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Stand Up To That Bully

The letter below is part of an ongoing series featuring letters from authors to their teen selves. If you're a published author who'd like to participate in this series, we'd love to have you. Just click here and let us know you're interested. Today's guest is D.A. Mucci, author of Ignatius And The Swords Of Nostaw, which came out last month.


Dear Dave,

It’s me, Dave, 55 years in the future. I’m writing you to give you some advice and talk to you about…you. First things first, if you change who you are I really would not be who I am today. And I am very happy with who I am today. But I think a little advise looking back might make your passage to me, today, a little easier.

You dance to a beat of a different drummer. Keep it up. Don’t every change that. That will allow you to explore life when others are afraid to. It sets you apart but sets you up for ridicule and being bullied. I like that you never knuckled under and compromised your principles. You were happy with who you were.

So, what advice would I give you?

That bully on the lacrosse team who always picked on you in practice. You finally took him on, and he backed down. My advice would be stand up to him earlier. He only picked on you because he sensed weakness.

D.A. Mucci as a teen

Pursue your music a little more. It will open up your creative side earlier.

And lastly, say hello to that girl who has the locker next to you. Yes, she was one of the popular kids but years later you will find out from her closest friend that she actually liked you and wanted to date you. Who would have known?

I’m not supposed to tell you about the future but trust me you will be blissfully happy with your life, your soulmate, your children and friends. All will work out better than what you could have ever hoped for. So never lose faith.

Dave…from the future


About The Author: As an Emergency Room physician for nearly 40 years, D.A. Mucci found that the pandemic brought new horrors into the ER. Writing fantasy fiction became an enjoyable escape for him from what was happening in the real world. Now he invites readers to journey with him into the uncharted reaches of the Kingdom of Skye with his YA fantasy debut, Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw.


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