A handful of months ago, I blogged about commissioning my wonderfully talented friend Iris to create a cover for my book. Regardless of whether or not it’s ever published, I want to have a piece of art that reflects my vision. Regardless of whether or not it’s ever published, I want to have something to hang on my wall that makes me happy and reminds me that I did this thing I set out to do.
While waiting for the finished product I’ve been doing some Facebook stalking on Iris. She posts about her projects, sometimes with visual aids, sometimes not. Whenever there was a “Yay, I love how this is turning out!”-type post, I hoped that was my cover. Whenever there was a “I totally just spilled paint everywhere, grrr!”-type post, I knew that was my cover. (And it totally was. We laughed about it.)
The other day, Iris and I met for coffee and delivery. She wrapped the art with a lovely purple cord (my signature color, which I don’t know if I told her or she heard it from the universe) with a couple of sweet little charms.
Now, without further ado…
As I told Iris, I am Jessie Spano-level excited about this. I still need to find the perfect frame, and I will soon receive all the digital versions of this to share as I please, but this, this right here, is by far the coolest collaboration I’ve had with a fellow artist.
The three people who have read my original draft (which I am still in the process of improving upon) will understand the concept immediately. I’ll explain it to the rest of you someday, I promise. (I really do. Leave me alone.)
In the meantime, look at this and be happy. Like me.