Interesting to get everybody’s opinion on my possible cover pages in Dispatch Eight and thank you. I have to say that I find number one way too busy, although I do like the journey down that is implied. I also like the final image of the little girl in the chair, but I too feel that it’s, as I think Nora said, too Can Lit and way to period specific.
And to be very honest with you – hopefully potential readers out there – Night Town is anything but your usual Can Lit.
Not that there is anything wrong with that approach, but I wanted to write something much more visceral and immediate. Something that just grabbed you by the eyeballs and sucked you into the language and there was no grey area, no contemplative cushioning, between the reader and the character/writer.
When you are in Night Town. You are there.
I wanted it to read “like the reader is riding on a bullet with this young girl/woman as the bullet is fired out out of a gun.” That’s exactly what I said when I finished the first draft and that’s the same thing I said to the editor. And that hasn’t changed.
So I’m still looking and if you have any other ideas, please chime in. It was so great to have people in here with me. I thought it was a well and I was all alone.
Oh one more thing that’s of interest to note is that the two commenters who didn’t think the doll was creepy are both noted Canadian poets. In fact they liked the doll.
Now what does that say I wonder?