Link Salad: Worldbuilders and Waterparks…

So I’m kinda swamped right now with one thing and another. I’m struggling manfully with NaNoWriMo, trying to get ready for Worldbuilders, and working on putting new inventory in Worldbuilder’s online store: The Tinker’s Packs.

And, on top of it all, I’m attending a convention this weekend in Wisconsin Dells.

I wasn’t planning on going to the Dells this weekend, I was going to try and knuckle down and focus on my wordcount. But the local sci-fi convention that’s based here in Stevens Point got hit with a sudden change of venue when the convention center here in Stevens Point unexpected closed a month ago.

But the folks at Daishocon didn’t let that stop them. They called around and found somewhere else they could host the convention: The Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells. Which is kinda cool, because now I can take Sarah and Oot to play in their indoor water park in between my panels.

What’s my point? Mostly :

1. If you’re at loose ends this weekend, and want to come to a gaming/sci-fi/anime convention, you should stop by Daishocon. Not tonly will we I be doing three panels on Saturday, but we’ll be holding an auction for worldbuilders.

Best of all, fellow fantasy writer and Wisconsinite Scott Lynch will be there, too.

2. I’m kinda busy.

So for the blog today, you’re going to get link salad. An interesting miscellany of stuff I’ve been meaning to share for a while now, but for some reason or other, I haven’t gotten around to it.

First and foremost, Goodreads is holding their annual Choice Awards. The Wise Man’s Fear has been nominated for a couple of categories, so you can wander over there if you like.

Or, if you’re not in a voting mood, you can subscribe to my profile over there, so you’ll get a heads-up when I post up a review of a book.

Secondly, here’s a link to a video interview I did with Speculatesf a while back..

Nextly, someone posted a cool flow chart using all the books in NPR’s list of 100 best sci-fi books of all time. It’s a very tongue-in-cheek “how-do-I-find-the-book-that’s-best-for-me?” chart, and you can test your geek street cred by seeing how many of the jokes you understand.

Penultimately, here’s a link to an interview I did with my UK editor when we were both at World Fantasy convention last month.

And lastly, a blog where someone compares different writing styles to different deserts. It struck me as an interesting way to look at the situation, and I will admit that I was a little tickled to be referred to as tiramisu.



This entry was posted in Interviews, Link salad, The Tinker's Packs, videosBy Pat21 Responses


  1. lykashii
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 7:28 AM | Permalink

    I wish I could attend these conventions you keep going to, living in the UK prevents that :( I’m there in spirit!
    We don’t have anything cool like conventions over here :(

  2. turtliewings
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat, looks like the link to the Desserts blog is broken.

  3. jayh
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 8:11 AM | Permalink

    Well, if ya want to hit the waterpark, the FlowRider in a particular, make sure you wear shorts with a drawstring that you can cinch down really, really tight. In fact for the folks that require the beer-gut cut utili-kilts, I’d recommend suspenders.


  4. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM | Permalink

    Have fun at Daisho! A few of my friends RUN Daisho, so it was a stressful week for everyone when the convention center up and closed. Enjoy the mini-sort-of-vacation :)

  5. justajenjen
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM | Permalink

    Ooh, I haven’t been to the Dells in forever. Um, since like 4th grade or something. I remember the robot house. I’m from near Chicago, so vacation places within reasonable driving distances included the Dells and the Ozarks. I’m sure Sarah and Oot will have a blast playing in the water and hopefully you’ll get to have some fun time, too.

  6. Blarghedy
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    You misspelled “desserts”. Also, the book flowchart is all sorts of awesome. Now I have like 70 books to buy.

    • Flex0fleX
      Posted November 18, 2011 at 9:40 AM | Permalink

      I agree about the flowchart, although on the first 6 tries I ended up with books I had already read… I guess I should get out of my comfort zone…

    • Jam
      Posted November 22, 2011 at 2:21 AM | Permalink

      I love the flow chart, but I find the NPR’s top 100 selection to be too US oriented for my tastes.

  7. Tager
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    Final link says it couldn’t be found, Pat!

  8. Posted November 18, 2011 at 10:13 AM | Permalink
  9. Teppic
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM | Permalink

    Tiramisu reminds me of “Ogres are like onions.”

  10. Little My
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    Fun short interview for Gollancz, though it doesn’t always seem to be true that telling stories helps people to recover from trauma. (If that’s even what you’re referring to.) I remember reading about this a couple years ago and being fascinated; googling just now led me to this article about it.

  11. three west
    Posted November 18, 2011 at 5:43 PM | Permalink

    Daisho? I wonder if they still have Pointcon? is GASP still in existence?

  12. Erzberger
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    Sometimes in interviews when you say “you know”, you say it so fast, it sounds like “yo”. That can be really funny. :-) “When I first started to write, yo, it was a hobby.”

  13. elizabethe
    Posted November 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM | Permalink

    Are you kidding me? Tiramisu? I get the point about the layers and melding and slow unfolding and all that, but Tiramisu has no texture, you mush it around in your mouth with your tongue. It’s all flavor, no bite. Patrick Rothfuss, you are far far chewier than Tiramisu. You need teeth to read Patrick Rothfuss.

  14. squished az
    Posted November 20, 2011 at 7:55 PM | Permalink

    Mmmmm Link salad….

  15. Posted November 20, 2011 at 9:10 PM | Permalink

    Ironically, I just posted on Nanowrimo, and mentioned your name and DaishoCon. So…about that electronic kindle “signature”…And I see you were in Waunakee PL, what would it take to convince you to leave your writing desk and come to Horicon PL?

  16. Melody
    Posted November 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM | Permalink

    Haha I actually thought that you meant different deserts, because you’re mostly infallible in my perception! I would compare you to the Gobi, I think.

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