Chapter Ten: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day ten of not quite forty. Yes, I’m horrible, but you can look at the cover at the left for the answer if you really want to know. Striking Balance: The Peculiar Making of Beatrice Benjamin Sophia Scott Schnell Gow is now available for purchase. To celebrate its release and the fact that it is my tenth novel, I have 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 get to read First Lines, one or two sentences from the beginning of the chapter.

Today, we’re delving into Chapter Ten.



The Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey Book Cover – Jeanne G’Fellers
Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey Inner Cover and Title Page – Jeanne G’Fellers

Chapter Ten: Safe and Perfect As I Am


SB Chptr 10 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 10 Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 10 Detail 1 – Jeanne G’Fellers
SB Chptr 10 Altered Detail 2 – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Ten Selection:

Godsmack- “Under Your Scars”

First Lines

   Conall remakes the bedstead after my evening coughing spell, grunting and working up a sweat as he weaves and tightens the ropes with a straining wrench. “You’d think that someone woulda done this with good rope the first time.”

That’s all for today, my dears. Be certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Eleven, 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.

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