Classics Illustrated, anyone? #mfrwauthor

Welcome to the second year of the Marketing for Romance Writers yearlong blog hop. This week, the writing prompt is:

A Book that has Influenced My Life

That’s a tough one. There are so many! After much deliberation — at least 20 seconds worth — I’m going to go with the book that marked the beginning of my ability to read: a Davy Crockett comic book.

I don’t remember what it looked like, but probably it was like the picture at left. Maybe it was a different comic; I really can’t say, because this was before I was even in kindergarten. Age four, probably. I loved this comic book and had my parents read it to me ad nauseum.

Now that I’m a parent and grandparent, I understand  how wearing it can be to read something over and over, no matter how much you love the little pester-bug or how much you approve of reading. So I sympathize with my dad’s feelings when I asked him to read it yet again.

He said, “Why don’t you read it yourself?”

I don’t remember how I felt about that. I don’t remember anyone specifically trying to teach me to read, either, so I can’t say how much I already knew. I’m not saying no one tried, but I don’t remember. This all occurred back in the days when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth, you know.

But I tried to read Davy Crockett. I’d probably memorized a lot of it, but this wasn’t a dumbed-down comic (an oxymoron if ever I heard one). There were a coonskin-cap full of words. When I came across a word I couldn’t figure out, I pestered Mom, Dad, or my older sister.

By bedtime, I’d gotten only partway. The next morning, before breakfast or getting dressed, I picked it up again. The only time I remember actually reading it was in my PJs, lying on the unmade bed I shared with my sister and reading, reading, reading.

It seemed like it took forever, but when I finished it, I knew I could read. With a lot of help, mind you, but I DID IT.

What about you?

What book influenced your life? Be sure to check out the other writers taking part in this blog hop.

I got a nice surprise this week when my latest scribbling, Rescuing Prince Charming, won an SFR Galaxy Award for Best Opening Scene. If you’d like to read the opening, here’s chapter one.

Rescuing Final smaller

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22 comments

  1. I remember the joy that came from reading my first book all by myself. It was a Dick, Jane and Sally primer, though–not as interesting as Davy Crockett!

    1. I bet you found it more interesting than Davy Crockett, which may have been more a guy thing

  2. Holly Bargo · · Reply

    I love how you got started on what’s basically a classic.

    1. A classic, maybe, but not exactly a high brow classic.

  3. Cathy Brockman · · Reply

    Great Post. I loved Davy Crocket as well but Not sure I ever saw it in a comic. as you say its hard to remember because it was when the dinosaurs still roamed LOL. Congratulations on your award!

    1. Back when those dinosaurs roamed, we really had to watch where we stepped. Their ‘cow patties’ were huge!

  4. I think comic books (now called graphic novels), and the illustrated books whether classics or stories from television series helped a new generation learn to read. Thanks for sharing. Now I have to go find the picture of hubbs in his coonskin cap. Of course he was only six or seven at the time. 🙂

    1. I’m told I wanted a coonskin cap. Can’t say I remember that, though.

  5. I used to love the PIX comics that brought Bible stories to life:) My mom was a Sunday school teacher, so long after my class was deemed ‘too old’ for them, I was helping her separate them each week, and reading them:)

    1. Comics definitely make a big impression on children.

  6. I remember learning to “sound out” words, which taught me to read. I loved the Davy Crockett tv show, so I can imagine how a young boy would love the comic book. Congrats on your SFR Galaxy Award!

    1. You remember more than I do about the process of learning to read. Did I sound words out or learn them by sight? I have no idea.

  7. Very cool Ed. And yes, before my kids could read, it was reading the same thing over and over until I had the book memorized. Now they can read to themselves and I love it. Like them knowing how to work the swing on their own. No more pushing required! #parentingwin LOL

    1. Let me guess, Meka: you’re an oldest child. With older siblings/cousins around, I rarely had to ask my parents for a push on a swing.

  8. Maureen Bonatch · · Reply

    Congrats on your award! I enjoyed your post 🙂

    1. Thanks, Maureen.

  9. Cool that you taught yourself to read (with some help, of course) on a comic book. I remember how popular Davy Crockett was back in the day. Did you have your own coonskin cap? I did.

    And it doesn’t matter what books we read as kids, just that we read.

    1. No coonskin cap, though I wanted one. Sigh.

  10. I remember watching Davy Crockett on tv. I don’t think I read the comic though. Congratulations on your award.

    1. It was one of the many memorable Disney TV shows.

  11. It’s really hard to remember my first book … but I have a feeling it was Enid Blyton and the Famous Five. Very girly I know! Fabulous post Ed and it sounds like you are a great reader to others now – paying it forward 🙂

    1. ‘Very girl’ is thoroughly appropriate. In that connection, I’ve been surprised how many women say they remember Davy Crockett. I would’ve though it was a very ‘boy’ show.

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