and here’s where y’all help me out…

How many of you have read even a bit of Esmeralda?  A few hands?  Okay, that’s good. I just need a couple of opinions.

I am nearly finished with my first draft (nearing that dreadful ending I have to somehow rewrite to work in with new elements of the plot) and I am starting the exciting/tedious process of setting it into book form, in the Blurb BookSmart editor, so I can send in the files and have a real live book-version of my story sent to me. *claps hands* Yay!!

I have this little love affair with witty/profound/poetic quotations (my “Wilkommen” about me page is proof of this) and I want to put a relevant quotation right before the title page.  I have scrutinized my “favorite quotations” Listhings board, and have narrowed the list of candidates to the five listed below.  Would you let me know which you think is/are best fitting for the story?

Here they are:

1. “We owe it to each other to tell stories.” ~Neil Gaiman

2. “Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.” ~Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Desperaux

3. “In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories. ” ~ Alberto Manguel

4. “Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger.” ~Ben Okri

5. “All stories are lies. But good stories are lies made from light and fire. And they lift our hearts out of the dust, and out of the grave.” ~Mike Carey

And then, with the “book” version of Esmeralda comes a new cover…ish.  The image I’ve been using on Figment is too low in quality for a full-sized book cover, so I’ve done my best to enhance the stock image, and print the title as best as I can.  The font is new, but the picture is the same. Don’t be mad. 😉

Read Esmeralda Here!



  • Caleb P

    My vote is for quote number 2. 🙂

  • Kaley VanAlstyne

    i think 2,3,and 5 all relate really well to Esmeralda,but I really like 5… Congratulations though! i cant wait to read the rest!

  • WEEEEEEE I am so excited!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀 Congratulations, big boss-lady!

    Also, why did you choose so many awesome quotes?! I am so torn right now… I love them all with darn near equal amounts of my heart. I suppose… if I had to choose only ONE… nope I couldn’t. But I will give you my top two. 🙂 I really like #2 and #5. I think I MIGHT be a little prejudiced toward #2, because I think the length and (not gonna lie here) the gender of the author fits Esmeralda on the whole….. eh hem, but I also love #5. Both quotes are extremely poetic, and I love the comparison of stories to light, but in truth, I would be okay with any of them. Beautiful things. *applauds*

  • Hmm… I like the last quote, about stories being lies. I think it ties in with Leopold and how he pretended to be a different person to gain Esmeralda’s trust. (If that is still in the new version)

  • I like number three best. =)

  • Sara-Anne L.

    Do you have word documents full of your favorite quotations too? 😀

    I vote number 5. It fits the story really well, I think, with the fuzzy line between lies and stories throughout the book. And it’s almost like poetry, it has a musical lilt in the words. “..good stories are lies made from light and fire…”

    I can’t wait for the ending! 🙂 I can’t believe I’ve been reading the same story for six months or so…if I had my way I’d have consumed Esmeralda in a couple of hours. It’s like having one nibble of chocolate at a time for forever…It’s Frustrating! 😀

  • Tiffany (J.A.)

    Is it possible to subscribe to your blog? Because I seriously need to subscribe to it.

    (By the way, I began reading your previous post on “Des”, and I was so mind-blown and awestruck with my ignorance when I realized that the reason I didn’t know who he was was because I have not been up to date on Finding You! THAT is on my immediately-must-do-after-this list.)

    I found that all of these quotes were really nice! However, I had to pick 2 in terms of favorites. I was hard just getting down to them.

    2. “Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.” ~Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Desperaux
    3. “In the light, we read the inventions of others; in the darkness we invent our own stories. ” ~ Alberto Manguel

  • Y’ALL ARE AMAZING!!!! Thank you SOOOOOOOO much.

    I love you. It’s true. You’re wonderful.

    Now I just have to narrow it down from the general consensus…hmm. I’ll get back to you on that. I’m thinking of having a couple of pages at the back of the book about the characters, with pictures perhaps. I think (because I’m bad at picking favorites) I’ll put the ones I don’t choose back there as well. Maybe. 😀 I’m kind of a hippie sometimes; I find it hard to be harsh. Just kidding, I just realized that’s a lie. Sometimes, I find it super easy to be harsh. I flip-flop.

    BUT ANYWAY. (*end monologue*)


    I will get back to y’all with my decision, when I post next about more “Finding You” characters. 😉

    And Tiffany – I don’t know that there is a way to subscribe…I could let you know when I post, though that might annoy you eventually. 😀

  • Phoenix Ranger

    I feel like #3 and #5 fit the storyline the most. The first about invention makes me think about how Leopold pretends to be Bastian, and how Evy pretends to be Esmeralda. 🙂 But the second one I like also talks about lies, and I feel like everyone in the story has their own secrets they are hiding. All the quotes are really good, but 3 and 5 I feel like fit the best.

    Oh, and I love that new front. It feels like it fits the tone of the story. 😀

  • Laina

    I love #2 and #4!!!

  • Thanks girls!! That’s what I want to hear, Phoenix! How it fits the story, etc. Because I LOVE THEM ALL! It’s hard. 😀 haha so thank you both. 😉

  • Tiffany (J.A.)

    For ones that fit the story, I think 2 and 5 are it. 🙂

  • Tiffany (J.A.)

    And by the way, it will never annoy me! Trust me.

  • I’ve only read half of Esmeralda, but based on that I’d say #1 or #3, but leaning towards #1. When it comes to quotations, simpler is often better. It packs a punch. 🙂

  • Thanks Manda! 🙂

  • #1, #2, and #5

  • I think #s 1 & 5 suit Esmeralda best. But my vote is for #1.