Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Conventions, Forwards, and Jetlag.
So right now I'm in LA. I'm in the eye of the storm, schedule-wise. I was at Worldcon last weekend, and I'll be at GenCon in a couple of days. Right now I'm helping out a little bit with the Writers of the Future workshop.

And when I say, "a bit" I mean just that. The workshop is run by Tim Powers, who (whom?) I've mentioned before on the blog, albeit briefly. He's one of my favorite authors. And not only does he have an amazing grip on the craft of writing, but he's a great teacher to boot. That means, for the most part, I feel my best contribution to the workshop is to nod and occasionally chime in with an emphatic "hell yes."

Worldcon was cool. I sat on some panels talked about writing, and generally avoided making too much of an ass of myself. That's about as much as I can hope for, overally.

I got about 30 people for my reading, which was nice. I read some poetry, a couple humor columns, including one of my old favorites about guinea pigs, and a tiny piece of book two. Not even hardly a taste, just a tease.

I also had my first experience of randomly seeing someone reading my book in public. Unfortunately, it was at a convention, so it only counts for half points, but it was still pretty cool.

I think I freaked out the woman who was reading it though. I walked up to her and said, "That's my book!" She looked up at me with mingled surprise and horror. Understandable really, that's how I'd feel if I looked up and saw some freakish hobo-muppet crossbreed grinning down at me.

Next weekend I'll be at Gencon, doing all manner of panels, readings, and signings. I'll also be making appearance at the local library, accompanied by the awesome costumers who won the photo contest. A good time will be had by all.

And in related news, I've written my first-ever introduction. It's for the new Order of the Stick collection.

Gech. Stupid hotel computer. I can't make it display the cover of the book. You'll just have to follow the link, I guess.

If the comic sounds familiar, it should. Rich Burlew was the cartoonist who did the lovely tribute to Gary Gygax that I linked to a while back.

It was fun writing the forward for the book, as I really love the comic. Plus Rich drew a comic version of me which is pretty dead on. If you're interested, the book will be available for sale at Gencon, and can be ordered off Rich's website.

That's all for now folks,


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Blogger Jim C. Hines said...

Looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

And dude, you got to write an OotS intro? In my envy, I may have to re-declare war on you! (Do you know if Burlew is going to be at GenCon by any chance?)

August 12, 2008 1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you sign the ladies book or did she run away?

August 12, 2008 1:48 PM  
Blogger Adam B. Shaeffer said...

Hey Pat, while you're out here in L.A., are you doing any signings or making any appearances outside of Writers of the Future? I've been hoping for the past year and a half that you'd make it out to my neck of the woods, and here you are! It would be awesome to meet you, hear you read a little something, get an autograph, or whatever.

But you may not be out here much longer if you're heading off to GenCon soon . . .

August 12, 2008 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Pentagathus said...

Are hobos and muppets bred?
I do hope you shouted at her in a voice that resembles that of brian blessed since you look a little bit like identical twins.
I also hope you didn't just shout at her and walk off, that would be even scarier for her.

August 12, 2008 2:08 PM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

I'm excited to see you this weekend at GenCon and listening to you on some panels. I just hope I can manage to speak when I ask you to sign my book!

August 12, 2008 2:12 PM  
Blogger Robert Crandall said...

So...meeting someone who was reading your book? It didn't end like in Californication? I guess that would be a different story altogether...

August 12, 2008 2:16 PM  
Anonymous greg said...

OotS is awesome. I'm friends with the guy who does the art for Erfworld, the other comic on the site that hosts OotS.

August 12, 2008 2:20 PM  
Blogger Melanie said...

I was at Pat's Worldcon reading! He announced the name of book 3, which was a neat surprise.
But I didnt get my book signed, so I'll have to do that at V-con.

August 12, 2008 2:38 PM  
Anonymous Brandy said...

Hey Pat, please bring your guinea pig humor column to CONvergence; I love guinea pigs.

Happy busy schedule.

August 12, 2008 3:49 PM  
Blogger logankstewart said...

hobo-muppet crossbreed...


August 12, 2008 3:57 PM  
Blogger matt said...

As for the lady reading your book... Taken out of context, she might have thought you were mugging her. "Hey, that's my book!" sounds a lot like "Give back my book or I'll pummel you with my man-fists!"

August 12, 2008 4:42 PM  
Blogger Icarus said...

He gave out the title of the third book???

Share! (Please? :-) )

August 12, 2008 5:20 PM  
Blogger Mary J. said...

There's a working title listed here-


OMG, Pat! That picture makes you look mean and scary.

See you Thursday!

August 12, 2008 5:49 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I was just about to comment to you on how you haven't been writing much lately, and how I hoped it was due to excessive amounts of writing.

Turns out you just have a life. But I'm gonna keep hoping.

August 12, 2008 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Well, my husband and I were going to go to GenCon, but then we were supposed to be moving. Now the moving plans are scrapped and we can't get time off work. It sucks.

However, one of my co-workers is running a LARP at GenCon and I'm bribing him with cookies to take my book for you to sign, Pat. Should I have him share the cookie bribe?

August 13, 2008 12:51 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Mmmm. L.A. The beach. The Babes. The running very slow with a red swimsuit on. You lucky bugger. What a great life writers must have. Swaning about from town to town, giving people the chat. I am extremely envious.
Although if I was going to be a writer I think I would write romance novels. I'd only have lady fans and I would wear a cravat and speak of the love.

Mary. Your so right. That is a well scary picture of Pat. He looks like somebody's stood on his favourite toy.

August 13, 2008 2:06 AM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Seeing the picture of you at the WorldCon, I can totally imagine the reaction of that poor lady.

By the way,is the working title any different from the actual title?

I hope you have fun at the Gencon,


August 13, 2008 3:36 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

"That's my book!" roared Reverend Rothfuss, his excitement mistaken for attempted robbery.

"Ahhhh..." screamed a terrfied young woman. "A freakish hobo-muppet crossbreed, and he's grinning."

Her can of mace appeared as if by magic. Too late to realise her mistake, she delivered a world of hazy pain upon the God of the Written Word. Thankfully, the eye-burning spray was deflected by a high-powered laser-field-shield generated by the brushing of bristles within the mighty beard.

Armageddon was averted.

Afterwards, there was cake.

And it was good.


I was missing a blog update, Pat, I surely was. Sounds like you're having worlds of fun - awesome!

~Cap'n Joe

August 13, 2008 5:16 AM  
Blogger Llyralei said...

You went all the way to LA when Baltimore was hundreds of miles closer and Peter S. Beagle was there? D:

lol I'm glad you seem to be having a great deal of fun, though. :] I got back from Otakon on Sunday (where I saw Mr. Beagle, and many people who looked curiously like you). Hopefully one year you can squeeze Otakon in your schedule. :D You like anime, right? xD;

Anyway, I think I'm rambling, but maybe when I come into some money I'll buy the OotS comic. It seems wonderful. :D

August 13, 2008 9:04 AM  
Blogger Liquid said...

Pat Rothfuss + OoTS = so much awesome amassed in one place that even light cannot escape.

Great. Now I have to buy the book as soon as it's available. I have all the other OoTS books, so obviously I'd have gotten it, but now I've got twice the reason to read it.

I wanna see the Beard (GBUI)done stick-style.

August 13, 2008 12:25 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Everyone seems too scared to actually say the name of the third book, so I'll just spoil it for everyone.

The 3rd book is "Kvothe and the Magic Cookies"

There, now there's nothing left to spoil. (the cookies are the true form of the chandrian btw)

August 13, 2008 3:48 PM  
Anonymous Sienged said...

Well, maybe from now on you'll pick your words more carefully. "I wrote that." maybe or maybe not. haha

ThanX Mary J. for telling us where to find the potential title but not posting it. In all honesty I want to wait until I've read the WMF before i learn it.

Pete, I can guarantee that Kvothe will not be in the title.

As for the Chandrian true form being cookies??, that would sure explain a lot. Like the absence of milk.

August 13, 2008 5:43 PM  
Anonymous potsofclay said...

I've recommended your book on my newly created blog http://potsofclay.wordpress.com/. I hope I can get some people to pick it up and read it as it is brilliant! I can't wait for book 2.

August 13, 2008 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just re-read your Gygax post. Who the hell _is_ Brett Farve? He seems to have been in the news a lot lately.

August 13, 2008 6:32 PM  
Blogger Icarus said...

How about "Kvothe vs. The Hobo-Muppet Crossbreeds"?

August 14, 2008 11:26 AM  
Blogger Pete said...


you don't know brett favre?

....? wow?

August 14, 2008 9:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ummm...how many people think that Pat should include a map of the arcanum in the upcoming book?? wouldn't that be sweet??

August 14, 2008 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

It was awesome to meet you last night at the library in Indianapolis, Pat! I was the girl in the Beatles shirt who was going to bring you handmade socks. I'll probably have to mail them now.

Pat is even more awesome in person. He read us poems. He drew me a picture in my book! And he also gave me permission to beat my customers into submission until they buy his book. :)

It was a wonderful talk. I think everyone had a great time and it was well worth driving down from Lafayette. Thanks again, Pat!

August 15, 2008 5:29 AM  
Anonymous Kip, The DM said...

hmm, I'm just hoping to get the town where "Kote"'s Inn is added to the map, so I can see it in relation to things. A map of the arcanum would fill me with the jolly-wobbles, whatever those are.

Pat, While my current D&D buddies are off at college, I plan on writting my own campaign setting, would you like to be in it? If so what would you like to be? if you want I can just email you. I'm going to try to incorporate sympathy into it (my ongoing brain sucking project). But I will most likely fail knowing the unweildiness of the d20 system.

Good to hear you are having fun-ish.

August 15, 2008 12:25 PM  
Blogger Pat said...

Good lord. That picture on my Wikipedia page makes me look like a serial killer. And an ugly serial killer at that.... Anyone know how to change one of those?

Kip: I'm flattered to be included, you should probably make me some puckish-but-surly-but-sexy fae creature.

August 15, 2008 5:53 PM  
Blogger James said...

It was wonderfull to see you at Worldcon, thanks for being so friendly and cool.

August 15, 2008 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Kip the tired said...

hmmmmm.....thinking.......It can be done.

August 18, 2008 6:32 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

/checks wiki link/
/laughs aloud at photo/
/encounters working title of third/

Ha! Another little tidbit to support my predictions. Feeling quite arrogantly confident now.

When you makes us wait this long, our brains work overtime....

August 19, 2008 8:46 AM  
Blogger tatyana said...


You ARE coming to DragonCon in Atlanta, right? Please, please do!
And where can I find a schedule of your public appearances? DragonCon's site just mentions that you'll be there but it's a big place...

I want to hear your reading, even if it's just a teaser ;)


August 19, 2008 4:31 PM  

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