Telling the truth. Telling a lie. Sometimes they are the same. And I am honored to be given two awards by two writers I respect, ones who are very, very good at telling true lies. Thank you, Deanna, at The Other Side of Deanna for Lesa's
These awards came within a day of each other, and since both have to do with veracity, I'm taking Linda's suggestion and combining them. For the
1. Terrified that I would get a ticket, I outran a cop when I was sixteen years old. Parents, beware of giving your teenagers turbo-charged sports cars.
2. In the same vein as above, I won three games of chicken played on good ole Augusta Hwy my senior year in high school. My boyfriend rode in the passenger seat.
3. I rescued four people as a lifeguard. The last was unconscious, requiring mouth-to mouth. He hit his head on the high dive, then on the concrete edge on the way down. He was rushed to the hospital, where it was confirmed he had a concussion. He actually got back on the high dive, although many weeks later.
4. I finished in the top twelve of the Miss Teen America Pageant my freshman year in college and have been trying to live it down ever since (even though they did actually care about intelligence). The coolest part? Missing two weeks of school while having fun in Hawaii.
5. The forbidden beckons me. I will break into a press box, steal a motor boat for a night (um...more than once), or hide out in a state park simply for the thrill. (Not so funny when you get stuck in the park because the rangers are (unknowingly) blocking your path to your secret exit--and your new boyfriend is with you. It's his first time home to meet the folks...)
6. I was a chemical engineering major in college and was only able to change to being an English major after a huge blowout with my dad, who wanted me to be an engineer (like he was). After I made the change, one of the absolute geekiest guys in our class, inspired by my actions, revealed his inner passion for poetry and also became an English major. He's now a published poet with two books. (I'm not jealous or anything...)
7. I dated a guy whose sister was murdered by a serial killer. The case was featured in a major profiler's autobiography. Seen Silence of the Lambs? FBI agent Starling's character is in part based upon his experiences as a profiler.
8. My best friend and I threw a beach party in the reflection pool at my college. We filled the pool with floaties and invited our entire hall to meet us at 1 a.m. Only five came, but the guys coming out of the computer lab really appreciated our bikinis that night...It wasn't until later that we found out we could've been expelled for doing it.
9. I met an amazingly smart, incredibly good-looking, and interested-in-me boy while visiting my sister in college. There was definitely a connection. I had a boyfriend, so nothing could happen, but it still stunned me when I learned the next day he'd died that morning. On his way to church, he'd stopped to help a motorist parked on an overpass. Another car came along and swerved towards them. It's unclear if he jumped or was hit by the car and knocked onto the road below.
10. I'd set foot on every single continent before I ever visited New York City. (Thank God that's been rectified now.)
So those are my lies, my truths...Part of accepting these awards is honor others.
I'm awarding Lesa's
Linda at LeftBrainWrite
Anton at The Black Dogs of Despair Reading Room
David at Writing for Torre
Maria at Mazzz in Leeds
Marc at Sulci Collective
Karen at Miscellaneous Yammerings
Marisa at Out of Order Alice
Honest Scrap goes to:
Deanna at The Other Side of Deanna
Simon at Skycycler
Estrella at Life's a Stage
I know I confused things by fusing these awards, but there are instructions for each individually.
As acceptance for this award, the following must be met:
1. Thank the person who gave this to you.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you.
4. Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth, or six outrageous truths and one outrageous lie.
5. Nominate seven “Creative Writers” who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies.
6. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them.
For Honest Scrap, share ten things about yourself and pass the award along.