My Love Affair with Words

One of my greatest childhood possessions was my library card. My stay-at-home mom didn’t have a car, so a “trip to the library” consisted of visiting the bookmobile during its bimonthly trek to our neighborhood. The selection of books wasn’t large, but neither was I—I left that bookmobile every two weeks with a pile of books and a huge smile on my face. I could never decide which book to read first, so I’d start several at once. My mother marveled that I didn’t confuse the plots, but I never had a problem with switching between stories, and I enjoyed them all (especially with a flashlight under the covers after the official “lights out”).

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Poster for bookmobile service of the Chicago Public Library, showing a traffic light. “Curb service 10,000 current books – convenient, free, time saving : Chicago Public Library, Randolph St. corridor.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My love affair with words began early, and it has grown and morphed over the many years that have passed since those bookmobile days. I’ve always been fascinated with the way words sound, the way they look, and the rules surrounding their use that often seem arbitrary (but seldom are).

I suppose it is natural, then, that I ended up working with words for my profession, and today I take great delight in helping writers polish their sentences, paragraphs, and pages so those strings of words express their unique vision. If you’ve written anything—a short story, your own blog, an article, a research paper, a book—I’m here to help you make it the very best it can be.

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One day soon, someone will be reading YOUR words under the covers with a flashlight!

Happy Reading and Writing!

—Candace

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23 thoughts on “My Love Affair with Words”

  1. oh yes, the library card. The “read to me” summer reading program my Mom would enroll me in, even before I was old enough to be reading on my own. Then, of course, were the summers FILLED with the Babysitter’s Club and Nancy Drew. 🙂

    1. Remember how sad you were when a series ended? But how excited you would be to find a new one? Discovering that the book I just finished and loved was one of a series was just about the best present I could get!

    2. Oh my God – Nancy Drew! Loved her! I was, sadly, also a big Sweet Valley High fan – my friend and I used to pretend we were the twins (I was always bookish Elizabeth!)…My first competition win ever was rewarded with any book I wanted – because I valued the prize so much I remember trying sooooo hard to win (and as the others kids in my class weren’t that bothered about books, they hardly put any effort it, explaining why I won!).
      I’m going to go and read more right now…x

      1. I used to get into so much trouble for reading in class instead of paying attention to the teacher. I was just a little bit proud when my daughter did the same thing when she was in grade school!

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  3. Ahh … fond memories of my visits to the bookmobile. Thanks for the pleasant reminder of a carefree time in my life where it seemed all I had to worry about was reading as many books as I could.

  4. Thanks for stirring up the memories. I remember applying for my first card, where the only requirement was that I was able to write my name and address on the application card by myself.

    And my first after school job was restocking books at our neighborhood branch.
    Thanks again,
    Bart

    1. I can just imagine what that application card must have looked like! 🙂 And what a great afterschool job–I would have given anything to work in a library or bookstore. Thanks for sharing, Bart, and I hope you’ll visit again.

  5. I have so many memories of bookmobiles – the mobile library. I think once they almost took me with them, I was so engrossed in a book in a corner!! I was similar – I was more excited to see the mobile library than I was to see the ice cream van….call me a weird kid, but I love books!

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