Sunday, December 19, 2010

Odds and Ends

I'm taking a quick break from hall-decking and eggnoggery to point y'all toward a few cool 8 POUNDS developments.

THING THE FIRST is a lovely review from Naomi Johnson over at The Drowning Machine. Naomi's reviews are a go-to for me these days when I'm looking for something new to read, so being included among the well-reviewed on her site is quite a thrill.

THING THE SECOND is 8 POUNDS' inclusion in Steve Weddle's "Best of Whatever" list over at Crime Factory's Day Labor blog. In case you've been living under a rock in some collapsed portion of a cave in a remote mountain range on the dark side of some as-yet-undiscovered moon, Steve is the editor of the always spectacular Needle Magazine, as well as a badass author in his own right (in fact, he might just turn up in a top five list of mine, to be published any second over at Death by Killing), so such an inclusion in his best-of list is high praise indeed.

THING THE THIRD is John Kenyon selecting "Seven Days of Rain" from 8 POUNDS as one of his top five short stories of 2010 over at Death by Killing. John, a Spinetingler Award nominee and fellow Thuglit alumnus, had previously been so kind as to review 8 POUNDS on his blog, and when I look at the rest of the folks he selected for his list, I can honestly say I'm honored to be in their company.

The holiday season is rife with schlock and sentimentality, so if you've had your fill it's best to look away, 'cause I'm about to throw another yule log on the schmaltz bonfire. When I look back over this past year, I'm extremely grateful for the kindness of all those who've supported my writing. My heartfelt thanks to all of you, and best wishes to you and yours this holiday season. Have a merry Christmakkuhkwanza, all.