Series-ously!

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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):
http://kiralynblue.com/2013/06/27/keeping-it-fresh-part-1-urban-fantasy-settings/
http://kiralynblue.com/2013/06/28/keeping-it-fresh-part-2-urban-fantasy-magic/
http://kiralynblue.com/2013/06/29/keeping-it-fresh-part-3-supernatural-beings/
http://kiralynblue.com/2013/07/01/keeping-it-fresh-part-4-fantasy-plot/
http://kiralynblue.com/2013/07/03/keeping-it-fresh-part-5-characters/

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:
http://laurasibson.com/2013/07/02/at-least-there-was-no-tiger/
http://laurasibson.com/2013/07/03/a-walk-in-the-woods/
http://laurasibson.com/2013/07/05/paddling/

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.

Hello Kitty

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.