll be seeing you soon….

pat

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198 Comments

  1. asheraven
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge to Gencon which is soon. “I call all times soon.” – Aslan.

    • asheraven
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:18 PM | Permalink

      Doh! I thought it said A book not THE book. Sorry. Ummm… gimmie a second. :D

      • asheraven
        Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM | Permalink

        “I only know one story. But oftentimes small pieces seem to be stories themselves.”

        • chaelek
          Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:29 AM | Permalink

          I LITERALLY just quoted that line today. About an hour ago. You don’t happen to be a girl named Laura, do you…?

    • beast666
      Posted August 10, 2013 at 4:51 AM | Permalink

      I’d like a badge to Gencon!!

      “Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity”.
      Gilbert K. Chesterton

  2. getallcorpse
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    Whin looked over at the bed, panic in his eyes. “I’ll fall,” he said softly, his voice somewhere between horror and embarrassment.

    My favorite part of any of your books. The keyword being embarrassment, which is something a lot of people forget about when it comes to writing and/or discussing people dealing with any sort of mental illness. The embarrassment.

  3. LordZod
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:22 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge (pretty please). Favorite quote from a Rothfuss book: “And so she ate them.”

  4. Jaredasdf
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM | Permalink

    I want a badge! Even though I live in Washington state… (heavy sigh)
    On another note, I think a TV series would be an awesome project to be a part of. I hope they do casting in my area! I would kill to be a part of it… KILL

  5. wanderinglala
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!
    “Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”

  6. calvinzhobbes
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM | Permalink

    Missed the opportunity this year…(I’m in SoCal)

    But I am so going to meet you next year!

  7. king_thomas
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:27 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge to Gencon because “We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.” I am King Thomas the III so I deserve to go.

  8. DreamsofDragons
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge! My favorite quote:

    “But there’s a better way. You show her she is beautiful. You make mirrors of your eyes, prayers of your hands against her body. It is hard, very hard, but when she truly believes you…’ Bast gestured excitedly. ‘Suddenly the story she tells herself in her own head changes. She transforms. She isn’t seen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.’”

    - The Name of the Wind

    Absolutely love that!

  9. Mike Kremen
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    Love this quote: “It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers.”

  10. Girathon
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    “Quit grabbing at my tits.” – Elodin

  11. waxahachie
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge

    “We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”

  12. kyvrod66
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    I’d like to make sure that there will be copies of your books there. A friend and i are coming up from lexington Kentucky for the reading and signing Thursday I’d like a copy of the second book. A Wise Mans Fear. And my friend wants both in hardback. Thanks. Can’t wait to see u there.

  13. AlphaTheRed
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:47 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    A part that’s stuck with me:
    “Then I played the song that hides in the center of me. That wordless music that moves through the secret places of my heart. I played it carefully, strumming it slow and low into the dark stillness of the night. I would like to say that it is a happy song, that it is sweet and bright, but it is not.”
    -A Wise Man’s Fear

  14. jgruss42
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.
    Please.

    Planning on giving it to a friend, as I already have one for myself.

    There are too many wonderful quotes, but here is a favorite:
    “Bad enough to be a lettuce. How awful to think you are a lettuce too.”

  15. Posted August 8, 2013 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    As I lay there, counting my blessings and broken ribs, Elodin stepped into my field of vision.

    He looked down at me. “Congratulations,” he said. “That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.” His expression was a mix of awe and disbelief. “Ever”

  16. Brady Dill
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    “Barrel. Barley.
    Stone and stave.
    Wind and water.
    Misbehave.

    Bast finished with the burning branch pointing at the bearded man. His teeth were red in the firelight. His expression was nothing like a smile.”

  17. rosella_mae0911
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    I would like a magnificent badge, a smile that knows the truth about my favorite characters, and a signature to be remembered,.. Will you ask what I will bring you?.. My Name is Rosella, I would LOVE a badge. I can’t wait for GenCon!!

    “They’re your secrets,” she said, as if explaining something to a child. “Who else would it fit?” -Auri

    • Rosella_Mae0911
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

      After reading everyone else’s quotes, I realize I’m not nearly as clever as I thought. Lol

    • Rosella_Mae0911
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

      I have a serious question everyone… Aren’t badges different than the actual ticket? This will be my first Con ever and also my first time getting a book signed (So excited it will be You Mr. Patrick).. Anyway, I ask because I already have my ticket for the 4-day.. It seems unseemly to participate if I already have my ticket and someone else doesn’t :/

      • LegendaryBill
        Posted August 9, 2013 at 4:28 PM | Permalink

        The Badge is your ticket into the Convention Hall. They are one and the same.

        That being said, I also would love a badge! It wouldn’t be for me, but I know my girlfriend’s little brother would be absolutely thrilled if he was able to attend the Con!

        And while I don’t have the book in front of me, my favorite part by far was the crowd’s reaction and Kvothe’s thought process during and after his performance of ‘The Lay of Sir Savien Traliard.’

  18. Allison
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge…..“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
    This quote is how I started my speech at my high school graduation. My speech was about how I love books and the escape they gave me, but my best friend taught me that sometimes books aren’t enough, we need something more in our lives, we need music.

  19. Honta
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    I really can’t say enough how much I would love to attend a Gencon. The list of things to do/attend always looks so great.

    “Each woman is like an instrument, waiting to be learned, loved, and finely played, to have at last her own true music made.”
    -The Wise Man’s Fear

    • Honta
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

      It occurs to me I should perhaps have started that with I’d like a badge…

  20. Payne5890
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    Lanre turned. “And I counted among the best.” Lanre’s face was terrible to look upon. Grief and despair had ravaged it. “I, considered wise and good, did all this!” He gestured wildly. “Imagine what unholy things a lesser man must hold within his secret heart.”

  21. Autumn
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    Huzzah badges!
    This quote always makes me think about my husband and how I felt before we met…

    “Much of me was still in shock, sleeping if you will. I needed something, or someone, to wake me up.”
    -The Name of the Wind

    • Autumn
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:27 PM | Permalink

      I’d like a badge!

      I should have read the instructions more closely!

  22. Taliesin07
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    A child does not concern itself with consequence, neither does a sudden storm.

  23. Linzalx29
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge……..please!!

    “A poet is a musician who can’t sing.”

  24. jepperd
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:37 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge please.

    “You are my bright penny by the roadside. You are worth more than salt or the moon on a long night of walking. You are sweet wine in my mouth, a song in my throat, and laughter in my heart”
    -P.R.

  25. MagicMithril
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:45 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge! My birthday is that Sunday, and there’d be no better present than seeing you and having you sign my copy of A Wise Man’s Fear.

    As requested, my favorite quote: “I also felt guilty about the three pens I’d stolen, but only for a second. And since there was no convenient way to give them back, I stole a bottle of ink before I left.”

  26. dwhite02
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:47 PM | Permalink

    I’d love a badge!

    “I should have been bolder and kissed her at the end. I should have been more cautious. I had talked too much. I had said too little.”

  27. CanoeSage
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    Dianne is like a waterfall of spark pouring off a sharp iron edge that that god is holding to the grindstone. You can’t help but look, can’t help but want it. You might even put your hand to it for a second. But you can’t hold it. She’ll break your heart…

  28. fyrebrand1114
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:49 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge, but you already know that. Everybody here does. I’d like two if it were possible, my new wife is a fangirl of yours and she loved the signed copy of Name of the Wind you sent her. Me, well, I’m just a humble writer who couldn’t possible brag that I admire your work and dream of being one of your peers sometime soon.

    The quote I have for you is just a bit of foolery itself but I’m sure somebody somewhere could claim it was clever and cite exactly how and why I intended it to be clever.

    “Vashet gave me a long look, curiosity plain on her face. ‘I will admit, I’ve never student offer himself up for a viscious beating in order to prove he’s worth my time.’

    ‘This was nothing’ I said nonchalantly. ‘Once I jumped off a roof.” -The Wise Man’s Fear

  29. Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge please!

    Quote: “I tend to snore. You’ll probably want me a little away from everyone else. Over between those two trees would be fine.”

    (I can totally relate.)

  30. LaneRendell
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 8:59 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    My name is Charles. I’d like a Gen-con badge. That’d be swell.

    My favorite NotW quote:

    His eyes brightened. “But there’s a better way. You show her she is beautiful. You make mirrors of your eyes, prayers of your hands against her body. It is hard, very hard, but when she truly believes you…” Bast gestured excitedly. “Suddenly the story she tells herself in her own head changes. She transforms. She isn’t seen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.”

    Thanks,

    Charles

  31. Annie
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:04 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    Favorite quote: “She isn’t seen as beautiful. She is beautiful, seen.”

  32. Robo
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM | Permalink

    Badges?! We don’t need no stinking badges!!

    No, seriously. Can’t come. But I know how you love me, Pat, so I’ll just take a blurb on my first book. Nothing special. Just something pithy along the lines of, “Dude can write!” Or how about, “I almost f’n loved this book!” No? You know, I did buy a complete set of fridge magnets, Bro. Just sayin’. When my wife sees that and four decks of geek-juice-pimpin’ playing cards she’s going to shit, so just think about maybe tossing me a jot or somethin’. Not a talon, just a jot. Cuz we’re tight like that. In a total, non-stalker way. Heh. I don’t even know where Wisconsin is. What am I sayin? This isn’t even me on he—

  33. NinjaofDoom
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:24 PM | Permalink

    Pat, am I reading correctly that outside of being at GenCon, there will be no way to score one of those Quothe cards?

    Cheers,

    Mike

    • Amanda
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:53 PM | Permalink

      Not as of yet. If we sell out of them at Gen Con, they’re gone, so we won’t guarantee anything.

      • Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

        But if we have any left over, rest assured that they’ll be going directly into the store.

        • NinjaofDoom
          Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

          Perfect, thank you sir! I’m hoping to add one to my NotW museum I’ve got going here haha :D

          Best,
          Mike

        • Daniel Cressman
          Posted August 12, 2013 at 11:34 PM | Permalink

          Wonderful! Had a friend who Kickstarted Boss Monster and we’ve been loving it so far. It would be beyond awesome to have Kvothe in there as well!

  34. Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    “Congratulations,” he said. “That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.” His expression was a mix of awe and disbelief. “Ever”

    I think this at least once a week. Why not more often? I have a VERY high tolerance for foolishness, but at my workplace people get stupid in such creative ways that I have to salute them even as I stare in disbelief.

  35. kimmatski
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:31 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    “We love what we love. Reason does not enter into it. In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a person BECAUSE. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something DESPITE. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.” -Kvothe, from The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

    One of the only times I’ve read a quote and had to stop reading and put the book down because it was just so amazing. Copied and pasted this directly from my Facebook page, where it is permanently proudly displayed for all to see.

    -Kim

  36. Antaja
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:33 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.
    “Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.”

    (But my favorite *favorite* Rothfus quote is, “They are goldfish.”)

    (And now that I know there are both writing activities *and* non-gaming spouse activities, I’d love to tag along with my husband and kids next week, instead of staying home alone!)

  37. Brady
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:36 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    The Cthaeh gave a thin, dry chuckle. “Blood, bracken, and bone, I wish you creatures had the wit to appreciate me. Whatever else you might forget, remember what I just said. Eventually, you’ll get the joke. I guarantee. You’ll laugh when the time comes.”

    (Very eagerly awaiting whatever it thinks will be so funny.)

    • mitre67
      Posted August 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM | Permalink

      I’m glad there’s at least one person who decided to choose a good line from the book and not some cringe-worthy motivational poster fodder about love or the power of reading.

  38. L.Spangler
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:40 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge and my favorite quote is by Elxa Dal in The Wise Man’s Fear when he says “All the truth in the world is held in stories, you know.” I’ve found in my own life that the only truth I hear anymore is in stories, so I love this quote because it is true and it is in a story so it works back in on itself.

    Living in Illinois, I’d be able to make the jaunt over to get a couple books signed, listen to some authors, and aimlessly wander the hauls in search of treasure.

  39. Autolykos
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 9:59 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    “All explicit knowledge is translated knowledge, and all translation is imperfect.”

  40. Antigrapist
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    “Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.”

  41. Pt
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge because reading books taught me a little trick about orienting oneself in zero G.

    “The enemy’s gate is down.”

  42. ShaneJ
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge…

    And my favorite quote is easy. Its the whole reason I read the book in the first place.

    “I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.”

  43. mindflare77
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    Picking a favorite quote from your books is… Difficult, to be put it lightly. There are so many, and a favorite can, at any given time, depend on the situation. So I’ll just go with one that, alas, fits me more often than not.

    “I had talked to much. I had said too little.”

    • mindflare77
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:03 PM | Permalink

      Oh! And another favorite of mine:

      “May I ask a question, Reshi?”
      “Always, Bast.”
      “A troublesome question?”
      “Those tend to be the only worthwhile kind.”

    • mindflare77
      Posted August 14, 2013 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

      “When I dream, I have two hands.” Wise Man’s Fear. Two Fingers. Such a heart rending quote, in context.

  44. darkgilead
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:23 PM | Permalink

    I would desperately love to have a badge! (It’s my only chance at going ^_^)

    This is from The Gunslinger by Stephen King

    “Go then. There are other worlds than these.”

  45. Argent
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:24 PM | Permalink

    Well, this badge is pretty much going to decide whether I go to GenCon or not :P So you could say that I want one. My favorite quothe*, you ask? To be honest, it’s Kvothe’s signature line / introduction:

    “I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.

    You may have heard of me. ”

    It’s powerful, it’s grabbing, it’s arrogant (but justifiably so, which is a trait I aspire to…), and it’s also the quote that hooked me up on the book.

    * See what I did there?

  46. tamuchi
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:31 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge. Okay, no, I would love to have a badge. Erm, I would give anything to meet the Master Namer. Am I overdoing it? I’ll just go ahead and post my quote, I mean favorite quote… I’m already getting nervous just thinking about all this.

    Okay, yeah, I chose a huge quote, but I could not have done otherwise. This quote was… just… It made me take a moment away from the book, just really think about it, for at least five minutes, because, Patrick Rothfuss, sir, I don’t know how you could put things that were rambling around in my mind in words:

    ‘In the Theophany, Teccam writes of secrets, calling them painful treasures of the mind. He explains what most people think of as secrets are really nothing of the sort. Mysteries, for example, are not secrets. Neither are little-known facts or forgotten truths. A secret, Teccam explains, is true knowledge actively concealed.
    Philosophers have quibbled over his definition for centuries. They point out the logical problems with it, the loopholes, the exceptions. But in all this time none of them has managed to come up with a better definition. That, perhaps, tells us more than all the quibbling combined.
    In a later chapter, less argued over and less well-known, Teccam explains that there are two types of secrets. There are secrets of the mouth and secrets of the heart.
    Most secrets are secrets of the mouth. Gossip shared and small scandals whispered. These secrets long to be let loose upon the world. A secret ot the mouth is like a stone in your boot. At first your barley aware of it. Then it grows irritating, then intolerable. Secrets of the mouth grow larger the longer you keep them, swelling until the press against your lips. They fight to be let free.
    Secrets of the heart are different. They are private and painful, and we want nothing more than to hide them from the world. They don not swell and press against the mouth. They live in the heart, and the longer they are kept, the heavier they become.
    Teccam claims it is better to have a mouthful of poison than a secret of the heart. Any fool will spit out the poison, he says, but we hoard these painful treasures. We swallow hard against time every day, forcing them deep inside us. There they sit, growing heavier, festering. Given enough time, they cannot help but crush the heart that holds them.
    Modern philosophers scorn Teccam, but they are vultures picking at the bones of a giant. Quibble all you like, Teccam understood the shape of the world.”

    Even if I’m not picked, I just need to thank you for letting the world see that quote. I can’t… It is just amazingly wonderful.

    Finally, maybe this is of no matter, but I would like to meet the man that was able to do this… To touch my soul like this.

    Oh god, that is cheezy. I’m going to go hide now under the earth now, thanks!

    • tamuchi
      Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM | Permalink

      There is a mistake in the last sentece? Seriously? Okay, now its worse, there’s no edit button. Oh god, I just commented on my favorite author’s page with a mistake. The world is ending right here.

    • sunnyfaura
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 5:09 AM | Permalink

      Okay, I have been “philosophical” with my friends yesterday because of this quote. You know, one of those days when you’re out drinking and you’re trying to make someone spill their “secrets”? I didn’t say it word-for-word since I didn’t bring my copy. But I told them a paraphrase of this quote. I told them the two kinds of secrets, secrets of the mouth and secrets of the heart, and that they wouldn’t want any secrets of the heart, for they only get heavier with time, and “crush the heart that holds them”. I bagged some interesting gossip that night. ^_^

  47. CBiddle
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:00 PM | Permalink

    I don’t want a badge, but I love this quote so much I wanted to post it anyways. As someone escaping the world of cubicles for an elementary school classroom, this quote had significant meaning to me. I plan on hanging in my classroom when I become a teacher.

    “It gets tiresome being spoken to as if you are a child, even if you happen to be one.”

  48. nsokeland
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:21 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    “The point,” Bredon said grandly, “is to play a beautiful game.” He lifted his hands and shrugged, his face breaking into a beatific smile. “Why would I want to win anything other than a beautiful game?”

  49. lauraS
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:30 PM | Permalink

    “It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die.”
    This is the line that drew me in. It is the one I always remember. To me it says more than what it is saying.
    I would love a badge but could not use it since I live in Norcal and must work 12 hour shifts, so don’t give it to me.
    I love your work Patrick.

    • lauraS
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:43 PM | Permalink

      I would however LOVE one of the Quothe cards
      Maybe I could post
      “I’d like a card”

  50. jardane
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:31 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge so i can meet the man who is responsible for me and my girlfriend getting together. I was listening to the audio book of name of the wind and my now girlfriend who works at a pizza place asked what i was listening to and i told her, it turns out it’s her favorite book series too! not long after that we went out and now we are totally in love and we owe it to you! we quote your book to each other and we buy each other three things and make up funny and cute things about them. Sir i owe you more than i could ever repay but shaking your hand would be an honor.

    “I have an apple that thinks its a pear. And a bun that thinks it’s a cat. And a lettuce that thinks its a lettuce.”
    “It’s a clever lettuce, then.”
    “Hardly,” she said with a delicate snort. “Why would anything clever think it’s a lettuce?”
    “Even if it is a lettuce?” I asked.
    “Especially then,” she said. “Bad enough to be a lettuce. How awful to think you are a lettuce too.”

    • Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

      I love when she says “Bad enough to be a lettuce. How awful to think you are a lettuce too”

      For something so simple it makes a striking point. :))

  51. skywardshadow
    Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:42 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge! “We all become what we pretend to be.”

  52. alioak
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM | Permalink

    “’If you fall, you fall,’ Elodin shrugged. ‘Sometimes falling teaches us things too. In dreams you often fall before you wake.’”

  53. TangentialMind
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    • TangentialMind
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:05 AM | Permalink

      Maybe the soft creaking of your tendons as you clench your fists is like a sweet symphony to me. Oh, yes it is.

      I’d like a badge.

  54. Lexxa
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    I had planned to save re-reading the first two books until the third book was about to be published. But after reading all of these quotes, I just have to start the books again. Now.

    Thanks everyone for talking me into it. :)

    P.S. I can’t go to GenCon, so no badge for me. But to the lucky winners: Have the best of times!

    • cynrtst
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:49 AM | Permalink

      I’ve read them both twice, NOTW, three times. Plan on reading WMF again just before the next comes out.

      • PeacefulMaelstrom
        Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

        I once spent between two and three months re-reading them in turn. Not all the way through but nearly so. . . I suppose I also read other books also at the same time, but the other books weren’t as good.
        I still laugh whenever I think of this.

  55. Justine Schneider
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat :) I can’t wait to see you and everyone at Tinker’s Packs again!

    I had emailed Tinker’s Packs a while back that my dust jacket for Unfettered was damaged and I was hoping to send it back to get a new copy. Unfortunately, I was separated from the dust jacket up until recently so I have not been able to ship it back to you. Would it be possible to just make the exchange at Gen Con instead? (I’ll send this question out in a reply to the email I received a while back too, since I know your blog is going to be busy.)

    Hope you have better travels this time around!

  56. cynrtst
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:48 AM | Permalink

    I can’t go, but I love the idea that I might be someone who eats the rind of the cheese. Coz’ I’m just that uncouth.

  57. pyro_boy_dj
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge. :(

  58. pristina
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:12 AM | Permalink

    I would like a gencon badge! I also would like a copy of Unfettered. pumpkinprissy@yahoo

    • pristina
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:19 AM | Permalink

      Boo! I forgot my favorite quote! “In many ways, unwise love is the truest love. Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

  59. duke7883
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM | Permalink

    I have no need of a badge because I live in Pennsylvania, but I enjoyed reading all the different quotes that people took note of in the Name of the Wind. I just finished my first reread of both books in just over a week, I devour them just as quickly as the first time I’d read them. I love every quote posted and a thousand more besides, but for some reason if I had to choose I’d go with: “You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.” Simply, I like Bast and his mystery. I hope we learn more about him but not very much. I hope we never learn the first note of the music that moves him. I hope he keeps that for himself.

  60. Mephy
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:53 AM | Permalink

    “From the sound of it, I guessed it was a small piece of a larger argument that they had been having their entire lives.”

    Beautiful. Alas, I wouldn’t be able to use the ticket.

  61. otteriffic
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:53 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge

    “It wasn’t even a good note. ‘If you are reading this I am probably dead.’ What sort of a note is that?”

    I look forward to meeting you!

  62. Sandhya
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:11 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    I am so glad you comment on the TV show. I have been stalking your blog hoping to hear some news. Maybe when you are in Seattle you could give us a bit more information? Here’s hoping.

  63. Miguel
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:27 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge, but there are a few thousand miles of ocean between the con and me, plus I have to work.
    I just wanted to use this to thank you and your team for your impressive efficiency: I ordered a couple of items from the Tinker’s Packs a few weeks back and they arrived at home only four days later. And that includes overseas shipping. Honestly, most of the stuff I buy online from my own country takes longer than that to arrive, so, hats off to you guys.
    Also, I loved the book, my wife loved the ring and my 16-month-old triplets immensely enjoyed the bubble wrap.

  64. Veelk
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:45 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    “There are few things as nauseating as pure obedience.”

    There is an irony somewhere in this post…

  65. Nathan Love
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 3:02 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge, and it’s even possible for me to make it!

    “the”
    WMF, pp1,2,3,4,5…I think all of them. I only have a physical copy. Kindlers, go forth.

  66. Dixie
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 3:43 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge. In the unlikely event that I win one, I swear by stone and oak and elm I will find some way of getting there.

    It’s hard to choose a favourite quote, so I’ll give the most recent one that popped into my head (yesterday): “All stories are true. But this one really happened.”

    As a recovering chemist, I should add as an honourable mention: “Label clearly. Measure twice. Eat elsewhere.”

  67. Alphonse
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 5:19 AM | Permalink

    Sorry Pat, but I couldn’t pay attention to anything you wrote after “TV deal” and I tried but… Oh my God there’s a TV deal!
    I’ve slept less than 3 hours last night and I’m on the clock to hand over a re-sit assignment paper today before midnight but you just made me so happy it pretty much swept everything away.
    Oh my God there’s a TV deal!

  68. Hallz
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 5:38 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge…

    “There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”

    :)

  69. AlistairM
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

    I don’t want a badge as I could never afford to fly to the US, however one of my favourite lines must be…

    “Oh God, whose rooms are these?” – Kvothe

    It may not be a profound quote but I love that part.

  70. greenleviathan
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:19 AM | Permalink

    “Call a jack a jack. Call a spade a spade. But always call a whore a lady. Their lives are hard enough, and it never hurts to be polite.”

    I’ve always been a little too brutally honest at times, this one quote helps to remind me that sometimes people need more compassion and a little less honesty.

    • greenleviathan
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

      oh, and I guess the obligatory “I’d like a badge”.

  71. ggeezz
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    “Last is the door of death. The final resort. Nothing can hurt us after we are dead, or so we have been told.”

  72. amdon
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge…”Every now and then a book comes along that demands attention – a book you have to stay up all night to finish reading. One which makes you laugh, cry, and takes you on an unforgettable adventure . . . and this is one of them.”

  73. frabak
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    “Why do you weep?” Shehyn asked as she made Heron Falling. “Are you ashamed? Are you in fear?”
    I blinked my eyes to clear them. My voice was harsh from the exertion and emotion. “You are beautiful, Shehyn. For in you is the stone of the wall, the water of the stream, and the motion of the tree in one.”

    This part gets me every time…

  74. Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

    I don’t need a badge because there is no way I could get to Indiana, but ONE of my favorite quotes is, “Only priests and fools are fearless and I’ve never been on the best of terms with God.”

    Also, I created a Kingkiller fan site called the Eolian Tavern! Everybody should go check it out, or LIKE it on Facebook! THANKS! eoliantavern.com

  75. ICANHASBOOKTHREE
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM | Permalink

    I want to troll…but if anyone bothered to read Pat’s response to my last troll they’ll realize that…

    …Patrick Rothfuss knows my truename.

    The implications make me uncomfortable.

  76. 123eire
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    Eddie Redmayne for Kvothe role?

  77. dosaceos
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    I’d love a badge. My favorite quote is the highlight of Bast’s…monologue? Threat? Anyways: “You do not know the first note of the music that moves me.” I had you write it in my book when I had it signed a few years back, and that meant I had to get another unsigned copy to loan out to friends, as I couldn’t risk losing it. Haven’t had a chance to see you since (My Wise Man’s Fear copy hasn’t has the pleasure of being graced with a quote yet.)

    -Aaron

  78. ericturner29
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    “If we were living in a better age they’d build a temple around a woman like that.”

    Just a great, great, line.

  79. saibelle
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge :)

    I just got engaged last weekend, so I’ll choose this one:

    “If you can find someone like that, someone who you can hold and close your eyes to the world with, then you’re lucky.”

    I did have to look that up on goodreads since I didn’t have a copy of my book here to at work to copy it straight from the pages, so forgive any errors.

  80. catheraaine
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge, along with… um… “Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.”

  81. Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM | Permalink

    As much as I would LOVE a badge and to attend GenCon, I’ll never get out of work in time, let alone to Indiana from Cali. LOL.

    Hope you have a ton of fun though! Glad to see your post.
    Really looking forward to the information on your TV Deal.

    Also, I enjoyed your story from Unfettered. Don’t think I mentioned that yet. My first read was a bit choppy and I didn’t “get” it but I’ve read it about 10 times now and I feel like everytime I read it, I get more out of it and it just turns my wheels, as all your writing does. Also, it does work great as a read a loud, I actually like it better that way because I take more time with the punctuation and it just packs more punch. One question I did have, the way it’s written, with the spacing and whatnot, is that a certain type of writing? Did you intentionally write it like that or was that added in editing? Anyway, I figured if it was a specific writing style I’d like to look it up and learn a little more about it so I can get the full affect of the story.

    Yah…okay…that was long, and rambly, but whatever.

  82. Jason
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM | Permalink

    I would love a ticket because first off, you are my favorite author. 2nd, I live in Indianapolis, and have yet to go to gencon due to not having the funds.

    “How does it feel to know where you are going?” Denna~Name of the Wind

    That must be an amazing feeling. To have a path set and such a clear goal that you are aiming for. I hope that one day my path will be clear.

    I hope you have a blast!

  83. Posted August 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

    I’m posting in hopes I might win a badge. I don’t have a quote to post, but this is my first year to go to GenCon and just learned of the writer’s track from your blog. Can’t wait to attend.

  84. aglarannaelf
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    I’d love a free badge!

    One of my favorite quotes:

    “Anyone can love a thing because. That’s as easy as putting a penny in your pocket. But to love something despite. To know the flaws and love them too. That is rare and pure and perfect.”

  85. Doug
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a(nother) badge (for an aspiring writer friend.)

    “Congratulations,” he said. “That was the stupidest thing I’ve ever seen.” His expression was a mix of awe and disbelief. “Ever”

  86. Redhalo_99
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM | Permalink

    I want a badge, please… (we must have manners!) “We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”

    • Redhalo_99
      Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

      I guess it should say “I’d like a badge, please…”

  87. Posted August 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge! (Although, honestly, it’s to give as a gift to my friend who can’t afford to go…I already have mine)

    “Metal rusts, music lasts forever.” – Kvothe

  88. jaynjacee
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge!

    “I need you to breathe for me.”

  89. Jsherry
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

    I don’t think I could pull together getting to GenCon, so I won’t compete, but I thought you might find this interesting as a possible introduction to RPGs for Oot (I supported the Kickstarter as something to try with my son): http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/story-realms

    They just sent out an update that they’ll have a booth at GenCon.

  90. CancerKiller
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:05 PM | Permalink

    I cannot accept a badge, but love that you are doing this, Mr. Rothfuss. A very cool thing. Enjoy your time in the True Dungeon at GenCon.

  91. StacyLou
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat!

    Words cannot express how thankful I would be to receive a free badge from you for GenCon. It would be so incredibly awesome to see you after all these years! My husband happens to have next Friday off (and might be convinced to take Thursday off too). How cool would it be to surprise him with plans to go to GenCon?!?!

    I have so many favorite quotes, but this one really stuck with me because it was so damn funny:

    “I hate mutton, Reshi. It tastes like wet mittens.”

    I laughed out loud. At one point, I told my sister-in-law about it. She told me that it made more sense that way. She had read it as “It tastes like wet kittens.” I love the humor in you books – it’s fabulous.

    Another quote that stuck with me was:

    “Perhaps the greatest faculty our mind possesses is the ability to cope with pain.”

    There are so many profound statements in your books. You are a great author. One of my favorites! I humbly request that you find it in your heart to bestow a free badge to an old classmate that you haven’t seen in decades. Pretty please?

  92. Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:23 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge.

    Pretty, pretty please!!!

    “You are my bright penny by the roadside. You are worth more than salt or the moon on a long night of walking. You are sweet wine in my mouth, a song in my throat, and laughter in my heart.”

  93. GamerMama
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM | Permalink

    “He was just a child, after all, and had yet to learn what sorrow really was.”

    As a woman of a certain age this rang with such truth…

    And I would love a badge, even though I probably can only make Friday as my employer cut back on PTO for August.

  94. Howland
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge for my sister-in-law who teaches a writing class at a university in Indianapolis, loves Joss Whedon, and will no doubt be attending Gen-con. Inexplicably, despite my highest recommendation, she has not read your fine work. A badge would obligate her to read the books and perhaps introduce them to her aspiring writers.

    “You fall asleep during your watch, you get left behind. You eat with us, whatever my wife cooks. You complain, you get left behind. You walk to slow, you get left behind. You bother the girl….” He ran a hand through his thick dark beard. “Bad things happen.”

  95. Posted August 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

    If you are the police then where are your badges?
    Honestly, I just wanted to say thanks for the books. However, I just asked the misses ,”If I won free tickets to GenCon could I go?”. She asked when it was. “It’s on my birthday as it were”, I replied. “Then yes.”, she answered on a whim. And here I am milling about for a bloody quote. My wife and I read the books aloud together. I picked this quote for the memory of us laughing hysterically late night in bed. It was the type of laughter which makes you snort,drool, and read in a high falsetto for the next few lines. “Once: nothing. Twice:Nothing. Then he turned it the third time and….the boy’s ass fell off.” Delightful timing.

  96. pblaze
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge please. One of my favorite quotes is:

    “Owls are wise. They are careful and patient. Wisdom precludes boldness. That is why owls make poor heroes.”

  97. pharmerMatt
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 4:41 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge, please.

    “I remember reading along, coming in on the secondary parts. My father would encourage me to try particularly good sections myself, and I learned to love the feel of good words.”

    That was pretty much how I fell in love with books too! Just substitute father for mother.

  98. mortifera
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 4:51 PM | Permalink

    I’d like a badge … “I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.”

  99. Posted August 9, 2013 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    Omg I think I’m going to be really poor after Gencon…. so excited :D I already have a badge, I just wanted to express my excitement ;-)

  100. heather
    Posted August 9, 2013 at 6:22 PM | Permalink

    I can’t go, so no badge for me. What a great time I’ve had reading everyones’ favorite quotes. Here’s mine for the record, from memory. Excuse me if I miss a word. “I’ve waited a long time to show these flowers how pretty you are.”
    I also love, “Half of seeming clever is keeping your mouth shut at the right times.”
    I’m telling you three times, Pat, I love your books.

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