Since I was planning another blog about the life of pirates, I wanted to include this information. But first I thought I'd find a picture to post with it. I did a quick search of a photo agency and used appropriate search terms: "Blood" and "Foot"
I didn't get that many results since really, how often does someone want to post a picture like that? I also forgot my photography motto: If it hasn't been done before—there's usually a good reason.
I asked my husband to go outside, take off his shoes, stand on a board (deck) and let me sprinkle red paint on him so I could take his picture. He just wasn't in the mood.
So I decided to use my own foot, but I had on toenail polish. A pirate doesn't wear toenail polish, although I assume Jack Sparrow would have if he had a color he liked.
To get around the problem with the toes, I decided to do an appropriate crimson footprint on a board. So I got paper towels, red paint and a weathered board.
The bloodied footprint didn't turn out so well, and I didn't have a lot of board to spare on repeated attempts. But I noticed that I had an amazingly injured looking foot. So I took a selfie. Of the bottom of my up-turned foot lying against a board. It wasn't easy. I got a cramp, nearly fell when I was hopping on one foot so the "blood" didn't get dirty, and things didn't get better.
But the picture of the foot? Oh, I think it turned out pretty realistic. So realistic I am afraid to post it. To me, it looks a bit too accurate. Do I want—for the rest of my life—to have such a picture like that appearing on Google if someone types my name in the image search--because we all know it's not usually the pictures we prefer that show up in searches.
I write romance. Not murder mysteries.
So I came inside and stepped into the shower and washed the paint off my foot.
I didn't take a picture of the splattered shower with water draining red, but I did some quick scrubbing. I didn't take a photo of the soaked paper towels in the waste basket either. But that's how I ended up with a crime scene in the bathroom and a sore ankle.
Photo Credit: Fotolia
(Sometimes it's best to play it safe.)
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