Going back in CITR book history…..
Originally, when photos were taken last fall, I thought this photo:
Or this photo:
–would make the cover.
But that was not to be.
My publisher preferred this photo:
Which made me want to throw myself over a cliff. (We’ve been over this issue.)
And so then we had a re-shoot in the spring and came up with this photo:
I was quite happy with this photo, and I thought it would make the cover. In fact, it made the cover of the advance reader copies, and yet–
My publisher was not completely happy with it. I am not complaining–they are so into this book. I LOVE THAT. And I’m grateful. They would have preferred things like not so much with the black in the doorway, and me closer up. (Really? Me closer up? Is that necessary???) But when they wanted me to go back to the hay loft and the chicken scene and re-shoot that, it was like Jason from the Friday the 13th movies coming back. Nooooooooooo.
And I was like a prima donna and a princess and the Queen of Sheba all rolled into one. NOOOOOOOOOOO.
And they said okay, which is amazing.
But then I felt bad, like a prima donna and a princess and the Queen of Sheba all rolled into one. And I had a vision. A vision! And the next morning, I called Jerry and explained my vision. And because he is used to me, he didn’t do anything but sigh and say, “When am I coming over?” And I said, “Now! NOW!”
And so he did.
And so now, this summer, we came up with this option:
Not that there weren’t 200 other photos involved in this situation, but this is the one that the prima donna, princess, and Queen of Sheba could accept.
And yes, afterward, I drank that glass of wine. And I set down the chicken, and a rooster jumped on her right away.
There is just no break when you are a hen. But in my own defense, the chicken wasn’t the only one suffering. I was wearing the same flannel shirt I was wearing in March. I had sweat dripping down my face during this shoot. It was 80 degrees, even in the morning, and muggy.
Which one do you like best????
Or this one?
Inquiring minds (including at my publishing house) need to know! The book goes to the printer soon, so this is your last chance!
All photos in this post are credit to Jerry Waters.
P.S. Here is what was going on behind the scenes. Because yeah, it was 80 degrees and we were shooting from the waist up. I was wearing shorts, and chore boots due to the mud. And check out the goat under the door!
That’s Maia, looking for mama! (And OHMYGOD, I posted that photo.)
P.P.S. There were no chickens harmed in the making of this post. There was just one mildly irritated one.