When Mrs. Linklater first started her journal over a year ago she couldn't wait to check her counter each day -- heck almost every hour during the day. We all do it.
She was checking it as regularly as a baby poops.
a few weeks of joining the J-Land community, she was approached for a
picture in case the editors wanted to include her in their weekly Top
Five. So she began wishin and hopin to become an Editors' Pick.
soon began to realize they romance almost every newbie. Once in a while
an entry of hers was featured at AOL Music, or more frightening -- on
the People Connection main page.
Unfortunately that was good
news and bad news. Good news for her counter because there would
be literally hundreds of people stopping by for a few minutes.
Bad news for her, because every time she was featured, a spate of
IM's would appear that never failed to start out, "Hiya Sexy."
Was being an Editors' Pick going to subject her to similar
Then something else happened. One day her
counter went kablooey and restarted itself many times. From zero. A
devastating event, most journalers will agree.
Meanwhile, in a
scenario which has repeated itself many times since, Mrs. Linklater
couldn't get answers from anyone about what was going on.
soon fell out of love with the system in place here, which, except for
John Scalzi, is run by people who don't seem to care and never seem to
listen. And if they listen they don't seem to believe you. Or understand what you said.
she stopped trying to figure out how to suck up to the editors to
become a weekly pick. Coincidentally [she thinks not] Mrs.
Linklater even got a bizarre TOS violation based on uploading something
evil to a stranger from her FTP counter space that was allegedly racist,
sexist, or porn -- not only something she wouldn't do, but one that she
couldn't do -- since it requires a skill she has yet to master. Even
better, defending herself against the TOS accusation became a situation
in which she was assumed guilty and had to prove her innocence.
Interesting that her counter went kablooey almost at the same time there was a TOS violation that occurred via her counter.
a side note, she was also told -- by someone who spoke English as her
primary means of verbal communication -- that she had to be careful how
she used the
word "LESBIAN" since she wasn't one herself and only REAL lesbians
could use the word without running the risk of another TOS violation.
So she took her counter down. And, truth be told, she hasn't missed it.
was at that point that she decided she would go out of her way not to
be featured on the Top Five. Whatever it took. Sexual innuendo. Swear
words. Not having a theme. Not giving a rip. So far she has been quite
Which doesn't mean
she wants anybody else to join her in her quest for failure. Many of
her favorite journals have had their day in the sun, as it were -- in
fact many of the journals listed in her OTHER JOURNALS space have
already been featured. After she had decided they were good, it should
But, and this is more important, there are several
journals over there which, like hers, will probably never be featured.
So, she'd like to take a moment to feature one or two that will never
make the TOP FIVE. Well, she doesn't think they have so far, at least.
And that's a good thing.
Each one of these journals has met
the high standards required to be passed over by the Editors on a
weekly basis. They're entertaining. They're funny. The writing is
great. But, they scare the poop out of the Editors.
Tips for Psychopaths is one of the most entertaining journals Mrs. L
reads. It's listed near the bottom of her Other
Journals, but it's right at the top of her short list of funny reads.
And she defies the Editors' to come up with a cubby hole to stuff him
in. Pg-13 at its tamest and gloriously R a lot of the time, Psychopaths won't be seen on the weekly Top Five list anytime soon.
Another good thing.
And he'll kill her for mentioning him, she's
sure, but our resident security chief, Screamin Remo, writes brilliant,
scary funny stuff, sure to make you wet your pants, but even more
important, make you think. His take on everything is so scorching that Mrs.
L just knows he terrifies the Editors. That is SUCH a good
Yakvette of Do I Amuse You makes Mrs. Linklater spit milk
out her nose. Yak can do that to ya. She can take a trip to
the ATM machine a snot blowing side splitting laff riot. She also
refers to her huge rack and gigunda hooters with such regularity that
the Editors wouldn't think of including her in their weekly picks
unless the theme is Titillating Topics.
Mrs. L wanted to
mention Albert of Albert's World of Artsy Fun, but J-Land's Gaymeister
managed to become mainstream long enough to get featured -- okay Albert, you
can be more sexually explicit again. No, really.
Any great journals you want to have Mrs. Linklater include in her Anti-Editors' Pick list?