After having to take a selfie (well, two hundred and eight selfies, but I only used one. Eventually) to use as evidence of my face on a paid piece of work, I decided to bite the bullet and get some professional head shots taken.
Fun fact: spending the morning staring at your own face in glorious HD will make you feel weird.
But despite all weirdness, it was definitely worth paying someone (in this case, helpfully, also an old friend familiar with who I am and what I do) who knows their stuff when it comes to lighting, location, lenses and … I can’t think of another word for retouching that starts with an ‘l,’ but you get the idea.
So that’s another thing ticked off the list while I wait for my manuscript to come back from the editor. I’ve already plotted my next novel and started roughing out a draft, and, less productively, addicted myself to Scandal and devoured three books.
Next stop, figuring out the American Tax System!
…and Scandal, season three.
The self-edit is finished and I’ve handed the manuscript off to another human to read, judge, and attack with a proverbial red pen.
I now have a month completely free from looking at the thing. So I’m going to spend the next two – three days catching up on some reading (I’m one book behind on my Goodreads challenge and my reading pile is threatening to eat me) and then I’m going to try to plot out two more books, work on my synopsis, and try to figure out all the fun American tax stuff I need to be able to use CreateSpace.
I’ve spent the last two weeks surrounded by family and travelling down south to be surrounded by even more family, and tomorrow I’m flying to Melbourne for some meetings.
So here’s a photo of me, managing to grab a few hours of editing in between all the hectic.
More blogging in quieter times. Happy writing/reading!
As you can see, I have a fancy new blog banner courtesy of the amazing Ben Sigas. He’s done some gorgeous commissions for me in the past, and if you’re in need of some illustrations I’m sure he’d be happy to hear from you.
The new banner (a scarily accurate depiction of me and my horrible work habits) will probably alternate with my eBook banner, depending on my mood. Which I’m sure is the basis of a solid marketing strategy.
And in other news, I’m still a recovering film student and Wes Anderson fan and the trailer for his new movie looks like ridiculous good fun.
Now back to your reading/writing/art/tv/work/internetting/whatever you’re actually supposed to be doing.