Writing And Running With Lucy Adams

Lucy Adams earned a B.S.Ed. in education from the University of Georgia, an M.S. in experimental psychology from Augusta State University, a graduate certificate of gerontology from UGA, and completed all of the classes, but none of the dissertation (ironically), toward a Ph.D. in developmental psychology (also at UGA). Lucy began writing professionally in 2003, when she talked her way into a weekly newspaper column in a local paper. From that, Lucy’s first book, If Mama Don’t Laugh, It Ain’t Funny, spun off in 2007. The publication of If Mama resulted in gaining her freelance work for magazines. In January 2011, her second book, Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run, was released. Both books were published by Palm Tree Press.

I’m happy to welcome Lucy Adams today as her book tour for Tuck Your Skirt In Your Panties And Run makes a stop at my little blog. If my blog were a town, it would be that town known for its one pump gas station and not much else. Being on a ‘Blog Tour’ is a rare and big event here! I’m thrilled and honored to welcome Lucy for a conversation about the relationship between running and writing. I think I may have mentioned once or twice on this blog how big a role running plays in my writing practice..

Me: As a runner, I was instantly in love with the title of your book Tuck Your Skirt In Your Panties And Run. What is the significance behind the word ‘run’ in the title?

Lucy: ‘Run’ in the title has a double meaning. The title itself refers to those horrible embarrassing situations that we get into despite our usual best efforts to stay away. ‘Run’ on the surface means to physically put yardage between yourself and what went unexpectedly and unavoidably wrong.

In another sense, ‘run’ means to put distance between yourself and the embarrassing moment by not dwelling on it and getting on with life. Too often we boil ourselves in the juices of worry and self-pity after one of these occasions, not realizing that most of the witnesses have long forgotten our gaffe. And, prior to forgetting it, benefitted from a good, healthy laugh at our blunder.

Me: I confess I’m the girl who obsesses endlessly over the situation! I run because it helps to put the situation in the proper perspective so I can stop dwelling.

Q1: For me, running and writing are two disciplines that complement one another. Is this true in your experience?

Lucy: My writing life and my running life sort of parallel each other. I have a love-hate relationship with running. I hate getting started and I love how I feel when I’m finished.

In a way writing is like that for me. Getting started is the hardest part. Transferring the initial idea from my head to the page sometimes feels like drudgery. The rough draft is work, not creative expression. But once I get started and my fingers are tapping across the keyboard or my pen is rolling across lined paper, I begin to lose myself in the story. Just like with running, everything becomes rhythm and pace after that, until suddenly I find that I’m done. It’s exhilarating.

Me: I agree. The first few steps are the hardest, but knowing the way I feel when I’m finished spurs me on.

Q2: Has running helped you break through writer’s block or inspired ideas for articles and stories?

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Next Monday for the first time ever, Pocketful of Playdough is participating in a virtual book tour for Lucy Adam’s book Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run.

I met Lucy during the 2011 A-Z Challenge. Her theme for the challenge was wonderfully creative and informative -a perfect package of literary terms wrapped in an entertaining short story. Since the Challenge, I’ve enjoyed reading her blog regularly for details of life in the South weaved with family quirks and humor.

Join us next week as I interview Lucy about the role running plays in her writing practice.

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