So. You may have noticed that I make gestures at being a writer.
Obviously, I intend to have my writing published.
There's this crazy thing that happens when you publish a book, though. They want an author photo. I don't know why people want to know what authors look like, truly. Except those authors that go by initials; then you play the "is it a male or a female?" guessing game until you ferret out the answer on the Internet. E.L. James? Female. J.K. Rowling? Female. W.E.B Griffin? Male. You're welcome.
But anyway. I have this pernicious hatred of pictures of myself. I never look the way I think I do, which is a strange thing. Or maybe not. It's an interesting conundrum.
And then it occurred to me that really, I had a lot of latitude. If I decide to put a toe in, publish something through CreateSpace, then the book itself doesn't need a photo, though I should put one on the Amazon author page. Then I thought about it some more, and figured, well why not have some actual fun with an author photo? By "thought about it some more", I really mean that I was bitching about it to a coworker and then tossed off "I should get a gas mask and have it be a picture of me in my 'Keep Calm and Kill Zombies' tshirt, jeans, and with Elka on a leash!" This is one of those things I said to be funny, but then the two of us looked at each other, and I had the "well, maybe....." thought.
Then I thought about it a little more, idly, in the back of my mind. And I thought about the red bridesmaid dress that I had from a wedding last year. And I thought of The Bloggess, and the traveling red dress, and thought "red dress, gas mask, Doberman." Then I thought of the "postapocalypse area" at the park where we walk most often.
This is probably silly, and I'll probably end up with a stodgy author photo with a pile of books, the way everybody else does it. But it's fun to think about.