New Prize – Original Manuscript for Upcomming Superman/Batman Novel

Oh merciful Buddha. I am so sick….

Which is a real shame because we have several pieces of cool news today. I wish I wasn’t all muzzy so I could gush appropriately about them.

The first is that Kevin J. Anderson has donated something huge to the Heifer Fundraiser.

Kevin has graciously donated a signed manuscript copy of his upcoming book Batman/Superman: Enemies and Allies. This is really big folks. Not only do you get a sneak peek of the book that won’t be hitting the shelves until May 2009, but this story details the official first meeting between Superman and Batman. How cool is that?

Looking at this makes me wish there was some ethical way for me to enter my own contest with the hope of winning.

But that wouldn’t be fair. As it is, I’ll have to settle for caressing it in a loving manner. It is my firm belief that prolonged contact with the manuscript will heal me of whatever terrible illness has struck me down….

If you want the specifics about how you can win this manuscript, what the other prizes are, or what the whole fundraiser is about, CLICK HERE.

Today also marks the halfway point of the fundraiser. We’ve only been going for two weeks, and our team has already raised over 20,000 dollars with books and donations still rolling in.

Which brings us to the third piece of news. I’m raising the bar on the donation thermometer again. We’ll take it all the way up to $30,000 so everyone visiting MY PAGE is clear on the fact that I’m still matching donations.

That said, I might have to stop after 30,000 dollars. I’m not saying I will, but I might. I need to take a hard look at my finances and make sure I’m not being stupid about this. One of the common misconceptions about being a writer is that once your book comes out, you’re rich. But as Tobias Bucknell showed in the survey he took that’s just not true.

The truth is, I’ve been fortunate this last year. I’ve sold the foreign rights to the book in a lot of countries, and those advances have allowed me to quit my day job. But I don’t live in a house made of solid money. I’ve been loving this fundraiser, it’s the most fun I’ve had in a year. But the only reason I’m able to do this fundraiser is because I still pretty much live like a student. I just wanted to give y’all fair warning that I might need to put on the breaks before too long.

Gech. I hate posting up a blog when I have a fever. I never know when I’m making sense. I need to bring Sarah over and read this to make sure I’m not just frothing like a wild dog.

Say hello to everyone, Sarah.

Hello, everyone.

I made you purple. Is that okay?

Yes. It’s very cute and girly.

And you are cute and girly.

Aside from being my clever, beautiful girlfriend, Sarah is doing a lot of the behind-the-scenes work for the fundraiser, helping me package things and post up blogs. That, in turn lets me continue to get work done on The Wise Man’s Fear.

Am I making sense on the blog so far, Sarah?

Yep. You’re doing great. Just a bit more and you can go to bed.

Can you say something cool about Kevin’s manuscript? I haven’t done a good enough job of being gushy about it.

This book makes me tingle a little. It’s got a big-mojo aura surrounding it. I can’t wait to dig into the story when it comes out. There’s bound to be some great, unexplored tension between these two iconic superheros and a bunch of juicy, rock ’em sock ’em, gladiator-style action. Whoever wins this is so freakin’ lucky.

By unexplored tension, are you implying that Superman and Batman might be a little, you know, hot for each other?


Are you sure? Two hot young guys? Maybe in college? Curious about…things? Willing to experiment?

Well, they are both quite well-proportioned. You’ve just given me a lot to think about later while you’re sleeping.

Who do you like better, Superman or Batman?

Superman. I’d rather be him. Plus, he’s an alien.

I bet Batman is a better kisser than Superman. At least, I think I’d rather kiss Batman. Kissing Superman would be… too weird.

You might get crushed by his super lips.

Wow. Yeah. I didn’t even think of that.

What *is* your fever at right now, Honey?

102 last time I checked. When it hits 104 I’m gonna sell.

Can you make me some soup and tuck me into bed?

Yeah, Sweetie. I’ll take care of everything.

Later all,


This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2008By Pat31 Responses


  1. Dan
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 7:27 AM | Permalink

    Dude, if you go broke over this you’ll gain some serious kudos. That being said please be considerate to those who want you to finish the book on a computer, not on the back of some hobo’s shelter.WORD VERIFICATION CHMERSEM!!

  2. JKB
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

    You are just the best ever. I didn’t donate on your page (STUPID ME!) but I did buy 60 dollars worth of rabbits. wowza.You rock. (And yea, Finish. That. Book.)

  3. Captain Joe
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    BATMAN would win any contest against Superman – it’s simple math – even a questionable kissing contest.So…much…author…swag…Word verification is <>bamupl<>, which is the sound Superman makes when Batman delivers a Kryptonite packed knuckle sandwich.

  4. Wilfred Berkhof
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 10:56 AM | Permalink

    Although I’m not in to any of the superhero stuff I never quite understood how any of the superheroes would ever match up against Superman. Especially not batman seeing as he has no superpowers at all except being rich.Word verification was very on topic: “coeur”. Your heart is definitely in the right place, Pat.

  5. .:Becca:.
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    Hey! Becca has insomnia! Okay not quite as bad as being sick with 102 degree fever but still quite annoying.It was nice seeing you on Saturday, but I hope I don’t catch whatever you have. I have finals in 2 weeks!!Anyways, I forgot to mention how awesome you are for doing this project in raising money for Heifer Fundraiser. You are awesome.Hope you get better!Word Verification- debagunc

  6. Maria Stahl
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:33 PM | Permalink

    STOP GETTING GERMS ON THE MANUSCRIPT! No more caressing until you get over your fever. At least.WV: elneophy. It’s Greek, of course, for someone who loves new things – especially, apparently, unpublished manuscripts.

  7. marky
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    Get well soon Pat. I think it’s a good idea stopping at 30k. If you kept going with the matching donations, one would fear that we would have to do a feed Patrick Rothfuss fund raiser next year.Word verification: Vingulat, as in Count Vingulat. The first royal to marry someone who wasn’t a member of their own family.

  8. Casseopia
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 12:43 PM | Permalink

    Take care of him, Sarah! That said, don’t let him be a baby for too long ;-)word verification is “shmen” sounds yiddish

  9. Kinson
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 1:54 PM | Permalink

    I can’t believe your house isn’t made entirely out of money. At least in the summer you can still relax on your money deck and in the winter you can take off your snowy boots in the money foyer. I’m sure when your second book comes out you can add more money rooms to your palace. WV = inessels – an aqauatic animal similar to an oyster. They often attach themselves to swimmers and become transfered to bathtubs. Once there they take over entire bathrooms. The only way to get rid of them is to call the Verminators from the Discover channel.

  10. Cecrow
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    I have nothing to say, except to observe that the word verification presently displayed is “patiness”, which is rather amusing. Except that in my excitement to tell you about it, I forgot to type it, so now it’s “tarbion”. Dammit!

  11. Steven Weyerts
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

    Word verification: Loozin. It’s nice to know I’m not the only man in this world in possession of an uncanny inability to spell. Well, actually, that’s a complete lie, but I just want to say Batman/Supermanor—or, as it will be inevitably crowned, BS—looks awesome.

  12. Steven Weyerts
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 4:32 PM | Permalink

    And it turns out I spoke the truth. Supermanor? What does that even mean—Superman’s mansion?

  13. Gail
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 5:14 PM | Permalink

    I hope you keep the site open even after you stop matching. I am raising some extra money by giving massages (no, that’s not a euphamism), but I can’t give them at work til after the holiday.

  14. Anonymous
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

    I’ve noticed the little thermometer thingie fluctuates up and down. Does that mean that while many of us are actually donating money, someone else is stealing it? Or have some of the ducks died?

  15. marky
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 5:47 PM | Permalink

    Steve Weyerts Jr, I love it! A Supermanor could also be a larger than normal, Swiss department store. ;-)WV: Rapity. A weird noise usually followed by Tapity.

  16. Rachel
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    Larry Niven wrote a short story many, many years ago (I think it’s in his All The Myriad Ways collection) entitled, “Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex.” It discussed the ramifications of a physical relationship between Superman and Lois Lane, of which the phrase that most strongly sticks in my head is, “gutted like a trout.”

  17. Pat
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

    The think the Supermanor would be the equivolent of the Batcave, but more posh.

  18. Florian Specht
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

    Get well soon Pat, a fever is nothing to laugh about, if u dont take some rest.Hmm Batman could beat Superman i think, cause hes smarter than him and has all the money and gimmicks, as long as he gets the propper time for a masterplan.Greetings from good old GermanyForianPS: We sell your book rly well at our bookstore, maybe cause i love it and promote it like hell ;-)

  19. Kalligenia
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    Ooooh, I’m drooling over that Batman/Superman manuscript. I think Batman would be the better kisser, too.Feel better soon! :) I’m happy to see you have such a sweet girlfriend to take care of you.

  20. Whitney
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 9:47 PM | Permalink

    Batman was always my favorite superhero simply BECAUSE he didn’t have any superpowers. Makes it a more realistic dream…

  21. Whitney
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 9:54 PM | Permalink

    P.S. Also, just wanted to let you know that I work at a bookstore and every time I see someone perusing the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section I direct them to NOTW. So, you are welcome for my contributions to your money house.

  22. Snall Trippin
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 12:05 AM | Permalink

    Just to be different: I hope you stay sick a week! …it could be fun! …*cough* Think of it as an experiment in how much the body can take before shutting it for SCIENCE!

  23. Anonymous
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 12:22 AM | Permalink

    Pat- You’re creating pogonophobic misers with this.

  24. Fe2O3
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 12:24 AM | Permalink

    Sorry to hear you’re sick Pat. Get well quickly. Does the fact that we’ve hit $20,000 mean that we get video footage of you doing the happy dance? Inquiring minds want to know…

  25. Kanna
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 12:48 AM | Permalink

    Batman would totally win a kissing contest he’s hotter and a has a better personality too.We should totally here from Sarah more often.Get well soon Pat!!!

  26. Matthew
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 2:46 AM | Permalink

    If the next book is half as good as the first… and all subsequent books are on par with that, then I don’t think you’ll ever need to worry about a day job again man.

  27. Le Mari
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 5:06 AM | Permalink

    Kissing people in masks is sexier…and batman’s man-panties are black, not fire engine red. It’s a little better.Also, I hope you get well soon. I have a sprained ankle. Race to wellness?

  28. Anonymous
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    yeah pat, there are too many people counting on you for entertainment for you to go broke. i think stopping at 30k is probably smart. on a different note, i think superman deserves more credit. just cuz all of the superman movies out there suck [whereas the batman movies are so fricking awesome], doesnt mean the man of steel would lose…

  29. Aud
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 8:10 PM | Permalink

    Batman might not swing “that way,” but you can bet Superman is pretty super no matter whom he’s dealing with…I’d rather kiss Sarah.

  30. Aud
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 8:16 PM | Permalink

    and don’t spend all your money. i need you to send it to me so i can pay off my debts. :)

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