First, a happy holidays wish to friends and followers. I hope you all get something you want, whether it’s a special gift, or a notice of publication, or at least a break from rejection.
Me? I’m already thankful for my friends, both the ones I know in person and those I’ve only met online. Thanks to the internet, and age, and living in many places around the country, it adds up to quite a few.
Also because of the internet, you never know who’s going to do you a good turn. Last week’s blog about our book project for my friend, Jon Zech, was picked up by a writer for The Rumpus, a publishing industry mainstay. Thanks, Lisa Mecham, for helping spread the news.
And this month I received two great reviews of my story collection. The first came from Susan Thurston of The Los Angeles Review. Among her comments was this: “These stories will make you wince, flinch, and flush with keen foreboding and anxiety. And as with any good obsession, you will keep turning the pages toward the inevitable, yet often surprising, outcomes of the actions of these ‘raw and exposed, but honest’ characters.”
The second came from our own F.P. Dorchak, a frequent commenter in this forum, who wrote on his blog: “The cover of Joe Ponepinto’s collection of dark tales, The Face Maker and Other Stories of Obsession, not only grabbed me by the throat, but continues to throttle me every time I look to it. Much like his stories.”
Thanks also to others (Claire Gebben, A.K. Hoffman, Ken McAlpine and Linda Anger) who have taken the time to post reviews on my Amazon page.
Want to do a good turn for a writer? You’ve got a ton of opportunities. Give yourself or a reader you love a late Christmas present and order Averil Dean’s book Alice Close Your Eyes, coming from Mira on Dec. 31. The buzz makes this one sound like a gripping read.
As posted by friend Kelly Davio, you can also contribute to writer Gregory Sherl’s fund. His battle with severe OCD is chronicled at GiveForward. You may be surprised to learn how devastating this disease can be.
This will be my last blog for a few weeks. With the upcoming move to Washington State, the creation of two business plans for literary endeavors (more about these next year), and a new novel idea that I’m trying to get going, the blog has slipped down the priority chart. Once I clear a few items from my desk, I’ll be back. Here’s to a great 2014 for all of us.
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