Blog All About It October 2019

Posted October 14, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 12 Comments


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.

  1.  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.

  1. 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.
    Movie Poster:

  2.  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:
  3. 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.
    Book cover:
  4.  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:

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

Oh, I love your take on this topic. Your Uncle would have had me in a panic attack. Sheesh!! I have never heard of that A-Z book – fascinating, but yeah, shiver worthy for anyone young. And ooh I’d have been terrified if I was growing up around the Golden State Killer. I’m so glad they finally found him!


Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Haha! Thanks, Lauren. I think I did my favorite shivery books and movies last year so tried to come up with something different. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

Well, that’s one heck of a crazy uncle story. Glad you weren’t hurt! I was pretty little when I saw The Birds as well and I found it frightening. Great post!

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, that was a tame one wasn’t even the worst. He was a disturbed person and we didn’t see him much after that thankfully.

Oh man, that movie still gives me the heebie jeebies if I catch scenes from it on the classic movie channel or in a clip. 🙂

Rachel @Waves of Fiction

The Nightstalker was the serial killer active in my neck of the woods when I was a kid. My sister and I were petrified! The Birds also scared me, but I think I was in the double digits when I first saw it. It’s still a favorite movie for me, and I finally visited Bodega Bay a couple of years ago. The Twilight Zone episode Talkie Tina was the first thing that I can remember scared the daylights out of me. I had nightmares for years and got rid of all my dolls. Can’t believe my mom let me watch… Read more »

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Oh man, you had some similar scares and nightmares, I see. I remember that TZ episode!!! Oh my stars. I watched it as a teen.
My uncle was a jerky nut. I think someone actually did shoot at him years later for some reason or another. Our family lost track of him after a bit since he moved around a lot.

2 years ago

Your uncle sounds deranged!? I hope that was polite enough. I can’t imagine. Oh and The Birds I saw that first run at a theatre. I was young back then and it scared me! That and the original Psycho. So glad The Golden State Killer finally got caught! I’m a true crime addict so I had heard about that for years. I bet it was scary to live there while it was happening!

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Lorna

Yep, deranged is the least of what he’s been called and he’s done far worse and far stupider things than that. I do believe he would have been labeled with some severe mental health issue nowadays.
It took me a long time to watch Psycho. Those movies were both freaky. 🙂
I am a mild True Crime appreciater, but I get into fictional stuff with a lot of realistic elements moreso. Neat that you heard of the case. Oh yeah, it kept people on edge especially when a new case was reported.

2 years ago

I don’t scare easily. My brain always knows books/movies are fake so they just don’t scare me. the one exception was Pet Sematary. Probably because it was animals and I would definitely try to revive my pets as a kid lol And Silence of the Lambs. i wasn’t afraid of Hannibal Lecter though but the creepy dude skinning girls. that felt like too real of a possibility to me and gave me nightmares. My take in shiver for the month would be that I am literally shivering from the cold. My FL blood hasn’t thickened up enough yet for the… Read more »

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Karen

You did better than me. I got one look at the preview and wouldn’t touch Pet Cemetery. Silence of the Lambs pushed me to my limit. Yeah, that got intense.

I was wondering how the move from Florida to the Northwest would hit you. Looks like you’ll be bundling up. Stay warm, Karen! 🙂

Carole Rae
2 years ago

Fun way to do the prompt. Still unsure what I wanna do…

Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I had a few ideas for this one unlike that last few that really stumped me. 🙂 I’ll look forward to seeing what you come up with, Carole.