People — especially women — write me all the time, asking how they, too, might become a card-carrying member of the “I GENUINELY DON’T GIVE A FUCK WHAT YOU THINK OF ME CLUB” — and I always try my very best to tell them what steps I took to get there myself. Before we can become our truest, most powerful selves, we must first be unafraid to draw those selves out from the shadows of our pasts and REALLY LOOK AT THEM IN THE LIGHT. Just like so many other things in life, the reality is so much less terrifying than the fear and anticipation preceding it. My most profound wish for all those I love is that they may become FEARLESS.

For me, the following Chuck Palahniuk quote is VERY MUCH a part of that journey. Just know this — NOBODY writes MY STORY; I WRITE MY OWN FUCKING STORY. I lived it, I survived it, I have faced it, and I have owned it. It is MINE TO TELL.

You don’t like that?


“Your past is just a story and once you realize this…it has no power over you.” — Chuck Palahniuk

About muffybolding

Muffy Bolding is a mother/writer/actor/knitter/feminist/withered debutante who likes the smell of asparagus pee, and remains obsessed with the bathroom hygiene of her three children -- despite the fact that they are 23, 19, and 16. She is blissfully married to a cute Jewish boy who looks like Willie Wonka, but remains tragically in love with the dead poet, Ted Hughes. She has the mouth of a Teamster, and her patron saint is Rocco (pestilence relief.) Ms. Bolding lives in Southern California, where she enjoys typing words, making movies, and plucking the rings from the fingers of the dead. She was the co-creator and Editor-in-Chief of the award winning satire zine, Fresno Lampoon, and in between writing screenplays, carnival barking, and savagely threatening her trio of darling larvae with a wooden spoon, she currently publishes the zine, "Withered Debutante." More of her work can also be found in the anthology, "Mamaphonic: Balancing Motherhood and Other Creative Acts", the compilation zine, "Mamaphiles III: Coming Home", as well as in The Cortland Review and She is currently writing and producing for film and television, and working on a book of essays entitled, "Inside A Chinese Dragon." She has slept around, but not nearly as much as she would have liked.
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