It is amazing how much enjoyment there is in books, and so many folks are not readers. I am a guilty one. I seldom read except books pertaining to work or associated with my occupation at the time. Oh, on the ship occasionally I would pick up a western that was lying around to read while stand in the chow line. Westerns are still my ‘relaxing’ books. They are easy to read, and I, like many boys, always wanted to be a cowboy. Thanks to my buddy Sonny, I have read everything Louis L’amour has written. Sonny has a leather bound collection, I loaded half of them in the basement of the motor home and read them over the course of one winter. Then read the other half the next winter. I will still buy one of his books at a yard sale, just to re-read it. However that is seldom because L’amour books are kept, most of the time.
Now since I have discovered the joys of reading, my appetite is varied. I read pretty fast and devour a good book. There is always an ‘after Christmas feeling’ when I finish a long book. You feel good but are sorry it is over and now it is time to meet new people in another book.
I enjoy series at times, I think the best series was by John Jakes, it was a bi-centennial historical fiction series ‘The Kent Family Chronicles’. I couldn’t wait to start the next book. I bought the whole series for $2. When you start reading late like I did you have thousands of good books to pick from. Jack Higgins happens to be my favorite writer, over the last few years, but now I have read everything of his.
My attempt at writing is a fun thing. Since I was a story teller for many years, it is a little hard to go from oral to written. Orally there are many more ways to express yourself, plus you can repeat, if it looks like your audience missed something. Then I have so many props that help. You would be amazed (maybe you wouldn’t), I was, at the number of red lines on most pages I write. Haha!
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AND THIS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA . . . 'You can say what you want about the South, but I ain't never heard of anyone wanting to retire to the North!’