"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." - Toni Morrison
"Don't forget - no one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell." - Charles de Lint

10 April, 2023

'The House of Ash' Aesthetics

I'm down to the last 20K words for The House of Ash, and today's an extra day off I requested from the day job for mental health purposes. So I'll be dedicating the early morning hours to writing one more chapter and then just chilling for the rest of the day -- alone. Everyone else is at work, which will leave me with some much-needed peace and quiet and the chance to just be lazy for the first time in forever. 

That said, I'm celebrating the journey down the home stretch for The House of Ash, which I can't wait to share with everyone this October (perfect for Halloween).


I also updated the moodboard for the book, and I got rid of the references to death since those didn't really highlight the more unique elements of the story. So I replaced them with images of St. Benedict and a nod to the Winchester Mystery House stained glass windows (the ones with the text in the design). I'll stay cryptic about these and will say more once the book's complete and set for revisions and edits.

The three dominant images (upper-left corner, middle, and bottom-right corner) were my primary inspiration for the plot. The two corner images are by Seung Gue Lee. The old woman and the young boy are both posed in front of the same creepy AF portrait of a man and a young girl. I do believe the images are called "Family". The middle image is absolutely stunning, and it's by Magdalena Pagowska and is called "Innocence". There's the bizarre juxtaposition of a ghost-like boy crowned with white roses and holding a lamb (all symbols of innocence) while his hands are bloody, and his gaze is empty and almost dead. It's spectacular. And it's a perfect metaphor for a character in the book. 

At any rate, yes -- we're nearing the finish line, and I can't get any more excited by it. I expect this book to be completed on or before the second weekend of May. I'm that close.

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