Way back in the glory days of blogging - before that young upstart Facebook ever came around or people started Tweeting all the time - I had the extreme pleasure of coming into contact with a gal from a small town in Pennsylvania who not only wrote a darned fine blog but who was also working on her very first novel. That blogger was funny and gracious and thought-provoking and just an all-around nice lady who did eventually go on to write and publish a novel based in the world of opera called "Don Juan in Hankey, PA". It wasn't the novel that she was working on when I first cyber-met her but it's a darned fine and fun read - one that perhaps even a great American author like Nathaniel Hawthorne might enjoy if he had a decent sense of humor!
Hmm, doesn't look like he has much of a sense of humor at all if the look on his face in this statue is one that he wore in real life but I guarantee you that Nathaniel would look nowhere near as stern as this if he'd had the chance to read Gale Martin's first novel!
Speaking of reading something Gale has written, I am very honored that she chose to write a post about yours truly that appeared in her personal blog on Tuesday. Blog in the Spotlight: Linda Orlomoski's "The Distracted Wanderer" is a lovely little article about my travel blog complete with a bit of Q&A and a couple of my favorite travel photos. With Gale being a published author who is now working on a companion book to "Don Juan in Hankey, PA", I am very flattered that she chose to write about my little ol' excuse to go gadding about the countryside and take lots of pictures! Someday when Gale is working the national TV shows and touting her books along with the movie-in-the-making, I'm going to be able to proudly say that she once wrote about me as I ride her coattails for as long as I possibly can!
In all seriousness, though, thank you Gale for a lovely write-up and the nice compliments that you paid to me; you have been a class act for as long as I've had the pleasure of knowing you and I wish you nothing but continued success in your writing career! As for those of you who have yet to read "Don Juan in Hankey, PA" - what are you waiting for?!?