Okay, so. Over the course of this year, I read one bazillion Les Misérables modern alternate universe stories. (You're like "what???" Take Victor Hugo's student revolutionaries and place them in a modern setting – or space! or Hogwarts! — and you get stories about social justice with lots of puns, pining and found family dynamics. I AM SO THERE.) I am consistently blown away by the talent of this fandom. They write whole books, good ones, and put them on the internet for free. I just. Never getting over it.
Anyway. I was chatting with one of the authors last week about Hamilton, visited her tumblr and saw where she had ordered a quilt kit named Gravity. (Because she wrote an Amis in space tale — The Subtle Grace of Gravity.) I remembered being super impressed with her story — medusa in space! With computer hackers and searching for a new world! I decided to make a faux book cover for her.
Filed under: *muffled screaming* you GUYS LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT HOW AMAZING IT IS there is so much though that went into this I am beside myself perpetually in awe of people who make things inspired by my words
The photo is from NASA, taken by Apollo16 (that's a nerdy reference to one of the Les Mis characters often being referred to as Apollo) and the diamond pattern is to mimic the Gravity quilt. (Yeah, you thought I'd go with hexagons, didn't you? I KEEP YOU GUESSING.)
Her friend Nell reblogged the cover, which made me go "oh! I should make one for one of her stories..." She had one I really liked the world-building of — a whole gods and goddesses thing – called Silence is the Speech of Love. Aphrodite played a large role in the story, so I did an image search to see if anything caught my eye...
Tags: look at this!!!!! the little home-shrine set-up with APHRODITE this is so lovelyyyyyyyyyy sometimes i write stories and sometimes people make WONDERFUL THINGS based from them the mythology au
...and then Myrmidryad reblogged the covers and SHE wrote this Pacific Rim fusion which was perfect but I didn't have time to properly track down imagery to make a cover that would look like a movie tie-in, so I made one for her story set in a bowling alley:
Filed under: LOOK AT THIS LOOK AT THIS THING OH MY GOD MY CHEEKS HURT FROM GRINNING I'M SO HAPPY AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH fanart fanfiction MY FIC THIS IS A COVER FOR ONE OF MY FICS I'M SO GRATEFUL AND TOUCHED
I gave up on this one midway. The background was too busy and the title was so long! But I pulled it out of the trash instead of letting it best me. Absolute favorite part: the subtle blue/purple drop shadow.
Separately, I had told another author that her story made me cry (this is what happens when I read fanfic at 4am) and I couldn't help but go "well, what would I do for a cover on that one?"
Now of course I kind of want to make more of these. But these were all born of the stress of MY LAST WEEK AT THE TIMES, where I needed a creative outlet to not implode.
(Resisting the urge right now to see what I'd come up with for the one set on a Christmas tree farm...)