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Game, Set, Match

I’m not really sure what my title means.  I hear it all the time, and I believe it means an end point, but I’m not exactly sure.  But for the sake of this post, we’ll say that “game, set, match” means that the Creme de la Creme is all ready to go.

The list isn’t really tucked up all tight, warm and snug, because the list will be added to through the end of January, and there are still dozens more that came in after the 15th that I probably won’t get to before the list goes up.  But the 267 posts that came in by the end of December 15th are currently blurbed and edited (thank you, Josh) and lovingly placed in a post for your reading pleasure on January 1st.

Certain years truck along and the list comes together easily.  This was not one of those years.  It was my own fault, skipping many days of reading my quota in order to finish another project.  I’m happy I got that project done, but it was at the expense of having the Creme de la Creme be a relaxing exercise.  It was more like a sprint tacked on to the end of a marathon.

There were also a bunch of posts that made me cry.  Hard.  Cry hard enough to need to pause from the list.  I know this happens every year — I mean, it happens weekly as I read blogs regardless.  But think about it this way — every single post I read, all 267, were emotional.  They may have been funny or thought-provoking or joyous, but they all contained enormous emotions of one kind or another.  That’s just the way of the Creme.  It’s people’s best posts.

So that’s my preview: there are some posts that will make you sob (I told Lindsay about one of them while we were in the kitchen, making ebelskivers for the kids and the two of us were bawling just talking about it).  And some will make you laugh.  And a lot of them will make you see the world in an entirely new way.  And a lot of them will provide enough food for thought that you think your brain might be full.

So, if you’re excited with anticipation because you love this list too — what can you do to help?

  • Read it on January 1st or soon after.
  • Comment on posts that you find on the list — not just the first one or two, but the ones that are in the middle of the list or towards the end.
  • Tweet about it, make the fact that you’re reading it your Facebook status, blog about it.
  • Keep checking it throughout the month (there will be a link to it at the very top of my blog as well as a note each time I update it) so the posts that are added at the end still have eyes on them.

And frankly, if you really want to thank me, read my new book either in paperback or Kindle.  Tell people about it.  Write a review on Amazon.  Join the blog tourIs it a fair trade since I only read a post of yours and I’m asking you to read a book of mine?  Not really.  But life isn’t fair.  I think you know that by now.  And that’s what you could really do to thank me more than anything.  I mean, beyond reading the Creme de la Creme too since I put so many hours into it.  Just saying.

Oh!  And I would like to apologize for not having up the LFCA this week or updating the blogroll.  I’ve been using the night hours that I usually use for the LFCA to work on the Creme de la Creme, and then the final hours of the night to watch Battlestar Galactica with Josh on DVD, which we refer to as our “Outer Space Family.”  To distinguish them from Brothers & Sisters, which I refer to simply as “My Family.”  LFCA and the blogroll updates will return now that the Creme de la Creme is under control.


1 Tara { 12.30.10 at 8:38 am }

Mel, I’m really bummed! I can’t get your book on amazon.ca!! & amazon.com won’t let me ship to Canada!

Do you know when/if your book will be available in Canada?

2 a { 12.30.10 at 9:17 am }

Amazon claims they shipped my book (along with a box set of Absolutely Fabulous – I should be well entertained for quite a while!) yesterday. I’m very excited! Tara, if you can’t get a copy, I could probably send you mine when I’m done. Let me know – xj2608@gmail.com

(Also, Game, Set, Match is a tennis term – you have to win a bunch of games to win a set and a bunch of sets to win the match)

3 Rochelle { 12.30.10 at 9:29 am }

Wow! 267! That’s a tonnnn of blogs to read! And I am super excited to get your book in the mail too!

4 Sarah { 12.30.10 at 9:32 am }

Funny, we’re having a BSG marathon this weekend :). Great show!

5 nh { 12.30.10 at 9:44 am }

It’s no good – I’m going to have to get a Kindle to read it… still no release date for it in the UK. I wonder with M will let me have an early birthday present!

6 jill { 12.30.10 at 9:51 am }

I <3 BSG 🙂 Off to read some Creme posts now and I definitely plan on reading your new book!

7 Sharon { 12.30.10 at 10:53 am }

I got my copy of your new book from Amazon this week and am excited to read it over this long weekend! Honestly, with all you do for this community, I’d be willing to do more than just buy and read your books. 😉

8 Kir { 12.30.10 at 11:26 am }

your book arrived in my mailbox on Dec 23rd. it was one of my favorite gifts…..you are one of my favorite gifts every day.

HAPPY NEW YEAR my beautiful friend (while I haven’t finished your book and cannot review it yet..I have taken it everywhere with me and turned it over and said “This is my Friend Mel, she writes that blog I told you about??” Isn’t she pretty? Isn’t she awesome? She wrote this book…yes, it IS Good..I am enjoying it a lot. The main character is ‘Rachel’ (knowing nods) ..I’m just sooo proud of her…yep gave it to all my girlfriends. Can’t wait to hear what they think. Yes, yes you can borrow it after I finish..would love to . ”


9 Michelle { 12.30.10 at 1:37 pm }

Great job, Mel! Thanks for all of that work. We really do appreciate it!!!

10 HereWeGoAJen { 12.30.10 at 2:15 pm }

I am really looking forward to the Creme de la Creme (a la Edgar) this year.

Game, set, match is a tennis thing. It means you won the last game, which made you win the set, which made you win the whole match. My sister played tennis. (But I think tennis scoring is weird.)

11 loribeth { 12.30.10 at 3:19 pm }

Tara, I’m in Canada & I just ordered the book from Amazon.com, no problem?? (Guess we’ll see how quickly it arrives, though…!)

Mel, I’m looking forward to reading it — and the Creme de la Creme!

12 Kristin { 12.30.10 at 3:44 pm }

I can not wait to read your book and the Creme de la Creme.

13 Erika { 12.30.10 at 6:02 pm }

Did you know you can download the kindle app for your iPod, smartphone, or computer… FOR FREE? That means in about 4 minutes from now you can be reading Mel’s new book “Life from Scratch” from where-ever you’re reading this comment! Enjoy!

And thanks Mel, for all you do for this community!

I can’t wait to read all 267 posts. Maybe one year, I’ll find one of my own deserving to be on the list.

14 MrsH { 12.30.10 at 8:17 pm }

Hi Mel, loved your book, left you a review on Amazon that hopefully reflected how much I liked it.

15 Christina { 12.30.10 at 8:30 pm }

I’m super excited to scroll through all of the Creme de la Creme posts! Thanks for putting all of this together for us! You are such an inspiration for so many IF girls!!!!!

16 Vee { 12.30.10 at 11:03 pm }

You are awesome, in so many ways! I am so bummed my book hasn’t arrived yet, today is the last mail day before we go away. Oh well I will have to take my laptop and read the Creme de la Creme List 🙂

Happy New Year x

17 Queenie { 12.31.10 at 5:34 am }

I downloaded Kindle for iPhone a few days ago, bought your book, and finished it this morning. Loved it-perfect chick lit! Although, I was pissed at you about the ending, until I saw that you are working on the sequel! Can’t wait. I just picked up company from the airport, but will do reviews as soon as I can. Congrat’s on your accomplishment!0

18 Lut C. { 12.31.10 at 1:34 pm }

Is it midnight yet in your time zone? Is it? Is it?!

19 Battynurse { 01.02.11 at 7:02 am }

I’ve shown everyone who has come to my house since Thursday the book I have that my friend wrote!! I’m so excited.

20 Misfits { 01.04.11 at 7:44 pm }

I wanted to thank you for Rachel and tell you I devoured your story as my first purchase on my new kindle. It was an incredible experience to read your work knowing how much I trust you as an author based on your work on this site. You write so beautifully and I usually have an experience where I expect at least one eye-rolling moment. Nary a one! I look forward to the sequel. Bravo!

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