Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Where Stories Come From
Skull Island, MS> I have always been a ravenous and avid reader. A recent comment by the Hog Guy referencing Mark Twain reminded me where the stories come from and answers the question "Why do you Blog?".
I read all his classic adventures with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I read Treasure Island, read adventure comic books and amazing ghost stories, all of the Jules Verne novels, Jack London, and many more. I also listened to camp stories. People coming in to tell about their hunt and the way it would be stretched. I learned to take a simple story and make it dramatic, extremely funny, or give it a twist. I learned to look for the story just waiting to be found. I am putting the ghost and strange stories in the section called Spooky Campfire Stories .
The wild yarns and funny hunting stories are in the Favorite Wild Tales section.
Many of these stories have a lot of truth in them, some have zero. The ones that have been handed down over the years, I want on paper for my children and their children. Growing up, I led a life that to me was typical and not very interesting. Roaming the hills, gun in hand, or a float trip down the Yocona River. Snake hunting, backpacking, camping, and exploring. I later learned that the stuff I did everyday was a great adventure to be remembered by others. I will talk about these as time goes by and you can judge for yourself. We have thousands of photos from over the years that chronicle our life hunting, many great stories are in these. I have hunted ducks breaking ice, wandered grown up and forgotten fields chasing rabbits and quail, shot doves in corn fields where you thought your gun would melt, and hunted the magnificent whitetail deer all my life. Blog about what you know! Mark Twain did this as did the great writers I have read. Hopefully you will read some of these and relate some form of one of them as you gather a bunch of eager kids around your own campfire.
Please enjoy the stories and thank you to the people who actually read these posts.
I promise that if you come here we will find an adventure or two to get into.