June 1, 2009

Book Review – Just After Sunset

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Just After Sunset Just After Sunset by Stephen King

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this – I am a big fan of the short story – I have to admit that some were better than others. I love that Stephen King sticks a little tell of the books at the end of the book. I enjoy finding out what he was thinking and why the story was written. The last one was the most haunting for me – the port-a-potty story – not so much for the outdoor toilet, but it was like someone was actually addressing my own fear of the old fashioned outhouse. I also wondered about the cat story, so it was interesting to hear how far the actual story went back.

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April 19, 2009

Book Review – On Writing

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On Writing On Writing by Stephen King

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
Stephen King proves his genius in this book on writing. I have to admit that I tried reading it a few months ago (actually listening to it on tape) and it was so much history of his writing, that it wasn’t grabbing me. Then as I was watching other blogs – they occasionally note books on writing which are in their top favorites and King’s was coming up over and over, so I gave it another shot. The book is two-fold. The first half deals with his journey into writing and the second half is the nuts and bolts – or the toolbox as he refers to it, of writing. It was pure genius. I was validated in my own writing style, direction and the things I have learned. Plus, I was motivated to do more. I found this very helpful and have a feeling it will probably be one of the books which I will read again, very soon.

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April 18, 2009

Just WRITE!!!

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I have done terrible with posting the past couple of weeks and have no real excuse – I check the site often, I consider topics to post and yet, no post. A week ago, I was granted an audience with Carolyn Turgeon (the author of Godmother.) Actually she was in town for some visiting and a book signing – the night was a little cluttered so I didn’t get to chat with her as I had hoped, but I was able to get her to autograph my book. She had an interesting crew of people with her and one woman was wonderful when talking to my niece and nephew.

I have not been working on my writing as well either. I pulled up some old stories of mine – 20+ years old stories – they are terrible in technique, but there are good stories there. So I may still work on them. I have been reading Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott and though I am still in the early stages of the book, I do like what she says about the first copy – she refers to it as the ‘shitty first draft,’ I believe and basically says to get it down – you can edit later. For me, I think that is why I like writing longhand as my first draft – I don’t question that it will have to be edited, I am just focused on getting my thoughts down before I forget them or they get ahead of me. But, I am not so good when I am writing at the computer. I think I expect to go immediately to my second draft, before even putting anything down.

I am also listening to Stephen King’s On Writing. I had tried to listen to it several months ago, but didn’t feel it was going any where. He is interesting to listen too and occasionally I was able to catch little pieces of knowledge, but it wasn’t enough. The first half of his book (I have since learned) is very autobiographical, the second half – pure knowledge. I am validated in King’s notes on writing. I believe he writes very similar to how I do (well, not when he was in his drug and alcohol stage – I have thus far, avoided those). I will highlight some of these points that I really like, in another post soon.

One of the main points he makes as does Anne Lamott – get it down on paper. Setting goals of writing daily – even if it is not all day, setting an attainable goal and working on it. You can’t do anything with your story, unless you have it down. Guess what I’m doing…

November 11, 2008

My TOP 25 Horror Books

With the Halloween season just ending, I found myself curious of what my Top 25 Horror books are. I went through some of the books I have read and tried to figure out what are my favorites. I looked at other lists and found some books that I will be checking out. However, here is my list (I am sure it will change the more I read, but for now – here’s what I have.)

  1. The Traveling Vampire Show – Richard Laymon
  2. Salem’s Lot – Stephen King
  3. Misery by Stephen King
  4. The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson
  5. Frankenstein – Mary Shelly
  6. Interview with a Vampire – Ann Rice
  7. 20th Century Ghosts – Joe Hill
  8. The Lottery – Shirley Jackson
  9. The Exorcist – William Peter Blatty
  10. Ghost House – Claire McNally
  11. Rosemary’s Baby – Ira Levin
  12. The Shining – Stephen King
  13. Interview with a Vampire – Ann Rice
  14. Darkness Tell Us – Richard Laymon
  15. Coraline – Neil Gaiman
  16. The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  17. Sybil – Flora Rheta Schreiber
  18. Dracula – Bram Stroker
  19. The Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  20. Heart Shaped Box – Joe Hill
  21. Where Are The Children – Mary Higgins Clark
  22. My Sweet Audrina – V.C. Andrews
  23. The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
  24. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  25. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

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