I recently had the pleasure of attending this fabulous thing: https://www.facebook.com/events/652622301450958/
So. Freaking. Awesome.
Patrick Rothfuss was, hands down, the coolest “celebrity” I have ever met in my entire life (though I’m sure he hesitates to call himself that). He was kind to my friends, courteous with me, and managed to dash in just the right amount of ribald. Awkward pauses were only punctuated by my soft gasps of, “I love you,” and, “I am such a huge fan,” followed by, “I can’t believe I’m talking to you right now,” and, “Am I acting weird right now?”
At this, Pat (as he likes to be called — but I can’t help the urge toward formality and my aching need to refer to him as Rothfuss) reassured me I was, actually, not being crazy, and that it was nice to sit down with a fan and just get grilled. …Well, that’s not exactly what he said, but that’s what he made me feel like, and I think that’s 10x more important.
When Pat had finally finished signing to meet with my friends and I at a nearby pub, we fully intended to purchase every round for Pat, but he insisted several times (and I protested several times) that he get the first round. This makes me laugh. I’m laughing at how cheeky that can sound, but also at how generous it actually came across. It was unexpected and welcome.
Though I hesitate to mention what was actually discussed (the world would be jealous, I think), I have to give praise to Pat’s storytelling ability. I mean, when I actually was paying attention to what he was saying and not just marveling at the fact that he was sitting next to me within hugging distance (oh my god), his stories captivated me. He’s confident in his prose. He’s well-spoken and funny. And he has a style he knows and accepts is his own, and he’s comfortable with who he is as both a writer and a person. He laughs at it. You can see it. It has always come across in his writing, and it also comes across in him as a person. To this side of Patrick Rothfuss do I relate.
Writing is a tool of manipulation and the best masters are those who can toy with our feelings in such a way that it moves us to take action. Action of any kind. The Hunger Games Trilogy, for example, made me really crave bread, stew, and cheese (what? It was mentioned on, like, every other page — I was starving by the end of that thing).
That’s what writing — good writing, I mean — does to me. And Pat’s writing made me want to cry. Pat’s writing made me want to laugh. Pat’s writing made me feel at once frustrated, amused, and bewitched all by the cleverness of it. Pat writes about being intelligent. He writes about the perks of being smart. And in the face of a skill one is not-so-skilled in, to pursue mastery until it makes us bleed. In his writing, Pat subtly teaches us to know our limits. To always explore. To judge between opportunities. The reason I love The Kingkiller Chronicle is because Pat tells the story of a person growing. A person making mistakes, and a person learning the world as we learn the world. The bewilderment of his protagonist — we feel with him. We cheer with him. We hope for him.
I just love Pat Rothfuss.
And I love his books.
During his Q&A, he subtly joked at how he feels he wrote himself into his each of characters at least “kinda” (I think that’s the word he used — we weren’t allowed to film or take too many photos). And I can feel that in his writing. It’s really interesting to see. It’s one of the reasons I was drawn to his words. The style inspires you to want to write as well.
He’s really, what’s the word …
Pat Rothfuss is cool.
Pat Rothfuss is inspiring.
This is totally an ode to Pat Rothfuss right now.
Anyway — my friends and I all made sure Pat got a taxi home safe. He insisted he knew his way to a taxi, but I wasn’t going to let Pat Rothfuss walk through the streets of San Francisco alone at night! What?! I’ve been stolen from three times since living here, probably more, and it’s not a fun feeling. I wouldn’t want him to think badly of such an amazing city, first of all. Secondly, I want him to continue coming back! He’s so awesome!
I’ll stop fangirling. This ode to Pat Rothfuss is way too long.
He was super cool, and I am very much looking forward to everything else he brings into the world. Did you know he used to be a standup comedian for a while?! Did you know that?! I can totally see that. And he wrote an advice column in college that he admits isn’t much of an advice column and more of him making fun of people for writing silly questions (don’t worry, they knew what they were in for).
And just to make this look like even more of an advertisement (I swear it’s not, Lol — the only thing I really get out of this is getting to share an awesome book series with the world written by a wonderful author), you can check out the first book in The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy, Name of the Wind, here.
He has other social profiles, but these are the most amusing. You can also check him out on Goodreads (he leaves great reviews on things), but I’m too lazy to go and find that too, so Google it yourself.