Friday, February 26, 2010
Is it drafty in here?

So today I was going to pass along some news about the book in a blog titled, "Why I don't talk about Book Two."

The blog was proving rather difficult to write until I realized it was really two blogs. So today we're just going to get the news, and I'll talk about the other stuff later.

Here's the news: I've finally finished my latest draft of The Wise Man's Fear.


Oot is shown in order to give a sense of scale. And because my baby is frikkin adorable.

This manuscript is about 200 pages longer, and about 500 pages different than the last one I took a picture of. I've fixed plotting, tweaked characters, cut scenes, added scenes, re-written, re-organized, re-read, and re-re-organized sections of it so many times that I couldn't even begin to give you a number of versions it's been through.

Now last time I posted up a picture of a manuscript on the blog, people got all twitterpated. They saw that big stack of papers and said things like, "Yay! That means the book will be out next month!!1!" and "Wow! How are they going to bind something that big?!?"

So before we all go leaping to a bunch of unfounded and erroneous conclusions, let's talk about a few things.

First, this manuscript is printed in....(wait for it) manuscript format. That means it's one-sided, double spaced, and printed in courier new font. That's what makes it look so big. Typesetting the book comes later in the process. That's one of the many, many steps that comes later.

That said, The Wise Man's Fear is going to be bigger than The Name of the Wind by at least 100,000 words or so.

Second, let's discuss what a draft is. A draft is a version of a piece of writing. Almost always it is an early or preliminary version. You can have things like a rough draft, which is... well... rough. A second draft, which comes after the first draft. Or you can have things like a final draft, which is... well... final.

Is this going too fast for anyone?

This is not the final draft of book two. If it were, I would have said something like, "This is the final draft of book two." But I didn't. So it's not.

But it isn't a rough draft either. The one I turned in several months ago was rough. There were some bad plot holes, some logical inconsistencies, pacing problems, and not nearly enough lesbian unicorns.

This draft is tighter, cleaner, and all around better. I'm really pleased with it, but it's not quite perfect. Not yet.


What this *doesn't* mean.

The book will not be out next week. The book will not be out next month. Right now there's no publication date. Remember when I said there wasn't a publications date? There's no publication date.


What this *does* mean.

The book is a big step closer to being done.

The book is way better than it was before. That last draft of the book was okay. It had some great parts, some parts that were "meh" and some that were "huh?" Overall, it averaged out to about 70 percent awesome.

Which isn't bad, but I'm not content with a C-minus book. This draft is way better. I'm guessing about 90-92 percent awesome. Way better. But still not perfect.

I'm working on the book, even if I don't constantly talk about it here on the blog. More about this in the upcoming blog: Why I don't talk about Book Two.


What happens now?

This manuscript goes to my editor, Betsy. She reads it carefully, maybe twice. She makes notes, then we talk about what she thinks might need to be changed/tweaked/fixed.

Then, depending on how much work we think it needs. We put it into the production schedule. That means we'll have a publication date. Which I will tell you. On the blog. With words.

Then I do another set of revisions. Or more likely, several smaller sets of revisions, as I'm a freak like that. Luckily, these next sets won't be nearly so extensive as my last round.

In metaphorical terms, the last round of revisions was like an organ transplant. Invasive, complex, labor intensive, and with a long recovery time. The revisions I do after this will probably be more like cosmetic surgery. Or an appendectomy at worst.

But first, I get to relax. I've been working on this fucker nonstop for months. And now, finally, I get to take a break while I wait for Betsy's feedback.


I'm pretty excited to be seeing more of you too, Oot.

You see folks, Oot is one happy baby, all laughs and smiles. But in order to get this revision finished, there have been times over the last several months when I've spent weeks at a stretch working 10-14 hours a day. That's not counting e-mail, dealing with translators, and writing the occasional blog.

That means on some busy days, I only get to play with him for half an hour or so. If our sleep schedules don't match up, some days I don't get to see him at all while he's awake.

I'm not mentioning this to get sympathy. I'm mentioning it so you can better understand my life. I'm mentioning this so you know what exactly goes through my head when someone sends me an e-mail or posts on my blog, saying, "Just finish the book for fucksake!"

So.... that's the news. The book is going well. There are parts of it that I'm so proud of that I almost can't help but talk about them here. It's coming. Be patient. And rest assured that I'm not just lounging around, doing whippets and eating the cotton-candy underthings off nubile young catgirls.

As for myself, now that the book is out of my hands for a couple weeks, I'm planning on catching up on some family stuff and playing Bioshock 2 until I puke.

Oh, and I'll be catching up on a few blogs I've been meaning to post, too. Tune in on Monday and I'll be announcing some of my upcoming appearances for convention season.

There will also be a chance for you to get me to come do a reading/signing at your local bookstore if you live in the right part of the country. Specifically in between Chicago and West Virginia...

So stay tuned....

pat

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Anonymous Huckleberry said...

I love Oot's smile!
(Plus: I'm smiling, too -- these are really good news!)

Enjoy your break!

February 26, 2010 6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oot is ALMOST as cute as our 7 month old (let's call him Ootz)! I see you must have paid extra for the cuteness upgrade as well. I'd suggest a play date but the commute would be Hell. Congrats on the book!

February 26, 2010 6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done Pat, I hope you get to spend time with Oot during your reprieve from work. Thank you and keep up the good work.

February 26, 2010 6:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Pat!
Do you know if the book going is to be translated to Greek?? I really want to read your book because i have a feeling it's going to be awesome!!I got this feeling from your blog! =)

February 26, 2010 6:20 AM  
Blogger Roeland said...

Good way to get me excited about the book again :D
I recently compared your blog with George R.R. Martin's blog and that you gave us so much more information and this post confirms it! (I know GRRM is in a different situation, but I still prefer your blog :p)

Anyway, have fun relaxing and then get back to work! ;)

February 26, 2010 6:21 AM  
Blogger Marjorie said...

Oot is gorgeous! In fact, evey time you get ratty e-mails r comments wongeing about book two, you chould just post another cute pic of oot and everyone will go "Awww" and stop bitching.

Also, good to know book 2 is moving along. I'd better get on with reading some of the 50+ books in my 'to be read' heap so I'm ready for it when it comes.
(PS is it just me, or does one's 'to be read' heap NEVER get any smaller, no matter how many books one reads?)

February 26, 2010 6:25 AM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Congrats on finishing the revision! If I read that correctly, that means there will be lesbian unicorns in this version? YES!!!

This reminds me of a quote to paraphrase: An author is someone who puts years and their heart and soul into something that someone else might read if they get around to it.


Something like that....

February 26, 2010 6:28 AM  
Blogger Wonderwailer said...

I will admit to heresy and confess that sometimes I too have secretly willed you to move faster-forgetting of course that it is always easier to wait than to work like a performing monkey. However, thank you for this post as I know understand a little better your passion and commitment. You want the book to be perfect because this is your future career (and this is not a subversive attempt to pressure you!), your second effort will be highly important in establishing your career. I wish you the best of luck, but I know you don't need it-you are one of the fortunate few who have the drive and talent to follow your dreams.

END OF RANT

February 26, 2010 6:28 AM  
Anonymous DD said...

Lesbian unicorns?! *swoon*

February 26, 2010 6:44 AM  
Anonymous Tangster said...

Awefreakingsome!!!!! I've been waiting for your post about "why you're not talking about book two" like a crack head.

Why Why Why won't you come to NYC for a book signing or comicon?!??! Come!!! You can stay with me if you want. That's assuming you don't have a problem with super cute overly attached english bulldog.

February 26, 2010 7:02 AM  
Blogger brian said...

Thanks for the update.
Looking forward to Book 2.

February 26, 2010 7:14 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Go spend time with your baby Pat! And I don't mean your book !

February 26, 2010 7:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's why Oot is smiling...
He just spotted the lesbian unicorns!

February 26, 2010 7:22 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Great photos of your two youngest babies!

More seriously, while the rational part of my brain goes "surely now people can shut up about book 2", the part of my brain accustomed to dealing with customers says "Well, this is going to mean months of "I thought the book was all typed up and junk, what's taking so long?"

I'm starting to think the wise man's fear is, in fact, being a dedicated writer in the age of blogs, public scrutiny, and instant gratification.

You're a braver man than I am, Gunga Rothfuss.

February 26, 2010 7:33 AM  
Blogger franti said...

The big overhaul-revisions are always a pain in the ass. Glad you got through it.

February 26, 2010 7:40 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

Thanks Pat!

Also, Bioshock 2 is awesome!

February 26, 2010 7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news on the book Pat, I await the second installment with bated breath & stiff upper lip.

When you mention doing whippets....
Where I come from a Whippet is a type of small Greyhound dog, so i'm slightly confused? :)

Dave

February 26, 2010 7:49 AM  
Blogger dp said...

Bioshock 2?! You needs to get on Mass Effect 2. Nothing wrong with Bioshock, but Mass Effect 2 is incredible. And if you play on PS3, I'd recommend Demon's Souls, but I'd be afraid you'd get lost in it and take even longer for the the next draft :)

But seriously, I wish I could write that many pages of non-crap. Congrats!

February 26, 2010 7:50 AM  
Anonymous griz said...

Yay!!!
Take as much time as you need, btw, after the first one nothing but 100% will suffice. Seriously, this is the result of setting the bar so high.
BTW, does this mean you haven't gotten around to Mass Effect 2 yet? If not, duuuude... NOT awesome missing the best game ever, and as a writer we want to be also personally proud of - fix it :)
So anyway, enjoy the vacation and a big thank you for the update!

February 26, 2010 7:55 AM  
Anonymous griz said...

@dp - ha ha ha.
Seriously, 2 people writing the same comment at the same time, both avid readers?
PLAY IT (not the violin, Johnny :))

February 26, 2010 7:57 AM  
OpenID karena said...

Thank you for the update! I shall inform my customers that you are not eating cotton candy.

February 26, 2010 8:03 AM  
Blogger Aaron Newton said...

Pat,

I can honestly say that if you were in fact eating cotton candy underthings off of nubile young cat girls I certainly would not hold it against you for diverting efforts from FEAR.

Regards,
Aaron Newton

February 26, 2010 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

Thanks for the update. I feel completely selfish in saying this, but take your time and do it the way you want to do it, do it right. The world does not need another potentially awesome, but actually terrible sequel that was rushed through to capitalize on the popularity of the first book. We will all still be here when you are done! Enjoy your break with Oot!

February 26, 2010 8:15 AM  
Blogger Yoni said...

If NOTW was over 250,000 words (Pat's calculation in "Concerning the Release of Book Two") and the new book is roughly 100,000 words longer, then that is an 140 increase in size.

In terms of pages, Wise Man's Fear should be just over 1000 pages.

The reason it's taken so long is because Pat has written the equivalent of 3 books. Viewed this way, he's actually making great time.

February 26, 2010 8:15 AM  
Blogger Vulpes Fulva said...

Pat, you should come to Dragon*Con this year! I feel like that's the only hope I can have of you coming down south. Mayhaps my wish will come true and you'll post that on Monday as one of your stops.
Oot looks hilarious by the way. Have fun playing with the little guy (and changing his diaper).

February 26, 2010 8:15 AM  
Blogger jrive said...

Great news Pat, I'm really excited for book two. But enjoy your rest and family time, I definitely appreciate your work!

February 26, 2010 8:22 AM  
Blogger Wysen said...

Congrats on finishing the round of revision. That's no easy task.

February 26, 2010 8:29 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thanks for the hard work Pat. I suggest doing some of the whippets while playing bio shock.

February 26, 2010 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Erzberger said...

Cool news, thanks for the heads up. Take your time and enjoy life. (there are too many half-assed sequels to great debuts...)

February 26, 2010 8:32 AM  
Blogger bryan.bischof said...

In your post at some point you say: "This is the final draft of book two."

Is this true???!?!?!!111oneandalotofexclamationpoints!!!

I jest, I jest. BTW, your baby is painfully cute. Not painful to him, in fact it seems like he is doing well and fine being that cute. I mean metaphorically painful. Well never mind the painful, lets just go with very cute...

February 26, 2010 8:41 AM  
Blogger pws said...

Dude, you're like, a published author now. Go get some real bookshelves. Concrete Block Chic is totally out.

February 26, 2010 8:48 AM  
Blogger bananajoos said...

Oot would look good with a beard.

February 26, 2010 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just finish the book for fucksake!

(And yes, any editor worth their salt will read it twice, if not three times.)

February 26, 2010 8:54 AM  
Blogger regina said...

Lesbian unicorns and a happy baby. Thanks for making my Friday :)

February 26, 2010 8:57 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

'Lounging around, doing whippets and eating the cotton-candy underthings off nubile young catgirls' is -amongst other things- what life is made of Pat! Seriously though always know the vast majority of your fan-base wants you to be able to enjoy your life and do things other than just write which are important to you, and indeed take enough time with the writing itself that you're satisfied... We didn't buy your soul with the 20 bucks for the hardover of your first book after all.

February 26, 2010 8:57 AM  
Blogger Walnutbutter said...

omg, I live in between West Virginia and Chicago! Yay! *does a little happy dance*

February 26, 2010 8:59 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

P.s I presume when you say 'the country' you mean the USA... there are... others around... countries I mean...

February 26, 2010 8:59 AM  
Blogger Michel said...

Wow, Oot is REALLY growing fast...

February 26, 2010 9:00 AM  
Blogger draphsor said...

Glad to hear it, and glad you get to spend some time with Oot. And thanks for continuing to share these glimpses of your life with good humor and patience. Looking forward to more.

February 26, 2010 9:01 AM  
Blogger DK said...

That boy is cute as a button.

And hey, I live in between Chicago and West Virginia! But, I'm up in Michigan, and I doubt you'll be making a out of the way trip like that. Oh well.

But let me know if you are planning on coming to the Great Mitten.

February 26, 2010 9:03 AM  
Anonymous Megan said...

Thank you for the book you have already given us, which has become an important member of the small, cherished library to which I turn over and over for comfort, companionship, escape, and solace.

And also, thank you for this blog, which makes me laugh and which provides insight into the ridiculously huge amount of work you put forth in bringing us such an amazing story.

Your baby is also ridiculously adorable!

February 26, 2010 9:07 AM  
Blogger Joe M. said...

Enjoy your break!

We'll muster up our patience ... somehow. :-)

And yes, that is one cute baby.

February 26, 2010 9:12 AM  
Blogger teri said...

I know the world we live in, but I still bothers me to the nth degree that people write you saying "just finish the book for fucksake." What's WRONG with people? Sigh. I suppose they've never written anything longer than a 140 character twitter.

Otherwise, your blog is all goodness, as is your Oot, as is your consideration of us, your readers.

February 26, 2010 9:12 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Bioshock 2 sounds just about perfect for you right now.

Oot is, as everyone is saying, FREAKING ADORABLE when he smiles. I'm a fan. I can understand wanting to spend some time with the guy, since I'm a little jealous that you get to and I don't ;)

Hope your break is double-plus good.

(Word Verification: hydra, which automatically makes me nerdy >.<)

February 26, 2010 9:14 AM  
Blogger AJ said...

Lesbian Unicorns sound like one of grrm's uncomfortable sexual fantasies. I'm worried.

February 26, 2010 9:22 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

Haha, Oot is wonderful! I just started reading Name of the Wind for the third time and I still get excited whenever Denna comes on the page. It really takes an incredible author to make someone fall in love with a character the way you do. Keep up the great work!

PS-Give Oot a high five for me, that baby gets +10 awesome points for being so close to your manuscript.

February 26, 2010 9:25 AM  
Blogger happlestix said...

What a wonderful, witty, and informative update (with swell pics). Thank you!

February 26, 2010 9:28 AM  
Blogger Llyralei said...

So much to say...

Such as, lesbian unicorns! Oh, lord, I am quivering in excitement.

And, d'aaaawwww little Oot.

Also, more quivering in excitement for just how awesome book two will be. It's great that you put so much effort into making the book the best it can be. I'll wait patiently til the end of the world if I have to. :D

February 26, 2010 9:28 AM  
Blogger Insa Miller said...

Oh my god, cuteness overload <3

Also yay for finishing the draft. I don't even dare starting the 2nd draft on my story (not that I had time for it atm).

Count me to the ones understanding. I'm desperately waiting for the 2nd book, but am willing to wait for it. Take your time, enjoy your family happiness and make sure to visit Germany one day XD

February 26, 2010 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Agent Scully said...

Yay I'm in Chicago! OK, technically I'm in Wheaton (aka "Where Jesus Left His Sandals") but Chicago is only 20 minutes away.

Also? Oot is unfreakingbelievable cute. And he always looks so happy! You're so lucky.

February 26, 2010 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Fearless said...

Bioshock 2 is ok i guess...but you must learn the wisdom of Mass Effect 2, unless you've got a PS3, in which case....i feel only pity for you.

February 26, 2010 9:54 AM  
Blogger Kathy Kreeger said...

This makes me happy, and will make my 11 year old son happy when I tell him (he asks about it from time to time). It would probably also make my whippet puppy happy, as chewing up books is one of his favorite things, although we discourage him as much as we can.

February 26, 2010 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Laura, Netherlands said...

Good news. Tnx for updating. Oot is one happy camper!
On a side note. You do know perfect is the unreachable end of a scale? Aiming for a perfect book means going for the impossible, and thus stealing to much time away from Oot?

February 26, 2010 9:56 AM  
Anonymous WillFromWarshington said...

Between CHICAGO and WEST VIRGINIA?!(fake rage) NO! You have to come to seattle!!(please please please Have i not been nagging you about this for ever? now i'm going to post every day about it until i gat bored,(which will probably be only once) :) ;) :P (youv'e just been triple-emoticoned.)

February 26, 2010 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enjoy your break and baby Oot! You deserve it

February 26, 2010 9:58 AM  
Blogger Amelia Stone said...

Go play with Oot, the handsome little scamp. ;)

February 26, 2010 9:58 AM  
Anonymous stacyn said...

I am glad to see things are coming together, I am so eager for the next book! Oot is really adorable, and looks like one happy kid! Thanks for the insight on how things work with getting the book out!

February 26, 2010 9:59 AM  
Blogger Fiona Mackintosh said...

I love that Oot has a proprietary hand on the manuscript pile as if to say ... ha ha sucker, he's all mine now :)

Have fun playing with Oot and I look foward with great glee to the appearance of WMF whenever that should happen ...

In the meantime, as others have said, there are a pile of other good books out there to fill in the time between the manuscript pile and the awesome greatness of the bound edition :D

February 26, 2010 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Draymorren said...

WOW now that is a stack of paper! my mind is salivating at the thought of getting to read that some day.

I have a question for you though, well more than one but its all the same area:
1)how long did it take to print that?
2)did you print it at home?
3)how many ink cartrages did you go through? island inkjet must love you! (i assume you have ink cartrage refillers. not sure if they are strictly canadian or not...)

February 26, 2010 10:07 AM  
Blogger n said...

I sure hope NYC is on your list. Please visit us. Skip Manhattan and come to Brooklyn, we read more fantasy here. They're all jaded and don't understand lesbian unicorns.

February 26, 2010 10:08 AM  
Blogger mathias said...

Ha ha ha... Lesbian unicorns.. Classic, that is. Glad to hear things are going well with book two and that you'll get some well needed family time.

Always love reading your blogs. Keep it real, homey.

February 26, 2010 10:10 AM  
Blogger VSchmitt said...

Um, "doing whippets"?? Isn't that against the law?

February 26, 2010 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to say that Oot looks like he would be fun to hang out with. So, I am glad that you will be getting to spend more time with him (bioshock 2 too but mostly Oot). Also keep up the good work and I know the book with be great when it comes out am I am wiling to wait no matter how long it takes.

February 26, 2010 10:17 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

Love the photos! I'd like to share with you my cranky-old-lady blog post from last year, about the people who run around demanding that writers hurry up and finish the job. It's called An Open Letter to Fandom: Shut It.

I think if some people could, they'd track down Betsy and demand she read faster.

Enjoy your break!

February 26, 2010 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

Yay! Thank you so much for posting info on the book, and for posting more cute pics of Oot. He is adorable! You and Sarah should be really proud. You've succeeded at the evolutionary game.

Take some much needed time to relax with your family and enjoy life. 10-14 hour days of revision do not sound good. While I appreciate that the book will be out that much faster, I'd much rather have you a happy camper spending time with that cutie pie kid of yours.

Thanks again.
~Sarah
PS. Kids in overalls rule!

February 26, 2010 10:23 AM  
Blogger L. said...

I'm cool with this only if you are eating cotton candy underthings off of nubile virgin lesbian unicorns.

Rereading Name of the Wind. Swooning again. Kudos and hvala lijepa.

February 26, 2010 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Congrats, Pat. You're doing a great job, and we're willing to wait. Play with your kid. :)

February 26, 2010 10:34 AM  
Blogger persononbike said...

Damn. I live... slightly northwest of Chicago, and nowhere near Virgina. But, I'm excited for your book, and about the baby. I hope all is going well!

February 26, 2010 10:38 AM  
Blogger Azalea said...

Awwwww Oot is so cuuute >.<.
Hope you enjoy your break with your "little Daddy" & Bioshock 2.

Thank you so much for the update! We appreciate your hard work!

February 26, 2010 10:39 AM  
Blogger SunTzu said...

At first i was very anxious to get my hands on WMF, but after realizing how long you worked on NOTW, i decided id much rather you took a year longer, and made it NOTW quality, then get it realized hurridly and make a much worse book.

I also think it bodes well for your career that they're letting you take this long to get the sequel released.

Good luck with the next round of revisions, and the kid, and i hope you get to Stockholm, Sweden, to do a signing soon :D

February 26, 2010 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is great news, thanks! And thanks for taking your book(s) this seriously. Wouldn't mind waiting three years more if that's what it would take. Would be frustrated of course, but not with you ^^

2nd, enjoy your family time and Oot!

3rd..Bioshock 2 is great. Enjoy it too (perhaps not as much as Oot) !!

February 26, 2010 10:56 AM  
Blogger Tennille said...

I agree with the rest, your little one is very cute (but I also agree with the one saying "ALMOST as cute as" - mine's eight years and a girl and waaaaaaaaaaayy more awesome than anyone else's). Self-serving now done, I think this is exciting news! Enjoy your break!

February 26, 2010 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the hard work, Pat! I hope you have a smooth time getting to 100%.

February 26, 2010 11:06 AM  
Blogger Chris Dressner said...

*holds up his beer* Cheers Pat! (The beer is metaphorical, it is only 11:10 am)

February 26, 2010 11:09 AM  
Blogger Rave said...

Hey Pat, That's one cute baby (or possibly 2 small dogs in a cute baby costume).

How about a sample chapter of the unfinished drafty book 2?

Thanks

February 26, 2010 11:19 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

I still think the book needs sparkly vampires. And robot owls.

;)

February 26, 2010 11:23 AM  
Anonymous MAS said...

Sounds to me like you've earned this break. Play with the little 'un (who's adorable), spend some time with his mom, too, and get rested up for the next round of revisions. Most of us readers want more than 92% awesome, too.

Oh, and I can't wait for the lesbian unicorns. So glad you added more.

February 26, 2010 11:25 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Great first book. Imho take all the time you need to make the second book as good as the first.
As a side note something my grandfather said to me "You will never regret the time you spent with your children, they are only that age for a moment."

February 26, 2010 11:34 AM  
Blogger Charles said...

GREATEST PAPERWEIGHT EVER!

February 26, 2010 11:34 AM  
Blogger dp said...

@ Chris Dressner

It's never too early to celebrate something like this with a beer. That beverage needs to become unmetaphorical stat!

February 26, 2010 11:46 AM  
Anonymous James W said...

Okay, now those opposing pressure groups advocating pestering and not from last blog? Yeah, well I personally advocate not pestering til Pat finishes Bioshock 2.
After that a moment of calm or two closely followed by more nervous waiting.

February 26, 2010 11:50 AM  
Blogger AndyB said...

You haven't finished Bioshock 2? I thought you already had all three done! Just fucking finish the game already!

February 26, 2010 12:04 PM  
Blogger peggy38 said...

Oot is really starting to remind me of you, Pat especially the smile.


Oot is Way Too Cute!

Now what were you saying? Something about a book?

:-)

February 26, 2010 12:12 PM  
Blogger MK said...

Congratulations on getting to the "next draft" stage! (I think you should add Anne Lamott's "shitty first draft" to your list of possible non-final drafts, btw. So awesome.)

February 26, 2010 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Jimmy said...

Awsome dude^^

Want me to smack the tards that whine on you? I got a pretty long stik I think will work^^

February 26, 2010 12:16 PM  
OpenID kateness said...

Great!

I do have one niggling problem:

"That means we'll have a publication date. Which I will tell you. On the blog. With words."

Words? WORDS, man? I don't need no more stinkin' words! I want pictures! Charts! Diagrams!

Words, my ass.

February 26, 2010 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update!!! Enjoy the time with your family. I am not off to take a shower with thoughts of lesbian unicorns dancing through my head.... um... wait

February 26, 2010 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What this *doesn't* mean.
The book will not be out next week."


Clear as mud... thanks. ;)

February 26, 2010 12:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're working so hard to make it perfect. Enjoy your much deserved break. You know what happens when you rush an artist, you get the last three volumes of Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

February 26, 2010 12:31 PM  
Blogger David Wagner said...

Take allll the time you need. Whatever day the book comes out will be a happy day for me. No sense in my being greedy about it! Loved book one, I'm sure I'll love book two as well...

You = The Man.

(by the way, my verification word is "shmical", lol... too close to "schmekel" for comfort, I'd say...)

February 26, 2010 12:35 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Bioshock 2 is great.

When you're done, and if you have a ps3, come play Fat Princess with me.

February 26, 2010 12:41 PM  
Blogger reverendash said...

Pat, I say take your time like you've been doing. I have patience and I know you're making the book awesome. I appreciate that you keep us (the fans) updated. :) We know you are working hard and you have a life other than the book. Enjoy your break!

Btw I'm not exactly sure what Bioshock is... 1st person shooter or something? I recommend Fallout 3 ... sweet game

February 26, 2010 12:45 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

WTF!!!! What about book 3!?!?
Just kidding

February 26, 2010 12:52 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Wow! That looks like a ton of work, Pat! I've been reading Christopher Tolkein's History of The Lord of the Rings, and it's given me a new appreciation for all the hard work that goes into the creative process of writing a great book, especially if the writer is a perfectionist, like Tolkein was and you obviously are. I can't say I haven't had moments when I've felt impatient with waiting for the 2nd book come out, but it's only because I loved the first one so much, and can't wait to see how the story develops. Thanks for all your hard work, and enjoy your family (and Bioshock!) time!

PS. Oot is cute as the dickens. Kids are so much fun, I was missing a major part of my life I didn't know existed until my daughter was born (if you follow me)

PPS. I live between Chicago and West Virginia! In Cleveland, to be exact...any chance you can swing by our area?

February 26, 2010 1:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much does it cost to print a manuscript that size?

February 26, 2010 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

I would totally buy "I <3 Oot" t-shirts.

^_^

February 26, 2010 1:34 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

I'm one of those jackasses who finished reading the first book, discovered this blog at some point, found out that the fictional publication date for Book Two was WILDLY fictional, and immediately had to respond with an, essentially, nasty comment. Having been around the block, living for a quarter century and all, I generously bestowed some of my wisdom upon you. That being: that if your book was too long in getting here then folks would lose interest and drift away.

This was over a year ago.

Today, I find myself still reading your blog reguarly and hoping every week that I'll read the entry that says "Yes, I think my book is ready now".

I've discovered many thing in this time. I don't particularly like the things that you like. I don't share your opinions. I'm pretty sure we'd never make it as friends. But you have an infectious enthusiasm and a magnetism that keeps me coming back, quietly rooting for you and your struggle against perfection.

February 26, 2010 1:36 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Soo... Does KY count? Cuz ya know.. Joseph beth is a pretty awesome bookstore... And when Brandon Sanderson was here he really liked it... And umm.. It's between Chicago and WV... Somewhat. And you can bring Oot... And then my 9 month old will have another baby to help interrupt an author's speech. (Oh yes. She laughed and giggled and screamed happily through the ENTIRE Q&A and through Harriet speaking.. I blame her infectious happiness and innocent bystanders making her laugh.) *crosses fingers you will be in Lexy!*

February 26, 2010 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My daughter and I cant wait for the second book either, thankfully this will give me time to finish my midwifery training then Ill have time to relax and read without feeling guilty that Im not studying. Also I think your OOT is absolutly gorgeos too and so good not to eat the manuscript while you photograph him!

February 26, 2010 2:06 PM  
Blogger Ogre_rage said...

well the end of this blog is depressing to a person that lives where I do, Washington Stat (not DC), but oh well. I'm happy to hear that the book is coming along and you get to take a break and play with Oot. I am also happy to here that there will be an abundance of lesbian unicorns. Any who I'm back to slave away on some douchbags car.

February 26, 2010 2:13 PM  
Blogger Alisa said...

Very willing to wait.

February 26, 2010 2:13 PM  
Anonymous bremon said...

@ Charles - ah, yes, nothing is better than a paperweight made out of actual paper...heh
oot is adorable, as always...i kinda want to buy him more than the book now...
speaking of which...after NOTW came out, my dad ordered WMF on amazon for me...do you know if that's still valid when the book does come out? the check or credit card or whatever does not show up as cashed...my parents were wondering...
also...i really appreciate your blogs. i'm a kindof writer (i don't get to be a real writer until i actually finish a book) and your blogs about the steps that the book goes through are a big help. why don't schools teach us this stuff in english classes?
anyway...lay on, macduff
have fun with your week(s) off

wv is holdryl...
reminds me of benadryl...only not

February 26, 2010 2:18 PM  
Blogger Micah Cowan said...

"The first rule of Book Two is, you do not talk about Book Two."

February 26, 2010 2:35 PM  
Blogger Vinny K said...

Excellent news, Pat! And Oot is absolutely adorable! And speaking of places between Chicago and WV, to the east of Cleveland is Eastlake and east of that is Mentor where there is a Barnes and Noble that is rather large and an Ideal place for a reading. Think it over. May fortune smile upon you.

~Vinny~

February 26, 2010 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Gemma said...

I'm glad to know Oot is so important to you. It's going to be a great book, for sure.

February 26, 2010 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Desert Rat said...

No time to read the comments today unfortunately.

I know the process for making a hardcover book, so I get how far this is from being a book in my hand. Still, a stack of paper almost a tall as Oot Sitting Down--that's a major hurdle. Congrats are in order: Congratulations!

Also, in case no one has yet pointed it out yet, Oot is way cuter than The Wise Mans Fear.

I felt a twinge of envy toward your editor, Betsy.

February 26, 2010 3:00 PM  
Blogger HistoryMaker said...

Congratulations =)

I'm personally crossing my fingers that one of the unwinding blogs you're going to post in your zen time will be the choices of the people who won your Book Two Name Contest. I've been looking forward to finding out for a long time, with a completely out of proportion level of interest *grins*.

February 26, 2010 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good news to hear. As a relative new father also, make sure you make time for Oot. I was working stupid hours when my son was born, and i still hate that I missed some moments. Remember, you have to put in the time or he will go all "boy named Sue" on ya.

February 26, 2010 3:21 PM  
Blogger Alec said...

Sweet, the book is coming out next week!

... I couldn't resist.

February 26, 2010 3:24 PM  
Blogger Dominic said...

Glad to see such progress. It really helps calm all the impatience I feel. I'm just glad I'm not your editor. That looks like a massive job. Whenever I read a book with even small grammatical or spelling errors I get headaches.

February 26, 2010 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome post. Cute kid. Looking forward to book 2. Just reread book 1 a few weeks ago. Still an awesome read, even for the umpteenth time. Enjoy your mini-break while the latest draft is being proofread/edited/etc.

February 26, 2010 3:40 PM  
Blogger Midnitesmask said...

Awesome news. Looking forward to book 2 being done. Enjoy your break with your family. I understand having a 4 yr old girl and being an art educator.

February 26, 2010 3:42 PM  
Blogger Midnitesmask said...

Awesome news, cant wait for book 2, but this post helps to ease my suffering. I am reading The name of the wind for a second time, and I love it more than the first time. And the first time it became my favorite book of all time. Enjoy your break, I understand family time having a 4 yr old girl and being an art educator.

February 26, 2010 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Avi said...

I've got faith in you, I know it's going to be a great book and I can wait a little longer.

February 26, 2010 3:53 PM  
Blogger Zack said...

Why do you print your manuscript out? Wouldn't it be easier to send it electronicly? Is it printed with magic unicorn ink?

February 26, 2010 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oot is seriously cute! And that is an impressive stack of papers right there.
Sarah

February 26, 2010 3:58 PM  
Blogger Jacob said...

Pat,

How many ppm does your printer do? I imagine it was a bitch printing out that draft unless you have a big enough and fast enough printer. I can imagine using a standard inkjet printer and refilling paper and ink every hundred pages.

Also would it be worth my time to organize something in Austin, TX?

February 26, 2010 4:05 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

Oot has the most priceless expression on his face on that first photo. Haha I love it! Best of luck, Pat. :-)

February 26, 2010 4:21 PM  
Blogger Hel said...

So pretty....

Oot is cute too.

February 26, 2010 4:25 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Lafayette is a good place for a book signing. I know, you've been to Indiana, and Indy is nice and all, but um, we have, uh...well, it's where I live and I work at a bookstore and if you came here it would be awesome and we might even make enough money so that the community relations manager doesn't lose her job next year. (Sometimes people in the corporate office don't understand why school districts aren't buying materials because they're too busy deciding which teachers to get rid of and which programs to cut and closing libraries because of budget cuts, so they blame the people in the stores.) Also, then maybe Oot could have a playdate with Nerdbaby. Does Oot have his own Starfleet uniform onsie? Doesn't every child of geek parents need one?

February 26, 2010 4:25 PM  
Blogger M said...

Wow! How are they going to bind something that big?!?

Sorry, had to do it. Also, it always needs more lesbian unicorns.

And to add something at least of value you should also play Mass Effect 2. I, at least, find it better than Bioshock.

February 26, 2010 4:34 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I haven't read the comments, so mine may be erroneous but
1) Damn, your baby is cute. I wants one :(
2) Damn, that manuscript is heeeauge. The first book was pretty hefty, bu tsince the second is going to be longer by a whole Romance novel I feel justified in that comment even when put into the "it's in manuscript format" context
3) I hope I will always be one of the less irritating fans who is willing to sit here in not-quite-silent-but-not-exactly-demanding adoration, but despite that I am delighted to hear my next hit is that much nearer
4) My WV is ressepi
5) When you feel bitter about the book keeping you from your son, then you are working overtime. And I don't think we're worth it
6) Despite that, if you should happen to swing by Europe after book 2 is published I will track you down and stand around outside whichever bookshop wins you patronage to get my next book signed.
7) In the meantime, I've got plenty of other reading materials to see me through :)
8) 9) 10) I just kept going with the numbering because I wanted ot hit double digits, but I've run out of things to say
-A-

February 26, 2010 4:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oot is cute.

February 26, 2010 4:44 PM  
Blogger drey said...

Can I borrow Oot when I need to remember that my monkey (i.e. almost-7-year-old going on 40) was once the cutest thing since ... well, every?

I cannot wait to read The Wise Man's Fear. And I'm glad you didn't settle for 70% awesome. I'm good with anything above 93%. =P

Enjoy your kid, Patrick! Next thing you know, they'll be telling you how to invest your retirement funds. o_O

February 26, 2010 4:46 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

I'm downloading the Audible version of Name of the Wind...just because I have a renewed excitement about the series...YAY!

February 26, 2010 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geez Pat, you must have crazy carpal tunnel. Give your wrists/fingers a break for a couple weeks!

February 26, 2010 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say take as much time as you need to get the book done right. I rather wait and have a good book to read then get it now and have it stink. Keep up the good work.

February 26, 2010 5:41 PM  
Blogger The Other Susan said...

A bookseller from Albany/Troy NY chiming in to say well done! You have many anxious fans awaiting your next tome, and I am glad it is on its way to editing.

Enjoy your break, and should you decide you need to visit a store between NYC and Boston, we'd be happy to see you in Albany.....

February 26, 2010 5:44 PM  
Anonymous Carly from Bris, Australia said...

Thank you for the update, Pat.
I'm glad you will get to spend more time with Oot, he looks like a real little treasure.

:-)

February 26, 2010 5:54 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

If you find yourself near the University of Chicago, please consider stopping by. Bringing Oot is optional, but certainly preferred.

Enjoy your break!

-The girl who bumped into you at Family Video and made you feel so guilty (though not intentionally) for renting movies that you put them back and went home to work on book 2, AKA the girl whose husband's copy of The Little Prince rolled around in the back of your car longer than Oot has been out of the womb

February 26, 2010 5:58 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Wow thanks for the great update. I never had a doubt that you were working on the book, but I can't imagine not seeing your son all day. I have a fairly new son too (well, he's 2.7, so not that new) but don't have a new manuscript I spent months on. Thanks again for the update. I just bought 14 new & used books to read so don't come out with WMF until I'm finished. It should only take maybe 2 months, but that's stretching it.

February 26, 2010 6:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

First: AWESOME NEWS! Can't wait!
Second: Have you tried Mass Effect 2? AMAZING game!

February 26, 2010 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always im excited to hear of any news with the 2nd book- glad its going well :)n that ur finally gettin a break from it Pat! and OMG girly broodyness-those are the darn cutest baby pictures ever!!!cheer for Oot :) x

February 26, 2010 6:42 PM  
Blogger CT said...

Yay for Drafts! may the muses eventually grant you the godly ability to write it perfect the first time. If anyone deserves it, you are high on that list.

'Course, I think the pile of awesome that can write a bestseller on a cell in a subway is too...

Furry or furry hater, I think the world at large would be hard pressed to fault you for eating cotton candy underthings off nubile young catgirls... (a clever compliment for the mother of the small diety of cuteness guarding what will be my "this year was great" item whenever it may be released?) and that was much too much parentheses. To whomever told Pat to hurry up, go die in a fire.

Myself and the large number of people I have infected with your book thank you for your hard work and dedication. Have fun on 'vacation'.

For the sake of procrastination and sanity keeping, if you haven't read XKCD yet I highly recommend you burn (or take more) vacation time to do so. Glory almost as great as TNotW, just from the science side of the shelf.

February 26, 2010 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Tariet said...

Your such a refreshing shit.....

Glad your done with the meat of it. BTW, I know you've been told this a thousand times... but just wait til he's three/five/seven/ten. Time for a book??? GOOOOD LUCK!!!!!!!
And for Gods sake enjoy Oot now, once he figures out your distracted by writting, your life will become MUCH more UNmanagable (read hell).
Year by year, more and more...
(does this mean longer times between books??? FUCK!)
As always make sure your family comes first. We fans will suck you dry otherwise. I'm reminded of the saying ..all good things come to those that wait. Gotta admit I've never been good at waiting.....but since he's such a cute little shit....you will always be forgiven. (as long as he's stays so cute). Really glad you've cleared a major hurtle. We all wish you and family the best...
Tariet

February 26, 2010 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Zack Truel said...

Go spend some time with Oot, Pat. You deserve it!

February 26, 2010 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did you say lesbian unicorns?

February 26, 2010 7:39 PM  
Blogger Grim said...

Things seem to be moving along well and I'm certainly glad to hear that the book is nearing perfection--- Finally! lol, yeah, *shrugs* what can i say? i suck at being patient. At least with things I'm really looking forward to. ;)

February 26, 2010 7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can I just say that its rather amusing to see that while you have a remarkable beard, Oot is as bald as an egg? I say this with all the sympathy of a former bald baby whose mother was a huge fan of stick-on bows.

February 26, 2010 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Damon said...

As ready as I am to read book two, family always takes precedence. Enjoy your time off with your family/

February 26, 2010 8:27 PM  
Blogger james said...

Good to see the draft being complete and that you have time to spend with your family now. Enjoy it, Pat, because you deserve that time. I know how it feels not being able to see my little while he's awake, or for long periods of time for that matter. Military life comes with that price though, and it makes the time I do get with them that much better.

Anyway, back to your blog. Good to see things coming right along. Enjoy your time away from the book and doing Pat things while you can.

February 26, 2010 8:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news! I can't wait to read it!
And Oot is absolutely adorable.
Thanks for keeping us updated :)

February 26, 2010 8:46 PM  
Blogger Karyme said...

Please, let me write on spanish...
Acabo de ver lo de la fecha en abril y si, saltè de emociòn, pero luego encontrè el blog y pensè "cierto, el autor debe tener una vida" Asi que, aunque deseo mucho mucho mucho que salga, soy paciente, porque por lo que he leido ha avanzado y aun sin fecha, soy feliz de que siga escribiendo el libro dos, mientras disfrute sus dias de vacaciones sin el estres del libro ^^
PD: The baby is so cute, enjoy your time with him ^^

February 26, 2010 9:27 PM  
Anonymous Baldsilver said...

wow some of these guys are just so...preachy! I dunno if they think they're worldly wise or what. 'A' class students from the University of Life. Also, whats the baby's name, I thought oot was funny at first but for me its losing its originality. Or I guess you could leave him that way, up to you. Anyway, imma go sleep, later.

February 26, 2010 9:47 PM  
Blogger AndyB said...

Pat does his printing at his home office and uses a laser printer. Any author would be crazy to use an inkjet printer to print large manuscripts.

Let's run the numbers.

Let's guess that Pat's latest manuscript is 2000 pages. And let's say that he picked up a HP LaserJet P3015d. At 42 ppm it would take about 45 minutes to print out one copy of the manuscript. The tray holds 500 sheets of paper so that's 4 refills during the printing process. A high density print cartridge is about $225 and can go for 12500 pages. And 2000 sheets of paper runs about $15.

Putting that all together, a copy of Pat's manuscript would cost him roughly $50 and take about an hour to print.

On the other hand, let's say he picked up a Canon PIXMA MX7600 inkjet printer. That bad boy can do an atypical 28 ppm. Paper tray holds 150 sheets. A black ink cartridge runs about $16 and lasts for slightly over 500 pages.

So the inkjet option runs about $80 per copy and takes about an hour and a quarter to print out (not including the 14 paper refills and 4 ink cartridge swaps).

Yeah, I am oversimplifying but you get the idea.

Just out of curiosity I went to Office Depot's site and it looks like they would charge $120 for the same job.

February 26, 2010 10:00 PM  
Blogger Ali said...

I can't wait, but I am being patient. I hope you will be at Odd Con again, or maybe Geek kon (both in Madison Wi,). And you should do another appearance at Borders West in Madison. And Oot is sooo cute!!!!!!!

February 26, 2010 11:51 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

Hi Pat,
Well, I'd be as impatient for WMF as anyone - I've read NotW, oh, 7 or 8 times now, pushed it onto friends, evangelised it at the bookstore when I still worked there, just to share the joy of discovery and the misery of waiting for more with as many as possible.

Having said THAT - would much prefer to wait as long as it takes for book II to be of the same standard as book I, not an inferior beast that was rushed slightly too quickly to birth.

Also, as a truly sad case of doting parent - that gorgeous child of yours will grow so quickly, change so much, that every second with him at this age is precious, and any day that you don't get to see him, or see ENOUGH of him, is something priceless lost that can never be regained. So bugger the book - whenever the choice comes down to it or him - choose the baby.

There's a perfectly good literary reason to do that too - even beyond the obvious personal benefits. You - the Pat Rothfuss we have all come to know and love, the Pat that wrote that bloody magical collection of words and scenes and characters that have captivated us so much, and the humour and insights and opinions that keep us reading the blogs - that Pat is the one who, amongst other things, looked forward to this baby arriving, loves the little guy heaps and is so obviously a great dad - and if you DON'T indulge those things, remain true to who you are - then you may end up NOT being the same Pat Rothfuss, the best Pat Rothfuss, you could be, and hence WMF and the successor may be different, and probably lesser, creations than they could have been.

Enjoy him. Enjoy your life. Cuddle the baby, play your games, spend time with your wife, and whatever else it takes to keep Pat happy. Be you, be the BEST you that you can be - because that's the guy that will give impatient old me, and all my friends and customers, and all those other fans / addicts / worshippers at the altar of Pat, what we are really waiting for.

February 27, 2010 12:04 AM  
Anonymous Geoff said...

cant wait to read it, whenever it comes out (i dont mind waiting at all!)

I wish you the best of luck and its very cool to see such a down to earth author who actually feels the need to connect with his readers on a frequent basis.

February 27, 2010 12:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the updates. Your baby is so adorable and I just love his name. Now if only Justin would give me back my copy of NOTW I'd be one very happy camper. Justifiable homicide? Hmmmm......

February 27, 2010 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

I hope you don't let these rude comments and posts get to you... o_o relax.I for one can wait for another two years for book two if it's neccessary. As long as it'll be as good as book one. I'll just read that for the 100th time. I like the English version best but the German and Italian version were pretty cool too! I wonder if the book is published in france yet?


Have fun with Bioshock 2!!! The game is the most atmospheric thing I played in YEARS.

February 27, 2010 1:56 AM  
Blogger Lucky said...

Personally, I couldn't be much happier with your progress. I am looking forward to something incredible, not just the best of the regular stuff (though I love that too). As a bookseller, I can't wait to start promoting book two, but for now I'll just have to keep reminding people that we want your best, not Jar-Jar.

February 27, 2010 2:00 AM  
Blogger Doogie said...

The important part of this blog is, of course, how many lesbian unicorns are enough? One lesbian unicorn is intriguing. Two lesbian unicorns is a relationship, conflict -- a story. But three lesbian unicorns -- now you have a wide variety of conflicts, connections and potential outcomes. Surely a gifted writer can make do with three?

February 27, 2010 2:20 AM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Oh, I want to leave a comment about Oot's cuteness but I see I am going to repeating the same cooing that everyone before me has managed. *insert cooing here*

Great news on the book. I was reading a great point on Whatever the other day about owning your 1 star reviews... ended up looking up some of the 1 star reviews of my favourite authors, including yours. Man, those guys pull no punches, eh? Thing is, you just can't please everyone... either with delivery or content.

Oot on the other hand, will be pleased with every moment he has with you. So it's a no brainer - have a ball with your gorgeous boy!

February 27, 2010 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I aplaud you playing Bioshock 2. I have played it twice being a good do-bee and a bad do-bee. That being said, on the day it came out the only two of us that braved the elements in my 50+ inches of snow corner of WVA, were both over 45 years of age. Is that because of the music? The fact there is a story line? Or just a coincidence of good taste. :) Joyce

February 27, 2010 4:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gj pat!

February 27, 2010 5:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

nice! when we get a pub date i'll re-reade the name of the wind for the fifth time

February 27, 2010 5:01 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hey brother, take your time onthis thing, just don't sweat it! The MOST important thing is that you get to spend time with your child, these days when your babe is young are fleeting, if you have some time to savor it, GRAB IT!! However long it takes for the next book to reach it's full potential it will be worth the wait, but you can never get back the times while your child is young, smiling, gurgling and so dam precious. Take some time off, we'll wait, no worries bro...we love you , your fam and your writing, so take what you can while you can and enjoy!! Be safe brother and give yer youngun a big hug and raspberry fer me!

February 27, 2010 5:46 AM  
Blogger Elicius said...

Congrats on getting this far without snapping and going on a hulk-like-rampage. I'm happy for you, to be able to spend more time wit Oot, that is going to be one thoroughly beard-loved sprog, heh.

Also, it's quite interesting to see another glimpse into your process =).

Lookin' forward to monday!

February 27, 2010 6:10 AM  
Blogger Chilanga said...

Actually, I was up and about in 2 weeks after my Kidney transplant last June.....back in work by September. Just saying is all!

Enjoy the break - the Oootster is a star!

February 27, 2010 6:54 AM  
Blogger A Life Long Scholar said...

I'll be looking for those lesbian unicorns in book two once it is out and I've got a copy, please don't let the editors take them back out... ;-)

February 27, 2010 8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Pat,
You need to go out and buy a full set of cotton candy lingerie for the beautiful woman who bore you that gorgeous baby and get munching. Now. Feel free to invite along any lesbian unicorns you find wandering the banks of the Wisconsin River.

friendly advice from,
the wife of an academic (which is almost as bad as being the wife of an author)

February 27, 2010 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Benny said...

Hey pat, adorable kid, no beard yet tho huh? Well, give it a couple months. It's been a couple years since I've seen you, good to know it's going ok. I know your busy but hope we get to see you in Point for Trivia.

February 27, 2010 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pat,

Oot is freakin' adorable. This you know.

Also, I'm an editor myself; not of books (I work on a law journal), but enough of the process is similar that I fully understood the implications of this post. When I saw that stack of paper, I knew what it meant. I knew that you were taking a giant leap forward in the process.

I also know that if your editor had to work against a firm deadline, she would have an aneurysm the second that motherf***er arrived in the mail.

Take your time, enjoy your family, don't kill your editor. We're people too.

Also, congratulations on winning at life!

February 27, 2010 12:10 PM  
Blogger Timberwolf said...

Your baby is, in fact, adorable, not that you needed anyone's confirmation of that fact. To me the best part of this news is that you get to spend more time with him. Only slightly behind that is the squee-ing (squeeness? squeetability?) from the knowledge that book two is <----> this much closer to being done.

Thanks for all your hard work and enjoy your time with Oot. You deserve it.

February 27, 2010 1:21 PM  
Blogger Michael Cummings said...

That's not a draft. That's a piece of furniture.

February 27, 2010 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Revisions for my 4 page GCSE coursework was a nightmare - but they pale into insignificance in comparison to this. :)

February 27, 2010 1:25 PM  
Blogger John said...

Hey Pat,
Take your time, keep giving it your best, and enjoy that adorable little son of a gun. Everybody wins in the end!

February 27, 2010 1:41 PM  
Blogger Priscilla said...

Oot is jaw-achingly adorable! The sweetness in this picture could finance sending the children of America's dentists to the Ivy League institution of their choice.

I'm thrilled to see a tangible representation of all the work I knew you were putting into WMF. Glad to know you've crested this particular hill! Enjoy your Oot-shaped reward during the break. :D

February 27, 2010 2:28 PM  
Anonymous aura said...

if i had forward stretching x ray eyes i could read the book from those images

February 27, 2010 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Robin Deffendall said...

As you know I respect you utterly as my Personal Writing Deity. I will remind myself to breathe regularly while I wait for you to "Just finish the book for fucksake!" Patience is a very hard trait to master, but I will strive for my inner Rothfuss.

My only question is: "doing whippets"? WTF? Wouldn't an afghan be a better choice? Or at least a comfy cocker spaniel? But hey, if whippets are what it takes, I can put you in touch with some nice rescue organizations. You're on your own after that.

And please tell Oot that I coo in his general direction. He has quite the winning smile.

February 27, 2010 3:13 PM  
Blogger Marco said...

Why do you print it out? (I'm trying to think of a reason, and the best I can come up with is 'emergency backup')

February 27, 2010 3:55 PM  
Anonymous Icalledge said...

You know how much we appreciate being told anything at all? I'm so glad that we all get to hear a tiny bit about you real life. I respect you immensely for the honesty that you offer and the privacy that you demand. Thanks for keepin' it real.

Tangent

February 27, 2010 4:22 PM  
Anonymous Bonfiglio said...

Awesome news! I am excited to hear it. I liked the title of the blog by the way; very cheesy. :)

Also, the comment about lesbian unicorns intrigues me very much....

February 27, 2010 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! That means the book will be out next month!!1!

February 27, 2010 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Stephaniek said...

Oh my gosh, Oot is so fricken cute! I can imagine he will have a tremendous laugh!

February 27, 2010 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Bob Allison said...

Hurry up. Please.

February 27, 2010 9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg i'm dying right now, oot is sooo coot!! can i babysit? i promise not to steal him! *cross fingers*

February 28, 2010 12:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does that mean you had to type the whole thing out in courier new font? Coz if you did THAT SUCKS! i cant stand writing in courier new, they say its spose to be easier to read but its harder for me :S

February 28, 2010 12:48 AM  
Anonymous Steffi said...

I have not given up hope yet that I'll see you in Germany for a signing one day. It's gonna happen!

Glad to hear that the latest draft is finally done--that must have been a pain in the ass, doing all the rewriting and fixing plotholes. My sympathies.

February 28, 2010 12:48 AM  
Blogger Brett Dill said...

I think you should print a second copy for home defense.

February 28, 2010 12:49 AM  
Blogger Brett Dill said...

*FWUMP* "And stay out!"

February 28, 2010 12:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great!!!
these are very good news
ur baby is cute!!
greeting from Mexico

February 28, 2010 1:18 AM  
Blogger Vae said...

ok first - the cotton-candy underthings off nubile young catgirls??? pure gold my friend.

second - I haven't played it yet, but my friends have all told me that Bioshock2 is pure, unadulterated awesomeness, and you should definitely be playing it.

third - Oot is adorable.

Glad to hear about the progress on the book. Definitely getting more and more excited! Thanks for the update. Sounds like youre really busting your beard to make the greatest book of all time (as if you hadn't done that already with NOTW), so thanks very much for your persistence and all around anal-ness about how amazing your book should be. ;) Cause that means we get to read a masterpiece, and that makes me happy. So enjoy your relaxation time, Pat. You sir, have earned it.

February 28, 2010 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Rosa said...

Well done (both the baby and the manuscript)! We'll wait and don't despair. Have your holidays and be happy!

I'm following FOUR unfinished fantasy sagas and I think yours will be the second one to throw me some more material to chew... So you are my second favourite best selling fantasy writer at the moment...

February 28, 2010 2:26 AM  
Blogger jtmeijer said...

Nice, congratulations. My only comparable experience was finally finishing a thesis, and I can only imagine the relaxation this moment can bring.
And in case even after your post people start pestering you, Charles Stross just posted a nice explanation on all the steps the manuscript will have to go through before we'll ever see it on his blog. You can always send them there.
Enjoy the free moments, and all the time you can spend with your family.

February 28, 2010 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news. As far as reading the GRR Martin stuff in the meantime, I took the advice, especially since I loved The Last Unicorn. But having made it a chunk of the way into Game of Thrones, I have to say that
1. I could see that Martin fans would love Rothfuss, but
2. I don't think the converse would be true nearly as much.
I think to get into the Martin book you have to love fantasy as a genre to start with. (Not true NOTW.) But sheesh - where is the humor and humanism in Game of Thrones? I appreciate the complex storyline, and complex motivations that fill out the characters, and worldbuilding blah blah blah, but at the same time, it feels kind of pompous and contrived to me, and completely lacking in humor. With Terry Pratchett and also with NOTW, you get the feeling that the author actually LIKES people, for all their warts. Maybe I just don't read enough fantasy. I'll finish up Thrones but after that I think I'll go see if I can find all of the greatest old Pratchetts that I can't find any more because I forced them onto my friends. Neil Gaiman, Gerald Durrell. See if there are any more Iain Banks that aren't too violent to stomach ('Matter' was so great.). And wait for WMF, yay, hooray for the milestone! Thanks so much for keeping us posted.
- mom of 3 little ones

February 28, 2010 7:32 AM  
Anonymous kridabo said...

Thanks for the update =] I have to say, I would much rather wait as long as I have to for a book, than have an author slam it out for the sake of it being done and ending up with a sub par reading experience. Appreciate you sticking to your guns and muddling through it even at the cost of Oot-time =]

February 28, 2010 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo! Ohio is right in between West Virginia and Chicago so I hope to see you here soon ^.^

February 28, 2010 11:37 AM  
Blogger Mossy said...

A deficit of lesbian unicorns? This cannot stand!

I have a new desktop background now--Oot grinning, sitting beside THE BOOK(-in-process).

February 28, 2010 2:12 PM  
Blogger Oscar "Oggelito" Aagren said...

Great news! Love big books, and yours is worth waiting for! Cheers

February 28, 2010 3:12 PM  
Anonymous laluca said...

tarda lo que necesites..tengo toda la vida para leerte...

February 28, 2010 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oot is my favorite game of all time but I wouldn't name my kid after it ;)..I joke, I joke. I saw the picture where you had everything boxed up and I didn't know your son's name and I saw you said Oot is not a prize. I clicked on the picture and was looking for an Ocarina of Time cartridge somewhere, I'm a jackass.

February 28, 2010 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bioshock 2, really? I assume in during your 10-14 hour days you were playing Mass Effect 2. Otherwise that's what you would be playing until you puke. Just sayin'.

February 28, 2010 4:15 PM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Yes the book is ones step closer to be in my hands (laugh manicly). Only problem with books like yours is that thay are more adictive than cocain... had to read the first one 3 times to stay out of rehab.

February 28, 2010 5:08 PM  
Blogger Vae said...

To Anonymous talking about GRRM - Try Brandon Sanderson - Warbreaker, and the Mistborn series. Amazing stuff. Also might want to look at Brent Weeks' Night Angel trilogy, and The Lies of Locke Lamora. I know I have definitely found reading to keep me occupied while patiently awaiting the grand masterpiece. :) Just some thoughts.

February 28, 2010 5:11 PM  
Blogger Gerli said...

Having been shown the inner workings of an author by a variety of them, I have come to the conclusion that it's really great you're doing so much revision. You don't want to just get the book over and done with - you want it to be good. I personally prefer a good book that keeps me waiting to a piece of work a n00b could improve, given time. Doesn't food taste better to those who've hungered for it longer?

Also, I think parents should be entitled to taking some time off to spend time with their children. Especially if they're so small (and adorable ^^). I myself am leaving for some university, possibly in a different country, in, like, 6 months. And that's just the beginning of me starting a life independent from my parents'. The time up to that point should be spent by filling the potential with actuality to the brim! Work doesn't seem important enough to come between people, even if it keeps customers waiting. You don't want to be saying later in your life you regret choosing to stay away from your kid.

Besides, is pushing someone working their bums off going to improve their work? It seems awfully annoying.

It is true as they say, no good deed remains unpunished. It's a shame you're such a visible target for all the tomatoes. But on the other hand - when life gives you tomatoes, make tomato sauce.

I hope you enjoy everything you do. Otherwise it's not worth it. (:

P.S. Sorry for all the food-reference. I'm hungry.
P.P.S. I still think the comment could suck less but how much editing can one do on a comment??

February 28, 2010 5:27 PM  
Blogger Shana said...

Your book is great, but I think you did a better job creating Oot. What a great looking kid! Go enjoy him.

February 28, 2010 6:42 PM  
Anonymous Beelissa said...

Pat, I love how you express yourself. Your post made me laugh quite a few times.

And smile and actually tap my feet up and down, which I haven't done since the day I heard the publication date for the 7th Harry Potter book. Having read that book, I think your book will be better.

Oot is cute. This is a truth universally agreed-upon in our house.

Upstate New York is between Chicago and West Virginia. All you do is drive east. Go across northern Indiana and pick up the Ohio turnpike, which takes you across the northern part of Ohio. Then you cut across a corner of PA and enter New York. Take the New York Thruway and keep going east until it takes a 90 degree turn. Then get off and find a bookstore. There are lots of them. Albany, Colonie, Schenectady, Clifton Park, Saratoga -- any of those towns will do. Then get back on the road heading south and you'll eventually arrive in West Virginia.

February 28, 2010 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Tom said...

Pat,

I would just like to take this opportunity to let you know that when "pat" is typed into Google, your name comes right after patrick stewart. If my name came right after captain picard, I'd be feeling pretty damn good about myself. haha. =]

Tom

February 28, 2010 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Duff said...

Pat,
Nice work, on both the manuscript and Oot (of course you only played a small part there in the beginning). Take the time to play a larger role in his life and the rewards will be immeasurable (you might end up in a better old folks home). Remember, life is a journey, NOT a destination. We will be here when you and the book are ready.

February 28, 2010 11:32 PM  

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