Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sunday Scribblings--Stranger

I honestly do think that truth is stranger than fiction, cliche as the saying may be. This is why I typically write creative nonfiction. For example, just now, I completely forgot that I was making soup in the kitchen. BJ informed me that I am not to boil cream soups (thank you, BJ!), so this time, I think I burned the cheese. Drat! The bottom of my soup pan is suspiciously bumpy now.

Anyway, back to "stranger." When I was writing my thesis, I remember saying to my committee, numerous times, "I couldn't make this stuff up if I wanted to." This was true, as I often find it hard to believe that many of the scrapes I've gotten into were actual events.

Furthermore, I had a gig writing opinions columns for the school's newspaper for a while. I focused many of my columns on the outrageous news stories I'd read during the week. One of them involved experimenting with Mentos and Diet Coke (I tried this at home--it produces a volcano-like carbonation effect). Another was a response to a guy who got pulled over for "drugs," only to find out he had bags of cheese in his car. Really bizarre stuff.

That's about all I've got for tonight. Amazing that I'm out of things to say. What could be stranger?

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26 comments:

B. Roan said...

Wow, you are Johnny on the Spot. I'm still mulling over the word. I remember hearing about the Mentos explosion. I thought about trying it myself, but decided I would probably make a mess and then I would have to clean it up. BJ

Ray said...

I too am still "mulling over the word"

I'll work on it tonight.

I'd love to hear more about what your thesis was about. I asked Sarah, but sometimes she plays obvilious to the world!

Keep writing!

Rinkly Rimes said...

Creative non-fiction? That's what I feel most biographies are. No-one could actually remember everything.

Lilly said...

I was going to call my piece stranger than fiction...wouldn't of made any sense...but I'm not making much sense at the moment...need sleep.

P.S Good piece. All out of words now....

Stan Ski said...

Hmmm...maybe non-fiction authors want to be believed???

angel said...

Nice take on the prompt.

Amiene Rev said...

I tracked an opinion toward this entry in my blog. Feel free to visit my blog after 4 hours from the current time.

Wow.... this sure sound like an advertisement but really, I have my small opinion in my blog about this.

~*sis*~ said...

truth is truly stranger than fiction, maybe that's why we all like to write! :-)
i'm curious about your thesis too!

and i'm still working on my "stranger" words.

Lilibeth said...

creative non-fiction? Is that telling the truth in such a way that people want to listen? Keep it up.

Tanya Gwen Minnick said...

Thank you for coming to my blog.
I think its cool that you write! I don't "write" the way you do- I have little knowledge of the many styles of writing- but that's okay.
I enjoyed your post. :)
have a good day

mspennylane said...

Hehe it's great to read about strange things like that. I really love the idea of creative non-fiction - something I want to try sometime but not so good at yet. Good luck!

Linda Jacobs said...

I like your chatty style of writing! I'm sure it's not easy to achieve! Good job!

tumblewords said...

Nicely done piece - clever and fun!

Lucy said...

this was just adorable to read.
Love your style of writing
thanks for visiting me!

Fantasies of a Lifetime said...

lol , I completely agree reality is stranger than fiction . . Down here, we just got to read the news papers for thrillers and horror stories .

I love the way you write , It makes me feel like I am having a conversation with you . Great post :D

totomai said...

i still mix mentos and coke from time to time. it brings me back to my childhood years haha

nonizamboni said...

Simply stated, fellow Dave Sedaris fan. I've enjoyed reading this and look forward to more.
Have a great week!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Now I'm curious what your thesis was about. Clearly, I'm going to have to hang out here 'cause you're following cool stuff.

Patois said...

I have so got to try that Mentos thing. Here's hoping it works as well with Diet Coke.

SweetTalkingGuy said...

I don't know what Mentos are but the coke thing works with asprin too!

Alone on the Isle said...

Know I really want to read your thesis. Excellent piece of writing.

Rambler said...

I do agree with the saying, sometimes what baffles me are the truth about ourselves, has the ability to catch you by surprise and give you the most bizarre feeling about yourself

Doe said...

so true yet so strange!
nice take on the prompt
looking forward to reading you
"stranger" ;)

much peace

jadey said...

LOl I love this piece. The mentos and coke thing is still experimented with in school nowadays my daughter just did the experiment lol.

bluebethley said...

Funny and true. I enjoyed reading your post this week. Sometimes if I can't connect with the Sunday Scribblings prompt, I simply don't write. You show me that is strangest of all for any writer! And thank you for coming to my blog. :)

Frances said...

Okay now I have to buy Menthos and a Coke in the morning to see what happens.
Thanks so much for visiting mine.
I enjoyed your post and the meme.
Waving at you from New York