“That corpse you planted last year in your garden,
Has it begun to sprout? Will it bloom this year?”
~ Unreal City, in The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot
In “To Know Them All the Way to the Bone,” I told you about the process behind the creation of the Blooming Howls inspired blade. Now I want to share a bit about the cover art, brought to life by Michelle Kennedy (AKA SunshineShelle artiste extraordinaire).
Shelle and I work well together. Okay, “well” might not be quite enough to describe the way our Muses communicate. This is how it goes: I send Shelle—who, by the way, lives thousands of miles from moi—a scene from the story I want on the cover; I include the full story (or most of it) for her to read; I describe poses, general shapes, moods… and then ask Shelle to use her skill-full magic with colors, contrast and everything else I have no clue about when it comes to painting.
I remember telling Shelle that the “girls are terrified, but they still find comfort in each other;” that the mood was to “be bleak, but promising;” that the consequences of the girls’ behavior have left them howling and buried, but there is hope for blooming.
The first sketch Shelle sent me contained all those feelings. I never told her what colors to use—I’m not a painter. But the moment I saw the contrast between sky and soil, between gray skin and bright blooms… I smiled like a glee-full lunatic, showed the art to my Piano Man, and emailed Shelle to tell her that she was painting goddess of them all.
I’m sure that not every single person will see every single detail I wanted portrayed on the cover. But I’m certain that everyone who sees it will feel a lot of what Shelle and I wanted to share. And that is what matters; for art—words or paint—is all about emotions, isn’t it?
Blooming Howls is a collection of “word-seeds: characters, conflicts and plots sowing inside my Muse, blooming on my tongue, waiting to be howled through my fingertips and birthed into complete stories.”
When you read the table of contents, I’m sure you’ll notice a title or three, which you’ve seen before. This means that I’ve extended, added to, or concluded the telling of that particular adventure. If you’ve read any of the tales before, read it again; for there will be beginnings, tones, points of view, structures, endings and even new characters surprises.
Those of you who have emailing me with loving messages
and give us our Lum death
threats might be happy to know that “The Worst Faery in New York” is in this collection. Same goes for Regina, dearest Darlene, some new characters you’ll probably love and at least one you’ll certainly despise.
Which of my characters are you most curious to know more about, my Luvs? Why…
Blooming Howls, by Magaly Guerrero
to be released on October 31st
unless the writer is eaten by something hungry and with great taste
or can’t get up after today’s medical visit…
which wouldn’t taste great at all