A different kind of story….

I’m still writing like a mad bastard over here. And since it’s going well, I’m loathe to break my stride by writing up a long blog.

That said, I’ve got a few things some of you might be interested in.

  • A different sort of interview.

Months ago, I did an interview while I was at a convention. There’s nothing new about that, as interviews have become kinda old hat for me.

But this interview turned into something different. It didn’t end up as the sort of Q&A thing I normally do, the journalist that did it went out and did other interviews, talked to people I went to grad school with.

The end result is almost more of a story than anything.

I like it. I’m fond of stories.

  • A different sort of video.

I’m a little fuzzy on the details of how this came to be, but apparently Peter V. Brett did an AMA recently on reddit. (You do know that Daylight War is hitting the shelves in just a couple days, right?) During the AMA, Brent Weeks apparently made some sort of dare.

Then I don’t know what happened. The result was this video.

Beware. You can’t unwatch it.


  • A different sort of picture.


Lastly, apropos of nothing, here is a picture of a little kid licking a pig.

(That’s not Oot. But I kinda wish it was.)

I showed this picture to my little boy, curious as to what he might think of this little scene. Because personally, I find it hilarious.

He looked at it and said, “Oh. Why am I in the baby cage?”

It took me a moment to realize that he thought that it was *him* in the picture. He was trying to figure out what he’d done to deserve being locked up. And, apparently, cozy up to the toughest pig in the joint for some protection.

There you go folks,  that’s all I’ve got for now…


This entry was posted in Interviews, my student days, Oot. By Pat30 Responses


  1. jayh
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Cool default perspective, thinking that the kid was in cage rather than the pig. Makes you wonder how thought processes and perspectives evolve as one gets older. The other alternative is Oot is used to seeing free-range piggies alot.

    • jayh
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 9:38 AM | Permalink

      oh yeah, thanks for the Daylight war reminder too. Painted Man/Desert Spear were a lot of fun.

    • SilverTpt
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

      Actually that’s some pretty good spatial/abstract extrapolation! In the upper right the fence looks like it continues out of frame, and given no other info it’s a pretty valid interpretation that the area the kid is in is also enclosed.

      The pervasive, unconscious use of context by adults is really wonderfully exposed by moments like those…

  2. HarryBH
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 9:46 AM | Permalink

    Am I the only one who doesn’t like the Painted man series?

    The first started well enough but lost its way halfway through the book, I think. An easy read but a bit cheap, I think.

    • HarryBH
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 9:47 AM | Permalink

      Apparently I think alot, too.

    • Jack
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

      I really like the series though I was not real happy with the events ending The Desert Spear. I will still be buying Daylight War as soon as it hits the shelves/kindle.

    • QWOPtain Crunch
      Posted February 8, 2013 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

      Not at all. Well, I can’t claim it for myself (although I thought The Desert Spear was much more exciting than The Painted Man), but my friend was not very impressed with the series at all. He gave it a shot, but wasn’t able to get into it as much as others.

      I think it’s a decent series so far, but not nearly as strong as the Stormlight Archives (so far) or the Kingkiller Chronicles.

      • Ellie
        Posted February 9, 2013 at 5:09 AM | Permalink

        Well, I liked the Warded Man and was really excited when the Desert Spear came out. But I must say I was kinda dissapionted by the development of Leesha. I mean she is apologizing to a sexual-predator, so not cool. Sorry, Mr. Brett but this was strike one and one sentcene in the new book about how women are worrying about getting to old (at 24) to have babies and I probably won’t finsh the book. But I will probably purchase the paperback because it’ll have all the cool extras.

    • AO_22
      Posted February 10, 2013 at 6:14 PM | Permalink

      I found nothing at all worthwhile in the book. The characterization, prose and dialogue were quite simplistic, the world-building was nothing special, the plot was predictable and I can think of several previous examples where the “original surprise twist that no one will see coming” (the warded/painted part) had already appeared, including in a series by Weis & Hickman. I simply don’t understand why so many people do like the book.

  3. Robo
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

    Caption for above photo:

    “His kisses taste like bacon!”

  4. Jack Lancaster
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

    Another 2 or 3 years… that’s a lot of yearning.

    lol I’m a guy, I’ve yearned for longer I suppose.

  5. cynditefft
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

    I loved the WSU article! It really helped paint the picture of how Kvothe came to be. In particular, the section about how you cared desperately about the book and asked everyone to read it struck a chord with me. I’ve been there and know just what that’s like.

    Thank you for sharing your passion with us. I’m completely jealous of your playing in that world with your friends like a D&D game. That would be amazing, to glean story ideas from their imaginings while they cavorted in that other land. So very cool.

  6. Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

    Great Interview, I always enjoy reading them, but I did really like that format as well.

    I’ve always wondered how much you play tested you world to help build it properly. So that’s great information to get. Did you use Hero System back then? Or just a variant from D&D? I’ve been building a world myself for a while now and have found the Dungeon Master’s guide really helpful, though I have changed a few rules for my personal world…so just wondering.

    Anyway – cool stuff. Thanks for breaking the writing stride just for us! I’m getting super stoked to read your addition to Unfettered – just a couple more months!!

    • Posted February 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM | Permalink

      Mostly Hero system….

      • Posted February 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

        Cool to know as well – thanks for the reply.

        I’ll have to stop procrastinating on checking that system out. I’d sorta been waiting to see if you came out with a campaign setting book, but alas, now my curiosity will not abate.

  7. Cielle
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

    You just made my day, Pat!

    I’m working from home today, dealing with cranky physicians and customer service people, trying to get my work done. After a particularly irate physician tried to create a new orifice for my body, I decided I needed a break and switched to my personal internet stuff.

    Your photo caught my eye, as I thought it was Oot. Whoever he is, the child kissing pig is adorable. He made me laugh out loud, and took my mind off cranky, irrational mental health providers.

    I’ll save reading the interviews for after work, but thanks for the interlude; I needed it!

  8. mgwa
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

    What’s an AMA?

    • Posted February 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

      Fairly certain it stands for “Ask Me Anything”

      it’s where you basically just get to chat it up with Authors (or other people of interest) on the interwebs, mostly in Forums.

  9. redwulf
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:36 PM | Permalink

    Just for the record Pat, I love how in their Alum picture, you’re sporting a lush red beard… and now, post Book Two, we cut to the image that comes up when you google ‘Rothfuss’, and you’ve earned these proud, gray, streaks of Wisdom in that masterful beard of yours…. like you’re daring someone to question your literary authority… It looks like you took over the Presidency for a term my good man.

  10. Posted February 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM | Permalink

    Just finished ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ this morning, enjoying it even more than the first book, and now I’m eagerly awaiting the next volume to be available!

    I read ‘The Name of the Wind’ last week, then Tom Clancy’s ‘Threat Vector’ while waiting for the second volume to arrive from Amazon, so it’s been a 2500+ pages worth of reading in the past week, lol… :)

  11. lkhulordava
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM | Permalink

    Mr.Rothfuss… Have you ever visited or considered visiting the Southeast?

  12. Symph
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM | Permalink

    Thar was a marvelous interview, Pat. Do you perchance still remember which biography of Casanova it was? I have an overcoming urge to read it now.

  13. thegunslinger
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Pat, your books are pretty awesome.

    This different sort of interview… I read then, and I was to ask you about the RPG system that you play, but you kind answered that. I’m making a system by myself… and it’s a funny task. Reading your books one, two, three times to get the details to make a good game. (Pat, if you have a compendium to play the Kingkiller Chronicle RPG, please post it. ;) )

    Well, keep writing and keep your good job! :)

  14. Auri Rodrigues
    Posted February 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM | Permalink

    Dear Patrick Rothfuss,
    I’ve just heard about your books (a little bit late, I know…), and I got very curious about them. Please, could you tell me whether their are already available in Brazil?
    I should confess that my curiosity was increased when it was mentioned that one of your characters is called by my name (Auri).
    Since it is a relatively uncommon name even here in my country (Brazil), I would like to learn more about the meaning of my own name (besides the well known “golden”/”shinning”), and, of course, enjoy the good reading.
    Best wishes from Brazilian lands,
    Auri Rodrigues.

    • thegunslinger
      Posted February 12, 2013 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

      Hi Auri! (it’s realy a nice name. :) )

      I’m from Brazil too, and.. I find Patrick’s books everywhere. At any bookstore, “O Nome do Vento” and “O Temor do Sábio” are available.

      If you have some difficulties to find these books, tell me. I will help you in that quest. :)

  15. Auri Rodrigues
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 11:35 AM | Permalink

    Hi Patrick,
    Please, just ignore my previous comment because now I have found all the answers that I needed about your masterpiece.
    In fact, yours books are all over the world, including here in Brazil.
    I always had this strong conviction that you were going to reach the true recognition that you deserve! Seriously, I am still proud of you…
    Now, let me find those books at the nearest bookstore in São Paulo!
    PS: Thegunslinger, thanks for your kindness. And, yeah, my name is both weird and nice. Actuaaly, I am very happy that it met a good character in Pat’s book…

  16. Auri Rodrigues
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

    Ok, man, this is going to far! Look, I don’t know either “why” or “how” this is happening at this moment, but it just occurred to me that something dam crazy is taking place in the universe right now! Come on, today I was told about this “Auri thing” in your Facebook page and, as a typical deadly-curious person, I tried to understand all these stuff, and… I’ve just realized, for the first time, that you did exist as I felt few years ago and, even better: your soul is still alive!
    So, I know all of this sounds totally crazy, but at this point who cares? I don’ know your real name, were you were born, your real occupation, etc… However, there is this thing that I’ve never doubt about you: you are so incredibly you, and I noticed this since my first glance on you…
    Thus, please, I am here for asking you to think carefully about the requests your fans are claiming in response to your phrase posted on February 7th in your Facebook… Look, I am here before the end of the 7th day for only saying the following 7 sincere words: “Seriously, I am still proud of you…”. Boy, it’s time to deeply believe again because I can’t find another reasonable explanation for all these coincidences!
    I apologize for posting this message in your blog using such a horrible English, but I don’t have a Facebook account or any other means to contact you at this moment. So, fell free to withdraw this comment if you consider more convenient, right? Besides, I don’t want your fans thinking that all Auris in this world are crazy, right?

  17. JKlein
    Posted February 12, 2013 at 9:38 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    I might be wrong about this but isn’t it ‘I am LOATH…’ or ‘I LOATHE’?
    Loath being an adjective while loathe is a verb???

    Not that it affects how much I love ALL your shit. You are my Oprah.

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