Boo!

 

(that’s my adorable granddaughter dressed up as Jessie and the scary clown is hubby lying in wait for unsuspecting trick or treaters last year)

I think I blogged last Halloween. And if memory serves me correctly, I didn’t write anything too ghoulish.  I’m not today either.  Instead I want to talk about predictability.

Yesterday I went to my hair stylist with the sole intention of drastically changing my hair style.  Instead, I ended up with—well, the same old same old.  Shoulder length brown hair.  Nothing wild, nothing wicked, just straight and brown.  In my own defense I had to keep the color low key because three weeks ago right before my son’s wedding I asked my then stylist (new girl now) to give me a body wave.  Well, she did and let’s just say, my hair got a wee bit over processed and I couldn’t go with the bolder highlights I wanted to go with.  I still can’t, but I digress.  Suffice it to say, while I couldn’t go wild with color, I could have gone wild with a new cut, aaand I chickened out at the last minute.

And here’s the kicker, if I could have any hair style and color at all, I’d go long, straight, and sabled.  Oh, I’d be bold and go with bangs, but at the end of the day, when it comes to my style in general, I’m predictable.  With my clothing, I like classic lines, rich gem tone colors, the ever basic black and white accompanied by understated accessories.  Now, my idea of understated can be and occasionally includes hefty carats, but those carats aren’t set in big flashy settings. I don’t go out on fashion limb. I don’t go out on a jewelry limb either.  Like I said, I like it simple but classic and while I look for a bargain, most of my clothing isn’t found on the sales rack.  But without fail, I predictably shop at the same stores for the same type of outfits.  Hell, I’ve been wearing the same parfum for the last 25 years!  Granted, it’s Chanel No 5.  A classic, timeless fragrance. I doubt I’ll ever wear anything else. But really, it’s all so predictably boring when you think about it.

And what’s so funny is that everyone says they never know what to get me for Christmas or my birthday because I’m so picky!  Hah, I might be picky but I’m freakin’ predictable!  I’m tired of it.  But you know what?  Whenever I think of going wild, I think, That’s not me, why would I do that?  So I don’t, but, the one place that I can be totally unpredictable is in my stories, and in that I am, predictable.  You know I’m going to emotionally chew you up and spit you out.  You know my characters are going to be strong, passionate and fight for what they believe in as well as each other.  Predictably, there is never anything foo-foo or vanilla about my stories.  But, you can expect the unexpected, which I guess is, once again, predictable, but in a good way, yes? I hope so.  I don’t know how to write any other way.

I guess that part of me that writes the stories I write is my alter ego.  Kind of like my Karin Tabke author fb page.  There I can let it all hang out so to speak. I have a lot of fun with my author fb friends.  My personal family fb page?  Boooooring.  My kids, hubby, aunts and uncles troll that page. I am a wife, and a mother, hell, I’m a grandmother. If I posted the things there that I post on my author page, I would embarrass my family or at the very least give the wrong impression to their friends, and let’s face it, many folks think because I write erotic romance, I’m well, erotic, so that’s why I keep them very separate.  It’s for their own protection.  ^_~

But, I’m thinking maybe the boring Karin Tabke should take a few lessons from the more exciting Karin Tabke author and let her hair down a little.  Be less predictable.  That means getting out of my comfort zone, and I’m willing to give it try so long as I don’t embarrass myself.

Now, let’s see, the next reader event con I’m going to attend is RT in April.  I’m going to predict that I will have a–new look…  ^.^

So, it’s time for you to tell us, are you predictable?  Whether you are or aren’t, what’s the most unpredictable thing you’ve done recently? 

About Karin Tabke aka Karin Harlow

Award winning author Karin Tabke isn’t just another author with steamy stories to tell, but a cop’s wife who has “seen it all and heard it all.” Karin also writes paranormal romance as Karin Harlow with her L.O.S.T. series hailed as paranormal romantic suspense at its “chilling and sizzling” best.
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15 Responses to Boo!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I think one reason we’re predictable in the style of clothes we wear and the length of our hair is because we know what looks good on us. Every once in a while, I have cut my hair short, and it just doesn’t look good on me. On my last haircut, I had it cut just a little shorter than usual, and I’m so happy it’s finally growing to a length that looks better on me. The same with clothes and the colors.

    I’ll look forward to your new look next April – if you don’t chicken out. lol

  2. I know what you mean about being predicable! I have a hair appointment today with a new person. I am NERVOUS! I’ve even thought about canceling because I don’t know what I want to do with my hair.

    Love the pictures. :grin:

  3. First of all your granddaugher is so freaking cute!

    I like to think I’m unpredictable, but when it comes down to it, probably not! It’s so much easier to be predictable. But its funny because I need to get my hair cut and its long, and has been most of my life and I keep going back and forth about whether I want to cute it short or not. lol.

    • Thank you, Lori, she’s not only cute as a bug but too smart for her own good.

      I’d say be brave, be bold, be creative and get your hair chopped and styled, but that would be hypocritical of me when I do the same thing. Whatever you do, you’ll look great. But why don’t you be unpredictable for both of us and go for it. I want pictures!
      Karin* Tabke aka Harlow`s last blog was …CAPA Winner!

  4. Misty Evans says:

    Karin, your style fits you perfectly.

    This post made reminded me of the scene in the movie Thor where Jane says to him, “So this is how you normally look?”
    Thor: “More or less.”
    Jane: “It’s a good look!”

    It’s a good look, Karin. Work it, chica!

    • aw, Misty thank you. My hubby said so much the other day when I was complaining about my hair and wanting to go radical. Of course if he had his way it would be Lady Godiva long, although I wouldn’t be riding naked through my town… Not THAT would be unpredictable. ;)
      Karin* Tabke aka Harlow`s last blog was …CAPA Winner!

  5. Liz Kreger says:

    I always have a new hairstyle … mostly because I’m never sure when (and if) I’m gonna have hair and if so, how far along its come. :wink: Right now its rather short and scruffy, but I see that its beginning to curl. So unless I go on another chemo treatment, you’ll see me in April with medium curly hair. Probably still brown with way too much gray in it since I don’t think I can get it colored anymore. As far as being predictable with clothing? Not necessarily. If I see something funky that I really like, I’ll get it. Only think I try to do is keep within my age range. Would look totally ridiculous in a mini-skirt and boots.

    • Liz, I love your head with or without hair! You wear scarves better than anyone I know! I like your style too. I like to stay in age range too, but I think sometimes I buy up in age not stay in my age. either way no mini skirt w/boots for this chick. Oh, but I do remember this lime green mini skirt I had and white go go boots…
      Karin* Tabke aka Harlow`s last blog was …CAPA Winner!

  6. Karin,
    Your granddaughter is a doll!! What a cutie ;).
    My hair is very unpredictable and not easily controllable, and I never know how it’s going to look from one day to the next. It’s naturally curly but fine with a tendency toward split ends…so I don’t have the courage to take many style chances. Already, every day is a walk into the unknown, LOL.
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Under Her Spell — A Visit with Eliza Daly

  7. CateS says:

    Love the photos… sweet! I can be predictable also… but I also like ‘nice’ things… you know the champagne budget… so let them know you want a new Coach bag…

  8. Amy Atwell says:

    Predictable can be good in many things, Karin! And I’m with you–I think I’ve been wearing the same hair style for 20 years. Well, maybe 15… I had to wait for the big hair perm phase of the 80s to pass. I suppose the day will come when some hairdresser will look me in the mirror and say, “Sweetie, you really shouldn’t be trying to pull off that look at your age.”

    Thanks for sharing the super pix of your granddaughter and hubby. Really got me in the mood!
    Amy Atwell`s last blog was …Guilty Pleasures

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