As a child, I lived on a farm in rural Manitoba. There were no computers back then, no video games, and we didn't have a TV until I was in Grade 12. I had asthma and was allergic to the animals and many other things found on the farm, so I wasn't able to help out with any of the farm activities. Reading really opened up my world and helped develop a pretty active imagination.. It also fostered a desire to create my own stories. I would write them on sheets of paper, roll them up like little scrolls, and stuff them into the small pigeon-holes in the desk in my bedroom!
My school library was very important to me, as there was no public library in the community at that time. I became an avid reader, often finishing novels in just one day. By the time I left that school at the end of Grade 8, I had literally read and re-read all the books in the library that appealed to me. I remember wishing that there were a lot more from which to choose. To this day, I am still fascinated by libraries, archives and anywhere else that houses interesting reading material.
'If I had a million dollars'...I'd buy books!