Yes, writers all over the world are writing their novels this month – publishing hundreds and thousands of words. I have decided just to get myself to put some words down – and get in the habit of doing it. So it’s not official, but merely an exercise in making myself do something.
A good guide was a list I found on my art group – a photo challenge for November – a photo a day from the list. November 1 was a self-portrait. No problem, I thought. I’ve been practicing in Photo-shop and I can use an earlier photo of myself when I didn’t have any wrinkles or warts or moles – then I could use the colors I love to paint in some wonderful flowing hair – or just make it black and white so I could fill in the lost spaces…ummm.
It wasn’t really being a self-portrait. In a way, it was, but I decided reality might be better. I mean, I’ve been using a “good” photo of myself for any profile photo I needed. I mean, I love to think I look like Buffy Saint-Marie. Of course, doesn’t everyone? This is my face. I like it. It’s had some work done – work being skin cancer blobs being taken off and some nitrogen spray hitting some precancerous spots – ouch!! So maybe it’s about time I start using my face as my face and not hide behind some Photo-shop Image that has been worked with every filter known to man and woman (and child). So here it is. Just me.