I think I’ve written here before about the fact that I don’t photograph well. I know a lot of people think that, but trust me: in my case, it is true. If you ever see a decent picture of me anywhere, you can be assured there are thirty-seven incredibly lousy ones that went along with it. When you are an author, however, it’s helpful to have a publicity shot for, you know, publicity. For the last two books, I’ve used what we refer to as my “tree picture,” which is me standing in front of a tree in our yard. My husband took the shot, and I don’t totally hate it. We took an entire ROLL, though, for this one good one. Which is why I have stuck with it for four years or so, because I SO dreaded having to take another one.

But now, here we are. It’s 2008, I have a book coming out next summer, and we decided that it was time. So, while at the beach, we took a whole roll of pictures. I had my fab assistant, Parker, get them developed for me, and when she brought them out to the house, I said, “How are they?” She was very diplomatic, which is one of the reasons I like her so much. “There are a couple of good ones,” she said, which was very kind and generous, because really, there was one. Maybe. In all the others I either look gravely serious (because my smile felt too fake) or am smiling like a maniac, because I worried I looked too gravely serious otherwise. So this weekend, we tried again. I have another whole roll, taken over two different sittings. And if none of THEM come out, I will concede defeat and just use the tree one again. If you see it on the back of Along For the Ride, you will know what happened.

I really want to write more, but I am in the serious throes of revising right now, and it needs all the (little) brainpower I have. Once this pass is back to my editor, though, I intend to immerse myself in magazines, dark chocolate, and The Rachel Zoe Project. It’s like that carrot on the end of the stick, getting closer, and closer…

Have a great day, everyone!
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