The best and funniest of 2011 for writers

This is my last post of the year. Where has 2011 gone? Same place as 2010 and 2009. ‘Like sands through the hour glass…’ – noooo! But it’s been quite a year, and I thought I’d share some highlights.

Best writing advice I’ve seen in 2011
Bob Heinlein’s tips. I posted about them here.

Best book I’ve seen in 2011
Peter Englund’s ‘The Beauty and the Sorrow’. I’ve written a review of it for a national magazine here in NZ, I’ll post a link when it’s published.

Most popular post on this blog
I posted a lament to the First World War on 3 August. It’s been fielding hits every day since.

Funniest blog I’ve read this year
Piper Bayard’s – some great mashups of some really hilarious things that go on around the place. Check the link in the blogroll.

Stupidest international event of the year
There have been a lot of stupid events this year, quite apart from all the serious and dramatic ones. The stupidest hasn’t played out yet. Phobos-Grunt, the Russian Phobos probe, only got to its temporary parking orbit. Now it’s lobbing around Earth with tons of toxic acids on board. Hopefully they’ll burn up during re-entry – it’s gonna land somewhere. Not Moscow, because the orbit doesn’t get it that far north. But it might hit Cardiff (where are Torchwood when you need ’em?). I bet heads will roll over this one.

Most surprising personal event of the year
I got persuaded to go on Twitter. Good idea – there are some great people out there. And I get Rick Wakeman’s tweets (@grumpyoldrick).

Do you have a best, greatest and stupidest list for the year?

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