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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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. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I'd like to meet Jim Morrison and ask him if I could borrow his leather pants for a week or so.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. McDonald's French fries.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I sure hope a copy of this questionnaire isn't going to my shrink! Hmmm. I only know how to be me - so I pick me, but a version of me that doesn't watch so much bad television. Has the long-term effect of The Hills been cleared by the FDA?

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. The never-ending grief of a loved one's death. Gee. Thanks for bringing me down.

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