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Reading and Writing. About Time!

I finished reading Stephen King's, "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft." A really amazing book.

I've loved King's writing since the beginning. I like to say I was a fan when people still didn't know who he was. Maybe that's not true -- I didn't read "Carrie" until AFTER reading both "'Salem's Lot" and "The Shining." But I can remember reading all three books (his first three published) as if I'd read them yesterday! His writing had a huge effect on me, though I have to admit I have not read everything his written. Still, I don't know how many times I read "'Salem's Lot" and "The Stand" -- my personal favorites. Oh, and if you haven't read both of those, plus "11/22/63," I highly recommend them. Stephen is one of my very favorite authors.

Interestingly enough, I'm also a fan of David Morrell, who is a good friend of Stephen King. I guess they used to take road trips together (from what David told me). Yes, I got to speak with David, years ago. I actually got to interview him for a publication (a paper fan newsletter that Marilyn and I did, way back when), via phone. He was marvelous! I've never forgotten what a generous man he was. (By the way, he did that interview with ME -- nobody important -- at almost the same time that he was interviewed by "Playboy" magazine!) If you're not familiar with David's work, he's the man who wrote the book "First Blood." This was the novel that introduced the world to Rambo -- and it's really a great read. But I have a hardback copy of "Fireflies," signed by David. This book tells the tale of the death of David's 15-year-old son (after fighting cancer) -- and it's a powerful read. Marilyn has been reading his book "Murder as a Fine Art" (I don't remember if she finished it, yet). I look forward to reading it, too!

I strongly believe that READING -- and reading A LOT -- is very helpful to me as a writer. I wish I had read more in my life. I wish I had a list of all the books I have read, but I never bothered to keep one.

I'm always amazed when I see lists of books for some meme or whatever, and discover how few of the books on such lists I've read! I'm not joking when I have an icon that reads: Voracious Reader. I've rarely in my life been reading less than three to five books at any given time. (That does NOT include whatever manuals I might also be reading, as I tend to always be reading something about computers, computer graphics, websites, HTML and CSS and on and on...) My Kindles are lovely and give me an easier way to read all night long when I feel like it (the Paperwhite really makes that simple), but they probably don't help me to read a larger quantity of material than I've always read.

I love to read and I read constantly.

And I love to write, too. But I don't do that nearly as much as I should! I'm really feeling the urge to write at the current time, so hopefully I'll get in and do more of it. I started another story today, based on an online article I read. It's as if everything around me is a potential topic for a short story! That's such a delightful and delicious feeling.

I really do want to get our writing circle going again. But I'm not sure if that will happen, or not. Regardless, I need to force myself to stick to writing. I should be trying to write daily. I'm capable of really grinding out a lot of words when I set my mind to it. It's actually true that I can write 2,000 words in a day. Though I don't know if I could do that EVERY day -- at least not at this point! (smile)

Pleasing others with what I write? That's another story entirely! My friend June read what I submitted yesterday to that contest, and her reaction was decidedly negative...

Anyway, I'm pretty thick-skinned about my writing. I realize that even if you're a top writer, like Stephen King, there will be people who don't like your work, or find fault with parts of it. It you can't take hearing that, then you have no business sharing what you write. Stephen King said something to that effect in the above named book, by the way. Just write and lock your stuff away. Hahaha. I guess you can always write just for yourself, after all. Nothing forces us to write to be read by others.

But my goal is to share my work. I'm not sure where I'll go with that. I guess time will tell...

Time for bed soon. I'm going to the festival office tomorrow...

Tags: 2014, authors, book, books, david-morrell, interview, june, june-2014, kindle-paperwhite, marilyn, reading, recommendation, sharing, stephen-king, writing, writing-circle

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