Out of nowhere, I decided to take a break on the Within This Darkness work, and revisit a book I wrote around, well roughly 1997(ish) to 2002(ish). It happens to the book that I was workshopping through the Humber College Creative Writing program whenever it was that I took that program, which I think was right around 2000.
It's a fairly slippery and genre-less historical novel, set in the early 1400s. Even the reading level is hard to put your finger on - the novel has "adult" themes but is written at kind of a high young-adult level. So, after finishing it, I made some effort to get it published, but honestly not as much effort as I had earlier put into trying to get Festival published. Once a few people said "no" to it, I filed it away, and for various reasons - including "life" and the slipperiness of the book - I never really came back to trying to get it published.
BUT - since it came to mind around a month ago, I've plunged deep into a "I'm going to self-publish again" frenzy with it. So I'm perhaps a week away, as I type this, from getting an electronic and paperback version of the book ready to go through Amazon's KDP service.
For the cover - I got it into my mind that I would paint my own cover. I had a colour scheme I liked, and attempted a few versions of (see below). But in the back of my mind, using one of my nature photos from my bike rides was always an option. And, indeed, I've gone with one of my cycling photos. I won't post it just yet (the cover I've designed), but it's coming soon.
Long story short - a new / old book by me, titled Close Your Eyes: A Fairy Tale, should be out soon.
And in other news, warm weather hit here in south-central Ontario, so I got in a bit of bicycle-commuting this week. These are some more of the views I get from my bike rides around here.
I'm Chris Tomasini.