All caught up in my own drama I neglected to wish one of my absolutely FAVORITE people in the whole wide world a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
Ironic that he is one of my favorite people, because he has no idea who I am!!
Yup, yesterday was the wonderful Stephen King's birthday!
Steve and I have spent many hours together. I first discovered him in middle school. The first book I read by him was "Christine". That was quickly followed by "Cujo". I was hooked - sold - my reading life would never be the same. No more teenage girl books - I had discovered a whole new and amazing world and had no intention of ever leaving it behind!
“The place where you made your stand never mattered. Only that you were there... and still on your feet.”
I remember in high school laying in bed at night devouring page after page of whatever book of his I was reading at the time with the hunger and desire of a crack addict. Like a long marriage, the passion has cooled a little - I still love to read his books, but can put them down for a while now when real life calls.
I have read a few of his books to the point that they are falling apart - like my absolutely favorite book of all time "IT". And then there are those - like "Insomnia" that I finished more out of a sense of obligation and loyalty then any enjoyment.
My dog-eared copy of IT. I've probably read this book at LEAST 30 times.
I followed Stephen King's personal journey to the hell of addiction and back and cried for him when he almost lost his life when he was run down while out walking. I've watched the film adaptations of his movies and short stories - some good, and some horrible. And his audiobooks have kept me entertained on long runs.
“And in real life endings aren't always neat, whether they're happy endings, or whether they're sad endings.”
So a belated and very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a man who got me through some very bad times in my life, but also just entertains the hell out of me!
And don't forget that "Doctor Sleep" will be released soon!
“Talent in cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”