Monday, June 1, 2009
Home again, Home again, Jiggedy Jig.

Merciful Buddha, it's good to be home again.

Don't get me wrong, traveling abroad was a wonderful adventure, and I have many exciting stories to tell. But I got sick a few days after my London signing/reading and after that the trip was not so much fun. My memory of that last week blurs because I was either in terrible pain, under the influence of powerful drugs, or both.

Take my reading in Manchester, for example. I'm dimly aware that I might have said something about wanting to mess up Joe Abercrombie's pretty face.

Like I said. Powerful drugs.

Anyway, just wanted to let everyone know that stories and photos will be forthcoming. I'm brimming with things I'd like to write about: Taxis of various nations. My inappropriate encounter with Stonehenge. A list of historic landmarks where I have touched Sarah's bottom....

I would have posted some of these stories sooner, but internet access was not easy to come by traveling in the UK. One of the many things I never appreciated about Stevens Point before was how easy it is to get wireless access here. There are three coffeeshops downtown with free wireless. No, wait, four. Five. Hell, my neighbors have free wireless, though I suspect that's an accident on their part.

Yessir. This small town boy sure found out that the world can be a cold, unfeeling place. More specifically, I learned that it can be a place that tries to charge you 22 Euros a day for Wifi.

Personaly, I have better things to do with my money. Specifically: Ale and whores.

Man I really need some sleep.

But first, more drugs.

Until later,

pat

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40 Comments:

Anonymous LoL said...

I'm glad to hear your adventure went well and that you're home again safely. If the worst thing that happened was an illness and expensive internet, that's a fantastic holiday!

I'm eagerly looking forward to the forthcoming stories from your travels...

June 1, 2009 4:09 PM  
Blogger Martin Seeger said...

Hi Pat,

sorry about the european bug causing you problems. I hope you will be feeling better soon.

WiFi prices change from Hotspot to Hotspot. 22 Euro per day is surely off the scale. I travel a lot in Europe and already start complaining at 15 Euros per day. Hotels above that will be blacklisted and are not booked by our company again. We ourselves build a WLAN in Kiel with 100+ Hotspots and charge 10 Euro per month (limited to 10GB).

Unluckily the goverments all over europe are putting up a lot of regulatory pressure (lawful interception, data retention, liabilities), so that free (as in beer) hotspots are becoming rare.

Sincerely yours, Martin

P.S. Amazon just informed me that "Wise Man's Fear" won't be published at all :-) (in german: Nach Auskunft des Verlags bzw. Herstellers wird der folgende Titel leider nicht mehr aufgelegt: Patrick Rothfuss "The Wise Man's Fear").

June 1, 2009 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Sabrina said...

Get well soon Pat!
I hope you reeeally enjoyed it nevertheless and Sarah plus Minipat are doing well.
Did you catch a pigeon??
:D
I'm looking forward to hear some great adventureful travel stories... ;)

June 1, 2009 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Vik said...

Aww.... hope u feel better. I also have a quick question. I remember a while back you said there would be a chance for one of you readers to get there name in the book. I probably missed it or am too late, but was there anymore news on that?

June 1, 2009 6:15 PM  
Blogger Carolyn Watson said...

For some reason it makes me obscenely happy that you a) mentioned Joe Abercrombie (as I have read his book as well) and b) can list all of the historic sites you've touched Sarah's bottom at. It's possible that I am very weird and find entertainment/enjoyment out of odd things.

June 1, 2009 6:27 PM  
Blogger Carolyn Watson said...

Shit, PS, come to Toronto -- there is free WiFi here.

June 1, 2009 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

European bottom touching is the new craze this year...or so I've been led to believe.

June 1, 2009 7:16 PM  
Blogger Aries327 said...

Dang, I thought everything was free in Europe. Free and better. I'm glad you've spilled the beans. I recollect that in Prague they had Internet cafes everywhere, but that was back before the WiFi craze (you know, in 2004). Next European trip, put Prague on the list. You won't regret it.

June 1, 2009 11:04 PM  
OpenID fozmeadows said...

Random PvP reference! Woo!

June 1, 2009 11:11 PM  
Blogger Pierre said...

Welcome home! :)
One of the great things about travel is that is allows you to appreciate that which you may take for granted (like wireless access).

Sorry to hear you got sick, although with the number of places you traveled, time zones you crossed, and people you crossed paths with, it is not a surprise. Get well soon!

->Pierre

June 1, 2009 11:11 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

wait, what? Joe Abercrombie has a pretty face?

June 2, 2009 2:51 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Gentlemen, to ale!

June 2, 2009 3:59 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Drugs, ale and whores! Now that's my kinda holiday.

June 2, 2009 4:52 AM  
Anonymous Zack Truel said...

I am looking forward to the pictures from your trip as well. I know how busy travelling can keep you, and sometimes you forget to take pictures. However, I am sure that the ones you took are worth sharing.

June 2, 2009 7:27 AM  
Anonymous Inkcharm said...

Funny you mentioned Joe Abercrombie. When I bought Name of the Wind, amazon suggested that it might be a good idea to order The Blade Itself, too, and so I was doomed to adding two new authors to my always-must-have-list.

Anyway, glad you survived Europe, despite your illness. I am looking forward to reading about the places-of-bottom-touching and other amusing insight. With or without drugs, it's great to read whatever pours out of your fingertips anyway.

June 2, 2009 8:57 AM  
Blogger Sandra McGechan said...

The beautiful thing was that you didn't just mentioned Joe's pretty face, you OPENLY GOADED your fans to mess it up. Sheer poetry.
P.S. Glad you're feeling better!

June 2, 2009 9:06 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hi Pat -

Welcome home... I'm glad you made it safely. And while getting sick is NEVER a good thing - just be thankful it wasn't Sarah who caught the bug. See? A silver lining in all things. :o) :o)

June 2, 2009 10:06 AM  
Blogger Wes said...

Abercrombie's trilogy was too full of holes for me to really enjoy it. The story is unique but distractingly illogical.

June 2, 2009 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Maureen said...

Wow, I hope you feel better soon, the sicky-ick is not fun. I remember how tough it way to get any kind of wireless in London last summer, we had to settle for speed typing at an internet cafe (20 minutes at a rate of 3 pounds initially then 50p for every ten minutes after)

In any case, I hope your Stonehenge experience was better than mine (typhoon in progress)

June 2, 2009 11:56 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm with you on the whole ale and whoring thing. Welcome back, man.

June 2, 2009 1:05 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

So God just gave me an epiphany. He said you should come to New Orleans for a book signing. I think it might be a smart idea to listen. just my two cents.

June 2, 2009 1:24 PM  
Anonymous Nyn said...

Get well soon Pat!

I say this entirely selfishly, of course. I want those stories! And the pictures. And a pony... no wait, wrong list.

June 2, 2009 1:54 PM  
Blogger Dallas said...

In pain and on drugs? Sounds like you wandered into an S&M shop in Amsterdam.

June 2, 2009 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Long time reader and first time poster. Pat, I missed you and I began to become obsessed with checking the blog to make sure you were alright. I can rest now.

June 2, 2009 5:48 PM  
Blogger Black Badger said...

Hey Dude - We're all glad you're back, and that Europe was cool, and that you enjoyed ale and whores and bottom grabbing and all those other good old American pastimes. I also don't mind if you carve up Abercrombie's pretty face as long as you leave his hands intact so he can keep writing great books to fill our time while we're all waiting for Wise Man's Fear (haha). Seriously, man, get us that next book.....

June 2, 2009 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sarah lets you enjoy ale /and/ whores?? That's unusual.


Welcome back

June 2, 2009 7:44 PM  
Blogger thelifeandtimesofnicholasjoseph said...

love reading the first novel.cant wait for the second one....hurry up godamnit....if your book was drug, ive probably have the withdrawal syndrome by now.....FYI...im reading it for the 5th time now....either that or i'll forced myself to read some of the crap that i bought...

also agree about the whore/ ale business...lolz

June 3, 2009 3:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Home again, Home again, Jiggedy Jig... can't believe you said that, as I thought I was the only one with it stuck in my head. My kids got tired of hearing it every time we would return home after some 'adventure'! Soon, you too will be able to annoy and embarass your children by saying such things! Glad you two had a good time, are home safe and sound, and Congratulations to you both.

June 3, 2009 6:46 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

haha, all in all it sounds like you had a blast! I hope sarah didn't mind being fondled too much... i know i wouldnt... but thats another thing entirely! please dont mess up Joe Abercrombie's face! his books are good... not anything like yours of course, but still. you did recommend them. anyway, glad to hear you are home and safe and sound. cant wait to hear about all the exciting adventures. and sorry about being sick - that really blows. but at least there are drugs. and lots of em!

June 3, 2009 7:26 AM  
Blogger Chiara said...

i'm afraid this one's totally OT, sorry. but i just realized that when i write about one of the characters in my book i figure him exactly like you :)

just wanted to let you know ;P

(by the way: he's a very nice and funny character)

ciao!

June 3, 2009 12:35 PM  
Blogger mythusmage said...

You gave me an idea. Wizard compiles an updated book of spells for the beginning magician, correcting the errors of previous works. Book proves to be popular, gaining an audience among not just neophyte dweomercrafters, but hedge wizards, magi, shamen, witch doctors, witches, and wicces alike.

So popular his publisher sends him out on a book tour. A book tour filled with adventures, misadventures, encounters, derring do, and fantastical stuff galore. What do you think you could do with this?

June 3, 2009 1:16 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

Hi Patrick,

Glad to hear you made it home in one piece. Was great to meet you and Sarah at the Manchester Piccadilly train station. Hope I didn't startle you when I walked up =) If you ever make it to Lexington, KY for a signing, be sure to post it on here...

Cheers!

June 3, 2009 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just read your book last week. Wow! I was hooked after the first two pages about the three kinds of silence, and I knew this book was going to be a good one.

In my mind, it registers as one of the top 10 or so fiction books that I've read in my 4 plus decades, and I'm an avid reader. A very refreshing and different take on the fantasy genre. Can't wait to read the rest.

--dan andrews

June 3, 2009 3:02 PM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

Welcome back Pal :)

June 3, 2009 10:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

good stuff mate.

--Ben Dover

June 4, 2009 7:58 PM  
Blogger TC BigPants said...

PR, you're awesome. Just want to say that.

That said...your immune system is not-so-awesome. I have only been following this blog for about 6 or 7 months and this is at least your third major illness!

Take better care of yourself, man. It is probably stressed related. Personally, I think you should start drinking alcohol. Not professionally or anything....just an occasional nightcap. It is a great tension/ muscle relaxer. Exercise during the day and kick back a few at night and your sickness problems will be gone.

Dr. BigPants

June 5, 2009 10:05 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Glad to have you back :) I don't think it's fair to blame the drugs for your reaction to Joe being prettier than you though :)

-A-

June 5, 2009 11:30 AM  
Anonymous justin/london said...

Hi Mr Rothfuss,
Fantastic book,a true gem thats left me with a lot of anticipation for the next installment.....which is very soon i think!!

June 6, 2009 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stevens Point has 5 coffee shops downtown? I guess I should check them out the next time I come visit my parents.

P.S. Hope you're feeling better

June 8, 2009 9:01 AM  
Anonymous mummbles said...

damn foo u went and caught tha swine flu

June 24, 2009 10:05 PM  

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