Five Sentences, Three Events, Two Videos, and a Bag of Chips….

Heya everybody,

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to get a solid blog up, so I thought I’d remedy that today, especially as there’s some news that’s a little time sensitive….

First and foremost, I’ve got a few readings and Q&As coming up in places I don’t visit very often.

  • Charleston, West Virginia

This Saturday (October 29th) I’ll be in West Virginia for the West Virginia Book Festival.

I’m going to be giving a talk on the importance of reading. (Where hopefully I’ll find something to say other than just shouting DUH! really loud.) I’ll also do some Q&A, and then have a signing for everyone who’s interested.

And if that isn’t enough for you, I’ll even be introduced by Justin McElroy, West Virginian and co-host of the awesome podcast “My Brother, My Brother, and Me.” It’s one of my newest loves, and if you don’t listen to it, you should. It is a source of genuine delight.

Here’s all the info for the event itself:

October 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Charleston Civic Center
Little Theater
200 Civic Center Dr
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
Facebook Event

If you’re in the area, come say hi. And if you happen to be in a different area…

  • Madison, Wisconsin

Despite the fact that I only live a hundred miles away, I’m doing my first event in Madison in years. Even better, I’ll actually be doing *two* different events, both with some Q&A and books available for purchase, though the first is primarily a reading and Q&A, and the second is primarily a keynote speech.

The first one is next week Thursday…

November 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Reading and Q&A
Agriculture Hall, Room 125
1450 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706

And the second is going to be on Friday night…

November 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Talk and Q&A
272 Bascom Hall
Madison, WI 53706

Both events will have books for purchase from A Room of One’s Own, one of my favorite bookstores in Madison. So if you’re all signed-book-wanty, this would be a great place to get one without paying shipping costs from our online store

For those of you who aren’t in West Virginia OR Wisconsin, there’s some cool internet things I’ve been up to as well….

  • Moana Screening in New York

And a couple weeks ago, his happened. For real.

I’ll probably gush about this more in the future. But the short of it is that I got to see an early version of Moana, and it was stunningly good.

More than that. Honestly? I think it might be the best Disney movie I’ve ever seen. Though honestly, with Lin Manuel Miranda involved, that shouldn’t really be a surprise.

Super good, folks. Seriously.


  • Podcast: “I’m Not Here to Judge You Chickenf*ckers.”

The most recent episode of Unattended Consequences is up, and it was a pretty good one. We recorded it live at NerdCon: Stories,  and the audience did a good job reining us in. We even said some not entirely stupid things.

Give it a listen if you’re so inclined. And be aware some of the stories I don’t have time to write up on the blog these days end up on the Podcast instead.

And finally, here’s the most time sensitive of the announcements:

  • A  delightful kickstarter that will help you friendship better.

Yesterday, I agreed to write five cards for Jenn and Trin’s Friendship Postcards Kickstarter Project:

You should really check this out. It’s a wonderful idea. The campaign includes cards like “Wow, that thing you did to your hair is super cool!”, “You make the internet a happier place,” and my favorite, “I said some shitty things (That’s not really how I feel, and I’m sorry.)”

782a6bde35266775fcadc2a84c8a34d3_originalWhen I saw this project, I actually emailed Trin and Jenn to tell them they were awesome, and to offer my help if they needed it.

I don’t talk about it a lot on here. But I have a hard time making and maintaining friendships these days. It used to be so easy for me. You just met people, they came over to your house. You watched movies and played games. You were friends.

Then I got published. I got busy. My friends moved away to pursue jobs and relationships. And I wasn’t in college any more. Wasn’t teaching any more. Wasn’t meeting people socially any more. Which means that friends don’t just happen to me any more. Which means… for about a decade now, I really haven’t had a lot of close friends.

But this last year, I’ve made a really good friend by the name of Thera. She’s better at being a friend than I am. And she’s taught me a lot about how to be a good friend as an adult (As opposed to just being a sort of an older maladjusted post-collegiate manbaby.)

So we’re writing these cards together. Me and my friend. Not only does this make me happy. Not only does this mean they’ll be better than if I did them myself. But it also means they’ll probably get done on time….

Here’s the downside, the project ends Thursday, October 27 at 1:00 PM CDT.

Yeah. Today. There’s just a few hours left. So if you want a set of postcards you should hop to it.

Be good to each other,


This entry was posted in being awesome, conventions, cool news, cool things, geeking out, Interviews, Link salad, panels, podcasts. By Pat19 Responses


  1. Posted October 26, 2016 at 8:02 PM | Permalink

    Your favorite OCD pediatrician points out that your reading is October 29th, but right now it says December 29 in the first paragraph.

    • Amanda
      Posted October 26, 2016 at 9:11 PM | Permalink

      Thanks for pointing it out – fixed!

      • Posted October 27, 2016 at 1:04 AM | Permalink

        Thanks to both of you. I was rushing a little to post this up as the kickstarter deadline is fast approaching.

        • Posted October 27, 2016 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

          And now I’m getting a box of postcards coming my way!

          I wish there was a way to special order particular ones. I’m in great need of the “hey, it’s been years, but I’d like to re-connect” variety. Medical training followed by parenthood will do that to you.

    • blueyedsoul
      Posted October 27, 2016 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

      Good catch, but in Pat’s defense it is the tenth month, and the Latin root meaning ten is decem. Seems like an honest mistake! ????

      • Posted October 27, 2016 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

        Yes. This is exactly what happened.

  2. Karim
    Posted October 26, 2016 at 8:41 PM | Permalink

    I listened to the podcast yesterday, when I was re-sorting my books. I found a couple of things hilarious:

    1. In a previous episode, you and Max actually wonder out loud whether Hamilton could possibly live-up to the hype. You even call Max and yourself curmudgeons. And now we’re here.

    2. Despite the audience reining you in, you and Max (esp. Max) spend the first ~34 minutes (33% of the cast) ranting about politics. *And* you both try to game the system. Multiple times.

    Think this was my favourite one. The slow-clapping was fab.

    Any news on whether there’ll be a NerdCon 3?

    • Posted October 27, 2016 at 1:15 AM | Permalink

      We’re seeing if we can actually take a run at it….

  3. tachism
    Posted October 27, 2016 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

    Congrats on making a new friend. As you said, it’s difficult to meet new people and maintain lasting friendships during the adulting stage of being a manbaby.

    Secondly, I think Max and you make the internet a better place. At least when grad school sucks (about most days), it’s fun to listen to you two chat. I learn a lot.

    Any forays to St. Louis in the future?

  4. TomHC3
    Posted October 27, 2016 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    That moment you see that Patrick Rothfuss is coming to your town is such incredible joy, followed by unbearable sadness when you realize it is the wrong state. Curse you West Virginia!

    • Joe
      Posted October 27, 2016 at 7:38 PM | Permalink

      Tell me about it. I was seriously considering driving the 3 and a half hours to Charleston SC this weekend…

  5. Maram
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

    This is painfully short notice, but about three hours north of Charleston, wv, Mt pockets theatre is putting on a stage adaptation of neverwhere. There are shows Friday and Saturday night at 8. It’s a long shot, but i figured why not. This has been by far my favourite thing I’ve directed and I want to share it with as many people as possible.

    Hope you enjoy West Virginia!

  6. misterperson
    Posted October 28, 2016 at 8:23 PM | Permalink

    I actually registered just to say this… I worked very hard on Moana for several years (well, me and about 800 other people). So many of us are immensely proud of the movie and how it turned out.

    Also Mr. Rothfuss, I love your books. I first picked up Name of the Wind just over a year ago (on strong recommendation from someone else at Disney!) and I’ve read them all multiple times since. So much fun and such beautiful writing.

    That one of my favorite authors really likes my movie, makes my day :-) Thanks!

    • Posted October 31, 2016 at 3:50 PM | Permalink

      It. Was. So. Good.

      Seriously. You’ve made something beautiful.

  7. lieran
    Posted October 30, 2016 at 6:45 PM | Permalink

    Hail the Book!

  8. ericametzger
    Posted October 30, 2016 at 7:14 PM | Permalink

    Hi! Let’s be friends. I also play a mean game of Catan (I own it in German and Hungarian) as well as a number of other fantastic games like Viticulture, Camel Up (or is it cup?), cards against humanity… all of it. Between my games and the games of my friends, we’ve got everything covered. Come to Philadelphia! We won’t badger you about book 3 – outside of this reference right now – and we even have a guest room!

    Nov. 19th we’re having an oreo cookie tasting party with 26 varieties, which will inevitably end up into a giant board game evening.

    It’s a weird message to get from a stranger, but you’re definitely welcome. Bring oreos and a game.

    • Amanda
      Posted October 31, 2016 at 2:33 PM | Permalink

      There is a rift in my household about Camel Up or Camel Cup….

    • pacifist
      Posted November 1, 2016 at 5:19 PM | Permalink

      When I google Camel Cup, I get a lot of links about the game Camel Up. So I guess that’s the answer

      Naming aside (names are important) I’ve always liked that game.

      Even when you lose, you end up with more money than you started with, which is a great premise for a betting game ^.^

  9. Duo3478
    Posted October 31, 2016 at 10:43 PM | Permalink

    Pat, have you recently lost weight? You look a lot thinner in that photo then you did in some of the vids for Tak.

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