Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tonight, Tonight...


So I'm back from New York. Over the last few days I've been catching up on my life and recovering from the cold I always seem to get whenever I fly somewhere.

This was only my second trip to the NYC. Here are the highlights and my impressions.

New York taxis have absolutely insane drivers. That said, judging by the fact that I've never seen a single accident there, I'm going to say that they're also very capable, safe drivers as well. My current strategy is to treat every taxi trip like a tiny roller coaster ride. Sometimes I even scream and throw my hands in the air. It's fun.

I like the pigeons in New York. They're all sorts of cool colors. Nobody else in New York likes the pigeons.

People in New York are very proud of Central Park. But the truth is if you walk for five minutes in any direction from my house here in Wisconsin, you'll find just as much nature with fewer crowds. As an added bonus, you can climb the trees around here without anyone bitching at you.

New York has so many cool museums that I can't even begin to get into it.

The Quill Award ceremony was pretty cool. I'm looking forward to seeing myself on TV, if for no other reason than to see what the hell I said during my acceptance speech.

But there are a few problems. I know the awards are on tonight. I know they're on NBC (or MSNBC). But other than that, I have no idea when it's playing. I can't find any listings for it.

Even if I could. I don't have cable here in the house. So chances are I couldn't watch it.

So my only hope is that some tech savvy person manages to pirate the thing and put it up on Youtube or something. Or that one of my friends manages to tape it for me.

For now, I'll leave you with the only Quill picture I've managed to find so far:







Yech. I am many things, but I am not terribly photogenic.

I'm in the middle. On the right is Steven Schirripa, of Sopranos fame. Believe it or not, that pretty girl is with me. Her name is Sarah, and just for the record, in the picture I'm threatening to kick this goomba's ass if he tries to make a move on her. Let me assure you, it was incredibly manly of me. My voice didn't hardly quaver at all.

That's all for now folks. Have a good Halloween.

pat

P.S. Extra points to anyone who can guess what I'm dressing up as tonight....


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Saturday, October 20, 2007
Leaving, on a Jet Plane.

Well, tomorrow I'll be heading out to New York so I can go to the Quill Awards, and I'll be honest with you, I'm a little nervous.

Generally speaking, I don't have a problem with public speaking or public appearances. But this is different because it's going to be videotaped and televised. That means if I fuck up, a lot of people will be able to see it. Forever.

I was considering making bingo cards for my friends. Instead of numbers, on each square there would be things like:

Pat trips going up the stairs to get his award.
Pat caught on camera with his finger up his nose.
Pat falls asleep during ceremony.
Pat caught on camera looking at some famous person's boobs.
Pat accidentally says 'Fuck' during his acceptance speech.
Pat and Cormac McCarthy get into a fistfight on the red carpet.
Pat and Steven Colbert share a passionate Madonna-and-Britney style kiss at the Podium.

Then I realized putting together a bunch of Bingo cards would be a lot of work. So I thought I'd turn it into a drinking game instead. Then I got busy and didn't finish the list.

If any of you are motivated, feel free to made your own additions to the list in the comments below.

The other reason I'm a little nervous is that I found out how long my acceptance speech is supposed to be: 10-30 seconds. How the hell can I say anything in that amount of time? If I had a minute or two I could be witty, but what can I say in 30 seconds that won't sound like the equivalent of "San Demos High School Football Rules!"

Anyway, I'm off to bed. I've got to get up at the butt-crack of dawn tomorrow so I can catch my flight.

pat

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Friday, September 28, 2007
A quick answer about the quill award....

Normally if someone asks me a question over e-mail, I just answer it directly. But if I get the same question several times, it lets me know I should post up the answer in a blog for everyone to see.

Over the last week I've had five people send me e-mails similar to this one:

Hey Pat,

Yesterday my friend Jake who is also a big fan of your book asked me if I'd gone and voted for your book for the quill award. I explained to him that you'd already won the quill award. We argued for a while, then, since I was right here by the computer, I thought I'd ask you directly.

I'm right, aren't I? You already won, didn't you?

Suz

P.S. Congratulations, by the way. You rock.

Luckily Suz, this is one of those situations where everyone is right.

You're right because I did win the Quill in the Science-Fiction/Fantasy category. I'll be heading out to New York and you'll be able to see me wearing a tux on NBC.

BUT, Jake is right too, because right now the voting is going on for the BIG quill award: the Book of the Year award.

You see, the winners for the individual categories (Romance, graphic novel, etc.) are voted on my a bunch of booksellers, librarians, and literati. But the Book of the Year is determined by popular vote. Which means you could go over there and vote for me, if you were so inclined.

And by over there I mean OVER HERE. (After you click, you need to click again on the link in that press release that says, "vote here.")

I think a lot of the confusion has come from the fact that they aren't running this award the way that we're used to seeing it. It's not like the Oscars where all the nominees show up and then the winner in each category is a big surprise. The only real surprise at the quills will be who wins Book of the Year.

Hope this clears things up for those of you who have been confused....

pat

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007
More than slightly stunned...


I just won the Quill Award....






This is... This is really big. Steven Cobert [Edit: Sorry, that should have been "Colbert."] is opening the show. Al Gore and Scott McCloud are going to be there because they won in their respective categories.

I guess I really will have to get a tuxedo now. And soon. The award ceremony is less than two months away...


Wow.

pat

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I've Been Nominated for a Quill Award.

More specifically, NOTW has been nominated for the award.

Huh. You know, I think that's the first time I've used the abbreviation for my book instead of its actual title. I don't think I like doing it... It feels weird, like cheating. Names are important things, you know.

Anyway, the news. I've been nominated for a QUILL AWARD. Don't feel bad if you've never heard of it. I hadn't either, before I got this news.

Apparently it's like the Oscars, except it's for the publishing world instead of the movie world. It's only been around a couple years, but the award carries some weight, and the ceremony is a big black-tie dealio. Gala, or so they say. They show it on TV and everything. So the good news is that I have an excuse to wear my tuxedo. The bad news is that I'll probably need to get a haircut, and probably lose some weight. I'm too shaggy and round to look dashing right now. I look more like a muppet than James Bond.

The Quills have 18 Categories. Naturally enough, I'm in Sci-fi/Fantasy, and I'm going up against some real heavy hitters.

Farthing: by Jo Walton

Getting to Know You by David Marusek

Brasyl by Ian McDonald

The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod


While I haven't had to read any of their books yet, I know their names. And I have to say that I'd be proud to get my ass handed to me by any of them. Right now my money is on Jo Walton, I've heard nothing but good stuff about Farthing.

That's all for now, back to revisions on book two....

Best,

pat

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