#OurWorld: Worldbuilders

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In a previous post, I lauded the wonders of Worldbuilders, my favorite charity of all time.

Worldbuilders is a charity founded by author Pat Rothfuss in order to use the collective power of readers, fellow authors and book lovers to make the world a better place. During the Worldbuilders fundraiser, Pat blogs about the cool book donations we receive from authors and publishers (and all the other cool swag from artists, webcomics, etc.) Everyone who donates to Heifer International through our Team Heifer page is eligible to receive one or more of those cool books and swag at the end of the fundraiser.

All year round, we run The Tinker’s Packs where you can find cool merchandise inspired by Pat’s books, as well as foreign editions from various fantasy and sci-fi authors, and more recently some of our cool projects like our Worldbuilders and Heifer International Calendar. Profits made by the store go to Worldbuilders.

What I love about Worldbuilders is that it’s one of these wonderful examples of good people using their power of influence to do amazing, wonderful things. Authors, editors, literary agents, readers, and of course, Pat Rothfuss himself, all working together to make the world a better place through Heifer International, Mercy Corps, and First Book.

Heifer plays the long game, bringing education, materials, and a passing-the-gift philosophy that ensures generations of self-sufficiency down the road. Mercy Corps jumps into action as crisises arise, bringing food, clothing, shelter, and education to people caught in dire situations like natural disasters and war. First Book promotes literacy around the world by providing books for educators and administrators, bringing much-needed educational materials to disadvantaged youth.

It’s fantastic, in my opinion, that we are harnessing the power of bibliophilia to help people become sustainable in impoverished countries around the world.

And they have so much fun doing it, too!

When they reach fundraising mile markers, called Stretch Goals, they have little celebrations to entertain the world, like this one, which is Patrick Rothfuss pronouncing tricky names from his book series, The Kingkiller Chronicle:

Often, Stretch Goals involve authors and agents doing silly things for our amusement. In the past, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Wesley Chu and RJ Bennett  read terrible erotica while drinking, Neil Gaiman read The Jabberwocky on a winter walk in the woods, The Doubleclicks play “I Love You Like a Burrito” on a cat piano with Pat Rothfuss as a guest star, and authors read 1-star reviews of their work on camera.

Worldbuilders is a lovely charity. It brings together the spirit of people who like to do good things and give what they can while having a good time and celebrating the imaginations of word crafters everywhere.

They also have a Cards Against Humanity Fantasy booster pack that was built by some of your favorite fantasy authors (YOU NEED THIS).


I talk about Patrick Rothfuss a lot.

It’s because I think he is a wonderful human being. The world is a better place because he is in it, and I feel like the people that make you feel that way deserve recognition as often as you can find a way to squeeze them into conversation. People like Patrick Rothfuss inspire us to do better, to be better. He’s the kind of writer I aspire to be because he is a great writer who is also a warm-hearted human being who truly cares about people…

…and also because he can do these things while also having a hilarious sense of humor with frequently dropped F-bombs.

It means I can do it, too.

So thank you, Pat, for your contributions to the earth. You inspire the good in others.


S.K. Balk lives in the frozen wasteland of Northern Michigan. She is the author of the dystopian medical sci-fi THE BLOOD OF NERYS (also available in print).

Check out our #OurWorld category on Tuesdays to tune into some of the causes we think are important to raise awareness.

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About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

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