A hurried update

So all the powers of creation have conspired to keep me from attending ComicCon. Last night I got an automated call from Delta telling me, “Hello, your flight is canceled. Yeah. Would you like a later flight? Oh, and by the way would you like a Skymiles Credit Card?”

Then a storm hit Stevens Point like the wrath of an angry god, knocking out all the power in central Wisconsin.

So I used my computer’s battery backup to charge my cell phone. Then I called Delta and cursed them unto their seventh generation. I told them that no, I don’t want their fucking credit card, and when I book a flight for 7:00 in the morning on a particular day, I have certain expectations from them. I expect, for example, a plane to be present. To fucking fly me where I’ve paid money to go. And no, goddammit, I really don’t want a credit card. I want a brick that I will throw through your window late at night.

Then I called my assistant and she graciously agreed to drive me to Minneapolis so I could catch my 9:30 connecting flight. It wasn’t that bad, we only had to start driving at around 3:30 in the morning….

So I packed my bags by candle light, the storm howling angrily outside. I’m not even kidding. It was a real adventure. High drama. Carmina Burana was playing in the background.

Anyway, the result was that I didn’t get to write the blog I really wanted to last night. The blog where I made the big announcement that Badali Jewlery has made some jewelry based on my books.

Specifically, they’ve made talent pipes. And they are awesome.


Unfortunately, I’m writing up this blog on a decrepit hotel computer. I don’t have any of my pictures available to me. I can’t cut and paste. The Control keys don’t seem to work. So all I can do is beg you to click the above link and bask in the glory of the excellent work they’ve done.

They’re also having a sale at comic-con tonight, so if you stop by their booth here at Comic Con on preview night (tonight), you can buy a pair for 30% off….

I’m sorry. I wish I could do this with the fanfare it deserves, but I’m kinda tech-neutered right now.

Lastly, I’d like to point y’all in the direction of Wootstock. They’re doing a show in San Diego this Thursday night. Google it up. It’s going to be a fun time.

I also heard a rumor that this show might have something extra in it…. (he said mysteriously.)

That’s all for now, folks.


This entry was posted in conventionsBy Pat51 Responses


  1. Dianadomino
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

    Oooooh! I would love some talent pipes, but would feel guilty about getting them without a consensus at the Eolian. ^_^

    But so pretty…. *sigh*

    • Hxlgg
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:54 PM | Permalink

      Agreed! They are quite lovely, but I would love a way to actually earn my pipes.

      So very tempting… I hope they come up with some other spiffy jewelry!

  2. itsjusthim
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:30 PM | Permalink

    Wow. Quite an adventure.
    Also the talent pipes are awesome!

  3. Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM | Permalink

    Have you ever read the small print on a ticket? My understanding is that they don’t even guarantee you a plane ride, only that they’ll get you from point A to point B eventually even if they have to stick you on a bus.

    • Nico
      Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM | Permalink

      Really?!?! I never noticed that before…

  4. katelyn
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:31 PM | Permalink

    Talent Pipes. So cool. Glad you still managed to go on your trip. Enjoy Comic Con!

  5. Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:39 PM | Permalink

    http://www.badalijewelry.com/ is down! Did everyone crash their server with their enthusiasm?

    • bookwyrmpoet
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:40 PM | Permalink

      thats what I’m thinking, seems like we have crashed it with our enthusiasm for all things Awesome.

      • Dianadomino
        Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

        I managed to glimpse it just for a moment before the enthusiastic crashing began. ^_^

        Mighty awesome.

        • dankinney
          Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:54 PM | Permalink

          Argh! It’s torture waiting for it to come back up!

  6. StellaLuna
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:08 PM | Permalink

    Cursed midwest weather. But at least Carmina Burana got a mention. :)

  7. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:11 PM | Permalink

    THIS IS ALL I EVER WANTED IN LIFE. Now I just need to wait for the site to come back up, since we’ve clearly crashed the poor thing.
    I hope you are enjoying the non-destroyed world. You wouldn’t be happy to see Point in the state it’s in right now. A ton still don’t have power, and there are trees EVERYWHERE.

    • Widow Of Sirius
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:34 PM | Permalink

      I got one :D

  8. He without a clever name
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:13 PM | Permalink

    Anyone happen to see how much a pair of pipes goes for?

    Very cool idea, they are about to make so geek money once it’s back up.

  9. trunuyawkr
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:19 PM | Permalink

    DL should have offered to put you on another mainline airline (US, UA, AA……) on any airport within an hour’s circumference from CWA. For example, American has a 6:40a flight through Chicago to SAN out of MKE…… and that’s only 70 miles from CWA. :o( I’m sorry it was such a hassle. If you still have my number from your Europe trip before Oot was born, please feel free to call me if you are ever in that situation again.

    Glad you made it safely!!!!

  10. Constance
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:22 PM | Permalink

    My friends are already talking about getting me a set of pipes. I just wonder if Pat liked the Cd I gave him while he was in L.A. That would tell me if I could have passed muster at the Eolian or not.

  11. Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:40 PM | Permalink

    The Eolian Talent Pipes™ Pins are great. (And they have slightly modified my mental image of what the talent pipes look like.)

    Poor Patrick and his plane problems. I grieve and hope no more failures of flight befall you.

    One should not start a story with weather. Patrick waited to the second paragraph of the blog entry to bring it up. Good job.

  12. Frank
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM | Permalink

    Ow boy, I wouldn’t want to be on those airliners’ shoes… You sound quite.. convincing, even afterwards in a blog to your fans. But you are absolutely right of course, especially when they just want to sell you this stupid creditcard all the time when all you want is to… get somewhere, you know, the thing airliners were supossed to do since the beginning of commercial airtravel.

  13. Blarghedy
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 7:47 PM | Permalink

    Site seems to be back up..

    http://www.badalijewelry.com/kingkiller for those of you who missed it.

    • Firebirdblaze
      Posted July 20, 2011 at 8:15 PM | Permalink

      Thank you! I’ve put the link back up on the page.

  14. Infinite_Day
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 8:37 PM | Permalink

    My wife and I went to Scotland last month – 4 flights total and 3 were delayed 1.5 hours or more and the last connection was cancelled. We ended up in Newark airport (the asshole of America) for about 9 hours. I can sympathize with your plight. My wife would love the pipes necklace…. anniversary gift idea supreme!

  15. Rob
    Posted July 20, 2011 at 10:34 PM | Permalink

    After 5 years in the pilot seat, I have almost no patience for commercial airlines anymore. That said, the storm you mentioned was probably why Delta wouldn’t land their plane in Stevens Point. Nevertheless, they should have offered you something so you could make it to your connecting flight. The credit card bullshit just adds insult to injury.

  16. Acton Caetum
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 12:15 AM | Permalink

    This blog post is just another reason why I love Patrick Rothfuss.

    “I have certain expectations from them. I expect, for example, a plane to be present. To fucking fly me where I’ve paid money to go. And no, goddammit, I really don’t want a credit card. I want a brick that I will throw through your window late at your night.”

    There’s just a certain type of realism that one comes to expect when reading anything written by Patrick Rothfuss. LOL Hell even his blog post are a highly interesting read!

    Thank you for posting this, it put a smile on my face.

  17. Blue Iris
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 1:08 AM | Permalink

    Hmmm Sterling Silver….

    Hmmmmmm 14k White Gold….

    I want straight up silver!

    Only joking. But seriously the pipes are freaking awesome!

  18. cat collector
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

    Oh lovely pipes! But like others have said, I’d feel guilty about wearing something I haven’t earned. I’m trying to think of what else they could make that I could wear.

    Oh, and good luck with surviving ComicCon. 125,00 people sounds more like an endurance contest than a convention to me. But then I’m one who considers several thousand at WorldCon to be a big convention.

  19. Constance
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

    From what a friend at Preview Night said, they’re not only gorgeous (especially antiqued) but that they were almost sold out. I’m sure they ARE sold out by now, but she managed to snag me a pair. WOOT!

  20. BrettJB
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM | Permalink

    I wish I could do this with the fanfaire it deserves, but I’m kinda tech-nutered right now.

    tech-neutered, or tech-nuttered? I suspect you meant neutered, but I actually like the connotation of being tech-nuttered! Then again, I’ve always been most fond of unintentional neologisms… like fanfaire! (Which, I suspect, is simply a word your subconscious self coined to refer to conventions)… ;)

    Good luck in your travels and at the con – hopefully you weren’t too inconvenienced once you got to MSP!

  21. MattR
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

    Oh man I would love to get those pipes…

    But the thing is I want to get the white gold, not the silver as the silver will tarnish over time.

    Damn it why does why gold have to be so expensive!?

    Well I’ll get it one day…some day. But it is pretty cool.

    And Pat, take care of yourself, be careful man. :)

  22. katiebucks
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:15 AM | Permalink

    Delta is EVIL. They once caused me to miss the first 3 days of a cruise because they overbooked our flight. Then they tried to blame it on us for not getting there early enough (my best friend had locked the keys to my car in my trunk, but we were still there an hour before the flight was supposed to leave). Someone working at the Continental desk was even trying to speak to the Delta people on our behalf. It wasn’t until our travel agent’s office finally opened and were able to call that we managed to get a light to Atlanta and then to Puerto Rico the next day where we had to get a hotel room until we could meet the boat.

    The point of this story: Delta is awful and I’m glad you cursed them to their seventh generation.

    The pipes are beautiful by the way. I hope you’re having fun now that you’re finally in San Diego!

  23. justajenjen
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 3:10 PM | Permalink

    Glad you finally made it. Sucks about the flight. My brother’s had some choice things to say about different airlines lately. He flies a lot for his job. A couple of months ago, he got stranded in Indonesia when his flight got canceled and then he was bumped from three more flights. He got to spend three extra days there and then missed a meeting with a client on a multi-million dollar contract. (He works in the fashion industry.) Thankfully, one of the other members of his team was able to take care of the meeting. And at least you didn’t end up like my cousin. He’s bald and has a bushy beard and he’s Hispanic and Native American. He got detained on suspicion of being a terrorist. They didn’t believe him when he said he was who he was until my aunt faxed a copy of his military id. He laughs about it now.

    Those talent pipes are beautiful. I want a set very very much. I want to use the brooch style one for a shawl pin. Actually, I’d probably wear it with my arisaidh next time I make it to a re-enactment event and see if anyone notices.

  24. backgroundc52
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 4:29 PM | Permalink


    PLease, have them make cuff links like that. I plan on getting the tie tack though. But the pipes look almost exactly as imagined them. Awesome, fucking awesome. Next, coins.

    • schmiddynick
      Posted July 22, 2011 at 1:01 AM | Permalink

      don’t forget a gram. i picture those to look incredible

  25. General_Disaray
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 5:42 PM | Permalink

    Wootstock huh?

    Things have come full circle. It was from Wil Wheaton’s blog that I learned of you a few years ago, and now you are directing me back to Wheaton and his enterprises.

    Small world. Sorry I won’t be there for Wootstock, but if you do a reading with Amber Benson again, that will get everyone laughing. ;)

  26. SadiCarnot2012
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM | Permalink

    You know, I’m sure I’m not the only one around here who plays an instrument. It would be sweet to have a competition where we send in us playing our compositions. Then Rothfuss could give away talent pipes to a select few winners…

    Hmm although, I do want to see book 3 released in this lifetime, so maybe a distraction like this isn’t such a good idea after all…

    • Constance
      Posted July 22, 2011 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been tossing around a way to make Tinker, Tanner work or Violet Bides since I love the lyrics to that… I do think one of these days we should have an Eolian at a convention and get together to drink, sing, and just have fun.

  27. Lenie
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:22 AM | Permalink

    Nice little trinket. Chuckled when reading through the phone conversation part, I’m sure that will come back to me somehow.

  28. Little My
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 1:49 PM | Permalink

    Yeah, as others have said, it would seem wrong just to BUY the talent pipes. I wonder who these days would have the authority to award them? Maybe Bela Fleck? Ian Bostridge? Alison Krauss? That’s who comes to mind when thinking about who might GET them. . .I could see this getting awfully political awfully fast. Better to imagine a [slightly] more politics-free Aeolian environment where consensus might be a little easier to come by, and where the musical world is a little smaller.

  29. Constance
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 2:09 PM | Permalink

    I thought the same thing. Luckily my friends were the ones calling for me to get them, so I feel a little justified. One of them was going to snag a pair FOR me and then present them at our next show, but I beat her to it by getting a pair from Preview Night at the Con.

  30. Lala
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    There’s a Version of Tinker Tanner on Youtube.. Do people arround herr like it? I näselt Love it and think these guys should get the pipes for sure!

  31. s.petry
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 6:34 PM | Permalink

    Funny how most of us get fired if we don’t do our job. But an Airline.. pssh, they get to make a failure a “Cold Calling” bonanza!

  32. QWOPtain Crunch
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 10:05 PM | Permalink

    $46 is a meager price to pay for the brilliance of the Eolian pipes. And airplanes are getting crappier and crappier as the days pass. It used to be where everyone was all “OH MAN WE CAN FLY! WE CAN BLOODY FLY!”
    And now?… “WE CAN FLY!… For the low price of my liver and kidneys. And maybe not even get there. Heck, I don’t even know if I’ll get off the ground.”

  33. Posted July 24, 2011 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    It sucks not having the proper tech for the job, sometimes. Other times it can turn into a memorable post.

  34. Posted July 24, 2011 at 11:11 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Have fun in San Diego (merciful RA you made it there!)

    Just wondering if you are coming to the Reno Sci Fi Con next month? http://www.renovationsf.org/ I’d love to hear you speak / read or sign my book, or really, glimpse you through a crowd. :D

    Safe travels,


  35. Ojodelgato
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    I have to buy 2 pins, my son and daughter are both talented musicians.

  36. Bucky
    Posted July 25, 2011 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    I happened to be visiting relatives in Stevens Point all of last week and was there for the storm. The damage was pretty massive and while the hotel only lost power for about 8 hours their house went almost a day and a half without power. All across town there were entire trees uprooted. It seems Patrick’s wrath is indeed something to be feared.

    I too had problems with Delta. I was supposed to fly Friday the 15th from Little Rock to Detroit (on my way to SP) but find out upon arriving at the airport that my flight had been delayed by over 2 hours which would cause me to land slightly after my connecting flight was heading out. Ended up having to head back home and take the first flight out in the morning.

    I’m guessing Patrick was trying to fly out of CWA in Wausua to Minneapolis, which is how we flew home Yesterday (Sunday). Luckily Delta actually delivered as promised for us.

    Another week long visit to Stevens Point and still no chance run in with one of my favorite authors. Totally not stalking you dude, I swear.

  37. priscellie
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 7:14 AM | Permalink

    I’m wearing my talent pipes now! They’re GORGEOUS. I have decided I earned them through mastery of the Cowbell.

    It was fantastic to get to hang out with you at SDCC, Pat. I hope your journey home was less chaotic as the trip out!

  38. ginnyku
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

    “and cursed them unto their seventh generation” hahaha I love this phrase :D

  39. Gourey
    Posted July 26, 2011 at 9:39 PM | Permalink

    Ok, i skimmed comments but didnt see anything relating to this. So i dont feel like a complete ass in asking (except its probably in a very obvious place…)

    but, will the pipes be available in your store to buy? with money going to your charity?

    cause i do want a set, and i want to donate, but im still young making my way out in the world so im broke… cant afford to throw to much money around lol

  40. Grimler
    Posted July 29, 2011 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

    Does anyone else realize what this means? We now know, in US dollars, what Kvothe’s talent pipes are worth. I’m pretty sure he mentions what he could sell them (maybe pawn them) for at some point in one of the books.

    This information is a Rosetta Stone that could let us translate any sum of money into dollars. How many dollars is a four talent tuition? We can figure that out. We can because it’s important. I need to do some reading, unless someone can work the numbers out already.

  41. Mathilde224
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 6:28 PM | Permalink

    Those pipes are the coolest thing I’ve seen since… Forever… Now I only need Denna’s ring for my life to be complete.

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