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Also, we never called colors by names like "Rococco Red." Colors were known by such catchy names as Red 199U. At the fanciest, Process Magenta.

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Dear reader,

Do any of you still have your high school yearbooks? I’m curious if the tradition of voting for senior superlatives is a global phenomenon or if it’s just a national or even regional thing. In case your school didn’t do it, the concept is this: there are certain categories like “most likely to succeed” or “best couple” that you can vote for, and the popular or notorious kids get voted in for the titles. They then get to pose for an extra photo for the yearbook.

Nice MustacheI’m not sure exactly how I started going down this rabbit hole, but something tells me I must have been thinking about Jacob Marks. He seems like the type of confident overachiever who would have won some kind of senior superlative, though I’m not sure exactly which one it might be. I suppose the categories might vary from school to school.

I don’t even remember all the superlatives from my school, and I was on the yearbook staff. Huh. I’d like to say that was my first experience with publishing, but I think I started even earlier than that, when I was 7 or 8 years old. I recall making activity books with puzzles and mazes and then forcing my best friend Celia to do them. I was a year older so I got away with coercion like that.

Biggest HairAnyway, reminiscing about yearbooks got me to thinking…what kind of senior superlatives would Victor Bayne have attracted, if he wasn’t busy doing his best to avoid attention. Or Wild Bill? Or my other colorful characters?

You can vote on superlatives in the poll below, and I’ll post the results next month.

As for me, I did actually win a senior superlative—Most Creative, probably because I was notorious, not popular. I was going to post the photo but it’s packed away since I’m getting ready to move. Maybe I’ll dig it up in time for next month’s newsletter.

stylin' hairI do have a yearbook story I can share, though. There’s a color matching system called Pantone that’s used in printing to specify color with numeric equivalents. I did a black and white painting for the yearbook cover, which would be reproduced in a single Pantone shade since we were on a tight budget and couldn't afford full-color printing. I picked a nice burgundy…and the printer either made a typo or transposed some Pantone numbers. We ended up with a new wave hot pink yearbook instead! Sure, it’s funny now, but back then I wanted to crawl in a hole and die.

Nowadays, with ebook technology, I can make revisions! Hooray for do-overs. And ebooks!


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Go Trojans

Popularity Contest

Most Popular? Best Dressed? Teacher's Pet? Class Clown?

I'm not sure when the tradition of senior superlatives began, but it seems like a flimsy excuse to fill yearbook pages to me. Like all those fragile teenage egos need yet another popularity contest to screw with their self-images!

Ego-bruising aside, which senior superlatives would your favorite JCP characters grab?

Vote here and I'll post the results in next month's newsletter!

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Victor Bayne

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Speaking of yearbooks... I know a certain psychic who never gave much thought to his high school yearbook. Until now.

My critique partner found this story poignant, which I love. To me, it's also hopeful. It's about self-image and resilience.

Reality is such a subjective thing. We can't change our past, but we can always reframe it.

Read the 1000-word PsyCop flash fic, Most Likely To...


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