Will my obsession never end?
As the (slight) possibility looms that I may get a contract to publish another Shep project, my egocentric mind goes back to all the various Shep projects I’ve produced, both published and unpublished. However, I see that I’ve already blogged my list of all that stuff–by searching the date in the right-hand column of this site, see my February 2, 2014 blog titled:
“ebb’s Jean Shepherd Bibliography.”
The categories, (with a few representative samples here) are: BOOKS (EYF!, Shep’s Army); THEATER Excelsior play about Shep); ARTICLES AND A FOREWORD (Foreword to A Christmas Story: Background...); PROGRAM NOTES (Syndicated audio program notes); UNDISTRIBUTED STUFF (Graphic novel); SPECIAL APPEARANCES Old Time Radio Convention); INTERNET (www.shepquest.wordpress.com).
Oh, dear, what is an obsession?
Oh. Wow. Another Jean Shepherd Project.
Shakespeare’s Dark Lady of the Sonnets,
The New Yorker 10/5/2015 issue,
and to my wife, Allison Morgan Bergmann.*)
*For Allison, I apologize for putting her in my little joke, and for my big obsession.
For anyone not aware of it, the process of creating, searching for an outlet for, getting a publishing contract for, struggling through the slings and arrows until publication day for–is stressful, to put it lightly. Decades ago I struggled through the search with several unpublished novels. On the verge of giving up, I was brazen enough to send material to Norman Mailer, at the time, my favorite living novelist (He’s no longer living, but still a favorite). Eventually I received his response, which I still possess, framed in my study/Shep Shrine. I’m grateful that he took the time and creative effort to respond. Here’s what he wrote:
As I type this with fingers, toes, and mental wiring crossed,
I think back on those days and on Mailer.
Shep, are you with me on this one? I believe you’d be happy with the subject of my new project possibilities.
I will keep everyone informed.
Meanwhile, write if you get work.
(I’m hanging by my thumbs.)