What is the Third Title?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What is the Third Title?

Third title yet to be made public, so as not to spoil the fun.  I love to create absurd titles.  Sure, the bestsellers will be called “Fire” or something vague and cool, but I’m not writing books to hit it big, I’m writing them to create a unique experience that interests me, and my interests aren’t typically aligned with the mass market.  So this final title will be the craziest and most pompous yet.

If you look at the trend in the usage of pronouns in the titles, you might notice a pattern.  “A Spark at the End of Summer” uses “the”, while “These Fall Colors Must Rot” uses “these”.  The third book will make use of another pronoun to separate itself as a distinct title.  Of course, it will also have a seasonal tweak to it.  Why seasons?  Well, I suppose I was inspired by early Dragonlance novels as a child.  I highly treasured these covers:

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Winter Night

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Personally I really love the title “These Fall Colors Must Rot”.  I know it rubs many people in a funny way, but I don’t care.  What other title starts with “these”?  It’s in-your-face and abrupt.  To me the title symbolizes the disintegration of summer beauty, and in a way much of the novel is a similar journey into degradation, although nothing matching the true power of nature.  It means that the wonderful colors and dreams of autumn must eventually and unavoidably be melted down for the reuse of the world to feed the next generation, for good or ill.

SPOILER WARNING: But even though this novel gets quite dark and disturbing at times, the third novel is definitely not.  Both the first and second novels are a buildup to the third, which is when the “Creation War” takes place.  I wonder if any readers noticed that the war was not even mentioned at all in the second book, and why.  It’s a bit of a joke, because that’s what the wizard asks Michael to never forget at the end of the first.

BTW, the featured image for this post is an early plotcraft for book two.  There is a similar one for Book Three but I do not want to post any spoilers!

LDR

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>