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The Long-Awaited T-Shirt Blog

Back in June, I asked y’all if you’d like to see some Name of the Wind t-shirts.

When the answer came back a fairly resounding “Yes.” I decided to do a T-shirt design contest.

We got more designs than I expected. So many designs I knew I wasn’t going to be able to include all the ones I liked in the voting.

It took a while to sort through them all. Then we ended up having to do a bunch of secondary research as well. Apparently, if you want to sell something on your website, you need a store or somesuch thing.

I know. It’s crazy.

Anyway, we’ve finally got most of that figured out. So now we have the moment of truth. Now I’m going to ask y’all to vote on which shirts you would actually like to buy and/or wear.

You’ll notice that we’ve included a few of the designs that I initially said we were going to pass over. That’s partly there were a few persuasive blog comments and e-mails sent in. Also, Sarah and Valerie stood up for some designs. Sarah loved the little anime Kvothe with his speech bubbles, and demanded that I include him. I’m growing increasingly fond of the little guy myself.

Before you vote, a few polite requests:

  • Let’s not descend into internet jackassery here. We’re better than that. Don’t vote a bunch of times. That’s not cool.
  • 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. 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.

Names Compilation

Dangerous to Go Alone

Denner Toothpaste

NOTW Kvothe Symbols

Lute Design

Sweets Draccus

Denner Fishing

Eolian Bar Shirt


NOTW Speech Bubbles

NOTW Fancy Design


Hello My Name Is

(Note: This design will be the size of an actual name sticker.

Also, “You may have heard of me” will be printed under the sticker in smaller text, not on the back.)

Lute Hero

Choose your t-shirt!

  • Eolian Bar Shirt (20%, 2,124 Votes)
  • Kingkiller (16%, 1,727 Votes)
  • Names Compilation (13%, 1,428 Votes)
  • Denner Fishing (10%, 1,056 Votes)
  • NOTW Fancy Design (7%, 721 Votes)
  • Lute Design (6%, 642 Votes)
  • Hello My Name Is (5%, 585 Votes)
  • NOTW Tree (5%, 499 Votes)
  • Lute Hero (4%, 455 Votes)
  • Sweets Draccus (4%, 402 Votes)
  • NOTW Kvothe Symbols (4%, 398 Votes)
  • Dangerous to Go Alone (4%, 379 Votes)
  • Denner Toothpaste (2%, 207 Votes)
  • NOTW Speech Bubbles (1%, 159 Votes)

Total Voters: 6,684

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A few additional notes:

  • Vote soon. Tell your friends. The poll will be closing in a week.
  • We will be printing at least two different designs. Maybe three.
  • Colors are to-be-determined. (Though the sweet-eating draccus will probably be blue.)
  • T-shirts will be high-quality material, and probably cost around 20 bucks.
  • All proceeds from the t-shirt sales will go to Worldbuilders.

Later all,


Edit: We will, of course, have lady-sized shirts. Because I want to do something special for all the ladies in the world.

Posted in calling on the legions, cool things, Dionysian force | By Pat213 Responses

Election Day

Today, a lot of people will be encouraging you to vote.

Not me.

I’m encouraging you to do some research into the actual facts about the candidates up for election. I’m talking about real facts here. Not what you heard on a TV ad. Not some bullshit printed on a flier and mailed to you. Facts. Not spin. Not propaganda. Not some party line. Not some thing your friend heard about this guy this one time. Not fearmongering lies poured into your ear like some goddamn poison.  Facts, you fuckers. Facts!

Then and only then should you go out and vote.

If you vote without knowing the facts, you are barely a human being in my opinion.

This has been a Public Service Announcement brought to you by a joint effort of the Committee for You People Getting Your Heads Out Of Your Asses and Americans Tired Of Our Government Being Fucked Up Because So Many People Are Content To Remain Ignorant, Easily Manipulated Sheep.

Off to double-check my facts,


Posted in Rage, things I shouldn't talk about | By PatComments closed

A quick answer about the quill award….

Normally if someone asks me a question over e-mail, I just answer it directly. But if I get the same question several times, it lets me know I should post up the answer in a blog for everyone to see.

Over the last week I’ve had five people send me e-mails similar to this one:

Hey Pat,

Yesterday my friend Jake who is also a big fan of your book asked me if I’d gone and voted for your book for the quill award. I explained to him that you’d already won the quill award. We argued for a while, then, since I was right here by the computer, I thought I’d ask you directly.

I’m right, aren’t I? You already won, didn’t you?


P.S. Congratulations, by the way. You rock.

Luckily Suz, this is one of those situations where everyone is right.

You’re right because I did win the Quill in the Science-Fiction/Fantasy category. I’ll be heading out to New York and you’ll be able to see me wearing a tux on NBC.

BUT, Jake is right too, because right now the voting is going on for the BIG quill award: the Book of the Year award.

You see, the winners for the individual categories (Romance, graphic novel, etc.) are voted on my a bunch of booksellers, librarians, and literati. But the Book of the Year is determined by popular vote. Which means you could go over there and vote for me, if you were so inclined.

And by over there I mean OVER HERE. (After you click, you need to click again on the link in that press release that says, “vote here.”)

I think a lot of the confusion has come from the fact that they aren’t running this award the way that we’re used to seeing it. It’s not like the Oscars where all the nominees show up and then the winner in each category is a big surprise. The only real surprise at the quills will be who wins Book of the Year.

Hope this clears things up for those of you who have been confused….


Posted in Achievement Unlocked!, awards, Fanmail Q + A | By Pat59 Responses
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