Chapter Thirty-One: Striking Balance Mixed Media Journey

Day thirty-one. Monsters stand in our path. 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 Thirty-One.



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 Thirty-One: The Grasp of an Adze

SB Chapter 31 Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 31 Original Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers


SB Chptr 31 Enhanced Spread – Jeanne G’Fellers

From the Striking Balance playlist – Chapter Thirty-One Selection

Our Native Daughters “Blood and Bones”

First Lines

I have a hundred more pages of spells in my mind, and I have depleted the parchment despite my efforts to ration.

Make certain to come back tomorrow for Chapter Thirty-Two riddles are borne of blood and bone.

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