Sunday, June 17, 2001

Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Gabriella Herkert

Catnapped and Doggone

I had so much fun with the personal truth or dare, that I'm really looking forward to this week. They say writer's write what they know so the truth about their protagonists -- and the whoppers -- probably reveal as much as the personal stuff. Fiction lies in what we'd like to try but social norms, family pressure and lack of a bail emergency fund keep us from living up or living down to expectations in the real world. On the page, bold can be true or false and our characters get to do everything we wish we could get away with. On the other hand, the story has to be believable unlike many of the too true to be believed personal stories we revealed during the last pass at this. I've told the tank story (one of my party stories) a fair amount but I think some people still think I'm making it up. What am I making up about Sara today?

1. Sara saw Connor naked before she knew his last name.

2. Sara dated Russ before he came out.

3. Sara graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in art history.

4. Sara never had a pet as a kid.

5. Sara has bought multiple solutions from informercials to hide her freckles.

6. Sara's keeping a file of information to blackmail her boss "just in case."

7. Sara once told her sister-in-law that if she wanted to feel powerful, she should not wear underwear.

8. Sara once confessed to be a compulsive liar -- which was a lie.

9. Sara wore the same dress as her husband's ex-fiancee to a swanky black tie dinner.

10. The most romantic gift Connor ever gave Sara was a portable tracking device.

All the true things are either in the books (including the as yet unpublished Horsewhipped) or can be inferred from conversations within the text. The falsehoods could turn up in any subsequent book. I really like some of those lies.

Thanks for playing liars poker with me.