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back in the saddle

Guy Cicero —  08/18/2017 — 1 Comment

Note to self:

You need to start writing again here on the Guy Cicero blog. It’s good for you! Don’t expect that anyone will notice. Don’t expect “likes” or “attaboys” or great reviews. Just do it. Show your respect and appreciation for all the bloggers you follow who crank out their thoughts and creations weekly, or even not weekly. They have taken the writing bull by the horns and are riding it to self-enrichment and fulfillment, even when they are scared to death of being thrown off into the dust any second. Even then, get back on and grab those horns. Get your ideas out. It’s part of being really alive.

Since I got our first Kindle seven or eight years ago (?) I have read much more than in the preceding 20 years. But I’ve never had reading projects per se until this year. Now, I’ve really gone overboard:


  • Read the Robert B. Parker Jesse Stone series. Six books read so far.
  • Read the Ruth Rendell Inspector Wexford series. Read four so far.
  • Read Charles Todd Inspector Rutledge series. Read nine so far.
  • Re-read the Aubrey-Maturin series. Five read so far.
  • Listen to The Destroyermen series. Have listened to all nine books. Waiting for #10.
  • Read about WWI on the 100th anniversary of its beginning. Reading book of primary sources, The WWI Reader. Listening to Catastrophe by Max Hastings. Have five+ others teed up.
  • Finish William Manchester The Last Lion. Done.
  • Read/Listen to other books:
  • Caesar and Christ, Will Durant. Audio.
  • Moby Dick. About 40% read.
  • Mole, Jo Nesbit. Leading Norwegian detective novelist.
  • A Higher Call, two WWII pilots re-unite.

I feel a lot more informed and well-rounded since starting to read more. And now that I’m reading about writing, it seems like everyone (Stephen King, Mary Carr, Ann Lamott, etc.) says the key to better writing is doing a lot of reading. I’m teaching courses on self-publishing and finding that the biggest problems would-be self-publishers have are all about writing. So, get the old Kindle out and get going!

About blogging

Guy Cicero —  07/13/2014

I have a love-hate thing, apparently, with blogging.

Since I can remember, or at least since I was 7, I’ve always seen myself writing. Blogging is the perfect way for me to quickly and easily write down my ideas, musings, and reflections.

And yet, I have this mostly insurmountable barrier to getting started. Here, in this “invitation only” blog, I can write to my heart’s content and not have to be concerned about what a reader might think. We’ll see how it goes.