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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.

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.)

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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.

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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…

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WMF Photo Contest Part VII: Sexy

Well folks, time for me to expiate another tiny crumb of my crushing karmic debt by posting up part seven of the long delayed photo contest.

Previously: [Prologue] [Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV] [Part V] [Part VI]

This is the blog that many of you have been waiting for: the sexy blog.

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(Like so.)

“But Pat,” I hear you say, “What does that picture have to do with sex?”

Trust that all will be explained, my faithful readers. Context is important. Trust that each of these pictures has something sexy going on in it, even if it’s not immediately obvious…

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Keep in mind that back when we held this photo contest, book two was only recently released. For some people, the amount of sex in the second book was a bit of a surprise, which is understandable, I suppose, given that in NOTW, Kvothe kinda thought about kissing a girl this one time. Whereas in WMF he performs vast and varied feats of sexomancy.

So I expected some jokes/pictures making reference to that.

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TURTLE 1: Let’s try Thousand Hands.

TURTLE 2: I don’t have hands!!!

That said, I wasn’t really surprised at the number of sexy pictures that were sent in. Even with the first photo contest, we had a fair amount of sexiness happen.

After all, one thing we all have in common here is that we love books:

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No, I mean some of my readers really *love* books.

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What I *didn’t* realize is that sometimes books love other books.

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(This picture it titled “Kvothe with Felurian.”)

Now before any of you get offended, let me remind you that both of those books are consenting adults. Whatever they do in their own time is really their own business.

Now where were we?

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Wow. Yeah. Okay. You go, UK edition of WMF. You do you. Literally.

Though y’know, if you’re going to swing that way, you should probably invite some of Jaqueline Carey’s books over, I think they might be into that sort of….

Wait. What? Someone already made that joke?

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Is it just me or does my book look *really* smug in that picture?

I know it’s not right to be jealous of your own book, but it just seems like it’s constantly getting more action than I am.

Speaking of which, let’s award the….

Honorable mention:

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For giving a new meaning to “Curling up in bed with a good book.”

Winner:

There’s a bit of a story here. Follow along.

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Dressed up fancy.

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Romantic, candlelit dinner.

A bit of mood music. (The purse is a nice touch.)

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It’s worth embiggening this so you can see what music they have playing.

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Now see? This is why context is everything. If you look at this picture by itself, all you see is blatant disregard for a book cover.

But seeing it in this chain of images… Well… It makes me feel like I might want to slap an NSFW on this blog….

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Goddammit. Again my book ends up in a threeway. With Twins.

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Wow. Yeah. That’s…. that’s kinda hot in the weirdest, most context-specific way possible.

For somehow making books piled on a couch erotic. You win some talent pipes. My hat’s off to you.

Here’s the photostream just of the books doing it.

We also had a fair number of folks taking sexy pictures *with* the book….

In fact, the number of people willing to get all nekkid with my book is something that fills some eternally adolescent piece of me with geeky delight.

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This seems like a strange thing to mention, but I really like the rounded corners in this picture. Can anyone explain why *that* is the thing I notice when someone gets nearly naked and takes a picture of themselves with my book?

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Huzzah for sideboob!

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I like the subtlety of this one.

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I love the thought of the strange looks this person got while taking pictures of my book in a Victoria’s Secret in a mall somewhere…

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Apparently, two fans from Germany decided that taking pictures for the photo contest sounded much more interesting than studying for their exams.

I approve.

Honorable Mentions:

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According to the e-mail that was sent: this fan went to the extra effort of photo-shopping her otherwise clean, crisp pictures so they looked like they were from the set of a cheap 70′s porn movie. I admire that attention to detail.

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I assume they’re talking about how much they like big books.

Our Winner:

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I have to say, this is probably one of my favorite pictures from the entire photo contest. When it showed up, I was full of geeky joy.

I wasn’t the only one, either. Amanda has gone on the record as saying that this guy makes her all sorts of tingly.

You see, the last contest had some sexy, but it was sadly lacking in beefcake. Not only is this guy beautiful, but this a really well-composed picture. Nice lighting, too.

But then, almost immediately, I was ensaddened. You see, the rules of the contest stated that the picture needed to include a copy of The Wise Man’s Fear. And as you can see, the picture he sent uses The Name of the Wind.

So I e-mailed him back, told him he was awesome, and explained the problem. I wanted him to win the sexiness category, but the rules said that the book needed to be Wise Man’s Fear…

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So he re-took the picture and sent it off to us. Thereby cementing his position as Winner of the Sexy.

As usual, the winners and honorable mentions will be sent their Gold Talent Pipe pins.

Here’s the photostream of all of the people who were in the category.

More soon, folks.

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C2E2, Collectibles, and Charity

Last year I gave C2E2 a try and was kinda surprised how much I liked it. As conventions go, it’s a nice mix of fandoms, with a lot of different stuff going on. It’s busy, but nowhere near as crowded as San Diego or New York Comic Cons.

Plus, it’s in Chicago, so I can pretty much throw a rock and hit it. The more I travel, the less I enjoy traveling. So that’s a big factor for me…

So I’ve decided to head back there again this year. I’ll be doing panels, signing books, and just generally nosing around and enjoying myself. I even get to interview Jim Butcher (details on that below) so I’m thinking I’m going to enjoy this year’s convention even more than I did last year.

At this particular convention, I’m also trying out something new (also below, but not as far).

Something New:

When I go to conventions, I always make a point of doing a signing or two. But this last year or so, the lines for my signings have been *really* long. As a result, they have to cap the lines, which means that after X number of people are lined up, they just won’t let any more people in.

So I try to sign books faster, but that means I can’t spend as much time talking with people as I’d like. And even then people have to stand in line for a long time, and the lines *still* get capped, and some folks can’t get their books signed.

Fast forward to about a month ago, I was contacted by the folks at Gemr. They’re a new company that’s starting up a website that’s…. well… it’s kinda like Goodreads, but for collectibles instead of books. Baseball cards, action figures, rare books…

Pretty much whatever you collect, you can use their service for it. You can show off your stuff, catalog your collections, have folks comment on your items, or even sell your stuff if you’re interested….

Anyway, they contacted me, and were looking to get the word out to people about their new website. They offered to donate money to Worldbuilders if we could help them spread the word.

So we wandered over to their site and mucked around a little. One of the more rare and limited things we’ve ever had was the Cealdish Currency from Shire Post Mint.

Master Set - Blog

(True-Ringing Cealdish Coin….)

So we decided to try it out. We created a profile and entered all the info about the coins: how many there were, what they were made of, all of the relevant information, and then uploaded all of that info into the website.

Okay. I’ll be honest here. Amanda did it all. I was busy doing other things, like writing books.

The good news was that Amanda said it was delightfully easy, and now all the information about the Cealdish currency is out in the world for those of you who are curious about that sort of thing.

Since their site seems pretty cool, and because I like doing stuff for charity, here’s what we’re doing with Gemr:

  • First: For every person who signs up for an account USING THIS LINK, Gemr will donate $3 to Worldbuiders.

This means, effectively, that if you go in and create an account on their site, *you* are donating three bucks to Worldbuilders.

That means if 100 of you create accounts, it’s enough money for Heifer International to provide a whole community with clean water. If 500 of you create accounts, it’s enough for Worldbuilders to give struggling families trees that will prevent soil erosion while producing fruits and nuts. If 1000 of you create accounts, we can give 100 families a flock of baby chicks, as well as the training, tools, and materials to house and care for the chickens so they can eat and sell eggs and raise *more* chickens.

And let’s be honest here, I know a *lot* more than 1000 of you read this blog….

But you need to make sure you USE THIS LINK so they know we sent you.

  • Second: I’m going to be doing three extra signings at the Gemr Booth at C2E2.

This will give me more time to sign books, take with folks pictures, and meet y’all at the convention. Which is a good thing.

What’s more, if you decide to sign up for their site while you’re in line at Gemr’s booth (#619) Worldbuilders will get credit for those sign-ups too….

The Gemr booth (#619) will have time slot tickets available for my signings there for anyone who wants them. That way you don’t have to waste a bunch of time standing in line, so make sure to swing by and pick one up.

Now, here’s my full schedule at C2E2:

Friday, April 24

1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Signing at the Gemr Booth, #619
2:45 PM-3:45 PM: Cinder Spires Panel (With Jim Butcher) Room S401
4:00 PM-6:00 PM: After Panel Signing with Jim Butcher, Table 18

Saturday, April 25

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Geek Geek Revolution, Room S403
1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Signing at the Gemr Booth, #619
3:00 PM-4:00 PM: Authors of Epic Fantasy, Room S402
4:15 PM-5:15PM: After Panel Signing, Table 18

11:00 PM-1:00 AM: Cards After Dark, 1917 N Elston Ave

The last of these is kind of a new thing, but I think it’s going to be cool.

It’s a ticketed event, since the venue has limited capacity, but the tickets are only $5, so if you want one, grab one over here.

Sunday, April 26

1:00 PM-2:00 PM: Signing at the Gemr Booth, #619
2:30 PM-4:30PM: Signing with Jim Butcher, Table 18

I’ll be seeing a lot of you soon, and thanks to Gemr you’ll have a much better chance of catching me if you’re in the area.

And don’t forget, if you sign up using our special link, Worldbuilders gets $3.

Later Space Cowboys….

pat

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WMF Photo Contest Part VI: In Book References

Okay folks. Today we’ve got Part Six of the embarrassingly delayed photo contest.

Earlier parts here: [Prologue] [Part I] [Part II] [Part III] [Part IV] [Part V]

Today we’ve got a category that we’re loosely referring to as, “In book references” or that Oot might refer to as a bit of a “Brain Quest.”

In short, they’re books that you have to think about a little bit to understand what’s going on…

Cut Flower

Oh… right. It’s the cut-flower sound of a photo contest that I started back in 2011…

redfoot

This one took a little puzzling. But we eventually we figured out that it’s a reference to my name: In German, Rot = red & Fuss = foot. Redfoot.

Photo Contest - Christie Lee

From the drugged conversation Kvothe has with Simmon early on in book two….

 

hellyes1

Green Flame!

No, wait, sorry. Blue flame. My bad.

Jax_final

An image inspired by the story of Jax. According to the photographers: We sacrificed a lot of blood in a dark ritual… no, strike that. We sacrificed a lot of blood to mosquitos while taking pictures in a nearby forest at twilight.”

Lady Lackless

At first I thought this picture was merely trying to appeal to my prurient interests. Which I don’t mind. Then I saw the title of the file and the little caption. I’m sure you can figure out the rest using a certain piece of verse from the book.

waxdoll

I see someone else has discovered how hard it is to make a mommet out of paraffin wax….

WMF1

Yup.

4

If you click this one to embiggen it, you can see the passage being read deals with Denna’s ring…

8

Took me a while to notice the reddish light coming from the sympathy lamp. It’s worth your time to take a look at the titles of the other books, too.

anker

I bet I know where you bought that….

 

Apple and Elderberry

It might help to know that “Holunderwein” is German for “elderberry wine”.

bellybutton1

You’ll probably need to embiggen this picture to see what’s going on here. And maybe take a peek at this Goodreads quote.

This one took some work, so we’re going to give it an honorable mention:

wmf - stories and rings

And the same thing with this one, check out the detail of what’s written on the whiteboard in the background….

armfire

And here’s the winner:

Mr Whiffle's Interlude

This one will make the most sense to die-hard fans who have read my dark Faerie Tale style picture book, “The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle.
Photographer’s Note:  No “Things Beneath the Bed” were harmed in the making of this photograph. The blood on the “bones” is from a kitten I slaughtered.

I like the cut of your jib. Also, I am slightly terrified of you, and that magical combination means that you take home the prize in this category, the near-mythical golden Talent Pipes.

Gold Pipes

Honorable mentions will also get pins. Because they’re awesome too.

Keep in mind that there are *way* more pictures than I’m able to show here in the blog. You can check them out here on the photo stream.

Photostream!

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