|You don't need to go quite this glam, but...|
|Remember that dowdy plaid nightdress|
(I had one like that...in 1984)
Don't take offense. This is what I tell myself. Yes, I--like countless other romance writers--watched Romancing the Stone in 1984 (when I was a mere neophyte, I might add). The character Joan Wilder, as played brilliantly by Kathleen Turner, was a wonderful writer. But insecure and dowdy. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) It seemed romantic and fun that a successful romance author could shuffle around her kitchen in her fuzzy slippers sharing ice cream with her cat. Let's remember, however, that she shortly got dressed, dashed out into the world, got undressed by degrees, and had a great adventure. Somehow, the writing in pajamas part stuck.
|Kathleen Turner as Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone|
That's much better. I wonder if she got more writing done.
|Okay, let's not go over the top.|
My mother told me to always look my best, even when going to the supermarket. "You never know who you'll run into," she'd say. I think my characters appreciate my regard. Besides, in this age of technological socializing, you never know when you'll need to take a Skype interview about your suddenly blockbuster novel.
Now run upstairs and put on some underwear.
I also dress for my genie. Check him out in The Genie Ignites.
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