Closure

Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while might remember several months ago when I posted up a general call for help.

The short version of the story is this. A reader sent me a very polite invitation to their high-school graduation party, and since I was going to be in the area anyway for Wiscon, I thought I’d stop by and say hello.

Of course I failed to take into account the fact that I’m an idiot. So while I remembered the party was over Memorial Day weekend, I didn’t make note of anything else, such as the address of the party, the person’s contact information, or even their name.

Needless to say, it was not my shiniest moment.

So I posted up a blog asking if anyone could help clue me in.

The bad news was that I did miss the party. The good news is that I did eventually get in touch with the reader. (Their name was Moss, by the way.)

The weird news was that over the last couple months, I’ve had at least fifty people ask me if I ever managed to get in touch with them. It was kinda strange. I’d be doing a reading in California, and when I threw open the floor for questions, someone would ask, “did you ever make it to that reader’s party?”

So, in the interest of giving everyone the closure they so desperately desire, I figured I’d let y’all know what happened.

This last weekend we finally managed to get together. We grabbed coffee and hung out for a little bit.

Awww…. (Yes, they’re taller than me. No, I don’t have a problem with that.)

I also finally got to give them the graduation present I meant to bring to their party. A remnant of my checkered past: a copy of my College Survival Guide.

I’m including this picture mostly so y’all can make fun of my handwriting.

That’s all for today. Just a little closure on a story I started a couple months ago. See? I can do it. It just takes some time….

Love,

pat

This entry was posted in College Survival Guide, fan coolness, small adventuresBy Pat45 Responses

45 Comments

  1. chia.sister
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:30 AM | Permalink

    thanks, Pat! this was a cute closure and shows how thoughtful you are with your fans :)

  2. Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:31 AM | Permalink

    You know that by posting that picture you will have to answer questions about contact information for the girl now?

  3. Yezabel
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:32 AM | Permalink

    Oh, that was so cute. I’m sure you both had a great time. If you ever come back to Europe and drop by Spain I’d love to give you a tour over my city, we don’t have graduation parties but lots of great food instead ;D

  4. SunTzu
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:33 AM | Permalink

    Very nice! So i can expect you to show up for my birthday in Västerås, Sweden next year ;)?

  5. Andres J.
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:45 AM | Permalink

    I always imagined pat would be this tall grizzly-bear-tall guy… now I can’t get Gimli out of my head…

  6. Mickey
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:52 AM | Permalink

    Jeez Pat, butt kissing aside, I just don’t think any other celeb/artist out there would do even half of the cool stuff you get around to for your fans. It is rare to come across real generosity of spirit anymore and even more appreciated for the fact that it is not contrived or self serving. Thank You !

    P.S. “…story I started a couple of months ago. See ? I can do it.”

    A less than subtle hint that you do actually do some writing from time to time and we should stop bugging you ?

  7. Posted August 2, 2010 at 5:09 AM | Permalink

    Aww, that’s fantastic Mister Pat! I feel all warm and fuzzy inside for the both of ye!

  8. Sark_Amen
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 5:17 AM | Permalink

    Yey! WTG Pat!

  9. Sarah
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 6:52 AM | Permalink

    I was wondering whether you’d made it to the party. Too bad it didn’t work out. I’d have asked you to come to my graduation party, too, but I didn’t think you’d want to travel to Germany at the moment, being busy and all… (I’ll count on you to make the trip, once book 2 is published *hypnotic stare*)
    Really nice of you to meet this girl after missing the party, I can only imagine how happy she must have been…

  10. Aerron
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:08 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for letting us know. Seriously.

  11. astrocyn
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    yup – I was on the “was wondering” list, too. thanks!

  12. jvonrader
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

    You are a good man, sir.

  13. malical
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 8:02 AM | Permalink

    Good thing I zoomed in, the word luck looked like fuck and that makes the sentence unfortunately sounds bad.

    • jeffbuddhabelly
      Posted August 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

      That is the same reason I embiggened the picture. Just making sure.

  14. frostyjack06
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    Wow, you aren’t kidding. Your hand writting is really bad…I mean, seriously, just bad…you sould get that looked at…lol

  15. RforRangerDforDanger
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

    You are one cool dude, Pat.

    Although those shades, combined with your dangerously awesome over-manliness (read: your Beard), kind of scream “hardcore biker,” to me. Which is odd, considering the mutant Powerpuff-octopus hybrid schoolgirls on your t-shirt. I can only conclude that you are hunting River Tam. Are you wearing pants?

    PS Should I bring pants to college?

  16. Benjamin
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

    Breanna is my little sister. I can honestly say that you quite literally made her decade (making her day is obviously assumed). Thanks so much for being a stand up guy and meeting up with her. Plus, she’s about six three, so don’t feel bad.

  17. Pockets
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

    I meant to log on last week and tell you how awesome “The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle” was, but I was moving and it was pushed to the back of my mind and moving van. But, I’m here now to tell you that me from a week in the past enjoyed the book immensely, and the three endings were stupenderiffic. A week ago I was very into making up words…I’m sure you understand.

  18. Robo
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 11:56 AM | Permalink

    Pat is now available for birthday parties, company picnics, bar mitzvas and other speaking engagements. Bookings in advance of two weeks will be given a 20% discount. The following terms and conditions apply: Pat must be supplied with a tw0 (2) star hotel or above, must be provided with a per diem of at least six (6) bucks a day. An Xbox, Playstation 3 and PC must be provided for videogam– er, research purposes. Some extra charges do apply ($1 per person to view the Lesbian Unicorn, $2 to hold it), (lute performance, cost to be determined by quality of alcohol provided [Side note: under no circumstances will Pat perform Stairway to Heaven. Anyone that asks will be immediately removed). Lastly, anyone who asks about the status or publishing date of Wise Man’s Fear will be immediately shown Pat’s favorite avian gesticulation (i.e. the swooping bird). Thank you.

    • Mickey
      Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

      Dude, dont forget the rider about coffee supplies, you just know Pat will freak out and fire everybody without the Java fix…

  19. mpschnel
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    Looks like it was signed by a guy named Pat Prthfrex.

  20. sumigo
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 1:11 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    This is an off topic so I apologize but I felt t funny enough to mention. There is a new Hooter’s commercial that has been airing where I live (So Cal) and there is a guy in the commercial dressed like the King from Burger King. The guy looks just like you, maybe you can find it on youtube or something.

    I got a good chuckle from it, perhaps you will as well. I would post a link but I am at work right now and the IT filters block me from it.

  21. Skye
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    Yaaaaay closure!

    Thank you thank you thank you!

    Seriously, this has been bugging me!! >.>

    I feel I should say–my husband’s handwriting makes Mr. Rothfuss look like a schoolmarm. I’m just saying. You can actually *read* what Pat wrote. I’ve been reading notes from my husband for 11 years, and I still have to give up and ask him what he wrote sometimes…the best part? *He* doesn’t know what he wrote half the time…

    *face palm*

    • Widow Of Sirius
      Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:02 PM | Permalink

      My boyfriend’s handwriting is somewhere between your husband’s and Pat’s. Usually I can discern what was written, but on the occasions where I can’t, neither can he.

    • TheJoke
      Posted August 11, 2010 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

      My handwriting is worse than Mr. Pats, a lot worse even, especially if i write too fast. And i write fast almost every time because i hate to write by hand^^

    • Posted August 12, 2010 at 7:31 PM | Permalink

      Yeah, my husband’s handwriting is pretty bad, too. I don’t know about half the time, but it’s not that unusual for him not to know what he wrote. My proudest moment in deciphering his handwriting actually didn’t involve looking at it myself — it was for someone else trying to read it, I was across the room. I guessed correctly based on context and what the other reader seemed to think the first letter was. Oh, and my husband was there too, but I guessed it before he remembered what he’d written.

  22. r_linton
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    Aw. That made me smile. =)

    Also, Mr Rothfuss; perchance, is that a touch of grey I see highlighting your most bushy beard? Or is that just the light? Gives you a touch of learned gravity that counterbalances the youthful coolness of the ski sunglasses.

    I joke, I joke!

    =D

  23. Jexral
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:23 PM | Permalink

    Thanks, Mr. Rothfuss. It’s really great to know what happened – I’ve been wondering about that since you posted the original blog entry. I guessed that you hadn’t made it to her party, though, or you probably would have posted about it.

  24. maine character
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:24 PM | Permalink

    I was wondering about that, too, so thanks for both filling us in and for simply being that kind of guy.

  25. bremon
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 8:51 PM | Permalink

    I’m not six three, really. Just six foot. Benjamin (9 or 10 comments up) exaggerates horribly.
    However, he certainly doesn’t exaggerate in the case of making my decade. It may even be my eon.
    I am the envy of my friends right now. (Those that have read NOTW – meaning pretty much all of them)
    Also, I got to meet Oot and Sarah, who are both awesome.
    And I think me, my dad, and Pat got to talk for at least two hours, shich was extraordinarily epic.
    My brother is quite jealous… : )

    • Widow Of Sirius
      Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

      Congrats on all of it :)

    • Mickey
      Posted August 3, 2010 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

      Really jealous !

  26. rrockw
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 9:51 PM | Permalink

    How cool Bremon, big congrats! Throwing a cool sign your way as well Pat!

  27. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:05 PM | Permalink

    On a strange side note, a LOT of people are calling you Mr. Rothfuss in this post, and it’s kinda weirding me out.

    But thanks for posting about this, it made my day to know that you did find her eventually :)

  28. Effilcdar
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 10:38 PM | Permalink

    Props on the firefly shirt.

  29. chelsea not clinton
    Posted August 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM | Permalink

    I’m glad you found her! She looks almost exactly like my best friend from high school which weirded me out for a second. :) You always look so happy in your pictures.

  30. Lexxa
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 1:18 AM | Permalink

    Pat, where oh where can I get a t-shirt like that? I would get huge wifely points if I got that for my husbands birthday.

    Thanks for ending the story. I love happy endings. :)

  31. theotherjason
    Posted August 3, 2010 at 2:32 PM | Permalink

    fruity oaty bars make a man out of a mouse.fruity oaty bars make you burst out of your blouse…

  32. Minzetee
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 5:28 AM | Permalink

    It’s cool that you take care of your fans and visit them. It’s friendly =)

  33. Ana
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    Greetings from Madrid, I hope to read soon the second part of the name of the wind.

    A kiss

    Ana

  34. Little My
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    On an unrelated topic:
    Maybe someone has already mentioned this, but – I just discovered that if you go to Amazon.com and type in “wise”, the top two suggestions in its little auto-list of suggestions are both Wise Man’s Fear. How cool! (Although maybe it’s one of those smart engines that already knows that I’m a Rothfuss groupie and thus lists that book first. . .?)

  35. Skye
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

    I’m just one of those people…I guess I did call him “Pat” too in the post up there (mainly b/c that seems to be the prevailing opinion around here)…but I just feel *weird* calling people by their first names if I don’t know them well.

    *shrug*

    (But you’re right, he doesn’t seem like much of a “Mr. Rothfuss”, does he? I bet he’s one of those “Mr. Rothfuss was my father!” folks, isn’t he?)

  36. constantine
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 8:35 PM | Permalink

    That is why you are the coolest writer ever.

  37. SavvyP
    Posted August 4, 2010 at 9:14 PM | Permalink

    Thank you so much for the update! I’m glad you found her.

  38. Kjellohhh
    Posted August 7, 2010 at 11:36 AM | Permalink

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