Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Hello, all. I have two seemingly unrelated words for today: fell and symmetry.
Since I’ve always lived in the USA, some things that sound unusual or unique to me, might seem ordinary to people living in the United Kingdom or Europe. However, I’m talking about my own process. Years ago, I was intrigued by some terms used by fantasy author Tad Williams. At first I thought they were a made up part of his fantasy world, but I quickly learned otherwise. (Yep, ever the research geek.) Regardless, for me the reader, his use of unexpected terms added mental paragraphs to his one-word description.
In Dead of Winter, I used some unfamiliar real-world words, like “llyn” (in Wales, a lake or a pool). I could have used a modernized name for the witch elm tree, but I liked “wych” elm. My choice of “fell” is similar. Journey 6, the Fluting Fell, a fell is a high and barren landscape feature, such as a mountain or moor covered hill. The background I chose for the book cover of this Journey is a view of Kersal Moor in Salford, UK in the early 1800s. In the promotional image I made above, you can see a fuller view of the “fell.”
I tend to like photos and paintings, even jewelry that are asymmetrical in design. Yes, Emlyn stands in the foreground, off to one side for the cover Journey 6. However, the thing that first stands out to me is the tree. When I put that tree right smack in the center, it felt symbolic to me. It’s a dividing line between Emlyn in the living world, and the flute music that leads her into the ghostly realm. It’s also a line of demarcation in her coming of age story, and a barrier between the travelers and the unknown.
Many of us are experiencing very hot temperatures. Stay safe. Maybe stay inside and read. Wishing you an easy coast down the other side of this midweek hump. I love to hear from you, so friendly comments are encouraged. Hugs on the wing!
Dead of Winter — The Other Journeys
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Journey 6, The Fluting Fell
Journey 5, Llyn Pistyll Falls
Journey 4, The Old Road
Journey 3, the Fever Field
Journey 2, Penllyn
Journey 1, Forlorn Peak
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