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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Some Random Thoughts, and a Cover Reveal
I've been posting more regularly on my other blog lately, because most of what I've had to say involves either the Ki'shto'ba series or material about myth. I have a special ongoing at the moment:
THE WAR OF THE STOLEN MOTHER
(v.1 of The Labors of Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head)
will be priced at only 99 cents through Sunday, Sept. 8,
I just participated in Tidbit Tuesday, a monthly event run by Patrick O'Scheen on Facebook, and I ended up increasing my likes on my FB page from 45 to 98 (at this moment of writing). A really nice reward!
That brings up a question. People always seem interested in my work and my ideas, and they say nice things about my drawings. But none of this produces any sales, particularly of my Ki'shto'ba series, which I still say is superior to anything else I've written, especially for its originality.
Why is this? I think I might have some idea. My termites naturally talk is a high style -- they simply don't speak colloquial English. That is, to preserve the fiction, Kaitrin Oliva envisions them as talking is an elevated, literary style (I had nothing to do with it -- ha, ha!) and she translates them that way. And probably the scholarly apparatus, which I so love, puts people off (the footnotes, in particular, and possibly the asides between Di'fa'kro'mi and his scribe, something I find really entertaining, and also maybe the "difficult" names). One person told me he didn't like the narrative form -- the fact that somebody was telling the story. My opinion of that is that it's a personal quirk. Lots of books are written in the first person, including The Great Gatsby. And Di'fa'kro'mi is a Bard, after all -- it's his job to tell tales. He participated in Ki'shto'ba's quest and it makes sense to have him tell the story as a reminiscence, as his own memoirs. We may know he survived, but that doesn't mean that anybody else in the quest made it back home (after all in the present moment in which Di'fa'kro'mi is speaking, we never see a single other person who went on the quest), so it doesn't damage the suspense.
Now a random and disconnected remark ... I've noticed lately that a lot of book covers show closeups of one or two heads with serious, strained, or possibly lustful expressions on their faces. Hmm. That would work only for books in The Man Who Found Birds series (yes, it will be a series). I may have to find somebody to do the covers for those, if I can find somebody who won't charge me thousands of dollars. I'll repeat, I can do termites and I can make my own maps, but real people? Forget it! The faces I've attempted improved with practice, but they are still basically cartoons. I don't think anything I could do would work. So stay tuned.
And now I present the back cover for The Valley of Thorns. It was Marva Dasef who suggested I incorporate the map so I could employ a colorized version. I did a detail showing the region around the battle area. For the full black and white map, go here.