Shannon Stacey

Thursday Thirteen #8
Thirteen things you can do with a printed copy of a negative review:

1. Set it on fire in the driveway. (An obvious one, yes, but a method I’ve used on crappy drafts in the past. I have stopped doing that, but only because the Mustang has a slow gas leak. Wouldn’t that suck?)

2. Fold it into a paper airplane, launch it, then shoot it down with a BB-gun.

3. Shred it and use it to mulch your garden. Give it a few days, then douse those freakin’ too-cheery blossoms with Roundup.

4. Send it to the Feds as proof there is a conspiracy of mean girls out to get you.

5. Finely shred, mix with canned dog food, feed it to a puppy and then kick the puppy.

6. Crinkle it into a tight ball, sprinkle Comet on it and use it to scour under the rim of your toilet bowl.

7. Make a Mad Lib out of it and play with a friend. Instead of “The heroine was stupid, the hero had no motivation, and the author needs to learn craft” you could have “The heroine was smelly, the hero had no elbows, and the author needs to learn the Macarena“. Much better, no?

8. Finely chop and mix with shredded coconut, then dip in chocolate. Send high-fiber faux-Mounds to reviewer with a very polite “Thank you for taking the time to…” note.

9. Place review in paper feeder, sit on copy machine deck and superimpose your ass over her words. (I recommend not trying this at Staples, though. They’re ridiculously uptight about ass prints on the glass.)

10. Send it to Stayfree to use in their rate-of-absorption blotting tests.

11. Fold it into a lovely and graceful Origami swan, and then step on its little head.

12. (TTs start getting hard around #7, and #12’s a bitch, ain’t it?) Umm…Be really original and line your litter box with it?

13. Learn from it. Unless the reviewer has some whacked personal vendetta against you, chances are she didn’t pull those comments out of her ass just to piss you off.

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17 comments to “Thursday Thirteen #8”

  1. Emma Wayne Porter
      · March 29th, 2007 at 8:19 am · Link

    OMG Are you and Jaci tryana kill me today?

    my poor stomach.

    But oh well. At least I won’t have to do crunches. Big silver lining, here.

  2. Jaci Burton
      · March 29th, 2007 at 8:57 am · Link

    If you moved the Mustang you could still do the driveway bonfire. :lmao:

  3. Heather Rae Scott
      · March 29th, 2007 at 9:10 am · Link

    :lmao: NEEDed this. Great list! I’m still giggling at #5 because how many times have we done that? Figuratively of course!

  4. Melani Blazer
      · March 29th, 2007 at 9:22 am · Link


    Totally a few Ideas I hadn’t thought of there. Will print and put said paper to better use next time.

    you rock!

  5. Ciar Cullen
      · March 29th, 2007 at 9:27 am · Link

    Great list. You forgot my favorite–make pretend it never happened. Don’t keep it, don’t read it again…:type:

  6. Amanda Young
      · March 29th, 2007 at 9:56 am · Link

    Love the list. Number 4 had me laughing my butt off. :)

  7. Jorrie Spencer
      · March 29th, 2007 at 9:58 am · Link

    Madlibs definitely work, especially the no elbows part!

    Ciar, I think that strategy can be very useful.

  8. Charlene
      · March 29th, 2007 at 11:12 am · Link

    Oooh, mad libbing must be done! “This author needs to learn the Macarena”. Immortal words. :nod:

  9. Michelle
      · March 29th, 2007 at 12:00 pm · Link

    You go girl! Maybe I’ll just send my bad reviews ’cause it sure looks like you have a plan for them ROFL :rofl:

  10. Jenn L
      · March 29th, 2007 at 12:04 pm · Link

    These are hysterical. I guess it’s a good thing I like your books. LOL

    Speaking of.. I posted a review of On the Edge over on my blog if you are interested. LOL


  11. Joely
      · March 29th, 2007 at 12:17 pm · Link

    Oh dear, reason #3999 why I won’t even read reviews, if I’m ever so lucky to have any.

  12. May
      · March 29th, 2007 at 12:33 pm · Link

    These sound like fun things to do.

  13. Emma Sinclair
      · March 29th, 2007 at 12:38 pm · Link

    1-11 sound much more fun than #13 though.

  14. Mandy M. Roth
      · March 29th, 2007 at 2:10 pm · Link

    They frown upon number 4. TRUST me on this one :groucho:

  15. Annie
      · March 29th, 2007 at 3:06 pm · Link

    I’m kind of sad I’m not a writer and can’t have fun with these ideas.

    Awesome TT!

  16. Ann
      · March 29th, 2007 at 4:08 pm · Link

    I knew there was a reason I didn’t like Mounds :nod:. My 13 is up (it took me a while).

  17. Maria Duncan
      · March 30th, 2007 at 11:08 am · Link

    I love number 8 Shannon,
    ‘5. Finely shred, mix with canned dog food, feed it to a puppy and then kick the puppy.’

    Now that’s just cruel

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