Saturday, July 19, 2008
Do Not Bounce.

So, I can't imagine my life without Dr. Horrible. I'm dimly aware of doing things prior to watching it. I wrote a book, learned to walk, lost my virginity, etc etc. Silly things. Trivial things.

Joss Whedon. I don't think there's even a word for what I feel for him.

There's awe, that's a given, plus a vasty respect. Then those two emotions are tangled up with an odd, primal terror. I know that sounds odd, but that's the only way I can describe it. He terrifies me. It's the same fear a caveman would feel when confronted with, say, Opimus Prime. It's the terror that drove people to burn witches at the stake. Why? Well, because they can do things. They have preternatural abilities that freak us out right down to the marrow of our bones.

So. You take that knot of molten awe, respect, and holy terror, wrap it up in a fluffy blanket of love, then sprinkle it lightly with toasted coconut. That's how I feel about Joss Whedon. Is there a word for that? If not, we need one.

Were I not Pat, I would be Diogenes. Were I neither of those, I would be Joss Whedon.

But I'm not. I can't be Dr. Horrible either. Is it wrong that I want to dress up like him? Where can I get a lab-coat like that?

I think that there might be something wrong with me....

By tomorrow I'm guessing I will have settled down a little. But right now I'm thinking I might want to do a video blog or two. But honestly, I don't know if that's a good idea, I am many things, but I'm no Neil Patrick Harris.

What about you guys? Would any of you be interested in seeing a video blog?


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Blogger Jon said...

Firstly, Dr. Horrible is one of the more amazing things I've seen lately, and that's without having yet had the opportunity to watch the 3rd installment (which I plan on remedying shortly.)

Secondly, I think a video blog would be a really neat idea and I wholeheartedly support it!

On the flip side, it may cause "The Beard" (TM) to start its own world-domination plans. And then you'd have a best-selling book, and a power-hungry, world-domination-seeking Beard. On second thought, this may not be a bad thing at all! Go for it!

July 20, 2008 12:41 AM  
Blogger CoreyP said...

Absolutely, 100% yes!!! Video blog with awesome beardness!!!

July 20, 2008 1:10 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Ha, bearded video blog would be awesome, Pat. Failing that, if you're looking to energise the blog, excerpts from Wise Man's Fear would suffice, I suppose... ... ... ... please...?

Smooth, Joe - like a fox.

How you feel about Joss Whedon sounds almost like a recipe for Rocky Road, only in place of most ingredients we have raw knots of pure emotion + coconut.


In other news, how awesome is Dark Knight?

~Cap'n Joe

July 20, 2008 1:35 AM  
Anonymous QingTing said...

A)Vlogs rock. Go for it!
B)I, too, have geekbumps. It was like the StarWars prequilogy without all the suck OR the extra 6 hours. The Whedon Clan need to pen "How to Create a Believable Villain in 50 Minutes or Less" Then they need to send Lucas a complimentary copy.

July 20, 2008 1:50 AM  
Anonymous pdxtrent said...

First. I vote with Capt Joe. A small tease. Or a taste of Wise Man's Fear would be awesome!

Second, I might have to revise my alter of divinity to add Christian Bale to my pantheon. I know that Ledger is (deservedly) getting all the attention. But Bale continues to make me want to be Batman (and I am a confirmed Marvel Geek).

As far as the video blog goes.... go for it, if we hate it, we'll vote down episode 2. And a video blog where you read a few selected samples of WMF would add you to the pantheon right next to Christian Bale.

Thanks be to Joe for the idea.

July 20, 2008 1:50 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Word, pdxtrent, word.

See, Pat - video blog makes you Batman... or...


I went there. Don't regret it.

I can be Joeker.

Someone stop me! It hurts...

July 20, 2008 2:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not hostile to the occasional video, but I'd really prefer if you kept writing most of the posts.
I'm not a native English speaker and I'm more comfortable reading than listening; moreover, my computer at work I don't have a soundcard and when I'm at home I really prefer the silence...

July 20, 2008 4:27 AM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

While I love you to death Pat, somehow I doubt you'd be able to pull off the "The hammer is my penis" line. It would just make you look like a dirty old man. You might be already, but let's not advertise alright?

Video blogs are okay. I've followed ZeFrank while he was on (awesome) and I've followed Nalts on and off since he started (not as awesome but pretty damn good). In the end, I've found words speak louder than videos. And I'm not sure why since I'm a very visual person.

Video interviews, I'm all for that. Audio versions of the book, hell yeah. Video blogs...meh. Maybe.

July 20, 2008 7:10 AM  
Blogger Steve Weyerts Jr. said...

Ha! Patman and Joeker. I love it.

July 20, 2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


July 20, 2008 9:31 AM  
Blogger Icarus said...

If it is something that keeps you from writing the next book, then I'm against it.

July 20, 2008 10:38 AM  
Blogger Michael Natale said...

Dr. Horrible was fantastic. I can only hope the success Whedon has seen here brings us more from Mutant Enemy.

As for the video blog definitely go for it. Let's face it, you're not writing ALL THE TIME. Even if you should be or everyone's impatient for the next novel or whatever.

Ph.D in Horribleness

July 20, 2008 11:13 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Pat, I know from your previous interview that Felicia Day would like to play Auri if the movie ever comes out.

What do you think of Harris as Elodin? After watching this I can't help but think that he'd be great at it....

July 20, 2008 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

I can't think of a good part for Nathan Fillion though.... Can anyone else?

July 20, 2008 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If not for this blog, I wouldn't have even known about Dr. Horrible, due to the rock I live under. And all I can say is THANK YOU. It has increased my love for Joss Whedon many fold.

And while you may not be a Neil Patrick Harris, you are still THE Patrick Rothfuss. A video blog would be groovy coolness! Go for it!

July 20, 2008 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will we be able to sing along?

July 20, 2008 2:53 PM  
Anonymous v-d said...

WOW. I just watched "Dr. Horrible" three times in a row. It's GREAT. The best thing I've seen on the Internet for a long time.

July 20, 2008 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Is there a word for that? If not, we need one."

Yes, yes there is pat. It's called being a fanboy, I believe total freaking out over amazingness, is called a squee.

July 20, 2008 4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


HELL yes I would be interested in seeing a video blog

July 20, 2008 4:59 PM  
Anonymous Kalligenia said...

I can't stop the singing in my head. And I don't want to. If only life were really a musical... written by Joss Whedon.

Video blog with Pat! YES, PLEASE!

July 20, 2008 5:46 PM  
OpenID suziko said...

I liked Dr. Horrible and respect it a lot for what it was, but I must admit it didn't blow me away the way it has other people. I love many things Whedon (I'm working my way through Angel for the second time as I write this)but I guess I need more development to really get sucked in. But it was very funny (I laughed out loud many times) and the ending did kind of crush me.

Anyway, I personally would love a video blog from you.

July 20, 2008 6:13 PM  
Blogger Touchstone said...

I feel something similar to that where The Joss is concerned. It was big tangle of emotion that I thought was hate at first, but it was really love! It's a fine line. Next up, Dollhouse. In January.

If you did this video blog, would that mean that you would post less? If so, then that's a bad trade off.

However, if you sung in these video blogs...

July 20, 2008 6:51 PM  
Blogger Kelly Swails said...

I heart Neil Patrick Harris. Have ever since Doogie. And he's a frickin' scene stealer on How I Met Your Mother. Think I could hide an "NPH" tattoo from Ken?

July 20, 2008 7:06 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Dr. Horrible was hilarious... right up until the very end. I thought it was really disappointing. I had expected better from him.

I'd love to see a video blog once in awhile, particularly if there are puppets.

July 20, 2008 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Phil said...

I say Yay. Not nay b/c that sounds funny. XD

July 20, 2008 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Tyler Landis said...

Hey Patrick!
I've havent read your stuff yet (besides this post of course) but I LOVE Dr. Horrible, and I also like The Guild, and a friend of mine says he heard about both of them from you. So, vicariously, I'm a fan. I plan to read your book quite soon. I thought I should tell you, since, you know, I always notify authors that I'm going to read their book... Actually I'm just really bored and I love Dr. Horrible. Anyways, bye.

July 20, 2008 8:47 PM  
Blogger Althalus said...

Video blog would rock as long as you can sing...

July 20, 2008 11:20 PM  
Blogger unique_stephen said...

I look froward to Pat's version of OMWF - blog style

July 20, 2008 11:58 PM  
OpenID arcaneja said...

I'm afraid of what would happen if you DIDN'T do a video blog.

July 21, 2008 12:58 AM  
Anonymous tanabrus said...

Now, I want to see (and hear) Pat singing like Kvothe. All his songs.

July 21, 2008 1:56 AM  
Blogger James Stewart said...

video blog? I think it would be great.

July 21, 2008 7:55 AM  
Blogger marky said...

I would love to see what you come up with on a video blog. I think it would be a very good thnig to do when you’re not writing. Keep the creative juices flowing and all that.
You and Captain Joe should do a Patman VS the Joeker episode. I am sure you both could come up with something hilarious.

Dr. Horrible was a very welcome distraction while I wait for a TV channel in the UK to pick up Dollhouse. Hopefully, there's much more to come from Joss.

July 21, 2008 8:48 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Marky said: You and Captain Joe should do a Patman VS the Joeker episode. I am sure you both could come up with something hilarious.

Heh, okay. Beat Patrick Rothfuss in a battle of wits and words?

Aw damn, who let you into the Wonderflonium stash, Marky?

Definitely a tall order, dude - even for Captain Joe, Lord of the Skies. And I'm pretty sure I tapped my imagination-well dry after naming a plastic springy horse Thunderplum for the photo contest.

All the best.

July 21, 2008 9:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your website is great, but you have a few typos. For instance, on the map page, you are missing a word in the paragraph about how Tarbean smells...I think maybe the word "smells" is missing. Great job! The site has a lot of character.

July 21, 2008 11:05 AM  
Blogger Fe2O3 said...

Awww, c'mon Joe -
You've got a frikken gun-blade fer cryin' out loud! Besides the Joeker doesn't get to beat Patman in this universe.

A few videos would be cool Pat, but don't underestimate the amount of time someone like yourself might want to spend to make sure they were "just right." (Hey, I'm just thinkin' 'bout the amount of time you've already invested in TKKC.)

July 21, 2008 11:22 AM  
OpenID elizaw said...

I have to confess: at the words 'video blog' I had a mental image of what Kvothe would do with a camera and a musical score. It set me off giggling.

Hail Dr. Horrible and the genius that is Joss Whedon.

July 21, 2008 12:44 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

I completely mirror your sentiments regarding Joss Whedon. I'm also a huge theater geek and Firefly fan, so to see NPH and Nathan Fillion together like that was just one big nerdy freakout for me. I watched each installment the day it was released and the whole thing twice through last night. /geek

That said, I think you should try a video blog. Perhaps not convert yourself over entirely, but I think every once in a while, it would be great to hear your thoughts without the filter of a backspace button. Hope you end up doing it some time.

July 21, 2008 12:50 PM  
Blogger Summer said...

I support Tanabrus's suggestion. 'Lute Song Sing-alongs' mayhap? And everyone can make up their own verses to Tinker Tanner! It'd be swell!

July 21, 2008 1:38 PM  
Blogger TK42ONE said...

After reading Summer's comment about Tinker Tanner, I formally revoke my "No" vote and cast a "Yes" vote for the vlog.

I'd love to see that performed.

July 21, 2008 2:30 PM  
Blogger Me said...

I wish I could compliment Joss in such pretty, witty and nicely thought out words. All I can say is "amazing" "brilliant" and "stunning". And "expected". I expect such genius things from him. Love your book, love your blog and waiting anxiously to hear more about Kvothe...

July 21, 2008 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Video blog? I say yes... maybe not as often as you update this one, since it would probably be a little more time consuming... but once weekly? twice monthly? that would be awesome... I love you Pat...

July 21, 2008 3:30 PM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

fe2o3 said: Awww, c'mon Joe -
You've got a frikken gun-blade fer cryin' out loud! Besides the Joeker doesn't get to beat Patman in this universe.

I've actually got two gunblades - one for enemies, one for buttering really big pieces of toast.

Heh, I can see this Patman/Joeker thing catching on for a few posts, much like Pat Points did. Curse my sparkling wordplay!

July 21, 2008 6:37 PM  
Anonymous Kip Is awesome. said...

Yeah that was great. I'm tempted to subscribe to it. I think I might. I don't know.

I have, over time and through painstaking research been able to glean 3 excerpts from WMF, all unbeknownst to Pat. I will post them at the end of the day, wait for it, the suspense will be worth it.

July 22, 2008 6:18 AM  
Blogger Major Sheep said...

Pat, I think one of the best things about you is that you have terrific physical presence and superhuman oratory skillz (yes, with a "z").

I think a video blog would garner you a whole new demographic of fame and notoriety...notoriousness...infamy?

Just be sure to drink your coffee first.

July 22, 2008 9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. Video Blog. Do. Now.

July 22, 2008 11:24 AM  
Anonymous Kip, Bringer of light said...

Excerpts from A Wise Man's Fear:




You are welcome I am awesome.

July 22, 2008 2:23 PM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

You're a great man, Kip. There was a definite need for all that spoiler space...

July 22, 2008 6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesss yesss... a video blog. That would be a great way for your bear...I mean for you to exhort your minions to... I mean for you to reach out to your readers and spread the word of the Cult of the... I mean yeah. Video blog. The Beard demands it.

July 22, 2008 7:21 PM  
OpenID lovesmasher said...

As entertaining a writer as you are, you're much more charming in person. A video blog would only increase your following.

July 23, 2008 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Kip wants a lemur said...

I was going to double it, but I got so excited I couldn't help typing.

July 23, 2008 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Video blogs make me throw up in my mouth - stick with print.

July 24, 2008 1:11 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

I'd totally be interested in seeing video podcasts...especially if you managed to get your hands on a Dr. Horrible-esque lab coat...that would truly win.

I loved Dr. favorite line being "the hammer is my penis". Oh Nathan Fillion...

July 24, 2008 5:06 PM  

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