Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow became available for purchase on July 21st. To celebrate its release and the fact that it is my tenth novel, I created a one-of-a-kind companion mixed-media art book, the Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey, but creating the book has become been more a personal challenge than anything. That said, I’m sharing the mixed media pages with you because the art created such a direct tie with the author’s, meaning my mind that it can’t help but enrich the reading experience.
Below you’ll find three opportunities to interact with the novel. First, you’ll see the chapter number and its corresponding epigraph. Second, you’ll find images including the book open to the chapter page, a digitally enhanced version of the same spread, and 1-2 detail pieces that may or may not be digitally enhanced. Lastly, you’ll see a link to the corresponding song from the Striking Balance playlist on YouTube and what I’ve aptly dubbed first lines because they are exactly that, the first few lines of the chapter at hand.
Today, we’re delving into Chapter Three.
Chapter Three: Of Good Kraut and Sour Men
From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Two Selection:
The Small Glories – “Oh My Love”
I wake to find myself in quite the predicament. We emptied Master Gow’s jug last night and settled onto the floor before the hearth in our drunkenness, talking and singing badly until sleep found us.
That’s all for today, my dears. Be certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Four, and remember that I’m also on a blog tour so you can find out where I’m at by clicking HERE and scrolling to the chart. Everything’s listed by date so I’m easy to find.