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….


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

The Second Coming. But don't worry there's still a third book to look forward to

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



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).


It *is* kind of a mammoth book….


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….

Kvothe and friends

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



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….


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


But mostly they’re just cool…


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


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

A colorful book

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

Honorable Mention:


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



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….


(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.

* * *

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]


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…

This entry was posted in fan coolness, hodgelany, Photo Contest 2011. By Pat19 Responses


  1. Erzberger
    Posted May 13, 2015 at 11:24 PM | Permalink

    Yarn guy here. That was a nice surprise seeing one of my photos mentioned. To be honest, I wasn’t thinking about that particular pun when I made the picture. I just liked these colours and always felt that WMF was a very vivid and colourful book (I have unusually clear pictures of the scenes in my head while reading it). Looking forward to see the grand prize winner!

    • Posted May 13, 2015 at 11:56 PM | Permalink

      That makes me feel better, knowing that I didn’t miss the chance to put it in a different, more appropriate, category…

  2. khil1
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 8:05 AM | Permalink

    I love the bookshelf photos because I love looking over books that other people have and read. I guess that makes me a voyeur of sorts.

  3. tarvik
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    Here’s the photostream of all the random miscellany.

    Am I the only one disappointed he didn’t end this section with “hodgelany?” Granted the section was titled Miscellany, but after the birth of a new (excellent) word…

    • Posted May 14, 2015 at 10:14 AM | Permalink

      Heh. Actually. I created this particular world a while back. More than a year or two, I think….

  4. Rahl
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    I somehow managed to read “Hodgelany” as “Headology” and was wondering what the hell the first few photos had to do with getting in someones head.. Then again maybe that was the point ;)

  5. Posted May 14, 2015 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

    Yeah! My picture got into the blog:) (The one with the dogs paw on the book) happy days and worth the wait.

  6. barnacle
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 11:28 AM | Permalink

    Library hands-written-on winner here, thank you so much for the comments! I really feel like the other entries have been far more artistic and far more camera-trained than I, but must admit to being voyeuristic over bookshelves as well. I just want to let everyone know I couldn’t fit in most of the four year growth of books, and to assure you that Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, George RR Martin and many others are all hidden behind me…
    Congratulations to everyone. :)

    • Posted May 14, 2015 at 11:32 AM | Permalink

      I think looking at other people’s shelves is the closest thing we have to mind reading…

    • janakij15
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 11:45 AM | Permalink

      I was checking out your bookshelf as well! Are you on goodreads?

      • barnacle
        Posted May 14, 2015 at 12:21 PM | Permalink

        I’m not I’m afraid! I suppose I ought to since I always love reading Waterstone’s employees’ handwritten book reviews, I should get around to signing up.

    • duvey42
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

      I took a picture with my bookshelf in it (it was in the photostream for costumes), and I’ve been kicking myself ever since for not rearranging my books. I generally put my favorite books higher, and my photo cut off the top of my shelf while leaving the dregs of the bottom shelves in plain view. I realized my mistake as soon as I looked at the picture, and I knew I should retake it. The thing is, I don’t really enjoy taking those types of photographs (posing is the worst), so I just sent in the ones I had, and then took pictures that I actually enjoyed taking, like the close up of the flower and the “butte” from yesterdays blog.

      So yeah, don’t feel too bad about not fitting every deserving author into your picture – at least you didn’t have Halo books taking up precious space in your photo.

  7. Jsherry
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 1:46 PM | Permalink

    Well, since no one else has given it a shot, I figured I’d try to excavate the puns:

    Curious – bones/curate

    “Mammoth” book

    Bard baiting


    “Focusing on a theme” (focus/photograph depth of field, and/or theme as “piece of writing”)

    Tone – yarn/color

    Does “a good yarn” count, since you draw attention to it as the possibly intended pun of the photo-taker?

    Had an “inkling” – tattoo ink

    I suspect there may also be one in “They really went above and beyond, so be sure to tune in for that one,” but we won’t know there is a pun until we see the pic.

    • Mojosac
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 2:43 PM | Permalink

      Don’t forget “a moments pause”/paws

    • Linwe
      Posted May 14, 2015 at 2:46 PM | Permalink

      The only other one I felt sure about was “play a bit with a theme” for the mandolin. Possibly “I like the tone” was a pun on either tome or the monochrome effect of the hand reaching out of the book.

  8. Jsherry
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

    What confuses me a bit is that those lines appear to refer to the pictures below them – so the “pause/paws” pun would work if the line referred to the picture above it, right…Same with “cool,” which appears below the water, but would be a pun if referring to the water in the pic above it.

  9. Auri Rodrigues
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    Although it might be highly inconvenient to say it here, I just felt the urge to share something truly stupid now. The summary is following: the word ‘pun’ sounded to me like a ‘unique’ onomatopoeic slang in my language (i.e. Portuguese)… and… since I haven’t known its meaning in English until this moment, I should confess the Pat’s sentence “I deliberately made nine puns in this blog” made me laugh so hard!!
    Yeah, sometimes our own ignorance can amuse ourselves….
    Anyway, congratulations for the wonderful pictures!

  10. TheLazarus
    Posted May 14, 2015 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

    Yay, a picture I took made it to the photo stream! I am so psyched!

  11. TheManiacWoodpecker
    Posted May 15, 2015 at 3:20 AM | Permalink

    Lol my bookshelves look exactly the same. Go IKEA :-P

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