Writing Revelation

5 Mar
Cynthia's foot.

Cynthia’s summer foot.

In the spirit of my friend and former colleague Cynthia Newberry Martin’s current writing project, here’s one true thing about me: I detest baby showers.

Cynthia’s year-long writing challenge is such a terrific idea that I’m almost jealous I didn’t think of it for myself. Almost, but not quite, because I’m enjoying her work far too much to let it be tainted by anything negative. Her project is as simple as it is rich: She’s sharing one true thing about herself every day for a year at her blog Catching Days, where she also blogs about books, shares thoughts about the (mostly novel-) writing process, and posts an in-depth “a day in the writing life” piece about a different writer every month. Sometimes a “true things” post is just a line or two, other times she writes a mini-essay. All are good reads. Here’s the contents page for the project.

And here’s another revelation: I am incapable of telling the truth if you ask me about your new haircut and I don’t like it. You can say all you want that I should be honest and that you really want, even need, my opinion. I will nod and say of course and smile and lie my ass off. And you will believe me. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this.

7 Responses to “Writing Revelation”

  1. cynthia March 5, 2015 at 7:20 PM #

    My foot! My summer foot. I forgot you had that shot. Thanks so much for your kind words–now and when I get my next haircut. And thanks for linking up to the blog. As you might expect, I don’t mind baby showers.

    • Claire Guyton March 5, 2015 at 9:04 PM #

      That’s one of my favorite photos of all time! And you might be amused to know that I’d put “Cynthia’s foot” in the caption and then almost had a panic attack b/c I hadn’t asked you if I could “out” your foot, so I hastily deleted the words before publishing. I’m glad b/c that gave me “Cynthia’s summer foot” as the obvious proper caption, once I saw your comment outing yourself. Whew!

  2. helena sorensen March 11, 2015 at 3:20 PM #

    Claire…
    I just HAD TO check you ‘out’… (lol)
    given the plethora of comments showing up
    on Cynthia’s ‘Project’… submitted by you!

    The ‘potential’ blooper…
    on “Cynthia’s Summer Foot”…
    echoes a scenario close to my heart.
    I am relieved to read of your close encounter
    which leads me to believe there is room for a
    reconciliation around my ‘done’ blooper!

    Delighted to see you both here 🙂
    from saudi with love… Helena

    • Claire Guyton March 11, 2015 at 8:29 PM #

      Hi Helena, nice to meet you! I should be embarrassed at how much real estate I’m taking up at Catching Days, but Cyn’s posts are just so wonderfully thought-provoking, and I’m catching up on them after a distracting start to the year kept me away. When you read a handful at a time, they take on a certain rhythm, which further inspires conversation. What a great project. As for bloopers, well, we all make them here and there and everywhere, don’t we? Hopefully there is always room for reconciliation. And now I must check YOU out…!

      • helena sorensen March 12, 2015 at 3:12 PM #

        Claire… and I’m delighted to meet you… for I am a newbie blogger and ought to be ‘embarrassed’ for even thinking about writing a comment on your blog… however… both Cynthia & yourself make it easy somehow… to join the conversation. It is a gift you both have and for which I am most grateful. Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog… not to mention posting several comments… to which I shall now reply. from saudi with love… Helena
        P.S. Blooper reconciled 🙂

        • Claire Guyton March 12, 2015 at 10:07 PM #

          Oh, lovely, so glad the blooper is history!

          You’re too kind, but thank you for the praise. And I must tell you that embarrassment is entirely outlawed here, except, of course, for me.

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