Chapter Twenty-Two: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day twenty-two of thirty-six plus one. 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 Twenty-Two.



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 Twenty-Two: Concerning That Lost Cocked Hat

SB Chapter 22 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chapter 22 Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chapter 22 Altered Detail – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Twenty-Two Selection

Shawn James “Snake Eyes”

First Lines

     I humbly receive my lacing and dinner progresses without incident.

Make certain to check back tomorrow for Chapter Twenty-Three. Oh, and if you haven’t heard of the Little Ice Age, now might be a good time to acquaint yourself with it. Why? Because it does play a bit of a role in this next chapter.

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