—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 in…And 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
My Favorite Book of delectable flowing language of all time: