Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Within My Memory Yet . . .


Nothing's definite but at this moment my editor and I both like Within My Memory Yet as a title for the Shelton Laurel Massacre book. It's a line from "Lorena" --- a Civil War era song that was popular on both sides. I reference it several times in the book, and, beyond that, the line captures the long-lasting scars, grudges, pain, suspicion, and hatred engendered by the war and, more specifically by the massacre that is the key issue of my novel. 

 

You can listen to the song "Lorena" HERE, accompanied  by some haunting images from the Civil War. If you look closely, you will see a map that includes Marshall, NC and Greenville and Maryville, TN, the sites of much of the action in my book.

The photos on this page are some that I will offer as possible covers -- just imagine the words Within My Memory Yet and by Vicki Lane in some elegant font superimposed on the images.




10 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

That music wouldn't be completely out of place at our annual Celtfest.

Vicki Lane said...

AC - I agree.

KarenB said...

Oh, that's a good title. Evocative, a bit haunting, I like it.

Barbara Rogers said...

Excellent choice. I'd dare say the sepia tone would work best, but I prefer the full color personally.

jennyfreckles said...

Good title, I'd pick that book up if I saw it. (Pity the music couldn't be made to play when you open the book! One day, maybe...) I too like the top one of your three photos.

Vicki Lane said...

Jennyfreckles -- wouldn't that be great?

NCmountainwoman said...

I love the title. And the last picture would be my cover choice. There is no cheerfulness (like the blue sky of the first one), only despair. The sky is reminiscent of a post-battle scene and it brings a feeling of desolation. As does the memory of the battle. It is by far my favorite and really speaks to me about the massacre itself.

Gayle Pearson said...

I really like the title. I think I will be in the minority with my choice of cover photos. The middle one "speaks" to me as does the title. Some memories are distinct as in the darker hues in the center while others are shrouded in fog as some memories have faded over time. Whichever photo is chosen for the cover I can't wait to read this book!

Vicki Lane said...

I really like hearing all these different takes on the photos. All of you have cogent reasons for your choice. But as I said, the cover is up to the publisher -- I have no idea how open they'll be to my suggestions.

janet morrison said...

I like it!