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Being a Trouper

Hey there everybody,

I’d meant to post a fun blog earlier this week. I had a couple cued up and almost ready. One was full of Kingkiller tattoos I’ve seen over the last year, another was pictures of babies that have been named after characters from my books. The one I *really* wanted to post involved the story of how I snuck some underage chicks into Max Temkin’s hotel room at Gencon.

41f23fed1b92a824ced03db71d8b4a9c(Like this. You pervert.)

But, as everyone knows, the election happened. Anyone who watched my election-night twitch stream might have an inkling of how I felt about that. And those of you who didn’t watch it can still probably guess.

And I’m guessing a lot of you feel the same way.

Interesting fact for those of you who feel shattered about the results: What you’re feeling now? That’s what a depressive episode feels like. At least it does to me. The pisser about depression is that you can feel desolate hopeless dread of exactly this sort even when nothing bad has happened.

Anyway, as a result, I couldn’t bring myself to finish a fun blog earlier this week. In fact, I’m not in the mood to write a blog now, either. I’ve been writing this thing for TWO HOURS and this is as far as I’ve gotten. It’s like trying to walk with a broken leg.

How the hell am I supposed to feel hopeful right now? How am I supposed to launch this year’s fundraiser and be enthusiastic about the cool news I have to share? I feel like everything is crumbling.

Earlier today, I found myself wondering what Auri would do in this situation. Well… that’s not actually true. Maybe it’s more that I wish I could ask for her advice? I wish she could just… help me. Like maybe she could give me a seashell or something and I would put it in my pocket and then I’d feel a little better.

Hell. You know you’re not doing well when you wish a fictional character would help you out. What the fuck does it even mean that I want help from the person who is arguably the most broken of all my characters? Is this it? Am I finally having a nervous breakdown?

No. I’m not. I’m depressingly sane.

Maybe it’s that Auri never lets it get to her. Not really. Not deep down. She’s a fighter, and despite everything, she always has a tiny flame of joy burning inside her. We’re very different in that regard.

I keep thinking of this picture and I don’t know why….

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One of the things I share with Auri is that we both want to fix the world. Maybe that’s why I wish she could give me some advice. I can’t see a way to fix things right now. I am all unkilter.

Shit. I’m doing an awful job of this. I should just erase everything I’ve written and start over, but that would feel dishonest. I don’t want to lie to y’all. I don’t want to pretend I have my shit together. I don’t. I’m not doing great right now.

But still, I have some news to share. And it can’t wait.

Today I heard someone say, “We have to soldier on” and while I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t think there’s any way I can think of myself as a soldier.

I’ll be a trouper instead. How about that? The show must go on, right?

Okay, I’m taking a mulligan and starting over. Ready?

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Hey there everybody,

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that this is the time of year when we do our big annual Worldubuilders fundraiser.

Last year we raised over 1.2 million dollars for Heifer International. We sent little girls to school in Nepal and fed hungry kids in Haiti. We gave people clean water and education. Medicine and self-reliance. The work we do literally brings light into the lives of people all over the world.

And no, I’m not misusing the word “literally” there. One of the many things Heifer does is teache people to make biogas digesters.

biogas-diagram-990x1024This miraculous contraption turns animal waste into fertilizer and methane. Then families can use that methane as a clean, cheap source of light and heat. Cooking over gas is much safer and easier than using a cookfire. That’s a big deal in parts of the world where electricity is expensive or straight-up unavailable.

It’s like real-life alchemy, folks. Heifer teaches people to turn shit into gold.

Over the last 8 years Worldbuilders has raised more than $5,000,000 to make things better all over the world, in Ukraine and Uganda. From Peru to Appalachia.

This year’s fundraiser is launching Monday, and we’ve got some big news. News I’ve been sitting on for months. And despite the fact that I’m a tease of epic proportions, I’m actually going to tell y’all that news today.

1. Story time with Neil Gaiman.

Two years ago, Neil Gaiman red us Green Eggs and Ham. While last year people who donated got to vote on what Gaiman would read. Jabberwocky beat out Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon, so he shot a video of himself reciting it from memory to help us spread the word about the fundraiser.

If y’all had any thoughts about what would be fun for him to read this year, I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Personally, I think The Monster at the End of This Book would be great. I’d love to hear him do Grover’s voice.

2. More livestreaming on Twitch.

Last year, I experimented with livestreaming on twitch to help spread the word about the fundraiser and it worked surprisingly well. So this year, not only will I be streaming again, but Worldbuilders is reaching out to the streaming community in general, and providing tools so that you can do fundraising for us on your own stream.

If you’re a streamer and you’d like to help out Worldbuidlers, contact us at twitchteams@worldbuilders.org and we’ll work with you to make that happen.

And now the big one….

3. A Million Dollars of Matching Money

This year, with Heifer’s help, Worldbuilders has access to a million dollars worth of matching money.

That means that if you come in and donate $10 to Worldbuilders, this anonymous benefactor will double that money, turning it into $20. You donate enough for a goat? It becomes two goats…

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This is a HUGE deal. And it means we have the chance to absolutely destroy last year’s totals.

I mention this to y’all in advance with the hope that you might be are willing to come in swinging in the early days of the fundraiser. If we manage to get some good donations early on, then double them, I’m hoping the total will be impressive enough that we can get some coverage in the media. That means people will find out about worldbuilders who otherwise would never have noticed it.

If that happens…. well… it means we get to feed a *lot* of hungry kids.

And that’s what I’m really in the mood to do right now.

If you have any suggestions for the upcoming fundraiser, or if you have a clever way of helping us spread the word, please drop those in the comments below, too.

Thanks much.

Take care of each other,

pat

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A New Convention: Nerdcon Stories

Heya everybody,

Today’s blog is going to be really brief because I’m in Seattle, and I just have a few hours until my first panel here at Emerald City Comic Con. And after that I just have a couple hours before my show with Paul and Storm and Joel (As I mentioned in my previous blog.)

So this blog is just a quick heads up about something cool that’s happening.

For about a year now, I’ve been chatting with John and Hank green about setting up a convention. A convention that centers around our love of books and stories.

I could talk a lot about the convention. About what it is. About why I’m excited to be involved. About why it’s going to be cool.

Unfortunately, I’m really short on time right now. So I’m simply going to say this: It’s about stories. I’m excited to be involved. It’s going to be cool.

Here are other details you need sooner rather than later:

  • It’s happening October 9th & 10th.
  • It’s in Minneapolis.
  • There are only 3000 tickets available.

Now in some ways, 3000 people is a pretty big convention. But in other ways, it’s really not. Not considering the coolness of the guests we have coming in. Nightvale is going to be there. John and Hank Green are going to be there. We’ve got John Scalzi and Paulo Bacigalupi. We’ve got Holly Black and Jacqueline Carey. And many, many others.

I’m going to be there too. In case you hadn’t guessed.

You can see all of them on the website. And those are just the current folks we have confirmed. We’ve got more on the way.

The reason I’m writing this quick blog right now is so y’all have a chance to go over, look at the website, and grab your tickets if you want to come. Some of our guests have huge, rabid fanbases, and I’m expecting the 3000 badges to sell out pretty quickly.

So, if you live in Minneapolis. Or if you’re just really into cool things. You might want to head over to the website and grab a ticket before they’re all gone.

Here’s the link one more time. 

Best,

pat

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Worldbuilders is just around the corner….

If you liked this: worldbuilders logo - jpgYou’re going to love this:

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This year’s fundraiser is going to be *very* cool, folks. It’s starting on December 2nd.

But before that, two things:

1. Donations and offers of help.

Are you an author, and artist, a or just a collector of geek paraphernalia? If you have something you’d like to send Worldbuilders, odds are, we can make use of it.

Are you a publisher? A game designer? A vast monolithic corporation looking to ingratiate yourself into the geek community in exchange for sacks of greasy cash? Worldbuilders is now accepting some forms of corporate sponsorship.

Are you a blogger, a podcaster, or a good old-fashioned journalist who would like to help us spread the word? Worldbuilders would love to give you an interview.

Pretty much anyone who would like to help can drop us a line at: donations [atsign] worldbuilders.com.

2. Black Friday Specials in the Tinker’s Packs.

If you’re like me, you plan on staying at home on Black Friday, probably hiding in some manner of protective cushion fort.

For my like-minded brethren and sistren, we’re launching a bunch of new items in The Tinker’s Packs on Friday. That way you can get some of your holiday shopping done without having to worry about getting crushed to death in some Walmart parking lot.

And, as always, all the proceeds from our store go to charity. So you get a free warm fuzzy out of the deal.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned, folks. We’ve got some lovely stuff to show you, and we’re going to do our best to change the world.

pat

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Shared Worlds

I did a cool thing with some other authors. You should go look at it.

That is all,

pat

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Season Five of the Guild

Generally speaking, I assume that if you’re reading this blog, you’re a geek of some degree or other.

And if you’re a geek, I assume other things about you. I assume you’ve watched Star Trek. I assume you engage in some type of gaming, be it  computer, board, or role.

I assume that you know who Dr. Who is. I assume you have a tiny shrine to Joss Whedon somewhere in your house.

And I assume you watch The Guild.

More importantly, I assume you know when a new season of The Guild has begun.

But just in case some of you aren’t entirely tuned into the geek allmind. I figure I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that season 5 is already upon us.

If you’re a fan, it would be a shame if you didn’t wander over and check it out…

If you’re *not* a fan… well… then I’m guessing there’s either something wrong with you, or you’ve simply never been exposed to it. And if the latter’s the case, it would be a shame if you didn’t give it a try…

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In other, slightly surreal news, NPR recently posted the results of the poll where they asked folks to vote on what their favorite SF and Fantasy books of all time were.

The Kingkiller Chronicles came in #18 on the list.

Out of all SF and Fantasy books. Ever. #18.

Seriously.

pat

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Signed Copies of The Wise Man’s Fear: Part II

A couple weeks ago I took a trip out to New York to meet up with my publisher and do some promotional stuff. I did a video interview. Recorded a podcast. And, as I’ve already mentioned, I got to touch and hold my first-ever copy of The Wise Man’s Fear.

I also signed some books. Kind of a lot of books. Three thousand books.

I’ve signed a lot of books over these last couple of years. But signing The Wise Man’s Fear is a different feeling. The paper feels different, for one thing. Plus, it’s my new baby, and that counts for a lot.

To be honest with you, I thought that I was going to spend most of the day alone in a room, working my way through stacks of books. I was kind of looking forward to it, actually. I’d brought an audiobook to listen to (Jim Butcher’s White Knight) and I was anticipating it being a pleasant, low-key day.

Luckily, the marketing people at Penguin know a lot more than I do. There’s more to signing this many books than just writing my name a bunch of times. The books need to be unpacked from the boxes, flapped (that means turned to the appropriate signing page), stacked, then reboxed.

That means I had a team of 4-5 people working with me all day, getting books ready for me to sign, then taking them away when I was done and re-packing them.

Here’s the team, hard at work. I’m behind the stack of boxes on the right. All you can see of me is my hand, blurring with preternatural speed, and possibly caffeine.

It was actually a lot of fun. We chatted. I told a few Ole and Lena jokes. I might have even sung a song or two. I tend to do that, occasionally.

The team was great. They kept me well-supplied with books and tea and good company for hours. Eventually, I asked if we could take a group photo.

Here’s one where I think I said something really inappropriate to make everyone laugh:

Here’s the one where I told everyone to do crazy eyes.

I totally win at crazy eyes. Nobody does it better than me.

What I learned over the course of the day is that 3000 books is a hell of a lot of books. It took about eight hours to sign them all. I burned through several pens, and for the last couple hours my shoulders actually hurt.

What do three thousand books look like?

Well, if you have twelve books in a box, then it looks like this many books:

Plus this many books: (Note that this stack is two layers deep.)

And then this many more books….

Also, hidden somewhere in these boxes, are a few copies of the book that I had the entire team sign.

You have no idea how hard it was to get some of them to sign their names. They looked so scandalized when I suggested it. My argument is that if you spend eight hours in a room with me, listening to me sing and tell bad jokes, you should get to sign a couple books too. The signing is the fun part, and I’d feel bad hogging all of it myself.

Now the big question. What are all these books for?

Well, ultimately, they’re for you. They’re for people who can’t make it to one of my signings, but who still would like a signed copy of the book.

[Edit: As of Feb 20th, the Signed Page is no longer taking orders for signed books. But many of the bookstores on my signing tour are still more than happy to mail you a copy.]

Now you’ve got another option: At the end of this blog is a list of all the stores that these books will be going to.

Hopefully, one of these stores is close to you, and you can just swing in and reserve yourself a copy.

But even if none of them are close to your house, I’m guessing that a lot of them would love nothing better than to sell you a copy and then mail it off to you.

My advice though? You might want to contact the stores sooner rather than later and place your orders. These are all first-edition books, and I think a lot of people are going to be snatching them up pretty quickly. I know I wish I’d picked up a few more first editions of The Name of the Wind….

Here’s the list of bookstores, organized by state:

I’ve included as much contact information as I have at the moment. Rest assured I’ll be updating it as soon as I have more:

Alabama

American Wholesale Books
4350 Bryson Blvd
Florence, AL 35630
www.booksamillion.com

Arizona

Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater #101
Scottsdale, AZ  85251
www.poisonedpen.com
(480) 947-2974

California

Almost Perfect Bookstore
1901 Douglas Avenue
Roseville, CA 95661
almostperfectbookstore@yahoo.com
(916) 781-7935

Bay Book Company
80 N Cabrillo Hwy Ste F
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
www.baybookcompany.com
(650) 726-3488

Books Inc
1501 Vermont St
San Francisco, CA 94110
booksinc.net
(415) 643-3400

The Bookseller
107 Mill St
Grass Valley, CA 95945
www.grassvalleybooks.com
(530) 272-2131

Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
www.bookshopsantacruz.com
(831) 423-0900

Borderlands Books
866 Valencia St
San Francisco CA 94110
borderlands-books.com
(415) 824-8203

Copperfield’s
139 Edman Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472
copperfieldsbooks.com
(707) 823-8991

M is For Mystery
86 E Third Ave.
San Mateo, CA, 94401
www.mformystery.com
(650) 401-8077

BookShop Benicia
856 Southampton Road
Benicia, CA 94510
www.bookshopbenicia.com
(707) 747-5155

Anderson Books
425 University Avenue Ste 210
Sacramento, CA 95825
Michael@Mjaatty.com

Dark Carnival
3086 Claremont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94705
www.darkcarnival.com
(510) 654-7323

Colorado

Bookworm of Edwards
295 Main St. C101
Edwards, CO  81632
bookwormofedwards.com
(970) 926-7323

Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl
Boulder, CO 80302
boulderbookstore.indiebound.com
(303) 447-2074

Off The Beaten Path
68 9th St
Steamboat Springs, CO 80477
steamboatbooks.com
(970) 879-6830

Old Firehouse Books
232 Walnut
Fort Collins, CO  80525
www.oldfirehousebooks.com
(970) 484-7898

Tattered Cover
1628 16th St.
Denver, CO 80202
tatteredcover.com
(303) 436-1070

Who Else? Books
200 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
www.whoelsebooks.com
(303) 744-2665

District of Columbia

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington DC, 20008
www.politics-prose.com
(202) 364-1919

Florida

Classic Bookshop
310 S. County Rd
Palm Beach, FL 33480
classicbookshop.com
(561) 655-2485

Idaho

Rediscovered Bookshop
180 N 8th Street
Boise, ID 83702
www.rdbooks.org
(208) 376-4229

Iowa

Prairie Lights Books
15 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA 52240
www.prairielightsbooks.com
(319) 337-2681

Maine

Devaney, Doak, & Garrett
193 Broadway
Farmington, ME 04938
ddgbooks.com
(207) 778-3454

Massachusetts

Pandemonium Books and Games
4 Pleasant Street
Cambridge, MA. 02139
pandemoniumbooks.com
(617) 547-3721

Michigan

McLean & Eakin Booksellers
307 Lake St.
Petoskey, MI.  49770
www.mcleanandeakin.com
(231) 347-1180
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Schuler Books
2820 Town Center Blvd.
Lansing, MI. 48910
www.schulerbooks.com
(517) 316-7495

Schuler Books
3165 Alpine Ave. Ste. C
Walker, MI. 49544
www.schulerbooks.com
(517) 349-8840

Schuler Books
1982 Grand River Ave.
Okemos, MI.  48864
www.schulerbooks.com
(616) 942-2561

Schuler Books & Music
2660 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
www.schulderbooks.com
Phone: (616) 942-2561

New Mexico

Bookworks
4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM  87107
www.bkwrks.com
(505) 344-8139

New York

Flights of Fantasy
381 Sand Creek Blvd
Albany, NY 12205
www.flightsoffantasy.indiebound.com
(518) 435-9337
mariaoverstock@yahoo.com

North Carolina

Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood St
Asheville, NC 28801
www.malaprops.com
(828) 254-6734

Oregon

Annie Bloom’s Books
7834 SW Capitol Highway
Portland OR 97219
annieblooms.com
(503) 246-0053

Powell’s Books
1645 Hoyt St
Portland OR 97209
www.powells.com

VJ Books
20140 SW  112th Ave
Tualatin OR 97062
www.vjbooks.com
(503) 750-5310

South Carolina

Fiction Addiction
1020 A Woodruff Rd
Greenville, SC 29607
www.fiction-addiction.com
(864) 675-0540

Texas

Front Street Books
121 E Holland St
Alpine, TX 79830
www.fsbooks.com
(432) 837-3360

BookPeople
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
bookpeople.com.
(512) 472-5050

Blue Willow Book Shop
14532 Memorial Dr. at Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77079
bluewillowbookshop.com
(281) 497-8675

Utah

King’s English
1511 S. 1500 E.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
www.kingsenglish.com
(801) 484-9100

Virginia

Prince Books
Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
www.prince-books.com
(757) 622-9223

Washington

Third Place Books
17171 Bothel Way NE
Lake Forest Park WA 98155
thirdplacebooks.com
(206) 366-3333

Wisconsin

Bookfinders
1001 Brilowski Road
Stevens Point, WI  54481
(715) 341-8300

Janke Bookstore
505 3rd St.
Wausau, WI  54403
www.jankebookstore.com.
(715) 845-9648

A Room of Ones Own Bookstore
307 W. Johnson
Madison, WI.  53703
www.roomofonesown.com
(608) 257-7888

Barnes & Noble
www.barnesandnoble.com

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