Monday, February 08, 2010

Liar? Or Creative?

Patricia Stoltey gave me the “Lesa’s (Bald Faced Liar) “Creative Writer” Blogger Award. Patricia is the author of The Desert Hedge Murders and The Prairie Grass Murders.

I am honored to receive such an award, but wonder, since accepting this award means I must lie to all of you, does Patricia think I’m a liar or a creative writer? Hmm….

The rules are fairly simple. Recipients must -
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 us up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and at least one outrageous truth. (This is the hard one.)
5. Allow your readers to guess which one or more are true. (√)
6. Nominate seven "Creative Writers" who might have fun coming up with outrageous lies. (Gonna do this first.)
7. Post links to the seven blogs you nominate. (√)
8. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know you nominated them. (Will do.)

So let’s start by nominating 7 other Creative Writers. (If you’ve already received this award, then I’m not the only one who thinks you might be a great liar, I mean, writer. You can pass it on or not, play the lying game or not. It’s up to you.)
1. Marvin Wilson at The Old Silly
2. Alex J. Cavanaugh at Alex J. Cavanaugh
3. Simon Hay Soul Healer at The Healing Blog (incidentally, I’m nominating Simon because, frankly, I don’t believe he can lie, at all)
4. Maryann Miller at It’s Not All Gravy
5. Conda V. Douglas at Conda’s Creative Center - Tips, Hints & Secrets
6. Terri Tiffany of Terri Tiffany Inspirational Writer
7. Liza of Middle Passages

Now for 6 things about me:
1. I used to teach college level public speaking. One of my students gave his “How-To” speech on How to Do an Autopsy, complete with slides.

2. I’ve been an extra in three movies.

3. I have sat on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea.

4. When I was in high school, I was the President of the VOE (Vocational Office Education) club.

5. I don’t remember the name of my fifth step-father.

6. While in college, I once went home and discovered my mother had moved and forgotten to tell me she was moving or where she went. There was nothing left but the steps that used to lead up to her trailer.

Now, the question is: Did I lie six times? If so, which one is the truth? Or did I lie only once and gave you six truths?
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  1. Oh, you are a GOOD liar, Helen!

    Let's see. I'm going to go out on a limb and say you were President of the VOE. I can totally see you being president of something in high school.

    I was a member of the Future...Somethings...of America. I can't even remember what it was! I'm guessing it had nothing to do with writing, though.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. I think you've been an extra in three movies!

  3. Hey, thanks!

    I pick #6 - that sounds just too funny to be made up.

  4. I think you gave six truths. I just do. I can totally believe all of them even that last one that sort of reminds me of Dickens.
    love it.

  5. Oh my! Thank you Helen...I, um, think? I'm betting you used to teach college level public speaking. Does the award stipulate that at some time you have to tell us which is the truth? OK, I have to go make up some things...err, ponder some things now. Seriously. Thank you very much.

  6. Congrats on the Award. Now, let's see. I actually believe them all except for #5!

  7. This award is so much fun! I had trouble thinking of convincing lies when I did it. I'm going to guess that #1 is true.

  8. Congratulations on the award. I'm going with #4. You are very creative.

  9. This is really fun, reading your guesses. I'll give the answer tomorrow.

  10. How crazy and fun! Congrats, Helen.
    I think the one truth is you've sat on the beach of the Mediterranean.

  11. How fun, Helen. I never know when anyone is lying, and it's especially hard online. I would hope the untruth is the one about your mother.

  12. Post coffee, I realized I'd only read it from one side.
    I will say they are all truths except #5, not remembering the name of your fifth step-father.

    #6 is so wacky it has to be true. :)

  13. What fun. I have no idea which is the truth but I'm going with #1. I can't wait until tomorrow to find out which one (or six) is correct.

  14. Helen, I knew you would have a very creative list, making it hard to choose a truth or lie. I'm going to guess they're all tall tales except #1. That one rings so true.

    On the other hand, if they're all true except one, I'd guess the lie is #3. If that one was real, I think you'd tell us what country and if the beach was sand or rocks. :)

  15. I do humbly thank your for thinking of me with this, perhaps the most apropo (for me) and magnificent of all blog awards ever creatied. As you know, I never ever lie, and am always very, very cautious and reticent about expressing any opinions. Also I never accept or participate in blog awards and/or meme tag games. So I do again say, "Thanks!" to you, congratulate you on your own achievment with the receiving of this award, I loved the 6 thingies about you (wink), and now it's up to you to figure out how much of this endless rambling is the truth.

    Hint: the good stuff about you is really really the truth. ;)

    The Old Silly

  16. I'm saying you WERE an extra in three movies, 'cause it's all about the glamour when you're an extra.

  17. I forgot to pick your truthful statement. I think you were an extra in 3 movies.

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  19. You are super creative- those were the wildest six lies ever!

    Congratulations to all the winners!

  20. Marvin, I believe every word you said. You are always so serious; I know you would not tell tall tales.

    I will say there have been some excellent guesses today!

  21. First, thanks for honoring me with the award. It means a lot coming from you and your great blog.
    As to the questions, I am willing to guess that you told six truths and lied once. I don't see your mother leaving a child who must have been as beautiful as you were. (smile) The rest of the answers? I can almost see you doing all that.You always amaze me in what experiences you have had.

  22. As I walked into a house full of strangers aged 9. My parents moved and the neighbour forgot to collect me from school. I walked home, yes I would say it is your mother moved house and didn't tell you.

  23. I think you once sat on a beach in the Mediterranean - mainly because I'd love to do it :)

  24. I'm with Marv I hide when people give me awards because...well in the first place... it feels like I already do enough horn tooting on my own..[cringe].... and I HATE to obligate other folks..[unless they deserve it of course. I just saw Alan Davidson very cleverly use an award as revenge. Delightfully devious minds and all that.]

    This is one I hadn't seen before and is mucho fun.

    I don't think you were president of your VOE....I looked it up and it's an actual thing and it was around in the right time frame. [at least for me in HS] but it's just so bland next to your other things I think that one is the lie.

    I love all your other items. Especially #1. All I can say is My Helen you live an interesting life....

    Thanks for letting me play the game...

    Johnny tell her what's she's won....

  25. Cool. I'm guessing six truths but perhaps they're just creative truth after all.

  26. Hey Helen! I think all are true except the one about your 5th step father....#5 I think it was.

    Loved the post!

  27. Oooh, Karen, you brought Johnny along?

  28. You are definitely a very creative liar, err, writer. I think you used to teach a college class because you sound like a teacher at times. That's a compliment.

  29. Thanks Helen for the award. And I think it's only your #5 that's a lie.

  30. Thank you for thinking of me:) It's a bad week for me to comply but I am always grateful to be thought of. It's fun reading about my blogger friends too:) You did some interesting things!

  31. Wonderful lies...I'm late reading these so know the truth now.
    Very creative, Helen.


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