Monthly Archives: October 2013

Non Fiction

When I write I prefer to write non fiction something based on facts, real events, and real people, such as biographies or history or something based on experiences.  Rather than fiction which is written solely based on imagination.  So naturally when I first read my options for our blog assignments I wasn’t too pleased.  As you can tell from my blog I do not write much fiction, I have only written one fiction piece.

I also feel the same way about reading.  I love to read but only if it is a good book and the right type of book.  Sure there is some fiction that I like, for example the Harry Potter franchise is one of my favorite series; I have loved the books ever since I was a child and still to this day I love the books.  I also like pretty much anything from Stephen King, he is one of my favorite authors.  Some of my favorite work from him includes The Shining, The Mist and Misery.  My favorite type of fiction books to read are fantasy, mystery and horror.  Sure all of those books are entertaining and fun to read, but I feel that when I read fiction, I don’t take much away from it.  I don’t really learn anything from it and that is kind of disappointing.  I want to be able to take something away and learn something.

Non fiction are my favorite type of books to read.  Some of my favorite non fiction books include The Devil In The White City , In Cold Blood, Stiff: The Curious Lives Of Human Cadavers, Helter Skelter and different biographies just to name a few.  I enjoy reading non-fiction because I enjoy hearing about real people, doing real things in real places.  Often times the truth is more compelling than fiction and the truth really is stranger than fiction.  In general I just like to be able to learn something and taking something away and I when I read non fiction I can do that more often then when I read fiction.

Another type of books that I like to read over fiction would be historical fiction.  Historical fiction is usually real and drawn from history, and often contains actual historical characters, but the main characters tend to be fictional or I really like books that seem like they could be true but actually aren’t.  Like I said before I like to be able to read a book and learn something and take something away and with historical fiction I can do that.  I can learn something along with enjoying a good story.

As you can see this blog entry was not based on one of the options you gave us but I thought I would write about why I prefer to write and read non fiction compared to fiction which both blog options you gave us were fiction.



Tremblay’s Sweet Shop

When it comes to food i’m not a picky eater what so ever.  I will eat pretty much anything whether it is oysters, caviar, brussels sprouts, anything except the one thing I will not eat is black licorice.  Black licorice is one of those food that you either love or hate and I hate it.  I find black licorice absolutely disgusting.

Every year when I was younger my grandparents would rent a cabin up north in Hayward on the lake and we would spend a week or so up there with the family.  We would go up there and go fishing, swimming, sightseeing and shopping; which was my favorite part.  We would go into town a couple of the days when we were up there and I remember we would always go into an old time candy shop it was called Tremblay’s Sweet Shop and it is located on main street.  They had so much candy; salt water taffy, brittle, toffee, fudge and much more.  I don’t think I could chose a favorite but I loved being able to to see the fudge being made and tasting it when it was finished.  We would always buy so much candy but the candy didn’t last long.

When we would go to this old time candy shop everyone had a favorite candy that they would always look forward to.  Mine was the fudge, Dads was the peanut butter balls, Grandmas was the old fashion hard candy, and Grandpas was the licorice but not just any licorice, black licorice.  When we would go up there he would always buy a ton of it.  He would also buy black licorice pipes by the boxes, he would buy four of them so it could last him till next year when we came again.

One year when we went up to Hayward and went into Tremblay’s Sweet Shop I had already bought some fudge and was waiting for everyone else and Grandpa was talking to me about the black licorice and black licorice pipes and I told him that I’ve never had black licorice and he looked at me like I was crazy.  He made sure that before we left that old time candy shop I tried it.   I was hesitant at first to try it because I thought licorice was suppose to be red not black but I tried it anyway.

It was one of the most repulsive things I think I have ever tried and I have tried many things but nothing like that.  It was absolutely disgusting I wanted to spit it out right in the middle of the shop but that would of been rude so I sucked it up and swallowed it.  I remember telling my Grandpa that black licorice should not be someones favorite candy or even come close to a favorite.  Still to this day I will not eat black licorice but its still my Grandpas favorite.  TremblaysHaywardSM2