Welcome to my first post of the year of the Blog All About It Challenge. This is the beginning of my second year participating.
What’s it all about?
Very simple! Each month I take the word prompt for that month and create a blog post of anything I want using that word. My personal goal for participating in this challenge is for you to learn a bit about me each month.
The prompt this month is apropos: Shiver
October is usually when it starts to get dark early (after Daylight Savings Time), temps get crisp along with those glorious colorful burst of fall color at maximum. This weather doesn’t really induce shivers from me because I tolerate cold rather well, but I still love the idea of bundling up in a soft blanket with a hot cider on a cool autumn night.
I figured I could do a list of a few SHIVER-worthy things from childhood.
- As a small child, I watched Disney’s Fantasia and listened to Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain for the first time. It disturbed my dreams with that demon and all those ghosts. I still find it shiver-worthy when I hear it now and then.
- I wasn’t even in double-digits when I saw Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds for the first time. It didn’t help that I grew up near enough to Bodega Bay the town that was in the movie. It was a real struggle when our family went there camping each fall to go clamming and fish for crabs. Oh, and I still get the shivers when I see a large flock of crows together.
- I was still little when the Eastside Rapist (aka The Golden State Killer) was at the height of his serial killing-raping rampage and it was all over the local news and on the lips of nearly every adult around me when I was growing up in Sacramento, CA. Every dark shadow or unexpected sound in the dark was the fiend and everyone was buying guns and looking closely at their home security and situational awareness when going out. He was never caught and just quit leaving people uneasy that he would start again. That is, until recently when technology and DNA evidence caught up with him.
Link to details on NPR’s webpage: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/04/26/606060349/after-arrest-of-suspected-golden-state-killer-details-of-his-life-emerge
- I first spotted Edward Gorey’s macabre artwork when I watched PBS Mystery’s Opening and then I checked his The Gashlycrumb Tinies out at the library. Imagine this- A to Z drawings of kids being killed for every letter of the alphabet. Dark and twisted and left me with a few disturbing image memories to this day.
- My final entry is my childhood fear of my uncle’s driving. Once, when my uncle was visiting us, he invited my dad and I to drive up to the local burger stand with him. I sat between him and my dad in his Toyota 4X4 truck. Out of the blue, he drove off the paved road and into a field. He drove down into a dried creek bed and started driving up and down the sides and then he rolled us. We did two rolls. No one, including the Toy, were injured. I never saw my dad so livid. He threatened to shoot my uncle if he ever did anything like that again. I was petrified of his driving after that and shook with fear for a long time that day. Because, yes, the man was insane and drove like a bat out of hell all the time.
So, what about you? What made your childhood SHIVER-worthy list? Do Tell!
If you are interested in the Blog All About It Challenge hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup, here is the link: http://www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com/2018/11/2019-blog-all-about-it-challenge.html
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