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14 March 2000 ... Books and Writing
Have you ever read The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien? I read it in the 4th grade. It was a pretty big deal, being the first real book we read and all. We had to do several major projects with the reading as well. We drew maps and pictures and made up tunes on the piano, watched the movie. We had a snack day when the teacher brought in foods that the elves made in the book. It was a good experience all around and I ended up buying the rest of the books, Lord of the Rings.

It's good to read the classics, and Tolkien's books are definitely that. But high fantasy is not really my style. I do own some fantasy books but fantasy is not the emphasis of my collection.

I'm not really sure what lead me to science fiction. Piers Anthony's Adept series is a strange mixing of science fiction and fantasy. I remember I enjoyed some of Andre Norton's books as well, specifically the ones about animals: Iron Cage, Flight in Yiktor, Breed to Come. Anne McCaffrey's Pern books are also a mix of science fiction and fantasy, which I still enjoy today.

Hmm. I'm not sure why I keep talking about books and reading. :) Just my latest obsession, I suppose. I am missing my books, too. Most of my collection is in boxes at my parents house, 800 miles away. I used to love looking at them, knowing they were there, getting one out every once in a while, figuring out where new books would go on the shelf. I miss that.

The books have been stuck in boxes for many years now and I am sure that some of the books are starting to break down and fall apart with age. That makes me sad. And, unfortunately, I don't really have a place to put them here... I don't even have a place to put the few books I do have here.

heh. Me and my books. I don't suppose I will ever own too many books. There is always something new and interesting that I must buy...

I have been thinking about writing the past couple of days. Mostly because I am about to finish my first writing notebook of this year. My writing average for this notebook has been just under a page a day... One hundred pages in the notebook, and tomorrow will be the 110th day of writing.

I can't wait to get my next notebook and start writing in it. I'm going to try to bump up my writing in the new notebook... Maybe two pages a day. Maybe. Then, too, I want to try to write more on the computer as well. When I was a kid, I spent summer vacations at my grandparents houses. My grandma had an electric typewriter which I would sit at every now and then to type up a quick, one page story. Of course, all my stories began with "Once upon a time..." and I think I misspelled upon as apon. And it was not so much that I enjoyed writing stories... It was more that I enjoyed pushing buttons! Still do, in fact. :)

I no longer have a typewriter, I had to give away my old word processor before the move. But I do have my office software and a good printer. Not quite the same, but almost, and I still get to push lots of buttons. :)

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