A letter to Stephen King for how he helped me

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  1. KarenK
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    I want to thank you. When I went to high school I had a 3rd grade reading level. When I graduated I had a 5th grade reading level. the day I graduated a friend of mine gave me Firestarter and a dictionary and told me to read the book the dictionary was for the word I would not understand. I started reading and I could not put it down that's when I feel in love reading. Now I'm 37 years old and I still read now I don't need the dictionary. my spelling is still bad but when I read I understand what I'm reading. And I have now read all your books. My favorite would have to be The Dark Towers series.
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  2. Dana Jean
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    Dana Jean Beta Tester/Moderator Moderator

    Welcome to the Board KarenK and good job on your reading! That is awesome and keep working at it.
  3. DiO'Bolic
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    DiO'Bolic Simply Stated

    Outstanding KarenK!!!!!!!! Knowledge is power.

    And welcome!
  4. king family fan
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    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome Karenk. Great job,glad to hear you continue to read.
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  5. ghost19
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    ghost19 .....Damn Zombies.....

    Welcome aboard.
  6. Spideyman
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    Welcome to the SKMB, KarenK. Bravo on your reading skills. Books open new worlds to our minds. The Dark Tower journey is my favorite too.
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    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    Good to have you here, Karen. :)
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    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Welcome Karen, ruddy well good for you! :)
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    FlakeNoir Beta/Moderator Moderator

    I love your avatar, Karen... excellent! :biggrin2:

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  10. Walter Oobleck
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    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    I've done the same thing, Karen, with the dictionary. My wife keeps trying to throw that dictionary away as it is in pieces. What I would do, too, is highlight the word I didn't know so the dictionary has all these highlights in it and from time to time I'll skim through it...see if I still remember. Opened it up just now...like cul*pa*ble...responsible for wrong or error; blameworthy. Or here's a ten-dollar word for sure: gran*dil*o*quence...pompous or bombastic eloquence. Bill O'Reilly. And even big famous writers have to turn to the dictionary...was reading Elmore Leonard's Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing...there's this place where he writes about having to look up a word, funny...don't open the spoiler if you want to read it yourself someday w/o any input from questionable characters like me:
    I once noticed Mary McCarthy ending a line of dialogue with "she asseverated," and had to stop reading and got to the dictionary...and next page there's a drawing of Leonard, dictionary open on the desk...as*sev*er*ate...to state seriously or positively.
    I thought it was funny, more so w/that drawing of Leonard. I might have performed the action a time or two, but I don't believe I'll ever use the word. Some words are best left in the dictionary. Nothing wrong with knowing them. I enjoyed The Dark Tower, too.
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  12. GNTLGNT
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    GNTLGNT Idiot in Situ and Unholy Devourer of Cookies

    ...add my welcome to the growing stack, and also my admiration for overcoming your reading delays...I always read well above my grade level, and I never really thought about how desperate it could be, to not be able to pick up a book and just sail through it...thank you for humbling me with your story, and I mean that sincerely...
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    Welcome here Karenk - lots of good people to talk to here! thanks for sharing your story! Read on!
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    fushingfeef Uber-in-waiting

    Welcome, fellow King Reader!
    I still need a dictionary to get through "Film Comment" magazine...I swear the writers of that magazine are verbal show-offs.
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  15. KarenK
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    I hope that Stephen King see this letter so he knows how he helped me overcome this obstacle
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    yea! hooray for you! Reading is one of the most powerful things you can do!
  17. Garriga
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    I have a similar story. So, I can appreciate this.
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  18. Neesy
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    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Welcome to SKMB @KarenK

    I see you and I share the same birthday - just quite a few years apart!

    You have a great avatar, too - it's quite funny :laugh:

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    Thank you all for the support. It means so much to me to know that I'm not shunned on and laughed at.
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    Never in life... :love:
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