Another cover I made for THE ORCHARD. It has more of a Margaret Atwood feel, I think. Not sure if it quite suits. Was fun to make.
Editing on THE ORCHARD has begun. After much deliberation, I found a trusted American company to work with. Meanwhile, I am keeping busy on the farm, baling hay, fixing barbed wire fences and splitting logs for our family to sell as firewood during the coronavirus pandemic. I’m still writing each morning. I can’t wait to put the finishing touches on The Orchard over the next couple of months at the advice of a talented editor.
We found a bat living in the covered area just outside our front door. He hangs upside down and gets horribly disorientated when you surprise him by opening the door at night to visit the outdoor toilet. I found out about him because one evening I heard Leonie screaming.
“It’s a BAT!”
“There’s a bat flying around me!”
“There’s no bats. What’re you on about?”
More screams. I finally went out to calm her down, and sure as shit, there was this mad, blind bat, flapping every which way but straight and Leonie right in the middle of it all.
“Jesus, Leonie! Careful, love, there’s a bat!”
We also have possums living in the roof, and some of the biggest lizards I’ve seen.
Cover designs for The Orchard. I love the extremely simple Literary covers used on 20th century books like: Malcolm Lowry’s, UNDER THE VOLCANO and Kurt Vonnegut’s, SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE. I even own a copy of Kerouac’s, On The Road, that has a cover that consists of an orange flat colour with a white rectangle centred and some brush strokes of black ink or paint splattered in it. These classics barely have a synopsis or sales blurb on the back either. Just a little about the author, the importance of the book, the time it came out in and sometimes a quote. I’m drawn to the simple covers. I’ll buy a book based on how confidently simplistic it’s cover is (they can sometimes be almost obnoxiously confident). Anyway, I’ll soon be seeking publication for The Orchard. If it was to be published, I doubt if I’d have much of a say over the cover art but I’d like to have something to show them that I think suits.
Supercilious! My newest project. As I currently seek a suitable literary editor for The Orchard, I am making ground on a new book – Supercilious! Usually I don’t dive into another book without a resting period. I believe writing should be organic, not forced. I laugh at those self help books that promote writing […]
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I’m extremely excited to announce the completion of “THE ORCHARD”, the first novel of 2020. We’re taking it through the editing phase now. COMING (VERY) SOON THE ORCHARD In this transgressive fiction novel Gene Head skillfully uses the platform of the tediously over told “untouchable farmer’s daughter” cliché, to tell a tale of significantly greater sophistication, unearthing […]