Chapter Fifteen: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day Fifteen. I can see the halfway point form here. 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 Fifteen.



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 Fifteen: Pity Not the Nonconformer


SB Chptr 15 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr Fifteen Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers
SB Chptr 15 Detail – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Fifteen Selection (and perhaps one of my favorites):

The Crane Wives “Tongues and Teeth”

First Lines

“Not as if you’re sick of the idles. More cleanly. Like this.”

Sick with the idles. Now that’s one worth looking up. Chapter Sixteen is tomorrow, so until then…

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