this is because i learned the stories of hobbits and elves and wizards and rings while walking through the woods as a little girl with a born storyteller.
i remember a band of characters called the "I Don't Care Bears" as vividly as i remember any cartoon i watched as a kid.
this is because that same storyteller encouraged me to create my own worlds in addition to the ones fed to me on TV.
to this day, i tend not to read books by King or Koontz, because i prefer to hear the tales recounted by the storyteller.
the best i can offer in return is to let the storyteller be my always-first beta reader. thankfully, he likes my stories too.
thank you, Dad, for 31 years of stories.
Happy Father's Day