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Oh, How I Miss You

November 8, 2013

Although you might think A Scenic Route has joined the ranks of endangered blog species, I want to assure everyone that I’m still here. I know that during the busy NaNoWriMo season my posts are dwindling until they’re almost nonexistent, but hopefully I will return from my expedition into literary abandon with the bones of another novel on my hard drive.
Meanwhile though, I wanted to send a bit of encouragement out to some fellow bloggers who might need a boost. Luckily, there’s a blogfest for that!I+Miss+You+2013
It’s called, Oh, How I Miss You, and is co-hosted by three fine gentlemen: Alex J. Cavanaugh, Andrew Leon and Matthew McNish. It prescribes listing three blogs that I would miss if they were to disappear and three that I miss now that they’ve faded into the murky depths of the world-wide web.
I’ll start with the blogs I would miss if they were gone:

  • Ink: You want book reviews? Playlists? Witty and insightful commentary? Ink’s got you covered. There’s even a chair rating to size up the novel, ranging from downright cozy to hideously insufferable.
  • Kristina Stanley: Posts with novel-writing tips, sunsets and turquoise seascapes from on board a Lagoon 380 S2 catamaran, not to mention snapshots of a dog named Farley cavorting on the beach are always a most welcome visitor to my inbox. Especially now that winter’s on the way, I will need my three times weekly dose of sunshine more than ever.
  • Vikki at The View Outside: Vikki’s self-deprecating posts about her writing journey are always a welcome dose of inspiration. Her determination, story snippets and triumphs always make for interesting discussions in the comments. She’s on hiatus for November during NaNoWriMo, but I sure hope she comes back soon!

Then there are the blogs where I search in vain for new posts in my Inbox. I miss you guys!

  • Mike Schulenberg: Fun filled banter on topics ranging from cocktail tables shaped like octopi to the algebra of the damned never failed to bring a smile to my face even on the gloomiest of days. It seems his journey has taken him away from the web for the time being, but I never give up hope that he will return with more stories from his Realms of Perilous Wonder
  • Lynne Revette Butler: I found her blog during the A to Z challenge and was treated to a summer of gorgeous photographs taken from her garden in South Oxfordshire, England. Now that fall has settled over the northern hemisphere, I hope I don’t stop receiving the occasional greeting from England.
  • Melinda Hagenson: A fellow Holly Lisle Writers’ Boot Camp student and college English teacher, Melinda writes gorgeous posts about life in Wisconsin and shares many a useful grammar tip. Thanks to her blog I can now wield a semicolon with authority. I hold out hope that she will post a nugget or two in the busy fall semester!

Who would you miss if they stopped posting? Do you know any blogs on the endangered species list?

  1. November 8, 2013 2:14 am


    Glad to hear you’re not in the missing column 🙂

    Will have to check out those blogs – a recommendation from you is always a great sign:)

    Good luck with nananannanannooooooooo 🙂

    • November 8, 2013 5:30 am

      Thanks Mark. 🙂
      With Nano, I’m at the point where I’m asking myself, Why, oh why? did I decide to try to write 50k in one month?
      I’ll get past that, I hope. Either way, it sure is a learning experience.
      I’ll never stop blogging though. I just need a breather once in a while. 🙂

  2. November 8, 2013 2:24 am

    What a great idea for a blog hop. I also love Vikki’s blog and would miss it if it disappeared. I shall check out the other two you have suggested.

    • November 8, 2013 5:27 am

      Hi Rebecca,
      I thought it was an awesome idea for a blog hop too! It was actually difficult to narrow it down to three, but it was fun to think of blogs that I missed. 🙂

  3. November 8, 2013 6:50 am

    Tables shaped like octopi? Now that is an unusual subject!
    Thanks for participating in our blogfest.

    • November 9, 2013 5:22 pm

      This was a great idea for a blogfest!
      And when I saw that cool octopus table I knew I wanted one of my very own. Since my budget is limited though, I did the next best thing and wrote it into a story. 🙂

  4. November 8, 2013 6:57 am

    Thank you so much for the plug and the encouragement, Kirsten–I’m so glad you like the blog! The good news is that I’m not endangered; I’ve just been in cold storage, so to speak. I’ll be back on track after Christmas, and in the meantime, I’ll try to get a post or two up before the semester ends. 🙂

    Thanks for pointing to some favorite blogs–I’m looking forward to checking them out!

    • November 9, 2013 5:24 pm

      You’re so welcome, Melinda!
      It’s good to hear that you’re still around. I can always use a grammar tip or two. 🙂

  5. Arlee Bird permalink
    November 8, 2013 9:05 am

    None of those blogs you mention ring a bell for me. I’m sure I’ve run across some of them somewhere sometime. I’ll have to check them out.

    A Faraway View

    • November 9, 2013 5:25 pm

      They’re all definitely worth a visit!

  6. November 8, 2013 9:10 am

    These sound like some very interesting blogs. I’ll have to check them out!

    • November 9, 2013 5:26 pm

      I’m always awed by the diversity of cool stuff I find in the blogosphere. It’s fun to share the wealth. 🙂

  7. November 8, 2013 9:35 am

    I think I would get discouraged if some of the blogs I follow stopped posting. I’ve come to count on their humor and encouragement.

    • November 9, 2013 5:28 pm

      Hi Susan,
      I find myself missing certain voices in my email as well, which is why I loved the idea of this blogfest. 🙂
      I hope I can encourage some of my favorite bloggers to venture back onto the world-wide web!

  8. November 8, 2013 11:21 am

    I don’t think I’m familiar with any of those blogs. I guess that’s the biggest benefit of this hop! I just need more time to check them all out!!

    • November 9, 2013 5:32 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,
      I’ve found some really cool blogs through this blog hop too. 🙂

  9. November 8, 2013 12:08 pm

    I don’t think I know any of those people. I will have to check them out!

    • November 8, 2013 1:14 pm

      Like just about everybody else, I don’t know those bloggers. But it’s a bummer when a blogger you really like drops off the blogosphere!

    • November 10, 2013 9:42 am

      They’re definitely worth a visit. 🙂

  10. November 8, 2013 2:23 pm

    I don’t know any of your selections. My new blog reading list is really growing from this blogfest.

    • January 7, 2014 4:35 pm

      Hi Rhonda,
      Sorry I missed you! The blogs I gave are some of my favorites, so they are definitely worth a visit. 🙂

  11. November 8, 2013 3:08 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the mention.

    • November 10, 2013 9:45 am

      Kristina, you do a great job on your blog. I’m glad to have a chance to share it with my blogger friends!

  12. November 8, 2013 8:49 pm

    First of all, thank you so much for your kind words you left on my blog.

    And I don’t know ANY of the blogs you would miss, so now I must check them out!

    • January 7, 2014 4:37 pm

      Hi Jay,
      You’re very welcome.
      I admit, some of the blogs I visit are somewhat obscure. I really hope I can do my little part to change that! 😉

  13. November 8, 2013 11:41 pm

    Hi, Kirsten 🙂 Thanks very much for the shout-out for my blog, even if I haven’t made a post in too long. I get so sidetracked with school and stuff sometimes 😦

    • November 10, 2013 9:46 am

      I totally understand. No matter how sporadic your posts might be, I always look forward to reading them. Good luck with school!

  14. November 9, 2013 4:05 pm

    More blogs I’m not familiar with, so I should go check those out.

    • November 10, 2013 9:47 am

      Definitely! You’ll be glad you did. 🙂

  15. November 10, 2013 9:20 am

    I haven’t seen/heard of these blogs either, so will be checking them out! Thanks for the recs. Hope you are having fun with NaNo — good luck!! 🙂

    • November 10, 2013 9:48 am

      Thanks, Arlene 🙂
      It wasn’t easy narrowing it down to three either. Check ’em out when you have a chance!

  16. November 10, 2013 9:37 am

    Great choices!

    • November 10, 2013 9:49 am

      Hi Jamie,
      Yeah, I thought so too. 🙂

  17. November 11, 2013 1:00 pm

    Best of luck with NaNo! You’re a braver soul than I 🙂

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah, with Joy)

    • November 13, 2013 7:34 pm

      Hi Sarah,
      Welcome to A Scenic Route. 🙂
      I love NaNoWriMo! 50k? Literary abandon? Sign me up!

  18. November 12, 2013 10:09 am

    Is your good-looking muse lurking nearby or are you on your own with NaNo?

    Thanks for the blog tips. I’m checking out Mike S.

    • November 13, 2013 7:36 pm

      Funny you should ask. This was ‘his’ idea! I think I needed to stretch my wings a bit this month before settling back down to my revisions.
      Mike Schulenberg is hilarious so definitely check out his blog. He’s been away for a while, but I don’t doubt he’ll be back with more fun posts.

  19. January 2, 2014 7:05 am

    Hi Kirsten, I just want so say thanks for all the support in 2013. Thanks for all the comments and insights!. Happy New Year.

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