Wherein Pat Continues to Talk…

For those of you who aren’t heartily sick of hearing me endlessly ramble about writing, here’s a podcast I did a while back.

Linky Linky.

This entry was posted in InterviewsBy Pat32 Responses


  1. Blarghedy
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:16 AM | Permalink

    Endlessly rambling is fun, though. I try to do it as often as possible.

  2. bnguyen
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:30 AM | Permalink

    I feel like I really am stalking you like my friends say when I’m the second person to comment…

    • Andrew Roberts
      Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:28 AM | Permalink

      My wife says the same thing to my when she sees me on this site for the 6th or 7th time in a day looking for another update…. I think it’s more of a healthy interest myself :)

      You do good work Pat, keep it up!

  3. boybehindabook
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

    There’s little I’d rather do than listen to you ramble about writing :)

    • boybehindabook
      Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:05 AM | Permalink

      “You cannot cut a puppy in half and have it function as a puppy.” My favouritest quote ever!

      • Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:22 AM | Permalink

        Heh. I forgot that I said that.

        My writing analogies get a little weird when I’m full of coffee….

        • JRo
          Posted June 30, 2011 at 3:18 AM | Permalink

          Is the best part of waking up Folgers in your cup? I just don’t think that’s a decent enough reason.

  4. Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:13 AM | Permalink

    Given the way you’ve layered in the “real” life vs the legend of Kvothe, I can’t imagine that anyone with good judgement could be disappointed with the time it took to finish “A Wise Man’s Fear”. Of course we were all anxious to get ahold of it and Beta-Envy is probably the new vogue neurosis at Comicon. But the book was certainly well crafted and worth the wait.

    If I’d been the interviewer I think I’d have asked, what suggested the story within a story structure? How did you convince an agent or acquisitions editor to give that approach the chance it so richly deserved?

  5. katelyn
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 1:37 AM | Permalink

    My RSS feed LIED to me and told me there were TWO new blogs… It even gave me the title and first sentence. I am Jack’s epic sense of disappointment.

    (I realize you’re probably revising/perfecting it, but still – the petulant child in me wants to know What Stevens Point is Like. Right Now. Sorry – I promise to wait patiently now like a grown up…)

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted June 29, 2011 at 5:25 AM | Permalink

      It’s not only the RSS (mine says so as well), it’s the front page of the website! Please Pat, I long to know what Steven’s Point is like.

      • Widow Of Sirius
        Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

        I LIVE in Stevens Point, and now I’m curious about what Pat has to say.

  6. MLBurt
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    Something about the idea of an ur-book made me actually laugh out loud. I just imagine this huge leatherbound tome, with one of those neat clasps on the front. Completely nondescript, and inside there are only Words, purest Words.

    I think I would actually kill a man for a book like that.

  7. nyon
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

    It had me laughing out loud when he said after 20 minutes: “And now my second question”.
    Some serious rambling there :)

  8. nb
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

    I love Gaiman like pancakes too. And I only follow two blogs–yours and his. Really enjoyed hearing your voice for the first time :)

  9. Magic of the Mind
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    Hi pat! I’m new to the blog, I’m glad I found it. Enjoyed the ramble.

  10. Barentanz
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    So… Are we ever going to see those pictures? No pressure. Just curious.

    PS. Just curious, have you ever actually listened to the complete orchestral work “Also Sprach Zarathustra”, the opening sequence of which is better known as the score to The Dawn of Man, in its entirety? Since you discussed that music in your photo teaser post.

  11. Thebackpack
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 5:52 PM | Permalink

    I love Pat’s excited “OH!” at the mention of the Sandman books!

  12. Posted June 29, 2011 at 6:37 PM | Permalink

    I think we annoy Pat more than a little bit… :(

    • Little My
      Posted June 30, 2011 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

      Who’s this “we” of whom you speak? I thought he signaled his hearty appreciation in the dedication to WMF.

      Well, maybe some of us. Some of the time.

  13. Posted June 29, 2011 at 7:16 PM | Permalink

    Now I’m all excited about Worldbuilders again. Especially since I think you’re cooperating with my friend Andrew Slack and the Harry Potter Alliance this year?

    Yay! Baby ducks!

  14. MouetteSheridan
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 7:56 PM | Permalink

    Don’t know if anyone’s said it yet, but Pat – I’m so glad you’re giving yourself a few months to rest and relax and recharge. You deserve it. Play video games, read good books, play with Oot and Sarah. Sleep. Eat bad food. Rest. Book three will be there when you get back to it; give yourself several solid months of vacation, you’ve more than earned it. :)

  15. Fabio_Cristino
    Posted June 29, 2011 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    Mr Pat, you think we will get tired of you talking about writing?
    We read your blog because in some degree all of us admire you. As for myself i can say that i admire you and your writing very much.
    Get tired of you talking about writing is unthinkable.

  16. mrdmdoza
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 1:16 AM | Permalink

    I promise i will let you eat your sandwich

  17. barnacle
    Posted June 30, 2011 at 2:43 AM | Permalink

    I’d just like to thank you, Pat, for posting that podcast! I’m on work experience at the moment, and listened to it in the office whilst doing a pretty monotonous task, really brightened up my lunch.
    Today? I’ve already looked up podcasts from Gaiman and Brent Weeks..

  18. sumigo
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    Thank goodness for this thread. I need to talk to fellow fantasy/sci-fi readers about something.

    First off I have just finished ‘The Thousandfold Thought'” by R. Scott Bakker. This is the third and final installment on the ‘Prince of Nothing’ trilogy?

    Has anyone else read these? They are very good but strange.

    Next I have an eclectic list list of reads myself. I believe I have some unique picks that not many would list and not in order except in regards to the order in which I recall them. Here it goes:

    1. The Bazil Broketail series by Christopher Rowley (out of print but incredible, if you can find them get them) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazil_Broketail

    2. The Black Company by Glenn Cook

    3. Memory, Sorrow, Thorn series by Tad Williams (shame on you Pat for forgetting this one)

    4. And the Devil will Drag you Under by Jack L Chalker

    5. Ringworld by Larry Niven (basically the idea for the Halo game franchise spawned from this)

    6. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson

    7. The Sundering by Jacqueline Carey

    8. The Four Lords of the Diamond by Jack L Chalker (I know another Chalker book, but I cannot help myself the guy was good)

    9. The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher (in my opinion slightly better than the Dresden Files)

    10. A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony (I know its a Xanth novel but this is the first and best, you can skip the rest but this is a great story)

    I love to read and have read many on Pats list as well as other, has anyone read any of these? Particularly R. Scott Bakker?

    • Shadow
      Posted July 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

      The Prince of Nothing trilogy is actually followed by a second triliogy called The Aspect-Emperor:
      The Judging Eye (2009) ISBN 9780143051602
      The White-Luck Warrior (2011) ISBN 9780143051626
      The Unholy Consult (forthcoming)

      On your list I’ve only read Jim Butchers books and some of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, I really really enjoyed Jim’s books both the Dresden Files and the Alera Codex but The Unbeliever really left something to be desiered and are definitally not worth reading in my opinion.

      Also if you liked Jim Butcher you might like Harry Connolly’s Twenty Palaces series its like The Dresden Files although its darker and there are only 2 books out so far.

      • sumigo
        Posted July 5, 2011 at 3:01 PM | Permalink

        Hello Shadow and thank you for the reply.

        Thomas Covenant usually prompts either hate or love, few fall in between. It is one of the first series to reach the level of popularity it did when ‘The Power that Preserves’ was released. One thing about Covenant that I feel makes it a must read. Covenant himself. This is one of the best examples of a character who so despises himself he becomes an anti-hero.

        I like Butcher very much, I think the Dresden files is excellent and am up to the seventh volume. The Codex Alera was great, predictable but great, I knew how it would end but the writing was so good I did not care.

        If anyone likes dark stories the Black Company is a must read, Stephen Erickson would not be writing the Malazan series if not for Cook.

        Read Bazil Broketail, it is really one of the best. I am not kidding when I say i have read hundreds of fantasy stories and few can match Bazil Broketail and its folowing books.

        I will read the Aspect Emperor next than check out the Harry Connolly books you mention (thank you for the referral).

  19. DietchyPeach
    Posted July 1, 2011 at 11:35 PM | Permalink

    kvothe and bast being emo and retched…. lol

  20. skymnolf
    Posted July 2, 2011 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,
    This might make you happy. I am currently travelling Europe over the summer. In every country I go I make a point to purchase a book, after all one always needs a good book around. Needless to say sometimes the selection of English books is a little sparse. But regardless in every country I have been in there has been an English copy of your book. There were only two other authors that share that distiction. Sir Terry Prachett and one Niel Gaiman. Mmm I guess that means your popular. As if we didnt already know.

  21. Erzberger
    Posted July 3, 2011 at 3:30 PM | Permalink

    The Doors Of Stone

  22. Anonemus
    Posted July 5, 2011 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    hey pat,
    please dont make the third book as sad for the old kvothe as the end of book two.
    i was nearly crying (and that didn’t happen in 3 jears) when thos soldiers beat him up.

  23. chat
    Posted February 25, 2012 at 1:57 PM | Permalink

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