Elena stirred, alerted by the long, long silence to the fact that business was exceptionally slow. There was no great need to worry: their bookshop was ticking over in the black – just about – and had been for years now, given a fortunate location and loyal clientele. It was just – wet Wednesdays, and early closing day, and a long way off payday for a lot of folks. The thing was, a lack of customers gave her the urge to mess with her brother, even if only for her own personal amusement.
She looked over at him, hunched beside the elderly till, a vintage Guy de Maupassant spread out before him, and a mug cooling by his side.
Ehhh… you see… right…
It’s this Pam Grout ‘Art & Soul, Reloaded’ ongoing project I’m doing! No, it’s not specifically a part of the tasks set on a weekly basis, but… Well. Daily creativity, right? And I thought… the thing that I thought, was, ‘Well! It’d totally be in the spirit of the challenge, to produce a new bookcover for one of my titles, on a daily or weekly basis, right?”
Now. My talents are not in the visual realm, as is abundantly obvious. That don’t hurt! That’s in the spirit of the book, too. Well, so what? ‘I’ll just bang out a cover, never mind if it’s an eyesore, have fun, make something new, fantastic!’
That’s what I thought. So that’s what I did. And I totally thought that a white circle on a black background, plus some minimalist lettering, would be hugely damn amusing. A moon, right? Satellites. Wolves. Running with the pack, howling at the moon, all the clichés. It would be sort of terrible. But funny. Humorously, good-naturedly in the spirit of the thing. But…
Hey, I’m not saying it’s, er, Michelangelo or something. (Or a renowned book-cover designer, names of whom I am clearly unfamiliar with.) But…
Eh. I sort of like it.
Finished ‘Fairy Gifts’ in this collection of short stories – the story of Thomas (vampire) & Margaret (fae) from the Mercy Thompson universe (Moon Called et al). The story is a vast improvement on ‘Silver’, Thomas in particular nicely characterized and believable. The twist in the tale is not very unexpected, but this still makes a satisfying story. The historical element is also realistic and interesting, and without the annoying ‘mythic’ quality of Silver. (I didn’t like Silver!)
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