There is a story related in Skywalking, Dale Pollock's book about George Lucas's life and career (up until about the mid-'80s, anyway), where Lucas was attempting to write an early version of the outline for Star Wars and just auguring head-first into the same walls over and over again. "Why can't I make this work?" he lamented. The fact that he was not gifted with a writer's voice only made things worse; everything he put on paper only seemed to thicken the murk, not lift it.
There have been many parts of working on Flight of the Vajra that were like that for me, and which remain like that even now that I'm halfway through the second draft edit process.
What with everyone else around me, save me, diving headfirst into NaNo, I feel a little foolish for not doing it this year, especially with at least one idea that would more than do the job. Trouble is, I didn't have enough headspace for it -- all my attention has been on Flight of the Vajra, full-stop, and I decided to let that momentum carry me straight into the rewrite process.
To tide people over, I've decided to post a prototype version of the cover art:
Flight of the Vajra, cover draft 1.
Tweaks and refinements are inevitable, of course -- the size of the logo, spacing of the texts, the room I've left for blurbs (mostly the space between the title and author blocks), etc. But this should give you a good idea of what's going on.
I'll also be posting my first stab at back cover copy and a synopsis shortly.