Duma Key by Stephen King

I’m reading it now.

I’m only 34 pages in and have already seen fit to journal some quotations about being an artist.

Like this one:

“Remember that the truth is in the details. No matter how you see the world or what style it imposes on your work as an artist, the truth is in the details. Of course, the devil’s there too–everyone says so–but maybe truth and the devil are words for the same thing. It could be, you know.”


Made me think of the Garden, the fall, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, God shutting off the Garden of Eden so we wouldn’t eat from the Tree of Life because he was afraid we’d do it and become immortal in that state and how he had a plan for redemption, so that we could share in eternal life, but good eternal life.

Also thinking about how people have “dumbed down” God and his word.

Things I Meant to Blog About But Ran Out of Time, Energy, or Just Plain Forgot

  • Jen reads Randy Ingermanson’s blog and he talks highly of this (free) Simple.ology course. Jen’s been following the course and I haven’t. I had decided to give it a shot, started it, and never got past day one. So I started again today. Which leads me to the next bullet point.
  • I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.

    It covers:

    • The best blogging techniques.
    • How to get traffic to your blog.
    • How to turn your blog into money.

    I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

  • Stephen King will appear on NBC Today January 22. If you have questions for Mr. King, see this blog.
  • The premiere issue of Mused: The Bella Online Literary Review is live! Heather, one of my crit partners, has a great story in it. Did I mention I’m on the fiction editing team? Submissions are open for the next issue. Hurry and get your story in!
  • Submissions are also open for Coach’s Midnight Diner. Did I mention I was on the editing team of this one, too? Surely I did. 🙂
  • Did you read about my newest venture? Send me an email if you’re interesting in purchasing one for yourself or someone special. Remember, they’re totally customizable. Project Lifebook:
    Part I
    Part II
  • I think that’s it. But y’never know. I might be back later with more.
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Stephen King. Books, Movies, and a comparison.

Stephen King has long held my admiration, for as long as I can recall reading, I know he’s always been my favorite. I have not read everything he’s penned, not by a long shot and I’m doing some catching up. A couple months ago, I listened to the audiobook Cell, I thought it was decent.

In June, I listened to Lisey’s Story. That rated up there with my favorites: The Stand, The Green Mile, and Shawshank Redemption. Knowing the latter of the two film adaptations were directed by Frank Darabont makes me want to see The Mist all the more.

The Mist by Stephen King is the newest theatrical release slated for November 21. I haven’t seen 1408 yet, but it’s in my Blockbuster Online que. The Mist is an adaptation of SK’s short story from Skeleton Crew. I’m positive I read that, but it was so long ago but maybe I didn’t, I’ll have to check that out. Seems like I did though.

I also just got home from the library. Guess what I borrowed? Yep, another Stephen King title. imagine how much I enjoy listening to stories read by their authors. Well, maybe you can. I’m a little OCD about audiobooks, too. I only listen to unabridged recordings. I’m a little excited about the audiobook for The Mist, seems it is in 3-D sound and I really haven’t experienced that yet. So, they’ve really got me by the balls on this on because as much as I’d love to listen to this 3-D sound, it’s abridged. Maybe I’ll wait for it to come to the library.

So I’m sitting here listening to SK read me one of his stories and I hear this: (Jo is his wife who has just died)

Near the end of my “pre-cleaning,” I looked under our bed and saw an open paperback on Jo’s side. She hadn’t been dead long, but few household lands are so dusty as the Kingdom of Underbed, and the lightgray coating I saw on the book when I brought it out made me think of Johanna’s face and hands in her coffin — Jo in the Kingdom of Underground. Did it get dusty inside a coffin? Surely not, but — I pushed the thought away. It pretended to go, but all day long it kept creeping back, like Tolstoy’s white bear.

I want you to read a passage from my story and (be honest) tell me what you see here.

Carolyn fished around in the cardboard box next to the lawn chair for her gardening gloves and spade. When she laid down on the ground with her head touching the gravestone, the steel box was buried about where her heart was. She lifted her left arm to put the spade under her shoulder blade as a marker. Are people ever buried with their feet towards the headstone? Surely there must be someone who checks that.

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