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Top Eleven Blog Posts for 2015

I’m not sure how to feel about the fact that about half of my most-visited blog posts for 2015 were related to the Sad/Rabid Puppies and the Hugo Awards mess. Mostly, I’d just like to see 2016 not be a repeat.

  1. Puppies in Their Own Words. The most popular post I did this year was a long write-up of the evolution and goals of the Sad Puppies, sourced to their own blog posts and comments. I pretty much expected this one to end up in the top spot.
  2. In Which John C. Wright Completely Loses his Shit over Legend of Korra. Mr. Wright was Very Unhappy that a cartoon that depicted war and murder and torture and suicide dared to betray its audience by suggesting two women were romantically interested in one another. Also, apparently “political correctness” really means “hating everything good and bright and decent and sane in life.” Wow.
  3. The Tor Mess. Basically, Theo Beale pounced on something the Tor art director said on Facebook, tried to turn it into a crusade and organized boycott of Tor Books, and ultimately failed to have any impact.
  4. Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers). Yes, the original cover pose blog post from January of 2012 is still making the top ten.
  5. Rape, Abuse, and Marion Zimmer Bradley. A mid-2014 post about the revelations/discussions of Bradley shielding a child molester and molesting her own daughter and others, and the importance of acknowledging and talking about these things instead of sweeping them under the rug.
  6. 10 Hugo Thoughts. More Hugo stuff. This post came out right after the final nominees were announced.
  7. 2014 Writing Income. The annual writing income post. Yes, I’ll be doing one for 2015 in the next week or so.
  8. Publishing 101. During 2015, John Scalzi signed a multi-book, multi-million dollar book deal. Certain pups tried very hard to paint this as proof of Scalzi’s failure as an author and human being. Rarely has the world seen such desperately twisted logic.
  9. Choosing “Sides”. More puppies. This time, I was looking at the Sad Puppies’ efforts to invent an Us vs. Them war in the genre. With the puppies as the heroes, naturally. Sadly, the world isn’t as simplistic as certain folks were trying to make it out to be.
  10. One-Star Wars. Apparently, some people were unhappy about Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars novel Aftermath because of a) the writing style, b) the decision that Expanded Universe works were non-canon, and c) Chuck included gay people in Star Wars. I mean, come on. Giant crime-boss slugs with fetishes for barely-clad humanoid females is one thing, but homosexuality? That’s a step too far, sir!
  11. Depression. A collection of thoughts about depression.

Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting. I hope you’ve had a great year, and I wish you all an even happier 2016.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 28th, 2015 03:50 pm (UTC)
God, John C Wright was funny sometimes. I wonder whatever happened to that guy.
Dec. 28th, 2015 05:16 pm (UTC)
Last I heard, he was proclaiming himself one of the best writers alive, and vowing not to write for Tor anymore until they apologized for ... something. But that was a while ago. No idea what he's been up to lately.
Dec. 28th, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)
I expect he'll write something outrageous around Hugo time of year just to get some publicity. Because apparently all publicity is good publicity.
Dec. 28th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
I'll keep this short. Good grief, I had not heard anything about the MZB scandal. The comment section on that post is enlightening as well.

I'd vaguely heard about Breen years ago on SF/F.net, I think, but nothing else: there were more than a few MZB worshippers there around the time she died. One of them continuously lamented about not ever being able to sell her anything because of MZBs death. It was obsessively weird back then. I can only hope that person has woken up now.

Jan. 3rd, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
It's a mess. MZB did do some good things for new writers, and with projects like the Sword & Sorceress series. None of which changes the horrible things she did in her personal life.
Dec. 29th, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
Top Blog Posts #5: Rape Abuse and Marion Zimmer Bradley
My Darkover books and the Mists of Avalon went into landfill. I wish I could have burnt them to ashes. My deepest wishes for healing for her children and sympathy for those who participated in her uverse as writers, collaborators and editors.
Dec. 29th, 2015 07:47 pm (UTC)
Am I banned? :-(

Sorry, an earlier comment of mine was marked as spam? Not sure why.

Edited at 2015-12-29 07:48 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2015 07:48 pm (UTC)
Not banned. I've despammed that comment. No idea why LJ flagged it. Sorry about that.
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