Wednesday, October 17, 2007

From Clarketta Kent to Superdudette

I need a pair of glasses.

Of course, I have a pair of glasses and plenty of disposable contact lenses. I'm practically blind without correction. ("Nice puppy..." ~"Mommy, that's a fuming grizzly bear!")

Nearsightedness is a condition I've had since I was around seven and unless I get LASIK, I'm going to have it for the rest of my life.

That's okay.

But I do really need some glasses. Not for what they can do, but what they look like.

See, I want to appear "writer-ish".

Sure, I'm already a writer. I've published plenty and have a list of clients and publications for whom I've worked and am working. I have clips. I have references. I have legitimacy in my field.

Yet I feel a strong desire to LOOK the part of a freelancer.

So I've been asking myself, "What kind of glasses seem most authoritative?"

How about those ones with the rectangular frames? Or perfectly round ones? Or those without any kind of visible frames that just seem to float on the nose?

Maybe pink ones (a la Sally Jessy Raphael... dear lord, is she even still sporting those things?) Or green ones. Or enormous multi-colored frames bought at an Elton John yard sale.

I have this fantasy (and I realize it's just that). If I dress like a writer, I'll write better and more efficiently. I'll get more work. I'll be offered fascinating assignments. And I can finally get a headshot that looks... well... like I'm a "real" writer.

So I need those glasses.

But first, I need to write to pay for them. Nice irony, huh?


SzélsőFa said...

sometimes getting dressed up is part of the success.
It's like dressing up, preparing our souls to the activity we are about to do...

Jennifer said...

I think dressing in real clothing helps with productivity. You hear that often but I think it's honestly true. On days I stay in pjs (yes there are those days) I get so much less done. Even though the only place I'm going is my desk I still usually get dressed. But not dressed up -- just dressed like me.

The glasses well, I look dumb in glasses so maybe I'd write dumb in them. Who knows. Luckily I don't need them (yet) so it's hard to say. Love your new picture.

The Quoibler said...

Szelsofa: Isn't that the truth? I always feel much "stronger" when I know I look better.

Jennifer: Hey there! Ha! I laughed at "real clothing". You're so right. (By the way, I'm typing this in my pjs. I feel less-than-professional, I might add.) I doubt you'd look "dumb" in anything. And I'm sure you'd write like the witty, intelligent woman you are regardless of your choice of attire!