Monday, December 31, 2007

Adieu, 2007

"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,

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.


  1. I'm so glad I found your site this year. Thanks for your advice and good humour. Have a very Happy New Year.

  2. Happy New Year PBW! Thanks for all the posts in 2007. I am constantly entertained and informed. Here's to a wonderful and creative 2008. :)

  3. Thanks for the memories, lol. Have a great New Year, PBW!

  4. Anonymous9:41 AM

    I'd have to say I loved the fish pledge the best.

    I think I'd adore your daughter.

  5. Here's to another year! *cheers* The Last Samurai Agent was my favorite, but I love your humor.

  6. Excellent quote by Emerson.

    I remember that parody. It was hysterical. I also loved the ten things lists. And Dictionary: Impossible was fun to play.

    Great year of blogging. I'm looking forward to next year.

  7. Anonymous11:24 AM

    John and Marcia will remain my favorites with an honorable mention by the Last Samurai agent and Jane Dou, the "I'mnotafan" reviewer...

    Thanks for the good times. May the next year be filled with laughter, health and success.


  8. Anonymous11:34 AM

    Thank you for all of your help, this year and years before.

    Have a lovely 2008!

  9. Thanks for a great year of blogging, Lynn. I've loved coming here and reading the stuff you post. I think my favorite was the John and Marcia stories. Great stuff.

    Here's to 2008, hope you have a happy and great New Year.

  10. John & Marcia are always my favorites. Thanks for all your help and wisdom this year.

    Happy 2008!

  11. Loved the dictionary! Thanks for your willingness to share your wisdom, wit and experience with all of us. Happy 2008!

  12. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Happy New Year. Thanks for the posts.


  13. Happy New Year!

    I think gina's icon is the best. Sorry!

  14. I loved The Last Samurai Agent and John and Marcia have taught me more than many real live people. Happy New Year, PBW, and thanks for providing us with another year of your wit via the blog!

  15. Happy New Year!
    May it be filled with peace and prosperity! (and lots of good books!)

  16. Those are great. Being new to reading your blog, I'm enjoying catching up. Love the lists.

  17. OOh, what a good idea. I missed some of these the first time around.


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