Well, I was completely wrong about the Pierre Chang thing. But I did finish the book and submit it for proofing, so I’m going to consider this weekend a net victory.
The cover photo this time around was shot by my fiancée (and slightly tweaked by me) rather than just being based on a random iPhone snapshot. As you can see, there is a certain theme being established between this book and the first volume. However, the quality of the actual work is much higher this time around! I’m certain this holds true for the interior aesthetics as well.
Trivia time: I did try to do some “real” photography for the first book’s cover, but strangely enough none of the pictures I took with a costly DSLR looked as good as what I snapped with my phone. I have since come to realize that this was because I had no idea how on earth one goes about using a DSLR. We regret the error.