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.

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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.

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

 

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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?

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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!

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Dillon is ready for the storm