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Below I've listed some of the posts that either get the most traffic, or that I was most pleased with:

a plethora of pants
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Writing by the seat of your pants—This explains the "pantster" concept to those unfamiliar with it. I followed it up in May with So You Want to Be a Pantster, which is about how to determine if it fits your writing style, or if you're an outliner, instead. In Pantster Pitfalls, I talk about the issues pantsters have to overcome.

Interview with Seanan McGuire—I nearly burst from the strain of keeping this a secret until February 28th. I also gave away five copies of Discount Armageddon.

Good Stuff: The Chrestomanci Series—Diana Wynne Jones is a children's fantasy author, and her writing is delightful and fun. She's best known for writing Howl's Moving Castle, made into an animated film by Studio Ghibli. I talk about some of her other books.

Care and feeding of authors—I've had dinner with two authors whose books I love. I talk in the first post about how to approach and behave in the presence of your writing idol, and then there are links at the bottom to my stories about the authors, who were both awesome in their own ways.

Introversion and Writing—Part of a series on Turning Negatives into Positives. I'm unsurprised to learn I'm not the only introverted writer.

Buying books the independent way—This post is about the value of local bookstores, especially independent ones, and why I don't want them to go away.

"Write what you know"—This is my take on one of the most-given pieces of writing advice.

Permission to write badly— I wrote this about getting the first draft on the page, instead of focusing on quality. That's what edits are for. Pantsters' first drafts should be full of suck.

11/22/63 readalong parts 1 - 3 and 4 - 6 and my review—I participated in a readalong in January 2012 of Stephen King's 11/22/63.

Feed readalong parts 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and my review (Goodreads link)—In February 2012, the readalong was for Mira Grant's Feed, which I'd read when it came out. I was happy to have an excuse to reread it.

Grammar: Hyphen Use—I post about grammar sometimes. This just happens to be the post that draws the most clicks.

Writing Romance and Sex—I posted this in Valentine's Day 2012. I figured I'd go with the theme.

Writing About Rape—Most writers aren't as good about writing rape into their stories as they think. I discuss how to research this sensitive topic, how to write about it without upsetting survivors, and when it creeps in without the writer realizing it, which makes me mad.

Beta readers—I got positive feedback from my beta readers when I sent out my novel. It made me happy.

Antici-—My glee with this post came from the fact that I was writing about keeping people in suspense in order to make people wait for my "dinner with author" stories (see above). Sailed right over everyone's heads, but I was amused.

My ratings scale and standards for reviewing will give you a good idea what to expect from my book reviews. I don't bother linking to them on my G+, Twitter and Facebook, but they are there for people to read. They're not the main point of the blog, but I do post them about twice a week.