Gratifying words from a neighbour
A fellow-resident of my native village, Old Glossop, put an envelope through my door a week or so ago. Inside it was a little card from “Paul, Diane and Ellie the Dog” containing a handwritten verse about my book Cruel and Unusual Punnishments. I copy it here, with Paul’s permission:
There was a nice chap from Old Glossop
About whom some people would gossip
His stories are gruesome and might make you wince
I read one last week and haven’t slept since
Some are of animals with cruelty and blood
But they had to admit they were rather good.
Don not be put off if this collection looks flimsy
It’s crammed with wry laughs and intellectual whimsy
He’s a very kind chap and might show you his book
If you like facts wrapped in chuckles it’s well worth a look.
After the last line it was signed “Thank you again Mark – enjoyed immensely, Paul”.
Personal responses of that kind elevate an author’s spirits more than any number of positive reviews on Amazon or similar! I hope the pieces in Cruel and Unusual Punnishments don’t make readers wince too much, except in response to the twisted word-play, and I wouldn’t wish my publications to keep people awake at night… but that little card gave me a disproportionate amount of pleasure, even more than the laughter elicited from audiences at gigs when I perform one of the pieces in the book.
How likely is it that my other efforts will be greeted with similar responses? Not very, I fear, but I’ll live in hope.