A bit of blog, a bear, and a blush.

Hey there everybody,

I’m still reeling a bit from the response to the last blog. I’m surprised so many of you still show up here after all the long stretches of silence. I’m even more surprised at the storm of kind comments as well. Though I’ll be honest here: I’m not too surprised, as over the years y’all have proved that you are delightfully compassionate and empathetic human beings. Still, the degree to which you are supportive does still amaze me from time to time.

I’m going to be making an effort to blog more, even if they’re just little blogs. Too often I feel like I should only blog if I have something really big to say. But then invariably what happens is I start a big, emotionally engaging blog with a narrative arc and several scene breaks and pictures…. and I get pulled away by other more pressing concerns before I finish it. Then it just sits there….

I just checked. I have 300 partially drafted blogs here on wordpress. And while I’m guessing at least half of those are probably nothing more than a link to an interesting video or article I wanted to talk about. I know many of them are half-written musings on the nature of truth, book reviews, or the nearly-complete story of the time I got to ride the carousel with Neil Gaiman at House on the Rock.

I’ll probably try to finish up those blogs too, here and there. I’m trying to get better about finishing things lately, too.

For now, let me offer you something smaller. This is practice for me, writing a little blog of no particular import.

Here are a couple pictures from earlier this ear at Emerald City ComicCon.

The first was a truly astonishing Princess and Mr. Whiffle Cosplay. She gave me my very own Mr. Whiffle, too.

Now you might look at this picture and think to yourself, “Why is pat so angry despite the fact that he’s just had his mind blown open with delight by a reader showing his work this much love?”

The thing is, I’m not angry. I’m trying to imitate Mr. Wiffle’s expression.

(Added coolness? Mr. Whiffle’s eyes are actually adjustable so I can change his expression.)

Edit: People keep asking about the Princess and Mr. Whiffle. Here’s a link where you can buy it without paying ridiculous amounts on e-bay. (And the money goes to charity.)

Here we have a homebrew t-shirt from the same convention. It’s not *that* strange for me to see a fanmade shirt these days, but I will say, this is the first shirt I’ve seen along this particular theme. The art design was really impressive too, and deserves a better photograph than the one I have here. But honestly? I was a little blushy and flustered when I asked if I could take the picture… so this was the best I could do.

Thanks for being awesome guys, I’ll try to be more awesome in the future so you don’t get too far ahead of me.

Be good to each other,

pat

P.S. – Some of you were lamenting that you missed the Call to Adventure Kickstarter. So the folks at Brotherwise Games are doing a short pre-order period where you can grab the game and expansion at the kickstarter price AND still get the kickstarter exclusive cards, too.

You can pre-order over here, but only until Wednesday.

 

This entry was posted in Arts and Crafts, blogging, cool things, cosplay, fan coolness. By Pat136 Responses

125 Comments

  1. Kelly Willoughby
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 4:40 AM | Permalink

    OMG, I love the face Pat! You look so terrifying and awesome.

  2. Caps
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 4:56 AM | Permalink

    Okay that shirt made me wonder for some reason-
    Did you actually have an idea of what each “technique” means, or were you just making reasonable names?😂

    • Natashia
      Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:14 AM | Permalink

      Do we really want to know?? :-)

    • Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

      I do a lot of worldbuilding.

      • Brock F.
        Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:29 PM | Permalink

        Is that what they’re calling it these days?

      • Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

        Is that what they’re calling it these days?

      • Alistair MacRae
        Posted August 24, 2018 at 7:41 AM | Permalink

        Bow Chicka Wow Wow :P

        So when can we pre-order the Felurian Karma-Sutra novella?

      • hankteford
        Posted August 24, 2018 at 6:58 PM | Permalink

        Pretty sure this is my new favorite euphemism. “Honey, I could really use your help with some worldbuilding…”

      • Occamslaser
        Posted August 26, 2018 at 5:36 AM | Permalink

        Oh geeze rick

  3. Dave
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:15 AM | Permalink

    Love you pat!!

    Somehow I totally missed the memo about Princess and Mr Whiffle :o
    It’s essentially unobtainium here in the UK, so, with your blessing and hoping to assist anyone else over here, I’m including a worldbuilders link to the book :D

    https://worldbuildersmarket.com/products/princess-1

    Placing my order now! Xxx

    • Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:42 PM | Permalink

      Thanks much. Worldbuilders is pretty much the only place to get it these days except for conventions and a few indie bookstores. Thanks for sharing the link.

  4. Flynr
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:24 AM | Permalink

    Oh Pat. We love you. ALL of you. The sad bits and the happy bits and the difficult bits… all of it. You just keep loving you too and it’ll be ok. Xoxo

    • Julie
      Posted August 20, 2018 at 9:23 AM | Permalink

      This ^ <3

    • Rhonda Z
      Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

      Yes, this. ^^^
      All of you.

    • Oren Milman
      Posted August 26, 2018 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

      This ^ :)

  5. Amie Gallette
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:25 AM | Permalink

    Adjustable eyebrows?!?!!!?! I mean I probably should comment a ‘yay it’s a mini blog’ but my brain stopped adjustable eyebrows and is set on a blown loop. All the stuffed animals that have gone before in my life now seem so dismally subpar…

    Actually adjustable??? As in could change its expression???

    Happy to see a mini blog ;)

  6. Courtney
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:41 AM | Permalink

    I love that anyone who hasn’t read Book 2 wouldnt realise that her shirt is a little raunchy hahaha.
    And Pat, we’re one family. So you do you and we’ll always be here, no matter what.

  7. Jan
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:42 AM | Permalink

    When it comes to awesome people like you, we have endless patience!
    And though we love seeing bits and pieces of your life, we don’t think we have any kind of claim to that. You are meant to live it and I am a thousand times happier, if I don’t see a picture of your kids and know you are spending the day with them instead..
    Love you Pat,
    Greetings from Germany ;)

  8. Courtney
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:44 AM | Permalink

    I love that anyone who hasn’t read book 2 wouldnt realise that shirt is a little raunchy.
    Also Pat, we’re one family. So you do you and we’ll always be here.

  9. Amy
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 6:02 AM | Permalink

    Oh my god, I really want to hug that Mr. Whiffle plushie. It’s good to see you’re doing ok. Please feel under no obligation to write blogs for your fans, but if it helps you grow as a person/writer, go for it!

    Love you, Pat. Keep being kind to yourself. =)

  10. Ami
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 6:18 AM | Permalink

    Finding a post from your blog in my feed just made my morning. I know it’s maybe a little weird, but seeing your struggles and how you still keep going helps me deal with my own mental health issues and creative terrors, so thank you.

    Really, seriously. I needed to see that picture of a cute teddy bear right now, and sometimes a teddy bear is enough.

  11. Cynthia L
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 6:27 AM | Permalink

    Pat, when I first met you, the crowd at the signing was around 200 people in Huntington Beach, CA at the Barnes and Noble. We were all a lot happier and healthier then. I worry about you, the pressure, people bugging you about the book, your dad passing, all of it. I guess I just want to say we support you and not to worry about anything except taking care of you and yours.

    Best wishes,
    Cynthia

  12. Jasmine
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

    Hi Pat, did you know you’re one of the very best huggers I’ve ever had the pleasure of hugging? I surprised you at the hotel counter at the first NerdCon: Stories to ask if I could maybe hug you because you are a human I greatly admire. Even in that moment, your love of words and compassion for humanity showed through your kindness and openness and patience for this awkward kid who wanted a hug. You have always been someone who brings the weight of being good and kind in this world into everything you do, and it does get heavy.

    I wish I could give you a hug big enough to help, but luckily you’ve got an incredible family to handle that, not to mention loads of other con-goers who appreciate you as you are. Take care of yourself; it is a difficult time to be a compassionate human and stay sane and healthy.

    Much love,
    Jasmine

    • Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

      I am pretty much a hug wrapped in a black t-shirt and cargo shorts.

  13. Anthony N
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 7:13 AM | Permalink

    Welcome back, Pat. While I am enthusiastically optimistic about you blogging again, I’ve gotta say: don’t stress it too much. Personally, I find that when I put too much pressure on myself to do something – even if it’s something I normally enjoy – it becomes work and tedium, and I create reasons not to do it. I love getting to read these little insights into you and your life, but I feel like this should be enjoyable, and maybe a bit cathartic. If you’re not getting what you need out of the experience, then don’t do it. For what it’s worth, you have my support either way.

    • LarryLindeman
      Posted August 26, 2018 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

      This!

  14. Posted August 20, 2018 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    Trust me Pat, burnout with a blog is totally normal. Especially when you’re the sole author for it. I have my own blog that highlights Tabletop gaming and such that has done pretty well over the years, even earned an ENnie nod at one point. However, I have been really struggling to come up with the energy to write lately. It’s very often that those with high passion for what they write burn out easier.

    I hope you get over your hump, and I certainly hope I can find the ability to do the same!

  15. Matt
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 7:52 AM | Permalink

    Pat, just wanted to drop you a note to let you know I finished your two Kingkiller books and they’re awesome. I also just discovered your blog. I’ve got two little kids at home, a stressful job, and my body is falling apart in annoying ways the last ten years or so, so I’m often mired in depression. But let me take a step back and frame this a little better (just like Kvothe!).

    When I was 18 (20 years or so ago) I had just gone off to college, finally getting away from home and my parents who were the prototype (my mom really) for the helicopter parents to come. Then my girlfriend had a child. We had covered it up for, well, nine months, and shocked both of our families. Years of war would follow. My mom (who, bless her, lacks any perspective to this day) insisted I stay at college and finish the semester before coming home and enrolling in our home town. I quickly found out my grades would not transfer, only the credits, and I was carrying high enough scores through half the semester that I would have to do very little to pass. This left me away at school, in shock, without any friends, and with lots of time on my hands. I spent a lot of time in Diablo chat rooms and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. About a week in, I found a bookstore in town. I read growing up, but not a crazy amount. I needed something to get lost in, so I picked up the first book of the Wheel of Time and a week after that, the first book of Game of Thrones, based entirely on the (often inaccurate) cover art. I had never heard of either series and had no idea what I was stepping into. Wheel was around book 6 or 7 and GoT at book 2. For the next several years, as the war in my life raged, I dove into hundreds of fantasy and sci-fi titles. Eventually, I picked up a second major in English and a masters in Writing and presently own thousands of titles in multiple genres, much to my wife’s dismay.

    Where do you come in? This past year my autoimmune disease has been particularly active, I had a breakdown due to the symptoms, and I’ve had a number of other minor health issues that knock me down every time I get my feet under me. More than anything, I’m always deep in my mind. Over the last 20 years, I’ve drifted away from fantasy. I still read maybe one fantasy series for every 10 other books, but it wasn’t my go-to anymore. Until this year. It was like going back into the Underthing and finding all those familiar places once again. Of everything I’ve read this year, your books blew me away. In the second half of The Wise Man’s Fear, your writing caught fire in a way I’ve seen few writers achieve. I’ll admit, when I finished it, I read the short Auri book and then was at a loss for a few days. That may ring in your mind as: “Ah, there, no matter how heartfelt the comment from a reader, they always get their dig in about the third book.” I would just finish that in another few weeks and be at a loss again, so no big deal. What I really want you to hear in your mind and your heart is that you’re doing as much to battle depression for your readers as the therapists, meditation, and medication. That’s important work, man. Hero stuff. Take your time. Raising kids is stressful enough.

    As a last piece of advice, I’d say, “be like Neil Gaiman.” Create the best blog on the Internet and then leave it hanging for years at a time. Write whatever the hell you want and then tease sequels for years before publishing something completely unrelated. Write what YOU want to write and feel passionate about in the moment. Then it will be genuine and your best writing.

  16. Kate B.
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

    So happy to see you back to blogging, Pat! Hope to see you again next week! 😊

  17. Brick
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

    Man, the way I see it, this is your blog and you get to write whatever you want on it… or nothing at all. Posts are icing on the cake, and if there’s no icing, the cake itself is still mighty tasty. You exude creativity through so many channels (remember the podcast?) that it’s not fair of your consumers to demand you keep up with each of them. I’m sure 99% of your fans would prefer to watch you do what makes you happy, because that’s when you’re at your best. The other 1% can take a long walk off a short pier.

  18. Katherine Eskew
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    Have and listened to all you have written. You’ve provided a nice escape during some dark, sad times.
    Thanks.
    Kathy

  19. Jeff Monty
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:32 AM | Permalink

    I’m pretty sporadic in the way I check if you’ve written anything new, sometimes months go by before I check your blog. Loved the little update, thank you for being a continual source of entertainment; both thought provoking and… Flash backs of watching you play a game with a piece of bread? Anywho, hi bye and a two thumbs ina generally upward facing direction.

  20. Trent Baker
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

    We appreciate you. This holds true regardless of good times, bad times, or simply trying times.

  21. Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:59 AM | Permalink

    Good to see you back in action Pfuss!

  22. Matthias
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 9:08 AM | Permalink

    I admit that I frequently scour the internet for something new from you or about the trilogy. Even if you don’t deem it “important,” it makes my day when I start out with something like this. Keep on keeping on and let us know if you need anything!

  23. David
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    Mr. Rothfuss,

    I cannot claim to be your oldest fan, the most devoted follower to your blog and updates, or even share a personal story of meeting you. In fact, I was only introduced to your books in the last 6 months from a stranger on reddit. So, in truth I am probably not your target audience for the majority of this blog but I did want to stop by and just say thanks for being open, sincere, and human. We all have our struggles, our stresses, and obstacles that keep us from doing what we “need” to do, if you ever find a cure for procrastination or downright fear of doing what the brain deems as important please send it my way. Even now I know what I’m trying to say but failing miserably to simply say it, let me try again.

    Thank you for writing these books that I have fallen in love with, for creating characters that I want so badly to be successful and happy, for creating a world I can run to every morning before facing the realities of school and work. Thank you for continuing to write or even thinking about writing through real life struggles that would cripple most of us. One of my greatest fears is losing my family, both of my parents are still living but I live in absolute fear of them passing even though I know ultimately it will come to pass as will the passing of my wife and myself in time. Please know that we are out here, your oldest fans, newest readers, complete strangers aside from reading your books and blogs and that we care about you and pray for you and your family. Not praying that you get over your real life struggles to write more for us, but sending you our best wishes because of all the work you have already done. Fuck the third book and the stress that comes with it, keep on keeping on and enjoy your family we will be here when its ready.

  24. Kenneth Baker
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 9:29 AM | Permalink

    1. I really want to read the third book when it is finished AND…
    2. I am very aware that it won’t get finished if you are unwell, so get well physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually.
    3. Practicing finishing things is a good thing to practice. I’m doing that work myself.

    You got this. And if for some reason you don’t. We’ll pick you up and dust you off so you can try again.

  25. Sand iD
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 9:31 AM | Permalink

    You be you. You do you. Who could be upset with anything else. :)

  26. Davef
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    [I’m an internet troll who feels really insecure and feels the need to lash out. There’s probably something really wrong with my penis.]

    -Edited and Paraphrased by Pat

    • Robert Flach
      Posted August 20, 2018 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

      [Kind-hearted and reply that would probably just feed the troll, despite its good intentions.]

      – Paraphrased by pat

    • DeeR
      Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

      You are a horrible person. I hope he blocks you

  27. Jason
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

    Congrats Pat – you said you wanted to blog more and now here you are with another post, not long after. Gotta celebrate the victories.

    I wanted to share something personal that might help you. I too have had trouble finishing things. You have your hundreds of unfinished blog posts – for me the problem was with hundreds of video games that I would start programming, but never finish. For whatever reason, I would lose motivation after working on it for a while, and then whenever I would think about that game, I would feel guilty. And as time went on these negative emotions would just build and build — “you’re so lazy”, “looks like this is just another dead game to add to your corpse pile”.

    Anyways, I watched a video that rewired how I think about my work. I’ve been making tons of progress on my game, and very consistently. Interestingly, the creator of this video discovered that writing a book was actually the closest comparison to writing a video game. Both require a tremendous amount of creative effort over a period of years where you are basically just sitting there writing and writing away. You have to be ridiculously self-motivated. He even has a little clip where Roald Dahl describes his work process and how he was able to be such a prolific writer (about 16 minutes in).

    I highly highly recommend watching this video, because it gives you real actionable techniques that you can use to achieve your goals, whether they be working on your blog more, going to the gym, writing your book, anything.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIPmjnsCPR4

  28. Sean Kennedy
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 10:40 AM | Permalink

    Hi Patrick,

    So, I’ve got an idea for a blog for you. You strike me as a pretty cool conbination of intelligent, creative and compassionate. You’re also a dad (me too!). I wonder if you have any advice or ideas on strategies for Dads wanting to raise confident, creative and conpassionate children? I bet you’re a pretty cool father yourself and I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

    • Susan Mercurio
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 9:36 PM | Permalink

      From what I’ve heard, the best way to have children who are compassionate (and creative and confident) is to be that kind of person yourself. They said that altruistic children had altruistic parents.

  29. Danielle
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    I actually like your smaller blogs better, especially when they are about nothing in particular. It is like a small morsel of joy peppered into my day.

  30. BelMeinhartt
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing this with us!

  31. Emmanuel
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:05 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for posting a new blog so soon! There was a time when I checked your blog daily, and it’s still my most visited page. I really appreciate the occasional posts you make, I was so excited when you announced Tak and checked in for every update with excitement (I’ve taught all of my friends how to play a beautiful game). Kubo and the Two Strings is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I discovered it right here! Point is, you rock.

  32. David
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:19 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    Love the books and pretty much everything else I’ve ever seen of yours. Really happy to hear we might be hearing more from you blog-wise (although no worries if not, life happens) Just wanted to say thanks for posting the Call to Adventure link, saw your FB post late and missed it by a day so really happy to make it in time!

    Stay well and stay sane!

  33. Entrerist
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:31 PM | Permalink

    I hope your doing better.

  34. Batman
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 12:38 PM | Permalink

    Hey, Pat.

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve been there. Well, not there. I’m from the Midwest but haven’t spent much time in your neck of the woods. A few years ago I felt like a failure. Big time. I excelled in law school and thought the path would be easy from there on out. I have not lived up to expectations.

    I found myself sleeping through most of my days and showering when I felt like it (rarely). It got so bad that at one point, I called my parents several states away and said that I might need to be admitted somewhere.

    There’s no magic fix. There’s only one foot in front of the other. Keep moving and be kind to yourself. If you need to go slow, then go slow. Don’t keep piling on yourself. Feeling bad about not doing enough or not doing x, y, or z only perpetuates the sink. Celebrate what you can do–even in the form of small blog posts.

    We are here for you. We will be here for you. We are just random strangers on the Internet. (I’m not even using my real name for fear of being found out.) But know that there is a legion of people out there concerned about you. So what that the font size has to be bigger for you to read? It is frustrating, no doubt, and another reminder of inevitable decline into obsolescence. But get out there and get some super dope reading glasses that make you smile instead of cringe when you go to pick them up.

    It’s a long path to wellness. I’m writing at home today because my anxiety and depression became too much over the weekend. But I’m going to take some small steps out the door tomorrow to get back out there. Today, I am celebrating that I left the house at all.

    Sorry about the text wall. Know that this isn’t insurmountable, but it’s going to suck for awhile. We’re all rooting for you.

  35. Posted August 20, 2018 at 1:12 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I’m a fellow author/write and always turn to your blog as motivation and inspiration during my own creative struggles and bouts of melancholy. The world is filled to bursting with reasons not to do things. There’s more motivation to “not do” than there is to “do.” There are more reasons to say “no” than to say “yes.”

    Thank you for “doing” and saying “yes.” Thank you for “bilbo-ing it up.” Thank you for not only writing books that inspire me to be a better writer, but for making blog posts and other writing endeavors that make me want to be a better person (your books do that too, but seeing “the man behind the curtain” is, oft-times, much more inspiring for me).

    Pat, thank you.

  36. Sus3an
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

    You are a wonderful person, and a beacon of light to those who need it. We all understand that sometimes you feel very small, like a candle. We all do. But those times when it’s the darkest, that tiny candle of a light is enough to give a person hope. Don’t stop being wonderfully you.

    There is a question I’ve been pondering on for a while, and that shirt pictures above is just the reminder and motivation I needed to ask it. Do you keep a cheat sheet of the Felurian techniques and the Adem techniques? That seems like the kind of thing I would accidentally switch up; and embarrass myself by trying to disarm an opponent by seducing them.

    • Dan
      Posted August 20, 2018 at 2:24 PM | Permalink

      I’m sure many a story could be written on the usefulness of the interchangeability and overlap between the two sets of techniques.

  37. Mark Walker
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 1:18 PM | Permalink

    Huzzah! Thanks for the post.

  38. Chaelek
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 1:32 PM | Permalink

    If I can offer a bit of wisdom from another excellent author,
    What’s the most important step a man can take?
    The next one.

    Great to see you blogging again!

  39. Hippie Litch
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 2:07 PM | Permalink

    Man, this is awesome. You do you, Pat.

  40. Hippie Litch
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 2:11 PM | Permalink

    Man, this is awesome. You do you,, Pat

  41. Derek Turner
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 2:13 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Always good to hear any little old thing from ya, roll it out any way you please.
    I’m not really into the Con world and so only recently discovered Kvothe and company, but have enjoyed every word of it. Look forward to meeting you in person some day and just wanted ya to know how much this Mad City dude appreciates another writer who’d use the word “wend.”

  42. Poul
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 2:20 PM | Permalink

    That Princess and Mr. Whiffle cosplay is all kinds of awesome :D

  43. Kayla
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 2:20 PM | Permalink

    Your blog has always been one of my favorite corners of the internet, and I’m delighted that you’re posting more. Your stories and updates for projects range from light hearted to touching, and you always discuss issues with empathy and depth. I really appreciate it.

  44. Shawn Cooke
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    A comedian is at his most relaxed when the people he’s around don’t expect him to tell them jokes. Actors get tired of fans expecting them to be like their characters, but they have to keep up the mask nonetheless.

    You’re a writer communicating to us through the written word. It’s natural that you should feel like you have to perform for us, your audience. And it can be that kind of blog, if you want it to be.

    Or hell, make it a blog where you post only first drafts and make spelling errors if you feel like it. Be as raw as you want, as terse as you want, as dark and reflective and occasionally depressing as you want. Because that’s human and being human is okay.

    I’d read it. I wouldn’t point out the spelling mistakes either, unless they’re REALLY funny.

  45. Erzberger
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    Always good to hear from you, Pat. Hope you are well

  46. Fanterflakk Lobsterback
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 3:59 PM | Permalink

    Re: letting yourself do miniblogs.

    Yes yes yes!

    Photography was a major part of my life and artistic expression for years. When I was applying and now in grad school I had no time to do it justice, so I accumulated all these unedited shots. Gradually it became a this massive block. I had neglected this thing that was so important to me for years, and thinking about it stressed me out. And every month that passed my “return” to photography had to be more and more grand to make up for the delay. This vicious cycle went on for 4 frikkin years.

    Letting myself just do a little. A single photo. Not in any particular order of how important they seemed or how perfect they were broke me out of it. It was the crack in the dam I needed.

    I hope you have a similar experience. Not to project my shit onto you, but do your best to remember not to bully yourself. Everyone who does it knows it’s counterproductive, but it’s hard to stop.

    You got this!

    Addendum:
    Oh gods, I just got that the last one was “barely a blog” and this one was “a barey blog”. I take back everything nice I said. Go directly to pun jail.

  47. Ben M
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    Pat, I’m really glad to have met you at Gencon a couple years ago, even if I suffer from some shyness myself in those kinds of situations. I’d just like to say that I enjoy these smaller posts of no real import just as much as your longer ones that are huge updates because I just like reading things you write. Little things, big things, long things, short things, and various spaces in between.

    If you want to write something witty on a cocktail napkin, I’ll read that too next time I make the short drive up to Wisconsin from Iowa.

    You do you, man.

  48. Miranda Orth
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 4:25 PM | Permalink

    You are a wonderful person, as I’m sure your family knows firsthand. Your father is proud of you, as I’m certain he is, just as I know my father must be proud of me, wherever he is now on the other side. I hope you’re enjoying life and taking time to breathe and smile. You’re going exactly as you should, neither too fast or too slow. You are where you’re meant to be.

    Sincerely,
    Miranda

  49. Posted August 20, 2018 at 4:42 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I often turn to your blog when I struggle with my own melancholy and creative insecurities. As a fellow creative, it’s hard to stay positive, to stay enthused about bringing other people light and joy, when your own light and joy is dimmed by the world around you. Your personal struggles and your writing about life always inspire me to keep going, to try, and to move forward.

    Thank you for being a light in the darkness. Thank you for “bilbo-ing it up.” Thanks for giving me a reason to smile, to laugh, and (occasionally) cry.

    Write on!

  50. Tineke
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

    It’s always great to hear from you <3 (thank you for your tweets today too, I needed that)

  51. Merry
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

    You and all the other fans are adorable humans. Those Mr. Whiffles are the bomb!

    Thanks for blogging, I like hearing about you, from you. It’s nice that you’re this personal with us.

  52. Emily
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:07 PM | Permalink

    You rode the carousel!!! Way to go!! Super, super, super awesome. I saw it for the first time this year and I can’t even imagine the task of trying to decide which magical creature to ride.

  53. Elena
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:22 PM | Permalink

    Yay, new post! Glad to hear you’re doing well. Lots of love! Xxx

  54. Adam Messick
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 5:23 PM | Permalink

    Thank you sir! I love and cherish all of your work. I love and cherish you sir. I wish I could help you in any way you need help. I’ve read your works a half dozen times and greedily, lament for more so that I may start at the beginning again and enjoy every word once more. There are other authors in my life however, none who have the verbal grace that you provide. Again, I wish you well my beloved author Mr. Rothfuss.

  55. Freyr Terje Borg
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:02 PM | Permalink

    Heyo, long time lurker from Norway here! I just read the last two blog posts and it felt bad in an empathy sort of way. First and foremost that shirt was really cool, Felurian would be proud. Secondly (and beyond): No matter how much i enjoy these sprinkles of happiness from my fav author in the form of little blog posts of cool experiences. I do feel the need to reach out and say to you, and anyone that reads this that its okay to be a fucking dick, the world can take it.

    God how much I wanted to end the post there! What I mean is that when the world feels shitty, as it does sometimes, its okay to react to it in our own way. There is no need to force ourselves into thinking or acting positive. We get positive experiences which are interesting in their own right, giving rise to bubbly and fuzzy emotions that are nice to share. And we get negative experiences, widening our perspective, making us aware of the empty abyss which lurks beneath the surface of existance. I’m not sure wether its good to dwell too long on any experience, but they are all interesting when shone on with the right light. And you are so lucky that no matter what you say, a lot of people will take a moment of their day to see whatever you might shine your light on. I know for sure that I’d fucking love to read “Patrick Rothfuss – Skinny dipping in the shitabyss”, or “musings on self-destruction”, “A stroll through the valleys of shadow and death”, “An investigation of lost friendship, old age and the burden of responsibility, a place where the moon shines brightly with the hues of sadness”. Anyway, they are just experiences. Some invoke emotions, some don’t. Emotions are just experiences too. But there is no such thing as “just” you.

    TLDR: It’s okay to be a dick sometimes.

  56. Brock Foreman
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 8:37 PM | Permalink

    Heya Pat!

    I tried to post this on the last article, but the blog seems to be eating my comments. Not sure what’s up with that; maybe this one will go through?

    Anyway, just here to say that your words have sustained me through a rough couple of months. I wear my Fulcrum necklace every day, the way some people wear a cross. It’s a source of stability–something not just to cling to, but to stand on. It helps me to keep kilter, pushes me to be a fulcrum for others, and reminds me that broken does not preclude beautiful.

    It’s a small thing, but it matters tremendously to me. Thank you that, and for everything.

    All the best.

  57. Giacamo
    Posted August 20, 2018 at 10:40 PM | Permalink

    Pat – I’m trying to be better about finishing things lately

    Me – *shrieks in a mixture of ecstasy and anguish*

  58. Posted August 21, 2018 at 12:17 AM | Permalink

    Pat,

    Thank you for Bilbo-ing it up and being an example to those of us who also struggle every day.

  59. Terry Metzger
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 1:33 AM | Permalink

    I’m typically a lurker — I think I’ve made maybe one other comment here, about Mahler’s symphonies that you appreciated — but I’m going to comment again just to say that in addition to those that usually respond there are MANY more who read your blogs. We read because you are one of our sources of hope regarding our serially inept-at-long-term-thinking species.

    Change is coming, is possible, and is made materially more likely by groups led by you and other like-minded progressives. Speak out all the more loudly on the days you feel the most hopeless and we will respond and increase your hope.

    Are the odds longer than those faced by Kvoth? Those faced by Frodo? I think not. But we all need a little Samwise and if you aren’t he than we will be. I am inspired by your assistants, sending out the emails and cataloguing the horror of our times. Bless them!

  60. Antoine
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:35 AM | Permalink

    After your last blog I sat and read through the comments for a really long time. Occasionally the kindness of this community is just so inspiring. Just remember that this is a community that you created and cultivated. You’ve changed and enriched so many lives with only your words. When things are hard for you I hope you can remember that <3
    Also I'm so happy you're back!

  61. Domdib
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 3:49 AM | Permalink

    Amen and alleluia to your intention and action!

  62. Bastian
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 5:47 AM | Permalink

    To me miniblogs sound awesome!! Over the last weeks, months I had to fall back on your Tweets. Which are nice, but do not spark the same amount of excitment as your blog posts ;D

    No matter the format, it is always really nice to hear from you!

    All the love from Germany!

  63. Mike
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:02 AM | Permalink

    Will there be new editions?

    The prices (up to $100) are ridiculous.

    I would like to give some away to my friends, but the prices are coined by greedy speculations of non-fans.

    • Posted August 21, 2018 at 11:40 AM | Permalink

      Link to better options added to the blog.

  64. Linda Hart
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:14 AM | Permalink

    Dear Pat,
    I just finished reading Auri’s story for the spend time.

    It’s just beautiful.

    So glad it didn’t end up in the trunk.

    Sincerely,
    Linda

    PS I’m a new reader of your work, upon recommendation from my daughter. Bravo!!
    PPS Yes I read the other books first.

    • Linda Hart
      Posted August 23, 2018 at 9:03 AM | Permalink

      Dang spell check (& poor proofreader aka me). Second time! Not ‘spend.’ Embarrassing to post to a writer & let an error like that slip by!I
      😕
      Linda

  65. Under Whel
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 8:21 AM | Permalink

    For all those that posted on your last blog, there are thousands that remained silent. Those who felt powerless to help, or started to type something and felt it wasn’t worth the time of the great writer we think you are.

    So for those people, don’t worry guys! I’ll take the fall and write something utterly underwhelming : “Hey Pat, hang in there buddy!”

  66. Poul
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    That cosplay of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle is the most adorable thing

  67. Erik
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 11:03 AM | Permalink

    Lovely cosplay and the teddy is really well done

  68. Luis
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 12:56 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,

    Thank you for being present.

    Thank you for writing.

    It is a small spark.

    We can work with that.

    • Colleen L
      Posted August 22, 2018 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

      Yeah :)

  69. katharine alexander
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:35 PM | Permalink

    my mom died almosy 7 years ago. it was bad. brain cancer that when discovered killed her in less than 4 months. and taking care of her and dealing with her estate left me hollow and heavy and walking sideways to the world for a long time. im a painter and couldnt paint. i would ready books and remember nothing. i felt old and used up. what im saying is, if this is how you feel its just as important as the highs and the joyous times. you should share.

  70. Jess M
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:37 PM | Permalink

    From a recovering perfectionist, thank you for the example of practicing kindness towards yourself, reaching out, and letting starting a small thing again be enough. I admire you greatly, Pat. Your words in story and on this blog have brought me hope many times.

    • Jess M
      Posted August 21, 2018 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

      Also, very excited to introduce my four-year-old daughter to the Princess & Mr. Whiffle! When I met you in Austin at Book People she was just a name and a dream.

  71. Anna
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 8:20 PM | Permalink

    Love your blog.
    Any chance for digital versions of the Princess and Mr. Wiffle books in future?

  72. Steven Huynh
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 9:32 PM | Permalink

    Hi guys,

    My first blog comment here! I have been lurking for years.

    To Patrick, I hope that the passage of time helps to ease your feelings. I hope you find your renewed effort as encouraging as I do. Small obligatory suck up :). My interest to continue reading, as an adult, outside of textbooks, academic literature, and news headlines was dead. Until I happened upon your books on a chance recommendation. I felt magic, and I’ve continued searching since. Thank you.

    To the community, Patrick’s last two blog posts have got me thinking. Feeling lonely can be the hardest feeling to fix. Despite a loving and understanding family and a more-or-less disaster-free life, it is common for people to feel disconnected! This occurs with no justification or rationalization! Sometimes, this is a result of a person whose values or thoughts run counter to society and they do not wish to conform. Other times, the person becomes lost in the search for meaning on the path of life. Sometimes, a person feels lonely because they have lost a connection with someone who was very, very close. As we might have seen Patrick, loneliness tends to breed isolation and this feeling and state will mutually sustain each other for awhile. The passage of time can help resolve this. Connecting with others can accelerate change. Patrick, if you’re reading this, keep posting! I’ll be reading from Canada! If another blog reader catches this comment, please do your best to connect with Patrick! The most helpful might be to connect with mentors, or others who have experienced a similar state of being. At your age, Patrick, it may feel odd to look for a mentor to reach out to. I still highly recommend it. Mentors don’t have to be judged by age either! Their experience and what they made of it is more important!

  73. Emma Wright
    Posted August 21, 2018 at 9:54 PM | Permalink

    I think all the comments on here and the last blog are a testament to how many lives you’ve touched Pat. You don’t even realise that you already supersede our level of awesome tenfold.

  74. Louis H
    Posted August 22, 2018 at 5:39 AM | Permalink

    Great to hear you just being you Pat. Take your time to write whatever you like (or not) – you’ve already made the world a better place with your incredible books – KKC has crossed the oceans as far as New Zealand. Sometimes I imagine bumping into you on holiday here (seemingly incognito) and then agonising over whether or not to disturb your private time to tell you how awesome I think your work is…!

  75. Robert gladwin
    Posted August 22, 2018 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    I’m glad your fans are being so kind. I imagine the fans you get are often a reflection of the work and creator. Hopefully that’s a warm thought.

  76. Kang
    Posted August 22, 2018 at 2:03 PM | Permalink

    I loved The Princess and Mr. Wiffle so much, I bought a second copy from Worldbuilders to gift to my brother last Christmas. He is definitely going to be reading it to his daughter when he decides she is old enough to handle it.

  77. Nathan Mack
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 1:58 AM | Permalink

    Just hearing from you is a real treat Pat; it doesn’t matter the content. I look forward to any and all future blogs. Keep up the great work!

  78. Amanda Lescelius
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 6:50 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for all you do Pat. The world is a better place to have a thoughtful author. It’s a rare thing to have an author who thinks about what he/she is putting into the world via his/her writing. And I thank you for that.
    Any size blog from you is a real treat so try to be less strict on yourself. Remember we love you.
    Lots of hugs.

  79. Daniel Harjuniemi
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:30 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat! though I don’t always agree with your views on the world and how things should be done, I adore you as a person still and pop in here from time to time.. (Even though I sometimes get annoyed about a few things to say during panels nowadays I feel that it’s important to look past these things in todays climate and see who behind them).

    With all that said, I’m extremely happy you’re doing some blogging again, I always giggle abit when you post blogs such as these.

    Thank you for all your hard work,
    Daniel

  80. eric
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    Hurray for the return of blogs!

    Besides there’s a serious precedent for this: See, I just picked up Tale of Two Cities (haven’t touched it since high school, 20+ years ago) and exclaimed to my wife “Wow, Dickens is snarky .” Her reply: “Yeah, he was basically the blogger of his day, right?” [citation needed]

    So blogging as an outlet for your frustrations at the world? Worked for Dickens! [seriously, this is based on our collective 22-year-old memory of sophomore English, and is presented with massive apologies to any actual literary history people in the crowd…]

    Keep on keepin’ on!

  81. Jan
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for a good blog post.

  82. Rojet
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 10:37 AM | Permalink

    Both my parents died over the past couple of years. I don’t feel all that upbeat myself. Thanks for blogging.

  83. not Chad
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 1:40 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, first off I want to say you are amazing and a beautiful person. I was never a reader growing up but by the time I graduated high school I had discovered the fantasy genre and began reading quite a bit. I have a pretty good memory and pay close attention to what I read so often don’t read books more than once but I enjoyed The Kingkiller Chronicle so much I’ve read it several times and love it more and more with every read.
    My name is not Chad and I am an aspiring writer who is probably spending way too much time on world building and put very little into actual book content. (I know, I need to redirect my priorities.) You may have done this before but it might be fun to write a blog/read about a little bit of the kind of things you think about when world building. I talk at my wife about that stuff all the time and I can see her eyes start to glaze over but she is wonderful for listening and I know I love talking about it even if no one is listening. At the same time with over 300 unfinished blogs and everything else that life throws your way I’m sure you are pretty full up on things to do.

  84. Little My
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:48 PM | Permalink

    I am a long-time fan and blog reader. Every blog is a gift. As with other gifts that come my way, I feel grateful and not entitled. It’s wonderful to see your thoughts up here again. Thank you, and sorry you have been feeling crummy.

  85. Posted August 24, 2018 at 4:29 AM | Permalink

    You’ll find this a little endearing, I hope:

    On the last blog post, I kept trying to write a message of support while falling in and out of an exhausted sleep. The result was me going on and on about something that was totally unrelated to the actual blog post, desperately altering to give you my support. Compete incompetence mixed with a real desire to be supportive. I could’ve just done it in the morning, but no.

  86. Marthin
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 4:44 AM | Permalink

    Thanks this for a blog about nothing.
    Nice photo of the t-shirt.
    Next time you want to avoid being “little blushy and flustered” when taking a photo of a really nice looking fan girl with an cool shirt.
    Than you can ask if she can lie the shirt on a table or something so that it is flat and then you want be flustered when looking at the shirt:-D

    You may get a good story out of explaining it to the wife also:-)

  87. Smbd Gls
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 7:35 AM | Permalink

    I’m happy readding you. I hope you find joy writting these blogs again. Bests.

  88. Smbd Gls
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    I’m happy readding you. I hope you find joy writting these blogs again.
    My bests.

  89. A fan
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 8:03 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    I know you’re super busy with multiple different projects, but I was wondering if you could write a quick birthday message to my friend. He is a huge fan of your books and has read The Name of the Wind multiple times (it’s his favorite book ever!) It doesn’t have to be super long and grammar mistakes are totally a-ok.

    If you need some ideas, here’s a little information:

    1. He has been unable to make a Facebook account since it registers his name (Python) as a nickname. This has led him to harbor a secret grudge against Mark Zuckerberg.
    2. His other hobbies include eating healthy food, refusing to eat unhealthy food, jogging super late at night (he says fear helps him run faster), studying for all of his 200000 AP classes (currently taking Multivariable Calculus, among others),
    3. He is really into writing and wants to major in Creative Writing.
    4. He is a talented musician and has won multiple piano competitions.

    Thank you so much for all of your help!

    • A fan
      Posted August 24, 2018 at 8:17 AM | Permalink

      P.S. if you are too busy to write it, that is completely fine and I totally understand! I hope you are doing well!

  90. Mark C
    Posted August 24, 2018 at 9:15 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!

    This has been reiterated throughout the comment section, but I am excited just to hear from you. But more importantly to me, I am excited to hear from you outside of the Twitter-verse. I have found that, although Twitter has its merits, it is ultimately a “shock space.” From the good news to the bad news, it seems to me the only things that shine in shared spaces like Twitter are the things that evoke intense emotional responses. Because of this, all we see of ourselves, and of others, are the polarizing extremes of personality, and although the extremes are fun, it’s the grey areas that individualize and make a person interesting. Anyone can be extreme. It takes individuality to be subtle. You show a firm grasp of this in your writing, and to me it’s one of the truly enjoyable elements of your characters. The hidden unknowns, the silence within the silence, etc.

    I’ve found that when you blog, it better reveals the interesting grey areas of you, one of my favorite authors. From philanthropy, to nerdgasm worthy artwork and side projects, it’s nice to live in a time where the reader can legitimately CARE about the author of the stories many of us use to escape. It provides me with those chunks of knowledge and insight that keep me following you and keep me interested. It removes the “write monkey write” extreme mentality and adds humanity to the name Patrick Rothfuss.

    I know that sometimes it’s hard to share, and sometimes we all need reminders that there are people out there who love you, so I want to thank you for sharing and remind you of this wonderful community, that you built, that truly does love you.

    PS. I’m not sure if you’ll see this, but I hope my writing makes sense. There is an odd sense of anxiety that goes along with writing something to such a well written author.

  91. Joy
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 12:44 AM | Permalink

    It’s good to hear from this blog again. I personally hope to hear about some of the fun you’ve been having with the McElroy brothers! Seeing our Pat pop up in their content is always a delight.

  92. john k
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 2:51 AM | Permalink

    I don’t think some people really read between the lines inside your books. there are subtle, deep meaning/messages and lessons hidden if you look for them.

    I read or heard somewhere you said something about contributing to the collecting consciousness of the world? well if thats true then i salute you and love you more than ever as these books are a motherf*ckin haven for me.

    too often i lie in bed, bike to work, sit and play games and just listen to the wise mans fear audio book narrated by pohdel<<(right spelling?) God that mans a genius as much as you yourself are in my eyes.
    the characters he's able to portray just makes it the most intriguing story ever, my 100% favourite.

    I love NOTW just as much but with TWMF it just got a million times better, whenever my lifes going to sh*t it's a place i can dream and imagine, laugh and be sad for the characters.
    To me they've become a little part of my life as i'm sure they are for you.
    I've brought the two books, excluding auri's book. and i'm glad i audiobooked them first as pohdel gave the absolute best character expressions i could ever ask for.

    i sincerely thank you (not that it matters i guess) for these diamonds i can grab and horde to myself and look at when i please. they are things that i cherish in my short, perhaps sometimes meaningless life.
    it makes me happy to know that no matter what i go through i've got the dream team, you, pohdel,kvothe auri ELODIN :) the whole cast of people i love to stay with me along this journey of life.

    i know it's ONLY a book, its ONLY a story. but it means everything in the world for me.
    thankyou.

    (oh btw) please have pohdel narrate the third book when it comes out, i'll buy it and convert it to 144p quality like i listened to the last 2 books on youtube, gives it that good "old" quality.
    and please don't read comments or listen to most people's opinion without a pinch of salt.
    they only say these mean things out of love, i've gone through the mean phase before, just because i love the books and your stories so much, people say and do silly things out of love as we all know, i don't know you personally but sorry to hear about your parents, i hope your doing okay and thankyou.

    yours sincerely. emotional dude sir-mc lovin- badass mofo. BYE:)!

    • john k
      Posted August 25, 2018 at 2:57 AM | Permalink

      Oh btw im sorry about the way i typed my message,

      reading it back now i realize it’s bloody hard to understand.

      i think i just write in a confusing way.

      i would be the worst writer ever, my editor would want to kill me haha!!

  93. Ren Okazaki
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 8:22 AM | Permalink

    The chances are slim that this will be read by Patrick, but it doesn’t matter. As long as these words float around somewhere in the ether, where our attention is too often misdirected, that is good enough.
    The Name Of The Wind is a beautiful book. And too often, I feel that it’s readership neglects to see that not only is it a beautiful book, it’s a beautiful, standalone book. It’s a gift.
    We are not under a contract with an author for him or her to supply us with anything to keep us entertained. Authors are not gladiators. They may be geniuses, but they certainly are not warriors who are forced to put their well-being on the line to satisfy our own desires.
    References to book 3, from now on, should be met with gentle laughter, the equivalent of a soft pat on the back that says, “There, there. You will be fine. We all will be.”
    Now go outside and find your own adventure.

  94. Hippie Litch
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 4:50 PM | Permalink

    As always, you do you, Pat!
    Also, I thought that maybe you would appreciate this short Youtube video about handling success.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xuEmR2-MbU

  95. Jon Nickell
    Posted August 25, 2018 at 9:16 PM | Permalink

    I just finished A Wise Man’s Fear…….oh my goodness. I’m left filled and satiated, but I’m empty emotionally. I’m hungry for more. I’m starting to read it again a second time through. Do you have any recommendations for other works? I’ve read the Wheel of Time and have started Brandon Sanderson’s A Way of Kings.

    • AR
      Posted August 26, 2018 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

      Just go to Pats Goodreads account, you’ll find everything you’re looking for : )

  96. Sandhya Harris
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 1:00 AM | Permalink

    Glad you feel well enough to blog at all. Your wit is missed, but we all want you healthy.

  97. Cissus
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

    Thank you for all you do :)

  98. Meg
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 6:54 AM | Permalink

    Keep doing you Pat! You are awesome and we love your work! Good things take time ☺️

    P.S. You seriously got to ride a carousel with Neil Gaiman!? Those are like two of my favourite things combined, mind blown, so jealous. #yourlifeisawesome

  99. Larry Lindeman
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

    Pat, I have been checking in hoping to hear from you since April. I never wrote, as that’s not my thing, and I also thought whatever I said would be heard by you as, “Write More!,” which is NOT what I would be saying.

    After reading the last two blogs, I decided to say:
    1) I missed hearing from you, but assumed that you are working on a dozen projects (some I am aware of) and I will be very excited if any of them bear fruit, so am waiting patiently.
    2) I am aware of your bouts of depression and assumed that may play a part of the absence. Take all the time you need to recharge and live your life. Don’t give in to doubts or “pressure” from fans (real or imagined.) What you have given is more than you need to. Anything else is gravy.
    3) “Real Life” – Home and Family, trumps everything else. See part 2) :)
    I am happy to see you post. As a “Friend” reading your blog, a partial thought is interesting enough. Don’t make it work by needing to perfect it. I like your idea of “exercising” part of your brain by writing what you think of as short, innocuous blogs. Practicing that skill may help train your brain to let go a little.

    Take care and we will see you when we see you.

  100. Viv
    Posted August 26, 2018 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    Oh, another blog so soon? And not just a blog, but a bear and a blush as well? What a nice surprise!
    I hope you don’t feel bad if you don’t get around to writing on the blog a lot. We understand and we don’t expect a blog every few weeks, just like we don’t expect a book until you’re happy to send it out to the world :). I hope you can use your time for the most important things first, and I think (and hope!) That the blog is not all the way up that list!
    Have a good weekend, everyone :)

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