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Where a girl goes…

I was going to post this a couple days ago, but I’m in the process of recovering from a particularly nasty sinus infection, so most of my days and nights have been in bed, floating between sleep and hallucinations. Sadly, no dishes were done during this period. Clearly I need my floaty cephalopod visions to learn how to hold a scrub brush…

Anyway! I wanted everyone to know that the photographer who provided the image for my cover is one Katharina Fösel (who is also on Flickr, for those who are allergic to DeviantArt). I found her images over a year ago, when Steve Berman told me to “find something on DeviantArt” for my cover. So, I dutifully went over to the site, plugged in such words as “engines”, “desire”, “girls”, “70′s”, and “machines” and waited for the magical results! Sweet barking christ on a bee-covered bicycle. And amidst all the crudely drawn pictures of fuck-machines, old-timey photos of women with stupendous 70′s style grooming habits (if you know what I mean and I think you do), and horrific CGI’s of transformers going all rapey on pneumatically enhanced ten year old hookerbots, I somehow stumbled upon THIS. And my insanity lifted and vision was restored to my bleeding eyes, and for the first time I realized that there might just be a chance for my little collection to make it in this wacky publishing world. Seriously. The second I saw that photo, I knew I had to have it, or I’d have to unleash my army of highly trained squirrels and ants on an unsuspecting world. Fortunately, Ms. Fösel was amiable to selling the rights to her photo, and the rest was history! Well, history for me. The squirrels and ants are still planning on killing you all, or turning you into their sugary nut-gathering slaves. Sorry about that.

Anyway! I highly suggest you take a look at Katharina’s photos. They’re really, truly beautiful. They’re not “I have a camera and aren’t I so fucking hot?” shots. She has a gift for taking her face and telling a story with it, a story that is not about the viewer noticing how awesome and pretty she is, but another kind of story, the kind where maybe the ending is not so happy, or expected – or maybe it’s wondrous and beyond our comprehension. I found my cover amidst all her photos, but I think there are many more covers, the kinds of covers that might someday be on the types of novels Holly Black and Scott Westerfeld write, the kind of stories that people like Joss Whedon spin, where all the dark creatures look at her and fall in love, and it’s what she wanted and never what she wanted at all. I’m supremely proud to have her art on my cover, but I also think that her art deserves a wider audience, so: take a look, and pass her name along, and… someday. Hopefully, someday.


Originally published at Livia Llewellyn.

Marine Autumn

I owe you marine autumn
With dankness at its roots
and fog like a grape
and the graceful sun of the country;
and the silent space
in which sorrows lose themselves
and only the bright crown
of joy comes to the surface.

--Pablo Neruda.

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