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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Last of Truth Month, special for Halloween: THE TRUTH ABOUT MY FACE

Anonymity is a funny thing. In a way I don't really care, but in many ways I don't mind having an arm's length away from the world. I've been known to hide certain feeling in the past but I've also been known to tell everything. Ask me how I'm doing today and I might give you a ten minute speech. I mean, I write novels. I tell long stories. Blah blah blah.

So the No Faces Rule stands. I get a little tired of it though. As much fun as it is to find creative ways of keeping my face hidden, I feel just that slight little bit dishonest, like I have something to hide. I'm too honest to not show my face. But at the same time, with the majority of you not knowing me that closely, I feel just that little bit more brave.

Here's the thing: sometimes authors get their photo on the inside jacket cover of the book they wrote. I'm not an "author" yet, but give me time. It's my goal. And when it happens, there I will be, grinning, in the "About the Author" section. Am I gonna pull a Lemony Snicket and keep my countenance hidden in shadows or under a modest fedora? Nope. Here I am. I wrote this. This is me. And I won't be looking back at the reader with a smug, tight lipped writerly smile. No way. I won't be sitting properly, contained and controlled. I will unleash my monster teeth on the world. I will make Julia Roberts look mouthless. I've gotten so many rejections in the last decade that when it finally gets to the point that somebody said YES and then we go through that awful process of editing and typesetting and negotiating and whatever else we have to go through....I fully plan to be very happy about it.

Until then, I'm staying in hiding. But I know that we're all a curious bunch. We all wanna know. You might wanna know what I really look like. It's been a year, and heck, why not. Here's a truth about my face!

21 comments:

Heidi the Hick said...

AIN'T I PURTY!!!!

Timmy said...

You got a purty mouth!

Life, or Something Like It said...

I feel like I'm in a on a secret, having your photos all over my house!
I can't wait to see you grinning back at me from the inside jacket cover of your novel. It's just a matter of time....

fatrobot said...

i don't care who sees me

Heidi the Hick said...

timmy, if I had a dollar for every time I heard that...!

biddie- ha ha!

Fatrobot- that's because you're so good lookin.

CindyDianne said...

It's funny. When I am in charge of the pictures, I don't mind. They are all over my blog. But, otherwise I can't stand to even have my picture taken.

Case in point, when KB and I first started dating we took the Girl to her Grandma's house. Then we went to the playground (middle of summer in Texas) and played hard. Then we came back to the house and the Girl brushed my hair. Ok, I have curly hair. You don't brush curly hair when it is dry. It frizzed, of course. Oh and the roots were damp from sweat. OH, and my face was still red from the heat. And THEN KB's mom decides to take a picture. Since I was still in let's all play nice mode, I let her. It's a great pic of KB and the Girl. It sucks of me.

Of course, she framed it and is displaying it with all the other pics. I hate it. It makes me severely unhappy. BOO HISS!

And, I even told her I hate it. It's still there. Ask me how I feel about that.

dilling said...

bee-yu-tee-ful

RWB said...

I like not knowing what you look like, its part of the mystic that is Hick Chic! But as soon as your a big time author I will be one of the first in line for an autograph and I'll be telling folks how I've been reading of your work (blog) for year(s)!!

dilling said...

Tomorrow is a new month...it means Truth month is over...
Lie to us, Hick Chic!!!! Go on, I wanna see you try.

Balloon Pirate said...

Nice portrait. It must be hard putting on all that makeup so that the blues and oranges don't show up on your face.

Yeharr

Heidi the Hick said...

Cindy- that is no fun! I think you should get a picture taken that you approve of and give it to Grandma. And then sneakily take the other one down...

Dilling- I have been spending all my lying time writing fiction...I don't know if I have any lies left for my blog! But for you! I will do my best. Watch out!

Heidi the Hick said...

rwb- I have Hick Chic Mystic.....huh, I had no idea I had that! Wow! I feel mighty mysterious now...

Pirate- Yes, it takes a lot of work to primer and paint every day to hide my true self. That's why I don't shower very often. ha!

Heidi the Hick said...

I really did look like that last week. Ask my husband.

JJ said...

You are too purty! I like the sneaky pics of your face.

So who did the painting?

Heidi the Hick said...

I did the painting. It was a self portrait from 15 years ago in my one year of college.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Congratulations. You're my new desktop image.

her indoors said...

i hate having my photo taken hey and the camera hates taking it anyway!

Jay said...

Ah, the elusive dust jacket photo...one can only hope.

The Adult in Question said...

I don't think I have ever seen that painting. . .and I have seen sooo much of your stuff.

Heidi the Hick said...

well I'm just full of surprizes....

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