- Books, Literature, and Writing
About Me, My Passion for Reading and Writing
Enjoying Reading and Writing from a young age
Monday 4th March 2013
My interests are quite varied; I lean towards a liking for the arts: painting, writing, ceramics, music, movies, some theatre, poetry and I'm also interested in human nature (psychology) and Christianity. I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, walking and spending some time at the sea. I have had a passion for reading and writing for many years.
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1956 and moved with my parents to a coastal city called Port Elizabeth as a young child. I have a brother and 2 sisters.
I am writing about the passion that is growing in me for the rekindling of my interest in writing and my long term love of reading. When I was at boarding school in the 1970s I developing an interest in writing and poetry. I had a few exercise books that I would do my writings and drawings in.
Reading and Spelling Prizes at School
At this point in my life I very much enjoy reading and writing.
When I was at junior school I received a few prizes for reading and spelling; I won a couple of books relevant to my age at the time. In standard 5 (now it would be grade 7) our class was asked to write a play; I wrote one called 'the smugglers cave' which our teacher liked.
At about the age of sixteen I started reading some more advanced books, one or two by Aldous Huxley, The Grapes of Wrath by J. Steinbeck, a few by Stuart Cloete and others which I cannot recall the name's of at the present time. This was when my interest in writing began; in standard 9 (grade 11) I was introduced to poetry in our English class.
At first I did not understand, and did not really like poetry until I started to learn more about it and then I developed an interest in it and started writing some verses myself. I was put in charge of the Reference Library at boarding school although those weren't really the types of books I was interested in.
We had lessons on two of Shakespeare's plays at school and I started reading novels and autobiographies as well. Later I read a lot of popular poetry and a few books by authors such as Jack Kerouac, J.P. Donleavy, John Updike and Kurt Vonnegut, amongst others. I also delved into some books on mind control, philosophy and stories by Herman Hesse. I enjoyed some of these books especially the stories by Hesse. Nowadays I use my bible as my spiritual guide in life.
After School and National Service
After doing National Service in the Navy I took some time off and became a bit of a hippie growing my hair long and sporting a beard sometimes; I attended university for a while but I dropped out and attempted some market gardening; growing and selling vegetables. I indulged in writing some bizarre poetry and doing abstract drawings at this time. After a while I found some work in an office and did not do much writing for a long time but I still read a lot of novels.
In more recent years I have enjoyed books by Olive Schreiner, Doris Lessing, Peter Benchley, Michael Cassidy, Catherine Marshall, William Golding, Dalene Matthee, Ernest Hemingway, David Gutterson and Winston Graham, to name but a few. I took a look at autobiographies by popular 1970s musicians, as well.
Over the Years...
Over the years I wrote a few short stories, but it was only in 2012 that I discovered writing sites such as this one which has rekindled my interest in writing. I'm interested in writing more short stories and perhaps a novel or two but I am mostly doing short articles at this time.
I find writing absorbing; the time just seems to fly by. I've developed a passion again for writing but would like to expand my horizons in this form of art. A bit more about me: I am currently in a relationship with a woman and have an early pension but sometimes do odd jobs to supplement my income. My other big interest is oil painting, I've written a hub about it.
in the art
that draws you in
Your inner being
to stir, to move
the same expression