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Heya Everybody,

As I write this on Saturday night, our Geeks Doing Good sale has just crested up over $95,000.

I feel pretty good about that. This is a hard time to do fundraising, and it’s a hard time to do things that are lighthearted and fun. I’ve done a bunch of streams with cool folks to help bump things around….


…by most metrics we’re killing it.

But at the same time, deep down, I know I haven’t done a very good job about spreading the word to y’all. Back in the day, I would have managed to post up a blog that talked in depth about all the awesome we have for sale up in there on the very first day of the fundraiser. Lots of details and effusive praise and good pictures that *really* show things off to good effect.

I haven’t managed that this year. And it’s so galling to me because I know a lot of you would be really interested in this stuff if only I was better at bringing it to your attention.

For example, Marc Simonetti is letting us use the art from some of the French editions of the books to make some nice high-quality art prints.

Prints like this:

And this:

And this…

They’re a super cheap introductory price over in the Indigogo, and on top of that, you can get all of them in a 3-pack for even less…

We’ve got First Edition Hardcover copies of Jim Butcher’s Peace Talks for sale there, with special bookplates designed by Nate Taylor:

AND Satine Phoenix:

(You get to pick which one you want.)

Also four new t-shirts, including one like this:


If you’re feeling crafty, we have this:


I could go on and on… We’ve got arted-in copies of Slow Regard, limited-edition board games, book upon books, fancy Tak sets…

There’s just a for-real lot of stuff over there.

Sorry I’m not getting this blog up sooner. And sorry that it’s not prettier, or more complete. Or funnier. But it’s already almost 1 am, and I haven’t had any dinner yet tonight, and I’m worried if I don’t post this now, it will end up getting added to the 200+ half-finished blogs I know I’ll never finish.

That’s all I’ve got except to remind y’all that there’s only two days left to grab some cool geeky swag and make the world a better place at the same time.

If you haven’t gone over to look yet, please check it out. Especially the Brand-New game bundle that’s our new featured item. We only posted that up on Friday.

And now, bed for me…


This entry was posted in a ganglion of irreconcilable antagonisms, cool things. By Pat51 Responses


  1. Karen Doerksen
    Posted July 19, 2020 at 2:45 AM | Permalink

    This is Fantastic Pat! I need 2 get some those book plates! Also, when I told my Wisconsin friend I had just finished Wise Mans Fear on Facebook, they said they knew you well because their sister Sarah was you “ex”? And I thought that cannot be true, they were so cute singing together not too long ago. This person is just trying to “fake news” ;) me I think, that would be so sad for Oot and Cutie Snoo and youre such a great father! But I just am tired of people spreading rumors about yuo and keep on acting like theyre entitled to your book like that troll Jomi. Write at your own pace, we love you Pat!

  2. braddo
    Posted July 19, 2020 at 2:49 AM | Permalink

    Fuck the haters Pat, your the best! Insay every time guys like Jomi write those bad comments you play Disco Elysum instead for a day:)))))

  3. T
    Posted July 19, 2020 at 6:26 AM | Permalink

    I set up RSS to your blog some time ago, even though you rarely wrote a thing back then, I just didn’t want to miss it if you do. When the RSS icon lit up this week, I was so happy! And then it lit up again and again, every day. Thank you for writing again.

  4. Pauliina
    Posted July 20, 2020 at 2:31 AM | Permalink

    Wow, what a wonderful surprise after checking in your blog semi-regularly for years to see some new posts! These little snippets are exactly the thing I’ve been missing. Hope you are doing well, cheers from Finland.

  5. Jesse
    Posted July 20, 2020 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    Pat, thanks for starting the blog posts again. I used to check your blog every day at work for new posts. I know the fundraisers are both important to you and important in and of themselves, but I hope you also bring back some direct fan interaction. I liked the posts of fan art, and book photo contests, and things like that you used to do too.

    I know you catch crap about book 3, but there is a silent majority out there still being patient. I’m actually re-reading both books right now, in the middle of book two, and noticing things I haven’t in previous reads. I don’t want to see book 3 until it’s perfectly ready to go.

  6. Fabiano
    Posted July 20, 2020 at 12:16 PM | Permalink

    Dear Pat, I hope you are doing fine. I can wait 10 more years for book 3, but after 7 months without a blog post I was starting to worry. Have a nice day and hear you soon.

    • joaquin
      Posted July 20, 2020 at 10:10 PM | Permalink

      did you feel it yet ?

  7. Madelon
    Posted July 20, 2020 at 1:36 PM | Permalink

    Dear Patrick, it brings me great joy to see you blog again. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas and adventures and I hope you are well. Stay safe!

  8. Jeremy G
    Posted July 20, 2020 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

    I started writing an impassioned defense of Pat and his team to what’s going on in the comments, but in the end it’s not worth the effort.

    All I want to say is fuck the haters! I appreciate the hell out of you and your team and all the good you’ve done. I got to volunteer once to help with packing prizes and they were some of the most awesome people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting.

    Thank you for being a decent human and giving us an avenue to do the same!

  9. Kate H.
    Posted July 20, 2020 at 6:02 PM | Permalink

    What you shared here matters. Your voice matters. This blog led me to support WorldBuilders and as a perk get my husband a Christmas present from one of his favorite authors (Peace Talks with the signed bookplate!!!). Take care of yourself and know that your community will be here and enjoy hearing from you when you’re able to speak.

  10. Khazidhea
    Posted July 21, 2020 at 1:35 AM | Permalink

    Thanks Pat! Managed to get in with less than an hour to spare! Would’ve backed more, but it looks like there’s no way to make multiple orders at once, and I’d rather not pay the international shipping fee each time (but if there’s a way to do so after the fact, will happily add some posters in to the existing order).

  11. Posted July 21, 2020 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

    It’s good to see you writing blogs.

    Your fundraiser was a huge success!

    Take a break, we love you.

  12. Tony
    Posted July 21, 2020 at 8:48 PM | Permalink

    Don’t give up on telling us more good things. :)

    • TackoFallDown
      Posted July 22, 2020 at 12:31 AM | Permalink

      He only talks during fundraisers

    • the observer
      Posted July 23, 2020 at 3:50 PM | Permalink

      And history repeat itself… So sad really.. I can’t understand why people don’t see that the only times that this guy write/blog, stream or else is ONLY to ask for money. And if you pay attention closely, you’ll notice as well, as soon as the fundraising end, he goes back to his cave and radio silence.
      Add to that, no thank you for your contribution, nothing, nada, zero…
      Well actually he will blog again in november or so for more money to his ”charity”

  13. Lora Waring
    Posted July 23, 2020 at 9:26 AM | Permalink

    Pat, don’t beat yourself up. Please? Enough of that is going on….
    My mom is dying. And I remembered your blog about your dad….thank you. You help SO much more than you realize. Just cut yourself some slack. Hug the family. A lot. And then some more. We’ll be here when you have a chance to visit. Much love to you and yours.

  14. Mark Jacobsen
    Posted July 23, 2020 at 3:02 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for the update Pat. My father just went through months of chemo for anteparietal gland cancer, but it was not successful and really withered him down to nothing. He’s in palliative care now, I visit him every day I can – I text him whenever I’m not around, but he’s not tech saavy so he never responds. But yesterday, while I was at work, I received this text from him:

    ‘Son I am proud of you. Thank you for caring for me all these months.’

    And I broke down right then and there in loud, gasping sobs. It just made me realize – with those few words, just then, he had typed more words to me than you have typed for Doors of Stone all year

    • Not. Cool.
      Posted July 29, 2020 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

      Oh wow. What is wrong with you?!

      • nidole
        Posted July 30, 2020 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

        Nothing’s wrong with him, it’s called freedom of speech. He didn’t curse or nothing…
        The question is what’s wrong with YOU and some other fella…

    • JG
      Posted July 30, 2020 at 7:23 AM | Permalink

      I love this comment. Made my day. I love Patrick Rothfuss and loved his books but now I don’t care. Patience has a limit and I think I am done now. Even if the book comes out eventually, I probably won’t be as passionate about it as I was until recently.
      Yes, though you comment brought a smile on my face.

  15. Jacob
    Posted July 23, 2020 at 7:07 PM | Permalink

    How do I pre-order the doors of stone?

  16. Sandra
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 3:23 AM | Permalink

    If “Name of the Wind” have a Book Nook Art… what would be in there? o.o

  17. Krivokapic Andrej
    Posted July 24, 2020 at 5:51 PM | Permalink

    Keep up the good work 💪🙏💪

  18. Micah J Turner
    Posted July 26, 2020 at 2:07 PM | Permalink

    Have you considered answering non-spoiler questions for charity? For example, I’ve got 3. I’b buy them, well, donate to worldbuilders, $10 for each satisfactory* answered question.

    *A satisfactory answer constitutes a short story maybe possibly in someway related to the question. An unsatisfactory answer is like, yup that’s a valid question. That’s a fine answer, just not one I feel is worth $10.

    Here are the questions

    1. I’m in a long distance relationship and my partner and I often use emoticons to add emotional context to the written word. Did your experience as a writer of things (e.g. describing emotions with text), and the Advent of emoticons specifically, inspire the hand gestures of the Adem language?

    2. Hypothetically, let’s say an Adem shopkeeper wakes up in the morning and is having a no good very bad time of it. Maybe a late night party or the common cold is the cause. Regardless, the Adem goes to work, the first customer of the day comes in, the Adem says “Morning” and gives the hand gesture for bright friendly smile.

    Is being deceptive about emotion as common in Ademre as it is, in say, corporate America?

    3. Thinking about the shopkeeper repeating the same bright friendly smile hand gesture over and again on a 30 year time line has me wondering if you have made notes about the impact of arthritis on Ademre culture somewhere.

    Actually, hold on a second:: I seem to remember there was some kind of of balm/tincture used after Kvothe cut his hand on the sword tree leaf. There is a story I remember you telling of having a detailed economic system, but what makes it into the books is like a single coin. Is the balm/tincture used on Kvothe’s hand the proverbial coin from your write-up of Arthritis and Ademre medicine?

    Let me know if you are interested in my $10 donation/question proposal. I think you get my email when I submit the post.

    • J
      Posted July 26, 2020 at 8:33 PM | Permalink

      Good post. There’s a lot to say here. Best of luck on getting a cool answer. Maybe in November. 😒

  19. JJ
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 12:54 AM | Permalink

    Will you make a post in reply to Betsy Wollheim’s post about not receiving a word of book 3? I recall a draft posted up in 2013 and understand you were not satisfied. I perused your old blogs, read about book 2’s delay. I hate that you have this burden to bear, it makes me almost tear up that something that must have given you so much joy at a time has basically turned into an engine of hate against you. Don’t take my advice, who the fuck am I right? But you wrote a blog once and basically laid it all out straight X wasn’t working, I wrote 60k in 6 weeks the book needed because it needed it for x or y reasons. You don’t owe people anything, fuck it, you only live once. But if you felt like placating your fans, I imagine something along those lines would do the trick. Anyway, that’s all. I hope you and your family are safe and weathering the madness that America seems to be from an outside observer.

  20. Sergey
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 3:27 PM | Permalink

    Oh, Pat :(
    We still love you. And will always be.
    Just a reminder.

  21. Ray Dahlia
    Posted July 28, 2020 at 3:47 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,
    I don’t expect you’ll read this, but just in case you need to hear it –
    I love your work. You inspired me to finally try to become an author. Your books have given me so much joy.

    Thank you for everything you’ve contributed to the world. You rock, man.


  22. E
    Posted July 29, 2020 at 11:34 AM | Permalink

    Do you not think radio silence is a bit unfair to all the people who have held loyal faith over the years. You don’t owe anyone an update but it would be a nice gesture to do. You ask people to donate to your charity and support you all in all do, they are just asking for a little something in return. You can’t pretend not to hear their voices and just look the other way. Then ask for something from them when you want it.

  23. george
    Posted July 29, 2020 at 11:51 AM | Permalink

    Hey there,
    Don’t choose the easy way… deleting comments that only speak the truth shows only the lack of a strong backbone. Face the truth, be honest and come forward to your (remaining) fans, it’s the only sane way to resolve this. Meditate on that for a minute before deleting this one too.

  24. Camille Chaustre McNally
    Posted July 29, 2020 at 12:40 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat,

    I heard that you’ve been posting blogs more often recently! Go you! I hope they’re bringing you joy. I’m an epidemiologist, and things have been… rough recently. Thanks for posting good things. And just so you know, you can post bad things too? Life is life.

    Your family is beautiful as well.


  25. Greg
    Posted July 29, 2020 at 4:56 PM | Permalink

    The first ones asking about it are still there George. They didn’t delete comments that speak truth. Just the abusive ones as they should have been. Anyone who thinks a comment demanding he reply will pan out or think they’re bringing him brand new information is delusional.

  26. AlbinoYeti
    Posted July 29, 2020 at 9:49 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!
    I know being a creative isn’t easy, especially when people are rude and distracting. I found the series a few years ago and I’m super excited to read the 3rd book, whenever it comes out. I hope you take all the time necessary to make it the best it can be. People often forget that the best things are worth the wait, however long it may be.

  27. Naia
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 4:07 AM | Permalink

    It’s Okay Pat. Sorry.

  28. Ixi
    Posted July 31, 2020 at 11:10 AM | Permalink

    Hello, i have 2 questions:
    1) Do you have an Instagram account?
    2) is it posible to buy one of your books and get it signed by you?

  29. Jason
    Posted August 2, 2020 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

    So happy to hear from you on here, Pat. I still check the for new blogs pretty much daily (on your blog and Gaiman’s). Sometimes I miss a day, sometimes I check multiple times a day, so it all balances out.

    The jam video is hysterical. Your annoyance and frustration are far too believable. (“What about that pairs naturally with a breakfast condiment?!”)

  30. Auri Leg Man
    Posted August 2, 2020 at 5:28 PM | Permalink

    Hey Pat we love u! Your books are the best writting in the history of fantasy! We support u no matter what you do! I will personally murder anyone who bothers u about book 3 if you ask me too! We will defend you regardlesd of what sexual abuse alegations come out!! DEFEND PAT NO MATTER WHAT!

  31. the observer
    Posted August 4, 2020 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    I think Pat is writing an answer to Betsy’s comments and it’s almost complete but needs some revisions and editing…

  32. Waiting
    Posted August 5, 2020 at 8:49 PM | Permalink


    You wrote two AMAZING books out of 3. How can you apologize to us – the vast majority of whom just want the book – about spending productive time on other things?

    You’re a free person – spend your time on what you want. But don’t delude anyone that the vast majority of those who know your name want more fund raisers.

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