Wow. In a recent post about Stephen King’s work, someone mentioned The Dark Half, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t read that in a very long time.
It also occurred to me that, now that I’ve begun writing, it might be a good idea to read it again. I didn’t get very far into the book before coming across a couple quotes that resonated with me:
“The idea of a pseudonym had this funny draw for me. It felt free, somehow—like a secret escape hatch, if you see what I mean. “But there was something else, too. Something that’s very hard to explain.”
“Thinking about writing under a pseudonym was like thinking about being invisible,” he finally says almost hesitantly. “The more I played with the idea, the more I felt that I would be . . . well . . . reinventing myself.”
Is it exactly the same? No, not quite…there’s more to it, at least for me, but there’s enough that I can agree with there, that’s for damned sure.
One thing I can anticipate now…when I see a lot of birds on phone lines, roofs, whatever, I’ve always thought of Hitchcock, and The Birds.
Now? Well, I might just think the sparrows are flying again.