Time Wounds All Heels
Sooner or later, every author has to submit to the indignity of a headshot. The problem for me is that my mental image of myself is several years younger and very much leaner than the real thing. It’s always a shock to see myself captured on film.
Who is that? I wonder. She seems to have my eyes.
At some point, I reached the conclusion that I am what I am. The prednisone I take for a lung condition (managing well with it. Thank you, God!) has caused my hair to become brittle, so I decided not to continue to stress it by coloring the gray. That led to a less than flattering “skunk- do” (very sad silver stripe down my part). I was determined to be bold and have it cut. Short.
I’ve hardly ever had short hair. Each time I’ve felt it was a mistake and comforted myself with the knowledge that hair grows back.
But this time it feels right. The silver is overtaking nicely and when the artificially dark is all cut out, I’ll still have plenty of pepper to mix with the salt. I’m entering my “platinum period.”
Of course, this means I’ll have to give up the Glamour Shots pic of myself here on the website. It’s from 5 years, several pounds and lots of dark hair ago. I don’t want readers not to recognize me when we meet IRL.
When I went to Amsterdam in 2010, I had a chance to meet up with Nynke. (If you’re a regular here on my blog you’ll recognize her as ‘Dr. Nynke,’ a frequent commenter!) I had to be sure to warn her that I didn’t look much like my website picture and told her I’d be wearing a hot pink cap. Bless her heart, her comment was that she was surprised that I’m so ‘tiny.’ By that she meant ‘short,’ but I’ll take it. Nynke’s probably the only person on the planet who would describe me as ‘tiny.’ ;-)
Anyway, I’m planning to have a new author picture taken at the RWA Conference in Anaheim this July. Now the only decision to make is what color from my website I should try to wear. What do you think? Purple, pink, green, red, or gold? Help me decide or you know me and colors. I’ll probably default to black.