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The Broke and the Bookish

When you write a blog you can’t help but reveal a bit of yourself in the process but most readers don’t read a blog on a daily basis so they may not pick up the breadcrumbs left among the pages.

The folks at The Broke and the Bookish seek to remedy that situation this week in their weekly Top Ten Tuesday meme. Since I’m a recent player, here are my ten posts written over time that capture hints of who I am. You won’t find even one shade of grey . . . unless you find a book fetish qualifies.

Waco, one of my book buddies

Reading with dogs 

I talked it over with one of my reading buddies, and we’ve compiled a list of posts for you to read. He’d like me to mention that reading to dogs is a wonderful thing to do. He’s quite the literary canine.

Posts that reveal a bit of me

  1. Joy: The Love of Reading Leads to the Joy of Writing
  2. Hurricane Ike: When life and research collide
  3. Cautionary tales on taking the self-published route
  4. In search of a fictional world and those who live in it
  5. How to make an author’s day: Send them a “fan letter”
  6. Where have all the well-read writers gone?
  7. Plan the work, work the plan
  8. Is writing worth all the hard work?
  9. The well-read life leads to a well-fed writer
  10. Why I am reading and rereading the classics
  11. Armchair BEA: An introduction (bonus)

In the end, I guess the most basic info about me is that I love books, enjoy reading, have a passion for writing, and adore my dogs–all six of them–and, of course, I blog and write online to share those things with my friends and readers.

Share your thoughts below but first check out Waco’s book suggestions for this week:

  1. How Dogs Think: What the World Looks Like to Them and Why They Act the Way They Do
  2. Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Military Working Dog
  3. The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions


Thanks to the folks at The Broke and The Bookish for Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and their Top Ten Tuesday image featured above. Ready to read the classics? Join The Classics Club. My 5 year 50+ booklist is here: The Classics Club project. Short story lovers, check out The Short Stories Challenge.

  • IMAGE & AFFILIATE CREDITS: Any book covers and titles are affiliate links and sourced via Amazon; Photo of Waco the Wonder Dog copyright Vikk Simmons 2012

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  • Rae Gun

    These all sound so interesting. I’m excited to read them!

    rae gun ramblings

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks for stopping by. Love your enthusiasm. :) 

  • Colin

    Some interesting and challenging posts here, Vikk. It’s good to get to know you a little better. Thanks. :)

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks for stopping by. I enjoyed visiting your site and getting to know you better, too, this morning. 

  • Amanda the Book Slayer

    Holy Cow, 6 dogs.  I have two and they keep me plenty busy.  I think your post  ‘Cautionary tales on taking the self-published route’ was helpful. I think that self-published authors can forget how hard being your own agent can be. 

  • Vikk Simmons

    Yes, and being your own marketing director, sales rep, shipper, packer, etc. :) It’s a huge investment of time, money, and self and does work against having time to write so there’s often inherent conflict for the writer. 

    Yep, six dogs from a 3.5 lb Mi-Ki to the behemoth Great Pyrenees with a dash of Shih Tsu, Cocker, Maltese and Pug thrown in the middle. 

  • Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf

    Wacos picks! So cute! As a huge dog lover I really enjoyed exploring those!

  • elena

    Six dogs? That ‘s amazing! Your posts are so insightful & thoughtful! 

  • Belle

    OOoh what an interesting list! Your reading buddy is adorable

  • Reflecting Bookworm

    Thanks for checking out my humble Blog :) I loved reading your posts, you are so articulate in your writing! I’m immensely jealous that you used to work at Borders too haha

  • Vyki @ On The Shelf

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!  You have some good posts on your TTT and your book buddy is so cute :-)

  • Renee

    Waco is so adorable and looks very cuddly. The perfect reading companion :)

  • StephTheBookworm

    Waco is adorable!!! I love reading dog books and have Sergreant Rex on my TBR list!

  • StephTheBookworm

    Waco is adorable! I love dog books and have Sargeant Rex on my TBR list.

  • Trisha

    Great list !  It was interesting learning a bit more about you.  I look forward to reading more!
    Six dogs!?!?!  I feel adventurous even considering one… And that is considering in the distant future.  It must be fun… And busy!
    Thanks again for stopping by my blog.  

  • WutheringWillow

    Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Great posts! I particularly enjoyed ‘Where have all the well-read writers gone?’. A writer who doesn’t read just sounds so wrong somehow!