As an aside, it's kind of funny--most of the male author shots I see are definitely in the "I am badass" or "I am super smart" expression set. They wear plain black shirts or suits. They rarely smile, often look hard or hardcore, and of course there is the famous Manly Arms Crossed Pose (patented by China Mieville I believe). This is obviously on purpose as in real life most of those male authors are as goofy and friendly as anyone else. It also has the advantage of allowing the author in question to plump up their biceps a bit with their hidden hands. (I am wise in the ways of OKCupid prodile images.)
But in their author shots, women tend to smile, or to pose with musical instruments or other of their hobby items, to wear fantastical clothes, to dip their head so that they are looking up at the camera rather than down at it as in the MACP, wear soft colors, hair, etc. And both with my previous headshot and this one I've been told I look too hard and mean--even though I am actually smiling (a little) in the new one (and wearing a corset) as opposed to the old one. I find this very interesting because I feel like the gender performance of Male Author is one of power and strength while that of Female Author is of Beauty and Non-Threatening Wisdom. And in that we often police ourselves. We internalize what we think an Author looks like, even acts like, especially online in the age of the Alpha Geek Author, and we perform it. Of course you can show me many women author shots that do not apply (Atwood comes to mind as someone who always looks badass to me) and I beg you not to. It's something I've noticed happening more often than not, not a rule.
So I pick these author shots where I think I look powerful, and eventually I always hear that I look mean. Of course, given a choice, I will always choose Badass and Hardcore over Pretty and Soft, but still, I wonder if male authors get told they look too mean? Somehow I doubt it.
BUT THE POINT OF THIS POST WAS TO BLOG A
So I posted this pic and thought suddenly "I do believe I've seen that canary-ingested expression before." And dug up a picture of October lounging on her favorite chaise, which is in this case the Fairyland copyedit but could be any manuscript, really. Do cats end up looking like their owners? You be the judge.
TOBY PERFORMS THE SHIT OUT OF HER BADASS AUTHORCAT HEADSHOT. JUST LOOK AT HER PAWS. THEY CRUSH PATRIARCHY.