Sunday, August 16, 2009

George better be at his desk tomorrow

Thank you, everyone.

In response to the question, “Should Mrs. Mullet get negged for Portrait Painter Man” an astounding number of you—36!—said yes, I should do it.

Hah. It’s so easy to suggest someone else take her clothes off. (For the record, 11 of you said no, 6 of you didn’t care—yet you cared enough to vote—and 8 of you stopped reading after the heinous foot picture.)

And now…dun dun dun…my decision:

Forgettaboutit. No way, no how. Nope.


I know—you think I’m a wuss. Actually, I was all set to say yes. I had even psyched myself up for it (as much as one can). But then, I went back to Portrait Painter Man’s studio for another sitting, and we started talking about how he chooses poses. I joked, “Surely I’m the first to sit astride this armchair [because it’s such a silly pose]” and he put down his brush and showed me his collection of paintings featuring other women sitting in the exact same pose. Some were naked. Ok, many were naked.

And I had an ew moment. Like, ew, I don’t want to join his collection of girls. I thought I was special. Now? I feel so…so…cliché. Sniffle, sniffle.

But I’ll get over it.

Something else factored into my decision, and that was lack of time (or, rather, lack of desire to lose any more time sitting on top of an armchair). And it, um, is a good segue into my next decision. I’ve been struggling lately to manage work, life, cuddle time with Junior, couch time with Chuck, groceries, stressing, vacuuming, laundry, eating, sleeping. I need to fricken relax more. I’ve had an idea for a children’s book for 10 years—10 fucking years!—and it finally hit me that it’s not going to write itself. So I’m cutting back on my posting. I realize I’m probably committing blog suicide by doing this, but it’s a chance I’m going to have to take.

Fully dressed, of course.

17 comments:

Leanne said...

I get it. I have a book that I've been writing for two years. I have two (2!) flippin' chapters left. I am not going to blog for the month of September until it's done and sent off. No, I'm not.

Unless of course I get scared. Sigh.

Lori said...

I think bravo for choosing not to pose nude. I can't imagine how disgusting it would be to worry about cutting a fart in the nude on some furniture your buttocks have shared with many other nude buttocks.

We'll wait for your book to be finished, well, as long as it's a picture book and not junior fiction.

Lindy said...

This is all George's fault - that ass!!!!

All kidding aside - congrats on your decision. It's very bold and ambitious and awesome of you.

mo.stoneskin said...

As a rule I always say that 'cuddle time' should take priority.

Stacie said...

Nooooo, don't go. I just started reading your blog, which I love by the way.

Okay, fine. Go. But do please come back and updated us. *sniff*

Brandy said...

good luck! can't wait to see you published.

Pricilla said...

You go for it! You need to do what feeds your soul. Good for you...I can't wait to see the book.

Jeanne said...

I only do 3 posts a week now (and read less than I used to) because I'm working on a first draft of novel #3....

Good luck with your book and have fun with it!

Sara said...

Good luck with the book!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Go for it! The book, that is... ;) I think 10 years to wait for the book to write itself is long enough - time you took matters into your own hands. Your regular posting will be missed, but whatever you post, whenever you post, will be read with relish. No, not the condiment, silly! :)

And yeah, probably a good call on not doing the nekkid posing since you'd just be one of many...no need to be a cliché... ;)

You will update us on George's status, won't you?! :)

mannequin said...

Oh... a book about frogs. Or maybe naked overlay pictures.

I sure am glad you decided not to pose nekked and all. At least you got in the last word and weren't shamed by him firing you when you undressed or somethin.

Mary Anna said...

Follow your heart. That's what got me into this crazy stage of life. I cut way back on my blog and no one seemed to notice (and, my house was no cleaner for it. Guess all's not win-win!). Anyhoo, drop my some lines and let me know how it's going. And, if you need a pre-submission editor, I just might know one ... (Subtly aside: I worked as an editor for years before moving I to marketing. And, as a marketing chick, I learned that we pay the editors to catch out typos!)

Mary Anna said...

Oh, and mannequin's comment reminded me ...

Growing up, we had this set of encyclopedias that featured these illustrated overlays of the frog. My little sister had a speech disorder but could say "colloquial opening" as clear as day.

Dto3 said...

I think I'm going to go ask loving wife if she'll give me more cuddle time...be right back...she said no.

Julia said...

Personal writing should always take precedence over blog writing...especially if you can make some dough.

Otter Thomas said...

Good luck with the writing. That is the right choice. I have found that not posting cuts back on your blog activity, but not commenting is just as bad. This stuff is hard work.

Stacie's Madness said...

Yeah, I probably would have said no to the naked portrait too, but I totally voted for you to say yes. ;)

good luck with the book...what about george though? Is he still missing?

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