If you’re a child of the 80s, 90s, and teen/college kid of Y2K era, the question is…Why would you NOT subscribe?
Growing up, hands down, the number one question I was asked: “Are you related to Hulk Hogan?” You have to remember. This was the ‘80s and early ‘90s — this was prime Hulk Hogan era. He was huge (and not just physically). I mean, he even starred in MOVIES! As a NANNY!
And the most annoying part of all? That’s not even his REAL last name — it’s his STAGE NAME! His real name is Terry Bollea, thanks a lot, TERRY!
Anyway. I lived with this chip on my shoulder for a long time because I’ve always been an annoyingly ambitious person and I was hell bent on carving out my own path using MY last name and here I was being constantly compared to a spandex-wearing, oily, super tanned blond man who I bared absolutely no physical resemblance to.
Not surprisingly, I eventually started to tell people, YES, I AM RELATED TO HIM! Just so I could go on with my life, and, also seem a bit cooler and way more connected than I was. (Because, despite my quiet demeanour, I have ALWAYS been pretty dramatic and a bit of a smart ass.)
As I was working on what to name this newsletter, and this anecdote popped up from my childhood, it got me thinking…our stories from our childhood are pretty funny, if not exceptionally messed up. Throughout my writing career, I’ve come to realize that the most fun and resonant stories I write are the ones that I am completely naked and vulnerable and goofy and awkward and just…human. And what better way to express those feelings than through stories from my childhood and adolescence, and some college stories thrown in for good measure?
After all, the millennial era is RIPE with riches. We had modems! We had AOL messenger! We had Planet Hollywood!
So if you love embarrassing and awkward stories about growing up in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and Y2K era, well, then, stick around.
Before I was a freelance writer and author, I was a writer. I know that sounds silly but there’s a freedom in just being a writer without saying you’re a writer.
The first book I ever wrote was called, “War on the Magic Well.” It was a 30 page medieval tale about love, strife, and magic. It was a “Romeo and Juliet”-esque tale that involved lots of people being killed over this magical well. (Why it was magical, I don’t recall). I also remember lots of royal people having babies too. I think everyone was birthing twins for some reason. I don’t know want happened to the well. I was nine years old.
Since then, I’ve written for over 50 international publications, and authored two books about the cosmos. Basically, I love writing and magic.
We take a metaphorical De Lorean back in time to discuss and soak up the analog-turned-digital age. Let’s get jiggy with it!
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And, no, I’m not related to Hulk Hogan.