Cathy Alter

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Cathy Alter is a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose articles and essays have appeared in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, Self, Fitness, and McSweeney's. Her first book, Virgin Territory: Stories from the Road to Womanhood, was released in 2004.

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Up For Renewal

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Cathy Alter, author of "Up for Renewal," set out to transform her life by following the advice in women's magazines.

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Avoid making excuses or standing in long lines.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. This feels like a trick question devised by my mother. Whom I actually do admire greatly. I also admire my father a great deal. Mostly because he made it through my book and is still speaking to me.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Looking for treasures at the fleamarket.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. I swear like a sailor, so I'm afraid my most overused word rhymes with 'duck." Interestingly enough, my other most overused phrase is 'I love you,' which I enjoy saying almost as much as the word that rhymes with duck.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I tend to let my nutty imagination override a pretty stable reality. Which is a fancy way of saying, I can often invent problems that aren't even remotely possible in the real world.

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