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Year-End Wishes, Thanks and Other Tidbits

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.

rumpusAlso 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[1]. Thanks, Lisa Mecham, for helping spread the news.

REd-Hen_textlogoAnd 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.

[1] Scroll down to the second item to see it.


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


17 thoughts on “Year-End Wishes, Thanks and Other Tidbits

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Joe, and wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Also wishing you all the BEST on all your projects!

    Posted by fpdorchak | December 21, 2013, 3:27 PM
  2. Dear Joe, Returning your season’s greetings with interest, and continuing interest in your blog and literary doings. Have a great (and safe) move out to the far West, and keep your commitment to blog us when you’re there. How’s about a post telling how you, the wife, and Henry are adjusting to the new surroundings once you get there? There’s no one like you (whether in your stories on on this blogsite) for giving a good atmospheric reading.

    Posted by shadowoperator | December 21, 2013, 3:33 PM
    • I should have plenty to write about once I get out there. Just a small matter of selling the house here first.

      Have a great holiday, Victoria.

      Posted by jpon | December 21, 2013, 10:27 PM
  3. Oh, thank you, Joe! I hope you have a wonderful holiday and I can’t wait to hear all about your big plans for the future.


    Posted by Averil Dean | December 21, 2013, 7:26 PM
  4. Have a wonderful holiday and best of luck with your plans.

    Posted by nadiaibrashi | December 21, 2013, 9:12 PM
  5. Alice Close Your Eyes sounds intriguing, and I’m looking forward to hearing about your new endeavors. Happy Holidays.

    Posted by michellemorouse | December 22, 2013, 2:55 PM
    • There’s quite a buzz about that book. Agent Jeff Kleinman accepted it in three days.

      Happy holidays to you, too.

      Posted by jpon | December 23, 2013, 12:50 PM
  6. Despite a few physical setbacks, this has been a GREAT year for me, due in no small part to your amazing gifts. If there is karma in this universe (and there is) great things are awaiting you. Your west coast phase of life is going to show you that all your preparation and skill is about to be rewarded. Thanks for all.

    (F.P.Dorchak, I got your envelope yesterday. Mine goes out tomorrow.)

    Posted by jonzech | December 22, 2013, 4:27 PM
    • Thank you, Jon. It’s been an honor to work on your book. Now if we can only get Lulu to spell your name right…

      As for karma, I’m sure you’re right about its effect, both in this place and the next. A peaceful holiday to you.

      Posted by jpon | December 23, 2013, 12:53 PM
    • Thanks, Jon! Looking forward to it! Wishing you and everyone else Christmas Miracles….

      Posted by fpdorchak | December 23, 2013, 10:16 PM
  7. Congrats, Joe on the strong reviews for your collection. It’s on my download list; hopefully I will get to it and others over these restful couple of weeks. All the best to you and your wife as you prepare for your move out West. 2014 has a lot of promise in store for you.

    Posted by Gwen Stephens | December 23, 2013, 10:43 AM
  8. Congrats to you and looking forward to your return, Joe. Saturdays are not the same without you.

    Posted by girl in the hat | January 18, 2014, 11:44 PM
    • Thanks, Anna. That’s very nice of you. I should be back next Saturday. (Keeping this house in selling condition is really taking its toll.)

      Posted by jpon | January 19, 2014, 1:40 AM

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