WMF Photo Contest Part IV: Babies and Knives

Okay. We’ve got the next installment of the photo contest.

You can find the other pieces here: [Prologue] [Part I] [Part II] [Part III]

Today we’re doing two rather… divergent categories: Babies and Knives.

  • Knives

For some reason, a fair  number of people sent in pictures of my book with some sort of blade-related theme. Not dozens of them, but a statistically significant amount. Enough to warrant a small category of their own.

No. 28 Sword

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book is mightier than the sword

I looked at this picture and said, “Wait, is that Glamring?” Then I went to check the internet and saw it was.

I don’t know if if I feel proud for recognizing it or not…

Our winner in this small category is…


The composition is beautiful, and it reminds Amanda a little bit of the photos we took of my Gemmel award.

While normally, I don’t approve of book abuse, I have to admire this person’s dedication to the contest. Bravo.

  • Babies

This was one of our larger categories, since pretty much everyone had a cute kid who loved my book.

Bruce likes to read in the garden

Bruce here made an appearance in a few different photos, clearly engrossed in the book.

Just two more minutes please, I just got to a good bit

The title of this one was “Just two more minutes please, I just got to a good bit.” Which is pretty much exactly what it looks like happened.


Image title can actually have a lot to do with which ones I like. For example, the above photo’s title was “bwuh.” It was pretty fun to say out loud. Amanda and I said it back and forth to each other for kind of a remarkable amount of time.

World's Best Big Sister

A big sister reading to her little brother. Or at least pretending to…

The Wise Man's Fear

My books tend to cause exhaustion, especially in such tiny bodies.


Mommy probably just told her there’s no release date for book 3.


This was just an adorable picture.

Picture V

I respect anyone willing to dress their kid up in a cloak.

Picture A

I could do a kid’s book called, “The Littlest E’lir…”

mixed up diaper

He looks so proud of himself…


Holy Sympathist Batman Kvothe did what

This one scores extra points because:

a) you can see the tape holding the glasses to the kid’s face,

and B) the image title was “Holy sympathist batman, Kvothe did WHAT??”



There were multiple pictures sent in of little Abby here, and Amanda declared that, although she has no intention of ever, *ever* having children, she would change her mind if she knew hers would come out as adorable as this.

That near-miracle by itself is worth a place in the winner’s circle.

Adem born WINNER for smug look

The incredibly smug look on this baby Adem won my heart.

Our Pride and joy

Here we’ve got someone who actually took the time to bring my book to the hospital for a photo op when they were having an actual baby. An act of devotion that you’d think would win them the top place on this list.

Except we’ve got someone who takes the concept of dedication to a whole different level:

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Reading during, and after, her labor.

DSC00104 (1024x768) WINNER

It looks like it was a long labor, considering how far she got in the book. Plus, I appreciate that she went the extra mile and wore one of the Kingkiller T-shirts we sell in the Tinker’s Packs. That was a nice touch.

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There were too many baby and knife photos for us to fit into one blog. But we’ve got the others in over here if you want to check them out….

This entry was posted in fan coolness, Photo Contest 2011. By Pat23 Responses


  1. lykashii
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

    Where I may not have won, I count myself as a winner as my sword image was the first one in this blog : D *fangirl moment*

    • klaxon12
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

      Yours was my favorite of the edged weapon category, so thank you for the beautiful picture!

      • lykashii
        Posted May 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

        Thank you! That means a lot!

  2. bizbost
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    I especially love the labor ones, since I also reread WMF while I was in labor and after delivery. Except I took my kindle, since I wanted to keep my packing light.

  3. Aisur
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 10:59 AM | Permalink

    Not only did you have a Glamdring, it also looks like the sword that won is Narsil. Neat pictures!

  4. spoonyspork
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM | Permalink

    Hah — when I went into labor, I was in the middle of an RP session on a Pern-themed MU*. It was going great, so decided to wrap it up first. PM’d to let them know what was going on, and they were like ‘WTF! Go!’

    11 years ago last month. Didn’t really ever play again after that. Miss those guys XD

    Anywho, I *love* the look on the kid’s face in that second baby picture!

  5. cynrtst
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM | Permalink

    The third baby pic where the child is surrounded by books looks oddly religious. Like the baby is about to be offered to the God’s for protection from scrael.

    • Jonathan
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 2:19 PM | Permalink

      I liked how Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings was just snuck into the shot amidst all the Kingkiller books. It’s like it secretly infiltrated the Kingkiller order.

      • Kerensky287
        Posted May 22, 2014 at 8:55 AM | Permalink

        I noticed that too! It was like, “Man, we don’t have enough books to complete the circle, we gotta make do. Well, they both have ‘King’ in their names, right? It’ll be fiiiine!”

        Coming this summer, the literary crossover smash-hit you’ve all been waiting for: The Way of Kingkillers!

        Hey, I’d say that’s worth at least one firstborn in trade.

  6. pjmintz
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM | Permalink

    That last picture reminds me of the photos I have of my elder daughter meeting her new baby sister for the first time. I wore my Kingkiller tee home from the hospital, and I can’t see the shirt without remembering the day I brought my baby home.

  7. lykashii
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    Just had a thought, those babies will be about 3 or 4 now right? Haha.

    • justajenjen
      Posted May 21, 2014 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

      Yeah, my son is in there, reading the book to his Serenity stuffie I knitted him. He’s going to be 5 in August, which is crazy. They grow up so fast. Still has his Serenity, though.

  8. HannahLou
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    The E’lir, the cloaked baby, and the Adem baby are all the same on and she will be 4 in September. :)

  9. psharman
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM | Permalink

    Definitely like that Pat recognized Glamdring. Anyone else catch that Narsil / Anduril shows up right after? :) Hooray LOTR movie swords.

  10. SporkTastic
    Posted May 21, 2014 at 5:05 PM | Permalink

    Babies and knives, indeed. You understand the…more twisted parts of the human psyche, my good sir. Come for the horrible fascination, stay for the “D’aawwwwww”

  11. Vantastic
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 8:08 AM | Permalink

    Gasp, I somehow missed that there were contests going on!
    Where on earth do I find an E’lir onesie?! Of I have to make one, I will.

    • khil1
      Posted May 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

      Don’t worry, this contest “ended” about three years ago, this is just about deciding and posting the winners.

    • Posted May 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM | Permalink

      Wow. Yeah. An E’lir Onesie might be a cool thing to make available in the Tinker’s packs.

  12. Xambit
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 9:50 AM | Permalink

    While I agree that the wining picture is by all accounts awesome … Can we all promise to never show that picture to Master Lorren?

  13. bobjonvon
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 12:44 PM | Permalink

    I had a brilliant idea. In my opinion anyways. There should be a scene in book three where through Grammerie (excuse spelling this is a heat of the moment thing and don’t have my books.) Kvothe is walking on beams of sun through a forest glade or something. And Denna or someone turns and looks to him. and strait faced says “You are walking on sunshine”

  14. Posted May 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM | Permalink

    Congrats Everyone!

    LOL, I always said the same thing Amanda, no kids, never happening, forget about it. Now I’m 5 months along with a “surprise” baby….so….never say never. (Also, don’t binge drink on Christmas – New Years and expect your birth control to keep working apparently….LMAO)

  15. Njack86
    Posted May 28, 2014 at 12:55 AM | Permalink

    I really enjoyed these photos and had an interesting thought for next time. Photos of babies and books were cute; photos of swords and books were cool; how about next time babies books and swords. Obvious safety reasons aside…I can’t wait to see a cloaked baby sitting on a book wielding Narsil…

  16. Posted May 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM | Permalink

    Thank you for declaring my son ‘adorable’. He is the blond sweety in the ‘This was just an adorable picture’ and he will turn eight in just six weeks…
    He still has the long hair

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