Thursday, January 17, 2008
The unhappy announcement
I have to pass along some unhappy news, but before I do that, I have to tell a story. (For those of you who have been reading the blog for a while, or who have read the book for that matter, this behavior should not come as any particular surprise.)

A couple weeks ago, I was home for Christmas. While I was helping my Dad get ready for dinner, we talked about his Christmas letter. You know, the sort of thing I'm talking about: the yearly cute picture and Cliff Notes version of your family news.

My dad and I had talked about the letter before because this year's was a lot harder to write. It's been an odd year....

Wow. Look at that. "It's been an odd year." That, my friends, is what we call a classic Midwestern understatement.

Let me try again. This post is meant to pass along some important news, so I might as well speak plainly....

In some ways, this has been the best year of my life. The book that I've worked on for over fourteen years finally hit the shelves. I have met countless fans who have stunned me with their cleverness and kindness. I got to meet Tad Williams and Neil Gaiman and a host of other incredible authors. The book has gotten stunning reviews, and won awards, and they're currently translating it into twenty foreign languages.

I would say that my dreams had come true, but honestly, I never had dreams this big.

But in other ways, this year has contained some of the worst things I've ever lived through. My mom died this February, about a month before the book came out. She was my biggest fan, and liked me back before anyone else had a reason too. She was so exited about the book....

Later, my dad discovered he had cancer too. Just in time for last year's Christmas. His was, by comparison, a good cancer, and they removed his lung in January.

Yeah, as we say here in the Midwest, it's been an odd year.

Anyway, because of these things, writing the Christmas letter was tricky. Still, my dad managed to get all the family news summed up in a page and a half. Included was the most recent news about Name of the Wind and information about the release date of book two....

So, as I was saying, my dad and I are making dinner, and he tells me that two days after he sent out the letter, friends started to stop by his office at work. "The publication date of book two, was that a typo?" They ask. "Or is that really when it's coming out?"

My dad tells them that it's not a typo. That is when book two is really coming out.

Telling the story in the kitchen, my dad mimics their posture when they hear the news: the disappointed slump to their shoulders. One person went beyond disappointment and seemed truly distressed when he heard the news "This is awful!" the guy said, standing in the doorway to my dad's office. "I can't tell my son about this, it'll ruin his whole Christmas."

The story was pretty funny the way my dad told it, but my stomach still twisted into a knot when I heard it. It confirmed what I already knew, that people were going to be really disappointed when they heard the news about book two. I've known for a while... but I've been putting off making the official post here. It's easy to tell jokes and post up good news about awards. It's hard to make an announcement that's will make people unhappy.

But here it is: As of now, book two is scheduled for April of 2009.

I'm sorry. We were sure we could have book two out in a year, but it just wasn't the case.

There are reasons. For those of you who are interested, I'll cover them in the second half of this post, but the heart of the announcement is simply that: Book two has been delayed. It was unavoidable, and I am sorry.

The Reasons Behind the Delay
Answers to Your Questions
Why Pat is a Total Dick

"I thought you said that books two and three were done?"

I did. It wasn't a lie.

In some ways all three books were done way back in 2000 when I managed to write the story all the way through to the end. But there's a HUGE difference between a story that's finished, and one that is polished, revised, and refined into something really, really good.

I tend to revise A LOT. Over the years these three books have been put through hundreds of revisions. That's not an exaggeration. Some of them are small, just me tweaking words here and there to make things sound better.

Other revisions are huge and involve me moving chapters, removing scenes, and adding characters. On more than one occasion I have gone through this first book cut out over 10% of the total text. Then sometimes, in later revisions, I put some of it back. There's a lot of trial and error. A good book doesn't happen by accident.

(Warning: Minor spoiler alert for those of you who haven't read Name of the Wind.)

For example. If you were to go back in time and read The Name of the Wind one major revision ago, you'd discover that there wasn't any trip to Trebon, no draccus at all.

If you were to go back two major revisions, you would lose Auri and Devi. Their characters didn't exist in that version of the book.

Three revisions? You wouldn't have the scene where Kvothe and Elodin go to the asylum. Or the scene where Kvothe saves Fela from the fire in the Fishery. Or the scene where Bast talks to Chronicler at the very end of the book. I hadn't written any of those them yet.

Think about that version of the book. Would you want to read that instead? I wouldn't.

Were those early drafts finished? In some ways, yes. They had a beginning, a middle, and an ending. They probably could have been published, and people would have liked them fairly well, but they would not have been the best book possible, and that's what I want to write for you.

Hell, just thinking about the book without Auri nearly breaks my heart.

So when I say that book two needs revisions, you have to trust me. What I have right now is good, but it's not the best book possible. I want to give you a great book. A book that is as perfect as I can possibly make it. I want you to read it and laugh, and cry, and be horrified.

But that takes time....

"Fine, book two needs revisions. Why aren't they already done, you dick?"

Two reasons.

1) Mental Exhaustion.

As I've already mentioned, we found out my mom had terminal cancer in September of last year. That meant that I had to do my final revisions on The Name of the Wind while coming to grips with that, working my day job, and driving down to Madison to spend as much time with her as I possibly could.

Needless to say, it wasn't a lot of fun. Trying to re-write a scene so that it captures the delicate magic of budding young love when the main thing on your mind is your mom dying... it's kinda rough.

What's more, I didn't tell my publisher about my mom, because everyone at DAW and Penguin was really excited about the book, and I the last thing I wanted to do was take a big old shit on their enthusiasm. We were just getting to know each other professionally, and I didn't want our first interaction to be me backing out of a bunch of commitments, no matter how good my excuse.

Plus, sometimes when authors go through heavy emotional stuff, they stop writing. Sometimes for years. I didn't want the publisher to start worrying about that before my first book was even out.

But because I didn't tell them, I had to cowboy up and do all the pre-publication promotional stuff. I went to a lunch with bookbuyers on the same day my mom had to go in for emergency thorastic surgery. (This was made easier by the fact that my mom told me she'd kick my ass if I didn't go....)

Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all bad. In some ways it was nice to get away and be around people who didn't know. It gave me a much needed vacation from that traumatic part of my life.

A few months later, when my dad found out he had cancer too, I finally fessed up to my publisher. Betsy was very supportive and cut me every piece of slack possible. However, at that point we were looking at unmovable production deadlines. Because of that, the ten days I had to look over the final page proofs for The Name of the Wind, were the same ten days my dad spent in the hospital after getting his lung removed. I remember red-penning corrections into the manuscript while he slept in the ICU, the tubes everywhere and a machine helping him breathe.

In the end, I did it. I managed to meet my deadlines and get the Name of the Wind out on time. But I felt like I'd done the writing equivalent of running in the game-winning touchdown on a broken leg. We won the game, but afterwards, I really didn't feel that great...

I don't know. It was like I'd pushed things too far and pulled a muscle in my brain. Following my dad's surgery and my mom's death, I didn't even want to think about working on the next book. Not for months....

2) Unexpected busyness.

Just yesterday I read something that Charlie Stross wrote on a message board. He said, "The epiphenomena of a writing career can easily occupy about 30 hours a week, on average."

This, is some capitol-T fucking Truth.

Before my book was published, I had no idea how much extra work was involved in being a published author. I'm not talking about the writing itself. I'm talking about doing interviews, going to conventions and booksignings, answering fanmail, corresponding with the editor and agents, looking for promotional blurbs from other authors, answering questions for my foreign translators....

That means when my book came out, I suddenly discovered I had brand-new 30 hour-a-week job. That, plus teaching at the University, plus, teaching fencing, plus working with the College Feminists as their advisor.... Assuming that I still wanted to sleep, eat, and occasionally kiss my girlfriend, there just weren't enough hours in the day, and my writing time was slowly eaten away.

Also, the timeline for publishing a book is a lot tighter than I ever knew. It takes a lot of time to print, promote, and edit things. Because of that, for the book to come out in April of 2008, I actually would have had to have it pretty much finished this last August. Five months after my mom died. I tried, but I just couldn't make it happen.

"So what are you doing to make sure that you don't delay the book again, you dick?"

For starters, I've quit my day job. Starting this semester, I'm no longer teaching at the University. It was a hard decision to make. I'm giving up my health insurance, my office, and the ability to act as advisor to a lot of student groups that I really enjoy. Plus, I really love teaching. But it take a lot of time and mental energy, so I'm leaving it behind to focus on my writing.

I've also trimmed a lot of the extracurricular things out of my life. I've given up the fencing class that I taught at the YMCA, and the College Feminists don't hold their meetings at my house any more. I'll miss them, as they're some of the coolest people I know, but I need to buckle down and streamline my life.

Whew. Longest post ever.

In summary, I suck and I'm sorry.

That said, I'd rather disappoint you a little now by delaying things, than by crapping out some half-finished turd of a book and disappointing you a LOT in April.

Hope I didn't retroactively ruin your Christmas....


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Blogger TK42ONE said...

So, the news about the delay in book 2 has been floating around awhile, thus, no shocker there. I vaguely recall hearing about your Mom this year too. Terribly sad, but life is full of death and always at the worst time.

Anyway, before I ramble too much let get to the heart of how I feel. I'm sorry about your Mom and your Dad. I'm lucky enough to have both my parents right now and I'm not sure what I'd do without them. I would have gone to those meetings too just because I know my Mom would come back and kick my ass or haunt me for not listening to her.

The delays in printing book 2 are disappointing, but honestly, I have plenty I can read to fill in the gap. And when book 2 DOES arrive, I know I'll be in for a treat. I think I'm one of the few that knew you meant you wrote the books but hadn't proofed them yet.

I, and others that want to grow up to be big, famous authors, see you as an idol of sorts. And while we want to believe it's an easy life, when you really think about it, it's a full time job. Maybe 30 hours a week is too low.

But quitting your job as a teacher? Wow. I was stunned. i am stunned. Part of me is screaming for you to go back to teaching. All those young minds that need your help to understand life and all the trials that go along with it.

But part of me says you need the time to focus on writing. Maybe you can get some breathing room to take a solid look at books 2 and 3. And take some time to work on something else. After all, 3 books isn't going to leave me satisfied. I want more.

And that's where I am now. Sad and depressed about your parents and you leaving school. But happy that you'll have more time to write, revise, write, revise.

So there. Longest response yet.

January 17, 2008 12:01 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I am sorry to hear about the push, but I would much rather read a finished book than one that was rushed. I guess I will just have to read Name of the Wind a few more times. Thanks for all the hard work you have put into making such great novels for me to read.

January 17, 2008 12:02 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

Oh no! You didn't tell me about your dad. What a rough year...
I am sure that your dad is proud of you and your mom is still supporting you just as enthusiastically from the afterlife of her choice.

That is a big step with your day job. I think maybe you will be happier in the long run over that. I hope giving up the fencing won't be stressful. That might have been a good frustration outlet! ;-) So happy to see that Sarah was not on the streamlining list!

Also, you know that the April 2009 news has been you worst kept secret for a couple of months now, right?


January 17, 2008 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Amras Elensar said...

Your publisher let this slip some months ago, so it's not like this is news to those who pay attention to these things. I was initially a little pissed about it, mainly 'cause it felt a little like cheating when one of the biggest selling arguments of tNotW was that there wouldn't be Martinesque time delays between the books. But one year doesn't constitute much of a delay, and I can certainly understand and sympathies for the reasons behind it.

Hopefully you won' need this bit of advice, but if you ever find yourself having to delay a book, you should really own up to it sooner rather than later. Nip the thing in the bud, if you catch my drift, no matter the reasons. We (i.e. the fans) shouldn't have gotten this from your publisher.

January 17, 2008 12:08 PM  
Blogger Josh Anderson said...

You made the right choice. Take some extra time to produce something you can be completely proud of. Rushing a masterpiece is impossible...

January 17, 2008 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't beat you'reself up pat. Whatever makes the book better is good!

January 17, 2008 12:33 PM  
Blogger Adam B. Shaeffer said...

You most certainly do not suck

January 17, 2008 12:33 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Sorry to hear that you've been through all that, Pat. I thought it was the balancing act of teaching (I've done it for 6 years and I know the deep commitments it takes to do that as well as you seemed to be doing it, based on your comments), but add your parents' You did the best you could and hey, those haters, well...they'll just have to find a clue, no?

But most of all, enjoy the longer breaks you'll have and have fun with the text, OK? :D

January 17, 2008 12:43 PM  
Blogger KYDS3K said...

hoooly crap! i never realized you had so much on your plate. that's amazing - you're kicking ass in my book. april 2009 will come sooner than we realize. keep fighting the good fight!!!

January 17, 2008 12:45 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

Hi Pat,

It's ok. We'll enjoy it more when we get it.


January 17, 2008 12:47 PM  
Blogger Kelly Brennan said...

*hugs* Seriously, anyone angry at you for the delayed book after reading that post has serious priority issues!

I'm very sorry for all the crap that you've been through in the past year. You, sir, are most certaintly NOT crap, however! Keep on chugging, and know you have a lot of fans out there to support you!

January 17, 2008 1:01 PM  
Blogger Mainjari said...

Dude. You are not a dick and you do not suck. When I find whatever unsightly creature that made you think that, I'm going to bitch slap them to the goddamn moon.

January 17, 2008 1:02 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...


We all do what we must, making the best choices that we can with the cards that are on the table.

I for one, am proud of you. You have been put through the wringer, and you are still here to talk about it. More importantly, to *write* about it.

I'm sorry about your dad. It's hard. It sucks. As does losing your mom. Full stop.

The book comes out when the book comes out. We'll be here. We'll wait.

And it will be worth it.

*archival hug*--should last a while.

January 17, 2008 1:13 PM  
Blogger Jordan R said...

This too shall pass...

January 17, 2008 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, you are the man. Hell, you are ten men.

I'm looking forward to the second book, and will wait no matter how long it takes.

And It's awesome that the first one is doing so well that you can "quit your day job".

Keep it up.

-a boston fan

January 17, 2008 1:33 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

Pat, It's way more than I expected that you even let us know what was going on in your life. And that your second book will be out later than we thought.

In reality, you could have just told us the date and that would have been that. Thanks for sharing your vulnerable side with us. I'm so sorry you had to go through it all.

By the way, you're the coolest "dick" I've ever had the pleasure to meet. =)


January 17, 2008 2:14 PM  
Blogger Calenhíril said...

You have a huge amount of courage, Pat. Thanks for being frank with us. I never knew you had so much to deal with in the past year. Odd indeed.

I'm amazed that you can give up so much to do what you love, and do it well. It must have been hard. I don't think there's a single fan out there who wants to get a half-assed, rushed book rather than wait a little while. I've got plenty to read (and write) while I wait, and I'll still be excited about Book 2 when the time comes around. And the fact that you can quit teaching and still be Congrats.

You're even more impressive to this aspiring author now. Keep up the good work, and don't be afraid to ask for more hugs.



January 17, 2008 2:31 PM  
OpenID stevenagy said...

Family comes first, because family makes you complete, too. Just in a different way.

January 17, 2008 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Memphis for president said...

The Fan club and I agreed on the following statements after thouroughly debating the subject matter

we agreed that:
1 Pat does not suck. He rocks

2 We love Pat (in a non-gay way)
---Except for book administrator Linds, who does in fact make unidentified raspy sounds when saying Pats name, and I quote:
' He's a cute loveable witty bear raaw' ---

3 wait for it.. that Pat is
sagacious :o

4 that sagacious is an awesome word

5 That Pat wrote The Name Of The Wind and that Pat decides what happens to it.

6 That Mainjari is right, but that instead of bitchslapping criticasters, we will attribute by sending our book president. His hellraising eloquentness will suffice
(after all we are the bookclub...and our book president noodle-arms here aint helping at all)

7 That there should be 'Pattrick Rothfuss action figures' (with interactional beard)

8 That above all, reading creates a bond between writer and reader and that we choose to cherrish that bond which is so dear to us.

Much love
The Belgian book club
(yes we have paper in Belgium)

January 17, 2008 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Steven Jackson said...


I'm not upset (OK, just a little.) I'd much prefer to wait it out - I have no lack of other things to do anyhow - and get a book near to the quality of the first.

That you quit teaching, and other things, to work on the book, is amazing. That's a big undertaking - best of luck to you.

We're fantasy fans, and I'm a video game fan - we're used to long delays and waits.


January 17, 2008 4:13 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

You gave up your job at the University? That is true dedication, man. There's plenty o' other books out there to fill our time until Day Two comes out. Thanks for being the creative genius that you are.

January 17, 2008 4:14 PM  
Blogger Arevanye said...

My goodness, that's totally fine, Pat. I'd rather read a polished, well-crafted story any day instead of something that was rushed for production deadlines. We'll just have to find other things to read in the meanwhile.

You've been through so much this past year, hang in there! You do NOT suck!

January 17, 2008 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alright, my comments on this particular post are as follows:

be a dick if you want. fine, fine, all that, but i rather think you are a brave soul. considering i have a somewhat in-depth understanding of your loss, as i lost my adopted mother in feb. of 03, her father in oct. the same year, and my adopted brother feb the next year (i was the adopted child). given those things, i really have pride in probably my favorite author as of yet (you, sir, are that author), for not only finding the will to continue but give up some of what has been part of your daily life for a number of years. i think any one person with a brain and half a heart would completely agree with me when i say that it is too good for naysayers that you would do all of that just to provide us with what you feel is worthy of our particular tastes. i was looking forward to the book, and i randomly bitched about it when i brought up the fact it was only a year behind the first. its jumped to twice that, and i doubt i'll be bitching anymore. ::smirks:: youre worth your own weight in gold, brother, and i wish you the best. by the way, your post was a bit of a reminder that im not the only one who understands that type of loss. i hope that you see this comment as a kindred flame, as well.

the best to you and yours,
Lord Bard, Minstrel of the Medieval Band of Moo

January 17, 2008 4:42 PM  
Blogger unique_stephen said...

Family comes first by about a parsec.

I want to read the best book you can write, not the best book you can get out for xmass.

I learnt me a new word today: epiphenomena

January 17, 2008 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

You don't suck. You just amazed all of us again with what an incredible individual you are again. You deserve all the grand things that come your way. We can wait for a masterpiece from Patrick Rothfuss.

More hugs!

January 17, 2008 4:51 PM  
Blogger King Sheep said...

Fuck it. I love you anyway.

January 17, 2008 4:59 PM  
Blogger Lucio Rodriguez said...

No worries brother. I must admit though, I'm hella disappointed. I was looking forward to chilling out on my couch as the warm L.A. summer breeze coo'd through my window. Between Dodger games, the presidential election and the busy nightlife I will manage. I think.

January 17, 2008 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Notcreepyjess said...

Pat, you do not suck, and the book will be great. NOTW without Auri? Or without that last scene with Chronicler and Bast? Or without the draccus for goodness sakes??!!! We can all wait.

People who don't understand about priorities and mental exhaustion...they are the jerks. Run away from such people. Do not linger.

January 17, 2008 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat you don't suck. It's those cock suckers over at B&N with their website saying just 2 weeks ago that Wise Man's Fear was available for pre-order and would be released 4-1-08. Bludgeon them Pat!!!! With a big fucking stick!!!!

January 17, 2008 6:04 PM  
Blogger Kirstie said...


This is my first post here since I just recently "discovered" you via Scalzi. I am tremendously enjoying your book which is no surprise since Scalzi says you rock.

You most certainly are not a dick for letting the most important thing in your life have priority. Even if I did not know the circumstances I would never think any author is somehow less than a truly gifted individual based on time between books. Genius works in it's own time.

Thank you for sharing your world with us. Please don't beat yourself up so much. Remember that the truly important things in your life should always have priority.

Here's hoping this year is much better than your last.


-a new fan

January 17, 2008 6:04 PM  
OpenID jrug said...

Seriously - you don't suck. It's ok that Wise Man's Fear isn't coming out for another year (-ish). I'm sure most of your fans are well-adjusted, mature adults who will not become twitchy and spastic, threatening to beat random passersby with staplers if the book is not released immediately!

Of course, I could be wrong.


I'm sad to hear you're giving up teaching - while I've never been in your classroom, I'm guessing the world could use more teachers like you. With action figures.

I'd buy a Pat Rothfuss action figure: now with kung-fu beard! A must-have for groupies everywhere!

And, your martial-arts facial hair aside, it does sound like you could use a rest now and again. So, good luck.

January 17, 2008 6:04 PM  
OpenID superwench83 said...

So I just finished reading your book at 3:30 this morning, and I got online just now hunting for information about when the next one would be out. As much as I'd love to have the next one in hand as soon as possible, I'd rather you take your time and do it right. I can't imagine the book without Auri, either! Seriously, though, I'm a George RR Martin fan. I'm used to waiting. :)

January 17, 2008 6:07 PM  
Anonymous Josie said...

I won't lie and say that I'm not sad the book was delayed. However, I just can't be mad at you. I know I could have never pulled through for us like you managed to, and that books take more than the initial sitting-and-writing-it-out to make them what we find on the shelves. I was surprised when I read all that you've given up to go forward with your writing career. I'm not trying to make your decisions for you, but don't feel like you have to give up the things you love to please your fans. If they truly enjoy the book they won't hate you or call you obscenities like you seem to think. We all love you Pat, and I'm sure that when we do get the book we will all be blown away by your awesome story-telling abilities.

January 17, 2008 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Captain Joe said...

Hey, Pat,

Aw, man - you're not a dick! And you didn't ruin the Christmas past or the Christmas to come. You're not the grinch, and Jim Carrey can go climb a tree.

I read The Name of the Wind to my fiancé just before Christmas as she was pretty sick - all night every night, and I lost my voice at about three a.m every morning. And out of the thousands of books lying around my place I could have read, I chose yours because it was the best, the smoothest, and the most kickass. It's that and more because you took your time, as the dedication reads...

My fiancé loved the book - and loved me all the more for it. You're swelling hearts all over the world, dude, and making me look like a champ. Cheers.

I, like anyone that enjoys a good book, do not feel any qualms or demurrals (I like that word demurrals) or suffer from any fits of blinding apocalyptic rage because of a delay - however big or small it proves to be. A hastily made birthday cake with watery icing may look good on the day, but it will always leave a bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth and a sore memory of the baker.

But it's just like that hilarious argument a few posts ago - The Zombie Debate - fast sex/slow sex, both have their appeal. But we all know its better to take our time, don't we? Take our time and enjoy the story, not worrying about getting to the end as quick as we can for a brief, all too brief, moment of gratification before its over. If I wanted a quick fix I'd find the nearest back-alley shop and by five paperbacks for a dollar. And then feel bad and unclean for days afterwards.

Moral of the story - delayed gratification is always better, more satisfying. I welcome the delay for that reason - Name of the Wind will mature nicely over the next year, I'll re-read it to death, and then bam - off we go again April 2009.

All the best,


P.S: I second the Patrick Rothfuss action figure with interactive beard.

January 17, 2008 7:12 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Like you said, it's a disappointment that we'll have to wait that long, but MAN, what a rough year. Anyone who actually thinks you're any kind of dick over this is obviously one themself.

I think it's impressive that you got Name of the Wind out the door the way you did. The story is more than good enough - it will keep an extra year.

Best wishes, and I am sorry to hear about your loss,

January 17, 2008 7:21 PM  
OpenID chrissykins said...

I guess I didn't realize that this wasn't already seems like I already read somewhere that the book wouldn't be out til 2009, so I'm not disappointed at all! Personal lives come first, family comes first, and I'm sure any real fans understand and accept that. And would rather have a great book later than an OK book fast--at least I know I would! I waited on the next book of King's Dark Tower series for years until it was done, I'm waiting on Martin's Ice and Fire series year isn't so long, trust me. :) I know the wait will be worth it. I am sad for your students, that they will be without such a great teacher now, but hopefully one day you will find a way to balance it all, and you can spend some time teaching again. Thanks for thinking of us fans and going to so much trouble to explain why the book is delayed. You definitely do NOT suck.

January 17, 2008 7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anthony Drake said...

I'm cool with 09. A bit disappointed, but I can't say I haven't been expecting it since you promised me one-a-year. It's all good. If your revisions are as important as you say, then I'm cool with it, because that means book 2 will kill as much ass as book 1. Anyway, good luck with your '09 release.

January 17, 2008 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Karen Jackman said...

How dare you say you suck! So what your book is delayed until 2009....yeah, disappointed, but I now have something to look forward to in 2009. I can wait. It is sad that you have had to give up teaching. But have you really? Every post you make here and on Facebook teaches us, your embarassingly rabid fans a lesson in life.

So I say, you Pat, have amazing courage and you ARE a tremendous writer and still I believe one hell of a teacher!

January 17, 2008 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Derick - Boston said...

I am really excited about the next book, but I can honestly say that I have plenty of other books (and grad school!)on my table to read before next year!

As most of us have mentioned we are fantasy readers and we are used to long waits. I'm sure it will be worth it!

January 17, 2008 7:54 PM  
Blogger EONsim said...

Fair enough, hope this year goes better than the last.

January 17, 2008 9:39 PM  
Blogger C. Bonnici said...

About this second book. Will there be cake?

January 17, 2008 9:40 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Hey, how 'bout, instead of "I suck", you get yourself a nice flashy cape to wear to celebrate your ability to stay upright and show up, however marginally (though what you describe is not marginal at all) in about five bazillion things you had going on. You have been a teacher, a mentor, a fencer, a feminist, a supportive son, a boyfriend....and somehow managed to work on your book and your second, third, twenty-seventh full time job.
Be kind to yourself. Any one of those things would have put most people face down in the mud. You had a lot of plates spinning there.
I for one will be delighted to read and sell your book whenever it comes out. Because of the integrity of your storytelling in NOTW, I know books two and three will be well worth the wait. You are right to do what you did.
Plus...absence makes the heart grow fonder...ain't nothing wrong with a bit of anticipation.
Be well, Pat. I'll be waiting at a Borders in Santa Fe to crack open the laydown boxes of your book in April.
Warmly, Wendy

January 17, 2008 10:16 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

If the book is gonna be better, then i will wait!

January 17, 2008 10:27 PM  
Blogger Kimberly said...

Well Pat, I can't say I blame you. I was disappointed, but I've already preordered from Amazon. I'll get the book no matter when it comes out. I'd really rather you take the time to get yourself and your life on track than worry about what thousands of faceless people might have to bitch about with a year of waiting. If you mentally break, we're gonna be fucked sideways for many years if not forever, and a year isn't such a long time in the grand scheme of things.

Secondly, you deserve a huge hug and a nap. You sound like you've been completely stressed emotionally, professionally, and mentally. It's sad that you're giving up your day job, but it's not like you couldn't try and regain that part of your life at some later point if you really want it. And while you may not be an adviser in an official capacity for the College Feminists, I'm sure they love you and respect you enough to want your opinion and your ideas anyway.

As for losing your perks and your health insurance, make sure you look both ways before crossing the road, and never get sick again. Kick in the germs in the face.

January 17, 2008 10:47 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Oh, Patrick. What a rollercoaster -- no wonder it's been rough wrangling your next book into the excellence you demand. Take care of yourself. (If you do come down with a cold or the flu, I highly recommend the elderberry extract, Sambucol.)

And I, too, would buy a Patrick Rothfuss Action Figure, although i find the idea of an interactive beard somewhat intimidating.

January 17, 2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger S.M.D. said...

I came here from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist and while I have not read your book, I have to say that for anyone giving you crap because the next book isn't coming out this year and has to wait until next year, they need to either take a chillpill or maybe go through what you're going through and come back and tell you that it was all a piece of cake. If they did say that I would be inclined to call them heartless and without souls, unless for some reason they have no friendly relations with their family.
The point is, they should be glad it's coming out in 2009 and not 2015. You can only do so much and you're a human being. I fully and totally understand your exhaustion and your struggle. You have proven yourself to be a strong person simply by finishing that first book and doing all the things you were asked of by your publisher and newly created fans, all while very bad things were occurring.
I wish you the best for this year and I hope you can get all the things done in a comfortable time frame so you don't go crazy. 2008, hopefully, will be a much better year for you.

Best wishes.

January 17, 2008 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Regann said...

Dear Pat

The news the book being delayed is a bit of a pang, but I understand. I do however, agree with you giving us your best.

I'm a bit of a writer to-in a very unprofessional never written a sold plot sort of way- And I've had a tough year too, and I have been totally blocked. I can write but it's nothing to be proud of.

So, I can understand where your coming from. It's hard to write your characters being happy, when all you want to do is make them feel as lousy as you. And when you try to make them happy, they just come off detached.

Just one question.. Why on this earth did you post the cover on facebook?

And P.S. Your not a dick. Your awesome.

I will be patiently awaiting book 2, and I hope your spirits rise enough for you to write something you can be proud of.

January 17, 2008 11:58 PM  
Anonymous Tycho said...

I too had to look up "epiphenomena."

January 18, 2008 12:02 AM  
Blogger Brian Blomlie said...

Hell! I don't get how you're still walking about!

Good job!!

Will wait until 2009 of course!! :D

How does this affect sales and stuff btw? Since it was originally scheduled for this year.

January 18, 2008 1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, thanks for explaining things. I bet your work week doubled for sure. I don't teach as much as I did and I do miss the students some. But you'll still be teaching, just different stuff and in new ways. And you won't have to put up with the academic foolishness. :) I don't miss THAT at all.

A few hugs here. Don't sit around the house (I know it's cold and gnarly outside). Get OUT. Hold someone's hand and let them hug you. Let things settle like an autumn leaf floating to the ground and let yourself be drawn into the flow. Let it fill you up. Get outside and breathe. When the sun finally comes out (I used to live in Michigan), lay out in it for a long time. Soak up life as best you can.

Don't worry. We'll be there.
Cheers, Sengei

January 18, 2008 1:31 AM  
Blogger Miriam said...

Stop with the self-flagellation. The book will be done when its done. And we'll love it. And really, you haven't keeled over so it's just a matter of time until the other books come out. Time passes more quickly than we would probably like it to, so don't worry. Do your thing, don't get sick (since you don't have insurance).

Oh, and your socks should be coming in the mail soon. We just have to decide if we're sending a new copy to sign or the one we've both read.

January 18, 2008 9:47 AM  
Blogger SQT said...

Heck, I have favorite authors who go 5 years between books. Two is nothing.

That just means I have more time to re-read "Name of the Wind."

Sorry about your mom.

January 18, 2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger Loth Quendi said...

Wow, I'm sorry that you've had to give up so much, but I can understand that it's worth it to follow your dream.

As for the delay, it's not so bad. This way, I can spend the month before the book comes out next year to reread the first book. It will be a fresh read. ^_^

January 18, 2008 11:17 AM  
Anonymous MatthewScottBaker said...

Personally, Pat, I feel that anyone who thinks you're a dick for the delay in publication of book 2 is a freaking idiot. It's not like you're holding book 2 in front of your fans' faces, yelling "NYA NYA NYA!" If these people were TRUE fans, they would be patient and give you support, not heckle you and try to drag you through the mud.

I'm only about halfway through The Name of the Wind, but you've already gotten me hooked as a fan. I love your writing-style and the story you're weaving is excellent, truely beyond description. It's original and that's what the fantasy genre needs in our day and age.

Keep up the great work...I think I speak for a lot of your fans when I say we're here for you.

January 18, 2008 11:26 AM  
Blogger Mary J. said...


Pat didn't exactly say "NYA NYA NYA!" but he did wave a memory stick at a handful of us once and claim that Books 2 & 3 WIPs were on it... ;-)>

I explained to him the dangers of making a statement like that while being outnumbered by fantasy fans and counseled him to be more careful in the future. *grins*

January 18, 2008 11:31 AM  
OpenID tmweyna said...

I will be thrilled to read your next two books whenever they come out -- and the next ones after that, too. Take the time and do it right -- while maintaining your mental health!

My condolences on your loss of your mother, and my best wishes for the quick and total recovery of your father. And please take care of yourself in the process.

January 18, 2008 11:59 AM  
OpenID muneraven said...

Oh stop. You don't suck. Some people write really fast and some people write less fast. Some people can write through a personal tragedy and some people need to deal with the tragedy before they can write. It's okay.

I would rather you write well than write fast. And I would rather you BE well than go nuts from the pressure.

Besides it is good for those of us who do not churn books out every other month to have someone like you to compare ourselves to. You and those literary writers who produce only two or three books in a lifetime. Write slower Marilynne Robinson! Don't go and get all productive on me!

Anyway, my point is, stop with the self flaggelation (unless, yanno, you are into that). We will still buy the book if we have to wait longer. You write fat books so you don't have ADHD readers.

BTW, I left a university job too, Patrick. My good teaching stuff and my good writing stuff seemed to come from the same place and, besides, I couldn't deal with the bitter old farts in my English Dept any longer. And though I miss the teaching and the wonderful students, man I don't miss anything else about that job.

Be well. Enjoy the writing. I hope I see you at Wiscon; if I do this time I will say hi in person.

January 18, 2008 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Calibandar said...

Sorry for your loss Pat, you've gone through a hard time. I hope for you you can keep your dad for a long time still, just as I hope I can keep my own parents for a long time as well.

Eagerly anticipating Wise Man's Fear. Isn't there something coming out from you in 2008 though, a collaboration with Subpress?

January 18, 2008 12:22 PM  
Anonymous michelle23464 said...

Don't worry- it's disappointing, sure, but we'll survive! We're all Big Boys and Girls. It just gives us something to look forward to. It will be well worth the wait :)

January 18, 2008 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Gehennaheretic said...

That's OK Pat! If we can wait four years for GRRM to write his next book, we can certainly cut you a year or so, especially when you have such heavy reasons. You don't suck, Pat, you're made of awesome. If you weren't, you wouldn't be where you are now.

January 18, 2008 1:59 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Anyone who complains about the delay for more than 5 seconds is not human enough to understand the books anyway.

Therefore, I'm sorry, and I trust you, and you totally did not ruin my Christmas. I can't wait to see how fabulous book 2 will be!

..Just, keep updating the blog, 'kay? That's a sufficient amount of new Rothfuss for me.

January 18, 2008 2:12 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

Also, tWMF sounds like running smack into a closed glass door.

January 18, 2008 2:16 PM  
Blogger Chris, The Book Swede said...

A delay until 2009 isn't that long, really, and with all the pressures and demands for your time that you've had, it's quite understandable; and it's brilliantly remarkable, that you've managed all that. I feel for you having to give up your job, though, as I can really imagine you being a great teacher, and getting a kick from it.

It's certainly been a bitter-sweet year for you. All the best, and I'm sorry for demanding a chunk of your time with our interview; but, if it makes up for it, a lot of people commented on how funny they found it, and how it cheered their day.

Very best wishes,
The Book Swede

January 18, 2008 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Llyralei said...

Don't worry, Pat. The only reason you're a dick is because you waited this long to tell us. If I'd known that when I first saw the delay on Amazon, I would've almost been happy. xD;

I'm so sorry you've had such a rough year. I can sort of sympathize; my mom died when I was young, and my grandparents [whom I live with] are in and out of the hospital, which is pretty scary, especially since I'm going to college... next year. Um, it's kind of depressing to hear you stressing out so much over this since I really wish I could help somehow.

But the delay isn't really important because we'll be getting the most spectacular book possible when we do get to read it. :] That's all that matters. What really shocked me is the fact that you quit your teaching job... I'm stunned and, really, quite moved that you'd do that for your writing.

I'd like you to know that you're my absolute favourite author ever. :]

Anyway, the main point of my comment is that, I'll support you all the way, Pat. Keep your head up, and I hope things go well for you, in all things. :]

Love ya,
<3 Llyralei

January 18, 2008 2:35 PM  
Anonymous matthewscottbaker said...

mary j:

HAHA! That is too funny! I'm surprised Pat didn't get mauled for that memory stick!


January 18, 2008 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't GRRM closer to seven or eight or nine years between books?

Really Pat, what is another year? I also need to get through grad school without any distractions such as a good book...;)

Michelle from Hudson

January 18, 2008 7:36 PM  
Blogger chris said...


I am sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with you. Friends and family before work, always. You are without a doubt the most sincere, down to earth, cool author(and person in general) out there.


January 18, 2008 7:47 PM  
Anonymous Dyn said...

Hi there, I don't know if you read the comments on your journal but well, what the heck, I just found you have a blog online so I might as well be a polite fan after reading something as deeply personal as your last post.

Well, where should I begin? The name is Dyn, and I just finished reading 'The Name of the Wind'. And I loved it. It was fantastic.
It's kind of a funny story really, I spotted it in a bookstore about two months ago. I have to be truthful in that I can be a very shallow judge of the appearance of a book on a shelf. All kinds of things attract me to a book and many turn me off from it. Like huge author names printed at the top, like where the title of the book should be. I don't much like that, and it doesn't usually make me interested in reading it.

I saw the title of your story, 'The Name of the Wind', all brassy and interesting, with the sprouting ivy curling off the W. I figured only a book about magic could have ivy curling off a letter (if thats not ivy, don't shoot me, im no herbologist). Anyway, rambling on... I didn't buy it at first. I'd been burned a few times by books that looked good but then failed in their delivery. Either the pace was not to my liking or the author used too much fantastical jargon (which is fine for some). So I was a little hesitant.

But funny thing is, every time I went out or went through a book store, there was your book, sitting with its good heavy rectangular shape (i must say i do like the weight of it, it carries a pleasant load in my hands) on the shelf, standing out with its dark cover. One day when I was really itching for a good read I just though... stuff it. I'll get it. Maybe it'll surprise me. And sure enough, I start reading it and pow. I'm sucked right in. I won't go so far as to say your style is unique, I believe that would be more an insult than a compliment. I can tell you that you know stories, that much is obvious. I thought it was curious that the book had no author blurb other than to say it was your first novel. I decided not to read up on you online until once I'd finished reading. Either way, it was obvious to me when I started reading - this guy would certainly make it in the Nordic world. You have perfected this book in a way few authors bother to, especially the kind that tend to spout out a book every few months or so (I have no idea how any one can do that! I can barely finish any short story I attempt because I constantly critizise my own techinque.)

When I finished The Name of the Wind I certainly had a tear in my eye. I enjoyed very much how flawed your hero is. And I use the term hero as it is required of any leading character. It left me wanting day two, as I'm sure was your intention. With all the hints of what is to come swirling inside my head, I found my self listing all the things that had been left uncompleted by the end of the book. So many little threads hanging loose in the wind when I turned that final page. I couldn't feel disappointed because I knew there was more to come. I actually hesitated to even finish reading the book as I didn't want it to end at all, I was enjoying this tale too much to bear closing the cover on it. But I have to thank you, you ended it in such a way the back cover had no meaning but to protect that final page from sandwich crumbs and coffee stains.

Of course, with all that excitement and anticipation bubbling with in me, I had to discover when the sequal (or I should say the rest of the story) was going to be published. I'm sure I don't need to tell you what I thought about the date I discovered since you cover your acknowledgement of it quiet well in your blog entry. I should say though... I wasn't as disappointed as I thought I would be. I knew it would be a fair while away since it was a first book and it had only just come out when I brought it (well just come out in my country anyway). Being 23 sometimes a whole year away can seem like eons when waiting for something but I have to say, perhaps my anticipation can do with a bit of patience, like a good bottle of wine can age to something incrediable, when your second book comes out I'm sure all us fans would prefer it to be the best book you can dish out to us, rather than a microwave dinner.

So the point to this fantastic ramble, I loved your book, Mr Rothfuss. I wait with great anticipation for the next instalment. As someone who loves literature and hopes to one day produce something worthy of reading by another human being, I have to congradulate you on your success. Well done. You've produced the beginning of a very grand tale indeed. I am a fan.


January 19, 2008 1:42 AM  
Anonymous Gareth said...

Look mate, to be blunt, dont stress yourself so much. Youve had a damn hard year and the fact that we wax lyrical about the book is a good sign. We want the quality to be maintained. So we'd rather that extra time and attention was given to turn a good book great. Thats what you have to look at.

One suggestion that I would perhaps have given would have been to see about getting a PT secretary to deal with a number of issues, ie kicking your ass when you need it, to answer everyday comms with perhaps a standardised email for each question and also to help organise things a bit better for you.

Perhaps even asking at the Uni might find you the ideal candidate so you still get to keep some of your activities etc, and lets face it you wouldnt have to quit your Full time job. It might seem strange but a number of authors are starting to see the advantage of this method. You'd also keep your Medical benefits, job security etc. I'd also suggest a dictaphone to remind yourself about things.

Having lost family to cancer I know how hard it is and whilst at times it seems a good idea to "cowboy up" as you said, its generally the worst thing that you can do, you need an outlet and from there you can get a bit of strength.

Just dont worry about things so much, have fun and you know that anyone who rushes you to complete the tale isnt a true fan as theyre prepared to accept something that you feel isnt ready for the reader. Yeah we get impatient at 5 years between books but it hasnt hurt sales of other authors epics. LOL

All the best mate,


January 19, 2008 3:21 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Don't sweat it. You're gonna be just fine, just don't let it throw you. Do the work, make the next deadline, get the next project going. You're off by a year because life intrudes and the process takes longer than it seems like it should.

Anyone who doesn't understand that . . . well, chances are they'll complain bitterly about you while they stand in line to buy the second book. There's worse.

January 19, 2008 12:19 PM  
Anonymous Frank said...

Pat, why are you taking it out on you? You've had a really hard time and tremendous success simultaneously - who wouldn't be torn apart under such pressure? And stepping into self-employment more than indicates your dedication. And remember: You still have your German-speaking fans waiting for the Klett-Cotta edition in fall.

January 19, 2008 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Bibi said...

First of all, you are NOT a dick. Specially not for having to deal with things you have no control over...
As a fan, I'm counting down the days until book two, but it doesnt mean I am going to hunt you down if we don't get the book NOW.
I understand that you won't be able to publish the book this year, and i think it's a little unfair that we've made you feel like you have to justify your decision.
Dont beat yourself up!
We love you :)

Plus, anything that makes the book better is not something to complain about.

January 19, 2008 1:53 PM  
OpenID calico-reaction said...

No, you are not a dick. I want to read the best book possible too, and I respect an author who wants to give me that rather than push through a less than perfect book to meet a deadline. So go you for doing this, even though it means a year delay, and kudos to your editor and publisher for understanding.


January 19, 2008 4:11 PM  
Blogger The Writer said...

Aww... we forgive you.

Think about this first. Think The Dark Tower. Think A Song of Ice and Fire. Think *shudder* Wheel of Time. I mean, the author died! The nerve of him! (Only joking, of course. I'll forgive you if you die-- but we'd better see those manuscripts published!) A year's delay is nothing. I'd wait another year after that if it's as good as the first!

January 19, 2008 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Liz said...

1) You don't suck, just think about how long Bruce Coville's taking to finish his unicorn thingy (I'll give you a hint: it's more than five years)

2) Writing's cool, but so are a lot of other things. Like teaching, and fencing, and feminising, and kissing... They're all important in different ways, to different people. Your fans want you one place, your students another, and your girlfriend a third.
I guess what I'm saying is that all that stuff is important, and don't give up on three things to please one group, do what pleases you. If all those things drive you to write well, then that's technically part of the job then, right?

3) A year and half isn't so long, there's always tons of stuff to catch up on, like Jacqueline Carey's doorstoppers and the matching set from George R. R. Martin. We'll be busy enough.

January 19, 2008 5:52 PM  
Blogger Michael Natale said...

Don't be so hard on yourself, sounds like things have been rough. Fans of your work will wait as long as need be. I think you ought to be applauded for wanting the book to be well written rather than just shoveling out something that fit someone else's schedule.

Hang in there, we're right there with you.


January 19, 2008 9:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick, you are entirely too hard on yourself. If your work is this good with the all the stress you've had, I am going to have read your next work a page at a time, then stop, because it will be so brilliant!

Regarding health insurance, or lack thereof without employment, you might want to check out the Freelancers Union at the site below. It's free to join, and the cost of insurance will depend on your state (and no, I don't work for them, am just a fan and self-employed myself).

January 19, 2008 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Pat.

First of all i suck at writing things like this. I have a very large collection of fantasy books. I have one wall of books that are my favorites, and another wall that are just taking up space. I'm pretty good at recognizing talent by now. After i took a chance and bought your hardback i was so impressed, that i went out and bought a second copy of the book. It is now wrapped in plastic on the favorites wall, and i have my first copy to destroy from reading. I have done this with a few other authors, and so far they have all panned out. We're talking about me being one of the lucky ones 8 years down the road to have a mint first edition. Take your time with the series. I am very disappointed with the push back of the book. I'll make you a deal. You keep posting here regularly about everyday trivial stuff, and i'll agree to patiently wait. I've had this deal with Mr. R.R. Martin for some time, and its working out very nice. Keep your head up, dont let the world get you down for to long, and remember if your head gets to high you'll drown in the rain.

January 19, 2008 10:38 PM  
Anonymous mt. said...

We're disappointed, devastated - indubitably. But not at you. We're disappointed, devastated - for and with you.

You've done no wrong.

January 20, 2008 3:47 AM  
Blogger AJMkarate717 said...

Pat, don't sweat it. Delays happen all the time for various reasons. I remember you talking about this at the signing in Cambridge, and I feel the same way about the delay that I did then: if it's necessary, then go for it! It's okay. We'll wait. If it's anything like the latest console Zelda game and its delays, it'll be kickass when it finally comes out. So go on and make book two the best freaking book ever. We'll be there when it comes out, don't worry! Take your time and do what you do best!

Thanks for all your hard work!


Allen MacLeod

January 20, 2008 7:57 PM  
Blogger Andrew &amp; Rachel said...

Hi Pat,
Sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I'll keep you and your dad in my prayers.

Focus your attention where you think best. There are plenty of books to read until your next one comes out.

I'll pick up your books whenever they are available.

Take care,


(PS - Andrew and Rachel are my kids.)

January 20, 2008 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Jenna said...

While it is disappointing that I can't get my sweaty palms on more Rothfussy Kvothe goodness for another year... I honestly would rather have a book in my hands a while from now that will blow my mind in every way, than have a book RIGHT NOW that would make me mourn for the unfulfulled potential of The Name of the Wind.

I have books to fill my life until The Wise Man's Fear, and with such a thing to look forward to... well, it's going to be a well-rewarded wait.

Good luck, Pat. My heartfelt wishes.

January 21, 2008 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I read your blog, I thought to myself sarcastically, "Well, you should just quit your job and devote all your time to the second book." And then you did it. Damn.

All writers should "suck" as much as you.

And the news was actually a pleasant surprise. I had seen the release date pushed back to 2009, and I was concerned it would be in the Fall. Hearing that it is in the Spring is good news.

January 21, 2008 12:18 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I just wanted to thank you for going through all the crap necessary to publish your book while you were in that terrible situation. My mother was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer a few months ago. I recently had to put off admission into medical school to help out financially. I can't even imagine what it was like trying to finish everything needed for the book's release. That aside, I'm glad you were able to. It is a truly amazing book, and provided both a wonderful and necessary escape from reality. I wish you and your father the best, and will be looking forward to 2009 with great anticipation.

January 21, 2008 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Toomuchreading said...

All I can say is this. Due to my reading too many books my family refuses to buy me books. I also don't buy books for similar reasons.

However, I checked the Name of the Wind out from the Library 8 times.

I've bought the book.

Just keep on writing.


January 21, 2008 6:47 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

*really huge hug*
I'm sad you left UWSP. Won't deny it. But it's what's best for you. I'm glad you're finding a way to, you know, SURVIVE.

Take care of yourself. Keep us posted, Pat.

January 21, 2008 7:56 PM  
Blogger aweSAM said...

I stopped reading halfway down, shoot me ;D. I am outrag-- not really.
When you said bad news I was expecting the apocalypse.. or.. they were closing Wendys.. or I had to diet or something. Don't worry me like that.
I had a reason for not reading the whole thing.. two possibly.
Ok one was the fact that I am so damn kick ass I didn't see the need.. but I will do that when I am done with my comment, two was I had to say that I hope the third book takes even longer to get out.
There is nothing worse then a series of books/movies ending for me. I go through... (best blog tag ever) emo bullshit.. for weeks.
So yes.. 2009 is nothing. Drag it out for my sake at least x]
The aweSAM

January 22, 2008 8:37 AM  
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January 22, 2008 9:00 AM  
Blogger aweSAM said...

Ok, my awesome drove me to finish reading. You quit your day job... ignoring all humor that I can pull out of that line... You rock.
I hope your '08 has more rainbows, puppies, cake and all the other good stuff life has to offer.
--can't you at least keep the feminists? I think losing your awesome might cause serious medical problems. I'm no doctor, nor will I ever be one (obviously) but we are awesome fans, don't give up too much on our account.
The aweSAM
-todays comment whore

January 22, 2008 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Liz B on FB said...

Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you!!! It's one thing to read the release date on and go "well, goddammit! *sigh* Ah well...But at least there's a date!" It's another thing entirely to hear the reason. You don't actually owe your readers a reason for why a book is published on any particular date - and yet you've gone the extra mile to share that information. That means something. Thank you again.

My heartfelt condolences for your loss and for cancer touching your life twice.

January 25, 2008 7:39 PM  
Anonymous plcoffey said...

I wanted to leave a comment, but feel very redundant. Everyone has said what I wanted to say, so I'll just repeat. Good things are worth waiting for, and we know it'll be a good thing. I feel like my University could use more teachers like you and so I'm sorry you're leaving. I'm very sorry to hear about your family's hard times and will keep them in my thoughts.
How about to make up for being horrible enough to have a normal life, you make a stop in Asheville, NC on your book tour in '09.

January 26, 2008 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Lars said...

I am very sory to hear about your mom - and glad to hear your dad made it. I lost my dad this christmas and now i know how that feels... Regarding the book: Take your time. Sure I wanna read the next book asap, but then again "good things are worth wating for" as a previous comment said. AND more important I think is, that it's your job - and it's a hard job i believe. So take care of your self, your family foremost, while you get the book(s) done...!
Cheers and regards from far off Denmark :)

January 29, 2008 5:48 AM  
Blogger Seraphim said...

I'm grateful that you still have your dad. Lost mine in 95 and my mum this in 07.

I'm looking forward to reading the book, but am worried that you seem to be giving up your life for a bunch of thankless readers who as soon as they finish the book you just published scream MORE MORE we want the NEXT ONE!

You have a gift. But don't let it consume your life.



January 30, 2008 9:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about your mom. I can't imagine dealing with something like that and managing to still provide for others in the way of your teaching and writing. I want to say that everything will be ok, but I don't know that. I do know that you opening up allowed me to be compassionate and mindful of someone other than myself for a moment. thank you. I look forward to the next edition in your series and hope the best for you, whatever that may be.

January 30, 2008 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I realize I'm pretty late commenting on this entry, and I know everyone has already said how awesome you are and how COMPLETELY understandable it is that the book is delayed... however, I just wanted to add one thing. Two years in between books is really not that bad considering the caliber of these stories. Cheesy little 60K romances are expected to come out quicker, but your stories (aside from being the length of two books anyway, LOL) are so beautifully written and carefully crafted that I'm not surprised you would need more time. Personally, I'm fine with the wait. Far too many books disappoint these days, so I'll wait as long as it takes for yours. I know when it hits the shelf, it's going to rock, and that's all I care about. Take care of yourself Pat.

February 3, 2008 12:25 PM  
Anonymous skeoke said...

Wow. Ouch.

I suppose I can accept those excuses. And I really did like the 1st book, and I appreciate all the time and effort that you put into making it as good as it is. So, waiting for the next book sounds like a good idea.

(Just don't go off the deep end like Janny Wurts did, sorry Ms. Wurts)

*concern* Use caution when giving up the things in your life that you love. They are what make you a good (great) writer. */concern*

Getting there is half the fun, so we get to have fun longer??


I should probably stop holding my breath, though.

February 6, 2008 2:30 PM  
Blogger LNJ said...

I read this, wanted to reply immediately, waited, made dinner, ate chocolate (always clarifies my thoughts) and now will say what feels right.
Years from now, when people are reading your books, no one will care when they were first published. You only get one chance to get it right. Take your time. We will wait. We should be courteous; not chastise you or make demands. You owe no explanations.

Waiting with joy.


February 6, 2008 8:59 PM  
Blogger nobody+knows. said...

wow. so terribly sorry to have heard about this news so late (just now, in fact).. but there's not much else i can say that other people haven't said before, and i can just honestly say that, even if you publish the second book 5 or 10 years later, i'm totally with you all the way. i'm sure many fans would agree. i mean it's your work of art, who are we to rush you? deal with it as you will. kvothe is immortal to me either way :)

February 10, 2008 5:53 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Well, I just came by today after a long absence to find out when book two is coming out, and I am sad to hear that it has been delayed, but i am not surprised. Firstly, I think more writers need to take their time when they write, to make the best book possible. So you could say I am actually ecstatic that it is delayed. I feel your reasons are great for why you want and need to delay, and I am so sorry for the misfortune that hit you at such a time. I hope you are doing well. I like the indominable Douglas Adams (writer of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) quote, "I love Deadlines. I love the sound they make as the woosh past." He was actually so bad at meeting Deadlines that one of his publishers locked themselves in a room with Douglas Adams to make sure he finished the Novel. I loved all of his books, and I cannot wait to hear of more of the adventures of Kvothe. Keep up the good work, and we are all behind you.

February 14, 2008 11:51 AM  
Blogger Sylia said...

I haven’t been able to keep up with current news, and just found out about the status of the second book today. Although, I’m not that surprised to see that the date changed. I’ve seen the release date being April 2008 as well as April 2010 in different places. I don’t mind, because I can be patient. But I’m glad you were able to give yourself more time.

There is a saying about “Time” that I love, though I can’t remember where I’ve heard it, “Time – It was, Time – Shall be, Waste it not, ‘Ere it waste thee.” I live with deadlines all around me (granted I bring a lot of it on myself), and sometimes I wish I can just stop the clock, if only to get a couple more hours of sleep. Plus, I too have lost a parent around a critically changing time in my life, and it hurts me to think about all the things I’m going to do that they will never get to see. But it comforts me to know that no matter what happens, I know they would be proud of me. Corny, but true.

I’m sorry you had such a rough year despite everything. I’m sending best wishes your way for the year to come.

February 15, 2008 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm glad I read this blog before sending details about the oddly high number of jarring - because everything else was so beautifully written - typos in the last 100 pages of the book. (Like, on p642, "jump all three in quick secession.")

Now I understand - you were just utterly exhausted! I can't imagine what it must be like trying to proofread 650 pages of something you wrote; I thought the publishers took care of a lot of that crap. In that situation it's already hard to see what's really on the page, instead of what you know you meant to put there, even without such strong and difficult-to-handle emotions to deal with.

Take your time with the next one until you feel it's right!

March 7, 2008 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


March 9, 2008 8:14 PM  
Blogger Shorty said...

You are probably NEVER gonna see this post and that really sucks... because I feel TERRIBLE!!!

I sent you an email (which you may or may not have even seen) that told you about how I'd bought your book on Feb 28th and I finished it in ten days... etc etc. (Just so you have some sort of reference)

Well, in it I said I didn't know how I was gonna survive until April 2009 for the next book.... *cringe*

I swear, I knew nothing about your mother or father until today. Good grief... how selfish I must have seemed. What a bitch, etc etc.

I'm so sorry. I will be fine. Take as much time as you need!! :o) LOL

Goddammit, I feel like a putz.

Hang in there, man. I'm so sorry you are struggling and hurting. I think it's amazing that you've managed to "man-up" and do so MUCH in the midst of everything that has happened in the last year or so.


March 19, 2008 9:30 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Shorty: No worries.

March 20, 2008 2:50 PM  
Anonymous The F said...

I can wait that long especially after reading this entry. Sincere. <3

Thank you for the first book.

March 20, 2008 3:33 PM  
Blogger Julie said...

I'm very sorry about your mother, I lost my mother to cancer as well.

About the delay, don't worry about it, people might be disappointed but that's just a part of the process. Besides, it will give me the opportunity to go through the first book a few more times. I will, too. The characters just stuck in my mind, even after one time through, so it is definitely something I would want to revisit.

I understand about revisions, too. One of the best things I ever wrote (which unfortunately got lost when my computer crashed), was something I'd read through and changed by bits almost every day.

I'm picky about what I read, and I'm happy that I found another series to satisfy my tastes. I'm sure book 2 will be just as great as book 1.

March 26, 2008 10:35 PM  
Anonymous Dave said...

I'm okay with you taking some time off, and pushing back a deadline. Just don't die on us. It'd be hard for brandon sanderson to cover your books as well as rigney's.

March 27, 2008 10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I just discovered that it was delayed on and somehow I got here and read the post.

If it helps, I can say I feel with you. Not only that you have lost your mother and had to worry about your father but you also had to make many hard decisions. I hope you did not regret them, and for those which consequences are still in the future I hope you will regret neither.

For the release date itself, it first shocked me a bit but after I read your post I had enough reasons to be glad to wait.
Take your time with Day 2 and release it when it's finished.

Honesty, being the geek I am I can't stand any more half finished computer games and certainly don't want to see that happening to what promises to be a great story.

Thanks (and sorry if my English has some errors.)

April 1, 2008 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do not want to be overly critical but having just read your book in soft cover maybe you need to curb your revisionist urges.The name of the wind started out like it would be a classic fantasy type book but got kind of hackish as it went along possibly due to your overthinking your writing. You obviously can write characters that people care about I'd like to see you write a book that ranks with Ursula Le Guin or Stephen Donaldson and I am sure you could do it.

April 7, 2008 2:25 PM  
Blogger Mark said...


Your standard bearers are LeGuin and Donaldson? Bah.

Everyone I've shared Name of the Wind with from EVERY walk of life has thoroughly enjoyed it. That is what truly makes a classic. The same can't be said of your uber-authors.

Mr. Rothfuss should take his time and continue his extremely fine work.

April 7, 2008 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read a story about someone who was visiting a kindergarten class and saw these amazing drawings by the kids when she asked how the teacher got them to draw so well the teacher replied "it is not hard to get them to draw well the secret is to know when to take the drawings away", that is how I felt about the Name of the Wind-that you might have had a better book if you walked away sooner.

April 8, 2008 6:52 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

you should have made the new publication date later than it actually will be so you could move it up to make up for the delay, and surprise people.

April 8, 2008 9:02 PM  
Anonymous ebarriusa said...

I am very sorry to hear about your Mom and glad to hear your dad is working the sickness out. I had problems with both my parents last year, and that did taking me back to Italy for more than two months for taking care of them; thanks to God, at today I can just imagine the feeling of the lost of somebody close to me: again, I'm sorry for your lost Regarding the book: take your time. I had received the communication from Amazon regarding the delay.. after I have researched the reason for de delay, and hear I'm. Sure I wanna read the next book, but then again "good things are worth wating for" as a previous comment said. In one other note, my daughter Chiara as read your first book in the Italian translation: the title is logically "Il nome del vento", finishing it in few days, four weeks ago: I bought it for her and she love it... I wish you well, also to be extended to Your love one. Ciao and BRAVO!

April 9, 2008 8:26 PM  
Blogger gundu_z said...

Do not beat yourself up Pat! Life happens. You would probably beat yourself up even more if you had not paid attention to your parents when you did. From personal experience, I know how bad it can be.

Moreover, anticipation of the upcoming books will make them even sweeter. You have a good thing going; I'd like it to get better and better.

I agree with others' comments about your teaching job. Quitting a job that you truly love is a bummer.

And by the way, you do not suck. :)


April 10, 2008 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Soooo, I finally found this post and am a bit upset with Amazon. I preordered Wiseman's Fear along with another book that was to come out about the same time.

When neither book was recieved or listed as in transit I wrote to find out why and was told it was because your second book wasn't out yet. They didn't bother to change the date for release or mention that it may be another year.

For you though, I understand the delay. My mom passed three years ago in Febuary. Though I still have moments of laughter when I feel her with me, she isn't here in body any longer. I miss her.

Also, I teach and am married to a retired professor. You have given up much for your writing.
Please know that I consider "The Name of the Wind" one of the best fantasy books I have ever read and do look forward when I can know the rest of Kvothe's story.

Blessings to you and your family.

April 11, 2008 5:33 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Terribly disappointed to hear about the delay in publication, but life tends to get in the way of the best laid plans, huh? I think you are doing the right thing. Nobody can blame you for wanting to take some time off after the death of a loved one. Besides, if book 2 is as good as book 1, I'm sure we will all forgive you come next April!

April 16, 2008 6:50 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Wow. Talk about some major life changes. It's good to know about the book. I kept checking and now will wait patiently. The first was so good, it was truely amazing. Whatever process it takes to do it again, do it. Take another 2 years. Many really great fantasy authors take tons of time between books and generally the time spent perfecting is worthwhile. Thank you for your first book. Hopefully we won't get anymore snowstorms up here huh? Stupid stupid blizzard.

April 16, 2008 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Gwen Toevs said...

Your books are worth the wait. The first book was stunning, my husband and I have already read it six times between us. The next book will come at the perfect time. My very best wishes for your family's health.

April 16, 2008 10:21 PM  
Blogger deviant turtle said...

Pussy says what?
grow a pair

May 4, 2008 6:51 PM  
Blogger deviant turtle said...

pussy says what

May 4, 2008 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Go Diva said...

Pat- OMG!!! I can't imagine how one person can manage all of that in their life and still manage to function, much less deal with getting a book out! My grandmother just died of Lung Cancer this past Labor Day, and I wasn't able to function well for months!! You are a truly amazing person with a clear view of the proper priorities and their order. Those of us who truly appreciate your artistic writing ability will wait for as long as we need to. WAY TO GO!!!

May 5, 2008 8:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just picked up Name of the Wind recently and let me tell you, reading it was like rain after a long, long drought. It's been a while since I found such a well-written book.

Give your readers some credit. Yes, we may be disappointed, but we're human too. We understand. And those who don't are idiots who I wouldn't want as part of my fan base.
You already went above and beyond, considering the circumstances you were in. I am extremely proud of you for showing such integrity and being able to fulfill commitments to your family, your publisher, and your fans. It's great that you're prioritizing, but quitting your job and trimming your extracurricular activities seems a little extreme... I understand the need for a little "Pat-time" but is it healthy to leave everything familiar behind? I know it's a little late to be mentioning it, but it's still something to consider.

I look forward to The Wise Man's Fear. It's worth waiting for. Good luck.

Best wishes to you and yours.

May 8, 2008 9:05 PM  
Anonymous Christian Wilkes said...

Just wanted to add my thanks for writing such a great book which I found to be the most enjoyable book I've read in years which is saying alot since i get through about 10 books a year! So you have my thanks and goodwill karma which hopefully will make you do a funky dance on the spot :>
Can't wait for book 2 and I'm sure that it will be brilliant. Thanx most of all for creating a more human character in the fantasy genre instead of the stereotypically "savior". Well hope you have a good year and don't be too hard on yourself about changing release dates as a true piece of art takes time and consideration :)

May 13, 2008 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Mhanbai said...

A year isnt that long to wait for a book, I say you should take your time and make it as best you can. Anyone who whines at you needs to shut up =)

Really sorry to hear about your parents. =(

Love the book =)

May 22, 2008 10:15 AM  
Anonymous L Monroe said...

Hi Pat;

I just finished blazing through your Name of the Wind in these last few days.

I have been reading Science Fiction & Fantasy for about 48 years - some good, some pretty bad. Everything from Asimov's Foundation to Hobb's Ship of Magic.

Yours is a milestone, a refreshing exciting read.

Yes, I immediately slavered for my next fix even before I turned the last page. And, yes I understand your very good reasons for the wait on volume two.

I just lost my Dad and the spiritual drain was more than I ever expected. I do appreciate the need to recharge.

Coming from a family of teachers, I might venture to suggest that the decision to step back from that arena could serve you well. It may allow you to steep in the roiling waters of reality outside of academia and thus contribute some layers to future tales.

All of this said, send us the next volume as soon as you possibly can. I have many other authors I can read if I must - you are the best I have encountered in years and I am frankly, hooked.

Thanks again for the great new world and adventure.

L Monroe

May 26, 2008 11:41 PM  
Blogger Latharia said...

No worries, Pat. Your LIFE comes first...and if writing has a place in it, then that's super (for us and for you!), but not as important as other issues. I'm now halfway through Book 1 ... and I'm confident you will produce a Book 2 at some point. :D

June 5, 2008 8:34 AM  
Anonymous James said...

I just finished reading The Name of the Wind about 5 minutes ago. I stumbled across your post while desperately searching for more -- a white-toothed sweet eater, shaking and fumbling...

I will confess my immediate disappointment, HOWEVER...
Please accept the disappointment for what it is: a true and heartfelt compliment wrapped in a thin layer of selfishness.

Your compassion and drive to accommodate your fans is very clear in your blogs - but hey, a lump of coal is a diamond rushed. Don't let the pressures of compassion override your dedication to excellence. As long as it's not the sequel to "The Arsonist's Daughter", we're cool!

Thanks! - I thoroughly enjoyed the tale of Kvothe's genesis and look forward to the rest - whenever it may come.

God bless you and your family.

Your Newest Fan

June 11, 2008 1:41 PM  
Blogger Mossy said...

Hello, I just found your book in stores. I had seen such nice things about it that I took it home.

I read 52 pages the night before last and spent the entire next day immersed in it, finishing the other 668 pages at 2:30 last night.

I jumped on the web immediately to search for more news (I feel that I must echo the previous comment by James about feeling akin to a white-toothed sweet eater) - and here I am. You have my complete congratulations. I'll be sure to reread it several times before tWMF comes out...

As for the delay? Don't beat yourself up about it. In your story you call Kvothe a hero; he has nothing on you.

June 21, 2008 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another new fan writing to say I picked up your book on a lark (and on the strength of those blurbs), and have found myself anxiously anticipating each new stretch of available time to read further (pg 550 at the moment).

Just this morning I was commenting to my wife on the chapter devoted to Kvothe's ride to Trebon. Turning an essentially unremarkable horseback ride into 15 pages of compelling reading takes some mad talent!

So, thank you for your years of labor. I am sorry for your loss and the challenges you have faced. Rest assured that you can count me as one more reader who will snatch up the next volume as soon as I see it in the stores.

July 2, 2008 1:07 PM  
Blogger Danny Santos said...

Man I could read Name of the Wind 500 times and still be entertained, so i say take all the time you need to bring out the next one. I would rather read a hardcore badass book than something thats rushed, so i don't care how long it takes, so long as I don't get hit by a car before it comes out, and that it's just as good or better than the first book. Oh and just to let you know The Name of the Wind is my favorite book of all time!!!!!

July 6, 2008 11:48 PM  
Blogger hermens said...

April 09! SHIT!
I’ll just have to sit pretty and wait like a good girl.

July 15, 2008 8:12 PM  
Anonymous jubal8 said...

My brother introduced me to The Name of the Wind last week and I chose it over several other of his recommedations when he told me the other books in your trilogy were already written. Yesterday, with 50 pages left to go, I went to B&N to buy Book Two. My first reaction on seeing the release date on the inventory lookup screen was that my brother was a dick for saying written, but not published. I mean, he's a librarian, for Tehlu's sake. But the clerk said the date might be wrong and maybe they just didn't have it in stock. I left feeling dismayed but not panic-stricken.

Now, obviously, I know the truth and it ain't pretty. It is, however, cruel. So I will perforce abandon my headlong rush into sheer, sweet reverie and instead approach it more slowly than I before could have deemed possible. Thank you, by the way, for that lesson, Pat.

And a bright note in this comedy of arrears... perhaps I won't lose my job due to another 700 pages of neglecting my duties. Then I can afford the hardback edition. Woohoo!

July 16, 2008 7:31 PM  
Anonymous Marc said...

At first I'd like to thank you for a great peace of fantasy.
I read your book a couple of days ago and I read it twice (which doesn't happen that often...).
Usually I'm a pretty fast and therefore not very patient reader. As soon as a storyline catches me, I want to know it all.
But you've gone through a lot of weird stuff during that last year. I'm very sorry for that.
Being a teacher for German and English myself I also know how demanding but also satisfying this work is. It must have been a hard struggle to give it up.
I very much like your attitude of not selling something halfready if you can do better. That's something many other, well-known authors should get a piece of.

Take your time man, do what you have to do and don't let anybody press you into something you don't really want to do.

Keep it up, you're doing a great job there. I love that first book and I expect the next to be at least as good. ;)

P.S.: If you want to do me a favour: Over here in Germany I've already told some very good friends of mine about "The Name of the Wind". Could you PLEASE tell your German translator not to mess it up or split it into two parts? They tend to do a lot of splitting recently and it would be a shame doing that to this novel.

Again, take your time and keep up your great work.

Best wishes and a big 'THANK YOU'!

July 31, 2008 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Michael G said...

Your my biggest hero *Makes face* really. I get ticklies thinking about the next book, but more so from your obvious display of humanity and no BS attitude. It's good to see that people are still allowed to feel. I admire the work you do and await with unbridled excitement for the next installment.
My best wishes.

August 9, 2008 4:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have scoured all the bookstores in the Philippines just to find a book that could make my heart skip a beat, gasp, smile while shedding tears and make me ask... no... beg for more. The Name of the Wind is beyond that.

Your book is not marketed well in our country so i don't even know what kind of book im paying at the counter. I was intrigued by the brief description of the book so I said to my self, "Looks good to me."

Turns out it was a jewel, hidden in the sands. Come to think of it, it was like the book was calling out to me. And i was thinking i hope im not waiting a long time for the next book. Guess i am.

The book could not be described by a flood of words. Timeless tale. Hard as it is, i will wait for the next book knowing that next time i would be spending a cup of coffee with Kvothe.

August 16, 2008 10:51 AM  
Anonymous czxqa said...

You DICK!!!! Just kidding... When it's ready, it's ready. There's a space waiting for it on the shelf, in between Tad Williams, Gaiman and Susanna Clarke

August 18, 2008 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, just finished Name of the Wind. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. What an incredible story. I couldn't put it down. I have to say it caused several arguments between me and my better half. He was feeling slighted lol. Of course after finishing it I had to find out about the release of Day II and then I found this blog. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Now I just feel selfish cause I just wanted more story. Well in any case I thank you for sharing your story.

September 4, 2008 8:25 PM  
OpenID MiraCulous16 said...

im so sorry to hear about your parents...and it just makes me feel horrible that you would apologize for the delay...for a story such as this all the wait is worth it :)
im not the one to post comments but seriously after just finishing the name of the you for this incredible story with such fascinating characters! so thanks i really really appreciate a good book from start to finish and i dont mind waiting...
one's again thank you for writting!

take care,

September 14, 2008 1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

psorry for your losses, i know how you feel i am in the navy and have been out to sea for the last 7 months and have lost 2 very close family members and can not vene be there, i would like to say on a good note i have been reading fantasy for over 16 years now and your first book was by far one of the best books i have ever read and i will patiently wait for anything that is anywhere close to as good as the first one,
i was just wondering if you had anything set up for people like me who are out to sea or stationed somewhere that you will not be at to buy a signed copy of your hardback book when it comes out? well just being curios you are an excelent writer and i can not wait for A Wise Man's Fear, thanks for your hard work from a new fan,
if anyone has any info on getting a signed copy of a 1st edition hardback please email me at [email protected] , thanks again for all your hard work through so much adversity MR. Rothfuss

September 18, 2008 2:28 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...


it's always terrible to hear of anyones suffering, if you didn't care it wouldn't hurt.

Just fnished your book and I have to say that after the loss of David Gemmell I didn't think anyone else would come close!
Well you seem to be on the right path.

I'm sure that when the time is right you'll continue and the rest of us will just have to be patient.

May you find the strength to deal with the pain.

Patrick English [email protected]

September 29, 2008 4:02 PM  
Anonymous [email protected] said...

I read your book and gave it to my sons who are geeks extraordinaire and I was waiting and checking for your next release. I spoke to them about your book and they told me about your website and the things that had happened in your life. I am sitting here at work and commenting on a blog for the very first time. I wish to extend my sympathies for the loss of your mother I hope your Dad continues to do well. Needless to say I really enjoyed the first book and place you within that group of authors who can write and tell a great story, Gaiman, Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, David Weber. Be well and keep striving and we'll keep waiting patiently for the next books.

October 4, 2008 11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I truly hope that you stop beating yourself up about this. Thank you for taking the time to produce great literature. Those of us who love your characters, landscapes, themes, and storytelling are blessed.

October 8, 2008 2:53 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Thanks for taking your time. The idea
of no Auri breaks my heart as well.

October 9, 2008 11:47 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I just recently read The Name of The Wind, and I very much enjoyed it. It was my favorite book that I have read in a very long time, and I thank you for writing. On another note, yes the news is sad that the book is coming out later, and it is something that most would rather not happen, but it is your book, your life and your family. I would feel the same way, but there is no reason to take out how other people will fell on your self. It is very hard to lose someone that close to you, and to learn that someone else that you care about might be lost as well. I am in no way trying to say that i understand what you are going through, but i am saying that it is no ones place to judge you for your decision. Without you there would be no books, and your family is way more important than any thing else in your life. You can delay the books as long as you need, and I will wait as long as it takes.

October 10, 2008 1:14 AM  
Blogger Sorrows said...

Well, I just finished reading The Name Of The Wind, and there's two words I'd like to use here: Bloody Brilliant. I was mildly disappointed about the delay, but then again, I didn't expect the second book to be out so soon in the first place. At any rate, I could stand waiting for the Dune sequels for years and years, so waiting a few more years for the sequel won't kill me. (Though it's highly possible that it'll be out as early as Fall 2009. Right?)

October 28, 2008 9:57 AM  
Anonymous Don said...

Sorry to hear about your family troubles. I cannot even begin to imagine how that must have felt or how the hell you finished such an excellent book as Name of the Wind under that kind of pressure/pain.

Take all the time you need. I will still read the second book regardless of when it comes out, you dick.

P.S. You are the first author who managed to be placed before (I said before as in 1st place with a cookie and a little blue ribbon) LotR on my bookshelf. No one else has ever made it there before. Not Brooks. Not Martin. Not Salvatore. Not Goodkind. Not Jordan. Not Erikson. Not Haydon. My wife was beyond shocked when she noticed. She almost read you book (which is an even bigger compliment considering she would be the one baking your cookie).

Best of luck.


November 2, 2008 10:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

You know life tends to pass away faster than we think. Your priorities in life should be your family. The rest follows. The strain that you put on yourself during the last year is inhuman. I would have got a heart attack with such a struggle to accomplish what you have got done during that period. Much as I look forward to your book, I would rather see you happy and comfortable in tending to your family and then writing the book when you are in a proper fram of mind to do so. My thoughts also go to your father who despite his fight with cancer, has been with you throughout and your mother who had the courage and the guts to kick you into attending the meeting while she was so ill. My condolences to you and my regards to your father whom I salute for his courage.


November 3, 2008 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat you are a fucking dick and I hate your guts for pulling a Grrm bs on us readers. However I hope your second book coming in April amazing because if it isn't i am just going to forget you just as i dont give a shit anymore about the crap that GRRM cranks out. All of you dick writers should stop listening to your money men and write from your hearts I know it doesn't pay the bills but it gives ya immortality of course if thats what you want, you fucking attention whores.

November 10, 2008 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


A lot of people said it very well when they said family comes first. I just finished Name of the Wind and thought it was amazing. Of course I would love to go to the store and read Book 2 immediately, but I appreciate how much you care about delivering quality and trying your best to give it to the readers as fast as possible. Please ignore some of the more callous posts I have noticed. I am embarrassed for those people.

My sincere sympathies to you and your family.

November 12, 2008 8:48 PM  
Blogger dave said...

Just finished the first book, and I'm speechless (though, thankfully, not "typeless") with amazement. It's so good it makes me want to bite the floor.

Regarding the publication delay, I'm siding with those who encourage you to take enough time to get it right. I know what you mean about the demands put on a published writer. My sister (Mindy Starns Clark) has eight novels and a non-fiction out, and no life whatsoever beyond fulfilling all her literary obligations. I worked on and off on a novel for years (much as you did, as a way to procrastinate my Lit dissertation in grad school), but once I saw the treadmill Mindy was thrown onto, I decided against taking it any further. I don't need the ego boost of seeing my name on a jacket badly enough to deal with the stress.

I'm not suggesting, of course, that you do it for the ego gratification. A writer must write (I'm a musician who must play, despite the hassles and limitations imposed by the music industry). Just keep it all in perspective and focus on continuing the same astounding level of storytelling quality you managed--without a single misstep--in "The Name of the Wind." Cheers.

November 15, 2008 8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anna schedler said...

Guys i think for pat's sake we should all suck this up and be happy he isn't mad that were all pissy about this whole thing. I think we shouldn't get mad and enjoy that he's put so much time and effort into this already.

(Anna Schedler)

November 16, 2008 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anna schedler said...

PAT I GIVE YOUR 100% support for all your desitions. Good luck with the revising. And don't let everyone get you down! I'm everyone thinks that your terrible for lying and i sorta do too but keep your work going.

November 16, 2008 2:00 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

Thanks for your explination and your honesty. I was thrilled to find "Name of the Wind". I am an avid reader and my biggest complaint is weak structure. I was delighted to find your book, and even more delighted to find that you were writing more. If I have to wait until April for that book, that's okay. I've waited years for a book before, what's a few more months? Besides my birthday is in April, which means I know now what to ask for. Again thank you for deciding to take your time, I truly believe it will be worth the wait.

November 27, 2008 9:42 AM  
Blogger Bryce said...

Heya Pat,

I just finished the book for the second time, and I have to say it was much better this time. Not that it wasn't everything I wanted and more the first time, but well...ah, hell, why am I trying to describe this. You know what it's like reading a book again, a little older, a little wiser, a little less drunk, etc. Anyway, I just want you to know that I've never considered you a dick, not even for the briefest of moments. Well, there was that tiny part of me screaming it the first time I finished, and realized I couldn't immediately hop in the old accord and jet to the library to pick up the next book, but I do that with every author so it's nothing personal. You're a fantastic writer, and if you need an ego boost today, here it is. When I first read your book, my wife asked me, "How was it?" I (desirous to one day produce my own fantasy novel) responded, "When I write my first novel, that quality and beauty in writing is what I'm shooting for. Rothfuss is my measuring stick, and if I come up a little short, it still might be the best novel that year, unless it's going up against one of his books." So there, egos away, my boy! I haven't lost a mother or father, but I feel for you as much as I can without experiencing it myself. I didn't post this back when it originally happened (I've been wandering your site for quite a little while now) because I wanted time to dull things just a little bit before I put my two cents in. I hope you still read the comments on this page, except the raving lunatic somewhere above this comment. Sheesh! Anyway, take your time, and the only thing I'll say about due dates is just keep writing. Don't give up, you've got something wonderful going here, something epic. I'll stop licking your boots now and go to class, but have a great day!

December 3, 2008 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Englishpatient said...

Hi Pat,

A friend of mine recently dropped a copy of your first book at my place. As he handed it to me he said "I bought you a copy; its a keeper and merry christmas!".

Now I fancy myself as a bit of a fantasy reader. It has genuinely been a long time since I have read a book cover to cover in a day. I salute you sir, its a rare occurrence indeed. I've just looked you up, hoping to find some news on book 2. Imagine my delight to find I only have to wait a few months.

I hope all is well at home and you are finding time to revise and revise again. We are all behind you, your readers, the silent legion I now belong to.

Keep the faith, we are happy to wait and I look forward to reading your work to my kids as my parents once did to me.

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

December 4, 2008 6:35 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Pat - I read your first in April of '08, and was dreaming about where the story would go on the second day. So, yes I was irked to find out I had to wait a whole year for day 2 to come out.

However, I've waited for books, games, movies, my son, all kinds of things so the irki-ness lasted for all of 2 seconds and was replaced with mind-boggling anxiety! It didn't matter if I had to wait 3, 4, 5 years or more for the next one to come out. The first made such an awe-some impression I would wait.

Months later, as I'm reading more books with my new found free time, I'm checking again to confirm the release date, then found this. No amount of pithy words can wrap semblance to the experience you went through, still, I am sorry for your loss.

That's no excuse to beat yourself up though. We readers are tough, and you can tell the true caliber of fans you have to those who wouldn't care when the second book comes out as long as it comes out, right? And I must add that it's unfortunate you no longer teach because I would have attended your class. There's always creative writing sessions though... ; )

December 4, 2008 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry to hear about your mom and dad I am sorry about the your fencing gig but the rest , college ,FEMINISTS sounds like you got rid of a bunch of dead weight.

December 13, 2008 4:10 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Dear Anonymous.

Thanks for insulting me and most of my friends. Why do you think I would hang around with the feminists if I wasn't one myself?

Feel free to die in a fire.



December 13, 2008 6:13 PM  
Blogger beyondthepale said...

I've been reading the Wheel of Time series since I was a freshman in high school two decades ago. So,what's a year here and there in the birth of a saga? Keep plugging Pat, we'll wait.

December 15, 2008 12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwww, sad. I just finished reading The Name of the Wind and i wanted to read the next one straight away. It was a good book, i decieded to borrow it from the library because i liked the front cover! Lol One of my fav books

January 1, 2009 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take your time. Do the books right. Do them well.

Just don't become a tiresome old windbag like Jim Rigney. If you do, and the trilogy becomes a rambling, turgid 16 volume exercise in linguistic masturbation, I'll be waiting for you in hell.

January 4, 2009 9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patrick, let me first say that I'm a big fan.

Second let me say that The Name of the Wind is the greatest science fiction book I've ever read. You put so much into the book. And it came out being beyond perfect. From the moment I read the back of the cover i knew that it was a book i would remmeber forever. I can't even put into words how i feel about the book.

I'm terribly sorry about you're parents. My Dad is an alcoholic and my mom Just got diagnosed with breast cancer. They caught it early so I'm hoping that she'll be fine.

Im so exited for the book to come out this April. I'm almost scared to read it.. I'm afraid that it won't have the magic and flair that The name of the Wind did. I'm afraid IL be disapointed. But i trust even with all this stuff going on in you're life you will bring us a book that will shock us and reach into are hearts.

I wish I could say more about it , to let it all about how I feel. Words simply seem useless. I will never forget you're book. Good luck with everything.
The best wishes.


January 18, 2009 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just finished "The Name of the Wind". WoW! Magnificent.
Jumpin'up and down that the new book is due in April 2009


Tommy Ray

January 19, 2009 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Jesse Moore said...

My favorite book ever is The Name of the Wind. In anticipation for the new book, I have read The Name of the Wind 5 times, and will probably read it again before April.

I hope all goes well, don't quit too many things you love. It could hurt more than helping. Hope you can go back to doing what you do after you're finished with the books (teaching, fencing and everything else). I wish you well and know that you're parents are very proud of you for the work you've done.

The Wise Man's Fear will be kick-ass and that's a major understatement. The anticipation nearly kills me everyday. I resolved to hide the book to avoid staring at it. Then I lent it to some friends to read and they loved it. We talk about it all the time. You have a great sense of humor and sarcasm and I hope that carries to the next book.

I hope to someday meet you. You are and IDOL and role model to a senior in high school on the road to becoming a writer. =] Best of wishes.

-Jesse Moore
~avid reader of the Kingkiller Chronicle.

January 21, 2009 10:12 AM  
Blogger Dulcet said...

Kudos you to for doing all that you do. I like the fact that you refuse to forget us. I'm kinda new to the blogger world. I don't like the format of blogs. I'm a message board person, but you're the first author I've read who has a personality I like and has the talent to back it up.

I do hope you can someday return to teaching and being the awesome leader you are in those groups.

Your attitude towards fans is comforting news considering my past favorite authors let their own dogma or con appearances get in the way of their writing.

By reading your blog posts these past few days, I have seen you. And you are not the man who looks like he's gonna screw us over by any means.

Thank you. =)

January 24, 2009 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

I just wanted to say, THANK YOU for taking the time off your crazy life to come to California so we could meet you, chat with you, and get our books signed. You are already a Super Star, and you only will get greater.

Your after burners are throttled up at full power.

I am the older man that had the video camera at Borders in Pasadena. You still need to get to San Diego. Hopefully I will see you at the Com-Con. Too bad this year I will be working in England for whole summer and will miss it this year.

Take care of yourself. Your fans will kill you if you die on us.

February 4, 2009 7:56 PM  
Blogger Leni said...

Hi Pat,

Condolences about your mother and I hope your father is doing is well.

I just finished reading Name if the Wind this morning and came here to check when the second book was due out.

So this may have been bad news when you first revealed it, but today, for me, it is fantastic news. I only have to wait a few short months! Yay! I'm sure the book will be worth the wait (for those poor bastards that had to, anyway).

And greetings from Madison! I hope the snow up there today is as pleasant as it is down here.

Take care! I'm so looking forward to the rest of the series.

February 21, 2009 2:35 PM  
Blogger Doug said...


Been awhile since I wrote, so thought I'de drop a line and say howdy. Hope you had a great holiday season and had a chance to get some "me" time. All good things come to those that wait, so all of us know that when the next book is released it will be like a second christmas. We'll all be whooping and hollaring and celebrating! Take all the time needed to get it right, you don't suck, you are a professional, talented story teller that we all cherish. Oh yea, don't forget to stop and smell the coffee and kiss yer girl, several ties, the more the beter actually.

February 23, 2009 7:29 PM  
Blogger brian said...

Hey Pat,

I won't lie I was really pissed that the second book got delayed. That said anyone who really loved "The Name of the Wind" should have been mad because it was such an amazing book. I was always the kind of guy who saw scifi books and thought it was a waste of time until I read "The Name of the Wind". It showed me that reading doesn't always need to be about keeping up with whats going on in the world or to learn the latest published theories.

Basically your book made reading fun for me in a way that I have not experienced since I was a kid. And for that I will wait however long I need to.

Thanks Pat

February 27, 2009 11:27 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

I loved name of the wind. i actually read for 14 hours straight and finished it from front to back.

anyway, to get to the point, its fine to postpone the book. nothing is more important then your well-being, and that of those around you.

P.S. I am a lot younger than you may think :)

March 6, 2009 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I cried when he got his pipes. And so did my friends. Thank you.

Take your time, we appreciate it.

March 11, 2009 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sorry to hear about your mum and dad. Yet it is good to see you are still doing something you love.

Your book is good. Not the best I have Read but probably one of the top 5 I have read.

Thanks Liam

March 14, 2009 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Sean said...

About two years back i started reading nonstop, all books about magic, right now I've probably read close to 100 books about different types of magic, A lot of the books were good, A lot weren't my favorite. But your book was absolutely amazing, its definitely in the top 2, I personally love to see the advancement/learning experiences the main character has to go through. Amazing job, I can't wait to see the next book, hopefully it will be as good as the first, and if we are all lucky, Even better!


March 19, 2009 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just discovered your blog, mostly because I was looking around for decent NAme of the Wind yaoi and came across the post you did on it. And an authour who actually DOESN'T MIND having his male characters getting it on? Fucking brilliant man. I normally get enough abuse from the people reading my sad attempts. I tend to shudder to think what the original owners of the work must think of me.

But ANYWAY, on towards the point. The second book is coming out in April??? REalise that I am writing this response AT THE END OF MARCH AND THAT MY BRAIN ALL BUT STOPPED WHEN I REALISED THAT SOON I WOULD BE ABLE TO STOP WHINING AT PEOPLE ABOUT WANTING THE NEXT PART AND ACTUALLY READ THE DAMN THING. And yes, caps lock was totally essential.

I am really sorry for you about your mum. I hope your dad got better. My parents died when I was fairly young, my mum from cancer my dad isn a car crash, but even though that was a while ago I can remember how bad it felt. I hope life gets better for you. Good luck with the writing.

March 26, 2009 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No prob Pat! Anything as good as this is worth the wait. U just focus that Alar, and get back on ure feet. Life is what life gives, and takes.

And u my friend have recived something most of us only dream of, the most wonderous of minds. Right up there next to mr. Tolkien.

ure newest norwegian fan.

April 5, 2009 7:33 PM  
Blogger tickletik said...

I am so sad that only now I have known about your blog. If I had, I would have read this post and said the following:


I had a teacher of Math in NYU, Professor Shapiro. He was this big huge grandfather guy. Great guy. One time a Japanese kid in the program lost his father (suicide). So Prof Shapiro took this kid under his wing and guided him from that point on.

I have a feeling that based on what you've written on your blog and bio, and based on what you've written that you are probably just like this professor. I'll bet a hundred bucks that you are exactly like that guy. And that means that your daily work is simply too beautiful to forgo for the sake of a book. Even for a fantastic book like yours.

I think Name of the Wind is one of the best books I ever read. Period. But I still think that the good you must do with every person you meet is more important.

I hope this wasn't insulting. I have tremendous admiration for you.

April 5, 2009 11:14 PM  
OpenID unknownpoet78 said...

While it is a disappointment that book two won't be released at it's originally scheduled date...

You know what?

Suspense makes the best gravy.

So, there's a delay, it just means that when book two is released, the story will seem that much better because I had to wait to read it.

Silly instant-gratification society.

I just finished the first book this morning (making myself 15 min late for work to do so), having been informed I should read the book by a friend about a week ago.

You, Sir, are a fabulous storyteller. I patiently await your next book.

April 8, 2009 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear about your hard times. I know what you mean about mental exhaustion and "pulling a muscle in my brain". I've taken a stab at writing myself and it is incredibly mentally exhausting, especially after the first edit. I also went through some very hard times and as a result, quit writing. I understand well what you were saying.

I was just out looking for your book 2, and when I couldn't find it I went searching google and found your blog.

I'm willing to wait. Do what you have to, you are an excellent author and had an incredible first book. It would not be good for you, your career, or for your fans, to release a book sub par to the first as so many authors do. You set the bar with the first one, it's worth the wait time to make sure the 2nd book is at least that good.

Take care Patrick.

April 14, 2009 7:09 AM  
Anonymous Josh Grafton said...

dude that sux royally - better luck on the morrow m8. but on the upside, you're the new Eddings! and i always have the utmost respect for a man who isnt afraid to swear in his blog.

fine work. i hope you're still young and enthusiastic enough to read comments on your blog, and that ive managed to get one in before you become a jaded prick :)

April 14, 2009 7:58 AM  
Blogger eu_do_blogge said...

Ok... so

I will accept that your new book will be another masterpiec that will take 10 years to write, leaving most readers richer for reading it, bu don't leave your day job,or you probably won't live to write it.

April 14, 2009 5:07 PM  
Blogger Goodman Family said...

So when is the release date. It is april 2009 and still no date listed?

April 15, 2009 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey! I read somewhere that you will be putting a ranndom fan's name into your book.. Is this true and if so,, when would you be deciding on which fan?

April 15, 2009 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

your book is my new all time favorite now replacing 'playing the jack'. if there was never another book following your first, i count myself lucky to have the one. thank you.
my father is dying of cancer. we found out too late. between the chemo, the infections, the watching, the waiting, the not ever knowing what is coming next- there is not too much i can bring myself to care about right now except for the immediate. and isn't it funny how all of a sudden cancer is everywhere? you can't watch a tv show without someone dying of cancer, drive without seeing a billboard about cancer, go out to eat without overhearing the strangers at the next table talking about how someone they know has cancer, etc etc. it is everywhere, all the time. you cannot escape it or be allowed to get away from it for even a little while. nobody understands until they are there too.
so you do whatever you have to do and don't worry about anything else.

April 18, 2009 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there an updated release date on book 2?

April 22, 2009 7:56 AM  
Anonymous jenny penny said...

I am new to your enourmous fan club. I read it two weeks ago and immedaitely pre-ordered the next one. I have been telling everyone what a fantastic adventure it is. It was a joy to read. It would be wonderful to read the next two even if I have to wait 50 years! Fabulous!

April 23, 2009 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about being a bit late. None of us would be happy if the final product wasn't as good as Name of the Wind. Please, don't let you publisher make you add a couple hundred pages of crap to the third book so they can charge more. It's very annoying. I'm realy intereseted in how the relationships with Auri, Devi and Fela develop.

April 25, 2009 6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have come to the conclusion, that you have gotten the money and stung everyone on, way to long, that I beleive you are wasting our time.

You can KEEP your precious books 2 and 3 to yourself, I'm done waiting! I will not read them when released and I diffently will not waste my money! Even if you sent them to me, they'd be trash now.
P McClellan, Herndon, VA

April 28, 2009 10:51 AM  
Blogger tickletik said...

Patrick, it might be a good idea to set your commenting system to not allow anonymous posts.

the last one was obviously written by someone trying to get under your skin for laughs. (ha ha. funny. get it?)

Please ignore it completely.


April 28, 2009 4:06 PM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

@tickletik - Well, it wasn't so anonymous as they left their name, city, and state.

April 28, 2009 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This post has been removed by a blog administrator.

April 28, 2009 5:56 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Now now... Let's not go on a witchhunt.

It does make me feel better when people come to my defense in the comments here (or on forums, or facebook, etc) It provides a balancing voice and gives me a tangible reminder that the mouthy person is usually the exception rather than the rule.

But let's not take it any farther than simple refutation and disagreement. The post I removed gave a good guess at the person's real name, address, and a google map to their house.

But for all we know, the person who left that anonymous comment was just trying to stir up trouble for P. McClellan.

Trolls are worthy of our ire, but not much more than that. There are other people more deserving of our wrath out there, like child molesters, and people who talk in the theater.

Love y'all, thanks for coming to my defense,


April 28, 2009 8:43 PM  
Anonymous angela said...

hey pat, have just read this blog & this is my first post...anywhere....ever. the reason? your awesome story and books. like everyone else, I too am waiting for book 2 and will wait for as long as it takes. hopefully, we down here in australia will get the next installment when the rest of the world does.

April 30, 2009 2:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Pat =)

May 12, 2009 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Don't worry about the delay. If you don't have children then you probably don't understand that those who've been rude, crude and uncalled for are behaving like a child in the midst of a temper tantrum. They aren't getting what they want RIGHT NOW!

I'm 38 and have been reading since I was 5 (yes, reading). I do not "speed read" but I am devoted and since I've done it so much for so long, I'm REAL good at it. *smiles* Needless to say, I KNOW a good book when I read one. I have to say yours isn't ... by far.

Wait! Let me explain.

Rarely, rarely do I ever find a book that I've finished then immediately turn and flip it open at the beginning to read again. So I can wait for perfection. After all I've waited over 25 years for a 7 book series by Jean M. Auel and so far she's only at book 5. She averages one book every 5 years. Though the last book (5) took over 12 years between publishings.

Kudos! You also immediately upset my top 10 favorite authors.

I will tell you something else, as a general rule, if I have to stop a book a few pages in and start over because it didn't QUITE catch my attention, I usually set it down for later (don't have nothing else) reading. Yours I stopped and went back to reread because it sent such great shivers through me.

Because, as a general rule, I can tell within pages whether the author is mediocre, should'nt've been published, good, great, excellent, outstanding, or Super Nova.

You, Sir, are Super Nova!

My regards,

May 15, 2009 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone elese see the dangers inherent with writing something that might be read by an English Professor who is also a published author???(I do).First, my deepest condolences to you and yours in regard to the death of your Mother.. I too lost my Mother to cancer,and I wouldnt wish it on even Ambrose.Pat, I really don't think too many of us who have read your fantastic first novel could think of you as "a dick" perhaps you are hyperbolizing a touch...anyone who writes as wonderfully as you cannot possibly be ALL bad.I truly,truly enjoyed NAME OF THE WIND,and I wait with great anticipation on the release of the next installation.

May 17, 2009 9:54 PM  
Blogger Ejnar said...

Did you hear an echo..? I thought I heard it whisper: Pat for president... ;P

May 18, 2009 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that you have to apologize. You are the one writing the book not us. If you feel that it needs work, then that is your choice and yours alone. I think that NOTW was one of the best books I have read in a long time. I wouldn't want AWMF to disappoint the standard which you have attained. Patience is a virtue and your book will be the just reward.

May 28, 2009 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Debs (UK) said...

Please don't apologise for needing time to finish a book - nevermind the emotional and physical wherewithal! Writing can be an exhausting process, especially when it produces something as good as your first book. But the end efforts are worth it. If it takes another few years for you to edit book 2, I'm more than happy to wait! (I'm a grown-up, I can cope.) Just hope you enjoy the process and don't disillusioned with being a really good author!

June 5, 2009 3:49 AM  
Anonymous Frenchie said...

Frenchie there!
Not gonna make a long post, cause i'm not truly skilled in english but whatever...
I'll just say that firstly you're the best author ever, and that the best books of the best authors MUST take a while to come out, you shouldn't even have to announce the reason for that !
It's a godly law that humans must gain what's best in that world after a great struggle, and ours'll be to wait until April... so what ? If someone was to complain about that, HE will be the real dick...

We're all with you Pat, see the proof, even a frenchie like me suppot yo with all his might.
Waiting for Kvothe, quickly but not so quickly, Frenchie.
(And sorry for the bad english ;)

June 9, 2009 5:08 AM  
Anonymous geoff foden said...

Well, instead of me posting something cool to get a book signed, why not stay a few days here in Madrid :)

Actually, quit reading these blog posts and keep up with the revisions... :)

June 9, 2009 1:39 PM  

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