Cool news and a desperate cry for help…

Some of you might remember that when Felicia Day launched Geek and Sundry, she did a 12 hour live Google Air subscribathon in order to help spread the word.

I helped out in a small way, bringing in some other authors to talk about writing. Specifically, we talked about what makes for compelling characters.

I had a blast, partly because I’m terribly fond of the folks involved in the discussion: John Scalzi, Felicia Day, and Amber Benson.

But mostly I had a good time because I love talking about stories.

You see, this stuff is what I think about all the time. That’s a bit part of the reason I write the blog, so I can talk about stories and how they work.

It’s also a big part of the reason I go to conventions. I love getting together with other writers on a panel and talking about the craft of writing.

So after the subscribathon was over, I mentioned to Felicia that if she was interested, I’d love nothing better than to do that sort of thing again.

It would be like the sort of panel you get to see at conventions, I said. I could bring in whoever I wanted. Funny, clever people. Good talkers. People who aren’t afraid to argue a bit. Even better, the audience wouldn’t be limited. A lot of people don’t go to conventions. They can’t get time off work, or they can’t afford it. But if we did a series of these hangouts on Geek and Sundry, anyone could show up and enjoy the show. Y’know, because of the interwebs and the youtubes and such…

(I’m paraphrasing, of course.)

Much to my delight, Felicia took the idea her fellow producers, and they thought it would be a good idea.

So… yeah. I’m going to be doing a show on Geek and Sundry. I get to go play with the cool kids.

It’s going to be a series of hour-long discussions about storytelling. We’ll probably focus on novels a bit, because that’s where I live and breathe. But I have plans to talk about other types of stories too. I want to bring in people to talk about storytelling in videogames. In comics. On the web. On TV.

It’s all story, you see.

So that’s the good news. We’re doing this. It’s going to be cool.

The bad news is that I have no fucking idea what to call the show.

I originally pitched it as Storytelling 101. But I knew that was a shit title as soon as I came up with it. It’s boring. Plus cliche.

I’ve been wracking my brain for a month now, and I still haven’t been able to come up with something I like.

You see, names are important things, or so I hear. I’d like to have a really good one for my show. I’d like something catchy, clear, and a little bit sexy….

But so far, everything I’ve come up with has been mostly crap.

Writer’s Roundtable? –  Clear enough, but lacks panache.

Ars Fabula? – Slightly clever, but mostly wankerish.

Narratavores? – Confusing AND wankerish.

Wheaton’s show, Tabletop, has a great title. It’s clever. It’s catchy. And most of all, it’s informative.

So what’s your point, Rothfuss?

Over the years, y’all have proven to be remarkably clever, so now I’m turning to you for help.

What would *you* call a show about storytelling?

Please make your suggestions in the comments below. Feel free to comment on other people’s suggestions, but please keep it polite.

If someone comes up with something I can use. Or makes a suggestion that leads to me having a brainstorm of my own, I’d be ever-so-grateful…

And…. go.

Hit me with your best shot.

pat

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242 Comments

  1. Rulerofkingdoms
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:07 AM | Permalink

    How about *Novel Talks*?

    • brianjgill
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 10:12 AM | Permalink

      *The Rothfiles*?

    • WinterStone
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 10:45 PM | Permalink

      Why overcomplicate things?

      Story.

      It got all the criterias you wanted, and infinitely more.

    • twogo
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM | Permalink

      GroupTh(ink)

    • CarterB
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM | Permalink

      Tale Spin

    • melinda
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

      Plotsdamn

    • Ellarae
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

      I haven’t read all the ideas so if it hasn’t already been suggested how about

      Chasing the Wind.

      • Thigis
        Posted August 10, 2012 at 7:43 PM | Permalink

        seriously? there are only 7 comments at the time of writing! you lazy ‘ma le ge bi’

        My vote goes for Story btw.

    • merichuel
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 3:54 PM | Permalink

      In spanish “CuentaCuentos” means storyteller. Although a “cuento” is more like a fable, and a cuentacuentos is more like the typical old man/woman that would sit and have dozens of kids sitting around marvelled by the fantastic stories, so that’s my proposition :D

      (yay! first comment!)

    • Salvator75
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

      Crafting Hour
      Craft Talk
      Story Weavers
      Art of Story
      Story Cast
      Storytellers (VH1 might get pissed actually)
      Lords Of Story

      Just Spit balling….

      Love the books; can’t wait to see this new show whatever it is called. Thanks Pat

    • woadraider
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 6:08 PM | Permalink

      Oralation?

    • Fenerisvulf
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 12:58 AM | Permalink

      What about… gramarye?
      sorry im late with the post!

    • Brandon777
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 1:11 AM | Permalink

      A Land Away. Begin Again. In Between.

      A Few Words. On and On. Beginning and End.

      Way Land. Infinite Horizon. In The Beginning.

      Far Away. The Point. Never End.

      Chapter One.

  2. MidgetMe
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:08 AM | Permalink

    *Book Ends*

    • MidgetMe
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:13 AM | Permalink

      No wait!
      ….*Booked*
      …*Plot Roast*?
      …*Reading Between the Spines*?
      …shutting up now. :D

      • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

        I like *Shutting Up Now…* :D

      • llannagh
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

        I like *Plot Roast*. So how about *Sundry Plot Roast* ?

  3. normorality
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:08 AM | Permalink

    The Alchemy of the story

  4. 8vo
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:09 AM | Permalink

    Bradbury Country.

  5. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:11 AM | Permalink

    I have no precise idea but I thought about something in relation to the Decameron or the Canterbury Tales. Since these are stories within stories…like the concept of your shown somehow.
    Maybe something with “Tales” would be cool. Rothfuss’ Tales, Tale-Tellers, …

  6. ksenour
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:11 AM | Permalink

    Novelty

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:14 AM | Permalink

      Shit. That’s really good.

      We won’t be focusing exclusively on books though.

      Still, that’s really good. Better than anything I’ve come up with…

      • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:16 AM | Permalink

        Thank you. :)

        I still think it works for everything, because you can go with both meanings. Novels, of course, are dear to your heart. But it is also a new and exciting experience for you to be delving into the world of web and TV. And your own show!

      • Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:03 AM | Permalink

        And, now that I’ve woken up….

        CONGRATULATIONS. Dude. You’re going to have a show on Geek and Sundry. Do you know how amazing that is? Completely epic.

      • madcapleah
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:39 AM | Permalink

        Novelty & Sundry?

        • madcapleah
          Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

          Or…. Talefuss?

    • Essie
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

      Love this. Can’t come up with anything more fitting!

    • Quack
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:26 AM | Permalink

      That is a good one.

    • shizomou
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      I really like this one. Short and to the point.

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM | Permalink

      Novelty is pretty darn good.

    • Silly Red Panda
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

      That’s probably the one I’ve liked the most so far. Simple, catchy, smart and has a nice ring… congrats!

    • dcsfoyle
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 6:15 AM | Permalink

      Or “Novel Tea”?

  7. Aragos
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

    Story Time
    Telling Stories
    Inside Stories

    • hann1980
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 10:10 AM | Permalink

      Inside Stories is really good. I love that one.

      • Jiyuu
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 2:08 AM | Permalink

        Second that. Inside Stories is short and catchy and informative.

  8. Epimetheus
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

    Narratology.

  9. Kat @ No Page Left Behind
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

    Talking Volumes

  10. Cywera
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:14 AM | Permalink

    The Writers’ Block

    • mr_meaney
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

      I like that one.

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:58 AM | Permalink

      I like that one :-) works even better if you’re German ;-)

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM | Permalink

      That one will be hard to beat. It has my vote at least :)

  11. Anneurism
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:14 AM | Permalink

    Writing Out Loud
    UnderCovers

  12. John
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:14 AM | Permalink

    How about Fireside?

    I’ve always loved this quote about David Gemmell from SFX that was on Stormrider:

    ‘Gemmell is a fireside mythmonger; his characters and plots have the authentic feel of legends handed down through the ages’
    SFX

    So something like Fireside to conjur up the image of sitting near a fire telling stories?

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:17 AM | Permalink

      That’s really good too.

      It’s such a relief seeing these ideas, I’ve been wracking my brain and coming up so dry….

      • Kismet
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:21 AM | Permalink

        There is already a podcast called Fireside book chat
        http://firesidebookchat.podbean.com/

        • Kismet
          Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

          How about Heartside instead

          • Blarghedy
            Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:50 AM | Permalink

            Did you possibly mean Hearthside?

          • marcie101
            Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:32 AM | Permalink

            I do like “Hearthside”…fits the genre a bit more, although I imagine Mr. Rothfuss will have people from some slightly different genres over time.

          • tikamajere316
            Posted July 24, 2012 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

            I vote Hearthside!

          • Thigis
            Posted August 10, 2012 at 7:45 PM | Permalink

            I change my vote to heathrside

    • riot_invoked
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

      I just logged in to post this, Fireside Chats. You could wear a smoking jacket and all.

      How about something simple, like Chronicles or The Chronicler.

      • marcie101
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:33 AM | Permalink

        The only problem I see with “Chronicler” is that not all the people he’ll have on will write about events in a chronological order. I still love the title anyway though!

        • Posted July 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM | Permalink

          I thought Archanist would do so, but it relates to the readers of NOW and not everyone watching tv has red it..

    • sesenta y cuatro
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

      That’s the name I’d vote for. It ticks all the boxes for me.

    • keera
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

      How about Mythmongers?

  13. bluezone
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:15 AM | Permalink

    Nibs & Quills.
    Cordially Yours.
    Whiff of a Letter.
    Alphabeticon.
    Stiff Wristers.
    Stack & Stuck.
    The Letter Map.

    that’s all for now :)

    Matt

    • marcie101
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

      These are awesome Matt.

  14. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:16 AM | Permalink

    Writtensanity
    Pat n’ Friend’s Story Time
    Shut Up and Write
    Mastercrafting
    Story Geeks
    Written Obsessions
    Stories and Confessions

    That’s all I can come up with for now. Don’t know why I’m still awake.

    • marcie101
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

      “Mastercrafting” is quite good and sticks with the Geek & Sundry branding quite well.

  15. David B
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:16 AM | Permalink

    Personally I’m with Aragos: “Storytime” was the first thing that came to my mind.

    The only other thing I could think of are more or less clever playfull things. The only one that MIGHT be worth a damn (not sure myself yet) would be:
    “telltale tale telling”.

    • UAB_Blazer
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 3:39 PM | Permalink

      This makes me think of Gertrude Stein.

      “A story is a story is a story is a story”

  16. sporadicsandwich
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:17 AM | Permalink

    Storytailors

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

      ooo I like this one ^^^

    • Lastlinkleo
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM | Permalink

      I’d go for this^^

    • marcie101
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

      OOOH yes!

    • sobrique
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 2:04 PM | Permalink

      On a similar track, I’d have to suggest ‘story tinker’.

  17. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

    Myths and Mayhem

  18. maine character
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:19 AM | Permalink

    Authors often find titles from phrases in their work, so looking at this post…

    It’s All Story

    • Bill Harting
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

      +1

    • Valarya
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM | Permalink

      +1, too (+2?)

  19. TioChan
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:21 AM | Permalink

    Weaving and Spinning

  20. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:21 AM | Permalink

    Shelf Space
    Dark and Stormy
    Grey Beards
    Panel Beating
    Clever People, Good Talkers
    Deconstruction Reconstruction

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM | Permalink

      Storysmithing
      Quiet, We’ve Got Company
      A Creative Mind
      Process Driven
      Club Rothfuss
      Story Club (the first rule is everyone talks about Story Club)

      • MidgetMe
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

        What a lovely first rule!

    • RilWater
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

      lol, Grey Beards…. only if Mr. Rothfuss and his guests show up dressed as Gandalf for the first episode :)

    • Gorewolf
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:48 AM | Permalink

      oooh i quite like Shelf Space

      • Little My
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:28 PM | Permalink

        I liked that one too.

  21. DudeMeister
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:22 AM | Permalink

    Top and Tales (although that could be for when you eventually crossover with TableTop)
    Tattle Tale
    Heads of Tales
    Narratage
    Stories High

    • neil
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

      For a crossover with TableTop, I like FableTop.

      • shizomou
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM | Permalink

        This makes me think of a tabletop version of the fable games…ugh.

  22. Kismet
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:22 AM | Permalink

    Narrativium (stolen from Terry Pratchett – I swear I have my own ideas sometimes)
    Lost Words

    Heartside

  23. 8vo
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:22 AM | Permalink

    Fictionxst.

  24. The Andy
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

    “A Story Is Born”.

    It w0uld be a running tag at the beginning, middle, and end of the show. Open with a humorous, attention-gathering story about any event, even a reflexive event such as a story about writing a story, and close the opening segment with … “and THAT’S how a Story is Born”, fade to opening credits with musical background.

    During the witty repartee of guests’ interaction with eachother, whenever there’s something particularly poignant or humorous, you can help alleviate the tension by repeating the tag, “And that’s how a story is born”.

  25. Belsamuel
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

    Since you will mainly (I’m guessing) be talking about books/games/movies/comics that are already out there I keep coming back to something with the word ‘Epilogue’ in it, like..

    “The Final Epilogue”
    “Epic Epilogues”
    “Epilogue Diaries”
    “The Epilogue of Us”

    Although I may have to thumbs up on John’s Fireside idea… although maybe add a bit more to it like “Fireside Stories” or “Fireside Sentiments”

  26. Karsh
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

    Pen and Paper

    • Quack
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:13 AM | Permalink

      Perhaps
      Pen 2 Paper
      ?

  27. Nicham
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:23 AM | Permalink

    Pros and Cons

    • dsharpe02
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM | Permalink

      what about *prose and cons*

      • TangentialMind
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

        +1

      • Nicham
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

        Damn auto correct. That’s what I meant.

      • Lorixx
        Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM | Permalink

        Prose & cons – I love it!

      • Posted July 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM | Permalink

        Brilliant!

  28. CatFord
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:24 AM | Permalink

    My first thought was something to do with epic poetry that also has a modern meaning, like ‘Epic’ or ‘Saga’.

  29. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:24 AM | Permalink

    What is that feeling you get, when you are reading a good book or watching a good movie, and something happens, something profound, something awesome, something that makes you want to cry and laugh at the same time. What is the feeling you get when you suddenly suck in a breath because the story has gripped you in such a way that you have suddenly changed in a very fundamental way. It’s like you just opened up your eyes for the first time and are seeing a sunrise, or hearing a good song. It’s a magical twisting of words, song, and visual that can blow your mind. What is that called? Whatever it is, it needs to be the title of your show Pat.

    • Belsamuel
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

      Hmm… Epiphany?

      Maybe mix ours up?

      “The Epilogue Epiphany”

      • Belsamuel
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:29 AM | Permalink

        Change that to “Epilogue Epiphanies”

    • The Andy
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

      Catharsis.

    • The Andy
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:28 AM | Permalink

      Alternatively, Koinonia.

      • Anna
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:47 PM | Permalink

        Koinonia: communion by intimate participation.

        I had to look up the word but now that I have I LOVE this as a name for Pat’s show.

    • Beej
      Posted July 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM | Permalink

      VERY late to the party, but whatever the word is for that feeling, THAT’S what I felt when I read The Name of the Wind.

  30. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:25 AM | Permalink

    Narratable…you even have the table pun…

    The Narrative Voice

    Entitled

    Worldbuilders Inc.

    Word Up

    Unrealitales

    I might think of more…hmm

    • AdamG
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:02 AM | Permalink

      Worldbuilders would be fitting

      • mr_meaney
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM | Permalink

        I second that.

      • asterny
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 5:49 PM | Permalink

        This one might be better than mine, but mine is on page 5 so no one will see it anyway. So if I get a vote and it’s not mine, then I go with this one.

    • Lorixx
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:26 AM | Permalink

      Or Wordbuilders…

      • Jen-cha
        Posted July 26, 2012 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

        I thought that’s what Worldbuilders was for the LONGEST time X-D I just kept missing that pesky L…

  31. crb1992
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

    Between Covers
    Bleeding Ink

  32. jamesk
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

    Storytime with Pat?
    Time for fabula with Fabulous Pat?
    1337 tiemz wit P4t?
    Untitled.
    I dunno…

  33. Martine
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    telling tales

    wordsmiths

    • Hajt
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:47 PM | Permalink

      thought of this as well.

  34. AmusedToDeath
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    Susurrus

    • RilWater
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:45 AM | Permalink

      +1 :)

    • Blarghedy
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:51 AM | Permalink

      I would almost recommend a play on the word susurrus… if only it wasn’t such an inside joke.

    • neil
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

      Fussurrus

      Noun: A mentioning of susurrus in relation to Patrick Rothfuss.

      • harmonic tremors
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

        Or Rothssurrus?

    • Argentrose
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

      Yep. STILL think Ruthfuss’ Susurrus is the awesomest. And here I see it was on page one. SO…

      Five thumbs up–because I’m all thumbs at this point. My ideas old hat. It’s all been done before. A little hopeless, but you could call it that, I suppose, too.

      I still like Ruthufuss’ Susurrus, though. Did I mention that I liked it?

  35. crb1992
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    HiStory with Pat Rothfuss

  36. Rowhin
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    Metastories
    Imagination Unbound
    No More Blank Pages
    Tales on Tales
    Neverending Stories (might be taken already ;))

    is what I came up with off the top of my head.

  37. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    I personally quite like Sagacious…which mixes ‘Saga’ and world building with the word meaning itself and the idea that it a shrewd and intelligent panel.

  38. Lastlinkleo
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:28 AM | Permalink

    PlotRiding

  39. penguinbloke
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:28 AM | Permalink

    Bookends ?

    The show sounds great though. Congratulations.

  40. DudeMeister
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:28 AM | Permalink

    Could go simple with just Taled. or Tale Tellers.

    • DudeMeister
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM | Permalink

      Plotted works too :)

  41. Epimetheus
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM | Permalink

    Storytellers Anonymous.

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

      Authors Anonymous

      Although I don’t know why the authors would want to remain anonymous…

      • Epimetheus
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

        Storytellers Anonymous because storytelling is their addiction. Yeah, I’m grasping at straws.

    • MidgetMe
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

      I like it.
      And the short hand is S.A., pronounced “Essay.”

  42. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

    Author’s Ink

    • Lorixx
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 8:27 AM | Permalink

      I like this one too.

  43. duejio
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

    Storyboard

    • DudeMeister
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

      That’s a good one, it sort of incorporates the panel element.

    • readsquirrel
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:06 AM | Permalink

      Or, tongue in cheek, Storyboarded

    • Little My
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

      Yah, this is really good.

  44. crb1992
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

    Pat Rothfuss: UnPENned

    • tenmuses
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:33 PM | Permalink

      Or possibly “UninPENded”

      It’s almost too many syllables though.

      “InPENded”?

  45. bluezone
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

    Crossword Jury
    Puzzled
    The Story is just around the Corner
    Loom
    Rattle the Vocabulary
    Readin’ Pleasures
    Greasy Monkey :)

    m

    • Argentrose
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

      greasy monkey.

      That is all. >.>

  46. overdu
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:31 AM | Permalink

    Show and Tell

    • teabee
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:46 AM | Permalink

      Show and Tales!

  47. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    Oh God, Pat I thought this up some time ago for my own writer’s group and you are welcome to it.

    Modern Inklings

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

      Modern Inklings
      It kind of respects the original Inklings and makes a statement of the present pool of authors that want to discuss their craft.

    • Belsamuel
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

      THAT is good!

    • varun4537
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

      inklings was such a brilliant name for a group of authors!!! or is it an imagination of authors???

    • dgladson
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

      Or, as a different take: Linklings

      Kind of an internet age version . . . which also doubles as a Zelda reference.

    • Valarya
      Posted July 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

      Eeep, this!! +1

  48. allwise
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    How about just ConText, since it’ll mostly be about things surrounding the story, and you wanted it to be a bit like a board from a con.

  49. Wobin
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

    UnConventional
    Writing Between The Lines
    ConCrit

  50. AbnerDoon
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

    Wordcraft

    Storysmith

    • MidgetMe
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM | Permalink

      makes me think of smelting things.
      Like Word Smelting.
      or World Smelting.

      Dang, I like both of yours, they’re image evocative.

  51. Lastlinkleo
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

    “Characteristics”?

    …and i can only come up with puns…

  52. Rowhin
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

    You could also simply go with:

    Imagine.

    Unfortunately, Imaginaerum is already in use :D

    • Lastlinkleo
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

      Nightwosj?

  53. otineb
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

    Tailoring Tales

  54. Oatmeal
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:34 AM | Permalink

    I feel like it should be something that evokes the feeling of all stories. Or at least the feeling that I get when experiencing a new story, whether I’m writing it or reading it.

    A mystery. An adventure. A puzzle to be viewed from all sides. Something that shows humor and irreverence, but also applies to all forms of stories.

    How about Threads and Yarns?

    I know that really reads like a blog about sewing, but I think it’s perfectly appropriate for stories, Yarns through which various strands and threads are strung to create a whole …

    • Oatmeal
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

      Or, on a similar note, Unraveled.
      I think I actually like that better than Threads and Yarns. It conveys that mystery and adventure I was trying to get to.

      Unraveled.

      • dmbeucler
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:02 AM | Permalink

        I like Unraveled. :-)

        • Oatmeal
          Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM | Permalink

          Thanks, me too. It could even be unRAVELed … cause the Ruh know all the stories in the world, and the Ruh are called Ravel (derogatorily, but still…) and it’s about stories.

      • in_aether
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

        Ooh, “Unraveled” is catchy. Maybe a bit vague, though? How about:

        Unraveling the Yarn

        the mascot could be a cat! +10 Internets

      • in_aether
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

        Oh, er, I spaced on the whole Ravel vs. Ruh connection. On second thought, including a racial epithet of one’s own invention in the title of one’s show is probably not so good.

        • Oatmeal
          Posted July 24, 2012 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

          Hmmm … well if he didn’t want to include Ravel for that reason (which makes some sense) maybe “One Family” would work. It evokes the Ruh heritage, and reminds us all that stories are all related. They are, in a very real sense, one family. So are storytellers…

        • Little My
          Posted July 25, 2012 at 4:32 AM | Permalink

          I think Unraveled works nicely even without considering the Ruh connection, which many people won’t.

  55. toohey
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:35 AM | Permalink

    Pre-Quills (before the writing)

    • tenmuses
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

      I love Pre-Quills.

  56. DudeMeister
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:35 AM | Permalink

    How many people would be on the panel? Because you could use that number in front of Stories High; i.e. 4 Stories High

    • Tisamon
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

      Can I veto this on account of wanting to start a band Five Stories High please?

  57. justinistired
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:35 AM | Permalink

    Simplicity itself! If we allow ourselves to be guided by the first rule of storytelling, it’s right there in the name, is it not?

    Pat Rothfuss’s Show Don’t Tell.

    • noch
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:47 AM | Permalink

      Since stories needs to be told somehow:

      Do Tell

    • laurene135
      Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM | Permalink

      Ha, I like it because it’s like the motto “show dont tell”
      sneaky sneaky.

  58. wiserebel
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:35 AM | Permalink

    How about,

    The narrative

  59. Tisamon
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM | Permalink

    The Writers’ Den

    Or perhaps a nod to those times when you just can’t get it right and spend far too long trying… Up All Night

    And finally if you were hoping to create a secret society of cape-wearing writers off the back of this call it The League of Writers Exquisite.

  60. pharis81
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM | Permalink

    Talespinners.

    • keera
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 9:32 AM | Permalink

      I like Writers’ Den a lot :)

  61. Cywera
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM | Permalink

    Pat’s Tales?

    Although, that does seem more of a shit attempt at wordplay than a viable option for a show title :/

    Or how about ‘Comics and Tales’? Or ‘Comical Tales’?

    It would remind people of beautiful childhood moments playing the Sonic&Tales games and, with the great emotions being evoked, will make them love the show from the outset. Sorted.

    This one does, however, rely on the assumption that someone will have to be funny and/or mention Batman. :)

  62. MHallam01
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM | Permalink

    Writers Arc
    Archetypes
    Arcistry

    I’m stuck on the word arc, you see.

    • Isa
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

      I like Arcistry.

  63. flyfishr64
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

    Some great names suggested so far, here’s mine:

    The Back Story

  64. kissleb
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

    Metaphora or Meta(eu)phoria. Ties in writing, joy, and going deep into a topic.

  65. maine character
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:37 AM | Permalink

    Masterpiece Weirder

    • Argentrose
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 6:59 AM | Permalink

      *laughs* Okay…I admit…I like this. >.>

  66. pharis81
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:38 AM | Permalink

    Or just TaleSpin.

  67. Stargazer
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:38 AM | Permalink

    Story Spindles
    Word Weavers
    Tale Traders/Tailors or just plain Taleors.
    The Vinters of Voice
    Sem-ANTICS
    Liter raters

    • Stargazer
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

      Oh one more, Imagine Nation.

  68. DudeMeister
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:38 AM | Permalink

    Narrativity
    Freeing Fiction

  69. wiredprogrammer
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Threw a post linking over here for you up on the Sword and Laser goodreads forums
    http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/967381-a-new-show-on-geek-and-sundry—help-pat-rothfuss-name-it

    Lets see if some of the members over there can give you a few good name suggestions.

  70. llannagh
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Dishwasher in German means *TELLerwaescher*…

    Shame that that kind of interlingual wordplay won’t work.

  71. Lastlinkleo
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    “Fantasizing”

  72. Ben
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    What about something like Anansi’s Assemblage or some tribute to the legendary storyteller? I loved how he was incorporated into American Gods so including that in some way feels right… (Sorry for the alliteration btw…)

  73. Dreameister
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Talespinners.

    It’s universal, short and to the point. It matches Pat and most people whose storytelling skills he admires (and Kvothe) and is also a reference to William Blake (via Alvin, not that it matters much) :)

  74. jorgon
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:41 AM | Permalink

    The Joy of Writing with Pat Roth(fuss). A little cheesy, but you will portray a lot of what the show is about by pun-association.

  75. Banter
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

    Narrative

  76. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

    How about…

    “Stirring the Plot”

    • neil
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

      I actually had a lot of fun with “plot,” though I doubt the usefullness of any of them:

      “Cooking Plots”
      “Plot Heads”
      “Plot Dealers”
      “Medicinal Plot” – much too narrow for any realistic application but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

  77. Stargazer
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:42 AM | Permalink

    Well Master Namers, goodluck… :)

  78. noch
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    A Part of History
    The Tale Told
    EmotionStories
    And so the story begins
    Once upon a time

  79. Feathers McGraw
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    Storytabling

    Four Story (however many people are in it/episode number?)

    Tale’s Tales

  80. jermwar
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:43 AM | Permalink

    A Sequence of Events

  81. jermwar
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

    First Draft

  82. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:44 AM | Permalink

    Talltales w/ Pat Rothfuss

  83. DudeMeister
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:45 AM | Permalink

    Losing The Plot
    or alternatively, Finding The Plot

  84. CindyReed
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:45 AM | Permalink

    Serial Discourse
    Serial Oration
    Allegory Analysis

  85. Northman
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    Okey, I’d go with the following (please Pat level with me as this title is better seen with a proper logo/graphic pun)

    ‘WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT?’

    So you have ‘fuss’ that is a legit pun w/ your surname, and also a nice idiom who makes the people think about a bit of talk, maybe a bit of argue. And it also lets you add some “…” there and then, for example:

    WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT? …Firefly

    And then you go talk about Firefly.

    With a good logo you cand add something like ‘rothFUSS ABOUT’ or maybe only the FUSS in red.

    I think it’s pretty neat… :)

    • mr_meaney
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM | Permalink

      That’s “pun”ny.

      • Northman
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

        Ahahah indeed.

        Is it a joke or is it “mean”ny?

        :)

  86. wiredprogrammer
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    Writer’s Block

    • fpgiv
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

      Maybe “Writers On The Block”?

      • MarcFink
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 5:45 PM | Permalink

        Sorry, I can’t NOT put this suggestion, although I DON’T advocate using it. “New Writers On The Block”? Or “98 Degrees of Separation”? I think I am going to be ill now… Lol

    • wiredprogrammer
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:03 AM | Permalink

      Missed where it had already been suggested.

    • keera
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM | Permalink

      Writer’s Block is what writers have when they can’t write…

  87. Dohtig
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:46 AM | Permalink

    While maybe too Nordic to be of broad use: Skalds! It gets the idea across of storytelling, though originally skalds where poets (sorry) and is geeky enough for people to get the meaning behind the word.

    • Blarghedy
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM | Permalink

      Something like “Skalds and Skeins: Weaving a Story”
      Skald is pretty much just an awesome word in general.

      • Blarghedy
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

        Now that I’ve thought about it more, I think this is a better book title.

  88. Inmate 9886
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:47 AM | Permalink

    Homonyms are what are coming to mind for me.
    Write On
    Human Writes
    Writes of Passage
    In my write mind…

    I might need to sleep and then brain on it s’more.

    • Blarghedy
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 7:30 AM | Permalink

      I like Writes of Passage.

      • Gahr
        Posted July 25, 2012 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

        Oh yes! Writes of Passage is so clever :P

    • tikamajere316
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 3:35 PM | Permalink

      Write on is the tag line for the the writing center I work in.

  89. pharis81
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:48 AM | Permalink

    It’s not sexy but…Yarn Weavers

  90. AbnerDoon
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:49 AM | Permalink

    Forge

    The Refiner’s Fire

  91. Epimetheus
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:50 AM | Permalink

    In the Mood for Narrative.

  92. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:51 AM | Permalink

    In reference to your own story you could call it ‘The Rookery’. It implies eccentricity and the fact that sometimes the panel could descend into chaos, hilarity and sometimes madness. Also there’s the implication that writers are like namers, describing and creating their stories through a deep understanding of their subject matter.

    Or you could call it ‘Unlikely Maths’, it sounds kooky, nerdy and smart and everyone who gets the reference will love it. It all prepares people to be ‘taught’ in a manner that that may be unused to or here things discussed that they wouldn’t have been taught by their school English teachers. Yeah, I like ‘Unlikely Maths’ as a title.

    • Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

      *hear, not here

      *hangs head in shame*

    • in_aether
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 9:34 AM | Permalink

      The Rookery is pretty cool.

    • Little My
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:32 PM | Permalink

      I like The Rookery a lot too. Unlikely to have been used elsewhere. General enough to encompass whatever, but not without personality.

  93. Francesc
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:52 AM | Permalink

    Taleforgers.
    Scriptors.

  94. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:52 AM | Permalink

    How about keeping it simple…. “Word”

  95. Obdormio
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:52 AM | Permalink

    If it’s going to be all about the nuts and bolts of storytelling, you could play off Campbell and call it The Writer’s Journey.

    • AdamG
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 8:13 AM | Permalink

      The Writer’s Journey does have a strong appeal to it and it isn’t limited to novels. Of course, the Writer’s could be replaced with any number of other words. mythweaver’s, storyteller’s, wordsmith’s, worldbuilder’s

      • shizomou
        Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:48 AM | Permalink

        How about just “Mythweavers”?

    • Robin the Acolyte
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

      Except the problem is there is a book called The Writer’s journey by Christopher Vogler (I found it very helpful when I got stuck.) So that could imply something other than what is intended.
      Most of my ideas have already been advanced. But can I just say “PlotRoast” for the win!
      I also would like Hearthside Chats.
      Novelty (Or Novelties), though, is an awesome suggestion.

      I don’t think I saw From the Writer’s Den, so I suggest that. Or maybe a variant: Chats from the Writer’s Den. Stories from the Writer’s Den.

  96. Hackerbunny
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:52 AM | Permalink

    Council of Bards.

    • rjleduc
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

      I like this one.

    • neil
      Posted July 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM | Permalink

      How about “Deck of Bards” or “House of Bards.”

  97. Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    How about:

    A Novel Idea (my fav)
    Writing right (it’s awful, but hey, it’s also brilliant)
    The Write Stuff

  98. Knightrous
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    “Rothfuss & Readers”

  99. Stebbib
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    Sagas ‘n’ shit,
    no?
    I’ll show my self out

    • ssw166
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

      Ha! That’s amazing.

    • Argentrose
      Posted July 26, 2012 at 7:04 AM | Permalink

      *snicker* Were you the person who said they added ‘n shit to all the names and it made them statistically better? :-)

  100. Hackerbunny
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    Or, The Bard’s Council.

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