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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.

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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…

 

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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

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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]

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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 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

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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.

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

Me too…

Winner:

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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

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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:

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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.

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  • 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.)

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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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WMF Photo Contest Part VIII: Costumes (Warning – Artistic Boobs)

Before we jump into the newest installment of the photo contest, I’d just like to take a moment and reflect on the subtitle of the above blog.

You see, a while back, I wrote a blog where I showed off pictures people had sent me of the tattoos people have gotten based on my books.

There’s a fair amount of skin in that blog, as you might expect, because, y’know… tattoos. I didn’t think much of it, because it wasn’t like you could see anything that would even rate a PG in a modern movie.

But afterwards someone sent me a message along the lines of “You need to warn us when you post up a blog with pictures of half-naked people in it. I was reading your blog at work and it almost got me fired.”

My first thought was, “Half naked… Hmm…. Would that include pretty much anyone in shorts and a t-shirt? That’s pretty much half of your body right there….

The second thought was, “If you’re reading my blog while you’re at work, it’s really not my fault if you get in trouble.”

Then my third thought was, “Unless your job is to read blogs, but you’re employed by, like, a catholic nun who is going to beat the hell out of you with a ruler if she sees a woman’s midriff on your computer screen.”

My fourth thought was, “I don’t think there are many jobs like that.”

Quibbling aside, I’m aware that there’s a certain narrow slice of the population that is absolutely terrified that they might see a naked breast. They fear the boob as if they were some deadly mythological beast that will destroy them should they accidentally gaze upon it.

Hence my warning.

Personally, I’m pro-breast. Back between the ages of 13 and 25, I used to think that boobs were the best. Now that I’m 40, I *know* they’re the best.

I know this because I have two little kids. And let me tell you, the white-hot intensity of my teenage self’s pre-internet boob desire is a pale candle compared to how much my little boys adore boobs.

Anyway, yeah. There are a few boobs later on in this post. If seeing them is going to wreck your day, don’t scroll down through the rest of the blog…

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Today we’re going to be looking at costumes.

A lot of people dressed up for the contest: and many of those pictures have already been featured in other blogs, or we’ll be showing them off in the future…

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Like the adorable Adem from the Babies and Knives Blog.

Not all of the costumes from my books. Some of them were just good costumes.

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Like this dedicated fan trying read wearing 45 pounds of plate armor.

Some of the costumes were *on* my books….

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If I’d been smart, I would have put this blog up on May the 4th…

We had a fair number of hooded figures show up.

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Which is a little surprising, considering how dangerous we all know that can be….

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We even saw some rare behind-the scenes footage of the Chandrian chatting.

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There were more than a few Felurians, too.

Though I can hear you say, “Oh come now. Dressing up as Felurian is kinda the opposite of a costume, isn’t it?”

You have a point. But my readers are clever and subtle.

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And, surprisingly, they are not the source of the boobs in today’s blog. Alas.

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Interesting Fact: The book was her 21st birthday present from her boyfriend. Don’t ask me what age that would make her now. Doing the math just piles guilt onto me…

Here we have some Mistborn crossover….

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Some of the pictures (Not shown here, in the photostream) were taken on a rooftop. That said, these fans live in row houses in Philadelphia and it is quite safe to be on the roof. They even promised that they stayed away from the edge.

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(Dr. Livingston, I presume?)

But by far, the most popular costume choice was Kvothe.

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Quite frequently, he was accompanied by Denna.

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Careful observes will note that this Adem baby Kvothe is wearing a sword. So before you get your knickers in a twist:

1. We were assured that no babies were harmed in the making of these picture.

2. We’re aware that while Kvothe studied with the Adem, he never actually wore the mercenary reds.

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What really makes this one for me is the fact that there’s a tiny lute in a tiny case next to the Kvothe-book….

All in all, Costumes might be my favorite category. People went crazy with it, and I love their enthusiasm.

So let’s name some winners here:

  • Best Meta.

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This one is all kinds of delightful Meta: It’s the story of a fictional character reading my book and then having a fantasy about role-playing with her crush.

It might not be possible to be more meta than that.

  • Amanda’s Choice:

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For those of you who don’t already know, Amanda is one of my assistants, and without her these photo blogs (among many other things) would never get done. She’s been helpingme sift and organize the pictures and get them up into the blogs so I can finally share them with you.

She picked this one, saying “This is the first cosplay of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle I’ve seen, and it’s FANTASTIC.”

I agree.

  • Most Striking.

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One of my favorite Felurian images to date.

  • Most Dedicated Kvothe.

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This committed fan made the cloak and shirt himself, And there are a *bunch* more pictures in the photostream.

  • Most Artistic.

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I’m going to be honest. This is one of my favorite pictures that anyone has sent in. And no, not just because it has boobs in it.

I love this picture because it’s an homage to Gabrielle d’Estrées et une de ses sœurs (Gabrielle d’Estrées with her Sister). The artist is unknown, but Gabrielle was Henry the IV’s mistress, adviser, and baby-momma. To say nothing of the fact that she acted as a diplomat on his behalf and sat on his council.

Gabrielle d'Estrees and one of her sisters in the bath

There’s a lot of speculation about this particular painting. Some people claim that her sister pinching her nipple signifies that she’s pregnant with Henry’s child. (Which is understandable, as Gabrielle is holding his ring in her other hand.)

But there’s a lot of folks who view this picture as historically significant lesbian erotica. Which also seems reasonable to me, because… well… for kinda obvious reasons that I’m pretty sure I don’t have to point out.

I love this picture because it’s always struck me as incredibly funny. Delightful and whimsical. Keep in mind that this was a long time before cameras. Their expressions are so serious, just like a formal portrait. But… tweak

I think I’m not alone in this feeling, which is one of the reasons this painting is constantly referenced and parodied. (I’ll let you google around and find those pictures yourselves.)

So yeah. This is awesome. Thanks for making my life a little brighter.

Here’s the winners with their pipes:

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Costumes was one of our biggest categories, so if you want to see the rest of the pictures (that aren’t in other categories) check out the photo stream over here.

If you’d like to see the other parts, they’re here:

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

Later all,

pat

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Million Dollar Milkshake (and Novelties)

Guess what happened last year that I never got around to talking about?

In 2014, for the first time, Worldbuilders raised $1,000,000.

Last year two things happened that pushed us over the top.

1. We had our best holiday fundraiser ever, raising more than $880,000 (as you can see if you look at the Worldbuilders website.)

2. We tried an experimental mid-season fundraiser on Indigogo that was so successful that I actually lost a bet with the Worldbuilders team and was forced to buy everyone milkshakes. (As I wrote about in a blog over here.)

Despite the fact that this was a pretty big deal for us. We haven’t made much noise about it. Partly because after the holiday fundraiser we were all exhausted. And partly because we were focused on getting everyone’s prizes shipped out to them in a timely fashion.

But the fact remains that we did it. And I wanted to mark the occasion because it’s a milestone that took us 6 years to achieve.

I wanted to make a challenge coin. Because I think they’re kinda cool. I’m a geek for coins, I like the way they feel in my hand, and people have given me a number of challenge coins over the years. Personally, I’d love to do a new one for ever year of Worldbuilders.

The rest of the Worldbuilders team was skeptical. They didn’t know if y’all would be interested in something like that. But eventually I persuaded them to give the idea a trial run.

And here we are:

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Because we’re really not sure whether or not people will go for these, we’re only getting 500 of them made.

If people end up buying them, we’ll know y’all are interested and we’ll do more things like this in the future. If not… well… then I guess I’ll use these for poker chips, and the rest of the Worldbuilders team will mock me for coming up with this idea.

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(Do not eat coin.)

The flipside of the coin shows our beloved Monkey Puppet drinking a celebratory milkshake in honor of our first-ever million dollar year.

If you’d like to see a better picture of that, or if you’d like to buy one, you can head over to the Tinker’s Packs and order one now.

As always, all proceeds from the Tinker’s Packs go to Worldbuilders.

(Fair warning: these might not ship for a week or two…)

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Since we’re on the subject of the Tinker’s Packs, we might as well celebrate the first day of spring with a Novelties blog.

For those of you who might be new to the blog, Novelties is where we put up some cool pieces of geekery for sale that you might not be able to find in other places.

Things such as….

  • Writhing Dark Playing Cards (Limited and Unlimited)

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Interesting Fact: One of the very first non-Rothfuss items we ever sold in our store was a deck of Cthulhu cards by Artist Shane Tyree.

I liked the cards so much that later on, I worked with him on a few Pairs decks, as well as the Name of the Wind cards.

What we have here is his newest endeavor. A second Cthulhu-Themed deck…

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(That bearded gentleman seems a little familiar.)

If you’d like to see more of the art or buy a deck, click over here.

  • Slow Regard Foreign Language Editions: 

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Now that The Slow Regard of Silent Things has been out a while, we’ve got more and more foreign editions getting translated. When that happens, the publisher sends me a handful of author copies.

When they show up at my house, I dutifully put one one copy on my vanity shelf, set one aside for the library, and give the rest to Worldbuilders.

Right now we’ve got Spanish, PortugueseGerman, Polish, Dutch, Brazilian, and Slovak translations of Slow Regard of Silent Things. We even have an audio book version of the German edition.

There’s been a more than a few other versions of my book too. For example, the Latvian edition of Wise Man’s Fear, showed up at my house recently:

I’ve been translated into 35 languages so far, and almost all of those editions are up in the store.

Even better, a lot of other authors have donated their author copies, too. So if you’re looking to bone up on your Estonian, or if you have a friend who speaks Portuguese as her first language, you could check out our Foreign Editions section on The Tinker’s Packs.

As always, all of the proceeds will go to Worldbuilders.

  • Limited Edition Le Nom du Vent poster

While I love all my foreign editions, and by extension all my foreign covers, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the French covers, which feature the fabulous art of Marc Simonetti.

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Proving that he’s an incredibly kind person, Marc has allowed Worldbuilders to print a limited run of posters using the artwork used to produce the cover….

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The posters are numbered 1 through 200 and signed by me. If you’d like to grab one, you can do so over here.

EditAmanda here! The posters went over awesomely and managed to sell out by 2 in the afternoon today. The people who are signed up for the once-a-month The Tinker’s Packs newsletter heard about these things a little earlier, so you should sign up right here.

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That’s all we’ve got for now, folks. Stay tuned for more blogs soon…

pat

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