At some point today, while I was lying down with a headache, the counter on my blog’s stats ticked over and I got my millionth visitor, roughly a decade after I started this thing (and long after blogs have stopped being A Thing for most people, but I’ll be continuing with this rather than the various forms of social media nonsense).
Thank you to everyone who’s visited, and for making this blog, in a very roundabout way, the way I make my living.
Anyway, here are links to ten of the things I’ve written on here that I think still hold up.
First, here’s my post on Mister Miracle, which I think is the best of the essays in my Seven Soldiers book. It characterises a lot of the stuff I like about my own best writing in that it ties together a *ton* of apparently different ideas. I’m trying to start doing more of that again now, as so much of my stuff recently has been a bit linear. It covers comics, music, science, and politics…
A post about Before Watchmen which starts with a quote about the Lib Dems which I’m sure made thematic sense at the time given something which was going on then politically, but now seems *weirdly* out of place.
And… here’s where I hit a problem. I had several candidates for the tenth post. I was going to link to my Not A Review of Neoreaction A Basilisk, or to my piece on Elvis in the 70s, or to my Mindless Ones piece Howl, or to my Mindless Ones piece on Logopolis. All of those are both good pieces of writing *and* would allow me to draw together thematic stuff from a bunch of the posts above and create an interesting conclusion here.
But I know many trans people, and each of those either has me or someone in the comments misgendering and deadnaming one or more people who hadn’t yet come out as trans (or in some cases them commenting in their deadnames). I don’t currently have the mental energy to go and unpick all the references to people’s deadnames in over 2000 blog posts, and I *couldn’t* edit the comments by other people, but I wouldn’t feel right linking them either. So, they’re posts I’m proud of but right now won’t link to. When I have the spoons I’ll fix them.
So, to finish, my Doctor Who short story The Bogeyman, which was unsuccessful as a pitch to Big Finish, but was later included in an Obverse charity anthology with a bunch of very famous writers, so is probably my most read thing in terms of book sales, and is one of the first pieces of fiction I wrote that I actually liked myself.