Well, last week was pretty exciting, what with the blurb and everything coming together for Playtime’s Over. Surely nothing could top that this week? Unless, of course, we got a first glimpse at the cover…
Yes, this week I did indeed get an email from the very talented Niki Medlik with a first look at the cover design for my book. I thought reading the blurb was a rush – this was, I have to say, kinda jaw-dropping. I wish I could share it with you, but that will have to wait for the meantime. I can tell you though that it’s an elegant cover that, for me, totally conveys a sense of atmosphere appropriate to the book. Just looking at it gives me chills. It’s another step closer to holding the real thing in my hands and it’s so exciting.
Not much else to share book-wise, still waiting on confirmation of the launch date. Though in the interests of drip-feeding you info, perhaps I can slyly hint that we’re reaching the point where we could start counting in weeks rather than months… But shhh, you didn’t hear that from me.
Outside of the publishing thing, as I said in my last post, I did go and see Babyteeth this week. It’s a gorgeous little movie with an outstanding cast, although I fear I went in with expectations running a little too high, and something I couldn’t quite put my finger on stopped me from falling in love with it. I think, perhaps, the familiarity of the story beats didn’t help. I love a coming-of-age drama, but there are number of very familiar tropes in the genre, and Babyteeth never quite manages to get away from them. If you’re looking for movies to watch, I can put a good word in for Table 19 and Sword of Trust. The former is a deceptively charming wedding comedy, with a solid cast headed by the superb Anna Kendrick; the latter is a stranger beast, a gentle-ish comedy about a young woman trying to sell a sword she inherited from her grandfather which may prove the South won the American Civil War. Jillian Bell and the superbly hangdog Marc Maron head up that one. We also revisited Fighting with my Family, which kinda brings us full circle, since it gets a bit of a tangential mention in Playtime’s Over (oops, spoilers…)