Many years ago I used photoshop to remove from an image - an annoying spot from the end of my nose. It was so well done (you would never have known it had been there) that in my elation at my own abilities, I considered opening up a business removing unwanted blemishes from folks treasured photographs. I was good at this obviously so why not?
Anyway, the new book deadline looms large and a couple of weeks ago my wife brought up the subject of my cover art.
'Not a problem darling' I assured her, 'I'll make something in photoshop.'
'What will your themes be?' She asked.
'Oh it'll need to convey symbols of Scotland, passion, romance. That kind of thing' I replied.
She kinda winced at me and asked politely 'And you think you can do that?'
Well, I was gobsmacked. How could she doubt me? I was an expert in Photoshop and the way I'd removed that zit from my nose maybe I could have been an otorhinolaryngologist had life's road taken a different turn!
Anyway three weeks passed and she asked me how it was 'coming along'? I'd been trying out several ideas, ok one idea, and was pleased with it - so I showed her...
She gave me that 'You really are a cretin' kinda look, so I swiftly pointed out that I'd only been doing it for a few weeks - She disappeared into our office and headed presumably for her own lap top. Two hours later she reappeared with her memory stick in hand, plugged it into my lap top and said 'There's your book cover'. Which was what you see below...
I admit there is a certain appeal about hers, in fact I will go as far as saying hers is slightly superior. But no Tartan? C'mon?