Seriously, I get as giddy as a child at Christmas over blog series. I’m a bit under the weather today (code for “Please pity me as I cough”), so please indulge me for a minute while I list some of the series that caught my eye. (Code for “Please stick around, even though this post is kind of a cheat, because I talk about posts other people wrote.”)
Kira Lyn Blue has a great series called “Keeping It Fresh,” which makes it difficult for me to be lazy or complacent in my writing (though I do try):
I also have to give a shout-out to Victoria Grefer of Creative Writing with the Crimson League, who always makes me think: http://crimsonleague.com/2013/07/04/on-series-fiction-why-readers-love-series-and-how-to-utilize-their-strengths/ and to Ingrid Sundberg for her series on plot structures: http://ingridsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/alternative-structures-part-1/
Laura Sibson goes all Garrison Keillor with her hilarious and heartfelt lake stay posts and makes me yearn to travel:
Andra Watkins has a beautifully evocative series on mementos. You might have caught this one already. She has them nicely catalogued here: http://andrawatkins.com/2013/07/07/we-will-rock-you/
Elaine Jeremiah has the very inspiring Thursday’s Children series. Here’s one: http://elainejeremiah.co.uk/2013/07/04/time-thursdays-children/
Kathi Schwengel started the addictive WIPpet Wednesdays: http://myrandommuse.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/a-short-wippet-for-wednesday/
ReGi McClain (also a WIPpeteer) has Mirth and Music Mondays—a great combination: http://regimcclain.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/mmm-pirates-and-radnich/
Charles Yallowitz has a series where readers can ask his characters questions. These posts always make me laugh. Here’s one of them: http://legendsofwindemere.com/2013/07/02/ask-a-character-luke-callindor-part-2/
Kate Sparkes and Kristen Mazzola participate in the 31 Day Blog Challenge: http://disregardtheprologue.wordpress.com/2013/07/07/blog-challenge-day-7/ http://khmazzola.wordpress.com/2013/06/28/the-last-day-of-my-blog-challenge-day-31-why-do-i-blog/
Alison Doherty at Hardcovers and Heroines has Wordless Wednesdays (http://hardcoversandheroines.com/2013/07/03/wordless-wednesday-joel-robinson-photography/) and Marry, Date, or Dump: (http://hardcoversandheroines.com/2013/07/01/marry-date-or-dump-alice-in-wonderland/)
Briana Vedsted has a cowboy dictionary that I think will become a series: http://whenibecameanauthor.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/cowboy-dictionary/
And there are many others (like Isaac Yuen’s series on one of my favorite movies—Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind: http://ekostories.com/2013/07/02/nausicaa-vol-4-catastrophe/). So why don’t I do more series? Yeah, I see that question in your eyes. You want to know why. Because I’m about as easy to pin down as a two-year-old child needing a Nebulizer treatment. (I’ve seen this at a hospital. Some two-year-olds develop super strength when they don’t want something to happen. It took three adults to hold one child down.)
I couldn’t even commit to watching Lost when it was on TV or Once Upon a Time every week. I’m kind of a pantser about life. When life starts to seem like an outline I have to follow, I get all squirmy. But I love when others do the work of crafting a series. With a blog series—as with a book series—I can read at my leisure. With TV series, I have to wait for the magic of Netflix DVD delivery to catch up.
But I’ve had a slight change of heart about a blog series. It’s all due to a random act of kindness.
Yesterday, someone left a wrapped Hello Kitty Pop outside my door. I’ve always wondered why the Hello Kitty products are so popular. I have no explanation, especially since I kinda want a Hello Kitty backpack (see above). At least I have a lollipop.
Anyway, that pop turned a light bulb on for me. I will inaugurate a new series called Random Products That Delight Me for No Discernible Reason. Consider this the first post.
Oh. Wait. I already have posts along those lines, namely this one.
Well, there you have it! A series! And I didn’t have to break a sweat.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t plan to eat the Hello Kitty Pop. I’m going back to bed now. Cough-cough.
I hope you feel better soon! Keep up the great work!
Thank you! You too! I’ll be by to read your poems!
I love the new category!
Okay, we have agreed three times. This is getting scary. Is the apocalypse starting now?
Have we really? It is time to be alarmed, I think. The apocalypse could start soon, don’t you think?
I think so. I’d better run out and buy some bottled water.
Yes, and while you’re at it, dig me a bomb shelter, please.
Will do, although I could have sworn that an apocalypse involves survivors battling it out for survival. So, technically, I should build my own and leave you to be munched on by the zombies. But since you asked nicely, I’ll do it.
But people who agree three times must work together!
Then let us build the new society on that. Perhaps I was too hasty in pushing you toward the zombies.
Thanks so much for the mention. It’s really kind of you. Have a great week! 🙂
Thanks, Elaine. Hope your week is enjoyable as well.
Thanks for the mention, L.Marie! But you *are* doing a series. A huge, big series on author interviews! And also, I think it’s funny that you highlighted me because I was just thinking how my blog is such a mish-mash. When I have a cold in the summertime, I’m always convinced that a good does of Vitamin D will knock it right out of me. In other words – go sit in the sunshine with a good book 🙂
I wish I could, Laura. I ran to the store to grab some DayQuil and orange juice. It’s raining again!!
I was going to say the same thing–about how wonderful your Writer’s Process series is, Linda! Hope you’re feeling better! Darn this rain. We’ve had a lot of it here, too.
Thanks, Laurie. You do realize your participation in this series is mandatory. How’s September looking for you????
Thanks for the links! I’ll be sure to check them out. I hope you’re feeling better soon!
Thanks, Jill. Yes, please do check out those series! I’ll be by your blog soon.
Sorry to hear about your cough. I hope that goes away soon. 😦
Random Products also frequently delight me for no discernible reason. I’m getting better about not buying all of them, but it’s so HARD! They make me happy…
I’m still in awe that you do custom My Little Ponies. That’s so awesome.
Hope you feel better soon! I’m still climbing out the pit my recent ear infection dug for me, so I can sympathize. Thanks for posting some good stuff here and I look forward to more Random Products That Delight You for No Discernible Reason.
I hope you feel better too, Phillip. I can definitely sympathize with the ear infection. I get those too.
Looking forward to this series, L. Marie!! Hope you are feeling better. 🙂
Thanks. How are you feeling these days?
Better! The drugs and alcohol are working, (that sounds pretty bad, huh?) 🙂
Feel better, L. Marie. Now I have more blogs to read. Ugh!
Thanks for popping by, Lisa!
OMG! You’ve referenced so many great sounding blogs I need to check out. Must find more time!
I know the feeling. I’m so behind on my blog reading. And thank you for that post you wrote on allusions. I so love allusions!!!
Thanks! Obviously, I do too!
Thanks for the shout out! 🙂 I’m a little behind . . . 10 days of out of town guests. A great time but now I need 10 days of catch-up time! Hope you’re feeling much better.
Wow. Ten days! Wooo! That’s a lot of entertaining! I can’t help thinking of The Hobbit.
That’s funnier than you think. We were actually comparing our “core” group to The Hobbit. Most of my friends are definitely hobbits. Even though I’m tall, they decided I better fit the dwarf persona! LOL
Ha ha! I’m a hobbit too with dwarf tendencies also.
Love this! Thanks so much. Hope you’re doing better.
Hi, Karen! Thanks!
a belated thanks for your mention here! I love Kira Lyn Blue’s blog 🙂 Glad you featured her.
You both have great blogs. And it’s uncanny how your posts are always so apt for my writing life, even if I don’t get to them on the day that you post them, but play blog catchup and read them later. So thank you for your contribution!
glad my posts are timely for you! 🙂 I feel the same way when you comment on them: that we are very similar and face similar issues 🙂
Yeah, I noticed that! Here’s hoping for better days!
For sure! To shared success 😛