Thursday, May 24, 2007
Me and Gaiman (Or should that be Gaiman and I?)
So a few weeks ago, I was contacted by some people who are organizing a fantasy conference up at the University of Minnesota. They had just read my book and were wondering if I'd be interested in being a guest.

They were very flattering and said something along the lines of, "We're just getting started, so we can't pay you or anything, but if you check out our home page, you can see that if you come, you'll be getting not-paid with the best."

So I hopped over to their webpage, and what do I see? Neil Gaiman and Jack Zipes.

Zipes is one of the few scholars whose name I happen to know off the top of my head, and perhaps the only one whose name doesn't fill me with the urge to curse wildly and wreck up the place. You see, he's a folklorist. A faerie-tale theorist. I actually enjoyed reading his stuff when I was in grad school. The man is brilliant.

And Gaiman.... Well... if you need me to explain who Neil Gaiman is, then first I'd have to find out how you've managed to get internet access while living under that heavy, heavy rock.

Needless to say, I got back to the lovely ladies who were organizing the conference and told them that I'd love nothing better than to show up free of charge. That, in fact, I would be happy to do just about anything in order to hang around breathing the same air as those two.

Fast forward to today when I was checking the date for the conference so I could put it up on my tour schedule, when I saw that they had updated the home page.

Here's what I saw.

Not only am I mentioned in the same paragraph as Gaiman and Zipes, but did you see what was down toward the bottom?

Fantasy Matters is pleased to announce that Patrick Rothfuss will be a featured conference reader! The submission deadline for all papers, panels, and author submissions has been extended to June 15, 2007 to accommodate all participants, but in particular those interested in the fantasy themes and topics raised in Patrick's work.

Apparently, I have themes. And topics.

Damn. I'm all tingly. I need to go walk this off.




For those of you in southern Wisconsin, I'm going to be attending Wiscon this weekend in Madison. I'll be doing a reading, a signing, and talking on some panels. If you want more details, feel free to check out their homepage.


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Anonymous Tycho said...

I think they changed their front page again. I don't see any of that stuff. Too bad I'm not in Wisconson. Neil Gaiman and Patrick Rothfuss at the same place, at the same time! I've never heard of this Zipes chap but he sounds interesting too.

May 24, 2007 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Josie said...

I've never heard of Zipes either, but his stuff seems really interesting; I've always had a soft spot for fairy tales. I'm glad you get to go and breathe with him and Neil, and wish you luck on coming up with themes for your book. Doing things like that was the bane of my existance in English.

Oh, and don't feel bad about the last post, the one about the twang? I totally set myself up for that one. No hard feelings.

May 24, 2007 9:19 AM  
Blogger Hob Gammidge said...

Well congratulations! You do have topics and themes, a whole fuckton of 'em.

May 24, 2007 9:52 AM  
Blogger Adam B. Shaeffer said...

Congrats! That should be great fun for all those lucky folks who get to attend.

May 24, 2007 10:01 AM  
Anonymous jeff hotchkiss said...

I think you posted the WisCon link where you meant to post the U of Minn link.

Oh, and thanks for the tip about Zipes. I'll definitely look him up.

May 24, 2007 1:15 PM  
Blogger Pat said...


Ah hell. You're right. Sorry all.

The link is fixed now. It will point you in the right direction - toward the "Fantasy Matters" conference website.

May 24, 2007 2:06 PM  
Anonymous nomz said...

You're highly deserving of company of that calibre. Congratulations!

(Now I have to go punch some walls because even though I can visit the U anytime I want now, by the time that conference rolls around I'll have moved far, far away. The irony! It stings. Like burning.)

Zipes sounds like my sort of guy, ooh.

May 28, 2007 8:24 PM  
Anonymous mosler said...

There seems to be lots of interest in Zipes' work. Pat, maybe you could suggest one of his many works as a starting place?

May 29, 2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger Cory said...

Neil Gaiman!?

He is... wow... meeting him would be...

well obviously even thinking about it is beyond my ability to describe.

He's EASILY my favorite living author.

June 9, 2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger nephster said...

Congrats! I live in Ireland, and was handed a proof copy of The Name of the Wind a little while ago, which I loved :) But coincidentally one of the organisers of this is over visiting Dublin and mentioned the conference, so googling led me here!

August 7, 2007 6:46 AM  

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