"The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Over the weekend I went through archives and looked for what might constitute the best posts of 2007 here at the blog. It's hard for me to say what is the best, as I like writing all of it, from the biz posts, the Friday 20 and the summer's virtual workshops to The Monday 10 and the ongoing John and Marcia novel crash test series.
I guess the most fun for me is writing the parodies and humor posts. If I can make you laugh at me, the biz or yourself, then I feel I've written something worthwhile. Plus most of these posts have regularly offended people with no sense of humor, which is of course my other writing mission in life.
I will take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with me through 2007. You are the gifts that every day brings to me.
Without further adieu:
The Best of PBW 2007
January: The Last Samurai Agent, Mary Sue Anonymous, Filtered.
February: Ten Things I Hate About Your Protagonist, Dictionary: Impossible.
March: Atypical Brain Mush, Authors and Slogans.
April: Answer the Anonymous E-Mail, Ten Reasons to be Happy You're not at the RT Convention, John and Marcia: The Escapist Artist.
May: The Mercy Read, eCollaborator.com.
June: Ten Signs that You've Attended Too Many Writing Workshops, Ten Things People Say When They Meet Writers.
July: John and Marcia: Darlingalingus, Friday 20 -- using humor to promote a novel.
August: Ten Things Editors Say, and What They Really Mean, John and Marcia: The Synopsis, Ten Things for Those Who SPAM Me.
September: Lost and Found, Pub Stickers.
October: Character Quotes.
November: Plot Fix, Inc., Here We Go Again, John and Marcia: Flawopathy, Ten Things That May Indicate That You're Writing a McNovel.
December: My Fish Pledge (my daughter gets the credit for this one), Writerisms, PW'd.
My #1 favorite post of 2007 was a quick, two-part parody I wrote back in January, based on the work of one of my favorite writers, Ambrose Bierce. It definitely offended as much as it entertained, and caused such a ruckus among the Collective that the most popular weblog in the world linked to it (my fifteen minutes of real blog fame): The Devil's Publishing Dictionary Part I & Part II.
Happy New Year, everyone.