I am happy I learned to read. It goes without saying, like many children I almost did not get the chance to learn, yet I did, and I learned to spell and write. Because of that maybe, I am a published author. Yet I wonder what caused that. Tonight I read a book. Not just any book. A book from my childhood. I remember I was seven to thirteen when my Uncle visited us. We lived in hotels and luckily my Uncle traveled the world. I do not think he came to see his brother or my mother. To this day I think he came to see me. He always had a book with him. He would read the book to me, knowing that I could not read.
One book I remember well was Robert Stevenson’s Treasure Island. I read that book tonight and what an adventure it was. As I read though, the same exact story, I realized that my uncle did not read exactly what the book said, he used his own words so that I could understand the book.
Did I say I have a grand uncle? Well I do. I did spend most of the time not reading, but looking up words that I was not familiar with, and on top of that some strange English spelling of other words that I promptly teased Paul about. Then came the English sayings, that when Paul says them, they make no sense, and in the book they did not make sense. It must be an English thing.
Yet the book was enjoyable, I learned from it, I got to re-experience childhood dreams of adventure. Of course when you dream of adventures, no matter how deadly they are you of course survive. Not so in real life. However as my uncle says, “Each day is an adventure, and you fail to see it.” I believe he is right about that, it all depends on what point of view you are taking.
Unlike most writers I write from dreams. I can go months without them, but usually they show up every couple of weeks, then I write them down, and stick it in a book. Unlike dreams you and I normally have, I can tell a book dream is different, because I am not in the dream, I am watching it.
Later in life I learned to read and write and even learned a little math, which I cannot stand because I must point out that 0x1=1 no matter what teachers say because you still have the ONE. Math is flawed. So is reading and writing, but like with math, we all do the best we can.
So basically I became an author because my uncle read to me every chance he got. I hope you pick up a book tonight and start reading, you have no idea what you are missing! – Remmy Meggs November 2015