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What Should I do #2 – Something Positive.

Today was a glorious day, my friends. A day I have long dreamed of. A day that was foretold in the.. um… earliness. Of the world. Forsooth.

Today is the day I received my first royalty check.

Now I hope this doesn’t make me seem shallow, but the honest truth is that I’ve been more excited about this check arriving than I was to see the first copy of the book. Not that I wasn’t all tingly over the book, mind you. But things have been pretty tight lately around the house of Pat. Ramen has been on the menu again.

What’s more, my personal gaelets, Visa and Mastercard, had stopped sending letters and decided instead that it would be better to hire burly men to stand across the street from my house, clutching broken pool cues and giving me meaningful looks.

But now I am safe from them. For a while at least.

For this week’s What-Should-I-Do Tuesday, let me (hopefully) introduce you to a few new people.

First is an author I expect many of you already know, especially if you make a point of reading high-quality fantasy: Tim Powers.

While all of his books are good, my personal favorites are Last Call and Declare. Though a friend of mine swears that an earlier work of his, Anubis Gates, is the best thing ever.

The second author is someone much newer to the scene: Brandon Sanderson.

I read his book Mistborn recently when I was on a trip, and I enjoyed it so much that I went out and bought the sequel, The Well of Ascension, in hardcover at full price. Twenty seven bucks that I could not really afford, despite the fact that credit card thugs were standing across the street from my house. But it was money well spent.

And lastly, a webcomic that I’m fond of: Something Positive.

Dark, sarcastic, cynical humor at its finest. Not for the easily offended or the faint of heart. But in addition to the humor that’s scattered throughout his comic, I have to say that Randy Milholland really knows how to tell a good story, parts of his comic are really poignant, heart touching, and true.

And, in the interest of full disclosure, a while back he was nice enough to mention me in some fairly good company.

Lastly and leastly, today (the 10th) is the last day you can vote for Name of the Wind for to win “Book of the Year” in the Quill awards. If you’re interested, you should HEAD OVER HERE and click on “Vote Now!” link.

And I’m off to bed,

pat

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A quick answer about the quill award….

Normally if someone asks me a question over e-mail, I just answer it directly. But if I get the same question several times, it lets me know I should post up the answer in a blog for everyone to see.

Over the last week I’ve had five people send me e-mails similar to this one:

Hey Pat,

Yesterday my friend Jake who is also a big fan of your book asked me if I’d gone and voted for your book for the quill award. I explained to him that you’d already won the quill award. We argued for a while, then, since I was right here by the computer, I thought I’d ask you directly.

I’m right, aren’t I? You already won, didn’t you?

Suz

P.S. Congratulations, by the way. You rock.

Luckily Suz, this is one of those situations where everyone is right.

You’re right because I did win the Quill in the Science-Fiction/Fantasy category. I’ll be heading out to New York and you’ll be able to see me wearing a tux on NBC.

BUT, Jake is right too, because right now the voting is going on for the BIG quill award: the Book of the Year award.

You see, the winners for the individual categories (Romance, graphic novel, etc.) are voted on my a bunch of booksellers, librarians, and literati. But the Book of the Year is determined by popular vote. Which means you could go over there and vote for me, if you were so inclined.

And by over there I mean OVER HERE. (After you click, you need to click again on the link in that press release that says, “vote here.”)

I think a lot of the confusion has come from the fact that they aren’t running this award the way that we’re used to seeing it. It’s not like the Oscars where all the nominees show up and then the winner in each category is a big surprise. The only real surprise at the quills will be who wins Book of the Year.

Hope this clears things up for those of you who have been confused….

pat

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