The Obligatory Holiday Post

There were a lot of things I wanted to do here on the blog before Christmas.

I was planning on posting up a video of me reading a picture book, but I couldn’t manage to get it done in time.

I thought about posting up a Christmas Card type thinger to mitigate the guilt of not having sent out anything resembling a Christmas Card again this year. Or any year, for that matter. Ever. But that didn’t happen.

I was hoping to post up one more worldbuilders blog. The clockwork, Machiavellian part of me knows this is the perfect time for it….

I was going to try and post up the first of the belated photo contest blogs, too. I know a lot of you have been waiting for that for a *long* time.

But yesterday I realized that with all the busyness of Worldbuilders and whatnot, I hadn’t, y’know, bought any presents yet. Or really done anything much to get ready for the holiday.

So instead of doing any of those things, I’m going to put up a cute picture of Oot decorating the Christmas tree.

I’ll post up fancy blogs next week.

I hope all of you that do Christmas-type stuff have a good time.

Those of you that don’t do Christmas, I hope you have a good time too, doing whatever it is you do.

With all sorts of fondness,


P.S. The orange thing is a giant pumpkin, just in case you’re wondering.

This entry was posted in OotBy Pat36 Responses


  1. Dryft
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas Mr. Rothfuss – may you and yours have a wonderful holiday!

  2. Thrice seven once eleven
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

    Heh, I was wondering what the giant orange thing was. My guess was either pumpkin or space alien. Either one would have been awesome, because dang, that is a GIANT pumpkin.

    Hope you and everyone else have a lovely Christmas! Stay warm!

    • surfmaschi
      Posted December 27, 2011 at 8:17 AM | Permalink

      I thought it was a Huttling, one of Jabbas nephews or nieces … XD

  3. PHXDale
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 10:28 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas, Pat. May you revel in the warmth and kindness you so freely give out year-round. Ours is a kinder and gentler world with you in it, sir; succinctly spiced with enough geeky goodness to cheer the glummest of souls.

    Peace and good-cheer from Phoenix.

    • brrbear
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 2:22 AM | Permalink

      Well said!

    • maine character
      Posted December 25, 2011 at 7:30 AM | Permalink


  4. Kiarrens
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

    What are you planning to do with that huge pumpkin, Pat?

    • Posted December 25, 2011 at 3:57 PM | Permalink

      Heh. If it pans out, I’ll put up pictures on the blog….

  5. ninjadude853
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    That thing’s a pumpkin?!? Holy crap.

    Well, anyway, Merry Christmas.

  6. IL Denizen
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas Pat!
    You do more with the time we all get than most of us. No worries.
    I’ve been pimping your books to anyone that will listen to me. Not that they need it, but my way of spreading a little joy to others.

    BTW – is it my imagination, or is there a ghostly reflection on the window to this picture?

    • Marcus Cox
      Posted December 24, 2011 at 1:26 PM | Permalink

      I might be mistaken but that looks like the reflection of Sarah, Pat’s significant other.

  7. Marcus Cox
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    Happy holidays, Pat! And same goes to all of you people who read this. Reading the comments on this blog is frequently entertaining and makes me feel like I’m among awesome people.

  8. Tager
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 1:27 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family both have a wonderful time.

    Posted December 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM | Permalink

    My first guess was Jabba the Hutt, rather than giant pumpkin. Merry Christmas!

  10. rcole
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas!

  11. Santiago
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 7:30 PM | Permalink

    So, a giant pumpkin.
    I think that raises more questions than it answers.
    Anyway, marry christmas, happy saturnalia, dies natalis solis invicti, hanukkah, holidays, and any other excuse to have a good time.

  12. George
    Posted December 24, 2011 at 10:15 PM | Permalink

    At least you decorated your tree. My potted plant didn’t even get lights. This year my niece finally got her hands on my parents tree. Then she re-decorated it and the living room. How is yours so clean?! That picture resembles a Christmas card in my book. Even better, you wrote a letter; plus a pumpkin for the personal touch. Tell your Machiavellian to shove it; Christmas is for family and a body needs rest. Merry Christmas Pat!


    • George
      Posted December 24, 2011 at 10:46 PM | Permalink

      …to clarify: Denner fishing shirt #4 Becky. … Boo! it’s October right? It can’t be December already! Ho snap, that was post # 13 too… spooky…

  13. LordZod
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 3:36 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas from 2:36 AM. Sometimes the rest of the dimensions don’t really matter all that much.

  14. jaymatteo
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 3:52 AM | Permalink

    Speaking of Christmas cards, in lieu of yours, I wanted to share with everyone the wonderful, Kingkiller inspired card my girlfriend made for me today. It’s wonderful!

    Here it is.

  15. Kashiraja
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas!

  16. sirgavin7
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 1:43 PM | Permalink

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooot!!! Haha That’s what I think of now anytime Oot’s name is mentioned. And 500 Viking beating the butt on their spears and battle axes on the stone

  17. Tavs
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 5:02 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas, Pat! About that pumpkin… it would be even more amazing at Halloween :)

  18. lykashii
    Posted December 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

    I’m on holiday, and I went to the book swap corner and was delighted to find WMF on the shelf, and was going to reread it. Was devastated when I picked it up and it had 200 pages from the middle missing. I’d like to think it’s so tatty because so many people have read it. I will post a picture at some point, it’s on my phone right now.
    Merry Christmas! : )

  19. Eedamme
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 1:33 AM | Permalink

    Yup, was absolutely wondering what that was. Thanks for explaining. Now I know what bestselling authors eat, I guess … ‘Patrick Rothfuss, powered by pumpkin.’

  20. He without a clever name
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

    Fantastic pick, you’ll be smiling at that for the rest of your life. I hope you got a fun reaction from Oot when you got that pumpkin. Have a good time of year, all!

  21. CruEllenDeVille
    Posted December 26, 2011 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

    Merry Christmas from The Netherlands as well…, though Boxing day only has 75 minutes left over here. Hope you had/are having a great time.

    Can’t wait for all the blogs you mentioned…. neither can I wait for pictures of w/e the hell you are going to do with the massive pumpkin ;-).

    Always love to see pictures of Oot. He really is growing fast, isn’t he. Cute little guy.

    Love and best wishes for the new year.


  22. surfmaschi
    Posted December 27, 2011 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

    Frohe Weihnachten, to you Mr. Rothfuss.

    I hope you have more snow than we have here in Germany … one of my cousins here cried because there was no snow and so he thought there would be no Chrismas. We had to call grandma in the mountains to make shure somewhere was snow somewhere. ;-)

    If that organge supposed to be Pumkin turns out to be a Hutt please send many more pictures I really would love to seee him. XD

    I hope you do spend most of your Christmas time with your familiy and not posting up blogs for us … even though I really would love to see the Photo contest blog. ^^

    Best wishes and a great start into the next year!

  23. Draguta Sapphire
    Posted December 27, 2011 at 9:39 PM | Permalink

    That… Is a BIG pumpkin.

    Patrick Rothfuss, Pumpkin King Extraordinaire, Writer of the Kingkiller Chronicles, Defender against all things that end in “Oom”.

    Okay, I may have exaggerated a little. But still, Happy holidays.

    Now for a funny.
    ~SEASONS GREETINGS~ One way to say I don’t know what religion you practice, as well as being a nice way of saying “I don’t give a crap.”

    • Draguta Sapphire
      Posted December 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM | Permalink

      P.S. Are you planning a gigantic pumpkin pie? Because that sounds delicious. Mmm pumpkin pie. *Starts drooling*

  24. Widow Of Sirius
    Posted December 27, 2011 at 11:51 PM | Permalink

    I’m always blown away by how beautifully BLONDE your little one is. It’s impressive.

    My nieces and nephews got to decorate my parents’ tree this year. They’re 6 months (he sat nearby with a Santa hat on), 2, 4, and 13 (she mostly watched), and there were about 4 branches with all the ornaments on them. My parents left it that way :)

  25. Posted December 28, 2011 at 7:57 PM | Permalink

    Oot is so COote! (you’ve probably heard that one before….)

    Merry Christmas!

  26. Posted January 3, 2012 at 1:49 AM | Permalink

    What was the picture book that you were going to read and film? Hope your Christmas was good, peaceful, happy.

  27. Posted January 3, 2012 at 7:12 AM | Permalink

    I love it…Christmas tree is awesome..
    thanks for the sharing…

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