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Last week, while I was getting ready for the photog, I took some test shots. I wanted to be able to recommend good places.

On the hill:

Under the willow:

On the balcony:

On the stairs:

He did do “on the balcony” and “on the stairs.” No hill or willow.

I have no idea what the finished product will look like, but I think the test shots look okay!


Last scheduled promotional thingie finished!!

This week, a photog and interviewer came to our house to do an “at home” piece for a regional mag.

We cleaned like crazy. My husband protested that NO ONE lives in a house as neat as I forced it to be, and is horrified to give the impression that we have a live-in maid. For the record, for my sweetheart’s peace of mind: World, we have no live-in maid! In fact we live in squalor most of the time! But, I do tidy up for photogs 😉

The other scary thing was that, unlike the last time a photog came to our house, *I* had to be in these photos too!

I chose a crisp white shirt with a nice collar, assuming we would mostly be doing face-area photos. In fact, that’s what I assumed we were doing when we were in the midst of it until the photog announced approvingly that that the cat had wandered into the shot. At my feet!!!!!!!!!!

Look, the middle of my body is not the most flattering part. And that “crisp white shirt with the nice collar” bunches up around my middle. *worries*

Ah well–I’m darned lucky anyone wants to mention my book in a magazine at all! *Thanks*, Cambridgeshire Journal!

There are two kinds of cleaning:

REAL cleaning, where everything is put in its place.

FAKE cleaning, where everything is shoved out of sight.

For my first ever photo shoot at my house, I had a four-month ramp up of REAL CLEANING, culminating in a week of babysitting from my mother while I did the finishing touches.

For this Wednesday’s photo shoot? At a week’s notice?

Fake cleaning 😉

Just one more promotional thing this week (regional magazine/newspaper photo shoot), and then “being a writer” will mean “writing” again.

Can’t wait!!

From “Envoy” by Billy Collins, a message to his just-published book:

"stay out as late as you like,
don't bother to call or write,
and talk to as many strangers as you can."