My lastest friend-zied + fan-z posts
The "ME" BitZ
The Basic BitZ
I'm Adopted and An Only Child, which means I was once The Actual Center of the Universe!
I've had The Same BFF for 50 years, which means my BFF may need psychiatric evaluation.
I've had The Same Husband for 30 + years, which means my Hubby has excellent taste!
I'm the Mother of Twin Boys, which means I'm just like Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 because, clearly, I can survive almost anything.
The Fan-Z-fied BitZ
I grew up in West Virginia, in an ex-coal mining town that many might consider to be The Middle of Nowhere. There were no big cities nearby. Not even a mall, for that matter. Since I couldn't waste my time on shopping, I became a flaming Fangirl.
My two BFFs and I were OBSESSED with the Rolling Stones. Ergo, we became Rolling Stone Impersonators. (I was Mick Jagger.)
The three of us were also OBSESSED Liza Minnelli Fangirls. So we became the famed Minnelli Girls of Matoaka, W.V.
(Except I might be using that word "famed" wrong.)
I also was a big Fan of Fashion Design; I wore things straight out of Vogue Magazine to high school. Things like floor-length scarves and turbans, which would have made total sense in many regions around the world but, unfortunately, I lived in a coal-mining town in Appalachia—making me the local version of Derek Zoolander.
Nevertheless, my Fan-Z-fied enthusiasm allowed me to tap into the Outside World and basically lead a Rock Star Lifestyle during high school. (Except my definition of "Rock Star Lifestyle during high school" probably differs from most people's.)
Eventually, my Fan-Z-fied obsessions led me to get a BFA and an M.Ed in Modern Dance because there really aren't many other career paths for turban-wearing, Liza Minnelli/Mick Jagger-Impersonating Fangirls.
And I still take a Fan-Z-fied approach to life because I have Rock Star Taste. But only a mere Fan's budget.
The What-I'm-Up-To-RIGHT-NOW BitZ
( hint: I've been Writing a Book )
I am currently editing, revising, and generally agonizing over my first book:
Some Girlz (with a Z) *
It chronicles my early (and somewhat unhinged) years as a Mick Jagger-impersonating teen who stalked the Rolling Stones with my two BFFs while seeking the answer the all-too-familiar question . . .
*The working title of my book
What's a nice girl like me
doing with a face
This photo is a selfie I took of my reflection via my bathroom mirror.
Alas, while savvier sixteen year old girls were fine-tuning their make-up application skills,
I was busy trying to look like Mick Jagger.
And possibly inventing the "Mirror Selfie".
Note to all young women out there:
Mick Jagger look-alikery is definitely NOT a good recipe for acquiring boyfriends.
Or high school popularity.
Consider yourself warned.
The "Alter Ego" BitZ
Prior to scribing, I spent the majority of my career as my Alter Ego, Taylor.
I am the Founder + Artistic Director of State of Grace, a Modern Dance + Arts company & ministry. My work has been presented at theaters, universities, museum/monumental sites, conferences, military bases, churches and synagogues in both the U.S. and abroad. My lengthier productions have been theatrical fusions combining acting with choreography to depict my original scripts and narrations (thereby proving the axiom, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger".)
The Freelance BitZ
After many years in dance, where I consistently kept the "non" in nonprofit, I segued over to keeping the "free" into freelance. My freelance work has consisted of staging photoshoots, creating branding + marketing content and website designs for start-ups, non-profits, artists, and nearly-weds. I also created the original blog for Willing Warriors, an awesome non-profit organization that serves our wounded, ill, and disabled warriors in the greater Washington, DC area.
In my spare time, I'm polishing my book.
Which leads me to the last bit . . .
I"m currently looking for an (adoring) agent who will find a publisher for my book.
(If that sounds like you, click HERE!)
And I continue to run around with my BFF, Sheila, on my lifelong quest to meet the Rolling Stones.
To quote Joss Whedon: "No power in the 'verse can stop us."
MY BFF, JOHANNAH, AS KEITH RICHARDS
Are you getting a clear picture of why we didn't date much in high school and college?
MY BFF, SHEILA,
AS MICK TAYLOR
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