My Favorite Books as a Kid

I just did a Books I’m Reading post, but thought I’d do a little throwback and talk about books I loved as a kid. This took me back to memory lane a bit, but here are a few. Tell me your favorite books when you were younger.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz

Gosh. These books scared the hell out of me. I remember my older brother reading them and I’d get nightmares. I’d read these again if I could get my hand on a copy. One short story I remember in particular was Bloody Fingers and from then on, I was terrified of the closet.

The Beatrix Potter Collection: Tale of Peter Rabbit

I checked Amazon but it appears the DVD’s are only available. I’m sure the book series is out there somewhere. I hope so, because I read these constantly as a child. The illustrations were also well done.


The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

I think every kid in my age group was crazy about this book series. The TV show wasn’t too bad back then either. Then again it was the 90’s.



I’m probably missing a few, but these are the ones that stood out to me.



I Hate Outlines

Some parts of writing are planned, others are not. For me, outlines have never worked in my favor. I learn the story when I get down to the nitty gritty of writing it.

Normally, my characters write it for me. I have a general idea of what I want them to be like, but things change. Once I have music playing and I’m typing away, scenes happen that I didn’t expect. It’s like a movie reel playing in front of me, this is how I enjoy writing.

It’s surprising I don’t outline, because I’m a task oriented person. I keep a planner and check off tasks that are taken. My stories take on a different level.

In the past, I’ve tried outlining but wasted more time on that than writing the story.

Do outlines work for you or do you hate them?


Storms and Whiskey

Tonight, there is going to be a wind storm with lots of rain! I’m already planning for my night in. Here’s how I’m preparing.

  • Books to read
  • Stories to write
  • Whiskey (to keep me warm)
  • Flashlights and candles (if power goes out)
  • More whiskey
  • Snacks

I’d prefer to not lose my power, but if I do, I’ll be ready. I have battery packs to charge my Kindle and phone.

I’ll curl up on the couch, cocoon in blankets, be a frump and enjoy adult beverages. Sounds like a good night to me! I don’t need a reason to be a hermit, but a rain storm is as good as any.

Tell me your favorite whiskey!


Dillon is ready for the storm