Cool News: A Dresden Files T-Shirt

Fair warning here: Spoilers. If you haven’t read the Dresden files…

Well… first off. If you haven’t read the Dresden Files, you’re missing one of the best fantasy series in existence and you really should consider checking it out. Really really. Seriously.

Secondly, if you haven’t read the series, this blog isn’t for you. Partly because I’m going to be talking about stuff that won’t make any sense if you don’t know anything about the books. But *mostly* because some of the stuff I’m going to say here has really significant spoilers for the series.

Specifically, I’m going to be talking about stuff that happens in the most recent book: Skin Game. Big stuff that happens at the end of Skin Game.

So… yeah. If you read this it’s going to ruin big character and plot arcs that progress over the course of (does a quick count) nine books.

So stop reading if you don’t want that ruined.

As an alternate, you can go check out this video of me doing an interview with Jim Butcher a couple years ago.

Or you can go vote on which Kingkiller t-shirt designs we’ll end up using in the fundraiser next week.

Last Warning: I’m not going to be coy. Real spoilers for Skin Game below…

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Over the years, I’ve been pretty clear about my love of Jim Butcher’s work, especially the Harry Dresden series.

As evidence, I submit for your perusal my embarrassingly gushy Goodreads review of Skin Game.

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I first read this book more about two years ago. Yeah. Before it even came out. I’m enough of a rabid fan that I sweet-talked my way into getting an advance reading copy.

Since then, I’ve read/listened to the book at least two more times.

And every time it gets to the end of the book… at the very end outside the carpenter’s house where everything is at its most bleak…. I laugh my ass off with pure joy and delight when Butters takes up the sword.

Because of this, for years now, I’ve wanted a t-shirt that shows a hand holding up a katana hilt with a lightsaber blade. Underneath it the words: “Polka will never die!”

My desire for this t-shirt has come and gone over the years, but it’s never gone entirely away. And recently, when I re-listened to Skin Game, it came back full force.

So I told my assistant Amanda about it (she’s a big Dresden fan as well) and her face lit up. “I want one too!” she said immediately.

Then she said, “We should make them for Worldbuilders.

This shows she’s a better person than I am. I just wanted one for me.

At this point in my career, I’m lucky enough to know Jim Butcher a little bit. We’ve met at conventions a couple times. Had a few dinners together. He’s really a delightful guy. A proper geek, funny and smart. If you ever get the chance to catch him at a signing or hear him speak at a convention, it’s well worth your time.

What’s more, he’s helped out Worldbuilders a couple times in the past. So I plucked up my courage and dropped him a line, asking how he’d feel about letting Worldbuilders do a t-shirt as part of our upcoming fundraiser.

And he said yes.

It’s hard to squee when you’re a baritone, but I gave it my best shot. (Have I mentioned that Jim is a really delightful guy?)

That e-mail exchange was just last week, and we *just* managed to get the paperwork tied up. So now all we really need is a graphic for the shirts.

Here’s the thing: we could design this in house. But neither of the two artists I work with the most, Brett and Nate, have read the Dresden books. (Shameful, I know. I gave both of them a stern talking-to.)

I could hire someone to do it too…. but honestly, when I do a project like this, I firmly believe there’s no substitute for the passion and enthusiasm of the fans. Whenever I reach out to y’all creatively, you come back with things so much better than I ever could have imagined.

So I’m reaching out to the artistic geeks among you to see if any of you would like to take a shot and making this t-shirt design.

I won’t lie, our timeline is a little ridiculous. The fundraiser starts on June 1st, so we only have a couple of days.

But if you’re a fan of the Dresden Files, and you have the ability to art, and you’re interested in putting your skills to use for a good cause…. Well… that would be pretty awesome of you. You’d make a lot of geeks happy, and you’d be helping feed hungry kids, too.

A few notes:

  • Keep in mind that this design is for a t-shirt.
  • I asked Jim to confirm the color of the blade, and he said: “In the books, the blade is white edged in gold, like bright sunlight.”
  • Submissions go to: tshirt (at) worldbuilders.org
  • We need the entries by 12:00pm Central Time on Saturday, May 30.

I know. It’s not much time. But we can’t wait any longer because we’ll need to sort through submissions, e-mail back and forth with artists, fine-tune the design, and still launch it with the rest of the fundraiser on Monday, June 1st.

So there you go. I’m kinda silly excited about this. It’s like an early birthday present for me.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them down in the comments.

If you haven’t voted on the kingkiller t-shirt designs yet, you should check them out over here.

Lastly, I’m trying to think of something nice I can do for the artists who have been submitting designs for us. So if you are one of those artists (or if you’re just a clever person) I’d welcome any suggestions down in the comments.

Thanks for being awesome everyone,

pat

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Temerant T-Shirts and Exciting News

Hey there everybody,

As you may have guessed, we got a lot of entries for the t-shirt design contest. Despite the fact that it was only a week long, and over a holiday weekend, *and* it overlapped the end of the semester.

We got over 200 designs. Y’all are all insane in the best way possible.

As I’ve already shared on facebook and twitter, some designs came in that broke my heart with how lovely/sweet/whimsical they were.

Paul Coffey - An Apple That Thinks Its A Pear(Such as the apple that thinks it’s a pear.)

The reason they broke my heart is that some of them I loved, but they wouldn’t work on a t-shirt. Or they’re too obscure or specialized…

Rest assured that those designs won’t be lost forever. We’re going to chat with some of the artists to see if they’re willing to let us use the art for other things. Maybe cards or postcards. Maybe after some tweaking, we can use the designs for future t-shirts.

But the harsh reality is that we needed to get the number of designs down to 10-ish for this poll to be in any way functional. That means we had to cut more than 95% of the entries.

What’s more, we needed to do it *fast* as we’re launching the IndiGoGo on June 1st.

So here we are.

The titles for the shirts are ABOVE the shirt. Keep that in mind when you scroll down to vote.

1. Ivare Enim Euge

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2. You Have Died of Chandrian

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3. Trouper in the streets, Fae in the Sheets

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4. What does it unlock?

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5. Maple, Maypole, Catch and Carry

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6. Key, Coin, and Candle

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7. Property of Arcanum Sympathy Department

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8. Edema Ruh

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9. Cthaeh

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10. Chandrian

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11. The Waystone Inn

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12. A stone in your heart

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Before you vote, a few polite requests:

  • Let’s not descend into internet jackassery here. We’re better than that. Don’t try to game the system. Don’t vote a bunch of times. That’s not cool.
  • Please vote based on which designs you would buy as a t-shirt. If you like the art, but you wouldn’t wear it as a shirt, then don’t vote for it.
  • If you know deep in your heart that you’re never going to buy a shirt, it would be nice if you didn’t vote at all. It’s not that your opinion doesn’t  matter…. It’s just that it doesn’t matter in this particular instance.
  • You can vote for two shirts. That means you should vote for the shirt that you’d really love to buy. And then the shirt that you’d love to buy if your first choice isn’t one of the ones we print.
  • When you’re voting, double check the name of the shirt to make sure you’re casting your vote correctly. The name of the shirt is ABOVE THE PICTURE. ABOVE.
  • The poll ends 12:00pm Central Time Saturday, May 30. So be sure to get your votes in before then…

Which T-shirt Should We Carry?

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[Edit: It's totally fair to look at the current results before you cast your votes....]

[Additional Edit: Given the response here, we'll be making at least two of these shirts. So please do vote for the shirts you would like to buy. But again: Please only vote once.]

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Lastly, we have a piece of extra cool news.

Jim Butcher, fabulous author and proper geek, has agreed to let the Worldbuilders team develop a Dresden Files shirt for the June 1st fundraiser, too.

We’ll be posting up the details in a blog later today. But just let me say if you’re sad you missed your chance to participate in this design contest, you might still have a chance to come and play.

More soon, folks,

pat

Edit: Here’s the link to the blog with the news about the Dresden Files shirt…

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T-shirt Design Contest

Okay. So. We’ve got some news that’s been delayed due to the photo contest.

Starting on June 1st, we’re running our second mid-season fundraiser for Worldbuilders.

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Last year we tried a summer Indiegogo fundraiser and were delighted with how well it turned out. So this year we’re going to be doing it again, except with more cool stuff.

One of the things we want to do is run a t-shirt design contest.

When we first decided to do t-shirts, I asked people to submit designs, then we voted for them here on the blog.

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That’s how we ended up with our first shirts.

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And don’t get me wrong, I love those shirts. I get a warm glow when I see people wearing them at conventions and signings.

But we first brought those designs out back in 2010. Those shirts have had nearly 5 years to sit in the store. We need something new. And, because the first t-shirt contest went over so well, and gave us some of our favorite shirts, it seems only fitting that we give it another try.

Here are some rules:

  • Must be your original art/design.
  • Please submit your entry as a web-friendly image (jpeg, png, pdf). Images should not exceed 5MB in size. (If you win, we’ll contact you for higher resolution images.)
  • Please don’t submit more than three designs.
  • Email your submissions to tshirt (at) worldbuilders.org
  • The submission period ends in one week. On Sunday, May 24th.

Lastly, keep in mind when making a t-shirt design: Fewer colors tends to be simpler and more elegant, not to mention cheaper to produce.

What will the winner(s) get?

The envy of your peers. The adulation of the masses. My personal thanks. To say nothing of the warm glowy feeling that you’ve helped clothe geeks and raise money for hungry kids.

And prizes, of course. If you’d like some of the gold talent pipes, they’d be yours for the taking. I also have a few copper jots I’ve been holding back, if you’d prefer one of those.

Who knows, you might even get a free t-shirt out of the deal…

Why can I only submit three designs?

Here’s the thing. It’s been five years since the last contest. I have a lot more readers now than I did then. If everyone sends in a dozen entries, we’re going to quickly descend into madness over here. And while it’s true that I have more minions to sift through designs than I did in 2010, we’re on a tight schedule. Our big fundraiser starts on June 1st. That only gives us two weeks.

Besides. I’d much rather have you send me your best three designs than to just shotgun a dozen at me with the hope you’ll get lucky…

Everyone has one week to submit a design. After that, the Worldbuilders team and I will narrow them down and post up the top ten (or so) here on the blog for people to vote on. (Those top ten designs will probably receive thank-you gifts/prizes from me as well…)

Voting will wrap in a few days days so we can have designs finalized by the time the IndieGoGo starts.

Okay. There’s your mission, should you choose to accept it. Design a t-shirt. Email the design to tshirt [at] worldbuilders.org before the end of the day on Sunday, May 24th.

Ready, set, go.

pat

P.S. If you have any logistical questions, as always, you can ask them here in the comments.

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WMF Photo Contest Part XIII: Grand Prize Winners

Today we bring you the final part of the photo contest.

Those of you who were around for the beginning of this might remember that I extended our deadline because some people said they were trying to get permission from the FAA for what they were trying to do.

So really, it’s their fault that I haven’t finished the photo contest yet. If I’d had those two weeks, we would’ve finished the photo contest in a timely fashion.

I joke, I joke. And even if it was the truth and their small delay somehow *had* somehow cascaded into this longer one. I honestly think it would be worth it….

You know what? I’m not even going to be coy here. I’m going to skip the preamble and jump right to the end. I’m going to show you the goods.

Here’s what they did:

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This is my book. In space.

It’s. In. Space.

Look at that. It’s so high up that you can see a slight curvature of the earth. And my book.

So there. You know the end. But I’m guessing you’re going to stick around for the preamble anyway. Because you’re my readers. You know the journey is the worthier part…

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Three folks from MIT collaborated to make this happen. Jay, Kristyn, and Mike. (With a strong assist from their friend Malcolm, who let them use his book.)

Their photo shoot started at 5am on a Saturday.

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They got a serious weather balloon, and started setup.

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Realize that these photos were taken in 2011. Four years ago. Digital cameras weren’t *quite* as pervasive then, and neither were superphones.

So they hacked an old camera to take pictures every 5 seconds, attached a phone that sent out a GPS signal every 30 seconds, and wrapped everything up in Styrofoam for protection during the flight.

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But they didn’t stop at getting a cool view of the city.

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You see how the clouds in the sky make the same ripple effect that wind makes on the waves? You see how that is the same ripple effect you see in the sand on the beach?

You know what that is? That is the name of the wind writ large across the face of the world, my friends.

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Hello you great, blue beautiful thing….

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It’s almost perfect. It just needs a little something….

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There we go. Fucking rainbow. Done.

For those of you who are into numbers, the balloon went up at around 500 ft/min and reached approximately 75,000 feet.

So… yeah. My book has been into space. I’m *so* going to give John Scalzi a hard time about this the next time I see him…

Hold on. It only now occurs to me. Commercial planes don’t fly that high. And I doubt very much that anyone takes novels on rockets due to weight limitations….

That means The Wise Man’s Fear has probably set some sort of weird record. I’d bet a modest amount of money that it might be the first novel in the stratosphere. If not, maybe first hardcover novel. Or.. maybe… First Hardcover Fantasy Novel to Reach Stratosphere Via Balloon?

Does anyone know how to get in touch with Guinness?

You know what? It doesn’t even matter to me. The fact that someone did this with my book is cooler to me than I can express in words. (And when you read that, please consider who is writing it.)

So thank you, you excellent people.

Thank you, you shiny geeks.

Thank you.

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I hope it’s obvious that this isn’t something the three of them just banged together in an afternoon. They made plans. Coordinated with the FAA. Make a test run…

Here’s a piece of the story that Mike sent along:

“During Jay’s practice flight he sent up the camera and when it came back down it landed in a wooded area, so he climbed through a bit of woods only to find it stuck about 40 feet up a tree, with not much remaining daylight he had to leave the camera up in the tree.

The next morning I went down with him to see how we were going to retrieve the camera and we stopped by Home Depot to pick up supplies. Jay went to get some pipe while I set about getting rope and duct tape. Turns out asking a clerk before he’s had his morning coffee what aisles rope and duct tape would be in will get you a raised eyebrow. Then trying to explain the situation away before you’ve had your morning coffee doesn’t alleviate his concern.

It ended up taking us the better part of the day throwing sticks, stones, lassos, trying to knock it from the tree with a 40’ pipe before it finally fell. Our triumph lasted long enough to find out the data was corrupted and “tech experts” were only able to recover the first 10 – 20k feet of the flight.”

Of the actual flight, they said this:

“One of the fun things about this project is the fact that you lose control of the balloon’s flight path the moment you let go of it. You can use weather radar and predictive models and they really mean absolutely nothing.  Once the balloon reaches a certain altitude the gps we were using stopped working, but we could track it once it dropped back below that altitude.  So for a couple hours we had nothing to do except find a local diner eat breakfast and wait(my favorite weekend activity).  The predictive model we used suggested the book would travel over 50 miles and land up near Marlborough, Massachusetts about 25 miles from the ocean.

So after breakfast we started driving that way to at least be in the general area.  We kept checking the GPS and eventually it resurfaced(not sure if thats the right word considering the book was coming back down) about 75 miles south of Marlborough and  less than 3 miles from the Atlantic.  So we turned the car around to drive toward the balloon.”

There you go. While it’s safe to say that I loved the thousands of pictures y’all sent in for the photo contest, there’s no denying that these guys went the extra mile.

I think it goes without saying that these guys deserve their gold talent pipes. My heart is full of joy when I look at these pictures. I am awash in the glow of their reflected cool.

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Because they went above and beyond *ahem* I’ll also be sending them some signed books (And a special copy for their friend who gave up his own copy for the cause) and any other swag their hearts might desire.

What’s more, if y’all are interested, next time I’m out in Boston I’d love to take y’all out to dinner. If you’re free, you can pick the place and it’s my treat. I also offer post-prandial libations and board games at a venue of choice.

Because honestly? You guys are people I want to hang out with. You’re my kind of crazy.

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With that, the Photo Contest is finally a wrap. While I enjoyed it, you guys have no idea how nice it is to finally have the weight of it off my neck. I feel positively bubbly having expiated that particular long-term shame.

Lastly, because I’ve been focusing on getting the photo contest finished. There are a few quick announcements I should make.

1. Worldbuilders will be doing its second-annual mid-season fundraiser at the beginning of June.

Last year it went amazingly well, and we raised more than $200,000 for charity. So this year we’re doing it again. Bigger and better.

2. We’re launching a new t-shirt or two along with that fundraiser.

To that purpose, we’re going to have a quick t-shirt design contest. And I *do* mean quick. We’re launching it on Monday, and the window for submissions will only last for seven days. (Though if you’re reading this you can have a couple day’s head start.)

After a week is up, we’ll ask y’all to vote on which ones you like best and they’ll go up in the IndieGoGo.

 3. This afternoon, I’m going to be participating in the Twitter Fiction Festival.

I’m going to be writing a story on twitter. It’s going to be a bizarre melange of improvisational storytelling, old-school text adventure games, and raw caffeinated madness. You’ll control the character through suggesting the character’s actions. I’ll control the story by choosing which suggestions we use, and giving replies.

It’s going to be a glorious experiment that I expect will explode in a huge roiling ball of narrative flame.

I’ll be doing that from 3-4pm CT today. If you want to check it out, or participate, my twitter is right here.

See you later, space cowboys…

pat

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WMF Photo Contest Part XII: Art and Hodgelany

Today we bring you part XII of the photo contest. The penultimate photo contest blog

  • Miscellany.

The first category today is sort of a miscellany….

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Though truthfully, miscellany is a bit of an understatement. This collection is a little more random that that, even….

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It’s almost more of of hodge-podge. And with that in mind, I would like to officially class these photos as a hodgelany.

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(Creepy….)

Here we have a photo of WMF between a pair of 16,000 year-old mammoth bones (a radius and ulna, if you’re curious).

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It *is* kind of a mammoth book….

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Here’s my book taken with a statue of Gandalf in the Hyewha District of Seoul, South Korea.

Ana is in love with Kvothe

“She looks pretty enthralled by statue-Kvothe’s serenade. I bet Kvothe would make a pretty kickass bard in D&D actually.” – Amanda

I know you’re just trying to bait me with your bard-talk, Amanda. And I’m not going to take that bait….

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This is certainly the happiest I’ve ever seen my books looking….

Winner:

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But this one is our winner. It’s made Amanda giggle on more than one occasion. You’ll have to embiggen it to see why.

Here’s the photostream of all the random miscellany.

  • Artistic:

A lot of really beautiful pictures came in, too. Some of my favorites have been pictures that don’t even look like the books are included at first glance.

Pictures that were taken with the artistry of the photograph itself in mind, rather than with the purpose of telling a story, making a joke, or focusing on a theme….

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Okay. Some of them play a bit with theme too….

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But mostly they’re just cool…

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Many of them are designed to give the viewer a moment’s pause before figuring out what’s going on.

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I’m still not sure how this one was done. But I like the tone….

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Oh man. It just occurred to me. This might be a reference to the book being a good yarn….

Honorable Mention:

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Behold! The last of the contest’s honorable mentions. I’m terribly fond of this one.

Winner:

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As you can see if you embiggen the picture, the words all down this reader’s arm are quotes from my books. Apparently, the lyrics from Jackass Jackass were still in between her fingers when she sent in her submission.

From the early days of the contest we had an inkling that this would be one of our winners, so we contacted her a while back and sent along her set of gold talent pipes.

And here she is, wearing those pipes, in front of the very same bookshelf….

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(Her shelves are so much tidier than mine…)

I’m so pleased to end the blog on this particular winner, as the photos she sent in were some of my absolute favorites.

If you’d like to see the other pictures she submitted, you can check them out in the final photostream.

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Okay folks. Tomorrow is the four-year anniversary of the end of the contest, and we’ll be posting the final blog which only contains one winner. But oh… it’s *such* a winner. You really have no idea….

They really went above and beyond, so be sure to tune in for that one.

In the mean time, feel free to peek at the previous blogs:

[Prologue] [Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV] [Part V] [Part VI] [Part VII] [Part VIII] [Part IX] [Part X] [Part XI]

pat

P.S. I deliberately made nine puns in this blog. Because I’m just in that that sort of mood. First folks to spot and list them in the comments win the right to feel kinda smug for the rest of the day…

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WMF Photo Contest Part XI: Shrines, Scenery, and Groups

Hey guys, Amanda here again. We’re on a roll, and today we bring you part XI of the photo contest.

[I'm here too. It's Pat. I'm orange today.]

Like last time, Pat and I worked together on these blogs, and he picked our winners a long time ago. He just needs that extra push to actually post it. So… *push*

Pat’s going to be popping in here and there to give his snarky input again. I hope you enjoy my public mocking.

[Technically, that should be "I hope you enjoy my being publicly mocked." The way you've phrased it implies that you're going to be mocking people in public.]

Something tells me this is not the only time you’re gonna sass me today….

[Something tells me you're right.]

  • Groups.

My favorite thing that happened in this contest were the big group efforts.

Some were more simple, like asking these lovely women to pose with a copy of WMF:

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And then there’s some of the more intricate set ups.

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I love the idea of Alan Menken writing the music for this musical. Would it be more in the vein of Little Shop of Horrors or Aladdin?

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And here we have Spider-man, wrecking everything, like he does.

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I was a high school Engilsh teacher before I started working for Pat, so this made me grin more than usual.

[Engeilersh.]

These sophomores are in the middle of a course of Advanced Not Being a Stupid Jackass. I approve. Plus, the teacher actually got waivers from all of the kids in the picture. Though given how long it’s taken to post this, some fairly simple math reveals that they’re all at least 19 now.

[ಠ_ಠ]

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I admire this. This photo was made just by going around town asking people to hold their book. Making friends, sharing the love, and a cool photo.

Honorable Mention:

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“Wild warblings from the Eolian lyre/Enchantment softly breathe, and/tremblingly expire” -John Keats

Winners:

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(Click to embiggen)

Aynaet, the person who sent this photo in, outed herself as a Nerdfighter to us when she submitted these photos, though Pat and I selected this as a winner before I noticed that. I pretty much immediately wanted to be best friends with her.

Many of the pictures are of her at various conventions, adding a little bonus geek factor to the submission.

'Most Blatant Suck-up' entry

[You guys rock my socks. Seeing you flying your freak flag makes me proud to be a geek.]
The folks who submitted this were very detailed in their explanation:
“-Yes, that is a Luring the Draccus poster; yes, that is my computer background reflected in it; yes, my computer background is the art of the French cover of NOTW.
-Yes, we all three are wearing (or in my brother’s case, draped over a shoulder) Rothfussian shirts
-Yes, my brother is copying the pose from the romance novel cover of NOTW with my flute and copy of The Last Unicorn
-Yes, all those copies of NOTW, WMF, Princess and Mr. Whiffle, and assorted other Rothfuss paraphernalia do belong and were purchased by us, making this kinda an entry into the ‘Most Blatant Suck-up’ category.
-Yes, some of our copies are not pictured due to being out on loan, and yes, as this was taken a while ago more copies have been added.”

There’s a lot of enthusiasm here. They have pretty much every edition of Name of the Wind available, including the book club edition. They even have one of our long-gone original Worldbuilders t-shirts. So, for their commitment, they’ll all be getting sets of gold talent pipes.

[Only fair. It seems like that's the only thing they don't have in their collection so far....]

The photostream has even more group efforts, including bonus pictures from some featured here already.

  • Shrines.

There were more than a few shrines built in honor of WMF:

[My name is is Pat Rothfuss, and I officially I approve of this behavior.]

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But not all of them were beautiful, serene things….

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This contained real strands of hair from the photographer’s boyfriend, her wisdom teeth, and money from a German middle-ages festival.

[Cripes. Teeth? I never mentioned teeth as a sympathetic link, did I? That particular piece of inspired creepy isn't my personal responsibility....]

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This one features a wax mommet. I’m particularly fond of the way the instrument case has been bound. If you click to embiggen, you see a note that says “SILENCE OF THREE PARTS” on the case, so it factors into whatever spell they’re placing on their mommet.

[*Pushes up glasses again.* "Binding" is the preferred nomenclature. Nobody at the university would use the word "spell."]

You know Pat, if you’d rather I *stopped* helping with these blogs, all you have to do is ask….

[*mumbles something softly to himself without meeting your eye*]

Honorable Mention:

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The photographer was convinced these ducks were performing a ritual to bring about some “well deserved happiness for our dear Kvothe.” I hope it worked…

Winner:

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The best shrines are those that provide enough light for you to read by.

[This is just an awesome picture. I'd love it even if it had nothing to do with my book. As it is, I love it exponentially more....]

There are even more shrines in the photostream, if you want to get ideas for your own glorification of the books.

  • Scenery

Our next category was fairly simple.

A lot of the pictures are simply beautiful, and can pretty much speak for themselves….

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I feel oddly calm and at ease looking at this photo. Stevens Point has nothing resembling this for me to climb, but I might go looking for one now…

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[My aging, decrepit mind thinks this picture was from Finland...]

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Having spent my entire life in the Midwest, and primarily Wisconsin, this was REALLY cool to me.

[Butte. LOLOLOLOL]

New York Times Bestselling author, folks. I’m so proud.

Honorable mention:

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My immediate reaction to this was a desire to get a group together to sit on the stones and read the book aloud, with each person playing a role. And then I was worried some creepy fae magic would happen and someone would disappear, so I decided not to ever do that.

[I can't tell if I think this ring of stones is cool or creepy. I keep wondering who made it, and why? Then the stories I come up with in my head to answer those questions aren't always good stories....]

Winner:

Aileen Hay3

I don’t know why this picture appealed to me the way it did. It’s a beautiful picture, but there’s something more to it that makes me really happy. There’s something about the angle, the black and white, the small glimpse of water through the planks, the expanse of sky, that all just sort of… fit.

And really, that’s enough for me.

[I hear you. There's a real art to shooting a good photo. I don't know how it works, but I know what I like...]

There were so many more cool photos. We’ve added them to the photo stream, and you should really see them.

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Thanks for taking this ride with me, guys. I’m pretty sure Pat appreciated having me take over a couple of these, even if he mocked my every word.

[Please, at most I mocked every fourth word or so.]

Previously: [Prologue] [Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV] [Part V] [Part VI] [Part VII] [Part VIII] [Part IX] [Part X]

There are only two photo contest blogs left: Miscellany and the Grand Prize Winner. They’re both pretty awesome…

Amanda

[What she said.]

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WMF Photo Contest Part X: Geekery

Okay folks, Amanda did the blog yesterday, but I’m worried that the power might go to her head, so I’m back for today’s blog.

The good news is that we’re going to finish all of them by Friday. The other good news is that that means we’re going to be doing a blog a day to get everything posted up.

Today we bring you Part X of the photo contest. Featuring a lot of various geekery, from games, to puns, to toys.

But first, let’s start with some flattering geek associations.

Obviously some of the most flattering were Firefly.

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A book walks down the street in a hat like that….

Captain Hammer made a guest appearance, too.

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But there were a lot of other references too….

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This one’s open to a fair amount of interpretation.

It could be that they meant it was a bloody good book. It could be a reference to sympathy.

At first I thought it might be a reference to the book being something that everyone could use, as I know that type O blood is the universal donor. But it turns out that O POS is actually the universal recipient (O NEG is the universal donor.)

Either way, it’s good to know that someone out there has blood in them that was touched by my book. I hope it gives them superpowers.

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Amanda says, “I love this one more the more I look at it. It’s unlimited refills. It’s prescribed by Pat. It has a “Use Before 5/15/11″ which was the due date for the photo contest entries. It even has the DAW logo on it.”

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Jessie says, “I love this picture because it always makes me think of Doctor Who. There’s an episode in series 6 with The Silence that involves the moon landing (aired 4/30/2011) which makes me think that this is not only an awesome reference to the book being more interesting than one of the greatest moments in human history but also Doctor Who which is almost equally as awesome.”

Pat: What she said.

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First edition, Fabio cover of NoTW is definitely top shelf.

Winner:
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This I’m particularly fond of because the first time I looked at it, I found myself thinking. “What? Some people were just taking random pictures of my book with other shit. What possible association does my book have with vegetables….”

Then I got it. I’m sure if you think about it for a moment you’ll get it too…

“I’m not proud of myself for laughing at this one.” Amanda

Here are all of our geek associations/puns in one convenient photostream.

  • Games

My Companions

Awww…. Only portal fans know how sweet this picture is.

Also, you better not throw my book into a fire.

Yet another epic battle arises.

Cube

The number of Portal entries into this contest made me ridiculously happy. – Amanda

Me too…

Winner:

Link finds WMF

I’m really kinda ridiculously fond of this one. When I look at this picture, I can actually hear the music in my head.

The games photostream is full of other game references

  • Captions

Plumbob Full

You really have to embiggen this one to fully enjoy the baby Kvothe under the influence of the plum bob.

(No actual babies were fed alchemical concoctions at this photo shoot.)

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“Also, this puppy is adorable and I want it.” – Amanda

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Winner:

Photo Contest II _ Marina

This one isn’t actually photoshopped. The guy that did it does parkour.

So… yeah. Take a close look at it. This is a really amazingly terrifying picture.

Photostream!

  • Toys

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“The animals have already read Name of the Wind three times waiting for the next book.  With The Wise Man’s Fear, Scary Bear is having to skip over the mature parts so as not to give the young ones bad ideas.”

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Here we’ve got a a Lego re-enactment of Kvothe being whipped. (Starring Rebel Sniper with Ron Weasley’s hair as Kvothe.)

Kubrick-ed

I like to think that if my book were the obelisk from 2001, the monkeys wouldn’t have ended up beating each other to death. They just would have just sat around bitching about how long book three was taking.

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Given the photo that was in yesterday’s blog. People might think I’m trying to start some sort of feud with Sanderson. But I’m honestly not….

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I kinda wonder what brings Indiana Jones to the S-Mart late at night…

  • Honorable mention.

Poker Dwarves

The truly impressive attention to detail here shows in the fact that each dwarf has a different drink. To say nothing about the fact that if you look at the cards you can see why Grumpy is covering his eyes…

 

Winner:

Big Damn Heroes

If you embiggen this, you can see why it’s the winner.

Suggested titles include: “Big Damn Heroes” and “The crew stops in for a drink at a remote bar on Unification Day.”

Think they don’t have a copy of Wise Man’s Fear in this picture? You might want to look at little more closely…

The detail on the figures is truly amazing.

Kvothe on the road

Here’s another one with Bast and Chronicler. I think I’m hovering up there in the corner, too.

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So yeah. The ladies who did this are absolutely the big winners of today’s blog. Full bragging rights, and both they and the Honorable mentions get a set of the gold pipes…

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Photostream!

If you’d like to check out other parts of the  photo contest, they’re over here:

[Prologue] [Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV] [Part V] [Part VI] [Part VII] [Part VIII] [Part IX]

We’re doing a new blog every day this week to finish the photo contest by the 15th.

So stay tuned.

pat

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