Last year the editor Laura Black published an article about Claudia McGill's art, specifically how they chose the art for my flash, and she's done that again! Loved reading Claudia McGill's blog entry about what went into their choice for "Why Indeed." I liked the alternative art too! Here's what she says about the two versions (see the blog entry for the art itself):
This story is told by a narrator who is obsessed by a former romantic interest but who does not see her behavior as unreasonable. Both pictures I made feature the view she describes, that of her ex-boyfriend’s house, because it is the focus of her vigil and her internal monologue that tells the story. The overall feeling is of mental disorder overlain by a logical tone
Image 23 – This image features the red color of the brick houses on a city street, the misty miserable weather, and blank windows and doors that give no response to the narrator. Black lines represent bare trees in the park where she sits. I wanted to give the impression of the house as a solid entity resisting her and her attempts to get back inside its world.
Image 24 – In this picture I included a row of houses with trees in a misty gray day, as in the first image, but this one is more chaotic in feeling with the black lines and irregular surfaces. The narrator has lost her grip on reality and I wanted to reflect this disintegration of her mental state in the way the house is portrayed.
They chose image 23.
You can see all of Claudia's art for FICTIVE DREAM so far this month on their home page and her blog entries on art for the other stories here. She's generously making the art available to the writers, and I will definitely ask her for the "Why Indeed" art.