Maine and Stephen King

When some folks discover I’m from MAINE…I get two questions. So let me begin this blog post by answering them in the order I generally receive them:

1. Yes, we people in Maine do have electricity- have had it for some time now believe it or not.

2. No, I do not know Stephen King personally.

Stephen King's Mansion in Bangor, Maine

Stephen King's Mansion in Bangor, Maine

However, I coincidentally do live on King’s Mountain in Orrington and I understand Stephen King may have some property somewhere near the top. Yes, Pet Semetary is in Orrington- as it was portrayed in the movie. As a matter of fact, our cat Ebenezer showed up on my doorstep 14 years ago on Christmas Eve. His behavior often makes me wonder if he wandered over from the Pet Semetary? And I’m pretty sure Cujo knows my running route!

My twelve year old son, Jack, plays hockey. We often play at Sawyer Ice Arena in Bangor, which is just around the corner from Stephen King’s mansion. So, yes, we do drive by his home. He has the most awesome black iron fence out front- very spider-like.

I’ve seen him around town- Bangor mostly. I live ten minutes from him. He is very down to earth. Real. He and his wife, Tabitha, are very generous to our area. Recreation & libraries- and I’m certain there must be a long list.

While my writing will NEVER hold even a birthday candle to that of the famous Stephen King, I do hope that by merely breathing the same air as he- I will be at an advantage.

Twitter Is The New CB Radio!

My father recently commented about Facebook & Twitter as being a waste of time. I pondered his statement.

CB Radio from Wikipedia

CB Radio- like the one my father had in the 1970's.

 “Gee, Dad. What was that “thing” you yacked on non-stop during my childhood in the 1970’s. That “thing” in the living room that blared loud voices at all hours of the night and you leaped over furniture to grab the mouthpiece that was attached to a bungee cord & radio set. Not to mention the 40×20 metal frame antenna eyesore that was erected at the top of a telephone pole on our front lawn. Remember the flack we took from the neighbors at such a spectacle?”

Yes, it is true. Twitter has become the CB (Citizen’s Band) Radio of the future. Back then, users went by handles- much like our Twitter names today. My Twitter name is @redheadnews for example. In the 1970’s, my father made friends with people all around the United States & Canada- perhaps even beyond that! The radio was popular with long haul truckers, too.

Today, I have an interesting “Twitter Family” with friends such as @mist_writer, @PrudenceMacLeod, @TinaBoscha, @BRandleas, & @Clive_SJohnson…to name only a few. While I have a few thousand followers, there are only a few that I keep regular tabs on. Would that be acceptable socialized stalking? -I ponder yet again.

If my new character Molly Watkins had a Twitter handle, I surmise it would be something like @takenocrap or @womanincharge. She will make her debut in just a few days, so we can ask her when the time arrives.

So you see, Dad, the more things change the more they really stayed the same! -Minus that ostentatious monster gadget on our front lawn!

My Grandparents Inspired “Cherry Cheesecake” Valentine Story

Real Valentines

In Love For 70 Years

You know how sometimes you see or hear about something and you think, “Wow, that would make a great story?” My grandparents, who have been married for over 70 years now, would make that kind of story.

From what I understand, their life has not been without hardship. My grandfather was a watchmaker by trade, hitching rides on Boston-bound trains from teeny tiny Brewer, Maine just to attend school. That is a five hour drive by car today!

Money was virtually non-existent. When my grandfather returned to Maine he worked 2 jobs. They went on to have  3 young children by the time they were in their early twenties- poking holes in my Nana’s theory that my Grampa was difficult at times:)

If you were to ask them what their “secret” to a 70 year marriage would be, they would each have a different answer- and they’d probably bicker over which one of them were correct… I think that “passion” may well be one of their “secrets”???

This past week I entered a short story contest with a “Love” theme in honor of Valentine’s Day. I used their undying love as my inspiration. I’m not sure if I will win the contest or not, but writing the story made me happy:) If you’d like to check out my short story contest submission (1250 words) simply click here

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/131273 – it’s free, just download to your Kindle or read on your computer as a PDF file.

There are some other free short stories that are previous contest submissions as well- and they are all free.

Here’s hoping that everyone has a very happy Valentine’s Day!

What kind of emotions, events, or stories inspire you?