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Why Project Runway Is Like Writing


 

—I’m a girl with obsessions.

Truth be told, I had no idea I had so many until my family pointed them out.

One can always count on one’s family to be assholes brutally honest.

For example,  my son won’t drive with me anymore because I play the same CD all the time.

“I can’t take it!  You’re Nutzo!” He screams.  “I will go crazy if I hear “Gravity”  One. More. Time. I used to like John Mayor.”

Hubs is more subtle. 

“Um, Kim, did you know you have 50 pairs of boots.?  And they’re all BLACK in our closet. (he emphasizes OUR)  Excuuuuuse me, but would you mind if I put my soccer boots in there?”

I’m like,  “So what’s the prob, babe. There’s a bit of room in the corner in-between the chunky heeled boots and the flat heeled boots….See, right there.”

And don’t even ask me about the chocolate and the red wine, or re-runs of Sex & the City.

Another so-called obsession is Project Runway.

I just love love love the concept of creating  something beautiful out of a bed sheet, bag of glitter, or a package of condoms.   (kidding?)

I adore when Tim Gunn comes into the workroom and says,  “Now Make It Work, People!”

I anticipate Heidi Klum uttering in her cute German accent,  “One day you’re inAnd the next day you’re out.”  (on your fat ass)

Anyhow, this got me thinking about how comparable Project Runway is to Writing.

Generating something out of ….

A word.     An idea.     An experience.   

Grasping a mere thought to produce syllables, vocabulary, sentences, paragraphs.

Or selecting a slice of material to construct pleats, pockets, angles.

But the truly great writers don’t only write with ordinary pens….They write with their own blood.

And the extra-ordinary designers don’t simply sew on buttons & bows….They surprise the judges with unexpected embroidery, surprising combinations, extreme color.

I  see a parallel.  Don’t you?

Would you chose commonplace or unusual?

For me…..It’s Always the quirky and peculiar.

I want to be WOOOWED. 

I want to jump off my seat and scream:   “My insides are dancing!”

I want flowing words that stick to my soul.

I want a bag of glitter to produce a masterpiece.

Dear, Reader:    What book has blown your skirt off?    Who has been your favorite Project Runway Winner?   What has surprised you lately?

——My Favorite all time winner of Project Runway:  Leanne Marshal

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My Favorite Book of delectable flowing language of all time:

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42 Comments

  • Reply
    Psycho
    August 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

    No worries Kim, I am right up there with you 100% of the way.
    You tell ’em girl! Love yah!♥

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

      Hey, Psycho,
      thanks for popping in 🙂 xx

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    RachelJoy
    August 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I’m just now getting back to watching Project Runaway and my addiction is starting to return. Leanne’s design is so romantic and whimsical at the same time. Great post!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 10:42 am

      —Rachel,
      I love all the pleats…like Art!
      Wish I could wear one of those dresses 🙂

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    Totsymae
    August 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Little Totsy and I watch Project Runway together and like you, I love seeing great things come from these, sometimes, abstract and unusual objects. Designing is very much like writing. On one of the Project Runway’s shows, I saw this one chick design a dress from coffee filters. That was a baaaad dress! I wanted to wear it!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

      —Tots,
      I saw that one with the coffee filters! UNREAL.
      So Fab 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    Tia
    August 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

    You Rock Girlfriend!

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

      No, You Rock 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    Dad
    August 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Kim, I don’t much about Project Runaway’ but i do know that those (Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies)
    look good to me. I printed the recipe so St. Shirley can bake some.
    Love You So Much
    Daddy

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 11:13 am

      —Lets Maaaaaaake Those, Daddy 🙂
      Love you more than Oreos xx

  • Reply
    elizabeth
    August 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Bravo! Oh wait, now it’s Lifetime where we can find Project Runway. Was a fashion major and so this show sings to me.
    loved Christian who won a few years ago. he is fierce – he said it, not me.
    I think my new fave book is “The Help.” Just brilliant. and please tell your hubby that having 50 pairs of boots is showing restraint on your part. xoxo elizabeth

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      —Yeah, E.
      I loved “The Help!” but hated for it to end.
      Christian was very Fierce & a real Biach!
      But Leanne (although she was quite boring) had GREAT Fash!
      xxx Kiss

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    The Flying Chalupa
    August 2, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    To be honest, I still can’t believe I haven’t read Lolita. For shame!

    And Sex & the City reruns – aren’t they just the best comfort-food around? Makes me soooo happy.

    Yes to the unique and the Wow and the bag of glitter.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      “Wow & the bag of Glitter…” that has a nice ring to it !
      —-When I’ve reviewed books, I could not rate Loita. The language and brilliance is off the charts.
      —-& about Sex & the City….I wept after the last episode. How sick is that? 🙂

  • Reply
    Jessica
    August 2, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve never seen Project Runway before. But I agree that the unusual is better when it comes to writing and to designing. Be bold, be different, be unique.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 5:16 pm

      —Jessica,
      Bold. Original. No bull-shit.
      Those are the authors I continually go back to 🙂 xx

  • Reply
    Alison@Mama Wants This
    August 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I agree, Project Runway is much like writing – no wonder I love both so much 🙂

    I liked Leanne Marshall too, her designs are beautiful.

    Too bad about last season’s winner – Mondo Guerra should have won. But clearly he didn’t need to win the show, he already won the fans 🙂

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

      –Mama,
      I picked MONDO & was quite upset and surprised that he
      did not win.
      Are you watching this year? xxX

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    Impulsive Addict
    August 2, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    I have obsessions. TONS. Ok, so I don’t watch Project Runway but I watch a lot of TRASH TV. You know, all the shows you’re too embarrassed to admit. That’s me. I watch ALL of THOSE. Except Jersey Shore and those rich housewives. I have a boundary line. =)

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      —Dear Impulsive,
      Project Runway is definitely not trash tv….You must watch to
      add to your other obsessions 🙂
      Yeah, I’d say Jersey Shore is Crossing the Line into dorkdum territory!

  • Reply
    Ann
    August 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    We have some slight similarities…I bet I have 10 pair of flip-flops on the closet floor (I live in Florida – not much call for boots). I agree that writers are tormented artists like any other artist.

    I read junk romances, so they don’t blow my socks off so much as blow my skirt up.

    Oddly enough, the one thing that has completely SURPRISED me is a pickle. I have recently tried – for the first time – Klaussen Kosher Dill whole pickles. I love them! They are so salty and delicious! They have honestly surprised me with their tastiness! I can’t get enough of them!

    Awesome post – as always – and tons-o-fun! Truly a masterpiece out of glitter…

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Ann—-oh, l love that a Klaussen Dill Pickle surprised you. So simple. So delightful. So utterly salty. MMMM
      Are you hooked now?
      I throw some glitter back at you 😀 xx

  • Reply
    Theresa Sonoda
    August 2, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Fave book of all time: “Swan Song” by Robert McGammon. It’s a Stephen King-type book on steroids. Exhilarating, scary as hell and one you won’t soon forget.

    Don’t watch the runway. Now if you want to talk “Master Chef”, I got something to say. LOL

    What has surprised me lately? A Blog friend surprised me with the gift of Belgian chocolate recently, trying to cheer me up after reading my last poem. She indeed succeeded. Awesome!

    HUGZZZ,
    T

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Hi, Terri,
      Belgian Chocolates! That will cheer a girl up a bit … won’t it?
      Swan Song? I’ve heard of that. I’ve never read anything scary before though.
      Master Chef. Yes, I love all that stuff. Love the contests, cupcake making, cake baking, iron chef, ( i loved the one where that cute dude picked up a girl at the super market and went to her house to cook) what the heck is his name???….I love All of it 🙂 xxxxx Kiss

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    lbddiaries
    August 2, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    They didn’t blow my skirt off, but they warmed my heart & I couldn’t put them down… I fell in love with a little romantic trio by Lisa Wingate, “Texas Cooking” “Lone Star Cafe” and “Over the Moon at the Big Lizard Diner” – sweet, romantic, clean, classic love affairs of three women (each book). I hated when I finished the last line of the last book because it meant it was over.. I reread every year because the stories are just wonderful. Feel good!

    Don’t watch commercial tv – Alpha Hubby hates it so we watch movies. He has no patience with my ability to zoom through commercials. I can’t tell you the last series I watched – over 15 years ago, that’s for sure. I never know what people are talking about when it comes to television… *sigh*.

    I was surprised by a rain shower yesterday – I had to run out and dance in it. It has been SO long.

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      August 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

      —Dear Nan,
      I love “Feel Good” books. I always return to Elizabeth Berg. She makes me feel good 🙂
      If you haven’t read a book that blows your skirt off… I’d reccomend something like “To Kill A Mockingbird” “East of Eden” or “Stones From the River.”
      What movies to you and alpha watch? Do you actually agree on them?
      My hubs despises the reality tv. He prefers Soccer. Big time.
      I love that you danced in the rain. xxX

      • Reply
        lbddiaries
        August 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

        I just remembered a book that blew my skirt off – can’t believe I forgot it! “The Hello Girl” by Merline Lovelace. It is about the World War 1 “Hello Girl” telephone operators (told with fictional character). It mixes in a modern day fiction storyline with non-fiction (what the women actually faced) to bring out a fascinating story of what those women went through back then. They were amazing women, leaving home and US to go to France on the front lines. Despite the fact they wore US Army uniforms and were subject to Army regulations, they were not given honorable discharges but were considrered civilians. The Army did them dirt, in other words. Not until 1978 did Congress approve Veteran status for those women. The way she wrote the book, it grabbed you from the first page and didn’t let you go until it was over. Not a dry book – just so good!

        Women have been doing amazing things for years, and mostly gone unheralded. That’s probably why I wasn’t that impressed by women’s lib in the 70’s – I knew too many women who quietly DID rather than talked, including my mom.

        • Reply
          Kim Sisto-Robinson
          August 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

          NAN,
          that sounds good. Love books about women.
          this is mostly what I like to read.
          You would like “The Help.” Black women in the 60s writing journals about the white women they work for. Super. xx

  • Reply
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    August 2, 2011 at 11:48 pm

    Hehe hubby was just strongly suggesting to me that we put a new CD on in the car. Apparently I was driving him crazy with repeated playings of my CD. Obsessions? Yep I’ve got them! 😛

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      August 3, 2011 at 6:56 am

      L. I can get the hint
      ….you’re not going to tell….
      except perhaps, True Blood may be one of your addictions. xx

  • Reply
    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    August 3, 2011 at 12:12 am

    See, now that’s why we get on so well, because we are both perfectly normal – haa haa. Beautiful post Kim. Have a perfectly obsessive day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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    Joan
    August 3, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Great post. I am not into Project Runway. I suppose it might be depressing to think that none of those cute little dresses would do me any good. Surprised? Every day I am surprised by something- sometimes something good like a beautiful walk on the Lakewalk in Duluth or sometimes something bad like the awful debate in Congress. I suppose that is not much of a surprise. A book- “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese- it had me after the first page and I can’t put it down. Another good book was “The Forgotten Garden” by Kate Morton- a mystery- sort of- about 3 women of 3 different generations looking for their own roots and discover some surprising things. There are surprises in “Cutting for Stone” as well. Yesterday, after the rain, I was surprised at my low mood- thinking about the anniversary of my sister’s murder- Friday- and the 35W bridge collapse- have friends whose son died in the tragedy- thinking about Gabby Giffords showing up on the House floor to vote and what she has been through- and other sad things. So I took a walk and got inspired for my latest blog post. It’s here-http://www.commongunsense.com/2011/08/reflections-on-water-power-guns-and.html

    I think there is hope. I think there is light at the end of the tunnel. Some days I wonder. Thanks for writing this one, Kim.

    • Reply
      kim sisto robinson
      August 3, 2011 at 9:09 am

      My Dear Joan,
      I hold you in my heart.
      I love your honesty sooooooooooo much.
      I’ve been so utterly blue this week. I miss Kay sooo much. NO Surprise there.
      And I know you miss your sister every. single day.
      Yes, some days i think there is hope—& other days, I wonder. I wonder. I get on my knees and cry to my God. I am so ALONE, God. HELP ME HELP ME
      Your books sound good. I love to be surprised…..blown away. You know?
      —you are indeed a gem. A glimmer of light;
      Lets meet soon 🙂 xxxx I shall read your new blog. You must send me those.
      ~~K.

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    Brenda
    August 3, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Kim – I have not boots, but I have lots of black shoes and I don’t see why I have to share my closet. What’s wrong with the garage I say to the hubs. I have never watched Project Runway – sorry. What has surprised me lately is that after all these years I can still fall passionately in love for minute, have a crush, cry at sad or funny movie, have faith in the impossible, and still rally the energy for another spin. I like this about me. I think maybe this is a good thing. Wow book lately – wow only because I was surprised I liked it.. Discovery of Witches. Silly story but it whisked me away, which was needed at the time. (And I am like you about music.. currently I am gone on the song, ‘Tonight’ sung by Sugarland.. So much passion in her voice..

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

      Dear, Passionate Brenda,
      Yeah,
      I shall tell hubby there is room in the basement for his damnsoccer boots! ha.
      I must check out Tonight by SL. Perhaps I’ll become addicted to that, as well.
      –See you soon, My poetic friend.

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    Charlene
    August 3, 2011 at 10:06 am

    “But the truly great writers don’t only write with ordinary pens….They write with their own blood.” So true Kim, so true. (YOU always wow me BTW!)

    “The Book Thief” wowed me – truly wowed me. Read it if you haven’t. (It will wow you too!)

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 3, 2011 at 10:08 am

      And You WOW me, Charlene 🙂
      “The Book Thief”
      If you say it’s good, I trust your judgement completely.
      I shall read it & get back to you.
      luv U.xx

  • Reply
    Adriana Iris
    August 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I am obsessed with this season and rooting for both Anya and Bert

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      Adrianna,
      I’m not sure who I want to win yet…but last year I wanted MONDO! xxx

  • Reply
    Kat
    August 6, 2011 at 3:43 am

    We all need our own personal Tim Gunn, I think. I would very much like for him to walk into my closet when I’m having a fashion dilemma and tell me to make it work.

    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      August 6, 2011 at 6:57 am

      –Kat,
      I would want Tim Gunn to tell me what to wear!!! Xx

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