In the Bleak, etc., etc.


Incidentally, going out to take this picture without wearing gloves? Not the smartest thing I could have done.

Update, 8:30pm: In the comments, someone said the picture looks like a book cover. Pixelfish tests the proposition.

34 Comments on “In the Bleak, etc., etc.

  1. Absolutely stunning. A gorgeous landscape and a beautiful house. Thank you.

  2. That’s gorgeous. And I think it’s only right that you should suffer for your art.

  3. Beautiful. Is the blurring a result of the camera or Photoshop?

  4. An author with a wife and child is snowed in?

    Why does the line “Heeeeeeeere’s Johnny!” come to mind?

  5. Looked out of focus to me when I first saw it. Diffuse glow, eh?

    Would be interesting to see the untouched version.

  6. Nice shot! I was wondering about the filter, too.

    How long is the driveway? You didn’t have to drive in that, did you?

  7. Great photo (especially as edited), and nice job from PixelFish on the book mock up. I’d have added the word “Midwinter” to the title myself, but that’s a mere quibble. Best of all, I have a better earworm now than the one I picked up in BTW a day or two ago.

    Dang, I’m really missing the “Syracuse weather” now. Am I totally insane or what?

  8. Betcha Ghluaghghy (sp?) is taunting the poor dog about how nice it is to be able to go to the bathroom indoors in a nice, snow-less litterbox. And that the dog is muttering, sotto voce, about having to pee and poop in snow that’s at least belly-deep.

    Is the Scalzi Family going to build snowcastles and forts and entire armies of snowpersons?

    Have fun. Stay warm. And, um, I’d forget about driving, if I were you.

  9. Damn! She beat me. Okay, Pixel … I challenge you to a cover-off!
    (Actually, your banner title is pretty cool.)

  10. Wow. The photo and the covers are just beautiful. Very impressed.

    I’m less impressed by the depraved bint masquerading as me who gave Jeff Hentosz that blurb for his cover. Mate!

    Snow pretty but I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near it. Oh, oops, here I am in NYC where it’s snowing . . .

  11. But Ms. L, they’re your very words. Just in another context. And judiciously edited. It’s … what do you call it … “Marketing.”

  12. Thanks for the pic John and thanks for the excellent bookcovers Pixelfish & Jeff. Brilliant.

  13. Those book covers are awesome. Are these novels about the family on the hill who can and will eat your soul?

    If so, I am hooked!

  14. And some anon IP on Wikipedia just announced In the Bleak as a 2008 title from Subterranean Press. Off to revert….

  15. I sent the ghost story cover to a rabid Scalzi fan. It should be funny to tell him there is in fact no such book. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  16. I’m mostly surprised the blogosphere here isn’t composing the outline, nay, even story of the book.

    Let’s see, plot contains a writer, his wife & daughter, a cat, a dog, a slice of bacon and 2 yards of white fluffiness.

    And to start, in the immortal words of S.Dog, “It was a dark and stormy night.”

  17. Oh just freaking write it. You know you want to. What the heck, the cover’s done? :-)

  18. Let’s see, plot contains a writer, his wife & daughter, a cat, a dog, a slice of bacon and 2 yards of white fluffiness.
    Don’t forget the ninja cheese slices.

  19. Wow, that is gorgeous. And I’d really like to order some of that snow for the Oregon Cascades this weekend, when my lab is going on a weekend ski trip.