We are going to counseling why?

Hmmm. I have to admit, having to take my 12 year old to counseling would normally be a chore I dreaded, just because of my work schedule and the inconvenience of the appointment time. But, when I am trying to get a book finished, it is my guaranteed one hour of reading without hearing “Mom, she looked at me!” 20 times an hour (OK, a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point, right?)

So, I say “You have to get ready for counseling”, only to hear “I don’t wanna go”, only to say “You have to go. If you don’t I have to pay $50.00 for the missed appointment.” True statement.

More true? “If you don’t go, Mom does not have a guaranteed hour of reading time so she can get further in this awesome book!” Ehhh, the way I see it, we both get a much needed hour of therapy 🙂

Spoiler Alert!

I am not much further, but I did manage to get past the point of Abra crying and her parents dreaming; each seeing a different number carved into her chest, 11 and 175. I was surprised when the September 11th connection was made; I certainly did not see that coming. And as it always does, I immediately thought about where I was when I first heard the news that day.

How are you liking the story so far?


So Far, So Good!

Chapter 19, page 83. I am definitely not as far into “Dr. Sleep” as I planned to be, but my schedule this weekend allowed me reading time only when I went to bed. And fell asleep. And woke up having to go back a page to remember what I read 🙂

I feel pretty good about understanding what’s going on without having read “The Shining”. Seeing the movie a long time ago helps the names be familiar to me, but I will get “The Shining” regardless in the near future and read it.

I think this is a story that the reader would understand even without reading/seeing “The Shining” before-hand. I have randomly bought books before (yes, because I liked the cover :-)) only to find out it was the 2nd or 3rd book in a series. Enough of the original story usually gets repeated or touched on that you can understand the book without reading earlier books in the story.

I have a goal of finishing this book by the coming weekend. How well that works out is dependent on so many things I have no control over, that this may prove to be a pipe-dream, so to speak.

I feel like the alcoholic in Dan Torrance is likely close to the heart of Stephen King, and very familiar (based on fact) to his days of alcohol abuse. It gives it an even more realistic feel than if the writer were someone who has never fought the demon Alcohol. Even anyone who has had the hangover-to-end-all-hangovers can likely relate to his very descriptive telling of what a hangover feels like.

Did you get farther than me, and are you enjoying it so far?