It's no secret, I love books. In fact, this affinity could border on an obsession. Or an addiction. Likely both. Actually, I love words period. When I was a kid, my dad and I would go for walks. Skips, actually, which was probably quite comical, my father being the lean, muscular, over-dramatic wrestling coach he was. If I had a video, I'd show you. (Although he might put me in a headlock.)
Anyway, we'd go on "skips", and while we did, rather than singing "Dippity-do-da", we'd play rhyming games. I'd say something utterly serious and uber important to an eight year old mind, most likely asking when I'd next get chocolate. My father would respond with a rhyming sentence that had nothing to do with my original statement. An effective diversion tactic, I'd say, as I'd immediately forget the chocolate and would pop off with a nonsensical line of my own. On and on we went, until we reached our destination.
And what childhood would be complete without a healthy dose of storytime? My father's favorite? The Muffin Man. He sang the refrain often, often enough I imagine he could recite it even now.
So, yes, words were a very pleasant part of my childhood.
Not unexpectedly, this odd fascination with words morphed into a love for writing. Now, when I say writing, I'm not referring to what I do now as a novelist and freelance journalist. No, I just liked to write words. Random, nonsensical, often repetitious, words. Maybe to give my hands something to do?
Or evidence of my future addiction? I assume the latter.
Then came journaling and essay writing and short stories until one day it hit me, rather like a clunk to the head, "Hm... I really enjoy this." By this point, I was a strong believer actively involved in ministry and alert to God's sovereignty, so, a second thought followed, "Maybe God is up to something."
Well, He was, and I'm still writing, still reading, and still playing the occasional word game with my father. (You can witness an example of that here.)
But now, a new passion has emerged, one intricately twined with those games and pleasures of my past, but expanded to include...
The more I fall in love with this writing thing and the purposes God has for it, the more I long to share that love with others. Whether that's lending out one of my favorite novels, writing a review, encouraging or training a fellow writer, or giving away baskets full of books, it all stems from one rather infectious condition.
I, Jennifer Slattery, have a rapidly accelerating addiction to words, and like all addicts do, I feel the need to project my addictions on to all my friends.
I suspect you won't mind. :)
Which leads me to my exciting announcement! We at Faith-filled Friends are launching another book give-away! Same rules apply as last time. The winner will be randomly selected from the comments left on each post published from now to May 1st. (View May's gift basket prizes here.)
(Please note, the following is applicable to readers living in the continental US only. If a selected winner lives outside the continental US, they will receive ebooks, when available. Books that do not have e-versions will be placed back in the “gift-pot” to be sent to a randomly chosen runner-up living in the continental US.)
One randomly chosen winner, selected from the comments left on all posts published from today to May 1st, will receive a copy of the following (some in print others in ebook form.) They will receive a copy of:
Delivery by Diana Prusik, Jasmine by April McGowan, Hear No Evil by Mary Hamilton, Rodeo Hero and Rodeo Song by Shannan Taylor Vannatter, Angel Falls by Connie Mann, The Shepherd's Song by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, Marriage Takes Three by G. E. Hamlin, and Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson.
Engage often and receive numerous contest entries. :)
If you're visiting this site, I assume you share our love for books. What are some of your favorites? Do you have a particular genre you lean toward? When did you first become aware of this affinity, and has it grown to addiction levels? ;) How might winning our May gift basket help reduce the strain of feeding your unquenchable reading habit?
Before you leave, I encourage you to visit one of my other blogs, InspryRomance.com to enter the drawing for a free Kindle Fire! The give-away ends today, so hurry! :)