Three of the most technically challenging books of my career coming up, and what am I doing?
It’s going to be a new vampire hunter’s kit, in a style we used to call Barbarian Splendor. Lots of old brass fittings and leather strapping. I see it as a re-purposed medieval box from an old eastern European castle, turned to a new use. The box will get its staining and fitting-out tomorrow, and then I’ll plan the mechanics of the interior: lift-out trays, fold-down shelves, etc.
And what three books are these? Prue Batten and I have been planning a book about troubadors for several months now, but she got so far into her new novel (Gisborne: Book of Kings) that she had to keep going. The book’s in beta reading now, and about to go to her real editor very soon. Then, I’ll pin her down. I want to try binding this in a period (13th century) binding. In miniature!
And the second is a book I’ve had in mind for a while, after I came upon this: Lewis Carroll’s The Froggy Problem. It’s delightful to read, even if, like me, you’ve forgotten all you ever knew about symbolic logic (not much). I want to put it into a book, but I want the form of the book to somehow reflect the solution of the puzzle. Which means I may have to stretch my brain a bit and see if I can figure out how to design an interesting book without revealing too much of my ignorance.
And the third book is maybe the most exciting of all. An painter named Johniene Papandreas (she and I go WAY back) is going to collaborate with me on a miniature collection of her work. This will be the first time I’ve worked with another designer on a book, and I’m very excited. We both have backgrounds in theater, so this should be a cinch. Tour her gallery and look at her work – you’ll be amazed.
So, just as soon as I get this darn vampire hunter’s kit finished . . . .