I have to start blogging about more places. Lately, my posts, like this particular entry, have simply been fillers. I don’t mind writing such posts; yet, when I visit some spot, it allows me to be informative, artistic and entertaining…and I love that; it actually makes me feel good.
I couldn’t tell you why, mainly because I haven’t put much thought towards it, but my blogs about tourist draws always feel rewarding. It probably has something to do with grade school, or something close to that. I just like thinking that I put a smile on someone’s face, and, maybe, I inspired someone to go out and have fun.
It’s kind of my reason for trying to be a published author. And since I really have no direction with today’s post, I’ll get into that.
I’ll start off by saying this: I’m not much of a collector, but I have purchased a first edition book that is no longer being published. It was a bit pricey, being a paperback that sold for $35. And it’s not in great condition.
However, that book, and I still remember reading parts of that novella, was my reason for wanting to write. The name of the author was Robert Arthur, and I fancied sending him a letter to tell him that I loved his book. Little did I know, Robert Arthur died four years before my birth.
The book was the first in a series; there were about thirty in total. My goal was to read them all. I read plenty, however, I outgrew them before I could reach my self imposed challenge.
I did enjoy those stories, especially the first book, ‘Terror Castle’ , which I must have read three times. Those books, especially the first, were heavily influenced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. As a matter of fact, Hound of the Baskervilles and Terror Castle share much of the same plot. And one of the characters, a boy known as Jupiter Jones, is reminiscent of Doyle’s super slueth protagonist.
Not much later, after Arthur’s book became a best seller, Scooby-Doo, which, by the way, every episode happens to rip off Hounds of the Baskervilles, became really popular.
Anyways, Terror Castle was a thrilling adventure, and, after my third read through, I fancied writing my own book. Granted, my grammar probably stunk, my penmanship was atrocious, and although I won a class spelling bee, my spelling needed work.
Now, I have written quality books, ones I think kids would read. I hope, and I sincerely pray, to be published. My dream is to be Robert Arthur, and influence little Chris Karases.