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. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. After superstar drummer, it would be archaeologist.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. If I like you, I will be more loyal than a dog. I am also unfailingly on time.

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.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. Some days I feel like my greatest achievement is just remembering to put on pants before leaving the house. But, on a larger scale, I think writing my book was pretty huge. There were many days when I just wanted to chuck it all and get a job at Queen Nails.

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