These days the media are all about reality TV, and true-life tales of terror, and racy confessions. Well, here's some true-life terror from the teen years. Every so often I find it useful to look over old writings and yearbooks, or brainstorm about what I remember from high school. It's a good exercise for mining those true-life details that make fiction come alive, and it's fun...albeit rather cringe-worthy. For instance, take the poem snippet up there to the right. I wrote it at the tender age of 14. And there's more where that came from. It's a veritable morass of angst, gloom, and unending pathos, punctuated by the occasional faerie or dragon.
So, instead of dwelling on the truly horrible poetry I wrote, I've decided to take a look back at some more...environmental details, if you will. Today's Wayback Machine is taking me back to...my room. Specifically, what I had on my walls circa the early 1990s. Please note that not all of this was up at the same time. But lots of it was.
- On my bedroom door: a poster of a panther very similar to this one.
- On my closet door: a poster of Jim Morrison very similar to this one.
- Also on my closet door: small pictures of various actors cut out of magazines, including but not limited to Charlie Sheen, John Stamos, Johnny Depp, River Phoenix, and Yahoo Serious. (I'm dating myself now!)
- A very large poster of the night sky/constellation map, which glowed in the dark.
- On the ceiling: a bunch of those little glow-in-the-dark sticky stars.
- This Sandman poster by Mike Dringenberg.
- A painted carved-wooden wall hanging that my mom gave me when I was little that said "Girls Can Do Anything."
I think that's about it. In any case, that's all I can remember of what was on the walls. I was never the sort of person who had the walls completely plastered with stuff. That was kind of discouraged in my house, plus I wasn't really inclined to do it anyway. Oh--and the walls were painted light blue-green (my color choice). So there you have it--the teenage a. fortis as reflected by my room decor choices. Just don't ask me what I was wearing.