I have been thinking a lot about my childhood as a writer due to recently clearing out the garage and coming across old mementos, awards, report cards, birthday card and many of other documents from my past. A few years ago I created these weekly features of stories from a child’s past which dives into my writing as a child around the age of twelve, a very important and sad time in my life. I felt that It would be great to revisit those stories and see if I have any new perspectives. Sometimes it may me repost it in its original entirety like a remake. For many these will be the first time you are seeing my stories and for each week I will introduce many stories and complete a series like I did for my Circus series. Buckle up and enjoy the ride down my memory lane…Enjoy!
Growing up and the love of writing
I have always been a reader and a writer growing up and it until now it has been my escape in a way, an escape especially during my childhood, where I could imagine and create worlds and lose myself in a story that I wrote. For those who follow me on Twitter, many weeks go I came across pages of old writings as a young child, these I will be creating a weekly feature and writing some commentary. I will create these weekly features along with my other topics throughout the week. You will see scan copies of my original works and images to help convey the feature. I hope you enjoy taking a looking into my childhood. Most of what you see are from my childhood, so they may not be grammatically correct and forgive me for that, I never went back and tried to improve or correct my writings. Enjoy the ride through my mind, mostly innocent, some strange, but all trying to be creative.
A Strange Love for Writing and Film
Going Back In Time
This was written on 08/04/1992, 27 years ago, which would have made me about 12 years old, going on 13 soon. I always loved history in the sense of what was going on at that time in my life, being probably in the 7th grade living in Bell Gardens, California, with my grandfather, mother and sister. Those were particular hard years for me going into my teens, but not really having a father figure, although my father in my life, I only saw him on the weekends. At this time in my life, where is what was happening in history that that time:
It was Tuesday, under the sign of Leo (see birth chart on August 4, 1992). The US president was George H. W. Bush (Republican). Famous people born on this day include Cole Sprouse and Dylan Sprouse. In that special week of August people in US were listening to This Used To Be My Playground by Madonna. In UK Rhythm Is A Dancer by Snap! was in the top 5 hits. Husbands and Wives, directed by Woody Allen, was one of the most viewed movies released in 1992 while Fatherland by Robert Harris was one of the best selling books. On TV people were watching The Larry Sanders Show. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Darkwing Duck or Dalek Attack.
Courtesty of: https://takemeback.to/04-August-1992#.XTOFLVRKhdg
My Younger Self Love for Film
For those who grow to read my blogs and follow me on Twitter, I am a movie lover, so its not surprise I have probably watch in 1990’s version if “IT” by Stephen King. It was not uncommon for me to watch horror movies, due to my father letting me what whatever I wanted which includes most Horror movies include Halloween, Hell Raiser, Nitemare on Elm Street, to name a few. As a child I don’t know why I had an interest in the weird, but I was drawn to it. I remember a fond member, I used to get up at 1 a.m and watch the Television series Nitemare on Elm Street and would only come on at those times. But this particular night everyone was a sleep, I was staying at my grandparents house and I tried to watch this in the kitchen waking my grandparents who were very upset at the noise and told me to go to bed, my father said nothing.
The “IT” takes my perception of the story of IT, a murderous clown, who most are familiar with the story, being that it has been remade into a more visually appealing movie than the 1990’s television staring the late John Ritter , Jonathan Brandis and living Tim Curry, a film I consider to be the original film, but still find it important not to forget its history especially at the time was made I consider to be a classic.
How I identify with “IT”
Looking at what I wrote, I definitely was short and to the point, not fully displaying the full story about IT but just its death. I guess one of reasons I have identified with this story is because on the characters Ben Hanscom, a slightly overweight young man, who was severely bullied in school and off campus by bullies. Comparing the two versions of Ben, I most associate with the first Ben, because I guess I looked like him at that. I too was stout, overweight, short brown spiky hair and I too was bullied regularly and our ages are inline to what I was going through too. I didn’t have the pleasure of being apart of the “Losers Club” which I had, maybe I would have more confidence today, I did have crushes like Ben at that age, which was Never reciprocated. I took was very sensitive and still to this day, I was called “fatboy” and I was very naive , I think realistically if Penny wise had come along to me, I probably would have followed him too.
I find Ben Hanscom history interesting on Fandom, I encourage you to take a look. It compares both versions of Ben and their differences to the actual book, which sounds to be more the most recent 2017 version, https://stephenking.fandom.com/wiki/Ben_Hanscom.
My Love continues…
The point of this is not some much to speak about the film “IT” but really to display my love for writing at a young age, I believe I have been writing a lot younger, but unfortunately those writings where thrown away or destroyed, because I loved making up stories and I do remember wanting to one day write children’s books. One of the other’s significant memories is the love for small towns, deep in rural areas, which I still have a love for to this day, like in the Town of Derry.
My daughter who is now six appears to have that love as well for Movies and Writing, but I have to be wise not to allow her to watch films that are disturbing and violent, because of her age and because I have no idea how images affect her young mind. I do know she has many interests I do and attempts to mimic me writing and story making. Thank you for being apart of this weekly feature, I hope this features is both fun and interesting to see the importance of writing and encouraging writing at a young age.
Where I am today
Writing will always be in my blood, its something I wish I had never stopped by life takes over, hardships and at times it appears to not be as important, but should have continued writing especially during those dark times maybe I would have been better during those times.
One thing is for sure for anyone who read’s my blogs is that I talk a lot about growing up and the type of household I lived in which had dramatic effects over the man I am today. Writing and movies went hand in hand with me as that was my escape from reality. Although my reality today is much much better, back then it was not. In much of my writing I identify with the characters like in this film “IT”. Stephen King a master storyteller, whom I would love to be like one day, but we are all different in our writing styles I have my own, he has his.
My hope is to one day be a published writer with the novel I finished entitled Helix 2029. I will continue to write and bring new light and perspective to the stories I wrote.
In this case “IT” a film I love to this day, but honestly have never ready for 800 pages plus book by Stephen King and that makes me a total hypocrite as I should have read it before even watching the films because in all honestly how do I know how accurate the film is to the book. I really need to get around to reading that book because it has been around forever, and I am sure it is excellent. The thing is my genre of reading is not really horror, but I love reading none the less.
I may one day take a crack at writing a horror novel , I certainty have tons of experience watching horror movies and many of stories today in film are creative but some seem pretty standard whether dealing with ghosts, ghouls or some other strange entity.
I hope that this first feature stories encourages you to check out my other features in this series, but if you wish to wait weekly, I will reintroduce this series with maybe a new perspective, but the meat and potatoes of my series is still here that will be unchanged. For now, enjoy this reintroduction!
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