Taking some extra money off your boss…

Hey there you delightful, good-smelling paragons of humanity.

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to the Fundraiser warm-up blog I posted up last Friday. And double thanks to all of you who chimed with companies who match their employees donations to charity.

I’d said I was going to keep a running list at the end of that blog, but that blog was looooong, and it would require a lot of scrolling to get to the list at the end. So instead we’re going to put it here in its very own place.

Here’s the list so far of places we’ve heard will match your donation to Worldbuilders:

  • Mastercard (Matches 2 to 1)
  • AT&T
  • Most Berkshire Hathaway companies
  • Expedia Group
  • Intel (up to $10,000)
  • Salesforce (matches donations over $50 logged in their Volunteerforce app)
  • Oracle
  • Lending Club (up to $200)
  • Apple
  • Cigna
  • Microsoft (up to $14,000)
  • Avanade
  • Cardinal Health (matches at 50%)
  • Global Payments
  • BP (up to $5000)
  • Illumina
  • Boston Scientific (up to $500)
  • Google
  • Boeing
  • Alaska Air
  • Dress for Less
  • Bank of America
  • Starbucks
  • Bandcamp
  • VMware
  • Keen (up to $1000 annually)
  • First Interstate Bank
  • Adobe

We’ve also heard from some folks whose companies match donations, but who don’t recognize Worldbuilders…. yet. These are great contacts for us, as it means we can start a conversation with that company and move toward getting on their approved list. (Which is typically *super* easy, as we’re all manner of legit, have been around for years, and at this point we’re *real* good at filling out this paperwork.)

So yeah. If you want to help us reel in your corporation, or if you ARE a corporation and want to become a sponsor, feel free to ping us at the following e-mail.

*Ahem*

[email protected]

(If you want to know the story behind how that address came to be, read the previous blog.)

Thanks so much to everyone who has been sharing their knowledge and helping us build this list. Your help has been invaluable. If you’re just tuning in now and know your company matches donations, please drop us their name in the comments below and we’ll use that information to keep updating this list.

This might seem odd to say, but it actually feels good to be writing blogs again. I’ve missed y’all.

Stay tuned for the upcoming black Friday blog. We’ve got a bunch of sales and items going up over at the Worldbuilders Market.

Also, I’m starting to livestream more often over on Twitch in preparation for the fundraiser. Right now I’m playing Minecraft for the first time, and it’s been… eventful. Which is a gentle way of saying that when I play a game like this, I typically start a stream as a pacifist who wants to build a beautiful aquarium, and I end the stream drowning a horse in a fit of pique.

So… yeah. If that’s the sort of thing you’d like to watch. Feel free to wander over there and follow the channel, then you’ll get a notification when I go live.

pat

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Bracing for Impact…

Hey there everybody – long time no blog.

This year has been… a year. It feels like it has stretched on forever. Endless and interminable. Like I’ve been living Zeno’s year.

In other ways the time has blurred by. I feel like I’ve spent the whole year running from emergency to emergency, trying to put out fires.  And now, after all of it… the fires are kinda still there? They’re not worse for the most part, which is nice, I suppose. But it feels like I should have more to show for this than singed hands and a collection of not-as-bad-as-it-might-otherwise-be crises smouldering sullenly around me.

It’s kinda like treading water, except with all that burning talk in the previous paragraph that analogy doesn’t work, does it? I’m mixing a metaphor really badly. Maybe I’m treading fire instead.

Anyway. What I really mean to say here is that I feel bad that I’ve been… away. Absent for a longish while. I haven’t streamed as much on twitch. Haven’t gone to as many conventions or signings. Haven’t completed a lot of projects I was hoping to finish and share with y’all. Haven’t finished any of the blogs I’ve started. Hell, I haven’t hardly been tweeting this year.

But time and tide wait of no man. And whether I lost this year to fire or water, whether it was fast or slow – It’s November now, and that means Worldbuilders is nigh upon us.

I feel unprepared, and overwhelmed, and… oddly grateful.

Here’s the thing. There’s a lot of stuff in the world I can’t fix right now. A lot of stuff in my life I can’t make better, try as I might.

But I can do some charity. I can feed some hungry kids.

You guys want to come along with me and make the world a better place?

*     *     *

This year the Worldbuilders fundraiser will run from December 3rd to the 17th.

If you’ve been around for Worldbuilders before, there will be a lot familiar there. We have thousands of prizes, fabulous auctions, videos about goats… I’ll be livestreaming and hosting discussion panels with other cool geeks and luminaries. We will have surprises and spectacles galore…

Before the madness sets in, before it all starts, I want to make sure you know how much you all mean to me. So many of you show up for this every year, and that is one of the few constant and unswerving joys in my life. One of the few things that never fails to warm my bitter old heart.

You are my people. Cut from a similar cloth and yearning to do something good in the world. You don’t know how much that means to me.

(Just remembered this picture someone made for me, based off a blog I wrote.)

Now to be clear, this blog isn’t the announcement of the beginning of the fundraiser. It’s just a heads-up. I’m letting you know you should brace for impact.

The fundraiser is only two weeks long now where we used to run it for an entire MONTH. That means once it starts, it’s going to come on hard and fast. If you miss even a couple days, you’ll miss a lot.

If you’re excited about what’s coming up, and you’d like to lend a hand or to start preparing for the coming storm, we have a couple ideas:

  • Wanna help us spread the word?

This is always a challenge for us. How do we get more eyes on the coolness that is Worldbuilders?

We’ve got two ways you can help:

1. Bring a Friend.

This is the simplest thing we’re going to ask people to do. Not just bump things around on social media or share links. (Though that *is* a lovely help.)

This year, we’re asking those of you who already love Worldbuilders to recruit one person and bring them into the fold. Like a cult.

Nope. Wait. I’ve just been told we’re not going with that. Not like a cult. Our branding people are 100% not cool with me comparing our charity fundraiser to a cult.

Mabye we’re more like a secret new Hogwarts house? No… they’re saying no. Copyright issue there. Maybe a gang? They’re there scowling at me now. How about a club? A cool club that you love and you want to share with other large-hearted people who enjoy winning cool prizes and making the world a better place?

So yeah. I mention that we’d like to bring more people into the fold now, so you can start to think about who your best target might be. So you can study them. Track their movements. Make a list of their weaknes…

Nope. Wait. Again. They’re shaking their heads very firmly. Not that.

Just give it a bit of a think. Odds are, I’m guessing you know someone out there who would love the chance to do some good in the world while also having the chance to win cool books and games.

And if you happen to know a *bunch of people…

2. Plan your own page.

This year, we’re letting people create their own fundraiser pages as part of the main Worldbuilders Event.

This means you can create a place to rally a group of people around. You can make a page for your book club, your church, your local co-op or Comic Book store. You can make a page and tell your family that for Christmas, you’d like a donation there instead of a gift. You can make a page and tell your friends if they manage to raise $300 (enough for clean water for an entire village) you’ll *finally* run that Call of Cuthulu game they’ve been bugging you about for years.

You can do anything you want with your team page, really. We’ll be throwing the doors open for you to create them on the first day of the fundraiser.

But you can start your planning now….

  • Want to Leverage your donation?

Every year we get some folks who donate large chunks of money, but don’t care about winning prizes. Sometimes they’ve approached us directly and asked if we wanted to use their money for matching donations to encourage other people to donate.

It’s a great strategy. So this year we’re inviting people to do that if they’d like to. To effectively come in as sponsors to the charity in the same way a publisher or a game company would.

But before I give you the contact e-mail, I have to explain something.

Many of you may remember Thera from Last year’s fundraiser. She’s the one that rallied my own people against me and pushed for this abomination as a stretch goal:

See, Thera is a big fan of John Mulaney, which is right and good, as the man is brilliant.

Anyway, I mention all of this as context so you understand why she chose this particular e-mail as the way to contact us at our very professional charity if you’d like to offer up some matching money:

[email protected]

So… yeah. There you go.

  • Help us take some money off our corporate overlords?

Guess what? Turns out a lot of big businesses offer corporate matching money if their employees donate to official, federally recognized charities.

A charity like, just to pick a name off the top of my head, Worldbuilders.

Mastercard, for example. Offers a *double* match. So if one of their employees makes a $100 donation, Mastercard kicks in $200 of its own making it $300 total.

I’d like to compile a list of businesses that offer matching deals like that. I’m guessing a lot of you work for places that would gladly back your charity play and you don’t even know it.

So. If you work somewhere that offers something similar, and they recognize Worldbuilders as valid recipient, can you mention it in the comments below? We’ll dig through our records too, and start a compiling a running list here at the bottom of this blog?

What’s more, if you check and discover your company needs something from Worldbuilders to get officially recognized, ping us at the address above and we’ll jump whatever hoops they require so we can get hold of that sweet, sweet corporate honey.

That’s all for now. Thanks for sticking with me to the end of the blog, and until the end of the year.

I’m looking forward to surprising you over the next couple weeks.

pat

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Events and Booksignings at PAX West Exclamation Point

Hello there.

*clears throat*

The online dictionary I checked defines Seattle as “a port city in West Washington on the Puget Sound”  In this essay I will …..

No, wait. The joke now is TED talk, right?  Please tell me how the youths joke now? I am alone and confused and this city is so large.  How many nickles do I need to buy a hot dog from a street vendor? Are street vendors still a thing? ARE HOT DOGS?

This weekend (when I’m not scrambling to feel connected to the slang of today) I’ll be at PAX West (!(exclamation point)).

Naturally, I’ll be on stage Ding all the D’s with my Acc Inc peeps.

But also, for the first time in a long time, have some booth space with some honest-to goodness merch here at PAX. I’ll be at the Table Titans Booth (7609).

While I go to PAXes fairly regularly, and even do signings there, I can’t remember the last time I actually managed to have books available for people, let alone the sexy new 10th anniversary edition of NOTW…

(We’re getting them shipped in special, and they’ll be showing up tomorrow!)

We’ll also have Tak sets, special capstones, decks of NOTW themed cards, handmade dice… and all manner of books I’ll happily sign for you. It’s a great gatheration of geekery. It slaps.

We’ve got a bunch of other stuff, too. (Like the Rick and Morty Comics) But I do feel I should mention that supplies are limited, so if you’re *really* excited to buy something, you might want to swing by sooner rather than later. People have been asking me to sell books at this show for ages, so now that they’re actually here, they might get snapped up super quick once word gets out.

Here are all my official events for the weekend:

Edit: There was some bad data in the first draft of this blog, specifically the Sunday and Monday hours. The current times and places are correct.

We’ve also included a handy-dandy graphic at the end you can share on the socials if you’d like to help spread the word.

  • Friday, August 30th

Signing at Booth 7609
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – 6th floor

Acquisitions Incorporated Live
7:30 – 10:30 PM in the Main Theatre

  • Saturday, August 31

Signing at Booth 7609
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM – 6th floor

  • Sunday, September 1

Signing at Booth 7609
4:30 PM – 5:30 AM – 6th floor

  • Monday, September 2

Signing at Booth 7609
10:30 AM – 11:20 AM – 6th floor

Acquisition Inc Signing
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM – Autograph Area

Yeet me there, friends. It’ll be a bop.

pat

 

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The Business of Managing a Business

Hey there everybody, long time no see.

Do you know that feeling happens when you wake up all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, excited to get some solid work done?

So you get up, take your meds, and decide to start your day by wrapping up some small projects. Get a nice clean slate. Clear your desk so you can focus on getting the really important stuff done.

But when you open up your e-mail, you realize that first you need to catch up on e-mail. Because when you look up from the bottom of your inbox it’s such a deep hole that all you can see is a faint a circle of light like they talk about in The Ring.

So you’re doing e-mail, clearing out the chaff, making progress, apologizing to the folks you’ve meant to reply to for months. Then someone texts you with a quick question looking for clarification about a contract, and then someone *else* pings you on Signal asking if you want to be on a panel at a convention. Then you have a skype call so you can do some art direction about the illustrations for the upcoming French edition of your book…

(Yes. Seriously. Art by the Amazing Marc Simonetti.)

So you get that about 73% finished before you have to jump into a meeting about who is going to be your literary executor just in case you get hit by a bus the next time you go out for coffee, and it’s an important meeting, but it’s really complicated, and you don’t *quite* get it finished before you have to have a conference call about copyrighting certain parts of your IP…

Then, eventually, you realize it’s 11:00 at night, and despite spending your whole day doing things, you feel like you haven’t gotten anything done.

If you *don’t* know what that’s like. I’m delighted for you. But that pattern has been my default for… like… a really long time.

None of you will be shocked to hear that I am not a natural organizer. Sure I make lists. I make lots of lists. Then eventually I have to find and organize the lists that were meant to keep me organized in the first place. So I make a list of the lists I need to organize.

As a friend of mine very correctly said recently: I am a chaos generator.

So. We here at Rothco are finally biting the bullet and hiring a business manager. Or rather, we’ve been going through the laborious process of figuring out what exactly we want/need from a business manager. In order to do this, we’ve been creating some sort of arcane document called a… Jorb Listing?

Surprising no-one, even this step of the process has been a bit… chaotic. As shown by this screencap of an early draft of the google doc:

(Please help me.)

In a nutshell, I need someone to help manage my… everything. Someone with experience and training to help my team handle the day-to-day business of things so I can focus on doing the things that only *I* can do. Like write books and spend time with my kids.

I’ve been deliberating for a long time as to whether or not to mention this job on the blog.

On one hand, I want to get the word out. I want as many applicants as possible, because I want to find someone *amazing* for this job. (Also because I don’t want to have to go through the time-consuming and excruciating process of doing a second job search later.)

And, truth be told, y’all are pretty amazing, so it only makes sense that I’d like to open the door for you to apply. What’s more, I’m guessing a lot of you know some amazing people that you might want to mention this job to. Being a fan isn’t a requirement for this job, so if y’all know any great organizers/managers with experience who are either looking for a job, or looking to change jobs…

(My expectations are super reasonable.)

But here’s the problem, posting the job here might lead to some real hassle. It takes a long time to go through applications, and if we get 300 people applying just for shits and giggles, it’s going to waste a *ton* of time. And time is in short supply here.

So here’s the thing. I vouched for you. I told my team that y’all are cool. I’ve reassured them that even though some of you might be tempted to throw in a joke application, you wouldn’t actually do that. Because yeah, sure, one joke application might be funny. But 200 of them will waste a week of my team’s time, and make it *harder* for me to actually find the person I’m looking for.

So here it goes:

*****

  • Elodin Enterprises Seeks Full-Time Business Manager:

Elodin Enterprises is a Stevens Point-based company that works with the intellectual property, licensing, and merchandising for the author Patrick Rothfuss. In addition to this, we collaborate closely with Worldbuilders, the non-profit founded by Pat. We are looking for a business manager who will be able to plan and lead varied projects, manage employees, act as liaison and coordinator, and generally ensure everything Elodin Enterprises works consistently, efficiently and smoothly. 

We are looking for a business manager to plan and lead varied projects, streamline workflow, and facilitate a workspace where Pat is able to pursue his creative work productively. Our long-term goal is to separate the creative elements of Elodin Enterprises from day-to-day operations. 

We’re looking for a leader who can manage initiatives on time, oversee employees to ensure that they are functioning at optimum levels, and provide an efficient, flexible structure around which our ideas and people can continue to grow. 

Our ideal candidate is a talented individual who is self-motivated and committed to making the world a better place. This position will involve a high level of communication, organization, planning, and problem-solving. As someone in a high-level position in the organization, you would also be responsible for supporting a positive work environment. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Project oversight and management 
  • Oversight and management of employees
  • Setting and completing productive business goals
  • Ensure long term financial stability 
  • Understand, develop, and operate within our brand

Required Skills

  • Very skilled with Google Apps (Calendar, Drive, Gmail, Groups, etc)
  • Meticulous and detail oriented
  • Critical thinker who makes good, informed, and ethical decisions
  • Extremely good at writing and email communication
  • Task driven and able to work independently
  • Extraordinarily organized
  • Fast learner at new programs and processes
  • Maintaining complete and accurate files
  • Working with company accountants
  • Managing a small team of full-time employees
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Helpful, but not required experience:

  • Familiarity with Android phones
  • OBS and other streaming software
  • Discord, Slack, Skype, and other communications software
  • Contract reading and negotiation
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office
  • Property/Facilities Management
  • Product development

The position will require the ability to oversee many projects simultaneously, maintaining timelines and deadlines for all of them, while ensuring that the rest of the team is doing the same. As a small organization, we may ask that you pitch in as odds-and-ends tasks come up.

This position is full-time and is based in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Pay will be commensurate with experience. Position includes health care benefits, vacation and holiday time off.

Elodin Enterprises is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs(@)patrothfuss.com.

Deadline for application is July 25th.

*****

Okay folks. I’m trusting you. Please share this around with anyone you think might be legitimately interested and qualified.

I’m also trusting you *not* to apply just because you hate your current job and were totally an assistant manager at a Pizza Hut that one summer.

On the other hand, if you’d like to apply for OTHER jobs in the comments below, I’d love to see what you have to offer Rothco. Think you’d be a great minion? List your unique skills below. Want to be my Dolphin wrangler? Food taster? Court Jester? Lovely. I’m eager to see what qualifications you bring to the table.

Just make sure to do it in the comments below, not in the e-mail above.

Share and enjoy,

pat

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Animated Name of the Wind????

Pssst. Hey. Everybody. Wanna see something cool as hell?

Here you go….

Thanks to the Delightful Ethan Becker who made this. You’ve brightened my day….

Share and enjoy.

pat

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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 [email protected] 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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Final Days, Team Pages, and Sharable Graphics Galore…

Hey there everybody,

As I write this, Worldbuilders has just blown past $900,000.

Donations have been *amazingly* strong over the last couple days, especially given that it’s been the weekend, and it’s stunningly hard to get people’s attention on Saturday and Sunday.

I wasn’t sure before, but right now It’s really looking like we’re going to hit $1,000,000 despite all the format changes we made this year.

So for all of you that have helped so far… Thank you. Thank you all for everything you’ve done. Thank you for donating. Thank you for helping to spread the word.

Because of you, kids have eggs to eat, milk to drink, warm clothes to wear. Clean water. Access to medicine. Safety and security. People’s lives will be better. Forever. Because of you.

For those of you who haven’t jumped in yet, there’s still time. But not much…

*     *     *

Today’s going to be a be a bit of a grab-bag of a blog, as I’m going to mention a bunch of things that I’ve talked about on other platforms, but not here on the blog yet.

  • Team pages.

As I’ve mentioned before, there are team pages that let you win cool prizes in addition to the 170,000 of prizes we’re giving away in the main Worldbuilders lottery.

  • Manuscript Read-and-Critiques

I haven’t mentioned The Professional Manuscript Read-and-Critique page on the blog this year yet, but it’s one of the cooler things we do in the fundraiser. Honestly? it’s something I wish I’d had access to when I was an unpublished author. If you donate there, you have a chance of winning a critique of your writing from various lovely authors and editors from the sci-fi community. (Including me.)

So if you or someone you know is a writer, be aware that for every $10 you donate on that page you get a chance to win a professional read-through of your unpublished work.

  • The D&D Team page.

In case you haven’t seen them yet, we created some really incredible prizes for our D&D Team Page.

(Click to Embiggen, and behold their full glory.)

If you head over to the team page, you can see ALL the cards. We’re producing dozens of them, featuring amazing people from Critical Role and Acquisitions Inc and The Adventure Zone and Wizard of the Coast.

We’re giving away over a thousand of these cards, including full sets. What’s more, the higher the donation total gets on the page, the more we’re going to give away.

So head over there to see all the cards, and remember, every $10 gets you a chance to win them (and all the stuff in the main prize lottery, too.)

*     *     *

Lately, a lot of people have been asking how they can help spread the word about the fundraiser. And that delights me, because the only reason Worldbuilders is the success it is today is because of y’all telling your friends about it.

So to make it easier for y’all, we decided to put together some graphics you could share on social media.

That said, if you *do* share these images on social media, can you do me a favor and share a clickable link, too? It makes it way easier for people to actually go and take a look at the fundraiser.

We made a bunch of them so that y’all could pick and choose whatever part of the fundraiser you’re most excited about, or what you think your friends and family would be most interested in.

  • Main Fundraiser Page: http://bit.ly/worldbuilders10
  • Pat’s Twitch Stream Page: http://bit.ly/wbpat
  • Oot Change Jar: http://bit.ly/ootchange
  • D&D Team Page: http://bit.ly/wbdnd

Share and enjoy. We made a LOT of them…

(To use, right click and either ‘copy image’ or ‘save image as’.)


That’s all I have for now, folks.

Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for helping to save the world.

pat

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