Sunday, September 22, 2013

A belated Birthday Wish...

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.”


  1. Oh.My.Gosh!! You and I may be sisters! I am a huge fan too and, like you, I started early! I read "The Shining" when I was about 11 years old, on a camping trip with my family in Colorado (of all places!!). I was hooked from then on. His books have been a 30+ year obsession for me.

    I have to share with you that Stephen King came to speak at the Savannah Book Festival, here in Savannah, Georgia, in February, 2012. I was able to go and had his book (11-22-63) signed. It was like a kid meeting her hero and something I will never forget. I was so nervous I nearly cried but he was really nice and totally engaging.

    I was such an awkward, bookish, chubby kid and reading always provided me with an escape into any world I wanted to inhabit. King's writing never failed (and still doesn't!) to take me away. So nice to know someone else feels the same!! BTW...I have "Doctor Sleep" pre-ordered!! LOL!

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEPHEN KING!!! Keep 'em coming!!

    1. I knew I had to have readers that LOVE King as much as I do!! Color me jealous that you got to meet him you lucky dog!!

      Can't wait to get my hands on the new book!