Future Readings and Conventions Past….

So a long time ago, just a couple weeks after my first book came out, I received my first-ever professional convention invite. The convention was called Fantasy Matters, and it was there that I first met Neil Gaiman.

Fast forward to now, the same people that ran the Fantasy Matters convention just started up their own website, and they asked me if I’d write something to help with the launch. So I wrote a little something that talked about attending their convention back in the day. It was one of the very first that I attended as a professional writer, and meeting Neil Gaiman at that point in my life had a bit of an impact on me.

Here’s a link, if you’re interested in reading it…

In other news, I’m going to be doing a reading, Q&A, and signing up in Rhinelander on the 27th.

This should be a fun event for a couple reasons:

1) It should be cozy. (By which I mean there will probably be less than 400 people there.) That means I’ll have more time to hang out and personalize books for people.

2) Since the second book has been out for a couple months now, I can finally answer questions about it during the Q&A, and maybe read a piece of it, too. I couldn’t do that during my tour for fear of spoilers.

3) We’ve got a nice venue in an auditorium. So everyone can have a seat, even if we get 150 people or so. It’s flattering when so many people show up to an event that it’s standing room only, but I feel bad for the people that get stuck standing behind shelves or sitting on the floor.

4) I’ll have access to a projector, which means I might be able to show y’all some things I don’t normally get to share with people….

Here’s a link to the facebook event, if you’d like more details.

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This entry was posted in appearances, meeting famous people, My checkered past, Neil GaimanBy Pat36 Responses

36 Comments

  1. mehawk
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

    Okay, okay I have to stop listening/reading to NoTW and WMF at some point so where should I start reading Gaiman?

    • mehawk
      Posted June 11, 2011 at 3:19 PM | Permalink

      Searched a bit, going with Neverwhere. Will still watch if anyone has input on what should be next.

      • nb
        Posted June 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM | Permalink

        Stardust is a beautiful funny quirky fairytale. Loved it. The Graveyard Book, while marketed as a book for young adults, is elegant and deeply moving. It’s my favorite. American Gods is complex, exciting, confusing. I still don’t quite get the ending. Definnitely have to read it again. I would start with The Graveyard Book.

    • WolfTaker
      Posted June 11, 2011 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

      I started with American Gods on the recommendation of a friend and i never regretted it. It’s an amazing book. If you want to something right away, there’s a pretty striking short story called The Price you can find various places around the web.

      • Oatmeal
        Posted June 12, 2011 at 1:40 AM | Permalink

        I’m reading American Gods right now, also on a recommendation of a friend, and I love it so far. I have no idea what the hell is going on, but I love it nonetheless.

        I was told to read Neverwhere next, although I’ve also read the first few chapters of Stardust and that was beautifully written.

      • MouetteSheridan
        Posted June 12, 2011 at 5:22 AM | Permalink

        I don’t know if I’d go with American Gods first. Even Gaiman says that it’s a very… polarizing book. I’m still trying to decide what my feelings are on it, and I read it years ago. You will love it, or hate it, or stare at it. Not much in between.

        I should probably re-read it, come to that… its been long enough that I’ve probably changed and might like it a lot more now.

    • JeremyM
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

      My first Gaiman/Pratchett book was Good Omens which was absolutely fantastic. Personally I think that American Gods was an awesome book. Was I a little confused at times? Maybe. But in never detracted from the awesomeness that is American Gods. I just finished reading Anansi Boys and while I would recommend it, I would say read some of his other books first.

  2. katelyn
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

    Just so you know, I think anyone who has been to one of your signings will say those same things about you. Well done for actually becoming the kind of writer you decided you wanted to be. Pretty sure not everyone can say that.

  3. dannylopuz
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

    I read a lot about this readings and signings and all I can think of is: Are you ever comming to Mexico? Because otherwise it feels like you are just bragging…

    • Schwartz the Younger
      Posted June 12, 2011 at 9:12 AM | Permalink

      Yeah? And when are you coming to Antarctica? I’m starting to think that you don’t care about every individual fan.

      • dannylopuz
        Posted June 18, 2011 at 12:35 AM | Permalink

        My bro, I was just joking with all the “bragging” thing, I’m actually jealous that Pat is going to be in all those places and I can’t go…

  4. KoolKoal
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    I was considering driving from Minnesota, until I realized it’s a Monday and I have to work. :(

  5. Istezada
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 6:07 PM | Permalink

    I’m actually moving in your direction at the end of the summer. Maybe I’ll be able to catch a signing soon!

  6. gypsymaria
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    For those wondering where they should start reading Neil Gaiman’s work, check out this fun infographic: http://i.imgur.com/dLoTf.jpg

    Pat, I hope I’ll get a chance to see you at some point after I return from Korea in October. No idea what your schedule’s going to be like, but I’ll be practically local to you once I’m home. Looking forward to attending any local (MN/WI) events that I can! You were a pleasure at CONvergence, which is where I first met you, before I’d even gotten around to reading NOTW (I picked up two signed copies, one for myself and one for the friend that insisted I read it, and I’ve never been happier to take a friend’s book recommendation).

    Not only are you a stellar writer, you’re also the sort of person I’d love to hang out with and just talk fantasy and gaming geekery. If you weren’t all big-name-author and whatnot, I’d totally be like, “Hey, Patrick, you wanna come play in our Firefly LARP? It’s just over in Madison!” and stuff. Alas…

  7. Gesepp
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 8:09 PM | Permalink

    I knew that (a href=”https://blog.patrickrothfuss.com/2007/05/me-and-gaiman-or-should-that-be-gaiman/” title=”story”> sounded familiar…

  8. theotherjason
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 10:49 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat. Are you a Bedlam Bards fan? If not you soon will be.

  9. Tyrannus
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 10:56 PM | Permalink

    Are you gonna do book signing in Australia?

  10. Posted June 11, 2011 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

    We loved your guest post, Pat! Thanks for helping us launch our site :)

  11. Ikkin-bot
    Posted June 11, 2011 at 11:54 PM | Permalink

    I wish I was visiting home now, so I could go

  12. Oatmeal
    Posted June 12, 2011 at 1:42 AM | Permalink

    Some of us like sitting on the floor. I know I do. My own cushioned back end is often much more comfy than the hard chairs that places lay out. :o)

  13. Boneman
    Posted June 12, 2011 at 3:27 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    looking forward to Reno, hoping for a signing, as I’ll bring one of my four copies of WMF from the UK (luggage allowance won’t let me bring others…).

    Wondered when you were going to tell us about the madness of the book signings when you hit the road for the WMF tour? Really looking forward to that.

  14. CT_Spence
    Posted June 12, 2011 at 4:25 AM | Permalink

    Will you be going to see Sir Terry Pratchett as guest of honor at NADWcon? I know it is right in Madison, WI. I did not see you mention it in your blog.
    http://www.nadwcon.org/

  15. DJJenesis
    Posted June 12, 2011 at 4:59 AM | Permalink

    I just want to say that I appreciate your efforts to mingle and talk with your fans. I may not be able to meet you one day, but I know that the author I love to read is not pretending to be better than everyone else! Cheers Pat, I can’t wait for book three…. really I can’t wait….. but I will. : )

  16. QWOPtain Crunch
    Posted June 12, 2011 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    I have yet to find a situation where a projector does not project awesome things to come.

  17. Lochcelious
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 12:29 AM | Permalink

    Mr. Rothfuss, you are at present my favorite trilogy in fantasy. Though I do have a question. Have you ever read the His Dark Materials trilogy? Until your books, it was my favorite trilogy (the first book is called The Golden Compass, followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass).

    • QWOPtain Crunch
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:39 AM | Permalink

      A fantastic trilogy. It’s a shame that some of my religious friends shut it out.

  18. Lochcelious
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

    Also great (was my second favorite trilogy, now third) is the Abhorsen trilogy (starting with Sabriel).

    • Schwartz the Younger
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

      I love the Old Kingdom series. Did you hear that Garth Nix is releasing a forth book in that world? It’s to be called Clariel. I can’t wait ’til it comes out.

  19. Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

    Awh, I wish I lived in USA.. :C
    Well maybe someday I will be able to see my favourite author! And I truly mean favourite, I’m reading the Wise Man’s Fear all over again for what.. third time now? I just can’t get enough of the lovely characters (especially Bast, heh) and the way you write is fantastic. It just makes me want to read more and more and more and I’m always sad when the book ends.. C’:
    Someday I want to be as good as you, Mr. Rothfuss, or at least half of that!

    With love from Finland ♥

  20. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM | Permalink

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to the Rhinelander signing. I hope you don’t mind the fact that I keep showing up to these things and making you sign my book, but I kind of liken it to your transition from having no money to having an excess. You started stockpiling Ramen and frozen dinners. I just stockpile signatures in my book.

  21. Mac
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 5:17 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat- I just ‘demanded’ that you come to Heidelberg, Germany. I’m not really a demanding person though, so I thought I would just comment here and ask you nicely! Will you please come to Germany? :-)

  22. Jsherry
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I found a few emulators for the Infocom Hitchiker’s game a while back. it was as fun as frustrating as I remember (after having spent a little time coding for MUDs back in college, the syntax in the game in maddening – it doesn’t even accept “exa” for “examine”).

    BBC released the game online with fan-generated still images for graphics, which is a simpler interface than downloading an emulator:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hitchhikers/game.shtml

    But you can download the old-school Apple II emulator for the completely classic experience:
    http://classicgaming.gamespy.com/View.php?view=GameMuseum.Detail&id=270

  23. deltaflip
    Posted June 17, 2011 at 8:43 PM | Permalink

    So, Pat. I remember in a blog post recently, you mentioned Dragon Age 2. Within about the last 2 months, I’ve played and beaten Dragon Age: Origins, Awakening, and am at present about a third of the way into Dragon Age 2. It’s definitely a good game, I think, but I loved DA:O, and DA2 isn’t coming close to par. I hope they do not make Dragon Age 3 the same way they made Dragon Age 2. I regret all the unnecessary augmentations, and, honestly, I miss the “Silent Hero.” What were your thoughts on Dragon Age 2 and your hopes for Dragon Age 3?

    I was hoping to ask you this at the next Q&A, and if I don’t get a response here, I probably will, but I don’t know when the next Q&A is or whether you’ll even have one(I always find out about those really late, anyways). Thanks, Pat!

  24. Regueiras
    Posted June 18, 2011 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

    Pat you just HAVE to visit Portugal.
    I would just love to go to one of your conventions but for practical reasons and can not… When I saw your interviews on youtube stood with so many other questions about Kvothe, The Four Corners, your world so incredibly well pictured and constructed with layers over layers of true human touch. Your Name of the Wind’s absolutely at the top of my favorite books and authors, along with Tolkien, Peter V. Brett, George R. R. Martin, Paul Hoffman… and SO many more… it’s so rare that a book touches you so much, and your’s just blew my mind. Really man, come to Portugal.

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    Posted February 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

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