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BBAW 2012 – Who’s that blogger?

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series BBAW

Today’s topic for Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2012 is to have an interview with a book blogger. Since I’m a wee bit tardy to the party, I’m left with the task of creating a self-interview.

About the blog Down the Writer’s Path

As a writer who began hitting the keyboard way longer than I care to admit before the advent of the computer, let alone any self-publishing platform, I was more than ready to embrace the idea of blogging when it happened. I started blogging in 2002 before the first big mushroom blogging explosion and tried out Blogger and Typepad. I settled on Typepad and opened up shop with Down the Writer’s Path in late 2002.

I came to blogging because I love to talk, read, and write about books, reading and writing and blogging is a perfect venue for the sport. I’d already cracked traditional publishing, e-publishing, and had my share of articles and short stories out there but a blog allowed me to capture my thoughts and share them with others in real time. The blog has had its ups and down as my life has had its ins and outs. Today, ten years later, I’m still tapping out my thoughts and sharing what I know with whoever comes along.

A little bit about the blogger, Vikk Simmons

Authors of Houston travel guidebooks Vikk Simmons and Elaine Galit at booksigning

Vikk Simmons and Elaine Galit

BBAW provided some questions that we can ask ourselves, so here goes:

Do you mark in books? — Well, yes, I confess I have been known to scribble on the end papers and sometimes make running commentary or at least scratch a symbol by something the author said. With the advent of post-it notes, especially the really cool big ones, I tend to leave less of a trail these days.

Fiction, Non-fiction, or both? – I’m such an eclectic reader that I’m all over the place. I love fiction but am an avid nonfiction reader as well and always have been. I guess I don’t like to stay within boundaries much as I’m a convicted genre-hopper, too.

Hard copy or audiobooks? – I wish I could listen to audiobooks but it simply doesn’t work for me. I spend the entire time hitting the back buttons to listen to passages again because I’m so right-brained that I end up running after my own thoughts triggered by something I heard. It takes a certain type of narrator to be able to hold me to the story. I end up getting frustrated and never get to the end. That’s why I’m not a fan of critique groups where everyone reads their work out loud. (Reading aloud is a terrific tool for a writer, though.)

What are you currently reading? – I’m in the middle of Mont Saint Michel and Chartres by Henry Adams. I’m a huge fan of cathedrals and travelogues, so it’s an enjoyable, though slow, read. I’m also participating in The Classics Club and recently set up my 5-year plan. And I finished reading Stephen King’s short story quartet Full Dark, No Stars and will be publishing my review in the next week.

New books for writers on writing fiction for the modern readerWhat is the last book you bought? – I signed up for Donald Maass’s new book Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling in Modern Fiction and I can’t wait for it to land on my doorstep. The book won’t be out until October 2012 but Amazon graciously allowed me to preorder the book. Done. I am a huge fan of Maass’s books on writing and am looking forward to his thoughts on writing for the modern reader.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone books? — I guess I’d have to say stand-alones capture my attention and make my buy list more than series; however, I enjoy a good series as much as the next person. I read through the Potter books along with the millions of other readers. Lord of the Rings, The Lensmen series, and Connelly’s Harry Bosch books have snared me, as well.

Great book for writers on using  the sensesIs there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over? – Not a type because I am so varied in my reading but there are authors who lure back again and again and again. Michael Connelly and Harlan Coben can pretty much count me as a sale and I’m happy to recommend them. When it comes to suspense and mysteries, they’re at the top of their game. As I mentioned, when it comes to books about writing Donald Maass provides me with a steady wealth of information. I enjoy the nonfiction books by Oliver Sacks. Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Senses is one book I always suggest writers read.

That’s it for today. I hope you’ll share your thoughts, comments, and your favorite reads below.

Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres and Full Dark, No Stars


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  • Judith (Leeswammes)

    Nice to meet you! I also find it hard to concentrate on audiobooks. I prefer paper books. Even ebooks I’m not so keen about because you can’t easily flip back or forward, which I like to do.

    Have fun with BBAW!

  • Vikk Simmons

    Thanks, Judith. Already enjoying the opportunity to meet up with other book bloggers. Thanks for taking time to read and comment, too.

  • Bluestockingbb

    Nice to meet you! I can’t bring myself to mark in books.

    Here is mine