I have many television critic friends that I see twice a year. When we get together, it’s like we’ve never been apart. Then there are the television critic friends that I keep in touch with all year long. My friend Terry Morrow was one of those.
If I had to tell you one word to describe Terry, it would be JOY. And yes, I mean in all caps. He had an acerbic wit that still makes me smile, and he just went after life with everything he had.
I cannot tell you how many times he stood by me when things were tough. And how he made me laugh. Not long after I met him, Terry hunted me down at one of my first book signings in Atlanta. It was for the Joss Whedon book, and it was my first con, Dragon Con. I was a bit overwhelmed. I hadn’t expected 30,000 people, or the costumes and role playing. But Terry explained it all in a way that helped me understand. This was a place where we could all fly our nerdy, freak flags as high as we wanted.
Terry didn’t care what people thought about him. He loved making a spectacle. If you’ve read my book Like A Charm. Terry was the inspiration for my Jackie O’ drag queen, who happens to be a spiritual guide. Terry wasn’t a drag queen, but he liked to live a big life. He loved his job interviewing celebs, and his love and passion for it showed in his work.
I love, love love him and I always will. And even though I knew that this day would come sooner than any of us wanted, it’s breaking my heart. But Terry would sit by me, pat my hand and tell me to put my big girl panties on. Then he’d point to this blog and say, “Really. That’s the best you can do? I’m way more awesome than that.”
I will miss my friend.