Saturday, June 30, 2007
An interview with Adventures Underground.

If you thought I'd managed to talk myself out in the Question and Answer interview format, you were sadly mistaken.

Proof of this is evident in a new interview over at ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND.

I'm almost always surprised when I go back and read these interviews. You see, I've got a weird memory. I forget things really easily. Sometimes my friends tell stories about me, things that I don't remember doing. Or they repeat jokes back to me that I don't remember telling in the first place. Sometimes when I'm revising my own books, I stumble onto scenes I don't remember writing. In fact, I just found one of those where Elodin takes Kvothe to a brothel as part of instruction into the subtle and volatile art of naming. Funny stuff.

My point is, after I do one of these interviews, I usually forget what I've said. So when the Q & A goes live and the person hosting it sends me a link, I get to read them over and experience them with fresh eyes. Sometimes I agree with what I've said. Most of the time, actually. Sometimes I disagree, or find myself wishing I'd phrased things a little more clearly.

Sometimes I find myself thinking things like, "Wow, that's exactly what I think!"Then I feel dumb because, well, of course it's what I think. Or at least, it's what I thought back when I wrote it a week or two ago. My opinions are fluid and frangible. Does this mean I occasionally contradict myself? Very well then, I contradict myself.

I think this is healthy. Or at least it makes me happy, which means it's healthy for me. I've always felt that I've had the right to disagree with anyone about anything. How horrible then would it be if I didn't feel free to disagree with myself?

Enough rambling. You can go CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW if you're curious.

They also have a few signed copies of my book there, if you're into that sort of thing.



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Anonymous Nick said...

Be careful Pat. Too much introspection can confuse anyone. Thanks for the spoiler by the way, I'm interested to see if that scene makes the final cut.

July 1, 2007 9:28 AM  
Blogger Pat said...

Is that a spoiler?

I thought of it more as a teaser....


July 1, 2007 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Mr Pudifoot said...

I am glad I am not the only one that happens to. My ex-girlfriend tells me all sorts of jokes and witty remarks I told her, and I think "Gee, thats pretty funny, I wish i thought of it. Oh wait, i guess i did."

(note: my ex-girlfriend I are on great terms, i was even the best man at her wedding)

July 1, 2007 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Josie said...

Now you can't cut out that scene, because we're all expecting it. I for one can't wait to see what happens. So now if you don't include it, all of the people who read that interview will be disappointed.

Your discussion about how you get into character was interesting. I find myself doing that sometimes when I read. it's good to know I'm not a freak of nature or something. ;)

Now I'm off to look up what psychopharmacology is...

July 1, 2007 10:47 AM  
Blogger Althalus said...

Psycho-pharmacology is what they call making up drugs to lessen the symptoms of people with psychological disorders. (hooray psych 1101!)

Anyway, I'm the same way when it cames to forgetting stuff as well. My friends use it to my great disadvantage..

July 1, 2007 12:51 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Most of us get fuzzy memories just getting along in THIS world. You spend a considerable amount of time in another one, also. Lots to keep track of in the old noggin. Besides, I think it's a grand thing to be surprised by our own wit now and again.
Our flame-haired luthier lad in a brothel??? THAT is a teaser, you wicked author person, you!

July 1, 2007 10:21 PM  
Blogger Betse said...

Elodin taking Kvothe to a brothrel, eh? Boy, am I looking forward to that...

I know what you mean about writing something and then going back to it and thinking "... Did I write that? Really? Huh." Which, of course, is sometimes a great thing, and every once in a while, not so great...

July 1, 2007 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Steven Ford said...

Happy Birthday Patrick, you old man.

God, we're getting ancient...

And by that same God... I will get a hold of you one of these days...

Enjoy your day!

July 3, 2007 8:55 AM  
Blogger Mr Pudifoot said...

oh, Happy Birthday Pat!!!

July 3, 2007 2:17 PM  
Anonymous Nic said...

That site seems to be on the technical fritz. Do you have a direct link to the signed books? (Or any other resource from which I can purchase one?)


July 11, 2007 10:03 AM  

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