Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Important Milestones.

Well folks, I didn't think we'd be able to do it, but we passed the 20,000 dollar mark on the name raffle. I'll never doubt you again.

Can I just take a moment to say how awesome y'all are? Yeah. You're awesome.

Because we hit 20K, I'll be drawing three winners. But it won't be for a couple days yet, as we're waiting for the last of the mailed-in entries to trickle through the postal system. Rest assured that I'll be posting up the results as soon as I've had a chance to chat with the winners.

On a related note, it warms my heart to see so many people rooting for Carly Trowbridge to win. A few people even donated money on her behalf. Extra style points there.

I'll admit that I'm excited for the drawing, and a little nervous too. There are some great names in there, and others will fit with some tweaking. But a few I can't think of how I could make them work. If I draw one of those, we'll be able to work it out, but I don't relish the thought of telling someone the name of their beloved dead goldfish just won't work in The Wise Man's Fear.

In other news, Oot rolled over yesterday. This might not seem like a big deal. But it is. It is a Big Deal. It's possible that there has never been a bigger deal happen in this house. If you'd been listening outside, you probably would've thought Sarah and I were watching the Packer game, or perhaps celebrating man's first step on the moon or something.

For those of you who have an interest in such things, here's a picture of him looking very pleased with himself.

That's all for right now. I'm in the midst of some pretty intensive revisions, so I don't have much brainspace to spare for being blog-witty. Rest assured there is some profound coolness right around the corner.

Stay tuned,


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Blogger Joe said...

*crosses fingers for the name Desha*

November 17, 2009 11:51 AM  
Blogger Yoni said...

"pretty intensive revisions"

Like shrinking down that mammoth-sized manuscript to something bindable?

Hmm... it seems, according to this red squiggly I just got, that bindable does not in fact mean "able to be bound" but rather is not a real word.

I disagree.

November 17, 2009 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

Awww. Oot looks like the happiest little gloop of cuteness.

November 17, 2009 11:56 AM  
Blogger wirelessrobin said...

Woot for Oot!!!

November 17, 2009 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

He rolled over! Before you know it he'll be off to school, then college then who knows what the future holds, maybe he'll follow in his fathers footsteps (then again maybe not).

Congrats on the charity success

November 17, 2009 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Daniel said...

My wife and I had a similar experience with our first child, though it wasn't with rolling over. Rather, it was the first post-meconium movement. See, there was concern that she wasn't eating enough, and getting things started in that arena would be proof that she was doing fine. We were so excited when it finally happened that you'd have thought the Packers won the SuperBowl!

Congratulations on the success of the raffle, and with little Oot's new-found ability to get to places by rolling. Good luck with the revisions.

November 17, 2009 12:06 PM  
Anonymous Maarten said...

Rolling over is a huge step! I still enjoy it every day!

November 17, 2009 12:45 PM  
Blogger Vulpes Fulva said...

Good luck with the revisions!
It's quite possible that my letter hasn't quite gotten there yet. I sent it on Tuesday or Wednesday or last week, but I heard that postage from Georgia to Wisconsin can take five days or longer.
(Go, Evelyn!)
Hooray for rolling over!

November 17, 2009 12:59 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Congrats to Oot!! I remember the day my daughter rolled over. We thought it was the greatest thing ever. Wait till he starts walking. At first it'll be the coolest thing then after about 4 days you'll wish for the days when you could set him in his exersaucer or swing and do what you have to do in the house.

Congrats on the fundraising!! That's great to hear you raised so much.

November 17, 2009 1:03 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Cute Oot! :) No beard, though.

I'm rooting for Carly, but I'm still harboring a secret hope that I may have a weeny chance :)

November 17, 2009 1:15 PM  
Blogger Ou said...

wow. 20k is indeed alot of money. I kinda feel excluded cuz I didn't donate anything. I wanted to, but just couldn't come up with a name I wanted in the book. (No, you don't want either of my names in there...) So I'm counting on the "officiall" Geeks for Goats fundraiser. =)
Oot really looks cute, I think the beard will grow in time.

word verification: diande
if it wasn't so close to denna, diane, dina aso. it would make a good name. oö

November 17, 2009 1:27 PM  
Blogger Ou said...

wow. 20k is indeed alot of money. I kinda feel excluded cuz I didn't donate anything. I wanted to, but just couldn't come up with a name I wanted in the book. (No, you don't want either of my names in there...) So I'm counting on the "officiall" Geeks for Goats fundraiser. =)
Oot really looks cute, I think the beard will grow in time.

word verification: diande
if it wasn't so close to denna, diane, dina aso. it would make a good name. oö

November 17, 2009 1:27 PM  
Blogger Avital said...

That's sooo exciting!!!! Pretty intensive, huh? Yeah... hate that process. I hate revisions in general... I hate writing essays more though... Back to work brain! Your break is over

November 17, 2009 1:36 PM  
Anonymous Elicius said...

Way t'go Oot! Keep an eye on him though Pat; next thing you know he'll be in the 100m roll, beatings the competition by an entire tumble.

Sprogs are awesome.

Whoever sent in cashes on Trowbridges behalf, I applaud thee!

November 17, 2009 1:39 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I know you might be used to hear this kind of comments, but I will say it anyway: I've just read your book and I loved it. I love Kvothe, indeed. ;) I wish I could write a book so cool some day... So, congratulations. You know your work.
Regarding your baby, is precious. Rolling over, sitting, walking, eating... everything will be a victory each time and you are entitled to celebrate them. Congratulations as well for the handsome Oot!

November 17, 2009 1:43 PM  
Blogger Vinny K said...

Congratulations on the raffle reaching $2o,ooo! I knew it would happen. haha. So, Oot rolled over? Pretty exciting. You know, that bundle of cuteness, for being oh so young, looks very much like you Pat. At least I think he does. Anyway, I hope revisions are going well and that the winning names are satisfactory. May fortune smile upon you.


November 17, 2009 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Maal said...

Congrats on the raffle success,well done all. On a side note, you might appreciate my father's definition of parenthood.
"You spend the first two years of their life teaching them to walk and talk, then the rest of their life telling them to sit down and shut up." =P

November 17, 2009 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Izola said...

Hi there everyone! Very glad to see the 20k milestone reached! Pat, you are on a roll man, keep it going. I am a Giants fan also, and Green Bay's victory kept our playoff hopes alive. Anyhoo, let's try an remmeber that Izola is a very awesome name (in te masculine or femenine). Seroiulsy awesome name, right?

November 17, 2009 2:32 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

I love you, so much that I could kill you, cook you and eat you. Then when I poop you out I could collect the poop in bags and keep you with me forever.
creepy huh? Take it as a compliment.

Honestly, Amazing book and congrats on Oot and the 20k, Impressive.
Don't rush yourself with the revisions, it's your baby and you have a right to take as long as you like.

I attest to the fact that I can neither read nor write..

November 17, 2009 3:23 PM  
Blogger Isaac said...

With little Oot rolling over, you will now get to experience the thrill (read panic) that hits you when you turn your back on said baby for a split second, only to turn back and wonder where he went. After searching the house high and low, remember to check under the bed...

November 17, 2009 3:23 PM  
Blogger Claire said...

Yay for rolling over! :-)

And 20K!!!! So exciting. My school faith organization is doing a collection for Heifer International right now but I don't think we'll raise anywhere near that much. YAY for Heifer! It's one of my favorite charities. :-)

- Claire

November 17, 2009 3:33 PM  
Blogger Simply Wren said...

Congratulations on so much! For Oot's accomplishment (yes, it's huge!) and you and your wife's delight in it, and in you're doing A Good Thing with your raffle. The Heifer Project is such a wonderful organization - it warms my heart to think of how much good you will be doing with your efforts. And good luck on the revisions!

November 17, 2009 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New parents are always rooting for the "movement" milestones.(crawling, rolling over, walking, climbing steps, etc) Parents who've been through it a time or two are just the opposite. If they lay still they are much easier to keep out of trouble. Congrats none the less.

November 17, 2009 3:42 PM  
Blogger Shavron said...

Congrats on the charity. You have used your super cool, international best selling authors skills to good use.

And hurray for Oot! When my little girl rolled over for the first time I freaked out and told everyone. It was amazing. Now she's running all over the house and it takes about five minutes to change her into pajamas. This will happen to you!

Have you taken to carrying a camera with you everywhere yet? You need to have one of those glued to your hands or you'll miss so many awesome moments. When my little girl was about one she grabbed a waitress's ass and just looked up at her with the largest grin I have ever seen. I didn't have my camera so that memory exactly that. I'm going to be pissed if Alzheimer's ever takes it.

November 17, 2009 3:47 PM  
Blogger sparkly said...

Hey Pat,

No doubt about paternity *heh* Ooot looks JUST like you. Only cuter. ;-D

I didn't have any money to send this round (although I did send a name), but I will have money for Heifer the next go-round.



November 17, 2009 4:07 PM  
Blogger Chundar said...

Good Lord, man, he is the spitting image of you in that picture! The Rothfi are strong in him.

November 17, 2009 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your baby looks just like you.

Ser Scot

November 17, 2009 5:00 PM  
Anonymous GenGen said...

some great huh? Would Genevieve be one? Or indeed Genevieve Trowbridge?

November 17, 2009 5:13 PM  
Anonymous GenGen said...

and 20k?!?!?! w00t

November 17, 2009 5:15 PM  
Anonymous Robbie said...

Just to let you know, "Ahlroth" (my name of choice and my middle name) means "reddish light shining through the branches of an ash forest."

November 17, 2009 6:15 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

Woo heavy revisions!! Good work my friend. Good work. And it sounds like Oot and the fans did some good work too!

November 17, 2009 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Zack Truel said...

Well it is nice to know that you have not drawn the winners yet. I have been sitting beside my phone and after two days with no call from you I was figuering that I must not have won.

At least I have a little hope now! ;)

November 17, 2009 6:31 PM  
Anonymous Jaybles said...

I rolled over this morning... there certainly was no fanfare.

I'm glad you were there to share it with Oot. Or rather, I'm sure that Oot is glad that you were there.

Good luck with revisions.

November 17, 2009 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Trillian said...

Oot is so adorable!!!
Soon he'll be crawling and getting into everything.

November 17, 2009 8:21 PM  
Blogger Tyler said...

You really should change its name to Oot. It's a great name.

November 17, 2009 9:01 PM  
Blogger The Authentic said...

lol. rolling over. what a boss.

November 17, 2009 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on Oot's milestone! What an exciting time for you and Sarah. I'm sure he's learning something new every day. Enjoy it.


November 17, 2009 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The young master Oot is looking very pleased, you can almost see him rubbing his hands together with diabolical glee.

"muaaa haha .. i have left them a large stinkie

November 17, 2009 11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First time on this site so I'm kinda off subject but how about the name Thane/Thegn. I know it is also a title but I've been stuck with it since birth and people really seem to like it. Great book, I'm a fan.

November 18, 2009 2:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pfft. So Oot rolled over? Wait 'til he grows a beard, that'll make his Papa happy. ;)

November 18, 2009 7:47 AM  
Blogger Valarya said...

Wooot to Oot!! I was depressed when my daughter first rolled over because that meant we had to stop putting her on top of the table @ the coffee shop while we played chess. When she started walking was when we had to stop GOING to the coffee shop altogether for a couple years, at least. ;P

But congrats, anyway! I think it is amazing your fan-base was able to pull together $20k for this great foundation so props on that as well (and to all of us for contributing)! Yes. Yes I did just pat myself on the back.

My fingers are crossed that you like the name Aris. Who, by the way, is aforementioned daughter. :P


November 18, 2009 11:47 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

That is one CUTE baby.

November 18, 2009 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My cousin when he was a baby rolled over another baby in his daycare to get a toy. Look at what you have to look forward too. lol yay for Oot!!

November 18, 2009 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Daniella said...

Oh, You couldn't not be blog-witty even if you really really tried.
It's a gift, Pat, and oh boy do you use it well! :)

Thank you for that <3

November 18, 2009 4:10 PM  
Blogger Trickster said...

if that's the case then i wonder what kind of celebration you'll have when he first walks...

November 18, 2009 4:13 PM  
Blogger Vae said...

lol he does look particularly pleased with himself. Smug little... I'm just kidding :) kudos for rolling over... now if only I could detach myself from the couch in much the same manner, we'd be all set!

Yes, rooting for Trowbridge - what can I say, it's just such an awesome name. Some place in England is the origin I think?

Well can't wait to hear about the winners!

And as for your monster manuscript - do they even produce paper clips and staples large enough to handle that beast? I mean, I live in Japan and even I haven't seen anything that could tackle that. You're awesome Pat!

November 19, 2009 1:35 AM  
Blogger Pirate said...

Awwww hey Pat you seem to like babies. Alot.


Oot + Andan (very cool name.) :D

Anyway, can't wait to hear about the name!!


November 19, 2009 1:37 AM  
Blogger Sahi said...

Vae, I'm guessing you just use string for a document that large. :)

November 19, 2009 5:53 AM  
Blogger DJ said...

LOL GO OOT!... I am guessing that when they try to ship the book out the transport won't be able to move... xD keep up the awesome work pat

November 19, 2009 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could the "profound coolness right around the corner" possibly be a release date???

It's too much to hope...

Oot is adorable!

November 19, 2009 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trowbridge is awesome and should make its way into the book.

November 19, 2009 12:28 PM  
Blogger Nate said...

That is one heck of a cute baby. Just came across this inspiring story of an individual touched by Heifer International: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/15/opinion/15kristof.html?_r=3&ref=todayspaper

November 19, 2009 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think perhaps i could come and learn from Oot? As although i can roll over i thought it was just a standard thing, but that look of pure smuggness and happiness on Oots face makes me think im missing something :P.

Congratz on two milestones here 20k !!! :O and on ze roll of ze mini P.Roth Jr.


November 20, 2009 8:07 AM  
Blogger best said...

Out of everything, I like hearing revisions most.
And the roll-over of OOt is good too.

November 20, 2009 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

I am reading your blog today for the first time in about two months. Normally I would check in daily, or at least weekly, however I've been busy in a way you can probably relate to. I just had a baby girl on September 25th and have been much too busy being a mommy to get online.

As such I have missed your wonderful contest... sob! (as in sobbing, not S.O.B.).

My only hope now is that you may consider my daughter's name under the 'Cool Name' option.

We named our baby girl Adalay Belladonna, which we think is very cool, beautiful (like her), and unusual. Hopefully you will think it is as wonderful as we do and consider it to use in your book.

Fry Mama
([email protected])

November 20, 2009 11:31 AM  
Anonymous LaurafromNY said...

oy! Trowbridge is a girl?! wow...the name by itself sounds like a guy *or a place*, (or maybe it's just me and a sadly one-sided way of thinking), but I was thinking it without the first name. (Carly just reminds me of iCarly).

Anyhoo! MR. FUSSY, TROWBRIDGE BETTER HAVE A PART IN THE BOOK! (as she said, make it someone's name, landscape, unruly pet etc...*you should have a pet in there, not necessarily as Trowbridge*). I like "Mr. Fussy" in her notecard.

oh yah, I've never seen a baby so pleased with himself. Nice smile Oot!

November 20, 2009 2:05 PM  
Anonymous Valentina said...

I just wanted to say that Trowbridge really is a GREAT name! I hope you definitely use it. Yay!

November 20, 2009 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Add a beard, and you could be twins!! Adorable.

November 20, 2009 11:50 PM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Vae - Trowbridge is indeed a place I Live here :-)

WooT for Oot rolling over, and for the amazing fundraising.

November 21, 2009 6:23 AM  
Blogger Laini Taylor said...

Yay, Oot! How old is he now? Pretty young for rolling over, right? Little champ :-)

And 20k = massively awesome!

wv= "kissido" -- sounds like the martial art of kissing :-)

November 21, 2009 11:25 PM  
Anonymous Gryffin said...

Rolling over is indeed a big deal. Congrats to the Rothfuss household on that accomplishment.

Oot is looking so pleased because rolling over means he's one step closer to getting boob himself, whenever he wants, whether mom's ready or not.

November 22, 2009 12:37 AM  
Anonymous Isaac said...

if I photoshopped in a beard...it's almost like he has half of your DNA...

November 22, 2009 10:35 AM  
Anonymous zel said...

pat - just stopped by to check on the news and tell you I am anxiously waiting for the next book (as everyone else, I guess...). Your baby is super-cute! best regards from Brazil.

November 23, 2009 6:24 PM  
Blogger Nerea said...

Yay for Oot!

My grandmother will never let me forget the first time I rolled over: she was changing me and I fell off the table... hopefully little Oot won't be such a klutz!

Congrats on such a cute kid!

November 24, 2009 6:31 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

Congrats on Heifer and congrats to Oot! I just finished your book today (superb!), which I mostly read while nursing my little nine-month-old. Baby milestones are near and dear to my heart. We are on the verge of first steps at our house. Learning to read is another great milestone--It has been such fun to see our two older children take off it that department. It is great to know there are such talented authors writing today. I am happily anticipating your next book.

November 25, 2009 10:21 PM  
Blogger Vincent said...

He's adorable!

Oot for president!

December 5, 2009 11:20 PM  

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