Sunday, March 7, 2010

How I Lied and What I Gave Away

So that you can see the five truths and one lie from my March 1 post, here they are again:
  1. My first book was rejected47 times before it sold. And when it sold, it was to the publisher that had seen it first.
  2. I once aced a college chemistry test in the following manner: I answered the 7 questions I knew, and wild-guessed the 13 I didn't. Results -- ALL 7 answers I "knew" were WRONG. ALL 13 I guessed were right. Highest grade in the class.
  3. I'm a synesthete. In synesthesia, stimulation of one of the five senses evokes response in other senses as well. Some see sounds, smell colors, hear smells, or feel sights. The most common form is seeing letters or numbers in color. I see some letters and numbers in color, but my main form of synesthesia is a little weirder: I taste words.
  4. It took me four tries to pass my driver's test. Right after finally doing so, I backed out of the driveway and ran over the garbage can.
  5. I had rheumatic fever, measles AND chicken pox in first grade. Not to mention colds (with what was then called "croup") and flu. My teacher wrote in my Christmas card, "I hope you have a healthy vacation so we'll see you again in January.” I lost so many weeks of school that I had to repeat.
  6. I sing in a band. In 2009 we put out our first CD, and on one track I can be heard doing something I hadn't done in years -- hitting high G. Twice.
So which is the clinker? Number 5. I've never had rheumatic fever. I didn't repeat first grade. I didn't have chicken pox in first grade either. I may have had measles then. The bit about the teacher writing me a card is true, but that happened in kindergarten and only because I was the oldest child in the family in school for the first time and picked up every virus in existence. The other 5 points are, so help me, true. Disclaimer: Lest you be afraid to encounter me on the road, I should point out that my driving record since the garbage can's demise (I was 17) is spotless. Truly.

So all of you have won an entry in the When You Reach Me giveaway. And because ONE person correctly guessed the lie, that's TWO entries for Amber Lough! Bright and early tomorrow morning, I'll post the winner of the book.

12 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Oh! What must it be like to taste words!

Marcia said...

During pregnancy nausea, not that good! Seriously, though, I guess it's kind of weird. But I was a child who lived in my imagination, so it didn't bother me that this didn't seem very "real world." Many words have tastes, but not all do. What I'd really like to know is not so much why this happens, but why, for me, a word is linked to the particular taste that it is.

Rena said...

Tasting words? Wow, I've never heard that before.

Marcia said...

I never heard of synesthesia till a few years ago. I had no idea it was an actual phenomenon, with lots of different forms. The one that amazes me is being able to see sounds as blobs of color in the air. I'd think that would be disturbing.

Anne Spollen said...

Oooh, someone famous could taste words - it might have been Keats. I don't have that, but I think it's an amazingly cool trait for a writer to have.

Marcia said...

Really? I didn't know that. A couple of years ago I did find an online article about a guy who could taste words and it blew me away. I now realize that my best childhood friend was also a synesthete. She talked a lot about the colors of words. For me, most words were the colors of the foods they tasted like.

Mary Witzl said...

Sigh...I can usually tell when my kids are lying; I guess I ought to be grateful for that.

I deeply envy you being able to taste words. But there are some that must leave a bad taste in your mouth...right?

Marcia said...

Actually, not too many taste downright bad. As a child I knew a kid whose last name tasted like snot. Fortunately the ick factor has been really rare.

Sliding on the Edge said...

Rats, I missed your contest. I would have spotted that clinker a mile away. :)

I'm thinking about the tastes of luscious. It would be creamy, I'm sure.

Marcia said...

C.Lee -- Really? No misplaced confidence in my teenage driving? :D

Murr Brewster said...

I see words in color, but I only taste the salty ones.

Marcia said...

Very interesting, Murr. I see some individual letters and numbers in color, and words might taste like anything at all, but not ALL words. My best childhood friend saw whole words in color. I'm sure there are as many variations as there are people. Thanks for visiting!