Yesterday was Cover Photo Day, woohoo! It’s exciting to be that much closer to launching Book 15; but on the downside, I had to put on makeup. Blech. It was only for a few hours, but it felt like a lot longer.
I’ve always felt a little embarrassed about being on the covers of my own books, but I’m actually pretty happy about it this time around. With the COVID-19 isolation protocols, I wouldn’t have been able to get the cover done otherwise. Plus… hell; I might as well admit it: It feels good because I’m a do-it-yourself freak, a control freak, and several other varieties of freak that are probably better left unmentioned.
I loathe makeup. I hate that chalky, sticky, suffocating feeling on my skin. I hate the greasy flesh-coloured scum it leaves in my sink after I wash it off. But most of all, I hate the way it falls into my wrinkles and makes my skin look like this:
(No, I’m not going to post a closeup photo of my face. You’re welcome.)
Back in the hazily-remembered days before I had wrinkles, I still didn’t like makeup much; but at least I looked good when I put it on. These days putting on makeup is like rolling a coat of fresh paint over drywall I should have filled and sanded first: Every crack and rough spot looks ten times worse.
Plus, my protagonist is aging much more slowly than I am. If this series keeps going I’ll have to get better at Photoshop. Much, much better. As in, “face transplant” better.
Most of the time my wrinkles don’t bother me. I can’t see my face clearly in the mirror unless I’m wearing reading glasses (which is, frankly, the only humane thing about aging). More to the point, this is the best I’m going to look for the whole rest of my life. Might as well relax and enjoy it.
But makeup? That’s just adding insult to injury.
P.S. Here are a few pretty photos of what’s blooming at our place, to take your mind off wrinkly old bogs (or wrinkly old bags, as the case may be).
Book 15 update: We have a title: “A Spy For Help”! The manuscript is out for its final beta and proofreading, and the cover is in progress. Stay tuned for a blurb and cover reveal in my next post!