Fangirling Is A Rite Of Passage

Fangirling Is A Rite Of Passage
February 25, 2016 No Comments » For Authors, Writing Advice Amanda Hester

It was about seven years ago that I sat all bleary eyed, with throbbing feet from walking in a Puerto Rican Day Parade. As I sat I  thought about my children’s childhood compared to my own. At the time, I was working on my first attempt at NaNoWriMo. I sat there and stared at the blank screen and felt incredibly overwhelmed. Sometimes things just flow. Sometimes, I get all researchy to talk about something.

But that day? I had nothing.

So, I started to hum along with the Just Dance 2 music from the other room, which happened to be Justin Bieber when I remembered what I wanted to tell you!

I realized then that I loved Justin Bieber!

Wait…what? That came out wrong!

I love the idea of Justin Bieber. Wait, don’t leave! Please, let me explain!

I remembered one day we were riding in the car and “Baby” came on the radio. My daughter started beboppin’ around and singing at the top of her lungs. I glanced at her (quickly, I was driving) and she was all Power Puff Girl sized eyes, awash in the Bieber love. I turned the music down and as I preached pedantically about the awesomeness of music from my day, I saw her eyes glaze over.

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Come on! In my day it was awesome! I remember how important music was and could attribute endless memories to endless songs. You know, those songs that pop out of nowhere, your melts a little and you feel sixteen again.

NKOTB (if you don’t get that, we can’t be friends)


Boys ll Men

Vanilla Ice (STFU, he was hot)


Shai (let’s all take a second to bask in that awesomeness)

And then?

It struck me. Justin Bieber is her Jordan Knight. Her Justin Timberlake. Her Vanilla Ice (shut UP). I can remember the adults around me making fun of some of my music choices. MC Hammer pants…backwards clothes?








So, baby girl? I concede. I will nay-say Justin Beiber no more.

Now? I am feeling way nostalgic.

Until next time, scribe happy and stay sassy,


Amanda Hester Amanda Hester is the founder and CEO of Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn, exploring the wilderness. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.

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