Have you ever read
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
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
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:
Flight in Yiktor,
Breed to Come.
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. :)