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.]
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:
And then there’s some of the more intricate set ups.
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?
And here we have Spider-man, wrecking everything, like he does.
I was a high school Engilsh teacher before I started working for Pat, so this made me grin more than usual.
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.
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.
“Wild warblings from the Eolian lyre/Enchantment softly breathe, and/tremblingly expire” -John Keats
(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.
“-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.
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.]
But not all of them were beautiful, serene things….
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….]
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*]
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…
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.
Our next category was fairly simple.
A lot of the pictures are simply beautiful, and can pretty much speak for themselves….
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…
[My aging, decrepit mind thinks this picture was from Finland…]
Having spent my entire life in the Midwest, and primarily Wisconsin, this was REALLY cool to me.
New York Times Bestselling author, folks. I’m so proud.
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….]
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.]
There are only two photo contest blogs left: Miscellany and the Grand Prize Winner. They’re both pretty awesome…
[What she said.]