Actually, in all seriousness, I am beginning to doubt my abilities as an author, as far as executing this deadline is concerned. It's not that I can't write a book in nine months, or that I am unwilling to, I just don't think that I would be able to write a good one in nine months.
The book, just in case you were wondering, is about religion, religion pertaining to Neil Gaiman's seminal work, The Sandman, a comic that ran from the late eighties to mid nineties. What strikes me about his work is that it is filled with religious tropes and imagery that largely falls upon those spiritually blinded. I'm not assuming that people are beyond capable in understanding the Divine in this current era, hardly. The nineties was a particular time marked with accelerated secularization of society. I'm not referring to the boom of Atheism typical of the late seventies and early eighties, but a desaturation of awareness to religious-y things. Gaiman, who is well read, if not a self-schooled savant in European and World Literature traditions, was aware of Dante Alighieri's work when he penned A Hope In Hell. He was entirely cognizant of William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell, when formulating the spiritual Hell of Sandman #25 experienced by Charles Rowland. Understanding the foundation texts upon which The Sandman is built is essential, and my mission, which I have generously accepted, is to restore the disconnect that exists today between literature and religion (at least in the case of Sandman). Frankly, we are idiots when it comes to religion.
Expect good things to come. The "Friday Post" will soon become the grounds upon which I litter my findings. Be forewarned.
In other news, my amazing artist Phil Kiner has released to me his preliminary sketches of my upcoming book set to go on Amazon Kindle this October. Finished covers exist, but I want to get his approval before displaying them to you for all to see. In the mean time below is a lesson and example of what is done in the publishing world.
Generally, when proposing a cover, a variety of options need to be presented before going fourth.We decided to go with the bottom center roughs because they were the most iconic. The final cover features a custom rune stone, designed after authentic runes of the Viking Age, with iconic imagery from the plot of the book. I am very happy with how it turned out. I'm sure you all will be too.
Until next week! See you soon.