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Postby glorybee » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:44 pm

Ha, ha, Karen. I just laughed so hard that they gave me a diploma from Clown College.
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Postby Chely » Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:29 pm

You know, it's funny. I can't find any solid hyperbole in any of my fiction pieces, but it's all over my non-fiction. I guess that shows the real me, huh?

This is an edited excerpt from a blog post about one of my twins having the flu, and the ensuing ER trip (I'm sorry Teach, it's a bit over the word limit...I wanted to keep the context, and it's DRIPPING with hyperbole [in bold].)

Regretfully, in the medical field, everyone has a chronic case of cover-my-own-butt-itis. So I was sent to Children’s Hospital.

My first inner alarm was a check-in station worthy of the TSA. I had my diaper bag and stroller searched for weapons before I could go through the metal detector. [Side note: I am not a wienie…BUT I felt vulnerable there by myself, at night, with a very sick baby that I would absolutely go mama bear freakazoid crazy on your butt if you mess with her!]

My second red flag was the packed waiting room. You could not find a seat more than two feet away from some version of the plague. I was an extra in the movie “Outbreak”. I spent a fort night in that petri dish before we were called back...

I would have to say that the hyperbole was used to convey my voice, albeit a very frustrated one (which sets the tone and atmosphere)...

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