By Cornelia Read
Portrait of the author as:
A) A bloodthirsty Pre-Raphaelite zombie
B) The bastard love child of Leonard Cohen and Frances Farmer‘s mugshot
C) Marie Antoinette on her way to certain death in an IKEA toile-de-jouy tumbrel, with a little Anne Frank around the crossed eyes
D) Her deadline looms, much better in the mental hygiene department but not so much on keeping up with the whole personal maintenance thing, despite having showered only this morning
E) She will appear on her next book jacket
Answer: um….. all of the above? Or, in other words, what I look like on deadline, with a second draft of book four due June first. In bed.
Although my daughter said “you look like a pouting duck. What those of us in my generation would call ‘so totally Myspace.'”
To which I replied, “except that I am part duck… zombie duck.”
Oh, and also? I have to pick my mom up at JFK the night before, and clean my entire apartment. Between now and deadline. Yea.
But I leave you with this:
Any tips on what you do when you have a huge deadline looming? I need all the help I can get…
Oh, and here’s the mermaid version:
The pouting mermaid duck. Yea.