Yeah, yeah, I know what you’re thinking, “A top ten 2013 list is so… December 2013,” but I didn’t realize I had this great idea until I swiped it from Lani-Lani-bo-Bani-Bonana-fanna-fo-Fani-Fee-fy-mo-Mani, sole proprietor of Life the Universe and Lani.
Why roll out this blog post version of a best of clip show? Is it some clever ruse to get you to follow me til your dying day? To shower me with much deserved (and ever elusive) praise? To send in donations so that I might begin construction on my pet project: The Everlasting Dream Church of Rhyan (my genius must be preserved!)?
Yes, yes, and yes.
So take a gander, and enjoy… or not. Totally your call, mate.
Number 10: The Maconheiro Preview Clips
Clips from a disastrous horror film I attempted to shoot with absolutely no money and with the kind assistance of local talent, until locations became increasingly difficult to obtain and actors booked paying jobs. Still, ya gotta try to find out what’s doable and what ain’t, am I right? Rhetorical question. Of course I’m right.
Number 9: Snatched From the Heart of Stars: What’s Your Creative DNA?
You most likely won’t like this one. No one does but yours truly. It originated from a dream and while I might have bungled it a bit bringing it into reality, I loved the internal exploration. It breaks the blog post rules of being too damned long and meandering, but it’s my baby, and I love it just the way it is. So, deal.
Number 8: My Mad Fat Brain Bug: A Story Box Full of Regret
Writing this actually prompted me to dust off some of my more prehistorically published short speculative fiction stories and repurpose them as a collection (available on Amazon, in case you’re interested)
Number 7: A Message to My Younger Self: Try Harder
An actual message I wrote to my younger self. I’m still working on the Dezil-Washington-Deja-Vu-esque time machine to send it into the past.
Number 6: Passage Through the Graveyard of Earthworms
One of the easiest posts I’ve ever written. Standing in the midst of sun-dried worm cadavers, I typed it up on my iPhone.
Number 5: Rise of the Fallen 722nd
The post pretty much says it all. Rarely am I inspired by a piece of commercial art, but…
Number 4: I Put This Moment Here
Sadly, this post hits closest to home because I am forgetting things at an alarming rate.
Number 3: Braiding Tales: We Built a World, Row by Row
A true story I had forgotten about until an idle comment in some random conversation with absolute strangers triggered the memory. I love when that happens, but I fear how many memories I’ve already forgotten that will never find their triggers.
Number 2: Duchess and the Anecdote
A sort of indirect sequel post to my Number 1 pick, in which I finally managed to utilize a character that’s been stuck in my head for ages.
Number 1: Stories Are the Creatures That Forage in the Wilderness of Our Minds
Although a writing advice post, I really like the wraparound bits in this one and I realize that it’s a bit gauche to fall in love with your own cleverness, but the quote from which the title was extracted is inspired.
And there you have it. My personal best bits of 2013. Let’s see what gems this year brings.
Sally forth and be whipping out your credit card and dialing because operators are standing byingly writeful.
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