The BIG Picture….

So tomorrow at 10:30AM, I’m scheduled to take my author’s photo!

Are you nervous, you ask?

Why yes, Dear!

So very nervous.

I’m pondering wether to wear my hair curly, like it is now, or straighten it–which I’ll have to do after my Italian lesson this afternoon.

The pros to straight–There aren’t any.

The cons of straight–I’ll be near the ocean, outside, in San Diego at 10:30AM. My hair will not stay straight for more than 15 minutes in those conditions.

The pros of curly–It’s cute.

Okay… that’s a weak list but I’ll go with curly.


Anyway, as soon as I get the pictures and hopefully like them–I’m EXTREMELY non-photogenic, which is why I don’t have very many pictures of myself and which is why I have none posted–for the most part.

I mean, if I had a photo that I thought really captures me, It would be up right now. But I can always look at my image and find three things wrong.

I hate taking pictures.

But I know as a working author, I need one. My readers want to know what I look like for the most part!

Okay. Now back to work. I have an Italian language lesson at 3:00PM. I THANK the language for introducing me to Biagio Antonocci but until I get book 7 of Parched out and finish this new book that I started, then I’m going to have to put those lessons on hold. Especially since I need to apply the payment for my lesson towards editing and the hour and a half I dedicate to walking to the class and taking it, takes at least 500 to 100 words out of my writing day. Basically, the time for private Italian lessons is not now.

Oh and yeah. So I started writing this story that came to my head the other day and guess what? I can’t stop! It’s contemporary romance and I’m so into seeing how these characters’ world is evolving.

So. Yeah. I dedicate an hour and a half to that book per day now.

Got to go.

I hope I like the picture enough to post it AND THEN I hope you like it.

Although, really, who cares how it looks, right? It’ll capture me at that moment and that is REAL. So. You know what. No matter what they look like, I’ll post them! Because I am merely ME πŸ™‚

(excuse any typos–I can’t go back and re-read. The day is getting away from me!)


  • victoriawarren

    I am really excited to finally see your photo!!! I am sure it will be great. I do actually have preconceived ideas about what you look like.Lol Sorry.

    What I am more excited about is the new characters that are digging their way out of your brain. So so stoked about that!!! And, call me a slacker, but I just read the updates and the new title is awesome. Vanquished….I love that title. And I love a nice long read. πŸ™‚

    So I hope the picture goes well today.

    • Z.L Arkadie

      Hi Vic! Thanks for the thumbs up on the title! I really needed that! I’ll go with it! πŸ™‚ Well… Once when I was getting a pedicure, the women were commenting in there language that I looked like Nicki Minaj. I’ve also been told I look like a Chaka Kahn (back in 70’s, Chaka Kahn). Pam Grier. Victoria Dillard. But I don’t know. I think I’m a combination of all those women depending on which angle, time of day, mood… This was the first time since 1990 that I took professional pictures. And wow, she was a REALLY good photographer! So, I’ll see… I wish I can remain faceless as I want readers to see the story and not me. Everyone that I know that I’ve given my work to read always see me in the characters (everyone except my mom go figure). Guys I’ve dated, friends… They all see me. It’s sort of scary to have fans seeing me when the read characters. I think because of it I escaped a lot of harsh, craziness. I don’t know. It’s scary but it’s professional so I have to do it in order to call myself a real author. Sighhhh…

    • victoriawarren

      Well… I already know you are a real author. So do a lot of other people. πŸ™‚
      I totally thought Chaka Kahn was awesome!! Especially her hair!!
      In 1986 I got, “You look like Whitney Houston”. I can’t tell you how UNTRUE that was. I did have a perm at the time but I am a filipino/caucasian hybrid with stick straight hair!! LOL

    • Z.L Arkadie

      I miss Whitney??? πŸ™ Loved her, always wished she could one day become the image her publicists created of her… Sighhhhh… But yeah I can totally see how a filipino/caucasian mix could produce a Whitney look-a-like! I mean, I am truly a staunch believer in beauty being subjective, basically only real and true in the mind of the one who’s defining beauty for him or herself (which makes it always dynamic and never static) BUT Whitney was stunningly BEAUTIFUL, all the way to the end. πŸ™

      Anyway, it’s still scary releasing an image. A photo will make all this so real… But onward I shall go πŸ™‚ Night, Vic!

  • julia blake

    I do hope you like your photo! You’ve become one of my favorite authors, and it does bother me not to know what you look like. I truly admire your work ethic and appreciate your sharing your process with us.

    Thanks and good luck with the picture.