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The Mighty Mighty Rothtones (And PAX Schedule.)

Does the title of this blog make sense to anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

God. Does *that* reference even work anymore? Am I suddenly, inexcusably old? Am I out of touch with today’s youth? Are millennials killing me?

Welcome to today’s blog. Where apparently the theme is going to be crippling insecurity, early onset dementia, and my own impending decrepitude.

The other theme will be a couple pieces of news that y’all might otherwise miss.

The *other* other theme is that this blog focuses on you having a few new opportunities to listen to my dulcet tones…

  • After On

So a while back, I did a little big of narration for an audiobook:

(I don’t think the cover of the physical book does that pulsing thing.)

I didn’t do the whole book. But I was one of the people involved. And given that some the other folks were Felicia Day, John Hodgman Tom MerrittJesse Cox, and Leo Laporte… Well… I was flattered to be invited.

As many of you know, I recorded the audio version of Slow Regard of Silent Things myself. So I’m not an absolute stranger to audio narration. But as many of you *also* know, the main reason I felt comfortable taking a runner at that project was because… well… it was mine. Furthermore, it was pretty short. But thirdly and most importantly, a complete lack of dialogue meant that I didn’t have to do character voices, which is something that makes me nervous.

This book…. Well… this book did have dialogue. And that made me super nervous. But the folks who invited me in told me what they were looking for is someone to read parts of a hugely overwritten and overly dramatic sci-fi novel.

“What the hell,” I thought. “Why not give it a try?”

I don’t remember much about four hours in the studio other than the fact that I started out nervous, and ended up with a sore throat from screaming into the microphone like a Flash Gordon villain threatening to destroy the earth with my Doom Ray.

If you want to see a review of the book, there’s an article over here with some with samples of the various audio narrators (myself included.)  I have not listened to it, because hearing my own voice on audio is my personal kryptonite.

If you’re interested in the book, you can get a copy here.

  • DragonTalk Podcast

As I mentioned in my previous blog. I recently spent some time out in Seattle doing some secret things with Wizards of the Coast. (They’re the people who own Dungeons and Dragons, in case you didn’t know.)

After I was done with my secret projects, I got a chance to be on their podcast. Where I talked about games, kids, and… well… kind of a big mash of stuff.

A good time was had by all.

  • PAX West

I’m hitting PAX over the weekend. And while I’ve had to cut my visit a little short (Sorry for those of you who were hoping to catch my Friday Signing.) I’m still going to be there on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Saturday, September 2

5:30-6:30pm, An Evening with Pat Rothfuss, Hydra Theater (in the Grand Hyatt Hotel)

Warning: May Contain swearing and/or singing.

Sunday, September 3

6:30-9:30pm: Acquisitions Inc, Main Theater (Benaroya Hall)

Playing D&D on stage. Like a Boss.

Monday, September 4

1pm-3pm: Acquisitions Inc Full Team Signing, Autographing Room

There might be a couple more events tucked in there. For example, I’m hoping to add in another signing to replace the one I had to cancel. If/when that happens, trust that I’ll update things here…

  • The NOTW Art Deck Kickstarter:

I’m guessing y’all already know about it. But if you didn’t, we’re doing this:

Four beautiful decks of playing cards with character art based off The Name of the Wind.

The big news is this: We’re finally adding poker sets to the Kickstarter. We’ve been working with Wyrmwood to design and prototype beautiful wooden chips in a case for those of you who want to play some cards in style.

I’m giving you blog readers a heads-up here as soon as possible because quantities of these are going to be limited. So stay tuned to the kickstarter on Friday if you want to try and grab one….

Lastly. If you have any questions about the Kickstarter, drop them here in the comments. We’ll be posting an updated FAQ soon, and we’d like to be as comprehensive as possible.

Later all, see some of you soon at PAX.

pat

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Fictional Conflict

Hey there everybody.

So every year or so, there’s a website that organizes what they call a fantasy cage match, wherein they pair a bunch of fictional characters up against each other and make them fight.

It’s a fun concept, very tongue and cheek, and my characters have ended up involved in various ways over the years. I think it was the very first year they did it when Kvothe went up against Aslan. I was so tickled by the idea, that I wrote up how I thought the match would go. (And a couple years later, I posted it up on the blog.)

kvothe_vs__aslan_by_rainforestgoddess-d4v5mgz(And someone liked it enough to do Fanart. Which makes me happy.)

It’s funny. I can remember where I was when I wrote that. I was in a hotel lobby down in… Iowa? I was traveling down to Virginia Beach for a signing, and Sarah and Oot were still sleeping in the hotel room. He was so tiny then. I think he was barely even one year old…

That was a tricky time for me. In some ways, I was in a great place: After more than a decade of work, my book was finally published, and people liked it. I had a beautiful son, a successful book, money in my pocket, and fans who loved my work. I got invited to conventions, and when I did a signing, as many as a hundred people would show up….

But in other ways, things were a real shitshow. I hadn’t finished book two yet, and I was a mess of self-recrimination and guilt about that. I was trying to come to grips with being a professional writer, and adult, a father, and a minor celebrity. Though I didn’t yet know it, my mood disorder was becoming more prominent, and my writing was not going well.

Then I sat down in that hotel lobby and wrote what turned out to be a lovely, fun, sweet little scene between Kvothe and Aslan. It only took two hours, and it came out nice and clean. It was startling how easy it was, because working on book two was excruciating.

Anyway. There’s another cage match going on, and this time it’s Devi in the mix. She made it to round four, where she’s going head-to-head with Tom Bombadil.

The thought of them in a confrontation tickled me, so this Sunday I sat down to write it up.

And as I write this it’s interesting how similar things are right now. Viewed from one angle, my life could not be better. I’ve got a movie and tv deal going. Lin-Manuel Fucking Miranda is involved. I have several successful books out. Translated in 35 languages. Millions of books sold. TWO lovely children….

But I’m a mess. I’m such a mess. And I’m behind on everything. And the writing isn’t going well.

But on Sunday I wrote this thing. And it was fun. And easy. And for the space of about 10 hours I felt really good.

So. Anyway. I’m sharing it with you now with the hope that you’ll enjoy it.

Also, I’d like to note that in writing something like this, I’m not hoping to tip the Scales toward Devi. I’m not trying to rig this voting thing. If you prefer to think of this as a straight-up fight and you think Tom should win, because… well… he’s Eldest and Fatherless. Probably one of the Valar. That’s cool. Vote for him. Vote ten times.

Even if you read my alternate take on events, (no spoilers here) and still decide that Tom would win the alternate competition that ends up getting proposed there. That’s cool. And rather reasonable, too. As Tom still has the home field advantage in that scenario. Great. Vote for him. I’d honestly love to see him go up against Ragnar in the final round.

Anyway. Here’s a link to the write up I did.

I’ll eventually post it up here on the blog just to archive it. Because I never know when some other site will move or change or a link will go dead. It will also be nice to get a chance to edit the piece a little bit, as I wrote it in a single day, and I usually like to tweak and massage my writing a lot more than that. Even if it’s just a little something that I do for fun.

I hope all of you are doing well.

pat

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Being a Trouper

Hey there everybody,

I’d meant to post a fun blog earlier this week. I had a couple cued up and almost ready. One was full of Kingkiller tattoos I’ve seen over the last year, another was pictures of babies that have been named after characters from my books. The one I *really* wanted to post involved the story of how I snuck some underage chicks into Max Temkin’s hotel room at Gencon.

41f23fed1b92a824ced03db71d8b4a9c(Like this. You pervert.)

But, as everyone knows, the election happened. Anyone who watched my election-night twitch stream might have an inkling of how I felt about that. And those of you who didn’t watch it can still probably guess.

And I’m guessing a lot of you feel the same way.

Interesting fact for those of you who feel shattered about the results: What you’re feeling now? That’s what a depressive episode feels like. At least it does to me. The pisser about depression is that you can feel desolate hopeless dread of exactly this sort even when nothing bad has happened.

Anyway, as a result, I couldn’t bring myself to finish a fun blog earlier this week. In fact, I’m not in the mood to write a blog now, either. I’ve been writing this thing for TWO HOURS and this is as far as I’ve gotten. It’s like trying to walk with a broken leg.

How the hell am I supposed to feel hopeful right now? How am I supposed to launch this year’s fundraiser and be enthusiastic about the cool news I have to share? I feel like everything is crumbling.

Earlier today, I found myself wondering what Auri would do in this situation. Well… that’s not actually true. Maybe it’s more that I wish I could ask for her advice? I wish she could just… help me. Like maybe she could give me a seashell or something and I would put it in my pocket and then I’d feel a little better.

Hell. You know you’re not doing well when you wish a fictional character would help you out. What the fuck does it even mean that I want help from the person who is arguably the most broken of all my characters? Is this it? Am I finally having a nervous breakdown?

No. I’m not. I’m depressingly sane.

Maybe it’s that Auri never lets it get to her. Not really. Not deep down. She’s a fighter, and despite everything, she always has a tiny flame of joy burning inside her. We’re very different in that regard.

I keep thinking of this picture and I don’t know why….

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One of the things I share with Auri is that we both want to fix the world. Maybe that’s why I wish she could give me some advice. I can’t see a way to fix things right now. I am all unkilter.

Shit. I’m doing an awful job of this. I should just erase everything I’ve written and start over, but that would feel dishonest. I don’t want to lie to y’all. I don’t want to pretend I have my shit together. I don’t. I’m not doing great right now.

But still, I have some news to share. And it can’t wait.

Today I heard someone say, “We have to soldier on” and while I appreciate the sentiment, I don’t think there’s any way I can think of myself as a soldier.

I’ll be a trouper instead. How about that? The show must go on, right?

Okay, I’m taking a mulligan and starting over. Ready?

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Hey there everybody,

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that this is the time of year when we do our big annual Worldubuilders fundraiser.

Last year we raised over 1.2 million dollars for Heifer International. We sent little girls to school in Nepal and fed hungry kids in Haiti. We gave people clean water and education. Medicine and self-reliance. The work we do literally brings light into the lives of people all over the world.

And no, I’m not misusing the word “literally” there. One of the many things Heifer does is teache people to make biogas digesters.

biogas-diagram-990x1024This miraculous contraption turns animal waste into fertilizer and methane. Then families can use that methane as a clean, cheap source of light and heat. Cooking over gas is much safer and easier than using a cookfire. That’s a big deal in parts of the world where electricity is expensive or straight-up unavailable.

It’s like real-life alchemy, folks. Heifer teaches people to turn shit into gold.

Over the last 8 years Worldbuilders has raised more than $5,000,000 to make things better all over the world, in Ukraine and Uganda. From Peru to Appalachia.

This year’s fundraiser is launching Monday, and we’ve got some big news. News I’ve been sitting on for months. And despite the fact that I’m a tease of epic proportions, I’m actually going to tell y’all that news today.

1. Story time with Neil Gaiman.

Two years ago, Neil Gaiman red us Green Eggs and Ham. While last year people who donated got to vote on what Gaiman would read. Jabberwocky beat out Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon, so he shot a video of himself reciting it from memory to help us spread the word about the fundraiser.

If y’all had any thoughts about what would be fun for him to read this year, I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Personally, I think The Monster at the End of This Book would be great. I’d love to hear him do Grover’s voice.

2. More livestreaming on Twitch.

Last year, I experimented with livestreaming on twitch to help spread the word about the fundraiser and it worked surprisingly well. So this year, not only will I be streaming again, but Worldbuilders is reaching out to the streaming community in general, and providing tools so that you can do fundraising for us on your own stream.

If you’re a streamer and you’d like to help out Worldbuidlers, contact us at twitchteams@worldbuilders.org and we’ll work with you to make that happen.

And now the big one….

3. A Million Dollars of Matching Money

This year, with Heifer’s help, Worldbuilders has access to a million dollars worth of matching money.

That means that if you come in and donate $10 to Worldbuilders, this anonymous benefactor will double that money, turning it into $20. You donate enough for a goat? It becomes two goats…

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This is a HUGE deal. And it means we have the chance to absolutely destroy last year’s totals.

I mention this to y’all in advance with the hope that you might be are willing to come in swinging in the early days of the fundraiser. If we manage to get some good donations early on, then double them, I’m hoping the total will be impressive enough that we can get some coverage in the media. That means people will find out about worldbuilders who otherwise would never have noticed it.

If that happens…. well… it means we get to feed a *lot* of hungry kids.

And that’s what I’m really in the mood to do right now.

If you have any suggestions for the upcoming fundraiser, or if you have a clever way of helping us spread the word, please drop those in the comments below, too.

Thanks much.

Take care of each other,

pat

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A New Convention: Nerdcon Stories

Heya everybody,

Today’s blog is going to be really brief because I’m in Seattle, and I just have a few hours until my first panel here at Emerald City Comic Con. And after that I just have a couple hours before my show with Paul and Storm and Joel (As I mentioned in my previous blog.)

So this blog is just a quick heads up about something cool that’s happening.

For about a year now, I’ve been chatting with John and Hank green about setting up a convention. A convention that centers around our love of books and stories.

I could talk a lot about the convention. About what it is. About why I’m excited to be involved. About why it’s going to be cool.

Unfortunately, I’m really short on time right now. So I’m simply going to say this: It’s about stories. I’m excited to be involved. It’s going to be cool.

Here are other details you need sooner rather than later:

  • It’s happening October 9th & 10th.
  • It’s in Minneapolis.
  • There are only 3000 tickets available.

Now in some ways, 3000 people is a pretty big convention. But in other ways, it’s really not. Not considering the coolness of the guests we have coming in. Nightvale is going to be there. John and Hank Green are going to be there. We’ve got John Scalzi and Paulo Bacigalupi. We’ve got Holly Black and Jacqueline Carey. And many, many others.

I’m going to be there too. In case you hadn’t guessed.

You can see all of them on the website. And those are just the current folks we have confirmed. We’ve got more on the way.

The reason I’m writing this quick blog right now is so y’all have a chance to go over, look at the website, and grab your tickets if you want to come. Some of our guests have huge, rabid fanbases, and I’m expecting the 3000 badges to sell out pretty quickly.

So, if you live in Minneapolis. Or if you’re just really into cool things. You might want to head over to the website and grab a ticket before they’re all gone.

Here’s the link one more time. 

Best,

pat

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Worldbuilders is just around the corner….

If you liked this: worldbuilders logo - jpgYou’re going to love this:

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This year’s fundraiser is going to be *very* cool, folks. It’s starting on December 2nd.

But before that, two things:

1. Donations and offers of help.

Are you an author, and artist, a or just a collector of geek paraphernalia? If you have something you’d like to send Worldbuilders, odds are, we can make use of it.

Are you a publisher? A game designer? A vast monolithic corporation looking to ingratiate yourself into the geek community in exchange for sacks of greasy cash? Worldbuilders is now accepting some forms of corporate sponsorship.

Are you a blogger, a podcaster, or a good old-fashioned journalist who would like to help us spread the word? Worldbuilders would love to give you an interview.

Pretty much anyone who would like to help can drop us a line at: donations [atsign] worldbuilders.com.

2. Black Friday Specials in the Tinker’s Packs.

If you’re like me, you plan on staying at home on Black Friday, probably hiding in some manner of protective cushion fort.

For my like-minded brethren and sistren, we’re launching a bunch of new items in The Tinker’s Packs on Friday. That way you can get some of your holiday shopping done without having to worry about getting crushed to death in some Walmart parking lot.

And, as always, all the proceeds from our store go to charity. So you get a free warm fuzzy out of the deal.

That’s all for now, but stay tuned, folks. We’ve got some lovely stuff to show you, and we’re going to do our best to change the world.

pat

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Shared Worlds

I did a cool thing with some other authors. You should go look at it.

That is all,

pat

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Season Five of the Guild

Generally speaking, I assume that if you’re reading this blog, you’re a geek of some degree or other.

And if you’re a geek, I assume other things about you. I assume you’ve watched Star Trek. I assume you engage in some type of gaming, be it  computer, board, or role.

I assume that you know who Dr. Who is. I assume you have a tiny shrine to Joss Whedon somewhere in your house.

And I assume you watch The Guild.

More importantly, I assume you know when a new season of The Guild has begun.

But just in case some of you aren’t entirely tuned into the geek allmind. I figure I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that season 5 is already upon us.

If you’re a fan, it would be a shame if you didn’t wander over and check it out…

If you’re *not* a fan… well… then I’m guessing there’s either something wrong with you, or you’ve simply never been exposed to it. And if the latter’s the case, it would be a shame if you didn’t give it a try…

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In other, slightly surreal news, NPR recently posted the results of the poll where they asked folks to vote on what their favorite SF and Fantasy books of all time were.

The Kingkiller Chronicles came in #18 on the list.

Out of all SF and Fantasy books. Ever. #18.

Seriously.

pat

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