I know what you’re thinking. What’s with the dolls? Well, okay, so this is a space that started with a blog about my journey towards having my first novel published. When I decided to make it into something a little more comprehensive, it made sense to give it a more general design rather than one specifically tied to the cover art for the book, All Unquiet Things, because there will be another book in 2011, and hopefully more after that, and to keep the design updated would be sort of hectic and I have been known to be lazy (just ask my mom).
Nevertheless, it also made sense to tie the design to the book in some way, however abstract. Thus, the dolls. They’re known by several different names: Russian stacking dolls, Russian nested dolls, babushka dolls, matryoshka dolls, etc. A matryoshka doll plays a small but vital roll in All Unquiet Things, as you will see if you read the book. I also really like them. I own several, I think they’re pretty to look at, and they appeal to my girlish delight in all things miniature, but also I find them a very apt metaphor for the kind of emotional excavation of myself and others I hope to accomplish as a writer, and which we should all be attempting as human beings living in the world.
It occurred to me deep into the process of writing All Unquiet Things that a matryoshka doll would be a brilliant place to hide something, but as I thought about it further I realized that they are less about concealment than they are about discovery. In this spirit, I decided to turn this website into a treasure trove of hidden content, so when you see a small doll somewhere on a page, click it and it will lead you to something special. Over time I plan to add more, so stay alert!