The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

What is Faux About Your Life?

           A few weeks ago, I sponged-painted my once-yucky kitchen counter. It now looks like granite--sleek and mottled with browns and black and tans. And it looks like a brand-new $5,000.00 countertop, and all it cost us was $70.

        Every morning I use an eyelash curler, in an attempt to override my drooping eyelids. 

        And as evidenced by all the skin cleansers and skin sloughers and skin creams that hog up space in my hall closet, it's obvious--I'm trying to be something I'm not (which is older than mud).

         As writers, we specialize in what is faux and what is not. Even if we're writing nonfiction, we're putting our own spin on things, and filling in with details that we forgot long ago.

This collection will be on sale on December 24, 2013.
My slice-of-life story, "Still Dishing It Out"
is going to be one of the 101 story offerings.


I received word yesterday that my story has made it to the final round. I also received a letter yesterday from a epistolary addict  letter-writing maniac  writing friend, and what she wrote made me think... Am I a creative nonfiction writer? Am I a novelist? Or am I whatever I'm dabbling in at the moment?

What is the thing that is most faux about you or your life? Don't be afraid to share. I won't tell a soul... 




       
   

19 comments:

  1. Wow, that counter top sounds like a lot of work but very innovative. So what kind of surface did you start with? What kind of finish did you put on once you had sponged?

    Faux me. Some days I feel totally faux! This week, being a writer feels faux as I got a rejection from an editor I worked with all summer who in the end decided the story wasn't quite right for the publication. So I ask myself what am I doing here?

    Congrats on your next step forward! I have never had any luck with CS...so you journey on!!!

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  2. Claudia--We started out with the normal counter--like most people have--and I used a kit called Giani Granite. (I think that's how it's spelled.) It wasn't a lot of work, and is so easy to do.

    Thanks for the congrats. You have been successful in areas I stink at--we all have our strengths (and weaknesses) as writers.

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  3. H'mmm. I'm on a remodeling kick and that faux granite sounds awesome. Is it okay to use it in the same ways as any counter? Does it require special treatment? I'm hard on counters. Just ask my current, thoroughly wounded one.

    Pat
    Critter Alley

    P.S. Congrats on ANOTHER acceptance! You are definitely a CS rock star.

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    1. Pat--I was skeptical, and might still be. It's still too new to tell. They say don't put anything hot on it, and don't chop vegetables on the counter (use a cutting board instead, which is what you're supposed to do anyway). Time will tell. (I'm hard on counters as well.) However, I DO know it looks a lot better than it did...

      Thanks. A CS rock star? Hardly. That title belongs to Linda O'Connell.

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  4. Well, I do the eyelash curler thingy too, and mascara, and Bare Minerals. But the MOST faux thing? Huh. I'd like to say my boobs, but alas, no boobage here, faux or otherwise. My hair color, I guess. Which comes out of a box!

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    1. Lisa--What you don't have...doesn't droop, which means you'll never be able to tuck them into the waistband of your pants.

      My hair color comes out of a box, too. I've dyed it for so long, I don't consider it "faux" anymore.

      And thanks.

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  6. My big black wings are ornamental. I can't actually fly most of the time.

    PS--they killed Hank! I couldn't believe they killed Hank!

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    1. My mouth was agape as well...I wonder who's next?

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  7. Congrats on the Soup and the granite! Faux is me. I pretend to be a writer. I know this, because my son tells me it doesn't count unless I have a whole published book to myself.

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    1. Val--Thanks. So nationally-syndicated newspaper columnists...not writers?

      Don't listen to him. He's wrong. (Kids are NEVER right.)

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  8. Congrats! You are moving and shaking!

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    1. Marcia--Thanks. Yeah, the cellulite is moving (downward) and the arm flabs are shaking.

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  9. Congratulations. We share another credit. I am so happy for you and that Denny's dude.

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    1. Congratulations to YOU, Linda, although you hear that so often, it probably sounds like buzzing in your ears.

      That Denny's dude? He's not always happy with his Lucille Ball...

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  10. Congratulations, Sioux. You are amazing, both as a writer and as an innovative thinker.

    As far as being faux. Hmmm. With me it's pretty much what you see is what you get, although not long ago someone accused me of coloring my hair, but I gave that up years ago.

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    1. Thanks, Donna. "Innovative thinker." Is that a PC way of calling me "crazy"? ;)

      Your hair is gorgeous. I'm not surprised that people think you dye it...

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  11. Congratulations! We're in one together at last unless they kick me out last minute! Lisa Ricard Claro took mine. Am getting ready to attempt to make my brown/white/red/blonde/gray hair all one color. And there's make up, of course. Most phony of all is my novel. Because till I'm done, no book exists. :(

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  12. Congratulations... again. And hey, was that writer person you were referring to, was that me? Epistolary addict? Letter writing maniac? I haven't written a letter since I left for LA. Egads, the horror. My hair is faux even though it's supposed to be my "natural" color. I think the hair dresser didn't look close enough to what was underneath... he he he.

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