I have a new book. It came in the mail today. Ripping open the white puffy envelope is like opening a package on Christmas morning. Paperback, about 6 x 9 and 1/2 inch thick. The cover is mostly purple and lavender with touches of copper.
Spindly looking dark purple trees in the foreground, smaller copper colored ones in the middle to indicate depth. A deep purple ridge behind them with a lavender sky above and the impression of lavender water behind the bigger trees, kind of flowing around the smaller ones.
Bold white type: BEGINNINGS, MIDDLES, & ENDS. Along the top edge, purple lettering on a lavender background: ELEMENTS of FICTION WRITING. At the lower edge in lavender letters: NANCY KRESS.
Clean smooth pages, still smelling faintly of fresh ink. 167 pages of information. An Introduction, three sections, an interview, and an index. I love books with indexes. They make finding that vaguely remembered reference so much easier. A new adventure. Another excuse to read instead of write. An opportunity to improve my writing. Another step toward becoming an author.