Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mary Whitsell's Post--A Must Read

We've all had those humbling experiences in life that we think are kind of funny after a long time has passed. And we really enjoy them if they happen to somebody else.  I just had a good, but empathetic, giggle over at Mary Whitsell's blog. You've got to go visit and read this frustrating and humbling experience.  Bless her little heart.

Mary wrote about this so well that I thought what a great scene it would make in a novel. Which reminded me that a few of my own experiences have found their way into my own work. Not all of them. Some are best left forgotten because they bring back all those iccky feelings as fresh as the day they  happened.

Have you used personal experiences like this in your work?


  1. Aww...thank you for writing this, Catherine. One day soon, I know I'm going to find it funny myself. Maybe even as funny as my husband found it. ;o)

    In the meantime, I'm definitely going to get a new coat and a new pair of shoes!

  2. That was a very sweet post--poor Mary, and that's before the librarian made that assumption! It does read like a scene from a charming novel!

  3. Mary, I think that's a really good idea :)

    Karen, hope you get a kick out of it!

    Jess, it does, doesn't it? And I love that character already!

  4. OMG! I think I would have been rifling through my wallet trying to find some evidence of my advanced education! Such a good reminder that nothing is the way it seems! And yes, I've had things that happen in my real life creep into things I've written, but only snippets that I change to suit the story.

  5. Liza, makes me want to carry that stuff with me from now on!

  6. Mary's story is too funny--though obviously not to her in the moment. How we all can jump too easily to conclusions about another person. Still working on that, myself...

    My most humbling experience was taking a flash photo at the National Archives in Washington D.C. when all around were blatant signs ordering "NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY"--and while chaperoning a youth group where I was supposed to set a good example. But it was a new camera, you see, and I didn't understand the settings, and thought the flash was off, etc. etc. etc.

    The guard was not too accomodating when he ordered me to put the camera away...

  7. Kenda, I sort of know how you felt!

    When I was at the museum that held Elvis Presley's motorcycles, etc. One of the motorcycles on display was close to the rope that separated us from the machine. It was so close I couldn't resist and reached out and touched the tire. An alarm sounded! Everyone looked at me. All I could do was duck my head and step back.

  8. That is a cute story, especially when she was leaving and went out the 'exit' door. :)

    I have used some personal experiences in stories. Those are usually the easier ones to write - not much thinking involved when you've expereienced it - just remembering. :)

  9. Kimberly, I've found that out, too, and I usually changed them up a little bit.