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|One of my fondest memories from my childhood is my mother and grandmother reading to me. We had a set of books that contained fairy tales and stories by the Brothers Grimm. Mom would read to me from those books, and I used to read from them.|
|I remember one story in particular, although I do not remember whether it was by the Brothers Grimm or another fairy tale author. In this story, a princess ran counterclockwise around her castle seven times at exactly sunset. This action sent her into another dimension. I decided to try it, but all it did was make me out of breath.|
While the Brothers Grimm stories never transported me to another dimension, they did pique my interest in fantasy and science fiction. When I got my first library card, I gravitated to the science fiction and fantasy sections rather than any other section of the library. As I grew older, I attempted to read romance stories, but found them boring. Therefore, I stuck with the science fiction and fantasy or poetry sections.
One of my parents' or grandparents' always went to the library with my sibling and me. However, they never told us specifically what books we could or could not read. The only things that were important to them were (1) that we read and (2) that the book close to our reading level. If there were words in the book that we did not understand, we could look them up in the dictionary.
I am not sure when I began reading H.P. Lovecraft. It could have been the last year of grade school or in junior high (now middle school). As to whether the books were appropriate for my age and grade level, I have no idea. I do not think the books had any ill effects on me because my issues stem from the actions of other people toward me rather than anything I read in any science fiction or fantasy book.
Did your parents read to you? Did they encourage you to read? Was there a specific book or story that piqued your interest in a specific genre? Do you read to your children, grandchildren, or your siblings' children? Do you encourage your children to read? If so, what books do you recommend them to read?
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GaelicQueen writes: I find my muse when sitting quietly before my laptop in my writing room. She arrives, tweaking my subconscious, and takes the form of each character when it is their turn to speak or take action. She often leads me down a path, whispering in my head what adventure or surprise awaits just around the corner or turn within the forest path.
Buddhangela's Brave & Crazy writes: Another great newsletter, Snow! I'd pretty much discounted the idea of muses until quite recently. Then I wrote the referenced story, and my muse has become a welcome writing companion (when I remember to invite her along!) I would never, ever blame a block on her - that's on me. She notices when my writing wanders and reminds me who I am.
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