contemplating the use of headlines

This morning I reposted here something that I originally posted on Facebook. I did it because I wanted to save it, to edit it, and to share it in a different medium.

It was all fine until I had to write a headline.

And I noticed that one of the reasons I enjoy posting on Facebook and Twitter is that there is no headline. It’s more of a stream. I enjoy that.

I think that may be one of the reasons that I slowed down posting here so much once I got into posting on Facebook. Something to think about. What is it about headlines that I resist?

contemplation on steam

making coffee, half-awake, I watched the liquid in the pot heating, saw the steam rising, watched the tiniest of bubbles on the surface.

They bounced off each other, jostling at ever-greater speeds as they heated up

and I thought about how I saw the individual parts in my mind, imagining all those little beady molecules, picturing charts of fluid dynamics, dreamily considering scientific explanations of speed and temperature rising together and the changes between states of matter

and I wondered what it was like before that was understood, when it was fully a mystery, when a liquid was a liquid and not the mostly empty space of atoms

and I remembered reading about the discovery of oxygen and of photosynthesis

the invention of air

and smiled knowing something is now unknown that will be known in the future and will become a given

Adventures in Book Cover Design

I am very pleased to report that I found a book jacket designer! He’s just amazing and easy to work with. In fact, after just one conversation he cranked out a beautiful design that blew my mind. Seeing it, I thought, “This is really happening! My book is going to be real!” At the same time, I knew that it wasn’t quite right and would need some tweaks before it was done.

I showed the design to a handful of trusted friends for their feedback. Most were completely in line with what I was thinking. Then one said something that made the designer and me decide to start over: “That’s really beautiful. And really feminine. I can’t see a guy picking up that book in the bookstore and thinking it’s for him.”

Pow. Insightful and spot on. We toyed with the idea of creating two jackets with the same interior (it will be digital publishing after all) but have decided instead to scrap it altogether and find the right design.

I felt a little momentum slide as a result, but it’s the right decision. And it will be amazing to have the right cover once we find it!