My niece and I were walking along the green belt of Boise, in a park across the road from my house, and spied our first bald eagle of the season. What a magnificent creature! It got me wondering about how it became a symbol of the United States. So, I did a little research.
As shown on the Great Seal of the United States, adopted by the Continental Congress in 1782, a front facing eagle bears a shield on its breast and is holding an olive branch in its right talon, 13 arrows in its left talon, and a scroll inscribed with the phrase, “E Pluribus Unum: in its beak. The bald eagle became the official bird of the United States in 1789.
One legend has it that during an early morning battle in the beginning stages of the Revolutionary War,
the loud fighting awoke sleeping eagles from their nests nearby. Screeching, the eagles flew to the battlefield and circled it. The fighting men believed the eagles’ shrieks was their way of yelling for freedom from the British.
The bald in the name refers to the eagle’s white feathered head, not an actual “bald” head. The reputation for the eagle’s strength, beauty and agility is not unfounded. The male bald eagle weighs between 7 and 10 pounds, with a wingspan of over six feet, while the females can weigh up to 14 pounds, with a wingspan of up to eight feet. The birds can live up to 30 years and they mate for life. (So sweet)
Symbols are important for many reasons. For writers, photos, Facebook pictures, blogs, and book covers are all important “symbols” of themselves and their work. With so many books competing for sales online, book covers and book blurbs are more important than ever.
As fellow writers, do you find yourselves drawn to certain books by their covers, and further drawn in by their back cover blurbs?
When you write or set out to start a new book,do you think in terms of blurbs? In today’s world, it might be every bit as important as first lines.
What do you think?