Abby Fitz - It's All About Me

by AbbyFitz

Ever wonder who's really behind that hat? This wizzography gives you a sneak peak into the life of Abby Fitz.

Hi there, I'm Abby Fitz. No doubt you're reading this because you're curious to learn more about me.

Well, unfortunately, you won't be reading anything that's sensational -- no skeletons in my closet.

I'm just a quiet homebody who just happens to have a lot of hobbies and interests. Piano, drawing, sewing, and, of course, writing to name a few.

So sit back, relax, and get to know me better!

What, She's Not a Boy?

Sorry, maybe I got mailed wrong?

I was born in Jacksonville, Florida, one fall afternoon in 1976. My parents were older, and both had their own children from previous marriages.

Unfortunately, my father's only son had been killed in a plane accident eight years before. There were no other males in the family, and he and my grandfather wanted a boy to carry on the family name.

They had their hopes set on a boy, but they got me instead. I think they ended up getting a better deal with me though.

Me and Two of My Siblings
Me and Two of My Siblings
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My siblings were 14, 16 and 30 years older than me, so in essence I grew up as an only child. But I wasn't spoiled, though, I promise!

Since I was born later in my parents' lives, I think it did afford me the opportunity to try and do different things that my siblings weren't able to do.

I think that's why I have such a wide variety of interests. When I was young, I had ballet, tap, and gymnastics lessons. I took art and piano lessons. My mother taught me to sew and embroider and cook.

And if there weren't lessons available? Well, I taught myself what I wanted to learn. I begged my father one year to buy me a violin. I wanted to play one very badly, and I knew if I could just get my hands on one I could play it. He finally broke down and bought me one from a pawn shop, and I taught myself to play the violin by ear.

I also taught myself to crochet, knit, tat, and to drive. (both of my parents made me a nervous wreck behind the wheel:)

I also love photography. My family runs in the opposite direction when they see me with a camera.

My Offspring

They've made it through the teen years without me killing them.

I had my son when I was 18. I always joked with him that after he turned 18 I'd still be young enough to party. Well, he's 18, but I'm still not partying. I'm just a .party pooper I guess.

I'm awfully proud of him. He's taken after me in the fact that he loves music. He's taught himself to play the guitar, drums, and piano.

My other child lets me do just about anything I care to. If he bugs me too much, I can just leave him in his room until he can behave. He doesn't talk back either. He's the perfect child.

My Son and I at His High School Graduation Party
My Son and I at His High School Graduation Party
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My Youngest Child
My Youngest Child
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My Ventures into the Professional World

From the Funeral Home to the Courtroom.

I graduated from high school as valedictorian. I didn't start college right away, because I had my son the next fall.

I graduated with an A.S. degree for Legal Secretaries. I found out I didn't much care for law, and I never really worked more than a few months in an attorney's office.

After that I worked at a weight loss clinic. It was fun and I enjoyed the job, but I felt like life was passing me by being stuck in an office day in and day out.

Next I was a secretary at a funeral home. It was enjoyable, but I don't deal very well with death. I'm also not an outgoing person, and I found it hard to find the right words to comfort grieving families.

Then one day I saw an ad in the paper about court reporting school. I read it and knew it was for me. I enrolled the next week, and two years later I was a bona fide court reporter. I'm somewhere different nearly every day, so I don't feel like I'm in prison. (Although I do go there on occasion) It's the perfect job for me because I don't have to talk, only listen. It's really an introvert's dream job.

So Why Do You Write?

It's easier for me to communicate with the written word.

You're probably wondering where writing fits into the grand scheme of my life by now.

Well, I've always loved writing. I was a very quiet child, and I didn't communicate with others well. I was always a better listener than I was a talker.

Writing allowed me to put what I wanted to say on paper to convey my thoughts. Writing essays in school? Well, that was one of my favorite assignments. My friends thought I was nuts.

One teacher in particular, a Ms. Holder, though, saw that I had potential. She encouraged me to write and believed in me. She even gave me three journals one year for Christmas. Inside she wrote a little note that read basically that she wanted a copy of my first book when it was published.

Unfortunately, there's no book. Yet. I have ideas, but I don't think my abilities are there yet to do a book justice. One day, though.

My Favorite Articles From Hubpages

In "Cool Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Alaska," I wrote about all the weird but true things I learned during my vacation there. I think it's one of my favorites because when I started writing it, I had a particular angle in mind. At the end though, it became something quite different.

"Old Mills in Southern Missouri" is one of my favorites, simply because of the great time I had visiting each of them.

"What are the Symptoms of Bone Cancer" was an article I wrote during a suggested topic discussion Hubpages used to have weekly. In it, I explain about my sister's bout with cancer. I think that's why it's most special to me.

Abby Sticks her Toes into Online Writing

I'm still learning, but I'm having fun doing it.

In November 2012, I stumbled upon a website called Hubpages. I'd read where you could write and earn money. I thought, well, heck, I can write. I can do this. I joined and began writing. Writing online has now become my foremost hobby.

In February of 2013, I started hearing a buzz over at Hubpages about this new writing site called Wizzley. Some had good things to say about it, others trashed it. Well, I got curious and came over and had a look around. I signed up and haven't looked back since.

 

I've learned that online writing is challenging. SEO is Greek to me. It just takes the joy out of writing. I've made up my mind to just write about what makes me happy. Sometimes it's popular with others, sometimes it's not. But I've found that if I write about a topic because I feel I have to or it's what I think people will want to read, I do a poor job because my heart's just not in it.

What I'm Most Proud of Here at Wizzley

Wildflowers abound in the Missouri Ozarks. View beautiful pictures of wildflowers and their descriptions. Buy wildflower accessories and the best identification guide.
In your travels across the Ozarks, be sure to stop at Henson's. Located in Champion Missouri, near Ava, Henson's General Store is truly a step back in time.
For reasons unknown to this day, a violent explosion ripped through a dance hall in West Plains, Missouri, sending 39 people to a fiery death and turning a community upside down.
Are you really sincere when you smile at someone? Did you know that your sincerity can be tested with.........electricity?

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Sinamay Fascinator 5719H

So What's in Store For Me Next?

I'd settle for fame and fortune.

I plan on continuing to write here at Wizzley. Right now I'm shooting for 100 pages so I can hit that last share raise. After that, I'll probably still be here. I love it here at Wizzley.

My long term writing goals are to make a decent living writing online and write a book about my father's childhood.

For the short term, I'm going to be focusing on writing the best article I can each and every time I press the publish button.

Updated: 12/05/2013, AbbyFitz
 
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AbbyFitz on 08/26/2014

I'm so glad you like it. Everyone needs a new hat! I look forward to reading more from you as well :)

RuthCox on 08/26/2014

Hi Abby, nice to meet you here on Wizzley, and to read and learn more about you. I do love that hat and now I'm wanting to get myself a new bonnet.

WordChazer on 12/12/2013

Hattitude, definitely. Your younger son looks meaner than he is and in that case is right in line for a hugging *cheeky grin*. No worries about men bothering him if I'm around - I've dealt with cats who have the same problem so I'm fine with that. As for writing, if you get comments you don't like, you can just delete them! I've been undergoing torture by job interview this month and I'm finding it very hard work - I can't explain myself verbally any more because so many people have told me to stop talking over the years. I ramble like crazy these days when I'm asked a question so it's easier just to write my answer instead, when I can.

AbbyFitz on 12/12/2013

I think pulling of a hat is just about attitude. Or hattitude? My younger son is a standard dachshund. He doesn't particularly like men (I think he was abused before I got him) I'm only chatty when I have something to say, and that really doesn't come out too well most of the time. It's why I stick to writing.

WordChazer on 12/12/2013

Your son is a sight for my currently very sore (overtired) eyes and I want to hug your canine son too, if it's all the same to him? Although he does look as if he has some Rottie in him so I might have to be careful! Your son looks mature beyond his years, which is a testament to your efforts in bringing him up, no doubt. I am slightly jealous of your court reporting abilities and happy to hear you found your niche. One question though, Abby-of-the-Hats. How can you wear such a Royal style with such panache? I would look like mutton dressed as lamb if I tried that, to be honest. I have written as long as I have been alive - as an only child writing has always been there. Also I spent a lot of my younger years being told I was chatty and asked please would I shut up? so now I can be as chatty as I like online and no one will tell me off. I look forward to reading more of your pages in due course, and as my brain is in receive mode tonight, some of that may well be accomplished right now.

AbbyFitz on 12/03/2013

Thank you! My son often is mistaken for being much older. My youngest child knows he's adorable and acts like it as well

DerdriuMarriner on 12/03/2013

AbbyFitz, Such a lovely presentation of yourself! Your son conveys much maturity in the photo of his high school graduation. Your youngest "child" is simply adorable --- those eyes!
Hats look good on you. And vice versa.

AbbyFitz on 12/01/2013

Thank you! I'm glad you find the enjoyable

jptanabe on 12/01/2013

Thanks for sharing your life Abby. Looking forward to reading many more of your articles, and that book of course!

AbbyFitz on 12/01/2013

Thank you! I hope to write it someday


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