I asked for feedback, and I got it! So here is the second draft (click the image to biggefy.) With thanks to Natalie, who also helped by providing feedback on my other big logo endeavor. What a team!
What's different, you ask? This one is cleaner, clearer, and more balanced between the light and dark, or positive and negative space. Sounds like I know what I'm talking about a little, right? No such luck.
Since I put this together, I also got some feedback from another occasional reader. Angela suggested some stylized illumination of the initial in the book. Maybe some vines, flowers, and fruits. I'm going to be looking at that as well.
Nobody wants this T-shirt?