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Before anything else is written on this entry, you have to see what happens when The Drowning Girl: A Memoir falls into the hands of the superb and marvelous Michael Zulli, who has, through his own amazing graces, become my Phillip George Saltonstall. Here is the painting of the title, and here, too, is the "lost" painting that Imp does not learn about until much later:

The Drowning Girl, Phillip George Saltonstall (1898)

Girl on a River, Phillip George Saltonstall (ca. 1898?)

Phillip George Saltonstall (1898)

All paintings Copyright © 2011 by Michael Zulli, used by permission, all rights reserved.

There really are not words adequate to the task of describing the effect these paintings have had on me, seeing your fiction made real, and I thank you again (and publicly for the first time), Michael. No, these will not be in the Roc trade paperback, but they will appear in any hardback edition, should any hardback edition ever appear. At least one of them will also appear in the photographs and book trailer project that I have undertaken with kylecassidy. By the way, we are in our final 24 hours on the Kickstarter for The Drowning Girl: Stills From a Movie That Never Existed. These images will also appear on the LJ we're keeping for the project, evacanning, and, eventually, on the novel's website.

Yesterday, I worked. I'm not even going to hint at what, because I still have after images dancing before my eyes after yesterday's apparent slip of the tongue and that flashy thing. I will merely say this is some of the hardest work I have ever done, and with some of the coolest people I've ever had the chance to work with. Poster-board pope hats and all. My work days are becoming much longer. Oh, also, the dreaded CEM for The Drowning Girl: A Memoir arrived upon my doorstep. Thud. It doesn't have to be back in NYC until the 20th, and thank fuck all for that.

Last night, some exquisite Insilico RP, good enough to make up for the mess that was Wednesday night. Thank you, Mr. James.


( 15 comments — Have your say! )
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
Here is the painting of the title, and here, too, is the "lost" painting that Imp does not learn about until much later

Okay, wow. Damn.

I believe those.
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)

That about says it all.

There is such a story behind this. I'll tell you, in time.
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
The paintings are fantastic. If I hadn't wanted to read the book, I'd certainly be sold now—I'll be waiting impatiently for its release.
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)

The paintings are fantastic.

I keep trying to find the words.
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Wow, those paintings leave me speechless. Wonderful. Can't wait for the book.
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
The paintings are amazing.
Sep. 9th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
So gorgeous, both of them. I love the subtle differences, along with the far more obvious ones.
Sep. 9th, 2011 06:49 pm (UTC)
Oh dear gods. The wolf head...!!!!!
Sep. 9th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)
Staring at the paintings, looking for differences in the water, and the model, I found myself acting like a character in an early Arturo Perez-Riverte mystery. And the photo is delicious. My jealousy of Mr. Cassidy is now finite and unbounded.
Sep. 9th, 2011 07:48 pm (UTC)
Spectacular! And so perfect for the book.

(Love the photograph.)

Sep. 9th, 2011 10:28 pm (UTC)

(Love the photograph.)

What Michael went through for that photograph amazes me.
Sep. 9th, 2011 08:43 pm (UTC)
To quote Dr. Frank: "I see you shiver with antici......pation!"

By which I mean I absolutely cannot wait for the book, stills, and trailer.
Sep. 10th, 2011 12:59 am (UTC)
So ineffably fucking cool.
Sep. 10th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for posting those images. The paintings are GORGEOUS. I've long been a fan of Michael Zulli's art. The first two paintings distantly remind me of some textual images that appear elsewhere in your work.
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
The ambiguity of Girl on a River (not to mention the deliberate trickery of the title) is absolutely fucking brilliant and more so when brought to three-dimensionality. Although it's going to haunt me now for sod knows how long thank you so much for sharing with us (yet I know when we get to read the novel that effect is going to occur a thousandfold).
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