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Saturday Morning Post, West Coast Edition

I’m here in Tacoma, spending Valentine’s Day/weekend with my lovely wife, Dona, and checking out the area that will eventually be my new home (if Michigan ever lets me go[1]). We’re staying at the home of one of Dona’s associates, and I’m writing this while looking out the kitchen window at a panorama that includes Mt. Rainier and the Port of Tacoma.

So far so good.

First thing we did after I landed at SeaTac was head down to Tacoma’s waterfront, where there are no less than 15 restaurants that overlook Puget Sound. We wound up at Duke’s Chowder House, where Dona got spotted by one of her board members, and the staff found out we were moving in and went out of their way to welcome us.

Friday we did a little house hunting, always a fun sport. More of that in the next few days.

Aside from that it’s been a couple of days of relaxing and writing. Amazing what a view can do for your inspiration. Oh, and wondering how I ever got used to Michigan’s permafrost—I hadn’t seen grass for almost three months. It has snowed once in Tacoma in that time, and it melted in a few hours.

Yeah, I think this is gonna work.


Finally, a few program notes. You can skip these if they bore/offend you.

Sorry for the shameless promotion. It’s a necessary evil of the writing business.

[1] The topic of next week’s blog.

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About Joseph Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "The Face Maker and Other Stories of Obsession." Former Book Review Editor at LA Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


13 thoughts on “Saturday Morning Post, West Coast Edition

  1. What exciting times. Enjoy your visit. I look forwards to reading TLR.

    Posted by nadiaibrashi | February 15, 2014, 4:21 PM
  2. Michigan hates to lose the talent, but can I fit you your suitcase?

    Sounds like a great place and I hope the move goes smoothly. Just don’t forget to keep us abreast of the view.

    Posted by Kevin Stewart | February 15, 2014, 6:38 PM
  3. May all good things continue to come your way. How exciting that you are moving directly into the literary scene almost without a break from your former one!

    Posted by shadowoperator | February 15, 2014, 8:43 PM
  4. Joe, I’m really excited about all the great things happening for you! Clicked over to the Tahoma Review web site and clicked “Follow” — looking forward to more. Toasting to you tonight, hoping the damn house sells soon! I’d love to be anywhere that doesn’t snow. Enjoy the weekend with your wife.

    Posted by Gwen Stephens | February 16, 2014, 12:10 AM
  5. Congrats and COOL, Joe! Hope you enjoy the new digs! Inspiration, ahoy!

    Posted by fpdorchak | February 16, 2014, 12:07 PM
  6. P.S. Like the TLR site! Followed!

    Posted by fpdorchak | February 16, 2014, 12:10 PM
  7. Sounds so great. Happy house-hunting.

    Posted by Stephanie Barbé Hammer | February 16, 2014, 8:39 PM

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The Face Maker and other stories of obsession is my collection of short stories out now from Woodward Press. Kelly Davio, author of Burn This House, says. "In stories that range effortlessly across time period and place, Joe Ponepinto delivers the kind of masculine character we crave in literary fiction; these characters wrestle with the most essential questions of morality, and they bare-knuckle box with their human frailties." Find it on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Want a signed copy? Email me at jpon (at) thirdreader (dot) com.

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