Looking back, this may be a little bit of an exaggeration. I did have some ideas of the kind of story I wanted to tell. I’d seen Turkmenistan mentioned in a number of books and I’d seen a number of news articles about the country, but because most Westerners can only get a two week visa to travel in Turkmenistan there were definite limits on what kinds of stories the authors could tell. I wanted to tell a story that could only be told by a person who had lived in the country. That was my starting point and everything else flowed from that.
And here is a detail of the inks for my cover.
I’m planning on flat colors, maybe only five or six. All the black lines will probably be a dark green, but I’m not sure yet. It’ll take shape as I start working on it. For the title I’m thinking of having it in a bar of color across the top of the book (it would be something like the cover of one of those old Blue Note jazz albums)(only with a broader band for the title). And Terry is probably going to hate this but after reading the book one of my friends was so adamant that it should be called The Golden Age that he sent me a list of reasons justifying it. I was convinced. So Terry and I will be talking about that again.