I’ve heard people talk about owning your crazy. I appreciate this notion. I have a lot of crazy to own. But today, I want to talk about something else. I want to talk about owning my lazy.
In some ways, I’m a pretty hardworking gal. I hold down a job, keep my house tidy, do the occasional load of laundry, and even crank out a book here and there. (Hello Heartbreaker!) But when it comes to my face? Wow. That’s a lot of lazy.
I could tell you the things I do for my face, but it might be easier to tell you what I don’t do. I don’t wash my face before bed. I don’t use fancy moisturizers, despite having entered those golden mid-forties where the wrinkles and sagging and bagging seem to grow up overnight.
I don’t wear makeup—not because my face doesn’t need it, because of course it does. More because I’m too lazy to take it off at night. I don’t pluck my eyebrows. (I do pluck the hair that grows out of my chin. Is that TMI?) I don’t exfoliate. I’m not even entirely sure what that is.
The heroine of Heartbreaker, Tess, is a little like me. She’s got a lot going on—juggling three jobs, attending school, generally working her tail off to try to make up for mistakes she made as a teenager. She doesn’t have time for her face either. (Admittedly, I only hold down one job, but let’s not focus on that!)
I didn’t realize how lazy I am until I became the proud owner of a teenage daughter. Just watching the time, energy, and effort she puts into her face leaves me shamed. She has bins of makeup—dozens of palates and brushes and tubes and containers. Getting ready to go out involves a combination of concealers and foundation, mascara and eye shadow. She tweezes, combs, and adds some kind of magical junk to her eyebrows. She does clay masks and facials on the weekend.
She’s beautiful, of course, without any makeup at all. And she tells me she enjoys the makeup. It’s fun to decorate her face, she says. And she doesn’t wear nearly as much as some young women. Honestly, while I adore her naked face just the way it is, I have to applaud the sheer effort she puts in. The time and attention. The determination to get up early enough to apply it all, and the care to take it all off at night.
When I go on a book tour or attend conferences, I try to make myself a bit more presentable. I blow dry my hair. I put on mascara. I’ve even been known to dig out my sole tube of lipstick and give it a whirl. But within a few days I’m exhausted. Do you know how much time that takes? How much effort?
You probably do. You probably wash your face at night. Well, today I’m raising a glass in your honor. Here’s to your effort, and here’s to my lazy.
Now it’s your turn. What’s your lazy? Share and we can be lazy together!
Mistakes? She’s made a few…
Dropped out of high school? Check. Ran away with loser boyfriend at
age sixteen? Check. Fell for every line from every guy? Sadly, check.
But now, Tess Paplion has started over. Juggling multiple part-time jobs
while finishing her college degree, she’s not letting anything get in her
way. Especially not a sexy angel investor with “one-night disaster”
written all over him.
Mason Coleman just inherited a 200-pound invalid Mastiff—and an
intriguing, unusual, and thoroughly infuriating dog nanny who turns his
life upside down the moment she steps through his front door. No
matter how she makes him feel Mason doesn’t do commitment—so
what happens when he falls for her? And worse, what happens when
she wants nothing to do with him?
Romance Contemporary [Entangled: Amara, On Sale: February 25, 2019, e-Book, / ]
About Inara Scott
Inara Scott grew up on a steady diet of true love, heaving bosoms, and happily ever after. Romance inspired her first (terrible) novel, penned at the age of 14, titled A Wild and Stormy Passion. Today, Inara writes anything and everything, including adult romance and young adult fiction and adult romance. Inara was a finalist for the prestigious RITA award of the Romance Writers of America for her book Reforming the Playboy. Her novels have won numerous awards, including the IPPY Award (Winter Rain), the Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book (The Talents and The Marked) the HOLT Medallion Award of Merit (Radiant Desire and Rules of Negotiation). When she’s not writing, she loves to spend time wandering around in the woods, paddling around on lakes, and has been known to occasionally dress up her little white dog in princess costumes.