A Guest In Someone’s Home
Okay, so remember a few days ago when I told you I had exciting things coming up? Well the first thing has arrived!
I was asked to be a guest blogger for my friend’s blog while she is on vacation! Me! A guest blogger! It feels so legit.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I think the word “asked” might not be the correct term. “Allowed” feels more appropriate. She had posted that she needed guest bloggers and I pretty much shamelessly begged her to let me do it. I told her I’d understand if she didn’t choose me, because our blogs are very different, but she assured me that she was looking for a variety and she let me do it!
She asked me to write about New York and what I love about living here. As you guys know, this happens to be one of my favorite things to write about!
If you’re here from Marie’s blog, hello! And welcome! I don’t usually use this many exclamation points in a post, I swear!
As Marie mentioned in her introduction, I do tend to write fiction and creative non-fiction, so here are some posts to check out if you’re new here. Because my writing is all over the place. Sometimes I write fiction, sometimes I use prompts, sometimes I write Glee recaps [Gleecaps, if you will], sometimes I do creative writing, sometimes I just write about life, love and laughter!
I hope you like what you find here!
For those of you who are now more familiar with my writing, you might read my guest post with your head slightly cocked to one side. It sounds…different. It felt different. At first I couldn’t put my finger on why, and I still can’t exactly articulate the differences, but I think I understand the reason. It’s kind of like telling a story. You have stories – for example, your favorite bad date story – that you tell in social situations. You have some stories you tell a lot, because they’re fun to share. However, I would bet you anything that you tell them slightly differently depending on your audience and your surroundings. You’re more likely to be more animated, more comfortable, more yourself while telling the story in your own living room to your family, or at a bar with some close friends. However, the story is going to come across slightly different while telling it at a friend’s house with some people you don’t know present.
So, I think that’s how I subconsciously approached this guest post. I told my story as though I was a guest in an unfamiliar home, with some people I knew and some I didn’t. I wanted to do well for Marie’s sake, but I got a little bit of stage fright. I don’t think it was bad, but it wasn’t my best. Hopefully, it was still enjoyable for all.
Marie and I are no strangers to stage fright, however. I met her my sophomore year of high school. She was a freshman and she was auditioning for the spring musical, Anything Goes. She had come to the auditions with two of her friends, and it was clear to us previous drama members that they had been trained at the same dance school. They were fiercely talented and stood out dramatically. We called them our dancing trio and they tapped their way right into our hearts that first day.
Marie and I grew very close over the next few years. We had a blast during Anything Goes and then in the musicals over the next two years, as well as other after-school programs we were in together. She has a kind heart and gives the best hugs. Unfortunately, since I moved away, I haven’t been the best about keeping in touch with people I went to high school with, but I am thrilled to see her thriving in the “real world” all these years later, and am beyond honored to be part of her blog.
So, thank you to Marie for the opportunity, thank you to any new visitors who stuck through this rambly post and thank you to those who have been here all along [all three of you].