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BookTall One has started reading my Stephen King books.  I was her age when I first “discovered” him, and I love that she’s reading my old books.  She’s starting with Salem’s Lot and snuck it to school.  She brought it home, amazed, and told me to look in the front.  There was my name in my loopy teenage script, “Sarah Murphy”.  Wow, that takes me back!

She is enjoying the book and said she needed to ask me a few questions.  I thought it would be about the book and was trying to remember the story line.  No, she wanted to know how old Stephen King is.  Since I read him when I was her age, she’s worried that he’s “really old” and that maybe he won’t have a lot more time to write.  Even though we have a big stack waiting for her and plenty more where that came from, she’s already worried she’s going to run out.  That’s my girl.

Stephen King is the writer who taught me brand loyalty, and I can see she’s hooked in the same way.  I’m loving it.

I assured her that not only does he still have plenty of years left, but that he is a prolific writer.  I told her he writes even more than ME.  She feels better now and can continue reading. 

I know what she’s feeling.  She found someone she enjoys reading and she wants to know there’s going to be more. 

This is why we subscribe to each other’s blogs.  This is why we get a little thrill when we see our favorite faces pop up at the top of our lists. I want MORE.

We’re all just reading addicts looking for a fix.  And Ahhhh, life is good!!


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Suzanne Sands
Pavao Real Estate - Somerset, MA
Somerset MA Real Estate


What would we do without our fix....I agree it does make this place a little more manageable. :)

Nov 07, 2007 10:22 PM #7
Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist
Kingsbridge Realty, Inc - Hubert, NC
Hi Sarah,
A love for reading is a love like none other.  It takes us places we can't go, allows us to do things we can't do and  meet people we will never see face to face.  Reading is a wonderful gift.

Nov 07, 2007 10:45 PM #8
Todd and Danielle Millar
Glenn Simon Inc. - Edmonton, AB
Sixteen years of excellence!
I loved Stephen King as a child too. Thanks to him I had many a sleepless night and enjoyed every minute of them! Passion for reading is the best thing you can give your children.
Nov 07, 2007 10:59 PM #9
Lysa Napolitano
Daytona Beach, FL
Ah... Stephen King! Way to go Tall One! Don't watch the movies first, they are never as good as the book! You're right on our subscriber list Sarah. I do look forward to signing in and seeing what is new :)
Nov 08, 2007 12:16 AM #10
Roberta LaRocca
Simply Vegas Real Estate - Las Vegas, NV
REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management
I was also a Stephen King fan when I was younger.  It is great that she is interested in reading.
Nov 08, 2007 12:31 AM #11
Judy Tuscano
Prudential Verani Realty - Nottingham, NH
NH Real Estate Professional

Another great thing about Stephen King is that he is a Red Sox fan! He has seasons tickets and they always show him on the televised games.

My son too is a big fan of his books. He buys them as soon as they come out.

Judy T

Nov 08, 2007 01:15 AM #12
Tracey Thomas
BrokerInTrust Real Estate - Calabasas, CA
CA Real Estate Broker
I love your analogy Sarah!  Great post, I'm smiling big.
Nov 08, 2007 01:33 AM #13
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
SARAH:  I'd say that we're more than just reading addicts.  We're also comments crazed and many of us have a passion for points.  I agree that I'm happy to see my favorites pop up with something new though.
Nov 08, 2007 02:15 AM #14
Jennifer Wilson
Agent Solutions - Calgary, AB
Agent Solutions

Hey Sarah Girl - Thanks for sparking the urge to read more. You're right about needing that fix. I also have a stack of Stephen King and John Saul books that I should really pull out and satisfy that fix.


Nov 08, 2007 02:56 AM #15
Thomas Weiss
Thomas R. Weiss - West Palm Beach, FL


Stephen King is the greatest!! I am suprised that she likes that.. But great for her.

Tom Weiss

Nov 08, 2007 03:13 AM #16
Desiree Daniels
RE/MAX Tri County - Robbinsville, NJ

God I loved Stephen King as a kid too.  I read everything I could of his... Even joined one of those "book of the month clubs".     I always got lost in his books...  It is amazing how much material that man can pump out isn't it?   And I have to admit I don't read him anymore .. not sure why, but he always keeps it fresh and interesting.   

Would love to get into his head just once...  

Nov 08, 2007 04:35 AM #17
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
We all have our favorite writers here, I should try to have King write a blog or two on Active-Rain....now that would be cool.
Nov 08, 2007 05:05 AM #18
Tricia Jumonville
Bradfield Properties - Georgetown, TX
Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense

When I was about Tall One's age (WAY pre-Stephen King), my parents gave me the complete unexpurgated works of Edgar Allen Poe.  And Grimms Fairy Tales.  And Anderson's Fairy Tales.  Since I knew that there were definitely not going to be any more of those, I can remember forcing myself to ration them. 

I've also had the experience several times where I discover an author and they die within months.  (Got spooky for a while there.)  No fun at all.  (Well, less fun for them than for me, of course.)   We'll hope S.K. keeps writing for a long, long time, for Tall One - and the rest of us, of course.


Nov 08, 2007 05:19 AM #19
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

Stephen King writes more than you?!?!?!


And she BOUGHT IT?

Good story!!!


Nov 08, 2007 12:44 PM #20
Paul Slaybaugh
Realty Executives - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate
Salem's Lot scared the bejezus out of me!  I read that when I was about ten.  I distinctly remember being up in the White Mountains (AZ) for Christmas.  We were staying in a cabin.  I would be the only one awake at who-knows-what in the morning, with snow falling and wind howling outside, reading that book.  SPOOKY!  I still read Stephen King, even though I don't really care for his latest efforts.  A bit forced with odd premises and gratuitous gore to make up for a lack of originality in my humble opinion.  Sadly, Dean Koontz appears to be walking the same path.
Nov 08, 2007 02:27 PM #21
Allison Werner
To Be Announced - Middletown, NJ
Hi Sarah, I finally figured out the title of Stephen King's book on writing... I'm a little slow, but I bought it... It is currently 3 books down in my "to read" pile (with many more underneath), now if I could just add 3-4 hours to each day, I would get through the stack in about 2 months!
Nov 09, 2007 03:23 AM #22
Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX

Sarah - I used to love reading Stephen King! His books scared the life out of me. I remember reading The Shining and couldn't get past 26 pages until I forced myself to go on. When I saw the movie I remember laughing hysterically because they totally ruined it. His books are soooo  much better than the movies.

And I agree with the subscribers list...friends you can have a good old cup of coffee with!

Nov 10, 2007 02:21 PM #23
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Sarah...Lucky you.  Isn't wonderful when your children love to read also.  When mine were younger if they dared say they wanted something to do I always said reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.  There was never enough time for me to do as much as I wanted.  You have your Stephen King.  I have my Joyce Carol Oates and Ruth Rendell, and on and on.  Checking on amazon.com to see what books they've written enabled me to fill my library with all the missing books. 


Nov 11, 2007 05:06 AM #24
Linda Futral
Newnan, GA
Stephen King was a first love of mine as well.  Great tie in about the subscribed list.
Nov 11, 2007 07:23 AM #25
I too have had the wonderful experience of seeing my child indulging in the same wonderous books i myself have so enjoyed. The rapt attention he has given to such favorites as Louis L'amour, Stephen King, and Tolkein, tells me much more of the man he has become than the few words of a twenty two  year old college student. For my recent 60th birthday he gave me the final book of the Dark Towers series, which he had rapidly and avidly digested, and which I, more in tune with my stage of life, have deliberated over as the rare and exotic treat it is. I agree that King's works rarely match that of The Stand, but this series shows me he has not lost his way. May that be true of our Country, I truly pray. May our children continue to read, and that there always be fredom of thought, press, and speech, i also pray.
Mar 23, 2008 08:23 AM #26
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