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. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Loyalty, humor, compassion.

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. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Okay, finally an easy question. I would like to acquire the talent of rhythm so I could play a big monster drum set and join a really cool band.

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

A. McDonald's French fries.

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