If you haven’t read a book lately, you owe it to yourself to do so. It’s fun, exciting and relaxing all at the same time. If you read before going to bed, it helps you sleep and and may even effect the dreams you have. And, like they say, if you aren’t careful you might even learn something. So now it’s time for me to hype my own short story, “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”. It’s a Christmas story but it works for any time of year and it’s short, short enough you can probably finish it in one or two sittings.
This is a great day for those people who love to read. To allow their minds to be led somewhere else by the words written down in stories, whether they are fictional or real. This day comes twice a year, August 9th and the first Saturday in November. You can find nearly any subject your heart desires and what’s better than laying out in a hammock, sipping a glass of ice tea and reading a book! And now for the shameless plug suggesting you read my short story, “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”
People love to hear stories, well most do anyway. We all have a story of two we know, no they aren’t always that interesting to people but they are still stories! Ghost stories always work well around a campfire, family stories help pass on little known facts about the family and funny stories often break the tension during more serious times. Telling stories also help us to relate to each other on a different level since we tend to tell stories about things that interest us as much as the listener. With that, I have to plug my e-book “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green”! Yes it’s a Christmas story but it’s cheap! Give it a try, available on Amazon e-books.
How to celebrate – Go camping and tell your favorite scary story. Make notes to help you remember the parts of your story. Read “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green”.
Today is A. A. Milne’s birthday, back in 1882. Of course we all know he wrote Winnie the Pooh. I have heard so many stories about how and why he wrote the children’s book that I don’t know which of them is true. You might ask Christopher Robin or Tigger, Eeyore or Piglet or Roo. Surely one of them will have he right answer. So if you love Winnie the Pooh then by default you love Allan Alexander Milne too.
How to celebrate – Read Winnie the Pooh. Research how old Milne was when he wrote Winnie the Pooh. Throw a Pooh party for a few of your friends.
So, where is your favorite place to read a book? In bed? Sitting on the porch? In the bath? What’s you favorite book? Mystery? Western? Romance? Well, today is your day to enjoy that book even more, it’s Book Lover’s Day! I know a lot of people who like to use their book as a door stop… I find it very difficult to read it that way… but to each their own. The day is always celebrated the first Saturday of November but really it could be celebrated every day for those of us that love to read. And now for the usual plug on my short story, “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green” available on e-books at Amazon. You know if everybody bought one I’d stop plugging it!
How to celebrate – Read a good book today. Read “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”. Make a list of your favorite authors.
The idea of today began back in 1928 when Nellie Verne Burt McPherson got the idea there should be a National Author’s Day. Her Bement Illinois Book Club endorsed the day in 1929 and the U.S. Department of Commerce made it official in 1949. Now there’s something to write about! Or read about, which ever the case may be. Authors do need a day to celebrate what they have accomplished, far too often their books are read by one or two people even after the writer has put years into their craft. It’s so often all about running with the herd, providing what people think they want to read rather than learning something from what they should read. And now for the shameless plug of my own short story, “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green” available on Amazon e-books.
How to celebrate – Support an author and read their book. Write your own book. Take an author to a library.
October 16th National Dictionary Day
We all know just how important a dictionary is. My biggest problem is when you ask someone how to spell a word and they tell you to look it up in a dictionary it’s a bit unhelpful. You need to know how to spell the word to look it up! Noah Webster is credited with creating the dictionary used in America in 1758. Of course we’ve added a lot of words since then, some that probably should not have been added but just ignore those. If you want to grow your vocabulary try joining the Grandiloquent Word of the Day organization. They will send you a new word every day to add to what you already know. That means that in a year, you’ll have another 365 words to use that no one else understands!
How to celebrate – Read a dictionary just for fun. Try looking up a word you don’t know! (Might be a challenge here) Create your own dictionary using your own made up words.
Reading is a great way to pass time and learn something, even if its just to learn how to have fun. I love books, I read nightly and unfortunately save nearly every book I’ve ever read. My study is overrun with books. That’s the one good thing about e-books, they are much easier to store! Speaking of E-books, check out “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green” on Amazon. It’s a quick read and great for the holidays! Oh, and I wrote it so it will do wonders for me! (It’s cheap too!) I’d love to know what you think of it.
How to celebrate – Read a book. Tell a story. Share something you have learned from a book.
You either love them, or hate them. Personally, I love them! Books can take you places you might otherwise never go. You can visit other countries, other eras and other planets. You can be a part of a team that explores the Arctic, sail the seven seas, soar above the clouds, or solve mysteries like the greatest detectives of all time. Or you might even discover how the Evergreen Tree became the Christmas Tree (a plug to read my “Why The Evergreen’s Stay Green”, available on Amazon!) Books can keep you company, teach you things and give you a laugh. Once you’ve turned the first page you can never go back!
How to celebrate – Read a book today (or at least start one). Go on an adventure without leaving your living room. Write your own book.
With all that is going on right now telling stories is a must, whether it is telling them professionally or just to get your children to go to bed. Campfire ghost stories have always been a favorite. They can be made up stories or come from books, it doesn’t matter. If you think about it, movies and television shows are nothing but stories made up (Or come from real life experiences). And so, here again, I shamelessly plug my short story, “Why the Evergreen’s Stay Green.” (Available on ebooks at Amazon) Anyway, tell your kids a good story, or adults and let them get their minds off their troubles… Lord knows, we could all use that!
How to celebrate – Tell a story. Write a story. Make up a story that tells your family history.