I decided this morning that I had enough time to read one shorter book before I get cleaned up and head to work. I picked up my new copy of More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark collected by Alvin Schwartz and read it with my breakfast. This was another trip back into my childhood.
The collection of scary stories continues in the second book of the series. They are very short ghost stories and scary stories written in a way to teach kids how to tell them around a campfire or at a slumber party (do kids even still have these?). There are even a couple of poems/songs mixed in.
I am getting a little frustrated, because I remember a couple of details about a scary story that I read as a kid, but so far I have not been able to find that story. I thought it was in these books, but so far I have not found it. All I remember is that the story had a warning that when you put your shoes or slippers next to your bed, you need to leave one pointing in one direction and the other pointing in the other direction rather than both pointing toward your bed. I just wish I could remember the rest of the story or the book it was in so I can find that story again. Perhaps a librarian out there will know what book this story is in and can comment on this and let me know.
Reading the scary stories (and Roald Dahl’s collection of ghost stories) is making me want to try my hand at writing a few scary short stories or ghost stories. Unfortunately, the only writing I have been able to do lately has been my work on these posts about the books I am reading. I need to develop a writing routine, but it is difficult when my schedule is so inconsistent with the new job. Today starts a stretch where I am working full days for 8 days straight without a day off.
I do love my new job. I have a lot of fun, and I end my days feeling like I have really accomplished things. I just am not used to the ever changing schedules. I am a creature of habit, and I really enjoy doing things according to routines. I have not been able to do that since I started this job. Maybe this is the universe’s way of telling me that I need to be more flexible and adaptable.
I did get a few new books in the mail yesterday. I am most excited about the two volumes of short stories by Roald Dahl. I love his writing for kids, so I am very excited to see what he has written for adults. He is an excellent storyteller, and I can’t wait to see how these short stories come together. I also got copies of Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Hans Christian Anderson’s Fairy Tales, and the Arabian Nights Tales. I need to pick up a copy of the fourth book in the Wings of Fire series, but then I am not allowing myself to buy any more new books this month until I have read all of the books on top of the bookcase next to me and on the coffee table. I also really need another bookshelf or two, but I am not sure where I will put them.
I guess it is time to get cleaned up and go to work now. I will try to read a bit on my breaks today, but that does not always happen. Until next time, Happy Reading!