My day off

Today was my day off — but while I slept in and didn’t write, I did get site stuff done. I spent the morning taking pictures of the gifts that people sent me, and put them on a few pages along with pictures that Sheila took of me opening them. I couldn’t help but cringe, looking at the pictures of me. I know it’s vain, and I know I’m losing weight again and doing the things I need to do to get back to being lean and healthy, but while I was putting the pages together I still kept thinking “Couldn’t I just erase me from the pictures?”

Tomorrow I’ll get back to outlining. The index-card method gave me a lot of directions to take and options to pursue yesterday; I’m looking forward to seeing where I can run with them tomorrow. I want to have the book fully outlined before I start work — since it’s not a proposal outline, I’ll be able to just leave it in the ugly sentence-per-scene form instead of the prettied-up version I do when submitting proposals. So far, the process is going faster than I expected. Considering the problem Gods Old and Dark‘s sibling volume, The Wreck of Heaven gave me, I think it would be only reasonable for this book to be smooth sailing.

Not that I’m holding my breath.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

2 comments… add one
  • marquito Aug 18, 2002 @ 11:12

    I think you look fine, Holly. I will say, however, that sometimes taking pictures helps us better see ourselves. While I understand the feeling of wanting to run the other way when someone takes out a camera (that’s happened on coutnless occasions to me), I have to admit I only started seeing how I really looked when I saw myself in pictures. We are our own worst critics and enemies when it comes to body image. LOL

    Anyway, my advice is that you shouldn’t run away from the pictures anymore. Embrace them and use them as a positive tool for change in your life. If you’re unhappy with something in your life, anything, change it and make it what you want it to be. It seems like you’ve done that in other parts of your life and you can do it with this. 🙂

  • David Stone Aug 17, 2002 @ 4:56

    I know exactly where you’re coming from on the photo front – I’ve strenuously avoided having my picture taken for years.
    It’s only you who doesn’t like the results, though: I expect the rest of the community are as delighted as I am to see what you look like after all this time.

    David.

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