Thursday, December 31, 2009

Madame Zelda Brings in 2010

Yes, it is I, Madame Zelda, bringing in 2010.

Happy New Year.

(A walk down memory lane-who doesn't love ABBA?!)

Madame Z has a few surprises for you.

First, sit down darlings. Let's talk.
How is 2010 going to be different from 2009?
What are you going to do starting tonight at midnight
to make your dreams come true?

How are you going to be FEARLESS in the new year?

Anyone who posts today will be entered in a leetle drawing
for a lovely gift to prepare you for 2010.

Fearless by Max Lucado.

Also, if you are not in possession of a lovely limited edition,
Seekerville bookmark,
please let me know as I will be giving them away today only.

But you must actually tell me if you want a bookmark
or if you want to be entered in the
drawing for Fearless.
I tell fortunes darlinks, but I don't read minds.

I trust you all have had the opportunity to review last year's predictions?

I am a genius, no?

Zelda's Seekerville Top Ten Predictions 2010

. Ten Seekers will be finalists in the Book of the Year Contest.

2. One Seeker will be a Golden Heart finalist.

3. One Seeker will be a RITA finalist.

4. Due circumstances beyond my control, I must extend my 2009 predication. Unpubbed Island will be empty by October 31st 2010.

5. Six friends of Seekerville will announce their first sale.

6. The Seekers will announce the sale of over TWENTY books in 2010.

7. Ruth will meet Derek Jeter.

8. The Seekers will open the Seekerville Market Place and dabble in Seeker products.

9. That friend of Seekerville from Alabama will finally announce her sale.

10. Madame Zelda will rendezvous with Captain Jack on the island in November 2010.

So, what do you think? Can you do better than the gypsy?
What are your predictions for 2010?

Look into the crystal ball and you might see who's coming to Seekerville...

Okay, so the ball is a leetle dusty. I can't write novels and keep up with the housekeeping.

Without further ado, here is a peek at Seekerville's 2010 guest list.

Best Selling author Francine Rivers

Thomas Nelson Senior Editor Vice President and Fiction Publisher Allen Arnold

Screenwriter Michael Hague

Superromance author Abby Gaines

Publicist Sabrina Sumsion

Love Inspired author Kim Watters

Author and editor David E. Fessenden

Author Robin Carroll

Steeple Hill author Cheryl St. John

Steeple Hill author Winnie Griggs

Captain Jack Sparrow

Former agent Marlena Fortune

Okay, okay, enough peeking. We like to have a few surprises.

Now, Madame Zelda leaves you with some inspiration to consider....

Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain? Envision a day, just one day, when you could trust more and fear less. Can you imagine your life without fear?

Max Lucado

Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.

Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)

Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.

German Proverb

Courage is fear holding on a minute longer.

General George S. Patton

Because the folks in Seekerville love happy endings..

10, 9,8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

Happy New Year!!!


Happy New Year from the Z!


Mary Connealy said...

I was with you, Madame Zelda...right up to Derek Jeter, that's just crazy talk.

Madame Zelda said...

Vot?? VOT?? Ask Ruthy if that is crazy talk.

Now then, pardon me for getting my hackles all stirred up.

Good morning, Mary, can I whip you up something for breakfast my leetle pessimist?

Leigh said...

Love the predictions, Madame Zelda. It's about time to empty the Island and use it for a writers retreat spot or something else just as nice. And when do you predict the Seekerville Marketplace opening? That will be quite a hit (but in the meantime I'll take a limited edition bookmark :-) ).

Two predictions of how my writing world will change in 2010: I will finish my first full-length manuscript! And I will now go out and buy my own copy of The Husband Tree with one of my lovely Christmas gift cards since I didn't win a copy yesterday. :-)

DH is clattering around in the kitchen but I'm not sure what he's making. Probably waffles or biscuits, so I'll ask him to make extra. And he drinks his coffee black, so sorry but you'll have to bring your own fancy flavorings.

Happy brink-of-the-new-year, everyone!

Joanne Sher said...

Would LOVE to win that Fearless prize - cuz God gave me Philippians 4:13 as my verse for 2010 (if anything makes me fear, it's THAT!) - and beside, I LOVE Max Lucado.

My predictions for 2010: I will query agents for my first book! AND, I will have a rough draft (mostly if not totally finished) for a second.

Pepper Basham said...

Madame Zelda,
How wonderful to 'see' you again! Your predictions sound great to me, darling.
My morning is starting off GREAT (my birthday) SO
my hubby is bringing breakfast to you guys. :-)
Baked Honey Ham
Cinnamon Rolls
and scrambled eggs

My predictions:
To be one of those 'friends' of Seekers who get a book published this year (here's hoping)

To create an invention that causes children not to argue in a minivan to the point of mother's distraction - I'm thinking mild amounts of electric shock? What do you think?

The creation of a delicious, creamy, just like regular CHOCOLATE candy bar :-)

Okay, sorry - but it's never too early to think about chocolate :-)

Here's to seeing Unpubbed island empty by October 2010, (said while lifting my orange juice glass this morning)

Happy New Year

Leigh said...

Happy birthday, Pepper!!!

And I'm with you on that argue-stopping invention for children. The electric shocks could work, but my cheaper method of the moment involves Benadryl and duct tape.

[And yes, I'm kidding ... most days. They think us moms line up lots of play dates during Christmas break just for thier fun -- it's really to keep us from harming our darling offspring!]

Glynna Kaye said...

WOW, Madame Z! Looks like a rockin' New Year's Eve and a rockin' 2010!

I've heard that FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. 99% of what we're afraid of never happens. Yet we allow it to put a choke hold on us. So as we step into the unknown new year, we need to remember: DO IT AFRAID.

Last year at this time when 'Dreaming of Home' had won first place in the Golden Pen and the Steeple Hill editor had requested a full, I was terrified. I wasn't ready to be published yet. "Dreaming" was my first attempt at writng a manuscript targeted specifically for Love Inspired and I wanted to have several more completed before crossing over into the pubbed world.

I knew I could put the brakes on the whole thing by NOT submitting the requested manuscript. But I felt in my spirit that God was saying "do it afraid." So I did. And the rest is history!

Wishing all the Friends Of Seekerville a wonderful new year!

P.S. Ruthy, can you get me Jeter's autograph? :)

Madame Zelda said...

I am so proud of you darlinks. SO FEARLESS.

Good thing I am wearing my skirt with the elastic waist band. THE FOOD!!!

Happy Birthday Pepperiska!!!

Debra E Marvin said...

Derek Jeter has a google alert for his name and wonders why it comes up so often here and why he's never had a personal invitation to guest post.

My crystal ball has a little victorian village in it with a lot of snow floating around and it says...

Nothing seems to happen unless you get shaken up a bit, so Hold On! Be Fearless. He's got the whole snow globe in His hand!

Thank you, Madame Zelda. You look great by the way.

Madame Zelda said...


Debra, oh profound one. And so early.

I love it. Love it, love it.

Rose said...

Madame Zelda,

I lift a toast to all your predictions and will pray hard that they all come true, especially Ruth meeting Derek Jeter and Captain Jack visiting the island!

I have two of the limited edition Seekerville bookmarks, but you can enter me in the Fearless drawing.

My prediction for my writing career in 2010 is to get another manuscript complete, start the search for an agent and go to the ACFW conference.

Happy New Year, ladies!


RRossZediker at yahoo dot com

Julie Lessman said...

Madame Z: I tell fortunes darlinks, but I don't read minds.

Grin ... first you start me off with a laugh, and then you finish me off with a cry. LOVE that final scene from Harry and Sally, Madame Z!!! Thank you for all the great predictions. Mine? Pubbed contests are going to get A LOT harder ... not only with Seekers getting published, but Seeker friends!



lynnrush said...

Happy New Year, everyone. This was a great post. :-)

Project Journal said...

HAppy Birthday Pepper!! I have another friend whose b-day is today too! Lol!

MAdame Z,
It's so nice to finally meet you! I have heard so much about you. Now I've actually seen/talked to the great Madame Z! : )

Predictions for 2010 -
Hear from my other 2 colleges(since I STILL haven't : /)
GRaduate high school
Go to college
Get a Kindle for my b-day(puttin that plug in so if mom reads! Lol!)
Focus on my schooling and homework
Maybe get a certain *Cough cough* guy to notice me...well he knows me, we talk a lot, but you know more than that! LOL!

Okay I'm going to stop now because I could go on. However, mine sound stupid!

More predictions -
Seekers sell lottsa books!!! (and the other LI authors and other blogger buddies who are writing books too, wow that was a mouthful!)
Meet some of my blogger buddies/Seekers/LI authors(prolly won't happen, but hey! A girl can dream can't she?!)

Okay now I'm really stopping...

HAPPY NEW YEARS (EVE), friends!!!!

Patty said...

I think you nailed your prediction, Madame Zelda, especially that one about Derek Jeter!

And being fearless in this business is a must. I deal with my insecurities and fears about my writing(and other things) every single day, but just keep praying the verse, 'I can do ALL things through CHRIST who strengthens me!'

My writing predictions for the year--to be one of those six friends who finally get that first sale this year. Continue to work at the pace I've set for myself this year(four hours a day, five to six days a week) and lean on the Lord for those moments when my 'fraidy cat tendencies pounce on my weak spirit.

Strawberry muffins sound good this morning, especially when shared with a particularly handsome man. . .

Oh! I'd like to be entered in the drawing for Fearless and would love a Seekersville bookmark Pretty please!


Cara Lynn James said...

Happy New Year to all the Seekers and friends of the Seekers!And it's time to Empty Unpubbed Island. Also, it's time for Seeker friends to be pubbed.I predict 2010 will be a fantabulous year!!!

Mary Connealy said...


You'll make a fortune with the car silencer....which is completely unlike the silencer you screw on the mouth of a gun......however....of there was something you could screw on mouth of a child.....

I predict you make a FORTUNE.

Mary Connealy said...

You have not because you ask not. That's Biblical isn't it????

And have we ever ASKED Derek Jeter to be on Seekerville? Have we? Huh? Huh?

Ruthy those photos you took of him...through his window....did you get an email address with your telephoto lens. You could email him and just ASK.

I'll bet he knows enough about writing to keep us all enthralled.

Mary Connealy said...

I wonder if Brett Favre has a blog post he'd send?

mary bailey said...

Y'all are crazy---I'm cracking up at all the comments!

I am going to be FEARLESS this year by not allowing the past to haunt me anymore. God's mercies are new every morning and I am going to embrace them!

I already have one of the lovely bookmarks, so please enter me in the drawing for the book. Happy New Year to all!

Pepper Basham said...

A fortune? Oooh, sounds good to me.

I will be paying for 5 college funs - and it will take a fortune :-)

Oh, guess what. I got Wii Fit for my b-day. Hilarious. My poor round bellied Mii ;-)

Fun games though. I wish I'd invented THAT - talk about a fortune!

Go Ruthy about getting JEter's autograph. Woohoo

Oh, what if I can invent a noncalorie great chocolate candy bar...woohoo

Pam Hillman said...

Madame Zelda is amazing! I lay plan to help make #2, #4, and #6 come true.

Project Journal said...

Lol Pepper! It'll take a fortune : D

Wii Fit sounds like fun. Alicia and I got a different brand called Extreme Fit that just plugs into your TV(b/c we don't have a Wii). It's fun. You can jog(in the comfort of your living room WITH the blinds closed!), dance dance revolution, aerobics, yoga, core exercise has it all! Lol!

Oh, last time I was here, I forgot to say I'd LOVE a bookmark. : ) It just so happens I tend to do a lil reading every now and then *wink* so a bookmark would be perfect!

Pam Hillman said...

Leigh! You have a hubby making breakfast???

Lucky girl, you!

Pam Hillman said...

Pepper said regarding the kiddies: I'm thinking mild amounts of electric shock? What do you think?

So...Pepper, how much chocolate do you think you'll have to keep in the car to accomplish the above?

Pam Hillman said...

PS... I wish I had a cute name like Pepper...

Maybe y'all can call me Pamprika from now on.

Madame Zelda said...

I will personally call Meester Jeter and invite him.

I love all your fearless comments.

Hannah!!! Excellent predictions.

Congratulations to all of you who were fearless and entered contests this year!! BRAVA!!

Pam Hillman said...

Madame Zelda is amazing! I lay plan to help make #2, #4, and #6 come true.

Ugh... I started to say "lay claim to #2, etc." then realized I needed to SHARE, so changed my wording, and left the word lay in.

Only a writer would CARE to explain away her strange wording...

PatriciaW said...

I love all the predictions, especially #7 and 10. LOL!

Looking forward to all the Seekerville predictions coming true in 2010.

Happy New Year's to everyone!

Melanie Dickerson said...

Thanks for those predictions, Madame Z! I think you're right! Especially about the friend from Alabama! Ha.

Being fearless. Definitely something I need to work on. I was afraid my youngest, who isn't into personal hygiene as much as I want her to be, would catch something while we were on our little vacation to Chattanooga, and indeed she did. I was also afraid that she would throw up all night, but she only threw up until 2:45 a.m., so only 50% of what I feared actually happened. :-) I'm a little tired, and a little late this morning, but I made it! Say a prayer that my other fears don't come true, which include the other three members of the family catching the stomach bug from you-know-where.

Ruthy, here's to hoping you do meet Derek Jeter. And that we all sail away from the island with fond memories and optimism about the future.

Janet Dean said...

Madame Zelda, your predictions for 2010 are inspiring! I can't wait to see them come true. I'll do what I can to help you out. :-)

God gave me a lively imagination. He's probably not happy that it tends to run toward the worse case scenario. Fearless by Max Lucado sounds great. I may have to buy a copy.

Madame Z, I'm thrilled with the 2010 guest list!!! If you'd dust that crystal ball, we might get Derek to Seekerville. Though I'd rather have Payton Manning. Another sport, true, but a hero in my book. Go Colts!


Melanie Dickerson said...

Pamprika ... I like it.

Pepper, Happy Birthday, girlfriend!!!

I finally let my older daughter read my book and she finished it this morning and made a prediction. She predicted it would sell a million copies! I hope she's right!!! A little later I was coaching her about what to tell her friends when they ask her what it's about. I'm already working on promotion and marketing! LOL!!! My poor family ...

Pepper Basham said...

Thanks, Pamrika. :-)
Growing up with this name, but I've grown into it now.

Thanks for the birthday wishes, everyone. How sweet!! You know all those fireworks tonight are really in celebration of my birthday, right?

I'm off to battle the laundry monster.

Vince said...

A True Poem

Fear is a
friend of mine.
He saved my life
many a time.

There was a day
I left fear behind
and rode my bike
into the sky.

I didn’t know
a cliff was there.
I just knew
I was riding air.

I didn’t die
I hit soft sand,
fortune smiled,
I was a lucky man.

Fear became
my friend that day.
In Basic Training
he led the way.

Fear for honor
made me brave
when brave was needed
back in the day.

Fear’s a friend
but choose him well.
The friends we keep
the future tell.

Fear or fearless
who’s to say?
The fear you choose
will lead the way.

Jessica said...

Happy new year!

So, you're hooking up with Captain Jack, huh? *waggling eyebrows and turning the tiniest hint of green*

Nevertheless, may all your predictions come true! :-)

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to everyone at the Seekers.

Love your predictions, Madame Zelda :)

Please include me in the drawing for the writing and wisdom of Max Lucado.

And please save a Seeker's bookmark for me...thanks.


Marilyn Brant said...

LOVE your crystal ball, Madame Zelda :). Wishing you and all of The Seekers a VERY Happy 2010, and may every one of your predictions come true!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Nothing about Jeter is crazy talk, Mary Connealy.

You take that back!!!

Can you imagine???

Oh my stars, I can barely type, think, function, just the IDEA...

Oh mylanta, I can scarce believe it!

Your lips to God's ears, Madame Z.

PEPPER!!! Happy birthday, dear girl!!!! YAY! Your family sure knows how to celebrate, honey!

Ruth Logan Herne said...


In Seekerville.

I'm all ver klempt.

And look at this food, I'm totally in on the elastic idea, who on earth invented zippers??? SO not cool.

Or we girls could just wear our pants BENEATH our tummies like men do.

Oh my stars, who thought that up?

I'm zipping my lip so as to not cause any more trouble.

Mary, no, that photo op of Jeter didn't yield an e-mail address, but I know where he stands 186 days/year.

Alongside A-Rod, between 2nd and 3rd.

Oh my, only two months until spring training. I can't wait.

The boys of summer.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Mary Bailey (my favorite movie, by the way, did you know that???) that weight loss you reported yesterday, or whatever day, was SO amazing that you ARE fearless. You epitomize the word, darling.

And I'm not crazy.

Mary is.

She's mean, too.

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Thats a great list of predictions!
They all sound good to me!
Cheers to everyone.

Happy New Year!
Happy Birthday Pepper!

Mary Connealy said...

I am NOT mean. And I will slap anybody who says I am.

robynl said...

Please include me in the drawing for the writing and wisdom of Max Lucado.

Happy New Year to everyone. The best in 2010!!!

And I'd love a Seeker's bookmark for me...thanks.

Great predictions ahead....

Madame Zelda said...

Enough with the fear Melanie. Focus on the positive. Be postive they are not going to get sick.

Madame Zelda said...

The lovely and famous Marilyn Brant is with us today.

Ruth, quick get the good dishes out.

Happy New Year Marilyn darlink.

Madame Zelda said...


Is that a poem or is that a poem.


Madame Zelda said...

So nice to see so many of you here today. Lynn, Jessica, Mary, Leigh, Robyn, Karen, Kerri...oooh and PATRICIA too.

Happy, Happy New YEAR!!

Also waving hello to all you lurkers, Natasha dalink, Melissa, and all the other lovely agents and editors who are our friends. Wishing you a successful and happy 2010.

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Ohhhh I predict that there are going to be some great books coming out from Seekervile authors in 2010! I can't wait and I hope I get to read them ALL!!!!

Happy 2010!

XOXO~ Renee

Madame Zelda said...

I agree, Renee.

Joanne, dalink, how did I miss you!!! Hello!!

BTW I am whipping up a batch of easy fudge to bring in the New Year.

Combine one can sweetened condensed milk with one large pkg milk chocolate chips. Melt over low heat..very low. Pour into foil lined pan. Put in fridge for about an hour or two. VOILA!!

Madame Zelda said...

Patty, you show much wisdom!!

Susan Anne Mason said...

Just popping by to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Thanks for all the wonderful posts this year. I predict next year will be even better!!

for book drawing

Audra Harders said...

Way to go, Madam Z! I love you and your leetle, dusty crystal ball : )

So, does the the Z lady have an eye for our swarthy pirate? My oh my oh my! Such scandal!

BUT if your predictions prove true, they by all means, pick a hut, any hut...

It's been some year! Thanks to all our friends and faithful followers. Without you, this party wouldn't be a fraction of the fun it's been!

Audra Harders said...

Happy Birthday, Pepper!

Glad I stopped in Seekerville before the clock struck 12!!!

Tina Pinson said...

Oh Madame Z,

Is Captain Jack truly coming to Seekerville? Or Johnny Depp. Yay... IT's kewl either way.

A gift shop with Seekerville memorabilia sounds wonderful. I need a new pair of sandals. How bout a coconut with Seekerville etched into it? If not, I'll settle for a bookmark for now

As for predictions...

a quick look in the tea leaves I spilled on the table and

I can see Pepper having a good Birthday and getting a year older.

I can see myself finishing another story. Winning a contest or two.(Would be nice)and I too would like to be one of those friends of Seekerville who get a contract.

Okay I have two ebooks coming out this year, so maybe I already have a contract, perhaps I should shoot for the moon in sales.

I also predict once Ruthy meets Derek her snarkiness will practically disappear.

Seekerville Island Virtual Restaurant will become the hit of the nation. Now that Fiddler on the Green is closing, the chefs of Seekerville will take up the slack.

Now that all the seekers are contracted authors The Seekerville Bungalow Resort and Convention Center will open up.

I will get over 1000 friends on Facebook. Because people will take pity on me and sent me a friend invite. Hint Hint.

My blog will be in the list for the top 100 sites.

I will win the 2010 HGTV Dream home. FINALLY...

Happy New Year

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Tina P., so...


Darling girl.

You think meeting the Jete-meister might cure me, huh?

That it might dissolve away the inner layers of Ruthy-snarkism leaving a tender, sweet soul in its wake, a warm, loving, embracing woman of God???


Are those OTC pills you're taking or did someone prescribe them, dear heart????

The snarkster lives on to foil the hearts of the most tender "Oh I Just Wrote The Book Of My Heart And No One Wants It" boo-hooers.

'Cause somebody's got to do it.


What a great crowd today, and the food.

Oh my.


Vince, I love the poem. Totally rocks, dude. Like the author.

I'm yawning and it's 9:30.

Which makes me pathetic, I know.

Happiest of New Year's Eves, Seekerville!


Anne Barton said...

Derek was on the Biggest Loser last season, so we know he does guest appearances.

Happy Birthday, Pepper, and congrats, Melanie! Love your daughter's vote of confidence. :)

For 2010 I'm going to dig deeper and . . . be fearless. I love that.

I brought my favorite appetizer. Layers of goat cheese, pesto, diced tomatoes, and pine nuts served hot with tortilla chips. Sounds weird, but it's sooo good.

I hope everyone has a great night. I've got a date with Ryan Seacrest. Cheers!

Pepper Basham said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes. Tina P was partially right:
I've had a great birthday, but...getting a year older?
Just gettin' closer to Heaven, as my Granny says.

Melanie, how GREAT that your daughter read your book! Way to start the PR early.

Oh, I can't wait to hear all the news this upcoming year about books from Seekers and Seeker-friends.

God always has great plans and I'm so glad we get to be a part of them.

Madame Zelda, vonderful to have you with us today.


Kathleen L. said...

I predict that I will read many of Mary's books this year. ; ) I'll fond time, if I have to skip eating, sleeping bathing. . . well, I'll find a way.
And I sooo want to be one of the six. But if six others have claimed it, I'll take lucky seven.
So, who gets to interview Jeter?
Happy New year to all!
I have the bookmarks, but if I;m not too late, I'd love the primer on living Fearless. With a teen boy with his own keys and wheels, I could use some tips. >:)

Renee said...

What a fun post. I very much look forward to Francine Rivers!

My prediction: to land an agent and make a sale.

Happy New Year!!

Tina M. Russo said...

I brought my favorite appetizer. Layers of goat cheese, pesto, diced tomatoes, and pine nuts served hot with tortilla chips. Sounds weird, but it's sooo good.


Do you put it in a casserole dish??

Madame Zelda said...

Russo is right. That sounds deeelicious, Anne.

Good to see you Tina P, and Susan from Canada and Kathleen and Renee.

Ruth!! Wake up

Cheryl St.John said...

I vant to be entered in the drawing, dah-link!

Madame Zelda said...

AHHHH, the lovely Cheryl St. John stopped by. How exciting!!!!

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