Chapter Twenty-Seven: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day twenty-Seven.  I can nearly see the end from 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 Twenty-Five.



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-Five: This Too Shall Pass

SB Chptr 27 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 27 Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 27 Altered Detail – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Twenty-Seven Selection

Shawn James “Burn the Witch”

First Lines

     I brush my better coat, clean my boots, and pull my hair back nicely before I don my court shirt and trousers, adjusting each just so, adding two knives to my waist before I apply my coat to the top.

Make certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Twenty-Eight where Hunters come hunting for what Water heals and Fire protects.

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