Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Truth about Truth - Can you Spot the Lie?

In my 10th grade English class, there was a closet length poster with a somewhat lengthy quote about creative writing. I sometimes wish I'd written it down, but I remember the general message being something like this: "Creative writing is coming up with a lie that is believable enough. Even better creative writing is that writing in which you reach the end and realize you were telling the truth."

I came across a more concise version as told by author Stephen King: "Fiction is a lie, and good fiction is the truth inside the lie."

Over the past few weeks, I've been trying to get back into a pattern of writing and find my writing mode again.

In the middle of starting to write again, I've apparently been awarded the "bold faced liar….er….creative writing blogger award" as shown here (thanks Phoenix).

As with many/most blog awards out there, this one comes with rules.

First, you get to play a little game I'll call "Spot the Lie" in which I list 6 facts about me. Then you get to hop into the comments and try to guess which is the lie. I'll wait for a handful of guesses and then (if I'm feeling generous) I might reveal the lie.

Second, I get to pass this award on to 6 other bloggers out there.

I'm not sure which is going to be harder (coming up with truths/lie or narrowing down the award list…there are so many good creative bloggers out there).

Without further ado, here we go.

Spot the Lie
  1. I was terrified of roller coasters and refused to ride them until I was literally dragged onto one in my mid-teens, after which I became a huge lover of thrill rides.
  2. In 5th grade I went to the state capitol and  interviewed our Governor to get his views on Education for part of a school project.
  3. As a Junior in High School I had a bit part in a Star Trek clip as a young Klingon Captain engaged in a battle with a crew led by Captain James T. Kirk (as played by William Shatner)
  4. I worked at Microsoft for 5 years in game development on a number of sport titles for PC and later for the launch of the Xbox Game System.
  5. On a trip to Disneyland in 1985, I was chosen as one of 30 kids to march in the daily parade celebrating Disneyland's 30th Anniversary.
  6. When my wife and I were dating, I delivered flowers, balloons and a card to her on our first Valentine's Day together and then drove 300 miles to go to a college dance with another girl.
And that's that...see if you can spot the lie.

And the Winners Are (in no particular order)

I look forward to seeing what truths/lies you all come up with. (Oh, and to the many other blogs who I are truly nominated in spirit...This really was a hard list to narrow down and I'm sure if I did the list again, those who filter to the top may be different...I enjoy reading all of you *grin*)


Phoenix said...

I'm guessing #1 is a lie :)

logankstewart said...

I'm also guessing #1 is a lie, but I have no idea.

And thanks for selecting my blog as a winner!

junglenergy said...

#3 I can believe you met the governor and Mickey mouse but William Shatner, no way man, let alone shared the screen with him. I'm calling you on it!