Women Behaving Badly: Five Novels I Love

The Center For Fiction launches its online magazine, The Literarian.

Gone With the Wind

As young girl watching the Million Dollar Movie with my sisters, I met Scarlett O’Hara and fell in love. Her dark curls and green eyes, her swishing hoop dress–determined and strong and brave, Scarlett did as she pleased, both good and bad. My sisters and I rooted for her as she stole boyfriends, married men she didn’t love, helped Melanie birth her baby, escaped a burning Atlanta, tore curtains from windows to make a gown so she could look like a queen for Rhett, kneeled in Tara’s garden and vowed, “If I have to lie, cheat, or kill, as God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”  She did kill, she did cheat, she did lie, and she was never hungry again.  My sisters and I were good girls who already understood that girls were expected to behave well and be quiet.  Scarlett struck us with awe.  In tough times, my sisters and I would say to each other, “Pretend you’re Scarlett and push through.”  I watched the movie many times until I was old enough to read the book.  I learned through Scarlett that characters could be as real as living people.  She infused me with courage and taught me what a freedom it would be to live life as she did, by her own rules, unburdened by the opinions of others.

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Five Fully Loaded Ships: My Website Review For 2010

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 86 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 115 posts. There were 222 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 310mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was June 3rd with 287 views. The most popular post that day was Let’s Blow It All.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were WordPress Dashboard, facebook.com, twitter.com, danishapiro.com, and nytimes.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for martha mcphee, dear money martha mcphee, fat hamster, john mcphee, and notes from martha.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Let’s Blow It All June 2010
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About September 2009
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Family September 2009
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Books September 2009
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Interviews September 2009
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