My first milestone, the 100th post, was devoted to my favorite political joke.
I somewhat restated my purpose in the guise of a New Year's Resolution. When the SFBC Blog finally launched, I announced that here, and reiterated that this is my personal blog, and that nothing I say here is indicative of anything whatsoever. (I find I regularly have trouble getting people to understand this point.) Much later, I answered the musical question "Who is This Hornswoggler, Anyway?"
I explained early on why I'm calling The Wife, Thing One and Thing Two by those names. I find I've only rarely trotted out "look how cute my kids are!" stories, which I'm sure you all appreciate -- Scissors of Pain and Darkness, and Limber Children are the only major ones two I saw.
I've mouthed off about various SFFnal things:
- Fantasy Contraception
- why the Library of America H.P. Lovecraft book is inadequate
- Two Words Overused in Fantasy
- One Way to Look at the Near Future
- Random Heinlein Thoughts
- Origins of SF
- In Which I Pick on James Blish
- An Examination of the Legal Disclaimer in Cryptonomicon
- Making Fun of Fantasy Novels: Part One and Part Two
- A Reader's Essential Fantasy List (inspired by Jeff VanderMeer's list, which I then pondered)
- Fanfiction and "Real" Fiction
- Publishers Weekly Notices We Exist
- Space Opera and Space Opera
- A Short Unhelpful Derogatory Definition of Horror
- Maps and Territories
- The F&SF Slush Bomb
- The Asimov's kerfuffle
- Nitpickery Is Killing SF
- Hugo Postmortem
- Beer Money SF Vs. Literary SF
- and, of course, Beer Money SF Redux.
I recommended a long list of lesser-known graphic novels on a cold February day.
I provided photographic proof of my much-too-large unread "shelf" in three parts. (There's more now...)
I started picking on Dave Itzkoff here. I'll leave finding the follow-up posts as an exercise for the reader.
Other things I'm proud of:
- googling all of the various "andrew wheeler"s of the world
- What Are The Best Time-Travel Novels of the 23rd Century?
- my write-up of For Want of a Nail
- The Efficiencies of Modern Capitalism
- How an Omnibus Is Made
- On Weeding One's Collection
- An Explanation of Who I Work For
- How To Read a Book A Day
- Deep Dark Financial Secrets of Publishing
- Wheeler's Law of Hype
- Fanficcers Strike Back
- Getting Published Is Hell
- In Which I Am Generally Too Thick To Comprehend a Comic Strip
- and Things People Searched For and Found Antick Musings.
I started a similar line of patter about movies with Chicken Little in November, and have seen a whole bunch of animated kids' movies and slow-moving indy dramedies since. (Yes, my movie-watching life is schizophrenic, what of it?)
I started my now-irregular "Reading Into the Past" feature with this ridiculously long monster back in late October, and soon afterward carved it back to a more reasonable size. I now do it (supposedly) weekly.
I embarrassed myself by listing all of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy winners, and admitting which ones I'd read and not read.
I asked readers what the Great SF Novels of the 1990s were, was surprised when Neil Gaiman linked to me, and then posted the results.
And I had a contest after someone burned a book and mailed it to me: announcement, prizes, update 1, update 2, winner.
Finally, I've done far more memes than are good for me, but I won't link any of them here. All in all, a good year. Let's see what Year Two brings (if Batman's life is any guide -- and why should it not be? -- I'll be getting a brightly-colored sidekick any day now.)