Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Aftermath and an Introduction

Y'know, as much as I love doing the fundraiser, I'm glad it's over.

I started writing this blog mostly to relax, share interesting news, and amuse myself. I like to cuss in my posts and make the occasional odd joke about clown sex. But, strangely enough, I don't feel comfortable doing those things in the middle of a charity fundraiser.

Now that we're done being all charitable on the blog, I can get back to buisiness as usual here. Which is to say I can get back to not doing business and start screwing around instead.

Rest assured that in a week or so I'll post up some final details about the fundraiser, and some exciting news about a few things that happened right at the end. But right now we're dealing with the aftermath, assigning prizes, waiting for checks to clear, and preparing to wrap and package roughly a zillion books.

[Editorial note: Don't email me asking if you won anything. Seriously.]

As many of you might remember from last year's fundraiser, Sarah was my plucky assistant who worked tirelessly behind the scenes, helping me manage donations, take pictures of books, and package all the prizes.

This year, however, she's been absolutely no help at all. When I asked her why she was being such a slacker, she reminded me that we had a baby now, and that boobing him took priority over pretty much everything else.

What's that? Can I post a picture of him? You bet your ass I can....

(Click to Embiggen.)

Here Oot accompanied by one of his compatriots: Friendly Carrot. Not pictured here are Crazy Chicken, Subtle the Colorful Not-Mime, and Perverted Elephant.

Anyway, since Sarah is busy cooing and gurgling, I needed someone else to help me tend to the shop, as it were. That meant that until little Oot is old enough to copyedit, I needed an assistant.

So, without any further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Valerie:

(Say it with me now, "Hi Valerie!")

Valerie has been helping me take care of a lot of the epiphenomena that tend to clutter up my life. She does research, organizes stuff, takes care of mail, runs errands....

Generally speaking, she takes care of a bunch of stuff for me, leaving me more time to work on the book.

Over the last two months, that means Valerie has been doing a lot of the heavy lifting behind the scenes of Worldbuilders. She takes pictures of the donations and has managed all the personalized books and posters people bought to support the cause.

She's also been stockpiling the materials we'll need to package up this year's prizes.

(It's fun to play with big rolls of bubble wrap.)

Suffice to say that without her help, Worldbuilders would have been a chaotic mess, and I wouldn't have gotten a lick of work done on my revisions.

Anyway, she's been working really hard on all this stuff. So I figured it was high time I introduced her...

Say hello Valerie.

Hello.

No. Sorry. That won't work. You can't be purple, Sarah's purple. There will be mass confusion. You'll have to pick a different colour.

I like green. Can I be green?

That suits you, but it's a little too bright. Could you bring it down a bit?

How about this?

Perfect.

Everyone, meet Valerie. Valerie, this is everyone.

Say hello, everyone.

pat

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131 Comments:

Blogger gapyeargirl123 said...

Hello, Valerie! That's a nice green. Good to meet you!
~Ailsa

January 20, 2010 9:41 AM  
Blogger Black Badger said...

Glad to hear you're back up and running Pat. We all love WBs but it'll be nice to have some of the old fire back. That having been said, the interviews you posted with other authors were GREAT! If you can pop something like that up every once in a while it'd be awesome. Good luck with the editing and we're all very thankful for Valeries help with your continued dogoodery. Cheers dude-

January 20, 2010 9:45 AM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Woot for cloth diapers!

January 20, 2010 9:57 AM  
Blogger Falstaf2u said...

Hello Valerie!

January 20, 2010 9:58 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Hiyas Valerie! I love the green!

January 20, 2010 10:00 AM  
Blogger Cusick said...

What's that loincloth Oot's sporting there? There's something disposable inside, right?


Ps- my word verification is "fulater", but I promise I won't.

January 20, 2010 10:00 AM  
Blogger james said...

Hello Valerie! Thanks for all the help, and continued help with WBs.
Moving on, Your little one is getting big! It's amazing how fast they grow.

January 20, 2010 10:00 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Look at that chub, he's a keeper!

And Hello Valerie!

January 20, 2010 10:02 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Hullo Valerie!

I'm excited for things to get back to normal as well, cause it just hasn't been the blog without even the slightest mention of clown sex.

Have fun :)

January 20, 2010 10:03 AM  
Blogger Casseopia said...

Hello Valerie! Hope Pat doesn't run you too ragged. I feel like I should welcome you aboard, or at least to the insanity.

January 20, 2010 10:04 AM  
Anonymous rain said...

Hi Valerie! :D
If I won something, can I just have some of that bubblewrap instead? Looks fun. XD

January 20, 2010 10:05 AM  
Blogger Casseopia said...

Oh, and Oot is utterly adorable. The carrot is cute too. My nieces played with beanie toys from a drug promo. There was hungry muscle, impaired kidney, fatty triglyceride and a few others. Nothing cuter than a 13 month old trying to say triglyceride.

January 20, 2010 10:06 AM  
Blogger mountie9 said...

Hey Valerie -- Good luck, looks like you have your work cut out for you

as for Pat -- adorable baby -- not as cute as mine, but definitely seriously cute : )

Jennifer

January 20, 2010 10:12 AM  
Blogger Jake Smith said...

Hello Valerie!

January 20, 2010 10:18 AM  
Blogger Vulpes Fulva said...

Hi, Valerie!
I am jealous of your bubble-wrap-and-cardboard castle. I would like to dive into it from atop a second-floor balcony.

January 20, 2010 10:23 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Hi Val! Can we call you Val? Things are pretty relaxed around here, after all. Any friend of Pat's is a friend of ours. Thanks for all your hard work behind the scenes!

January 20, 2010 10:26 AM  
Blogger Alannah said...

Awwww, Oot is such a cute little chunky monkey! And kudos to you and Sarah for using cloth diapers! WTG! (Interesting Fact: Babies who are diapered in cloth tend to potty train an average of 6 months earlier!)

January 20, 2010 10:31 AM  
Blogger reverendash said...

hI vALERIE! Oops... caps.

Try that again.

Hi Valerie!

January 20, 2010 10:36 AM  
Blogger B. L. Garver said...

Yay for awesome babies, helpful assistants and productive revisions!

Greetings from Missouri, Valerie!

Treat Pat well...the nerds of the world need a leader. Good to hear he's got some help.

BLG

January 20, 2010 10:37 AM  
Anonymous Erin Jump said...

Great to have you back Pat! And Valerie, SO jealous.... you have the BEST job! I would know, I make fortune cookies.

January 20, 2010 10:38 AM  
Blogger Bombie said...

- Bubble-wrap
- New assistant (Hey, Valerie! Great job!)
- Successful charity run
- Bubble-wrap
- Oot
- Sarah
- Bubble-wrap

Rock on, Pat, rock. on.

January 20, 2010 10:43 AM  
OpenID zarkia said...

Hello Valerie :)

Pat, I like the way Friendly Carrot is kind of being used as a size marker. Oot looks cute, in a pudgy baby way.

January 20, 2010 10:48 AM  
Blogger shredalert said...

Howdy Valerie.

January 20, 2010 10:53 AM  
Blogger Angoisette said...

Welcome, Valerie! <3

January 20, 2010 10:56 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

Hi Valerie!! Thank you for helping Pat and Sarah...... (yes, Sarah - keeping Pat sane helps keep Sarah sane. As a wife, I know these things! lol). Good luck, and welcome!

January 20, 2010 11:00 AM  
Blogger Becky B said...

Hi Valerie! I think you're the one I really should thank for the excellent bubble-wrap job on my copy of Name of the Wind that I got in the mail yesterday. I was impressed - after I got a DVD last month from a 3rd-party Amazon seller with no padding whatsoever (and arrived completely smashed and unplayable), I really started to notice packaging. So kudos! You're doing a great job! (Of course, if it WAS Pat who wrapped it up, thank YOU, and I hope you teach Valerie your mad bubble-wrap skillz - yes, skillz with a Z).

Looking forward to the clown sex jokes. I got into your blog only recently, during all the Worldbuilders stuff, so I'm excited to see what the "real you" is like. Also hoping for more pictures of Oot!

January 20, 2010 11:02 AM  
Blogger Fig said...

Looks like Oot is being fed well! What a charming little guy. Yay for cloth, too. ;-)

January 20, 2010 11:52 AM  
Blogger Oyvind said...

I couldn't find the clown sex joke, Pat?

January 20, 2010 12:00 PM  
Anonymous SnallTrippin said...

Oot should probably get named soon...just saying, I mean..the WIND has a name..it seems only fair.

January 20, 2010 12:02 PM  
Blogger Annette said...

Hi, Valerie!

Sara definitely has her hands full with that one. Be sure to take time to enjoy him yourself.

January 20, 2010 12:07 PM  
OpenID kateness said...

Hello Valerie!


and ooh, book revisions.

January 20, 2010 12:10 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

That's not a hi Valerie.

This calls for something more.

Well Hellllloooooo Valerie. How you doin?

January 20, 2010 12:21 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

Good morning Valerie, i hope pat hasn't been driving you too hard these last couple of weeks, if he has i'm sure you could hijack his blog and decrie his crimes to the world for all to read.

January 20, 2010 12:25 PM  
Blogger Ookami Fenris said...

From Spain, Hola Valerie!

January 20, 2010 12:34 PM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

How cute is Oot! Loving the 'stick on hands' :-)
(My little boy was nice and chunky as a baby and it looked like his hands were stuck on at the wrist - in case u were confused lol)

January 20, 2010 12:51 PM  
Anonymous Jake said...

Valerie is hot!!

Hi Valerie

January 20, 2010 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Hello Valerie! Sounds like you've done/are doing a great job, now just make sure he spends time writing his book we are all so EAGERLY awaiting! One of my friends just started reading it, and he doesn't want to have to wait as long as I have for a sequel, so for my friends sake, make sure he finishes this decade ;)
Otherwise, have fun with that bubble wrap..that looks intense(ly fun)!
ps - whats Gremessi? A strange word verification, thats what.

January 20, 2010 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Oh, and your baby just happens to be in that 'incredibly cute' phase, that comes after the, 'Oh....eek...' phase :D
and lol at the elephant.

January 20, 2010 12:56 PM  
Blogger JKB said...

Hello Valerie.

Welcome!

And Oot is quite the stunner, Pat! What a handsome little man!

January 20, 2010 1:03 PM  
Blogger Kari said...

Hello, Valerie!

And SQUEEE for a cloth diapered Oot! Do you like the Thirsties Duo covers? They seem like a good idea, but we haven't scrounged together the money to try them yet.

January 20, 2010 1:05 PM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Hi Valerie, good to meet you! (BTW, if you don't already know (of) her, you might want to check out The Fabulous Lorraine assistant to Neil Gaiman - you assistants to writers need to stick together!)

Pat, Oot looks gorgeous, and I hope that in between all the hard work you and sarah are making time to enjoy being with him, too.

January 20, 2010 1:08 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

Excellent plan there finding your very own Valerie! Marvellous people these Valeries :)
Hi Valerie
Hi Oot, looking good there, don't let that carrot give you any guff!

-A-

January 20, 2010 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should know on behalf of your readers who are color-blind that Valerie is completely invisible.

January 20, 2010 1:26 PM  
Anonymous Jaybles said...

Hello Valerie!!!

I must say, I'm so very jealous. Waking up and going to work must be exciting - way more entertaining then my reality...

January 20, 2010 1:45 PM  
Blogger Aerron said...

Hi Valerie! How many papercuts do you get a week?

January 20, 2010 1:50 PM  
Blogger Aerron said...

Oh yeah, and Pat?

Don't get this assistant pregnant.

January 20, 2010 1:51 PM  
Blogger Wysen said...

!Eirelav Olleh

January 20, 2010 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Elicius said...

Firstly; Those pants are so awesome, Oot, I am jealous beyond belief!

Secondly; Hi there Valerie! I am envious of both the immense strength shown in that photo AND the awesome proximity to bubble-mass. Le sigh. [/envy]

Thirdly; Whooo, Back to Pat's Awesomeness Updates. This makes me happier than a large pile of bricks!

[Happy Bricks!]

PS. Yes, I know I love the word 'awesome' but apparently the first A in AA stands for 'Alcoholics' and they wouldn't let me in =(

January 20, 2010 3:44 PM  
Blogger Tesse said...

Hello Valerie!

Next time place an advert Pat. I need a job and I think I'd really like this one :).

Oh and didn't Brandon Sanderson hire an assistant a few months ago as well? Is it something all writers do or did you steal his idea?

January 20, 2010 4:13 PM  
Blogger Priscilla said...

Hello, Valerie! Pleased to meet you. Thanks for contributing to general global awesomeness. :D

January 20, 2010 4:46 PM  
Blogger Fragmented Glass said...

Hi Valerie,
Like the green.

I was wondering why Sarah said Hi at first, only took me a nano second to realise It was Valerie in Sarah colour.

January 20, 2010 5:35 PM  
Anonymous TechSlave said...

Hi Valerie, and welcome the madness! It looks like you'll have sufficient bubble wrap to pad yourself when you're bouncing off the walls!

Hi Pat - good to see you're still alive, and congrats on a successful charity. Glad so many of us donated! Looks like Oot's happy and growing.

January 20, 2010 5:38 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly said...

Aw, what an adorable baby Oot is!
And welcome to Valerie, though I am insanely jealous of her job. I live in Wausau, how did I not know you were looking for an assistant?! How does one even go about getting a job as an author's assistant?...
Also, I'm looking forward to finding out if I won anything from the WB fundraiser (I am crossing my fingers for that incredibly awesome copy of Stardust...) :)

January 20, 2010 5:49 PM  
Blogger Kelly Ann said...

Hello! That purple matched your shirt nicely, but I guess the green will do. =)

January 20, 2010 5:51 PM  
Blogger Wafaa said...

Hi Valerie!

And Oot is soo adorable. He's got such a sneaky smile. Complete with cloth diaper too :)

January 20, 2010 6:17 PM  
Blogger Kay said...

'Ello, Valerie!

Make sure to wrap my prizes up good and tight, ok? ;)

January 20, 2010 7:23 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

OMG! Adorable chubby baby! I was going to say something and got distracted by the cuteness.

Anyway, grats on another awesome fundraiser. I'm now off to give my own adorable baby, who's not quite so chubby, some boobage of his own.

Do you remind the kid that they're just on loan like my husband does?

January 20, 2010 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Greg said...

Hey there Valerie! I hope you will be making good use of that color in future bloggings.

January 20, 2010 8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now you have TWO sexy assistants! How did you get so lucky?!

January 20, 2010 8:54 PM  
Anonymous mummbles said...

Gratz on your new addition to the fam. Whats up Valerie and welcome to ours!
yours truly
mummbles

January 20, 2010 8:58 PM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

So Pat, while I can appreciate the warning: "Editorial note: Don't email me asking if you won anything." After posting a pic of Valerie, what makes you think we want to email you now? ;P

Valerie - welcome to the crazy train. Hope you stay a while.

January 20, 2010 9:54 PM  
Anonymous Zack Truel said...

Nice to see you back to your normal self. Oh, and hey Valerie! I envy your job... Working for Pat would be the coolest thing ever.

January 21, 2010 1:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok I'm happy for all this amazing fundraising stuff and your impossibly adorable child, but I just need to ask... what about the second book? ANY updates? Anywhere near close at all?

I know you hate comments like these but really, the longer it takes to publish the next book, the more you should get use to comments like this.

January 21, 2010 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Antonymous: You have a typo there. I think what you meant to say was, "I know you hate comments like this, but due to the fact that I wasn't hugged enough as a child, I have entitlement issues and feel like I can say anything I want on the internet. Also, I have embarrassing genitalia."

You might want to run spellcheck next time to avoid mistyping in the future. Remember, if it's underlined in red, it's misspelled. If it's underlined in green, it's a grammar error. And if it's underlined in purple, you are being a penis.

January 21, 2010 2:17 AM  
Blogger Telak said...

HELLOOOO VALERIEEEEEEE

January 21, 2010 3:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben

Firstly, an actual typo: "Antonymous". If you're going to offend someone about their grammar and sentence structure, make sure yours is correct first.

Secondly, since it is the internet, anything can be said on it. Therefore... where the frig is book two?

Thirdly, nothing you say, do, sing, dance, produce, re-enact, gain copyright entitlements to, or legally register will make a difference to my attitude. I do not care.

Hugs and kisses from your unhugged chum with entitlement issues.

xoxo

January 21, 2010 3:05 AM  
Anonymous Landlouper said...

Hi Valerie - welcome! Nice big coffee you have there - how do you take it? Portable radiator, comfy purple sweater, and dark outside. Hope it's cozy in your workspace!

January 21, 2010 3:06 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Keeys said...

Hi Valerie!!
Sidenote: That is a holy freaking heck of a lot of bubble wrap.

January 21, 2010 3:25 AM  
Blogger webmonkey said...

Hello Valerie!

January 21, 2010 4:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG!!! i KNOW Valerie!!! this is weird/unexpected. but congrats Valerie!!! i had no idea you had such an awesome job! i'm a touch envious all the way here in australia!

Gabe

January 21, 2010 6:03 AM  
Blogger Tim Bäcker said...

hi Valerie :)

January 21, 2010 8:15 AM  
Blogger J said...

Hello everyone.

What? Isn't that what the lord and master Pat said to say?

:-)

Hello Valerie! I'm communicating from a black-and-white universe at the moment. Outside blog comments, I'm actually Blue. I know some wonderful Greens though, and it's always a pleasure to meet another.

January 21, 2010 9:04 AM  
Blogger SiloG said...

s'happenin babz;o

January 21, 2010 9:23 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

To anonymous:

“Where the frig is book two”??? In Pat’s head, and that’s just the hell where it’s going to stay until he’s damn good and ready. He has produced a beautiful baby (with Sarah’s wonderful help) that he rightfully loves to spend time with, he has inspired about $200k in support for a charity in 2 years (NOT counting his own matching contributions), he has a regular job, and family and friends – what in the hell, exactly, does he owe you again??? NOTHING. If you don’t like waiting, then LEAVE. I am more than sure that I can find about 10 friends to replace the single copy of book 2 (WHENEVER Pat is gracious and able to provide it, AT HIS LEISURE AND WHIM) that you might buy. The more you ask and pester, the less anyone would feel like giving. So stop f’ing it up for the rest of us (most especially Pat!!!) and just go away. The hole in the slime under your rock is lonely………go seal yourself in for the next millennia!

January 21, 2010 9:43 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oot is adorable! I am very happy for you and Sarah. And hi Valerie! *waves*

January 21, 2010 9:55 AM  
Blogger Shane said...

Hello Valerie!

January 21, 2010 12:07 PM  
Blogger Patrick said...

hi valerie :D

~Pat (no, not the author, another one ;P)

January 21, 2010 2:19 PM  
Anonymous FuriousJ said...

I'm fond of the fact that you have "Shadows over Camelot" up on your shelf.

It is a regular contender in our large board game groups.

Also, all that bubble wrap looks like a ton of fun to play with.

January 21, 2010 3:42 PM  
OpenID girl-at-the-end said...

Way to kick butt with the cloth diapers! We CD'd for about a year with our youngest.

January 21, 2010 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

Oot is as adorable as that carrot, lying there in classic "archer" pose of infants, and with the cutest smile EVAR!

Hi Valerie!

Not to leave out Sarah and Oot...
HI Sarah! Hi Oot!
And Pat-- HI PAT!! :) Thanks for all you guys do.

Now back to the mines everyone!

January 21, 2010 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

Oot is doing the usain bolt pose, therefor, he maybe the fastest baby in the world, now I respect him for more than just being your child

Sorry, I might be quite drunk :)

Respect for Oot!

Sam x

January 21, 2010 8:18 PM  
Anonymous Sam said...

PS its 02.19 here in dear old England.. don't judge me.. respect me for checking your blog so late!

January 21, 2010 8:20 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

First off hello Valerie, second I am also happy that the swearing and mentioning of clown sex will be back. But I do agree that those subjects have no place in a charity fund raiser even though I was a sailor and swear constantly at inappropriate times. Oh and if you came up with those names for the stuffed animals they are amazing.

January 21, 2010 11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judy

I am aware of all this. His charity is freaking awesome and commands respect like no other. The baby is adorable (however, I believe you got it the wrong way around - Sarah produced the baby, with Pat's help). And good on him for making the most of everything, running the charity, raising a kid, and having a life. Kudos.

So what about book two?

I'm not saying it should be ready. I'm saying there should be some kind of update. Why is that so much to ask for?

And really now, truly, what is wrong with 'pestering' writers? Meeting deadlines comes with practically every job, but some don't (like writing). If snarky blog comments about late books are the worst outcome of being a writer, then that's a pretty sweet deal. Technically it's more of a compliment.

No need to find 10 friends - I'll still drive three and a half hours and pay $45 for the book like I did last time (the downside of living in rural outback Australia). But until then I will do the most vile, terrible, disgusting, inhumane act to exist on this Earth - asking writer's questions.

I've actually lost the point I was planning to make, but basically Pat and his book are beyond amazing, and an update on book two should have been given.

This will be my last comment. Who knows... maybe I do have entitlement issues? Maybe I do have a very boring life and have nothing better to do because its 44 degrees outside and the population of this dam town is 112 and I have embarrasing genetilia and live in slime? Really, the insults are futile and childish.

I'm off to do the unthinkable and pester another writer now. I really am evil, aren't I? I should be called Cinder.

Gnite.

p.s: hi valerie

January 21, 2010 11:31 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

hello Valerie.
These rolls of bubblewrap seem fun.
I just LOVE bubblewrap... (then again, who doesn't?)

Oot is such a cutie...I think he looks a lot like you, pat. (nothing new I guess...but still)

January 22, 2010 2:43 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Oot looks just like you Pat! Minus beard of course. Same nose though.

Quite the adorable bubby. (And I should know, I have four adorable babies, so I am a qualified baby cuteness expert! :-) )

January 22, 2010 5:03 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

hi Anonymous -

I have to admit, that reply was a heck of a lot more human than your second one - which sounded very infantile. Hence, my stringent reply. Anywhoo, yes I get the whole deadline thing. What you also have to take into consideration, of course, is that writing a a very creative process - one that cannot be forced. Plus, you are taking something intensely personal (your creativeness) and watching it get shredded and revised by the "powers that be" - the editors - never a fun thing. Finally, I would direct you to one of Pat's earlier blogs, where he likens queries DEMANDING (which is how your "where the frick" came across) information on the book to the proverbial poop in the pool, and you can gather how he feels about such things. Creating a book isn't like creating a report at work - reports can meet deadlines, creativity not so much.

So where does this leave us? Enjoying Pat's pics and stories of Oot when he chooses to share, and just his every day zaniness when he grants us peeks into that as well. Oh, and stories of clown sex, of course. ;o)

January 22, 2010 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello everyone

January 22, 2010 12:22 PM  
Blogger Garrett said...

Hey Valerie! Glad to get back to the norm, WB was fun, but as you said I'm glad it's over for the time being.

January 22, 2010 12:44 PM  
Blogger Jigadoon said...

Good to have you back, Pat.

January 22, 2010 2:38 PM  
Anonymous payton said...

HEYA valerie. thats an awesome green! its my favorite color (but sh! dont tell the other colors their jealous!) XD

January 22, 2010 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Judy

Thanks for the well structured reply - you make a very good argument. I guess I didn't really properly consider that creative processes aren't black and white. And I guess the longer it takes, the better the second book is going to be. And I guess the original snarky comment stemmed from the fact that I just got fired on the weekend for, surprise suprise, bad attitude. Haha... fail.

Still, an update on the progress of book two would be excellent (wink wink nudge nudge Pat) =P

Thanks again for the logic, Judy. Probably deserved the reality check.

Cinder.

January 22, 2010 9:39 PM  
Blogger Russell James said...

Hi Valerie!

January 23, 2010 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cute baby! Yay for cloth diapers! Hope he was spared from having part of his penis chopped off at birth!

January 23, 2010 1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two things:

1) You make my wife wanna have a baby showing your adorable baby off like that. I wanna tell you to knock it off, but he is really cute!

2) I will be glad to see your blog return to form. The charity is totally worth while, but I haven't had a good laugh about clown sex since, ever. I think I enjoy reading your blog as much as I have your book.

Oh, and, thanks also for the leads on neat stuff! (Legend of Neil, The Guild, ect.)

January 23, 2010 12:22 PM  
Blogger Jeff and Shannon said...

Just curious....Barnes and Noble's website has audio versions of "Wise Man's Fear" listed as available 5-1-2010. I didn't think there was any truth to this, as you haven't made any announcement yourself, but thought I'd mention this.

January 23, 2010 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may have already posted this on a previous blog. If so, I apologize that I haven't adequately read all of your entries, (I have rest most, though). Many authors will address their writing style, use of an outline, fly by the seat of your pants approach, etc. I'm interested in how you bring your works of art to life, and the process, especially the beginnings. Any other tips/advice/how-to would also be interesting and appreciated.

January 23, 2010 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello Valerie!

January 24, 2010 3:20 PM  
OpenID eclecticentric said...

The charity was awsome to read about and I'm glad it did so well, but it will be nice to see the blog return to its normal activities, clown sex included. This blog introduced me to Dr. Horrible, The Guild, and lots of other wonderful things, and I look forward to having my mind blown once more.

Hi Valerie!

- Kayleigh

PS: word verification is "nicstur." Like what a tween named Nicholas tells everyone to call him when he thinks he's being cool.

January 24, 2010 5:57 PM  
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January 24, 2010 11:53 PM  
Blogger Caitrin said...

Hi Valerie! Green is my favorite color so if you're Green that makes you AwesomelyFantastic. Hi and thanks for all the hard work!

I love the Charity and donated myself but I look forward to reading your normal entries again Pat!

January 24, 2010 11:56 PM  
Anonymous Cheetah said...

Hey everybody!

I've been reading the blog for some time now (9 months or something, since I bought finished NotW) but only recently started to also read the comments...

Since this is my first comment (and probably also last one, as I'm quite happy just reading the blog, actually ;) ): It's really great that you write this blog, Pat, Oot is extremely cute (and I'd also very much like to know his name), and WBs is grat - good that so many people are more generous than I am ^^".

But actually my comment is meant to be addressed to all your faithful comment-writers.

The first thing I mentioned when skimming through the comments was that whenever anybody dares to mention Book 2, no matter how polite his/her request, he/she is directly, well, crucified [if that's the right expression] in an absolutely unnecessarily aggressive way.

So, my point is, all you over-faithful fans: Remember that everybody writing a comment concerning book 2 is a fan of Pat's, too, otherwise he wouldn't ask for the sequel. So no need to react like you always do. If you feel offended, just ignore him/her... Nobody expects Pat to spend all of his time on the book, when he has got a family etc., but some updates like "I managed to revise two chapters last month, but I have to revise them again" would be nice. That's what people like "Anonymous" ask for.

So - maybe just think about being a little nicer.

And, btw, I also can't wait to finally hold a copy of Wise Man's Fear in my hands :)

Greetings,
Cheetah

PS: Hey Valerie!

January 25, 2010 3:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheetah.... BLESS YOU!

Finally someone else gets it :)

There's nothing wrong with asking questions, and tiny little updates would be great. It's Pat's choice in the end if he does something like that or not, but no matter what he does (bar rape and murder) even the impatient, questioning fans will remain being massive fans.

Thanks for understanding Cheetah :)

x
Cinder (I'm still keeping this name though tehee).

January 25, 2010 3:11 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

There's nothing wrong with asking questions, unless, of course, you're being a pest by asking them.

And you have to realize that these questions are pestering at best.

Sure, maybe you only ask about it once, maybe twice. You post a comment, or put something on his wall on facebook. Maybe you wait a whole two months before asking again.

But you have to realize that Patrick probably has about a quarter million fans here in the US alone. That means that if .1% of them ask him about the book, even if it's only once every couple of months, it amounts to a shitton of people constantly hassling him.

And there nothing wrong with wanting an update. What's wrong is feeling like you're entitled to an update (which you're not). Or demanding an update. Which is, again, rude.

And while it's true that "even the impatient, questioning fans will remain being massive fans." That doesn't mean that they will be welcomed here, on his personal blog.

And Cheetah, you'll notice that typically only snarky, bitchy, or passive aggressive posts get attacked on here. Anon's first post on this blog might not have been full of swearing and bile, but it's still rude and reeking of entitlement.

It says, effectively: "I know you hate comments like this, but I'm going to do it anyway."

No matter how you slice it, that's rude.

January 25, 2010 4:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Kate

Like I said, I understand where you're coming from. But also, like I said, why exactly is it SO bad? For example, here is my original post:

"Ok I'm happy for all this amazing fundraising stuff and your impossibly adorable child, but I just need to ask... what about the second book? ANY updates? Anywhere near close at all?

I know you hate comments like these but really, the longer it takes to publish the next book, the more you should get use to comments like this."

Shortly followed by this, written by Ben:

"Antonymous: You have a typo there. I think what you meant to say was, "I know you hate comments like this, but due to the fact that I wasn't hugged enough as a child, I have entitlement issues and feel like I can say anything I want on the internet. Also, I have embarrassing genitalia. You might want to run spellcheck next time to avoid mistyping in the future. Remember, if it's underlined in red, it's misspelled. If it's underlined in green, it's a grammar error. And if it's underlined in purple, you are being a penis."

I find it interesting how you suggest that I'm the one being snarky, bitchy and with entitlement issues when clearly, the fan's who as Cheetah described "crucify" the people who "pester" are... well... behaving worse?

I never meant for the arguments to go this far, but really, as said before, shitton comes with the job. But if something DOES possibly come from a (what I will call) pushy comment like the one I wrote, then SWEET. But if not, and Pat chooses to ignore it... then what's the big issue?

And if I'm not welcome here by others that's fine. I'll still be here. Perhaps you could direct me to a blog that actually allows people to 'demand' updates and have them maturely ignored as they should be?

January 25, 2010 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Jasmin said...

Hi Valerie^^
Can't thank you enough for helping pat =)
I'd say we appreciate it a real lot^^

And pat, Oot is suuuuuuuuuper cute!!!!

~Jas^^

January 25, 2010 11:31 AM  
Blogger Vae said...

Good on ya Valerie! Thanks on behalf of the fans for helping out, and making our god *cough* i mean, favorite author's *cough* life a little easier to manage. We greatly appreciate it and will offer a blood sacr.... umm.. our congratulations, to you.

:) Cheers Pat, everything seems to be going great! and by the way, how cute is little Oot! Hahaha, also, can you include a picture of the elephant??

January 25, 2010 5:06 PM  
Blogger Vae said...

Also, one more thing, sort of in response to the little back and forth between Anonymous and Judy there - aside from Pat's ridiculously busy schedule, raising a new child, working, and busting his ass on that amazing and (I am assuming, rather frustrating, considering the amount of work it took) charity, we must also take into consideration that now that the first draft has been sent out, the book, though still Pat's beloved other baby, is not wholly in his hands anymore. It is also in the hands of his editor. People must realize that while the creative process is often long and tedious with many, many, many revisions being made constantly and so on and so forth, the editing of such a monster masterpiece must also be incredibly time consuming and a bit difficult. People might stop to consider, if only for a moment, that maybe Pat hasn't given an update on the progress of book 2 yet, because he simply does not know right now. I notice people seem to think it's cool and perfectly all right to harass the writers about their books coming out. Why don't you take some time off from that and harass the editors, and agents, and publishers on the same topic? I am sure they would just LOVE to hear from you.

January 25, 2010 5:18 PM  
Blogger Lindsay Sprick said...

Hello Valerie! You've officially played with more bubble wrap than any poor college student could ever dream of playing with! :)

January 25, 2010 7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Vae

Yes, I've already sent several emails to DAW over the past two or so months and even attempted a phone call. Trust me, they're not co-operative, and it's not surprising either. Still, it's worth a try :)

January 26, 2010 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Jake said...

I may get flamed for this - here I go anyway.
Book... book... book...

Book 1 of 3 I guess, just got book 1, have not finished it yet, just a few more chapters to go...... I realised half way into it that it was one of those trilogy books.

I just wanted to know if the set had been completed - done a google search to see how I could get my hands on the next book.

Bringing me to this site to find out what the name of the next installment of 'the name of the wind' would be.

It appears as though I, as many other people have some time to wait.

So should I finish it or should I wait for book 3?

If book 1 is anything to go by, when book 2 comes out, if I get my hands on it, it will be finished in a tick (2 to 3 weeks for me, I am a slow reader, as well as trying to find some prime time to read without interruption).

Maybe I should wait 5... 10 years, or even longer for the final book to be finished, before reading on..... no point in rushing a good thing as I say.

I'll check back in on this site in a couple of years from now, to see how things are progressing.

January 26, 2010 5:50 AM  
Blogger Bombie said...

Jake,

Pat often offers clown sex jokes and sagely advice on how to spend your time waiting, so checking back every once in a while might be worth it. Also: read book two as soon as you can! And again the year after that! And the year after that! That way, however long it takes for the third book to come, you'll have a healthy yearly dose of Rothfuss without rushing anything!

January 26, 2010 5:59 AM  
Anonymous LaurafromNY said...

ooo, Oot is a little chub chub! He sure looks like you Mr. Fussy!!

Hello Valerie! Welcome aboard!

January 26, 2010 7:30 AM  
Blogger marky said...

Valerie, how you doing? ;-)

Here are some of my top tips for the day:

1. If you are going to pretend you are working at the computer when you get your photo taken…..Make sure it’s on.

2. When playing with bubble wrap, always have baby oil handy. (This is purely for my enjoyment)

3. If you have to build a fort in the middle of bubble wrap, invite other people to play. Forts are only good if there’s somebody on hand to storm them.

4. And finally, if you can nick those big white hands on top of the dresser, there’s a few quid in it for you. Send them C/o Marky, Scotland. They’ll reach me ok because I own Scotland.

Pat, how far can you push the whole assistant thing? Could you get Valerie to trim your beard while you’re on the can? I want a hot assistant too.:-(


Marky, smart arse, and lover of Mr Friendly Carrot.

January 26, 2010 7:33 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

This is my first comment to your blog, yay! I'm a really new fan, just picked up and read the book over the past week, after stumbling upon a blog post of yours about Joss Whedon. I read that and decided I would read your book and I'm glad I did. It was awesome. I will be a regular reader of your blog and anticipate the rest of the trilogy.

Also, your little Oot is a cutie pie!

January 26, 2010 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I feel like I've just been on a roller coaster ride reading these comments. While it is great that there are so many fans that become indignant on Pat's behalf for perceived wrongs done to him, Pat is a big boy and can probably handle these kinds of questions himself, as they are to be expected. As far as I remember, he wanted the blog to stay a mostly happy place, no need to bicker.
The reasons I say 'perceived wrongs' is because it is hard to guess the tone of one's comments in written form. That is why so many misunderstandings happen in blogs, e-mails, etc. Much easier to pick up on things face to face where tone and expression can convey so much. Perhaps Cinder's comments were meant to be sarcastic, which, in all honesty, is how I took them when I first read them. Being a sarcastic person myself, I know that things can be taken too literally when taken out of context.
I hope Pat is grateful to have such wonderful, loyal fans. But I also hope everyone is willing to lighten up and just have fun on here without feeling the need to judge anyone else. Hopefully nobody feels that this is what I have done in this post, as that was not intended. We're all friends here, right?

Cheers,
FryMama

P.S. Oot is very handsome. About the same age as my Adalay, who is quite beautiful herself. Don't get any ideas though... she is much too young for a boyfriend, even one as cute as Oot:)

January 26, 2010 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Landi said...

Regarding the back and forth sniping re: book 2 delays: Pat actually made an extensive blog post about this particular topic way back in February 2009. See link here:

http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/blog/2009/02/concerning-release-of-book-two.html

Will let Pat's comments speak without aid.

January 26, 2010 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Landi said...

Actually - will reference another blog he wrote, too.

http://www.patrickrothfuss.com/blog/2009/10/everyone-hates-their-job-sometimes.html

Finally - I can't find it, but I know Pat once also referenced Neil Gaiman's famed journal post "Entitlement Issues" in which he responds to a fan complaint regarding delays in the publication of another author's book "George R.R. Martin is not your bitch."

http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/05/entitlement-issues.html

Sensitive issue here, obv!

January 26, 2010 7:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi FryMama

That's exactly right, couldn't have put it better myself!

Looking back at my comments now I can see how people deduced that I was being a entitlement-issued bitch and for this I'm sorry. But like you I'm a sarcastic person, and respond very badly to highly offensive remarks from strangers who also have entitlement issues in thinking they need to aggressively defend a thirty-something year old man they've never met. The original comment I wrote was NOT meant to come across so snarky - it's more exasperated, desperate, and sarcastic.

Landi, I've read all those blogs. I read his blogs religiously. And like religion, they are allowed to be questioned.

This has been quite a roller coaster hasn't it!

x
Cinder

January 26, 2010 9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I want Oot's pants, and carrot!

No scratch that, I DEMAND it :P

Now that's sarcasm hehe. Hope I have a kid like Oot one day... Pat and Sarah made one champion baby right there.

Cinder.

January 26, 2010 9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey just a heads up. Several people have implied that your baby is fat. One person used the word "chunk," and somebody keeps calling him "Oot." Oh...

January 27, 2010 12:19 AM  
Blogger Trevor said...

@Valerie
Hello there. Thanks for being swell! =)

@Marky
Just to say, if you "embiggen" the picture of Valerie you'll see that the computer is turned on.

@the back and forth about book two
First let me say, people should be nice to each other. Hateful and insulting remarks beget a hateful and insulting environment, and that's not good for anyone. Moving past that though, I myself have been interested in hearing any kind of news about book two because I'm interested in hearing what Pat has to say about the progress he's made. I keep coming to check without asking just hoping that I can hear what he has to say about such things as book two. I'm a fan, and as such I am interested/invested in getting some kind of progress report(s) to help ease the wait. I'm a fan, and as such I have no desire to make Pat feel pressured to provide an answer. I don't think it's bad for us to let him know that a progress report(s) would be well received by us, the fans, though.

-Regards

January 27, 2010 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Trev ;)

January 28, 2010 7:27 AM  
Blogger Vinny K said...

Hello Valerie, 'tis a pleasure to make your acquaintance. I hope you truly enjoy working with Pat, it's an honour many of us would kill for. Best of Luck to you, Valerie. May fortune smile upon you.

~Vinny~

January 28, 2010 6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with the folks who think an update is not unreasonable. I'm not trying to pressure Pat into speeding up his writing for us. Book two has to be at least as good as Book one after all, so it's in our best interests if he takes as long as he needs. At the same time, the last update we heard was a year ago. When you're waiting for something as awesome as Wise Man's Fear, that's a really long time. All I would request Pat to do is give us a little bit of a peek behind the curtains at how things stand and how much longer he thinks he might take. I reiterate, he absolutely HAS to take as much time as he needs or wants, but it would be really nice to know where the book is these days.

January 29, 2010 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Flippzz said...

wouldn't it be cool if writers had to do like trailers for their books? like you know movie trailers for movies that are coming out? like writers could release a certain amaount of excerpts and get pros to do awesome cyrptic art for whats coming up? that would be awesome

January 29, 2010 11:27 PM  
Blogger marky said...

Trev, I did what you said, and I still can’t see anything on the screen. I can only see a reflection of the doomsday machine behind Valerie.

I should buy me a bigger monitor. Maybe I’ll get one of those fancy colour ones!;-)

January 30, 2010 5:14 AM  
Blogger Vae said...

To Anonymous - yes, I too was not trying to be snarky. Just making a point about the publishing/writing business (for it IS a business, afterall.) Of course Pat can handle his own. Nobody is questioning his manhood and ultimate coolness and badassery. Just helping make a point, hoping people may stop to reconsider a few things about why it may be taking so long. Things that, as was pointed out also, Pat has made clear in previous blogs. I mean no disrespect, certainly not to total strangers.

To Jake: my advise, finish the absolute glory that is Book 1, bask in it, love it, bask in it some more. Then set it down. Get a glass of water. Turn around, go back, open it back up to page 1 and start over. Reread the absolute glory that is book 1. Bask in it again. Repeat. Should help pass the time for book 2.

Or, you could check out some of Pat's older posts, wherein he does an amazing job of recommending some other books by great authors to help pass the time until book 2 is released. Authors like Joe Abercrombie, and Brandon Sanderson. You might check them out after finishing NOTW.

January 31, 2010 6:54 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Man, babies love those stuffed carrots.

My niece had one and never let it go. I saw how much she loved it and trying to win her heart with goodies I bought her an asparagus made by the same company.

I guess she already has an aversion to green veggies however. She doesn't like it.

February 1, 2010 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Valerie! first comment and future undecided, but i did want to say: there really needs to be a whole comment wars place on your blog pat...Cute baby and good luck with your writing/revising.

February 15, 2010 1:49 AM  
Blogger stiv said...

Take as long as you need mate I can wait as long as the book is as good as The name of the wind, been reading fantasy books for 30 years and I havnt read anything as good as the name of the wind in a long long time (probably had full head of hair at the time). Best wishes and good luck. Steve Hamburg

February 16, 2010 9:19 AM  

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