The way to a writer's head is through her face

Everyone at work makes fun of me for my "writing faces." (Oh, the joy of an office with a huge glass sliding door.)

I can't help it. When I write, I act out the words. I feel the dialogue. I internalize the stories and out it comes on my face. Whether I'm writing a blog post about my deepest darkest thoughts, dry legal disclaimers, or a headline that I've been told must somehow incorporate the words "absorbent," "happy" and "life-changing."

Here's what you would see should you pass my office at any given moment on the way to the coffee machine.

Warning: These are actual unretouched faces. Not necessarily safe for work, pregnant women or small children who frighten easily.

That copy sucks.

That copy is awesome.

I cannot possibly think of one more synonym for "fresh."

Wait! That could totally...nope. Nope, that's bad. That's not even English.

 What's funnier? Penguins or Guinea Pigs?

Oh shoot. I forgot about ferrets. Ferrets are always funny.

How much does blogging pay again?

Wait a minute...

Oh, hey. That works.


Blogger Truthful Mommy said...

Love it! I make so many faces, its pretty funny when I see myself on video! Take a look for yourself http://motherhoodthetruth.blogspot.com/2010/08/truthful-mommy-goes-live.html, you look amazing compared to the crazy faces I make:) Happy Mothering!

8/24/10, 10:31 AM  
Anonymous The Know It All Mom said...

Who knew ferrets were funny? I shall use that myself this week! Love the photos. I wonder what I look like lost in my own words?

8/24/10, 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

You're always funny no matter what animals you choose.

8/24/10, 10:33 AM  
Blogger caramama said...

Ha! I love it! I'm very expressive no matter what I'm doing. My sister always made fun of the face I make when eating. Apparently, I take my food very seriously.

8/24/10, 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Penguins. Definitely Penguins.

Also! Your blog is appearing lovely for me today. No more column overlap! Hooray!

8/24/10, 11:42 AM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Guinea Pigs. Just look at the word. They're furry rodents we call pigs!

What could be funnier than that?

8/24/10, 2:13 PM  
Blogger tara said...

omigosh yes. who needs words anyway when we can just read your face? (i am the same. and i could never give up words.)

8/24/10, 2:15 PM  
Blogger Liz@thisfullhouse said...

My 16yo was reading over my shoulder and just said I have the same face...so, I better give it back, before I break it!!!

8/24/10, 2:59 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

You haven't lived until you have slipped a ferret inside a sleeping bag. Good for hours of entertainment.

8/24/10, 4:33 PM  
Anonymous Jen Singer said...

Nothing's funnier than ferrets. Or Liz Gumbinner.

I read my copy out loud. My family finally realizes I am not talking to them.

8/24/10, 4:56 PM  
Blogger Alex said...

I loved the disclaimer :-)

I love when I finally "hit" on what you want to say and it flows out and I have the biggest geekiest smile on my face!

8/24/10, 5:06 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

I think your writing faces are awesome. Seriously. They show that you're involved with what you're doing. That matters most of all, I say.

8/24/10, 8:53 PM  
Blogger Scary Mommy said...

See, the expression for your last question is more like the first face for me. Someday...

8/24/10, 10:31 PM  
Blogger Elaine A. said...

The third to last shot cracked me up because I just know that's how I look half the time.

But the last one is the best. :)

8/24/10, 10:43 PM  
Blogger Headless Mom said...

You are so cute! And even better since I met you and can hear your voice now.

8/24/10, 10:58 PM  
Blogger Cajun Cowgirl said...

I should totally film myself while writing. I wonder what I do!

8/24/10, 11:13 PM  
Anonymous Meagan Francis said...

I love it. I have become aware of my own weird writing faces lately--I should videotape myself just so I can see how goofy I look. And as a magazine writer I am so with you on "fresh"--I've come to hate that word myself, because all ideas must be FRESH FRESH FRESH! (Even if it is just another way to say "walk off the weight".)

8/25/10, 11:52 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

LOVE THIS! I do the same thing & Husband makes fun of me all. the. time. I'll be sitting on the couch, making all kinds of faces at my computer and he's just watching me like I'm a crazy person. Super!

8/25/10, 12:51 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Ha! One of my graduate professors actually laughted at me once while I was writing an essay exam. She said I was an "animated writer"

8/25/10, 2:55 PM  
Anonymous dusty earth mother said...

Fabulous! What a beautiful (and expressive, of course) face. And by the way, guinea pigs. Always guinea pigs. Remember that.

8/25/10, 11:31 PM  
Blogger The Professional Family Manager said...

I so love this! I, however, don't just make faces...I talk to my laptop or my paper. I'll argue with it. "Why doesn't this sentence work? How many more ways can I say this? Should I use a comma or a semi-colon? Yikes--I used that word again!!!" It drives my kids crazy. It used to drive my co-workers crazy...they'd eventually come by and close my office door on me.

I just claim I do it because I'm passionate about my work. :-)

8/26/10, 12:20 AM  
Blogger Backpacking Dad said...

That was 800% adorable.

8/26/10, 1:24 AM  
Blogger Avitable said...

I think you're lying. Those are totally your O faces.

8/26/10, 2:06 AM  
Anonymous Lanita said...

Besides the faces...I talk to myself...and I usually answer back, plus I make a lot of hand gestures. Then sometimes, but very rarely...I cry. Typing though my tears. I am glad I write alone...at home

8/27/10, 11:11 AM  
Blogger Gray Matter said...

I humbly submit to you: Puma. That's freakin' hilarious. Hope you're having loads of fresh-air, non-pregnant fun!

8/30/10, 9:18 PM  
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9/9/10, 4:43 PM  

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