I was reading an old essay from the 1020s this morning and in it was this statement:
“The highest mountains have yet to be climbed.”
Well, that is not so today. But it led me to wonder…
Do mountaineers, who famously climb mountains, “because they are there”, dream at night of the possibility of being the first human to climb Olympus Mons on Mars, the highest (known) mountain in the solar system?
I went right back to my initial vision and simplified it, having decided that I could use a big, wide landscape on the title page that would provide the setting for the majority of the book right from the start. Also, there might not be a suitable double page to get it all in later on. Two birds with one stone.
I am much happier with this now, and can get on with the cover design now – see the next post!