that efficient erasure of minor blemishes

September 20th, 2014 § 0 comments

I cornered a friend to take my author photo. We met at the barn. It was a sunny, windy day and each picture has a million fly-away hairs floating around my head. As I did my make-up that morning, I had the same thought I always have when I’m getting ready for anything more than a regular work day, which is that I need to have someone show me how to do my make-up.

Outside, with the breeze, my friend and I took over 300 pictures, and I had a memory of my teenage years and early 20s, when I was still acting and hired photographers to take professional headshots. The first time I got headshots I was 13, I think, and I still had braces, and refused to smile fully. Now, I smiled too much.

We are now in the galley-producing stage of things for THE CAKE HOUSE. And also reviewing the production edit phase. There’s a cover in the works, but I haven’t seen the final cover yet.

Rereading the manuscript for the gazillionth time, I took great joy in taking a black pen and crossing out repeated words and phrases that I had previously read countless times and never took note of, as well as that one random slip into present tense that I don’t know where it came from. Then I switched to a blue pen. Why? I don’t know, except I was searching for that perfect, satisfying weight in my hand and that efficient photoshop erasure of minor blemishes. So close.

Now, I want to listen to Erasure.

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Recent (by some definition of ‘recent’) Audiobooks:

Tumbleweeds, by Leila Meacham

Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

Finding Caruso, by Kim Barnes

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, by Ann Patchett

A Dirty Job, Christopher Moore,

Bring Up The Bodies, Hilary Mantel

You Are One of Them, by Elliot Holt

 

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