Thursday, December 15, 2011

Three Way Mirror

The other day I realized, much to my displeasure, that I needed a new bra. I hate bra shopping. In fact, I had it a hundred times worse than buying a new bathing suit.

I picked out about ten bras and went to the change room that had a three way mirror it it. I tried bra after bra on and every time I looked in the mirror I realized something – I'm out of shape. Nothing like seeing yourself from all angles, to get a reality check. You really can't eat a box of Toffifees and lose weight.

Sometimes I feel like this with my writing. There are certain times when I see it better.  I get a reality check on to what I need to add and what I need to get rid of. Here are a few of my three way mirrors:
  • After I let it sit for a while.
  • After I get it back from a CP.
  • After I've read a good book.
  • After I've worked on another project.
  • After I've gone for a long walk.
How about you? Are there times when you see your book better, without resorting to a three way mirror?


Anne Gallagher said...

I hear you on the bras. Gravity doesn't help.

As for the ms. Totally after letting it sit, the longer the better. Like a fine wine, it needs to age to be appreciated. Or thrown out as vinegar.

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Hysterical. Bra shopping = my nemesis.

Distance helps and reading other excellent books really puts a light on my words.
~ Wendy

....Petty Witter said...

A great analogy, I avoid three way mirrors at all cost, I'd rather bury my head in the sand as it were.

Robyn Campbell said...

Bra shopping is right up there with dental visits, my friend. I know someone who calls bras her slingshots. I hate wearing them. Ack!

And I'm on a diet and back to running. I is waaaay out of shape. I was shocked to see the flab that had grown under my elastic waist pants. And it's Christmas time. *boohoo* *blubber* I want some cookies and candy and good stuff.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

You've nailed it, Patti, as to how I do it.

One of the advantages of being fairly flat chested is that I can get away with wearing something that looks like a training bra. Buying bras are no longer stressful. :D

Monica B.W. said...

Hilarious comparison! I'm out of shape too--and I really don't want a 3 way mirror near me! LOL. Also, I hate to buy! I like new clothes tho--but I really hate to buy them! Haha!

And sure! we need CPs and to read good books and let it sit for a while!

This ms that got me agented again was like that--I worked on 2 projects in between, and I think that helped a LOT!

And thanks for stopping by my blog the other day and sending good vibes! I'm sorry I haven't been commenting so much, but I guess you know why I've been so busy! LOL


Lynn said...

Thankfully I haven't seen a three-way mirror for a long time! My bras are getting very old though. :) Time away helps me see my WIP with fresh eyes, but too long away, like bra shopping, can make me forget what 'size' I am!

Melissa Hurst said...

Lol, I would have never thought to compare bra shopping to writing!

You're right about time away from a WiP. It always seems to help me see things that I missed before. Things that need to be fixed.