Thriving in Winter (And Looking for a Colorist)

So here we are. February.

In my head, it seems like 2018 has barely ended, but at the same time I know objectively that it’s been months since I updated the blog…

Despite the radio silence, things are actually going pretty well here in rothtown. Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know that things have been a little emotionally rocky for me the last little… forever. But in this case, the quiet was a signal of things getting better, not getting worse.

Generally speaking, things have gone from this…

To this…

If you don’t live in Wisconsin, this might be hard to interpret. But let me reassure you, it’s a vast improvement.

One of the things I’ve been doing is getting my literal and figurative house in order so that I can go back to getting more creative work done. I know this might come as a surprise to a lot of you, but I have a couple ongoing projects that I’d *really* like to finish before the heat death of the universe.

One of those projects is a graphic novel I’ve been working on with Nate Taylor for years and years. He’s such a delight to work with, and every time we collaborate, the result is something so much better than I initially hoped for.

So we’ve been going back and forth on this project for ages, and now that I’ve got more comic experience under my belt, we’ve decided to finally get it done. And since we want to do a couple kinda crazy things with it, we’ve decided to keep the creative control all to ourselves and do it as a kickstarter project. (At some point later this year.)

But here’s the thing: We need a colorist.

So I’m sending up the signal flare here. If you’re a colorist, or if you know someone who you think would like to throw in with us to make something beautiful… here’s what we’re looking for.

*Ahem.*

Elodin Enterprises is a Stevens Point-based company that works with the intellectual property, licensing, and merchandising for the author Patrick Rothfuss. We are looking for an accomplished colorist for an upcoming graphic novel.

(Does that sound super official or what?)

Our ideal candidate is an experienced individual who is self-motivated and committed to clear and frequent communication with the author and artist. The project is already in development, and applicants should be available to start as soon as mid-March and commit to the project through completion.

Relevant experience and skills include:

  • Online Portfolio
  • One or two examples of finished projects
  • Good communicator
  • Video conference capable
  • Availability for a full-time commitment
  • Work quickly, and produce consistently (like 7-10 pages/week)
  • Able to work independently
  • At least 3 solid work references

This work can be done remotely. Pay will be commensurate with experience. Relevant experience is required, as is computer experience.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and online portfolio to jobs@patrothfuss.com. No calls, please. We will be in contact after the Application Deadline of March 18th, 2019.

Elodin Enterprises is an equal opportunity employer.

(End official pitch.)

So… yeah. Drop us a line if you’d like to come and make something beautiful.

For the rest of you, I’m so excited to show you all the various delightful things I plan on finishing soon.

See y’all soon. Be good to each other.

pat

P.S. Be cool in the comments, okay?

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178 Comments

  1. J K
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 9:58 PM | Permalink

    A good colorist never dies.

    They just fade to greyscale.

    • J K
      Posted February 26, 2019 at 9:58 PM | Permalink

      I’m sorry.

    • Bregman Kate
      Posted March 4, 2019 at 12:52 PM | Permalink

      I’m so sorry things have been rough! I suffer with depression & anxiety disorder as well as a few other chronic conditions, so when I hear that folks have been having a rough time, my heart responds!
      Now, to answer your request for a colorist, although I am not, I have colored my own hair. It’s purple & turquoise!
      I realize you might actually read this, so I shall add that I read ensorceled on a contemplative retreat last year & was completely ensorcelled! Auri is dancing in my heart.

      • Bregman Kate
        Posted March 4, 2019 at 12:54 PM | Permalink

        Oops! Correction to previous comment.
        I’m so sorry things have been rough! I suffer with depression & anxiety disorder as well as a few other chronic conditions, so when I hear that folks have been having a rough time, my heart responds!
        Now, to answer your request for a colorist, although I am not, I have colored my own hair. It’s purple & turquoise!
        I realize you might actually read this, so I shall add that I read The Slow Regard of Silent Things on a contemplative retreat last year & was completely ensorcelled! Auri is dancing in my heart.

    • Peter May
      Posted March 5, 2019 at 6:52 AM | Permalink

      So sorry to hear things have been rough for you Patrick. Spring’s not far away for you northern hemisphere guys and that always makes things feel better Emotional stuff can be so painful but it always passes and life looks good again. Anyway just thinking of you and wishing you well.

    • Andrew Robertson
      Posted June 25, 2019 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

      Well, you ask for experience, …., well, ….. I have six kids, all with one wonderful wife, 25 years of marriage to that same person…. we are at each other’s throats constantly, yet I live… is that experience enough for the job? I hope so…

  2. Adam S
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 10:22 PM | Permalink

    Unfrozen quiet happier Pat is a wonderful thing!

  3. Matt K.
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 10:49 PM | Permalink

    I’m so happy to hear things are turning around for you. I look forward to seeing whatever you come up with next.!

    May all your stories be glad ones, and your roads be smooth and short. :D

  4. Sarah E
    Posted February 26, 2019 at 11:22 PM | Permalink

    So glad that your world is unfreezing! I haven’t checked the blog for months, and I feel like catching your post the day it went up is a sign of good luck for me :) Wishing you warm ears and a clean desk.

  5. N
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 1:37 AM | Permalink

    Will pay include royalties? This is the standard with DC and others, and it would be great to hear you’re doing the same!

    • Posted February 27, 2019 at 10:24 AM | Permalink

      We plan on paying far better than industry standard.

  6. saga
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 3:04 AM | Permalink

    “Elodin Enterprises is an equal opportunity employer.” <33

  7. Syn Leaf
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 4:08 AM | Permalink

    Good to hear from you again. I’m really happy that you’re getting better. You deserve that. As we say in french : Courage !
    I’ve been checking the blog a lot, since I don’t have social medias. Hope to see more from you !

    Also, Freezing Beard almost sounds like an rpg skill.

  8. LG
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 7:55 AM | Permalink

    Glad things are looking brighter!

  9. Posted February 27, 2019 at 8:43 AM | Permalink

    Glad to year that things are looking up! I hope that this year just continues upward, and projects get finished. I would love to do the same!

  10. James Weaver
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 8:53 AM | Permalink

    Always glad to hear from you Pat! Even better to know that the weather is improving!

  11. Posted February 27, 2019 at 9:14 AM | Permalink

    I’m not being a productive member of this conversational community, and because of this, I’m having my comment edited by a moderator in a mildly snarky way.

    • Posted February 27, 2019 at 9:54 AM | Permalink

      How about an update on your manners lmao like why is it so hard to be a decent fucking human being? It’s infuriating, goddam Spencer.

      • James Weaver
        Posted February 27, 2019 at 11:24 AM | Permalink

        Super glad to see these comments being moderated and having the nastiness removed!

        Awesome use of your super-powers Amanda!

        • Karim
          Posted February 27, 2019 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

          Amanda (of AmandaPandaComics fame—you should check her work out) isn’t the AmandaTheHerder you’re thinking of.

  12. Posted February 27, 2019 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    It’s always good to hear from you, Pat. I’m so glad that things are trending well for you. I don’t know any colorists, but I have no doubt some astonishing talent will present itself for review.

  13. Jamie
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 9:27 AM | Permalink

    I’m glad things have been looking up. Much like babies, I think books and projects know their own birthdays, regardless of what those of us on the outside might think they should be. Stay warm!

  14. Llee
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 10:15 AM | Permalink

    YAY Pat!

    Wooohoooo AMANDA!!!!!

  15. ced
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 10:37 AM | Permalink

    Awesomeness on all fronts!! I love the work you and Nate have done — there’s one drawing in particular of the Princess with Mr. Whiffle in one hand and a lantern in the other, standing at the entrance of a dark, looming cavern… I feel like it’s a picture of what I strive for going to work each day.

    Keep thriving!!!

    • Posted February 27, 2019 at 10:57 AM | Permalink

      I’m *so* excited to be working with him again…

  16. Serge
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 11:04 AM | Permalink

    Glad to hear things are getting better. :) Life can be super tough on a kind soul. I wish you the best, and can’t wait to see (read!?!?!?!) what you finish soon. ;) <3 thank you for all you have shared with us in your writing and other endeavors. Can't wait! (But will ;))

  17. Joe
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    I have a sad life, and I spend a lot of time being salty on the internet in an attempt to make myself feel better.

    (Comment edited for clarity by moderation team.)

    • Posted February 27, 2019 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

      Right, Joe. You’re SOOOO uninterested in further work from Pat that you can find no better way to occupy your time than imitating a feces-flinging monkey all over a comment section on his blog. Mmhmmm. Keep telling yourself that.

      • Joe
        Posted February 27, 2019 at 1:15 PM | Permalink

        Blah blah blah.

        (Comment edited for the sake of clarity and brevity and because it was mostly just trying to make people feel bad.)

        • Karim
          Posted February 27, 2019 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

          Right. The issue is that you came in to give grief to someone, deliberately, over a promise which a. was misunderstood (it was never “editing”), and b. clearly wasn’t going to come to fruition back in…2008. You’d think someone intelligent would have worked that out by now.

          What you gain from this—and it’s hardly as if he doesn’t know, hardly as if he doesn’t allude to it in this very blogpost—I cannot imagine, except that you’re that one person among many people eager for a book to step out of line and say, “I choose to bring up this topic and give you grief, because I am either entitled or cruel.”

          I was hoping my comment would be more cordial, although you made such cordiality unnecessary when your second comment showcased that you were, in fact, deliberately being hurtful and obtuse; there was no need for benefit of the doubt. And for what?

          It’s sad. I would like to say other things, but, unlike you, I have a modicum of self-restraint. Good luck. Grow up.

          • Karim
            Posted February 27, 2019 at 6:46 PM | Permalink

            Argh, now I regret being this rude. Yo, Joe, it’s just not nice. I hope your life in general isn’t so bad you vent in these unhealthy ways. Anyone from the mod team can feel free to trim my comment for insults/degradation.

          • RudeAllude
            Posted February 27, 2019 at 10:26 PM | Permalink

            “hardly as if he doesn’t allude to it in this very blogpost”

            I didn’t catch the allusion. I caught the illusion of an allusion – he’s getting “creative work done” and he’s trying to finish things, but his top priority is a graphic novel nobody knew about until now. How deeply he and you are offended by even the slightest direct reference to the Book That Shall Not Be Named suggest that he isn’t writing it, but this “allusion” suggests he wants us to think he’s writing it so we’ll buy his graphic novel and whatever else.

            And I’m sure this will likely be edited or deleted and I will be labeled a monster, but I do not think in a situation where an author’s fans are mocked and censored by said author for even the most innocuous questions about a long-unfinished trilogy they love, that it’s somehow the questioners who are not being “decent fucking human beings” in that scenario.

          • Karim
            Posted February 28, 2019 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

            @RudeAllude

            I won’t bother with your cynical re:the allusions/graphic novels. I will reaffirm that he has continually and frequently requested that we give that particular topic a rest. Even a wholly selfish person would realise that agitating him would only further the delay. But personally, I think this is a great opportunity to exercise your empathy.

  18. Tubusy
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 11:25 AM | Permalink

    Winter boyfriend, it is so great to hear you’re feeling more chipper. Send my love to spring boyfriend, and my hope he has a very happy and fecund season.

  19. Michael Mason
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    Blog post yay. Ive been less freezey too lately. You da coolest Pat. #alsoAutumn

  20. Trenton
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 2:27 PM | Permalink

    I just stumbled upon these blogs, looking forward to future updates.

  21. James Weaver
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 2:34 PM | Permalink

    Very off topic, but is there any chance we can get Pat’s impressions on Call to Adventure? Or are those impressions embargo’d until release?

    • Posted February 28, 2019 at 8:55 PM | Permalink

      It’s amazing and I love it.

      • James Weaver
        Posted March 1, 2019 at 7:53 AM | Permalink

        That is excellent to hear. I am hoping to try the base game in the coming weeks, and the Name of the wind expansion when it comes out.

        Finding that you, the author of the source material for the expansion, find the game amazing and worthy of love, makes me all the more excited to try this game.

  22. Letícia Farnesi
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 2:56 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat! Glad to hear from you!
    Here in Brazil it’s hot as Hell! Wish I could see the snow and feel what is like to be on a “real” winter.
    Oh well, one day, one day…!
    Lot’s of warm tea and cookies for you :)

  23. Aryanne T
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 3:15 PM | Permalink

    I love you Pat and you are my hero. My admiration is not contingent on your production of things that entertain me. Stay awesome.

  24. Grant
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    As a former Wisconian (or Wisconsinite as most would say), the difference between a warm wool hat and scarf and a wet hat with an admittedly rugged beard, is night and day. Unfortunately I still live in the north and are things that just can’t be done (like organizing the garage)

    The return of spring time warmth and (more importantly) daylight is one of the greatest natural remedies in life and I hope you are entering a season of peace and productivity.

    Best of luck with the graphic novel. I’m looking forward to it.

  25. Jake
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    So excited to see what comes next! Your artistic work inspires me to keep pursuing my own creative endeavors!

  26. Russ
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 4:55 PM | Permalink

    I am *so* excited to see another Nate Taylor colab on the horizon.

    Last week my girls (9, 11), for bedtime stories, wanted me to re-read our Princess and Mr. Whiffle books. We’ve read them so much there’s no more mystery or surprise but they love the journey and they love the artwork.

    I wish you the best of luck with the project and with the new hire!

  27. Karim
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    THE hype is real. BOY, and WHO among my friends doesn’t know it, but I’ve LOVED your books all my life. THE secret project you’re concocting with Nate Taylor should will have me over the MOON once I read it.

    In all seriousness, though, you did announce this project (sans banners and confetti) a while ago, and I’m excited to see it adapted.

    • Posted February 28, 2019 at 8:54 PM | Permalink

      Heh. Yeah. I’ve talked about it here and there for a long time now… A lot of folks have already heard of it…

      • Ryan
        Posted March 28, 2019 at 3:00 PM | Permalink

        Super excited for this, but I’m super excited for anything Kingkiller Chronicle related! Can’t wait for the Call to Adventure expansion, this graphic novel, a movie, a show, anything and everything!

  28. Cagliostro
    Posted February 27, 2019 at 7:45 PM | Permalink

    you’re a cool dude, pat. thanks for this post… I’m not a colorist, but you’ve conveyed some real joy in the writing of this post that really does seem different mindset-wise. I can somewhat relate, so it makes it cool enough to see for me to comment upon while grinning. Be well, mate…

  29. Paulie
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 12:33 AM | Permalink

    Just admit that you aren’t going to finish Book 3. Or ask Sanderson or someone else to finish it. Go ahead and delete or edit this comment too. I won’t be offended.

    • Molly
      Posted February 28, 2019 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

      I’d rather wait for the third book until I died than read a version written by Sanderson.

      • Lynne Everett
        Posted February 28, 2019 at 4:23 PM | Permalink

        Oh yes… This.

      • Eric
        Posted March 2, 2019 at 1:55 PM | Permalink

        C’mon. Sanderson’s a great writer as well. Let’s save the vitriol for the real crap writers like Terry Goodkind.

        • Woles
          Posted March 7, 2019 at 10:50 AM | Permalink

          Whoa, lets slow down people. We need to focus on hating the terrible writers like J.R.R Tolkien. Fellowship of the ring could’ve ended with Tom Bombadil or skipped him. This is not up for debate.

      • Seyed
        Posted March 7, 2019 at 8:52 PM | Permalink

        He’s awesome but I feel like the WoT ending was long winded, way too much on Parrin maybe that was a bit favoritism. I used to feel the same way, and felt horrible for years not knowing the rest of Kvothes story, but I’d rather it be awesome than having it suffer from shortcuts being taken.

    • breckoz
      Posted March 3, 2019 at 4:27 AM | Permalink

      Sanderson is great but I would savor the irony if he left it to scott lynch or R.R. Martin.

    • heilen
      Posted March 6, 2019 at 10:07 AM | Permalink

      De verdad ya te leíste todos los libros de Brandon Sanderson? Si estás aburrido puedes ponerte en ello, además , no es por comparar, pero ….termino comparando.No tienen nada que ver los libros de Pat con los de Sanderson, si quieres leerte un libro interesante todos los días durante toda tu vida elige a sanderson, si quieres leerte algo que nunca en tu puñetera vida olvidarás, sigue esperando como el resto de nosotros.
      Ah, algo importante, la vida no es justa y quejarse no ayuda.

      Do you really read all the books of Brandon Sanderson? If you’re bored you can put yourself in it, besides, it’s not to compare, but … I end up comparing. Do not have anything to do Pat’s books with Sanderson’s , if you want to read an interesting book every day for your whole life, choose Sanderson, if you want to read something you never forget in your bloody life, keep waiting like the rest of us.
      Oh, something important, life is not fair and complaining about it does not help.

  30. Tom
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 2:40 AM | Permalink

    Hi there. Long time fan first time commentor here.

    Whenever i visit the blog or see that Pat has tweeted i still get excited in the hope that we will have book 3 news, be it an update on his editing, a release date etc, just something real and tangible about it.

    I understand that for him it must be frustrating to be constantly asked about it all of the time in varying degrees of passion from fans, especially if he doesn’t have anything really “new” to say but just has to rehash old comments.I also understand that for him to just sit down and “write” isn’t his creative process.

    We as fans arguably have no right to demand him to finish the third book. Its his creation to do with as he pleases. That being said, to seemingly stop progress on the book and focus on other creative works is a slap in the face of the fans who have supported him from the beginning.

    I love the work Pat has been doing, be it charity work or new creative works in different areas. But what it does feel like is that i am being blackmailed into backing these projects and Book 3 is being held hostage. He would have the support of the community just as much as if he had released book 3 7 years ago. The trilogy would have been complete and people would just be eager for more of what Pat is doing as opposed to wanting a conclusion to Kvothe’s tale. We have been tricked, just as Felurian was, into allowing him to escape.

    When/if the book is released i will be at the bookstore waiting to get my hands on a copy. Pat’s books are my favorite in my collection. I have read them more than any other series. The sad thing now is i dare not read them again and fill myself with hope for a third book and wait another ten years.

    People will hate this post. Some moderators may remove and that is their right if they so choose. But i ilike to think that aslong as we are civil i want to believe that Pat would encourage free flowing conversation.

    Pat, i love your works, i love world builders, i love your Rick & Morty stuff. You are one of the most talented fantasy writers in the world. You are doing amazing things. Just don’t forget who and what started it all.

    • Anna
      Posted February 28, 2019 at 3:38 AM | Permalink

      Many authors find they need to switch between projects to keep the creativity fresh. It doesn’t look like it to you, but this might be the best thing for his other project(s).

      I’m glad Pat is doing better, and working on projects he’s excited about. His emotional wellbeing is after all more important than a book.

    • Erik B
      Posted February 28, 2019 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

      Haha oh wow, the comparison to Felurian is actually hilariously accurate. I never thought of it that way.

      And who wouldn’t want to think of themselves as Felurian, at least just for a minute

      • Tom
        Posted February 28, 2019 at 10:04 AM | Permalink

        @Erik B i know right. Pats books are so well written and human that you can always find a section to represent a situation or feeling.

        @Anna. I did write a reply but it seems to have either been blocked or taken down. Which is a shame as it proves a point made in it

    • Raph
      Posted February 28, 2019 at 6:47 PM | Permalink

      Perfect post

    • Posted March 1, 2019 at 9:36 AM | Permalink

      Tom, have you ever thought to yourself that the only reason you’re frustrated that book 3 hasn’t come out is because you’re focusing on it so much instead of just putting it out of your mind completely and accepting the fact that it’ll come out when it comes out? I mean, you’re making yourself miserable with your expectations, and then taking them out on Pat because he’s not giving you what you want.

      He’s not your sugar daddy who’s supposed to make you happy. That’s your responsibility. Welcome to adulthood.

      Today’s expectations are tomorrow’s resentments. If you drop all expectations, you’ll stop having all these resentful feelings and then you won’t take them out on others like Pat.

      Encouragement is what drives a person, especially their creativity. Want book 3 quicker? Post something encouraging rather than taking out your self-caused resentment on the author.

      Even though you took great pains to sound understanding, you just came off as self-centered and arrogant. There are other books and other activities out there to keep your attention and entertain you until book 3 comes out.

      And keep something in mind: no matter how upset you feel, you really DON’T have to post about it online. We’d all be happier if you’d just keep that to yourself since it’s your problem rather than Pat’s or ours.

      • Bubbles
        Posted March 5, 2019 at 4:53 AM | Permalink

        Brian, same goes for you. This is internet and although I do not agree with some of Tom’s views, he is welcome to write whatever he wants, as long as he stays respectful. Between, your post came off a lot more harmful than his. You’re not exactly helping Pat in any way.

        PS: Good to hear you’re doing better Pat!

      • Seyed
        Posted March 7, 2019 at 8:59 PM | Permalink

        Brian, Tom’s post is accurate and actually refreshing to lot of us in the same boat, I’ve made my peace about expectations of when book 3 will come out, but reading his sentiment and sharing his pain and frustration is what’s blogs are all about, censor that and you might as well live in China…

    • JezDynamite
      Posted March 1, 2019 at 2:53 PM | Permalink

      Hi Tom,
      Even though this isn’t my blog, I’d like to say: thanks for your first posting. Your post sounded very honest and respectful, and I’m sure a bunch of folk feel similar to you but find it hard to put it into words like you can.
      I look forward to reading more posts from you in the future on other topics.

      Pat – congratulations on your new project. I hope it goes great. You and Nat do really great work together. What a team.

      • JezDynamite
        Posted March 1, 2019 at 2:55 PM | Permalink

        Sorry, Nate, not Nat (darn this auto correct)

      • Thomas Robson
        Posted March 22, 2019 at 7:59 AM | Permalink

        Hi @JezDynamite

        Thank you for your comment. It was nice to get some good feedback for my first ever post. I hope i was able to be a voice for people that may have struggled finding a way to articulate how they are feeling. I’ve spent so much time reading Pats books i must have picked up some of his talent

        • Paul Johnson
          Posted March 27, 2019 at 2:34 AM | Permalink

          Thank you Tom, loved that Felurian reference. As someone going through the same process as you, your comment helped me a lot, much like therapy. Thank you.

    • Paul Cole
      Posted March 9, 2019 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

      Look, we are all eager to read book 3. But I’m sorry, I don’t care if you’ve been there from the beginning, or how much you love the books or how desperate you are to read more of the series, Writing is firstly for the author, it is a creative outpouring of the soul. And secondly for the reader. SECONDLY!

      If it were not this way, as evidenced by other roughshod, crowdpleasing authors whom shall remain nameless, then the love and passion for the work would not be there and, as a result, you would end up being shortchanged in length, quality and the type of minute detail we all love in the series so far.

      Writing is an unstable process, it is not for anybody to tell another how or when to tackle the beast. When your beast is a Draccus-sized success and you are faced with ending it in such a way that both yourself and your wildly avid readers will be happy with, with all loose ends tied up neatly, I imagine that your perfectionist nature multiplies a thousandfold.

      I would much rather wait, or die without reading the conclusion to the Kingkiller Chronicle, that read a slapdash version that Pat is not happy with himself and has only written to appease the whingers. I want him working on it when he knows exactly what he’s going to do with it and is loving writing about Kvothe, Denna team al again because he knows that he’s nailed it and it excites him, because when that happens we will get an amazing book that we all love.

      So I wish people would give him a break and let him explore other things in his life all he likes, he is allowed a life away from your own personal wants. Have some patience and you will be rewarded, moan and you just turn it into a stressful situation for Pat and you probably extend your wait.

      Good luck with your ventures Pat, thanks for the joy thus far and much love dude! ✊🏻

      • Mark
        Posted May 2, 2019 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

        I’m with Tom on this one, and I think you and others like you have been spouting your strongly held opinions as fact, with very little room for discussion, in what I see as bully-like behaviour. I’ve gone down these blog comment sections and seen dozens of people like Tom who share his (very respectfully put) opinion – and I’ve seen many who have been censored or attacked for deigning to share their thoughts. I don’t like this.

        Your opinion seems to be that writing is primarily meant to serve the author, and while I may agree with you in the case of an unpublished writer, I think we have to understand that this is Pat’s job. It’s no hobby – he has taken money from us with the (explicit or not) promise of finishing the trilogy. Releasing two parts of a three part novel series is what gave Pat both fame and fortune – it is what has allowed him to to explore all the avenues he has had the fortune to have access to this last decade. I don’t think it is unreasonable to take his welshing on this promise as a sign of ingratitude or otherwise, and equally I don’t think that people should be silenced for pointing this out, or at least expressing their sadness and frustration if it said without throwing insults.

        I only check his blog once or twice a year now for hope that my favourite trilogy might have an end, but I’d be lying if I said I cared like I used to. The wait and the lack of communication has soured this for thousands of people. The lost potential is staggering, and while I will read Book 3 if it does come out, I know for sure that I’ll never buy anything else he creates, as that trust between creator and customer is gone forever.

        All that is left on these blogs are the bitter, the curious, and the sycophantic.

        The rest of the Rothfuss fans have left. Many will never come back.

    • Ben
      Posted March 10, 2019 at 5:30 AM | Permalink

      The man wrote it in his first book.

      “When you wait a few span or month to hear a finished song, the anticipation adds savor. But after a year excitement begins to sour.” -Kvothe, The Name of the Wind, Ch. 12

    • mo
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 4:07 PM | Permalink

      So well said and all with good intent. I feel the same way and every few months when I’m able to be distracted from DOS possible news I peak online to see if anything new has been shared. As someone who also battles with mental health I total get not being in the right head space. Hope all is well with Pat and that the spring brings inspiration and lots of writing!

  31. Erik B
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 6:33 AM | Permalink

    We all very much look forward to the various delightful things you’ll be finishing soon.

    Glad you’re doing well, have a great day!

  32. Pablo
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 6:40 AM | Permalink

    Come to the Netherlands… let’s play some D&D.

  33. Enrique
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

    Good To hear that all is going well, but any news about the 3 book ?
    It has been 8 years since the previous one…..

  34. Ryan
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    Sheesh, after reading the comments I think you may have needed to bold the PS…

    Love your work, love your books, love watching you play D&D. Keep doing whatever makes you happy.

    • Karim
      Posted February 28, 2019 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

      I’m with you, and have nothing good to say about them. Some people (like Enrique) just seem genuinely curious and unaware that this is a no-no, but others are need a good, long hard look at themselves.

      • Posted February 28, 2019 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

        Yup. That’s why Enrique’s comment gets to stay, and the rest are getting trimmed.

        • Nate Jarrard
          Posted March 1, 2019 at 6:29 AM | Permalink

          So, you’re going to block comments with legitimate questions because you dont like it? Why is it a no-no to ask an honest question about a product that you’ve yet to deliver? Do you just want people to happily ignore the fact that you’re not producing? Cartman-ass mofo. You oughtta hire Butters to help sort through all of your negative internet feedback to protect your ego.

          • Kayser Soze
            Posted March 1, 2019 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

            I typically don’t comment on many things, but @Nate Jarrad your comment has prompted me to.

            First and foremost, Pat doesn’t owe you or anyone else anything – get over yourself. Just because you’ve purchased and enjoyed some of his work in the past does not mean you get to demand what you want from someone. It is a selfish attitude and all too prevalent in society.

            Secondly, this is Pat’s forum for expression. If he doesn’t like what you or anyone else is writing, it is his prerogative to edit and/or remove those comments.

            Why don’t you start up your own little space on the internet where you can say whatever you want about whatever you wish, and nobody can tell you different? Until then, if you’re using other people’s private resources, be prepared to deal with their rules for doing so.

          • Bruce
            Posted March 2, 2019 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

            Nate,

            What baffles me is why you’re bothering to spend time on the blog of an author who writes books that you clearly don’t understand. Wouldn’t it make more sense to read books whose message engages you?

            “I am trying to wake your sleeping mind to the subtle language the world is whispering. I am trying to seduce you into understanding. I am trying to teach you.” He leaned forward until his face was almost touching mine. “Quit grabbing at my tits.”

          • kABUSE
            Posted March 2, 2019 at 5:52 PM | Permalink

            Nate,

            the point you are missing, Pat was referring to the language used in the comments. They are being trimmed down because they were written with bad intend, not because of the question. It baffles me how people like you are able to write hateful comments to somebody like Pat after enjoying his work and ending up on his blog. Let’s assume, book 3 is released, you head to the store, buy yourself a copy, which I am sure you will. What then? You simply start reading as if nothing happened? After you’ve thrown hate and bad influence at the author himself? Don’t you think that’s kind of twisted? I’d probably feel as if i’ve lost the right to get my hands on his works.

        • Nate Jarrard
          Posted March 4, 2019 at 2:46 PM | Permalink

          Bruce, these books hold no no value other than entertainment. I want to read the last one so that my desire to be entertained by this particular story is satisfied so that I may move on with my life.

          I understand the story. I understand that it is entertainment. Patrick Rothfuss offers very little advice through his writing that I find valuable. There is no great meaning to the fictional story of a pompous college professor with certain irritating sensitivities and an inability to complete his work.

          • Nate Jarrard
            Posted March 4, 2019 at 2:54 PM | Permalink

            Kabuse, I will not feel as if I’ve lost the right to read the book. If I pay for the book (which i won’t) i will have earned that right through payment. However, seeing as how I will be reading the book for free I should say that I still won’t feel bad about it because I literally don’t care. I want the end of a story. I don’t like Patrick, I don’t care about his success, his feelings, or his politics. I will read the book and be done with the man, never to attach myself to another of his stories again.

            Until the day comes that the boom is released, I will continue reminding Mr. Rothfuss that his book is incomplete. There are normal, everyday consumers out there that arent stuck so far up his ass that they happily trudge through endless bullshit conventions and posts about anything in the world except writing book 3. These people want product. I am one of them.

          • Rhotal Goat
            Posted March 4, 2019 at 6:24 PM | Permalink

            Why are you doing this? Why are you pouring time and energy into hurling negativity at a human person? Even if you sincerely feel somehow wronged, is your life any better for having done this? Does it undo any of the wrong you presumably feel? Even if it did, is there really no way you could make yourself feel better other than doing this?

            Your behavior is just…. not productive. This, among all things, is what you’re choosing to put out into the world.

            Why, Nate?
            Go make some art.
            Or find a good therapist {I mean this sincerely, not as an insult} and unpack why this all felt like a good idea to you.
            Go hug someone you love.
            Or send a letter

            Almost anything else would be a more productive use of your short time here than this.

            Just.
            Knock it off.
            You owe it to yourself as much as to the people you’re hurling this shit at.

          • christiaan lennaerts
            Posted March 18, 2019 at 3:58 AM | Permalink

            Nate,

            Honestly what’s up with you? I mean first of all you are saying you are going to read book3 without paying for it. That either means you are reviewer in which case you get paid for what you are doing so dont complain or you going to do piracy at which point take a better look at your own “illegal” activities.

            Then yes sure we can write some stuff about Pat which might not all be nice. I also think that when something is written from the start as a trilogy the author kind of make an inofficial contract with his reader to continue till the end of the story. Pat is taking a long time for the last part.

            However you cannot rush the creative parts, sure he can get some help on editing on timelines etc but the story needs its flow and “personal” issues are a real thing and anyone admitting needing time to deal with them should get your respect and if possible support.

            So ask you question like enrique above, but dont go being abusive and behaving like a spoiled little child. For god’s sake: “so that my desire to be entertained by this particular story is satisfied” how self entitled is this….

            Pat, yes we are all curious and eagerly awaiting anything relating to Book 3. But take the time you need to feel good and finish YOUR story as you want it.

          • A.S.P.
            Posted March 22, 2019 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

            Nate,
            You and other illegal downloaders are the reason the book is late, as it is being released only in Yllish story knot format to protect the intellectual property. If I were you I would start installing that USB port on your Jacquard loom now.

          • A.S.P.
            Posted March 22, 2019 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

            kidding aside, he could be talking about the library, which is a perfectly acceptable non-paying option.

            we would all do well to not forget about libraries.

  35. Posted February 28, 2019 at 12:02 PM | Permalink

    If you’ve ever considered giving that epic frosty beard a bit of a shaping, my husband Jonny of RideOrDyeStudio.com is just 30 minutes north in Wausau and specializes in beard grooming. The beard trim’s on us as a thank you for the countless hours on entertainment your amazing series has provided!

  36. Kent
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 1:21 PM | Permalink

    I used to be really into spy thrillers, and the authors of those series are very reliable. Every year, on about the same day of the same month, I could count on the latest novel in one of the 4 or 5 series I read religiously being published. And without fail, every one of these series became redundant and boring by book 3 or 4. I just wish I didn’t wait until book 8 or 9 to realize this.

    All the haters on here need to realize that if they keep begging Pat to finish book 3 just for the sake of finishing it, they’re just begging for crap. I’m pretty happy Pat cares about his work (and his fans) enough to take the time to do it right.

    • Molly
      Posted February 28, 2019 at 1:39 PM | Permalink

      Say it twice!

  37. Niklas
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat, I love your work! Just reading Slow Regard of Silent Things again which reminds me of a friend of mine. You’re doing a more than good work and I guess, most of the people who’re complaining about the state of #3 are not aware about the complexity of your works and about the amount of actual work which is necessary to keep the standard at this level.

    To all of you out there complaining and nagging, that there is no sign of book 3 again: Did you actually tried to write a book? Do really think, it is just like that, writing like 5 or 10 pages per day? I should work on my PhD in Medieval History and look at me, here I am! In the end I hope my thesis will be at least by around 300 pages. Maybe that would be a quarter or less of the amount that Pat did and will publish. For now, I am just satisfied with just ~25 pages which are the result of three years of work. But the thing is, my supervisor made it very clear, that there are two things that matter: First, my opinion about my own work. If I am not satisfied, it will be worthless. And second, the quality. He has high standards but then again, he knows that these high standards equal with a much longer working time. One could argue, that my work has much more effort in it because of research stuff and so on. And Pat, well, he just have to make up a story, right? But I know the opposite is true. As a historian I know too well that it is much harder to make up a good story than to collect, compare and analyze historical sources and literature. I understand it so much when Pat explains, that he isn’t (or wasn’t) really in the mood to write because of all the stuff that happens in life.
    Where does your demanding attitude come from? Get over it. Get empathy. And try to write books.

    But I really have to admit, I hate waiting for book three. I really do. But that’s just my problem. And not that of the author. But we can do it! The day will come, when I finish my thesis. And the day will come, when book three is getting finally released! And they will be glorious days!

    Best wishes from a fellow comrade in suffering to write a good book from Germany!

  38. Lance
    Posted February 28, 2019 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    I already have Jim Butcher graphic novels and now I get PATRICK ROTHFUSS GRAPHIC NOVELS!! Thank you, good sir. Be excellent.

  39. Chris Skimming
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 1:38 AM | Permalink

    To Mr Rothfuss and Family. I hope this comment still finds you well. Ian happy to hear that things are looking up and the light shines a little brighter for you as the days pass. News of another collaborative work is an unlooked for joy to hear about and I eagerly await its completion. My son(10) loves Princess and Mr Waffles! He will be stoked to hear more good stories will be discovered over the horizon. Please know we love and appreciate your generosity and the vulnerability of sharing even a little of your various trials and tribulations. It’s somewhat comforting to know authors you choose to read and join on their adventures are just people too. Please keep up the good work and most importantly I wish you and yours health happiness and the sass to face the world head on.

    PS I am so excited for the series and movies! Thank you so much.
    Always a fan from Canada

  40. David C
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 1:50 AM | Permalink

    Pat, you are a good human being, I’m so happy you’re world is thawing. Thank you for being a good human being.

  41. Gabor Szilagyi
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 5:44 AM | Permalink

    I have a 16-year-old son. Whenever he calls me I always know that he wants something. Usually money for a new gadget, to stay out late etc. Sometimes I pick up the phone and instead of saying hello I ask “How much?” ;) The only reason I can live with this is that I still remember him being a toddler and smiling every time I got home. Do I need to spell it out further?

    • Ron
      Posted March 4, 2019 at 3:48 PM | Permalink

      That was fricking awesome.

      Much love Gabor.

      I hope you got that one Pat.

      Much love to you too :)

  42. AnnaM
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 6:56 AM | Permalink

    I’m glad to hear things are looking up Patrick, wishing you and your family all the best!

  43. Jeremy G.
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 8:50 AM | Permalink

    Super excited to hear that things are looking better! Also, I have to say that I love that the comments are getting moderated. I’ve been visiting this little corner of the internet damn near everyday for the last 10+ years (damn that just made me feel old), and it always bums me out seeing entitled, negative comments. It’s one of the few places I actually read through the comments because the community is so awesome and uplifting!

    Loved the Rick & Morty comics! Best of luck finding a colorist for this new project!!

  44. Xerador
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    Awesome news :) glad to hear, that its getting better!
    Wish you all the best. I’m looking forward to your next projects!
    Greetings from austria (small country next to germany)

  45. Danilo
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 4:41 PM | Permalink

    Glad things are going well in your life! We will patiently wait as all good and lasting things take time. Reminder that Tolkien took 12 years to write the full story of LOTR. Best of luck this year!!

  46. Brock F.
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 5:31 PM | Permalink

    I should know better than to read the comments by now. The level of vitriol here is… astonishing. Every time, I scroll through for stories, secrets, and unexpected turns of phrase, but good God, y’all. Can we chill? A little? This isn’t an arena for public change. It’s an author’s blog. We’re free to express our opinions, and Pat and his moderators are free to contradict or remove our opinions. From what I’ve seen, the only comments that get taken down are outright mean. The ones that disagree without being hateful tend to stay up.

    We’re all here because we share a love of Pat’s books. Maybe, as we’re writing comments–on any subject; I’ve seen some unnecessarily inflammatory defenses of Pat as well as demands for book three–we can try to hold that fact in the forefront of our minds.

  47. Sarah
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 5:32 PM | Permalink

    Have a hug. May it melt your beard snowballs. (())

  48. Great and Powerful OZ
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 9:35 PM | Permalink

    First off I love the books and I agree with the above comments that authors owe us nothing each book is a gift that we are lucky to have. Gentlemen bastards and these books have taught me this.

    I do have a theory on why we haven’t gotten book 3 though. I suspect that the book won’t release until after the movie does to help drive book sells. Having an ongoing series while the movies come out sky rockets book sells Ex. Harry Potter, game of thrones, etc. While completed series definitely see a bump in sells anytime a movie comes out it’s not on the same scale as an ongoing series Ex. LOTR

    Could be wrong but I think Rothfuss is just be savvy and maximizing profits.

    • Richard
      Posted March 3, 2019 at 1:03 PM | Permalink

      $I must respectfully disagree with you that someone I pay owes me nothing. Also, a book i pay for is not a gift, it is a product.
      I do agree, however, that Pat is quite excited about becoming rich and famous. More so than giving us gifts or selling us books.

      • IrkedByNerds
        Posted March 5, 2019 at 6:46 PM | Permalink

        You paid for a book.

        You got a book.

        You haven’t paid for a different book.

        You didn’t get a different book.

        Beyond that, its all between you and your expectations.

        • Pelle
          Posted March 15, 2019 at 5:40 AM | Permalink

          He payed for 2 books advised to be part of a trilogy. Said trilogy is supposedly finished since 10 years back. Authors own words. (see link further down in comments)

    • Steve Bergmann
      Posted March 9, 2019 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

      Yes I agree, too many years just waiting for book three. I have read both books in the trilogy three times and I have bought both the ebook and hardcover versions. I will still buy the third book when it comes out as I am looking forward to the conclusion but very disappointed that we are still waiting.

  49. Nichole N
    Posted March 1, 2019 at 9:57 PM | Permalink

    Long time reader, first time commenter.

    Please, please, don’t be a badger.

    Writing is a lot like cooking; reading a lot like eating. Finding your favorite meal, one that has been prepared with love and attention to detail is an amazing experience, much like finding a favorite story. It’s normal, for people and for badgers, to want more of this wonderful meal, this fabulous story. But something very important to remember is the work that goes into the it.

    Finding ingredients, chopping vegetables, simmering flavor takes time. This time means the chef has to be in the hot kitchen, sweating. Their sous chef has to be there. Their saute person has to be there. They’ll sweat together, and work their hardest because they love to make wonderful meals. They may even work long into the night, while their families go to sleep, to bring you something amazing, something that you’ll experience in a wonderful way.

    Another important thing to remember, humble Badger, you’re an omnivore! This means that you can enjoy many things! You can eat almost anywhere! There’s a fast food place that is whipping out meals faster than you can say hamburger! You can eat there. No, it won’t be your favorite. No, it won’t be a fabulous story. This is because the great things take time.

    That chef and their team take time from other things to put time into the kitchen and that is really nice of them. Remember when Grandma Badger would made you your favorite snack and told you your favorite when you were sick? You wouldn’t spit at Grandma Badger, right? That wouldn’t be very nice. So, we wouldn’t want to spit on the chef that made us our favorite meal, right? We don’t want to do that because we like it more than the flash and dash hamburger. We don’t want to beat on the windows and pound on the doors of the restaurant shouting things either because that could be really distracting, even kind of rude, to the people working hard to make you something wonderful to eat.

    Fair Badger, embrace your omnivorous nature! Go forth and try new things! There’s so many talented chefs (and authors and game designers and cartoonists and puppeteers and mimes) out there! So many new meals to try! Heck, you could even throw on a badger-size apron and try out your hand at chopping vegetables and find out that you make a hell of dish!

    • JPinches
      Posted March 15, 2019 at 1:14 AM | Permalink

      I am a human and this has inspired me to be a better badger.

      • James Weaver
        Posted March 20, 2019 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

        That, and given me horrific visions of Gordon Ramsay as a fantasy author…

    • CasualObserver
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

      I absolutely love this. Respectfully, though, I would like to attempt to explain how fans that complain about not getting their favorite meal are feeling. Some, for sure, are just mean and cruel about how they address this and really care about nothing other than getting their perfect meal. There are some who do spit in the face of Grandma Badger.

      There are others of us, however, who respect Grandma and love Grandma, but are still upset in a fashion. You see, Grandma told us she’d be making us a meal a long time ago, but didn’t deliver. That was not the thing we’re upset about. We can understand that there are many factors to her cooking process that can go wrong and we’re very willing to see that for what it is. An accident. That’s just how life works sometimes.

      We just feel like we’re only asking for Grandma to give us the tiniest bit of insight into what went wrong. She starts by giving us vague answers and eventually just changes the subject whenever it gets brought up. It isn’t that we’re even upset about the lack of the book. It’s that we’re worried that she lost a critical sous chef in her process, but she won’t tell us that. Maybe she doesn’t think there’s another sous chef in the world that can do what her previous one could do, so she thinks it will be impossible to ever make our favorite meal again. That’s information we’d like to know and we see only weak reasons for why she wouldn’t tell us.

      We just want to be able to manage our expectations, but radio silence is the least helpful way to do so. Maybe Grandma gets anxiety everytime she thinks or talks about her sous chef or the meal, and that is understandable, but I would guess she’s most worried about the reaction from her customers. I would hazard a guess that if she were clear and honest about what’s going wrong in her process that she’d receive much less vitrol from many fans. People would be sad, and I’m sure there would still be hate, but those who are still kind would understand and move on with proper expectations.

      This is frustration about communication, not about the meal.

  50. Posted March 1, 2019 at 11:07 PM | Permalink

    idk, I feel like there’s a hidden message in this update… Something sounds suspicious.

    “Elodin Enterprises is a Stevens Point-based company that works with the intellectual property, licensing, and merchandising for the author Patrick Rothfuss. We are looking for an accomplished colorist for an upcoming graphic novel.

    (Does that sound super official or what?)”

    Glad to hear from you Pat! We all have our winter seasons.

  51. Pooponastick
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 12:10 AM | Permalink

    I love your blogs.

    I love your blogs.

    I love your blogs.

    I don’t know why I like them so much.

    But I love your blogs.

    Please read that in a childish sing song voice.

  52. Eric
    Posted March 2, 2019 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    So looking forward to your works of any kind, Pat. I hope the change in Worldbuilder’s ended up good for everyone involved. Let us know if the Neil Gaiman ARC tradition continues, please!

  53. Posted March 2, 2019 at 4:09 PM | Permalink

    I’ll keep waiting until the heat death of the universe if I have to.

    Thanks for your hard work Rothfuss and friends!

  54. Deb
    Posted March 3, 2019 at 6:32 AM | Permalink

    So good to hear you are doing well Pat…I was starting to wonder. So many are affected by SAD and we have had a super cold, dark, and snowy February here in WI.
    I think you have alluded to the end of book three as being the end of Kvothe’s story, and I picture it ending with Kvothe, Bast and Chronicler sitting in the Inn. With no resolution of what happens to Kvothe. Or better yet with a huge cliff hanger leaving everyone wondering what is coming and assuming the next book –or series, will not be coming very soon, so their questions will still not be answered! Whooo boy, are they gonna have their undies in a bundle if I have guessed correctly…lol. Either way, I hope you are able to be prepared for the media storm that is coming with the release of book three and I don’t think you’re going to have to do anything special to get readers this go-round! In fact I predict you are going to be asked to do major media/tv interviews and etc. and I hope you can truly enjoy the attention and the new platform. Glad you have some savvy friends that may be willing to support you and help you navigate, like Lin-Manuel Miranda as I think he seems very down to earth and kind. Hugs! – Debie

  55. Amy
    Posted March 3, 2019 at 7:56 AM | Permalink

    Good job taking care of yourself.

  56. Joshua Daniels
    Posted March 3, 2019 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    I Love your books and I love how much detail you put into them. You’ve inspired me in my writing and I’m glad your doing well.

  57. Solomon
    Posted March 3, 2019 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat,
    Excited for the graphic novel. Do you know the cost of the most limited edition of it, or a liberal guess maybe?

    Thanks!

  58. Beth T
    Posted March 4, 2019 at 7:25 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    I’m just happy to hear that things are going better for you emotionally. If that’s all that came out of the past weeks of radio silence, that would be enough for me :)

    You take your time, be happy, create things that make you happy, and spend time with the people you love, k?

  59. Fry
    Posted March 4, 2019 at 7:31 AM | Permalink

    Just wanted to say,

    Thank you for the continued updates on your goings on Pat. I am glad things are well and hope they continue to be so for you and your family. I also hope you keep updating your blog with your goings on, charity works, and projects, and don’t let the negative comments get to you. They are merely fans venting frustration hoping to get a rise. You are doing great things, so please do not stop!

    Stay warm up north there!

    -F

  60. Camille Chaustre McNally
    Posted March 4, 2019 at 2:50 PM | Permalink

    YAY! So glad to hear.

  61. David
    Posted March 4, 2019 at 11:32 PM | Permalink

    Love the Elodin Enterprises name.

    His character intrigues me… so much potential for a story of his own…

  62. Stephanie
    Posted March 5, 2019 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    The Art of Losing (by Elizabeth Bishop)

    Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
    of lost door keys, the hour badly spent
    The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

    Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
    places, and names, and where it was you meant
    to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

    I lost my mother’s watch. And look! My last, or
    next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
    The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

    I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
    some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
    I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

    – Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
    I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
    the art of losing’s not too hard to master
    though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

    — I read through the comment section, for once. And I was disappointed. A book is such a thing of beauty, of hope and joy…of discovery. I am grateful for every book I’ve had the privilege to read. And I doubt I’ll read the comments section again, as it seems our better nature (as readers AND as humans) eludes us far too often. Community of readers and writers, lovers and artists – let us be a safe haven for the beautiful things in life, please. Even for those things which look like a ‘disaster’ or are ‘lost’. I put the poem in my comment section because it reminds me of beauty within pain, in its honesty and imagination. Thank you, Patrick Rothfuss, for sharing parts of your heart with us. I cannot imagine that your stories come from anywhere else than your heart. And I’m so overjoyed to hear that you’re doing better now! Cheers!

  63. Michael
    Posted March 5, 2019 at 3:16 PM | Permalink

    The difference between the two pictures is easy. In the first one there’s no direct sunlight and it’s so cold your scarf has frozen and shattered and your beard is next. In the next the sun has returned and your new scarf (covering the remains of your frozen off beard) is not freezing.

  64. Once registered as RegistrationIsStupid
    Posted March 5, 2019 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

    You seriously need a pinned note, an overlay banner or something to catch all the notw3 discussion. This basically destroys every blog post. Better yet get someone to throw together some project roadmaps like Sanderson got on his page and consequently delete everything notw3 related including all answers and what-so-ever.
    Do not care for censorship, this is you blog. Your home is your castle, let the rules be known, and begone those who don’t like them.
    Other possible solution: just announce it dead and gone or released in 2099, take a month offline and let the shitstorm blow over, and then take it back up without any pressure whatsoever when you feel like it.
    — my 2 cents

    Good to hear you doing better. And seriously hoping this never ending notw3 sucker punching doesn’t throw you off your healing track again.

    Armin

  65. thomas
    Posted March 5, 2019 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    I refuse to invest further wth you, your charities or your merchandise until you stop messing around with other projects.

    The world didn’t end when you were blaming Donald Trump 2 years ago. Now you say you have personal issues. I’ll check back in 2 years for the next excuse.

    You’re welcome btw for me spending my hard earned money on hard copies of your half story. Enjoy spending it on all the important things you do.

    • Timo Tuokkola
      Posted March 5, 2019 at 5:43 PM | Permalink
    • Edy Kizaki
      Posted March 11, 2019 at 12:36 PM | Permalink

      Thomas, I want to respond as I strongly feel that … writing is not a commodity. It is a conversation, the book and you. Yes, the story is unfinished, but there is so much meaning in the first two that you could well keep your self amused, and possibly further enlightened, by rereading. You must have a lot to say since you seemingly loved the books… but this is not like a roofer that didn’t finish one’s roof. Writing is the most mystical thing, maybe equally with music… it is not command-able. The writer might have to kill the muse to write on demand… with this amazing level of writing I would never want that. He has to figure it out and having read the 1st 2 books, I feel he deserves our full support and respect for whatever way he chooses to, or feels he must, do so. Breathe, listen… listen more… settle deep into the stream of your own music and find the reverence and kindness that we all possess.

    • CasualObserver
      Posted March 20, 2019 at 10:19 AM | Permalink

      “I refuse to invest further with you”

      “I’ll check back in 2 years for the next excuse.”

      Sounds like an investment to me.

  66. Jeremy
    Posted March 5, 2019 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    So, I DO live in Wisconsin, and have experienced this wonderful winter with you. I apologize if it has been covered by another response, but I don’t have the time to sift through the now 110 responses to that post ahead of me.

    I am a bit confused as to how the 2nd picture is supposed to represent an improvement from the first. When I go out to shovel in the middle of a snowstorm and come back inside with my beard covered in snow and ice, I feel immensely alive, more than at most moments. It brings me joy. In the second picture you look like you are hiding desperately from the brutal cold as we had in late January. Which actually preceded all of the record snowfall in February. I would choose a snow storm and a frosty beard over the biting cold 100 times out of 100.

    Just felt the need to respond because you implied that being from Wisconsin might allow one to understand why the 2nd picture was an improvement from the first. I see it the other way around. Glad to hear things are getting better for you. Cheers.

  67. Madeline
    Posted March 5, 2019 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

    Hi Pat

    I just wanted to say thank you for “The Slow Regard Of Silent Things”. It’s my most re-read book of the past few years (along with “The Goblin Emperor”). The world seems to have become such an unkind place, full of extremes, and Auri’s story has been a lovely haven for me to hide in when life has become too difficult to face.

    Thanks again, and I’m glad to read that you’re feeling better in yourself. Winter is hard.

  68. lynn gorz
    Posted March 6, 2019 at 3:49 PM | Permalink

    Dear Patrick,
    I have been an avid and eclectic reader since about age 8. Only recently did I almost trip over the Slow Regard of Silent Things on a library end-display and happily disregarded your warning advising me not to read it first…
    Taking up the challenge, I was intrigued enough the begin Name of the Wind only two days later, then immediately continued with a Wise Man’s Fear. Now there is nothing to do but repeat the sequence.
    You have challenged my long time favorite, Atlas Shrugged. I will continue to read many genres and reread the Kingkiller chronicles until I can enjoy the conclusion of Kvothe’s story. I think you are an amazing writer, hitting every note of the music and nuance of the characters and I appreciate that all this takes time, but as a seventy-six year old fan, I have to encourage you to keep focused on the story.

    On the other hand, my horse is named Patrick, purely coincidentally, I ride most days, weather permitting; I took up tai chi about ten years ago, so the Adem sequence was great fun to follow; my hobby is quilting for charity/artistic expression and music is my companion in the sewing room so I am sad that the lute is no longer such an important part of your story as the poetry in the songs is lovely and/or whimsical.
    Just thought you’d like to know that all your readers are not geeks or otherwise computer savvy, I have a flip phone and barely can use my email.
    Stay well, stay happy and write on…

    • Lindsay
      Posted March 7, 2019 at 2:55 AM | Permalink

      What a lovely post! After a bit of a rough ride through the comments section on this blog, it was nice to find this one down at the end (currently) and finish on a good note. It kind of warms my heart that there are book-lovers of all ages out there enjoying the same series I enjoy. Lynn, thanks for making me smile. Pat Rothfuss, good luck on the new projects and keeping both beard and heart defrosted.

  69. SkepticalGinger42
    Posted March 7, 2019 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

    I like tacos. I like tacos, and books, and great mental health. Though, I could use a little direction on where to use commas.

  70. Henry Thomas
    Posted March 7, 2019 at 10:09 PM | Permalink

    You have to understand that Pat only posts when he wants something. Usually it’s money but in this case a cartoonist. For all of you asking about book 3, he isn’t working on it at all. He hasn’t touched it in years.

    • Edy Kizaki
      Posted March 11, 2019 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

      Really we have to trust to his inner workings.
      Anyway, it gives the reader a chance to finish it in one’s own mind until the “real” one arrives. I think I know very well what happens next.
      Not to say the delight of reading it would not be welcome, but my life did kind of go on hold while I was immersed int he first two, so now’s the chance to get stuff done.

  71. Bob
    Posted March 8, 2019 at 4:51 AM | Permalink

    http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2007/03/patrick-rothfuss-interview.html
    “What can readers expect from the two sequels and the trilogy that will follow this one?

    Well…. I’ve already written them. So you won’t have to wait forever for them to come out. They’ll be released on a regular schedule. One per year.

    You can also expect the second book to be written with the same degree of care and detail as this first one. You know the sophomore slump? When a writer’s second novel is weaker because they’re suddenly forced to write under deadline? I don’t have to worry about that because my next two novels are already good to go.”

    • Slowly dying inside...
      Posted March 14, 2019 at 1:47 PM | Permalink

      I wonder if this would be grounds for a possible lawsuit..false advertising at the very least. Class action lawsuit based on an apparent lie! Lol…imagine..it’s funny just thinking about it tho…

  72. Will
    Posted March 8, 2019 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    I wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve given up reading this abysmal comment section. But, I just wanted to let you know that I’m so glad you’re feeling better. It’s so encouraging to see someone get out of a rut.

    I adore your work. Keep on doing you!

    Best,

    Will.

  73. Nancy P
    Posted March 9, 2019 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

    Greetings from Green Bay. I know exactly how you feel. Hopefully we’ll be thawing out soon. I am so glad to hear you are doing better. Hang in there!

  74. Matt Greenhalgh
    Posted March 11, 2019 at 10:52 AM | Permalink

    Glad you are feeling a bit better. May it continue.

    Quick Question: Book 3 WaitNoSeriouslyWait! I’m not asking for spoilers or ETAs or anything!

    I’m just curious about the title.

    It’s always listed as tentatively titled Doors of Stone, does that mean it is just a placeholder title, a maybe title or is it more a this-is-the-title-unless-divine-revelation-strikes-and-I-just-don’t-want-to-tempt-fate-by-locking-it-down type thing?

    • Karim
      Posted March 11, 2019 at 1:05 PM | Permalink

      I can answer you. His editor, Betsy Wollheim, wasn’t keen on it, but he’d referred to it with that title so much in early interviews it became the de facto title of the book. Eventually, by general consensus, it became the actual title, and Wollheim has (reluctantly) agreed.

      • Matt Greenhalgh
        Posted March 13, 2019 at 6:02 AM | Permalink

        That explains it.

        Ta Muchly.

  75. Edy Kizaki
    Posted March 11, 2019 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    I just read The Name of the Wind and the following one. I came here to see what was up when I finished the 2nd one this morning, finding myself bereft… and get the sense that I will be waiting. Patiently. It’s fine… life brings you the lessons you need, some say, and this has been an amazing 2 weeks with your two novels… what I want to tell you, when I read the first page of The Name of the Wind, is I heaved a huge sign of relief, weight fell off my shoulders, and I thought to myself, “OK, people are still writing real books. I can breathe.” While wildly disapproving of myself most of my life for not writing the book I am 100% sure is in me, just not writing it, I felt as I progressed through the 1st hundred pages “Well, he’s written this so I don’t have to write it.” Not that I would be writing the same thing, but… somehow you’ve gotten most all of it in. Thank you. There are a million conversations I’d love to have with you or maybe others who have benefited from reading and experiencing these two books… don’t know if I will, but anyway THANK YOU. And blessings. And as you very well know each and every misstep brings you closer to the center of things, as surely as the well-placed step. My heart is singing for you.

  76. JP
    Posted March 11, 2019 at 9:34 PM | Permalink

    Is it going to be disappointing if the third book aligns with the tv/movie/ video game? Kinda. Is it repulsive how comments regarding it are shamelessly moderated for the authors well being/ego? Yeah. Does pat use his celebrity to prey on your love to get funds for his charities/other projects/ desire for adulation? Yep. He’s human folks. It’s not that belligerent. He should finish the book. If he can’t because of health, lay off. If he can’t because of contract or even monetary restrictions, lay off. If he just wants to optimally monetize his work, more power to him. The vitriol is nonsensical, pointless, futile. I like the blog. I like worldbuilders. I get upset about the lack of updates and info too. Laying it on thicker than clay is probably worthless at this point. It’ll be out when it’s out. And all of us will read it and be all in a tizzy about its “end” and waiting for the next ball to drop. It sucks, its reality. Pat lives in it too. Just come to terms with it and the chips fall where they may. Best of luck with everything dude. I honestly hope it comes up roses.

  77. Posted March 12, 2019 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

    Hes tricking us just like Felurian got tricked!! he is holding the book hostage!! GET HIM! but really shouldn’t your writing come before graphic novels?

  78. Robert Hoerz
    Posted March 14, 2019 at 3:02 AM | Permalink

    Hey-yo fellow Wisconsinite here. Yeah, I hear you loud and clear. It was xold there for a while, but the sun’s comming out again and the worlds starting to look just a little greener. Take that as a metaphor if you will or not, but honestly it’s a horse-a-piece. And that’s my two cents.

  79. Diego
    Posted March 15, 2019 at 5:36 PM | Permalink

    I just hope not to die before the release of the last book

    A funny story, I also read the manga “Hunter X”

  80. K.R.
    Posted March 16, 2019 at 5:37 PM | Permalink

    So sad you’re not working on Kingkiller. Glad you’re feeling better though.

    You’re the best thing since Robert Jordan, just hoping your books don’t end up with a similarly sad end. (Not to bash on Sanderson, his own books are good, but WoT didn’t seem to be his cup of tea).

    That being said, if my writing ever becomes even half as good as yours, I’d consider my work a success, so I’m in no place to judge. Took me five years to get full draft of my first book and mine’s not nearly as intricate or long… so I get it. Endings are the hardest part sometimes, and if you mess it up, you’ll destroy a masterpiece….

    No pressure.

  81. Jason Freeman
    Posted March 17, 2019 at 4:24 PM | Permalink

    Hello sir.

    I am not trying to be a pain or a complainer, I know what goes in to writing a book. But I look at your website and see all the projects you have involved yourself with in the last seven years and frankly it infuriates me. I spent close to twenty years waiting for Robert Jordan to finally finish his story. So he dies and luckily his wife allows Brandon Sanderson to finish it. So here is what I intend if you release another project of any kind before you release the next king killer book I will personally organize a boycott of all things rothfuss until you do. Thanks eight years is long enough for you to keep us waiting. If you can’t finish it ask for help but get it done.

    • Dan
      Posted March 18, 2019 at 9:57 AM | Permalink

      Jason, he’s not your trained monkey. He’s a man who can live his life however he damn well pleases. Fuck off with your boycott and be grateful he decides to share his gift however he so chooses.

      • Jason Freeman
        Posted March 31, 2019 at 7:23 PM | Permalink

        You really should moderate your language sir there are women and youths that maybe reading this . I agree he has the right to share his gift how he chooses, but maybe he should have waited until all the story was finished before he shared it. It doesn’t bother you that this story was started over a decade ago and since the last book came out it has been almost a becade waiting for what we know is not even going to be an end only a beginning of the next part of the story. I am not trying to be a jerk I am simply pointing out that maybe he should focus on what we his fans have been waiting for and stop starting new projects. When I read his post about his new project and him needing a colorist so he can complete it. Well that was when it became time to say something. Just finish the story! I paid my money for the first three books, even bought the audio books. That was money well spent in my opinion. As he deserves to do what he wants I deserve to see it completed. That is my say on things so take that as you like and stop being a troll get out from behind your computer screen and go find something worth while to use the fbomb about.

    • Lauren H.
      Posted March 18, 2019 at 2:13 PM | Permalink

      Duuuuude, I would be looking over my shoulder for a hundred howling children ready to tear you to bloody scraps in the middle of the street.

      And by a hundred bowling children, I mean Pat’s legion of non-terrible fans and by tear you to bloody scraps I mean dunk on you hard in the comments.

  82. Banky Edwards
    Posted March 18, 2019 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

    I’m a colorist and you may remember me from the movie Chasing Amy. PM me if you are interested. And no, I’m not just a tracer.

    Banky

  83. Jason
    Posted March 18, 2019 at 6:36 PM | Permalink

    If you win the lottery, do you OWE IT to your boss to go back to work? I mean, the BOSS is the reason you had the money to buy that ticket in the first place. Wait… What?!?! You’re quitting this job where you get yelled at all the time???!!! I’m going to tell all 10 people I know how UNGRATEFUL you are for earning the $15 I paid you!!!!!
    Fuck that noise.

    Hey Pat –
    If you want to go back to writing an advice column, or live stream video games forever, or play Acq Inc professionally, and give up on the novel to spite all these fools…I will be a little disappointed sure, but I will subscribe the crap out of whatever because that would be living pretty great.

    Ohhhh . . . better idea. Finish the book on your own schedule, but only hand print like 10 copies. Think of the VALUE!

    Honestly, you owe me nothing. I have paid for your products and enjoyed the holy hell out of them. I OWE YOU another big THANK YOU for writing stuff I love.

    If you are willing to, and choose to publish book three, I’ll get that too.

    To the people crying about ‘Book 3 getting delayed because Pat is doing xxxxx’, please delete your account.

    To the people who are posting reasonable and thoughtful (and gentle) pleas for Book 3 to come out because they love it so much – focus more on the love and less on the need, you’ll be fine. Frankly, talk to somebody else about your needs. I suspect Pat doesn’t need people reminding him he has work of which people would like to see more.

    To Amanda (and anybody who is moderating this), go find Scalzi and demand the use of his BanHammer. Swing mercilessly.

    • D.M.
      Posted March 19, 2019 at 9:24 AM | Permalink

      I check this blog mainly to see if there are any updates on the third book; for what I can only assume is a blend of masochism and schadenfreude, I then read the comments.

      It amazes me to see three camps of people – those that comment in a relevant way to whatever the blog post is about, and then the two sides of the same douchebag coin.

      For the people ranting about the book, I get it. It’s annoying to wait for something you want and legitimately, there is a fair point to be made in being frustrated about buying a series that has established a publication timeline and a reasonable expectation of completion…which the deliberate lack of any updates only exacerbates. Maybe the comments relieve some of that frustration, but I definitely hope nobody truly believes any form of motivation or positive traction will result, because it won’t. In the end, it’s just rude.

      As for the ones who jump to the defense with statements like “take your time”, “nobody is owed anything”, and the like, I’m not sure what is going on here. Maybe some of you have a sanguine view of things and feel that others should adopt it. Perhaps the desire to push back on rude people or those creating pressure comes from a nerve being hit or some sort of resonance in your personal life. Regardless, instructing other people how they need to deal with things or that they are not allowed to feel they way they are is just as controlling, negative, and destructive as the ones being rude. Much like the first camp, it is unlikely that anyone will change their feelings or viewpoint simply because you “hit back” at their online comments.

      With regards to Pat himself, I also can’t tell if in some weird way, he enjoys the sense of being relevance that both the venom of the negative commentators and the support of his defenders provides. I’d like to think it is more of a desire for just maintaining a free and open dialogue space without significant censorship, but that doesn’t align with what I have seen in action or other opinions/perspectives (social/political/etc) . If I had one request for a blog topic, it would be to understand Pat’s perspective on the whole situation, the effect of comments, the good and the bad, etc.

      I’m not sure why I am writing this myself. I agree with a lot of points from both sides mentioned above, however I just tire of seeing the blather. I accept my own hypocrisy in posting this comment and expect nothing to change. As I finish this post, I realise that my low grade disdain for many of you is not in any way improved and that I am just contributing to the futility. Oh well.

      Last but not least, for the rest of you that do just get on with engaging in these posts and having a good time online, thank you.

      Pat – I’m sorry that success comes with baggage, as the saying goes, “God doesn’t give with both hands”. Glad to read you are engaged in what you are doing and things are going well. Enjoy the Spring.

  84. Meg
    Posted March 19, 2019 at 2:36 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat, I am thrilled to hear about the graphic novel and can’t wait to see what you and Nate come up with. When in a particularly giddy state of mind, I have sometimes found myself dreaming about graphic novel collaborations a la Rothfuss-Gaiman-Pratchett. Undoubtedly hi-jinks would ensue. The thing about Pratchett (and Gaiman…and you) was his ability to fuel his personality and energy into utter magic. Perhaps he was not the most joyful person, or even the most funny, or the most creative – he was simply human. I’m not sure how else to describe it, but that the spark he created has a slow and steady burn. There is a reason those books are not easily forgotten (I giggle sometimes just thinking about The Luggage).

    That being said, I did partly check your blog to see if there were an update on book 3. Simply because I was browsing Goodreads and thought of you. And I hope that you have acquired some tough skin. I’m not overly impressed by those who demand regular blood tithes from their favorite authors, nor am I interested in those who vehemently defend you. I’d like to find out about Kvothe. I’ve grown quite fond of him. But there is also magic to find in other places. And not solely from Gaiman or Pratchett.

    I wonder if you think about what will happen when the book is published. Will those who complained during these years begrudgingly drag their feet to their nearest Barnes & Noble and grumble whilst trying not to enjoy the story, always looking for a plot point or character change to bombard you with? I think not. Perhaps they might sigh “Finally!” and then find themselves drawn into the magic again.

    I know the book will come when it is finished. And I hope that you have fun with it, never taking any of it too seriously. This life is absurdly short and people’s memories are often shorter. In the meantime, I have found magic. In books, in songs, in back-roads and snowmen.

    And on the off chance that you may need any inspiration, I’ve been told that my bacon scones are life-changing.

    • Pelle
      Posted March 29, 2019 at 8:04 AM | Permalink

      I’ve been told that my bacon scones are life-changing
      Especially for the pig.

  85. John Hibbitts
    Posted March 19, 2019 at 11:03 PM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I’m not sure if you are still checking the comments in this thread, but I was just checking in on your blog to catch up on your posts, and read through this. I wanted to drop some love and appreciation your way. I’m glad to hear that life is going well and is becoming orderly for you, especially as you have been a busy creator of multiple mediums as of late.

    I was first introduced to you while I was catching up on Critical Role over a year ago. Hearing then that you are a afantasy author of notority and seeing the way you fleshed out your character on the show (especially the letter to Marisha’s character), I made a mental note to seek out your books one day. Long story short, I picked up a copy of The Name of the Wind in December and fell in love with the world you created. By the time January hit, I had read through The Wise Mans Fear as well and shared your first epic with my father. Reading your books sparked the fire of love within me to start reading again. I am re-learning how reading gives one’s mind freedom to imagine and interpret the world about which they are reading. This is an experience that I am finding visual media to not give as rewardingly.

    Im very excited to hear about the various projects that you are working on, and congratations on rhe progress made with Lionsgate towards the TV show, movie, and video game. I look forward to seeing how your world represented on the screen matches up to what I see in my imagination. I recently read The Slow Regard of Silent Things, and am looking for opportunities to pick up The Lightening Tree and How Old Holly Came to Be in print so that I can absorb more of your world and lore, as well as add more to my fantasy genre shelf.

    I’d enjoy getting a chance to meet you at a convention and say “hello” sometime. Have you any thoughts to attending C2E2 just south of you? Keep up the good work, Pat, and thank you for making me a “reader” once again.

    Take care and best wishes.

  86. Laís
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

    I’m genuinely happy for you Pat. You send good to the world, and the world is bound to give back. :)
    Sending you love, hot days with cool breezes and laugh in my prayers.

  87. Krystal Eich
    Posted March 20, 2019 at 3:40 PM | Permalink

    As I listen to The Name of the Wind for, I believe, the fourth time, I am struck by these lines in chapter 12: “When you wait a few span or month to hear a finished song, the anticipation adds savor, but after a year excitement begins to sour. By now, a year and a half had passed and folk were almost made with curiosity.” -Kvothe
    I hope you can forgive your many crazy fans displaying their worst behaviors as they eagerly await the third novel in this amazing series. I recently read your bio and some blog entries. I am very excited to see you grew up and live in Wisconsin. As we are finally feeling spring here WISCO, I feel sweet excitement for the new season and look forward to the book release. Happy writing/editing.

  88. Stephen
    Posted March 21, 2019 at 10:47 PM | Permalink

    Will I read Doors of Stone when it comes out? Yes.

    Will I ever start another series by Pat? Not until the last book is done.

    Pat, make sure you get enough $$$ out of the movie deal to live comfortably, because I am not alone.

  89. Thomas Robson
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 7:54 AM | Permalink

    Hi Brian. I’m sorry it has taken me some time to reply to your comment. I would like to think that you have the wrong impression of me, I am not waiting, edge of my seat for Pat’s next tweet or blog post that may or may not be about the book. I do forget about book 3 quite often and its only when i go back and re-read the first two I then search online to see if there has been any news about it.

    In regards to your next comment of him “being my sugar daddy” I feel is more a negative comment than anything I have said.

    I have no expectations or resentful feeling towards Pat. He is a free man to do as he see fit. I am not banging at his front door demanding a book, I am inquiring if it still coming. Communication is all i, and many others are seeking. If Pat posted that the book was not coming for another 10 years sure we would be sad and disappointing, but at least we would know not to expect it sooner. Not saying anything about it is what drives people into a frenzy.

    I’m sorry for you that you feel i am self centered and arrogant. We all have many flaws within ourselves and if you feel that is how i came across there is little i can do about that. I stated i like his other works and i am a fan of everything he is doing. But does that mean i can’t ask about other projects that reeled me in originally.

    My original post wasn’t because i was upset, it was due to a spur of the moment, impulsive feeling i had to ask a question. None of what i said was negative but your response seems to have been. Perhaps if you do not like what I or other are saying perhaps you shouldn’t post online. Food for thought?

    • Tophet Millet
      Posted March 22, 2019 at 11:11 PM | Permalink

      False. Divide 4 by 1. Now by 2. Now by 3. Now bye 4. Division is a process inverse of multiplication. Not addition. For Suresh, A.K.A the author of my favorite story The Kingkiller Chronicles, to suggest we add the infinite quotients of any integers is suggesting we add cherries to a pizza and call it ham. Peace and love.

  90. Christopher Miller
    Posted March 22, 2019 at 10:51 PM | Permalink

    You can divide infinity an infinite number of times, and the resulting pieces will still be infinitely large,” Uresh said in his odd Lenatti accent. “But if you divide a non-infinite number an infinite number of times the resulting pieces are non-infinitely small. Since they are non-infinitely small, but there are an infinite number of them, if you add them back together, their sum is infinite. This implies any number is, in fact, infinite.”
    “Wow,” Elodin said after a long pause. He leveled a serious finger at the Lenatti man. “Uresh. Your next assignment is to have sex. If you do not know how to do this, see me after class.
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)

  91. Kevin
    Posted March 23, 2019 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    Thought you may like this, and since you’ve been incommunicado since December, here and YouTube, I’m putting it here. Also YouTube comments are off.

    I didn’t make this, but I think it’s well done and you deserve to see it.
    https://youtu.be/xgZ2de3-ssI

    Here’s me hoping you have words flying from your fingertips. I know how hard that is.

  92. Justine M
    Posted March 25, 2019 at 1:20 AM | Permalink

    Pat,

    I’m an artist of sorts. Not the type that gets paid for her work, or even the type that creates regularly for her own enjoyment. (Definitely not the type who would be of any help in your graphic novel process.) But I am the type that creates in spurts, often motivated by some strong emotion or mood, losing myself in a painting binge foregoing food and sleep. I’ll spend a week in an artistic fury only to stop when I have 20% left to finish in a piece. I have many handfuls of canvasses just shy of feeling…complete.

    Why do I stop? Part of me thinks its because if I finish, it means the experience is over; when I give myself over so completely to a piece, it becomes almost a friend. No one likes goodbyes. Another part of me thinks its because I have too many other mundane but necessary things in my life to really devote myself the way I want to, and I refuse to halfass a friend. But another more truer part of me knows that I stop because I’m afraid. I’m afraid of not living up to the expectations I have for a piece, of making a mistake that marrs a masterpiece. That was the case with a small, 8×12 painting I started in 2015.

    In some ways, your books have elicited a similar experience in me as my artistic spurts. I’ve foregone sleep and food while lost in Temerant, absorbed in the mythology and subtext. I’ve cried with Auri at things untrue. I’ve loved a thing because. And its because of this similarity that I can understand where/why/how a series like yours needs some time to sleep.

    4 days ago I spent an evening Netflixing some Bob Ross. He’s a calming fellow. But despite watching him for years, one particular piece of advice resonated with me stronger than usual. “There’s no mistakes in your world, just happy accidents.” The next evening, I finished my 2015 piece in 2 hours. I reminded myself, as the fear tugged the edges of my mind, that in my world, there were no mistakes. When I finished, I was in love. I knew it wasn’t perfect – it had its flaws. But I loved it anyway. Rare and pure and perfect.

    My long winded comment really serves to say this: I hope your world clicks true for you soon, and you find the inspiration to love your writing again. Not for me or any of your fans, but for you. And if you find your writing isn’t “perfect”, I hope you still love it anyway because the act itself has brought you joy. Happy accidents, man. Best of luck in setting yourself and your house right…afterall, its always worth doing things the proper way.

  93. Andrés R
    Posted March 27, 2019 at 11:28 PM | Permalink
  94. John Burgess
    Posted April 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM | Permalink

    It never ceases to amaze me. I have watched this for multiple series over the years. I waited 20+ years for Robert Jordan to finish and more for other lengthy series. The complaining by the people about the time it takes for someone to finish a book amazes me. Look at the formulaic tripe that comes from authors who produce a book or more per year and than god that you can get an original story that is fun to read.

    Thanks Mr. Rothfuss for giving us your vision to enjoy.
    J

    • j
      Posted April 1, 2019 at 6:02 PM | Permalink

      I am an engineer and spelling is a challenge, *thank*

  95. Dude
    Posted April 12, 2019 at 8:28 AM | Permalink

    Pat, please, forget all these goobers. You are a great writer. That’s part of the reason so many people are losing their minds about getting another book. The other part, of course, is that they are unbelievably entitled wanks who grew up with youtube and netflix giving them everything they want right now, Mom!

    You are a good guy. You are a great writer. You have talent but, more importantly, you work hard to develop your talent. So, keep doing your thing. Decent people will be willing to wait. You mean a lot to a lot of folks, myself included. Ignore the rest. Wanks are going to wank. Let ’em.

  96. Dug
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 9:52 AM | Permalink

    I’m glad to hear things are looking up. May your embers of hope blossom into full-blown happiness.

  97. Edward Fienning
    Posted April 14, 2019 at 1:36 PM | Permalink

    You should ask the guy who did The Action Bible. My kids went nuts for that, it was super professional and engaging, even for their 40-year old dad. Anything to help get the ink flowing…very much looking forward to Doors of Stone. Good luck!

  98. Gratitude
    Posted April 29, 2019 at 7:42 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    Just came on here to say that your work carries an impact far greater than you may realize. I volunteer for CASA which means I get to volunteer to spend time with some amazing kids in the foster care system. Even though it was autographed and dearly loved, I gave my copy of Name of the Wind to one of my kiddos as he was struggling to find hobbies. I don’t know if I’ll ever have that book back but I know it has been passed to someone who needed it.
    The world you created helped someone who needed a world to get lost in and I just wanted to say thank you for allowing me to share it!

  99. Mackan
    Posted April 30, 2019 at 6:39 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!

    Glad to hear King Bore is loosing his grip on your part of the World and that things are looking up!
    Once in a while i check back here to get news about the Kingkiller Chronicles. My first response is often frustration but then i read your latest posts and leave the site with a smile on my face. This post of mine, however, is not about my good mood. Its all about frustration. The thing is, this frustration is ALL mine!! I choose to risk being frustrated when i pick up the first book in an unfinished series. It happened with WoT, it happened with GoT, and ofc it happened with Your brilliant Kingkiller Chronicles. But can i blame anyone but myself? No i can´t! All i can do is wait patiently and keep telling myself that the next series i start to read needs to be finished. And then i fail miserably at it! My misstakes and my failure isn´t Your, or any other authors, responsibillity, it´s mine! So instead of me cussing at you, could you please cuss a little at me? :-)

    Keep up the good work! All of it!!

  100. Shane
    Posted April 30, 2019 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

    I’m glad to hear that this winter has been figuratively warmer than previous ones. I will admit to being a little worried about your radio silence (for your sake) and hoped it was the result of a contented and well deserved rest from the public spotlight after what must have been a massive (and incredibly successful) effort on the Worldbuilders fundraiser – like a snugly wrapped warm winter scarf, as opposed to ice-beard.

    Anyway, I hope you’re still doing better and thanks for your openness about mental health. Watching your convention appearances and mental health streams has been a benefit to me and I’m sure many others. Thank you Pat.

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