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In which the YA author showcases her teenage years in all their awkward glory.

This one is for all those Disney fans out there. I’ve talked about the weird obsession I had in high school (and into college) with all things Disney here on Self-Deprecating Sunday: my trying to make “The Happiest Place On Earth” a goth flavor, and my carrying a decapitated Mickey Mouse head for a purse. So to round the Mickey Mouse obsession out to a full trilogy, I give you a photo of me actually AT Disney World.

It’s my junior year of high school, Christmas Break. I am in sweatpants shorts? And they are cuffed! My converse all-stars match my sweatpants shorts like a 1950’s housewife matches her pumps to her apron. But I really  bring the look home by scrunching my socks over the tops of my Chucks. Oh, sweet tan lines, here I come! Why have I climbed a sign in order to hug it for the camera?  Why am I happy that I’ll be camping????  There are just so many things wrong with this photo! I really wish I knew what my t-shirt was all about. I suspect it’s air-brushed.

Also, it’s interesting that Mickey Mouse is packing heat. And wearing animal fur. The hero of my childhood is a politically incorrect rodent!  Huh.

I’m always interested in featuring other YA Authors as guests on Self-deprecating Sunday, so If you’re a YA writer and wish to join in the fun, please contact me at jody(dot)mugele(at)gmail(dot)com. It’s more fun than church.