the story life

Stories: Some People Just Aren’t Ready – Are You?

Boyhood Of Raleigh Painting

Two boys sit listening to a sailor telling them a sea story.

For the boy on the left the story brings only fear and anxiety, he has huddled his knees up to his chest in a protective pose. His only goal is to survive the story and find an excuse to leave as fast as possible.

Boys Listening To A Story

The boy on the right however, is thrilled. He has leaned in closer to the sailor and all that the sailor’s story has to tell about the strange world of the ocean, and the adventures it brings.

That’s the power of a story.

Stories come to us whether we are ready or not. But if we are ready…the world opens up to us.

(This painting is called ‘The Boyhood Of Raleigh’ and shows us the childhood of a real person named Sir Walter Raleigh.

As an adult he ended up sailing across the ocean several times looking for the legendary City Of Gold, El Dorado. But that’s a story for another day!)

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08/25/2019
the story life

The Fun Of Reading Scary Stories Late At Night

The Scariest Story She Ever Read

The picture above is a comment made by reader Caitlin after she read the story ‘Legend Of The Real Life Chucky’.

No doubt about it, there’s something thrilling about reading scary stories late at night.

If you’re reading *the right* scary stories then you are spooked out of your mind, to where any little noise or shadow raises the hair on the back of your neck.

Reading Scary Story At NightYou are thrown into full paranoia mode, feeling like something might be in the darkness right outside your window (Slender Man).

Or maybe you even get the feeling that there is suddenly a Presence lurking somewhere in the house (Arabella).

Does this sound like a terrible experience? Then reading scary stories late at night isn’t for you. It might be better to wait until the safety of daylight to venture into the world of scary stories. And that’s okay.

But for us scary story junkies the spooked out feeling is the best part of the experience. Like when you get to the top of a roller coaster and then it suddenly drops, the terror is part of the fun.

Does that make us crazy? Maybe. Crazy awesome.

So here’s to you Caitlin and everybody else out there who likes to read scary stories late at night, I’m right there with you!

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10/12/2018
the story life

Stephen King And Always Taking A Book With Me

Stephen King reading a book while out

“Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent.

What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life.”

―Stephen King

I am with Stephen King on this one. I like to have a book with me wherever I go, though it isn’t always a physical book like he prefers.

Most of the time I use the Amazon Kindle App for my phone, which keeps me from having to lug a book around to random places. The app also does things like saves my spot in the book instantly, which I like.

It’s nice to be able to take my phone out of my pocket and get some reading in, then pop it back in my pocket just as quick.

Picture of someone reading on the Amazon Kindle appWhen I know I’ll have a good amount of time to dedicate to reading while I’m out and about (like when I take my kids to the park or if I’m going to be waiting for a while at the doctor’s office) then I will take a physical book with me.

For one thing it saves the battery on my phone, but most importantly it’s just nice to have a physical book if I’m going to be reading for a long time. There’s no notifications that will pop up and interrupt my reading, nagging me to get away from the story.

How about you, do you like to take a book with you while you’re out and about? If so do you take a physical book or use your phone?

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09/01/2018