Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Excuses! Excuses! by Lorna Seilstad

I am thrilled to be invited to Seekerville today. Thank you so much for having me! All of the Seekerville authors and guests have taught me so much

Moses and I have a lot in common. Oh, I haven’t led any Egyptians out of bondage, but I have looked at the path God laid out for me and rattled off excuses like the great spiritual leader himself.

You’re probably familiar with the story. God gets Moses’ attention with a burning bush, and then when He begins to disclose his plans for Moses’ future, the excuses start.

(Paraphrase below is obviously mine.)

“Moses, I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people out of Egypt.”
“I’ll be with you.”
“Who says I can do this?
“I do.”
“But God, what if they won’t believe me? They won’t listen to a word I say.”
“I’ll make sure they do.”
“But I’m not a good speaker.”
“Moses, I made your mouth! I know what you can do!”
“Please, Lord, send someone else.”
“Fine. I’ll send your brother with you. I’ll give you the words to say and teach you what to do.”

Did you notice Moses’ excuses? He doubted himself, he was scared of the reaction of others, and he even begged God to not put him that position. Finally, God gives him a partner. We humans do like backup.

Now, how Moses-ish have I been in my writing? A bunch. About three years ago, I realized that God wanted me to take the passion He’d placed within me for writing onto a new level. I’d been writing fan fiction on a wonderful site for several years, but I felt a tug that it was time to work toward publication.

My prayers mirrored Moses’. “What if I can’t do this? What if no one wants to read it? What if I fail?” and I felt God’s answers just as surely. He even sent me dear friends as backup. Finally, I had to come to a point where I said I didn’t care if I never became a published author, I was going to write because that was what God wanted me to do. I developed a new mantra of “God’s words. God’s will. God’s timing.”

God should have just said, “Hold on! I’m going to take you on the ride of your life.”

Shortly after that decision, I found Seekerville. I decided it was going to be my college course in writing. It didn’t take long to realize even if I taught high school English, I didn’t know anything about writing. POV is not first, second, and third? You’re kidding? GMC’s –synopsis--one sheets--hooks. I had a whole new language to learn.

I took all the wonderful things I learned and applied them immediately to my work. When Mary Connealy said to get rid of back story in the first chapter, I chucked several pages. When she said to give the character someone to talk to, even if it was the dog, I did.

From Julie Lessman, I learned about upping the romantic tension. (Although my scenes still don’t sizzle like hers.) I read everyone’s posts, including the archives. From guest blogger Gina I learned about writing a synopsis, from Camy about voice, and Tina’s reminder about the Genesis contest changed my life.

No. I didn’t win.

But I did find ACFW, and through that, I found a mentor and friend. When I went to my first conference in 2008, I didn’t expect to land a contract, but I did feel prepared. I had my one sheet in hand, proposal written, and pitch polished. And I’d prayed so hard I was afraid God was tired of hearing from me.

I stepped up to Andrea Doering, Revell’s senior acquisitions editor, and introduced myself at my editor meeting, praying she didn’t see my legs shaking. Then, the worst thing happened. I forgot every word of my pitch.

Blank. Empty. Gone.

What popped into my head was a Seekerville post by Myra Johnson. She’d explained that she often handed her one sheet to the editor and sat quietly while they read it. After all, she said, they were used to making decisions on what they read. Bless you Myra! That’s exactly what I did.

When Andrea finished the one sheet, she asked me a few questions and then asked to see my chapters. I again sat silently while she read two of the three chapters. Thank goodness she laughed at the right places. I knew I was in trouble if she didn’t.

She then set it down, complimented me on my fresh voice, and asked me to send a full of it to her.

Seekerville now failed me. No one had ever covered how to stay in your chair at that moment.

But when Andrea asked if I could come up with two more book ideas in a short period of time, I came back here, whipped out Cheryl Wyatt’s Plotstorming Form, and wrote two book synopses in two weeks. Within the year, I had a three-book contract with Revell.

I’m so glad that God didn’t take my excuses any better than He did those of Moses. God had a plan for me, but fear almost kept me from realizing it.

Are you letting excuses keep from reaching your goals?

Today, I encourage you to give them up.

Now for a sneak peek at Making Waves.

Council Bluffs, Iowa 1895

If forced to endure Roger Gordon for five more minutes, Marguerite Westing would die. Dead. Gone. Buried. Six feet under Greenlawn Cemetery.

Her parents would need to purchase a large headstone to fit all the words of the epitaph, but they could do it. Money wasn’t an issue, and after bearing this unbelievable torture, she deserved an enormous marble marker complete with a plethora of flowery engravings. She could see the words now:

Here lies Marguerite Westing. Only nineteen, but now she’s resting. Strolling through the park with Roger Gordon, Once full of life, she died of boredom.

Marguerite giggled.

Roger stopped on the cobblestone path of the park and frowned at her. “I don’t see anything funny about my uncle Myron’s carbuncle, Marguerite.”

“I’m sorry. My mind wandered for a minute.”

“You do seem prone to that. Perhaps you should work on your self-control.” He patted her hand, lodged in the crook of his arm, like a parent would an errant child.

And perhaps you should work on making yourself more interesting than milk toast. She bit her lip hard to keep the words from escaping. Good grief. What did he expect when he was talking to her about a boil?

Don’t forget to leave comments for a chance to win Making Waves, hot off the press! Winner announced in the Weekend Edition.

Lorna's Bio:

Lorna Seilstad has called Iowa home her whole life. She received her B.S. in education from Lubbock Christian University. After her first child was born, she quit teaching and became a professional wiper. "I wiped noses, tears, skinned knees, baby's bottoms, and counter tops every day. But at naptime, I wrote." Today, she writes historical fiction with a generous dash of humor, and lives in Iowa with her husband and three children--ages 18, 16, and 11.

Make sure you stop by Lorna's website and sign up for her newsletter. She's having a special Making Waves basket drawing at the end of September from the names on her newsletter list.


  1. Welcome to Seekerville, Lorna!

    And here I was, thinking I was the only excuse-maker in the crowd! But the one thing I realized is that if God wants you to write, no power on earth is big enough to stop you!

    I can't wait to read your book--it looks just fabulous!


    PS--yes, I wrote the first comment but the old internal editor thought she saw a misspelled word and couldn't stand it!

  2. Very inspiring post! I loved the Moses reference and your comment "...I was afraid God was tired of hearing from me." I will take these to heart. Your book exert was very interesting. Please enter me into the draw. I am left wondering though, what expression is on your cover model's face? Shock? Revulsion? It makes me want to read the book to find out :)

    EvaMariaHamilton at gmail dot com

  3. I enjoyed your post very much. The excerpt was great and I can't wait to read this story.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  4. Whhhoooohoooooo!!!!!! Lorna!!!!!! Sorry, I'm just a little excited to log on and find you here with words of wisdom and encouragement.

    Love your Moses example. I can usualy douse the excuses about finding time to write, but not the ones about doing something about what I write!!!! I'll have to work on that, I guess.

    And thanks for cluing me into Seekerville because I'm learning so much here as well. And now I'll have to go into the archives and find the blogs you referenced! I need to quit my job and study full-time at Seekerville Campus!

    Don't enter me in the draw because I have my copy of Making Waves on order...hoping I'll be the first one over the border to read it!!!! It's taking so loooonnnnngggggggg!!!!

  5. Lorna, you've sold me. No wonder your one-sheet and a babbling rambling editor appt did the trick!

    Congratulations to you and a big thank you for Seekerville's quest to build the bigger and better writer!

    I'll be watching for your books.

  6. Lorna,

    What a wonderful, encouraging post!
    Thank you for sharing your experience, especially about giving your one sheet to Andrea and letting her read it. I'll have to remember that at conference!

    Your book sounds great!


  7. Congrats on the 3-book deal, Lorna. I know you're excited about it.

    Being a classic procrastinator, I know all about excuses. You know, God has often shown me that making excuses start with disbelief in what He has planned. Still, it's amazing what God does- even when we doubt Him.

    Thanks for sharing your weakness in this area to encourage others. Consider me encouraged.

    diannashuford at gmail dot com



    Lorna I love, love your cover! And you are just the best example of someone putting it in gear. Way to go.

  9. Now when you get time, tell us a little about your writing day and a little about what's coming up for you...the next books.

  10. Good morning, Patty! I don't think you'll be the only excuse maker in the crowd. And I tend to agree with you. Writers just have to write.

  11. Eva, I know what you mean by Marguerite's expression on the front of the book cover. Since she tends to stretch the truth and get herself into trouble in the process, I think it's her "caught" look.

  12. Linda, thank you for stopping by and make sure to go to my website and sign up for my newsletter. I'm having a special Making Waves basket drawing at the end of September from the names on my newsletter list.

  13. Hi Kav, my friend. You've been such an encouragement to me. Thank you for sharing this journey, every step of the way. However, you and Marlene might have to fight for that first over the border to read MW rights. :)

  14. Deb, I think I was signed despite my lack of eloquence. Besides, we're writers--who said we could speak.

  15. Linda, thank you!

    Edwina, I know I can tell you not to be nervous, but you will probably still be. The editors, however, were so kind and professional that I relaxed once we started talking.

  16. YAY, LORNA! When I was perusing the September RWR, I saw that great BIG ad Revell put in featuring your cover on page 26 (Seeker Julie Lessman's is on page 27)!

    I'm so delighted that Seekerville played a part in your reaching the dream God has for you!

  17. Dianna, isn't that so true? Our excuses do show that we lack faith in His plan for us. I'm glad you found the post encouraging and you've encouraged me as well.

  18. Lorna,

    Congrats again on your book. I love the cover and can't wait to read YOUR book(s)!!!

    When I saw that picture of you on Facebook beside your book on a bookshelf in a book store...I don't know how you felt....but I almost cried-with joy for you!

    Tell us more...was the book complete when you pitched it at the conference??? Do you now have an agent???

    Great to see you here.


    RRossZediker at yahoo dot com

  19. Actually I was reading RT and found both Lorna and Julie's ad and I emailed her to be in Seekerville. Wow Revell does some amazing marketing.

  20. Great post, Lorna! I'm a definite excuse maker. I'm just thankful God never gives up on me and keeps on pushing until I do what He wants, and it always leads to something great!

    I love the snippet of Making Waves. It sounds like a fun read.


  21. Tina, thank you for inviting me to Seekerville!

    My writing day begins at 7:30 after I send my girls off to school. I usually answer e-mail and check my favorite blogs. Of course, Seekerville is at the top. Then, I usually take a break and do some housework. My family protests a bit if they don't have clean undies. I usually write from ten until four. If I fall behind on my writing goals, I may go back after supper and do a little more.

    I'm so glad you mentioned what's coming up next. Book 2 in the Lake Manawa Summers Series is called A GREAT CATCH. It is about a clumsy suffragette who wants to change the world and a local baseball player who wants to change her mind.

    Book 3 is what I'm working on now. It will feature the roller coaster designer/engineer who came to the lake in 1906, making Lake Manawa to be one of the first places in the Midwest to have a roller coaster.

  22. Glynn,wasn't that ad gorgeous. Revell has done such a great job with those and the cover. I couldn't be happier. And being next to Julie's A HOPE UNDAUNTED was such an honor.

  23. Hi Rose! Seeing the book on the shelf was an awesome moment for me and surreal, too. I'd dreamed of seeing that for a long time. My friend Dawn and I used to visit bookstores and look for where our books would someday be.

    When I pitched Making Waves, it was complete. But when Andrea asked for a full of it, I asked if I could fix a few things before I sent it based on what I'd learned at the conference. She said that was fine and to send it when I thought it was ready.

    I have a wonderful agent now--Wendy Lawton of Books and Such. She is so sweet and yet so incredibly business savvy. I contacted her after it looked like I might be offered a contract.

  24. LORNA!!!! WHOO-HOO, a fellow Revellian whose book I IMMEDIATELY ordered from Revell's Perk Program!! It's sitting on my TBR file taunting me, just like that clip you included in your blog, you tease! But since I LOVE "tease," I can proudly welcome you to Seekerville and shake my head (once again) at the sheer genius of Tina Radcliffe in inviting you. Fabulous cover, fabulous blog and from everything I hear ... fabulous book!!

    LOVE the bit between Moses and God, WHOA, is the correlation dead-on!! And SOOO glad Seekerville played a part in your success because that is what this blog is all about -- leaving no woman (or man) behind! (the very wise words of one Tina Radcliffe ...).

    I am honored to be next to you in the RWA magazine and look forward to being next to you at the Revell dinner in Indy -- are you going to be there, I hope???

    Gotta feeling, Lorna, that "Making Waves" won't just be the title of your first book, but the mantra for your life in the Inspirational historical fiction market. :) God's continued blessings on you and your writing journey!


  25. Your book sounds really great, Lorna! Sounds like my kind of romantic comedy.

    Your story is amazing. You didn't need a college degree, just Seekerville and an ACFW conference! Awesome story. And I love the "professional wiper" thing in your bio. I can relate to that!!! Too funny.

  26. Lorna, this post was simply a blessing! Thank you for sharing from your experience. I love how God sent you the "back-up" you needed in the form of all the talented writers at Seekerville.

    Love, love the beginning of your book! I have to admit, I did laugh at Uncle Myron's carbuncle. Very funny! Can't wait to read the rest.


  27. Lorna,
    Good Morning!!!!!

    You, my friend, are the always burning fire and friend God is using to get me to my "Pharoah". Since I live by excuses you've had to turn the heat up more than once!! Great parallel.

    Don't enter me. I already have several of Lorna's books!

  28. This. Was. Great.

    What a fun read, and you're so very right. I've taken lots I've learned from the Seekerville posts and applied it to my writing and my writing has improved so much!

    Thanks, Lorna, and thanks Seekerville gals!

  29. Kristen, I love knowing God doesn't give up on us, too. I'm so glad you liked the snippet.

    Gynna, I'm so sorry I miss typed your name. I know there's an "a" on the end. My crit partners can varify I am the queen of dropped letters and words, so please don't take it personally.

    Hi Julie! I hope your TBR pile isn't as tilting as mine. So little time -- so many books. But guess what's on top of mine. Yep, A Hope Undaunted. The only trouble is my teenage daughter has found it and has threatened to nab it before I do. Maybe I can hide it. Hmmm. She's gotten so much from your books and they've given us much to discuss.

    And yes, I'll be a Revell dinner in Indy. Can't wait to hug you! Thank you for your kind words.

  30. Melanie, my years as a "professional wiper" were wonderful. I truly enjoyed the kids I took care of. It was funny how little difference there was between high school kids and toddlers. I still miss my "adopted" kids.

    Good morning, Mary! God had to send me A LOT of back up. Through ACFW, I met my mentor and dear friend Judith Miller. She has been such an inspiration and blessing. Her wisdom, knowledge of the craft, and insight into the business side of writing has been invaluable. He also connected me with great crit partners through ACFW, too.

    And the carbuncle. Just the word makes me chuckle. Who thought of that word?

  31. I want you all to know that when I spoke of the "back up" God sent, my first thought was of Dawn. I think she originally joined ACFW just to support me, but God had other plans for her, too. :)

    Erica, I think there are a lot of us out there who've been abundantly blessed by the Seekers. Thank you again, ladies!

  32. What an inspiration Lorna is for us to pray to God and then follow through without complaining, or making excuses. Our dreams can't come true by doing nothing. This has really encouraged me to push through all the mess to achieve my dreams. Thank you Lorna! I wish you the best on the path God has led you to.
    Stephanie Smith

  33. Great post! It is encouraging to hear how Lorna prayed to God and then followed through to achieve her dreams. You can't accomplish anything by prayer alone, you have to take action. This really inspires me to push through all the mess in my life so I too can achieve my dreams. Thank you Lorna. I wish you all the best on the path God has led you to!!
    "God's word, God's will, God's time!" ---Love that!!

  34. Welcome Lorna! This is a delightful post and read. You're a hope-dispenser this morning. Thanks so much!!!

    I'm rather partial to the Seekers myself. Your comment on where they failed you was a hoot. So glad you just kept going and here you are - cute cover, 3 book deal... Your next 2 sound like fun as well.

    We'll see where the Lord takes each of us. You're so right about "back up" for the journey. :)

    Your sense of humor is infectious - would love to win a copy! may at maythek9spy dot com

  35. Oh, Lorna, I can see why Andrea was instantly engaged!


    Wonderful job, just wonderful. And I love how you used Seekerville to help the journey, chica! What a lovely compliment and that just means the world to us.

    You rock, girlfriend, and nothing makes us happier than sharing any tidbits of knowledge (sprinkled with occasional grit and backbone) that we have available.


    And I'm loving this coffee. So needed.

    'sall I'm saying. It's needed and enjoyed.


  36. It is encouraging to hear how Lorna prayed to God and then followed through to achieve her dreams. You can't accomplish anything by prayer alone, you have to take action. This really inspires me to push through all the mess in my life so I too can achieve my dreams. Thank you Lorna. I wish you the best on the path God has led you to!!
    "God's Word, God's will, God's time!" --- Love that!

  37. Oops, I'm new at this and didn't see my post at the top, so I did it a few times...Then noticed them on the bottom. Sorry.
    I'm just so excited for Lorna that I want to say it over and over again!! :)

  38. Lorna! You're here!!! And I'm a bit late to the party but know you won't mind - darn that west coast time:) As usual, your post here shows why I love you like I do!! You are FRESH and generous and creative and loving and so much more and that spills over to your fiction.

    I was so excited yesterday as Paul went to the mailbox and returned with a mailing envelope from Baker. OH YES, MAKING WAVES, I thought with glee!! So I ripped it open and found A Memory Between us staring back at me:) Bless you, Sarah Sundin! So maybe I'll be blessed again today and find your book waiting for me. Can't wait!

    Bless you, dear friend, as you are such a blessing to so many, including me.

  39. I loved hearing about your journey and making it into the promised land. I'd love a copy of Making Waves, it sounds so fun.

  40. Great stuff here. Thanks for this post. I needed to see that today!

  41. I've read Lorna's book.

    (neener, neener, neener)--okay, that wasn't my point, my point is, I've read Lorna's book and it's fantastic. I think FRESH is a terrific word to describe it. Engaging, the romance is fun, the bad guy despicable, the heroine feisty and charming.

    The setting is just backdrop, the story is the thing, but it's so vivid. I swear you can hear the sea gulls screaming and the sand under your feet and the waves roaring as the lap the shore. You can hear the wind rushing as the sailboats skim along the water.
    So unique, set beside a lake, historical, at a time when rich people spent their summers at a lake living in tents. Tents that are fully furnished, with a separate tent for each family member and for the servants, just a really cool glimpse into such an odd and TRUE time.

    I cannot tell you how much I love that cover. It's one of the best I've ever seen.

  42. That last post was so nice I feel like I've failed somehow.

    I know Lorna far to well to be so flattering.

    I spent a day in jail with Lorna once. She is ALWAYS getting me into trouble.


  43. Hi Stephanie! You said, "Our dreams can't come true doing nothing." That's true. Part of our part is doing our best with what the Lord has given us. Like the boy who gave his lunch to the Jesus, we need to remember that in God's hands a small offering can become more than we imagine.

    KC, a hope-dispenser? I love it. Funny thing about my sense of humor. When I started writing my first humorous story, my husband asked what I was doing. I said I was writing a funny story. He said, "Why? You're not funny." I assured him I was much funnier on paper. Today, he swears he never said that.

  44. Hey Lorna,

    Great post. Lorna is a great critique partner and I've learned so much from her. Her first draft sings, while mine clunks. She pointed me toward Seekerville too and I read it daily.

    You can all be jealous of me, I got to read Waves chapter by chapter before Andrea ever got a glimpse of it. Don't enter me in the drawing. I can't wait to buy my copy in Indy.

  45. Hi Lorna, What a fun post and so true. We all end up like Moses at one time or another in this crazy journey to publication.

    I loved reading all your references to the help you received at Seekerville. We help each other and that's what makes this business worth the effort and pain.

    Your voice is wonderful and fresh, even in the post. Can hardly wait to read your book. You sold me. smile

    Best wishes and thanks again for joining us.

  46. Great post, Lorna!

    So hilarious!
    I enjoyed reading your excerpt.


  47. Ruth, thank you for your kind words! And those tidbits fo knowledge are really gold nuggets to cherish.

    Hi Laura, my dear friend. I received Sarah's A MEMORY BETWEEN US yesterday, too. Maybe I should quit writing and just read. Can't wait to see you in Indy. Only a little over two weeks now. Who hoo!

    Merry, I don't know about it being the Promised Land, but I must say I'm enjoying this part of the journey. Instead of milk and honey, I prefer cocoa and Oreos though.

  48. Lynne, thank you for stopping by. I'm glad the post helped you.

    Morning Mary! Thank you so much for your endoresement here and on the book jacket. Your friendship means so much to me.

    Mary and I are part of the I.N. Group. Our ACFW local group is called that for Iowa/Nebraska. It's the first time in my life I get to be part of the IN crowd.

    Shannon, crit partner extraordinaire, you suffered through the dropped words and didn't let my characters say stupid things. I am so thankful for you.

  49. Sandra, you are so right about this being a business where we help each other. That is one of my favorite parts.

    Kelly, glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Do you feel sorry for Marguerite or for Roger? I've been told both by people.

  50. Wow, Lorna. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your heart and so much encouragement!

    Your post is just what I need today. I didn't realize I had actually been making excuses - I had qualified them as clarifying God's direction. But they are just that - gigantic excuses built on my own fear of rejection or inadequacies while all the while I know that God is bigger than my fear, bigger than my shortcomings.

    I am learning to pray that God will bless the works of my hands and use them for His glory. I do that with my "real (day) job" so I should take writing just as seriously and apply the same prayer.

    As for the role of a mentor in your life - I am finding that I need one. Man, that was hard to write. I'm used to being the mentor - not needing one. So, hearing that your found yours and that it helped is also encouraging.

    I am sure I will read your post several times today because this is already my second reading and it has meant more than the first time around.

    Thank you again.

  51. And Mary, what can you say to someone who has spent time in big house with you--or in this case the round house? (We spent the day in the Squirrel Cage Jail and some other nepharious characters) LOL

  52. Cindy, your post just warms my heart. Excuse making is such a natural tendancy for so many of us, but it does seem our fear is at the root of most it -- at least for writers. I know what you mean about usually being the mentor and not needing one. It can be hard to go back to being the "freshman," but I truly feel God puts those people in our lives for a reason and listening to their wisdom only yields good results.

  53. So excited about your upcoming books, Lorna.

    Love, love wooden roller coasters. The one in Tulsa (Zingo) was retired just a few years ago.

    Take me out to the ball game..love those early baseball uniforms too.

    Bagel tray is finally here!!! EAT UP!!!

  54. I think Lorna has a lot in common with another Biblical character - BARNABAS. As she can attest, I'm one of the queens of excuses, and one particularly "down" day, I got a surprise phone call - yep, from Lorna. Bless you, dear friend! She's one of the main reasons I'm going to ACFW this year, and if I do nothing more than soak up some of the spirit I know will flow from Lorna and my other buds, I'll be happy. I'm so excited about "Making Waves," I took a picture of it on the shelf at my local Lifeway. I'll get it to you.

    Oh, and I've seen the jail pictures. Scary stuff. ;)

    Don't enter me! I'm going to get my copy directly from your hot little hands, Lorna! LOL

    Hugs, hugs, hugs,

  55. Great post! I loved the excerpt from your book. The spunky heroine has already hooked my interest. :)


  56. Uggh. It's taken me forever to get over here...and all I can think of are excuses.

    How fitting.

    Great post, Lorna. Except for the having sold a book part, I could have written it because I can list a slew of Seekerville posts that have "mentored" me about craft.

    I was telling Julie this summer how after she did that one post on kissing, I went through the manuscript I was revising and used her post as an instruction manual on Empowering Kissing Scenes.

    Cheryl and Missy have posts that I recommend all the time on contest entries I judge.

    I think my word verification is tyrant, which is ods becuase I was about to compliment Mary and a post she wrote about writing comedy. Take the normal and twist it a bit until it's absurd.

    If anyone is the tyrant, it's Ruthy. Did you read her post on writing tight?

    Yes, Ruthy. Advising others how to write in AS FEW WORDS AS POSSIBLE.


    Okay, I could rave on and on about different Seeker posts that have empowered, enlightened, and encouraged me during the last two or so years I've been hanging out here.

    Anyhoo, great post, Lorna!

    I know what book I'm gonna buy tomorrow when I'm out running errand. :-)

  57. Tina, researching the wooden coasters has been so fascinating. Can you imagine what kind of thrill those first were? People hadn't even ridden in a car and they were dipping the dips on the coasters.

    And the baseball story includes a Bloomer Girls team. These were women (professional level baseball) that traveled the country for exhibition games against men. What an exciting time in America.

  58. Hi Regina! Can't wait to give you a big hug in person when we get to Indy!

    Angela, glad to here Marguerite has spiked your interest. She's quite something.

    Gina, maybe we should team up and make a Seekerville user guide. Honestly, I hope all the Seekerville writers and their guests realize the gift they are providing in sharing their knowledge.

  59. What an inspiring journey, Lorna! God really is on control and I congratulate you on all your hard work and success!

  60. Lorna, I think a Seekerville user guide is a great idea.

    They have enough articles in various aspects of publishing that they could easily put together an e-book with chapters such as...

    Mechanics (of craft, not pictures of their latest heroes)




    Pimping (for contests, not Ruthy's puppy breeding business)


    And the posts are already written. Just a matter of pulling them together into a pdf. And they could sell it for $5 and all proceeds go to their charity of choice.

  61. Lorna, this is so awesome about your success. Love the stuff about Moses. Thank you for mentioning us along your journey. We are glad you found us and wish you even more success with your writing.

    I'm glad the plotstorming helped you. How exciting to know I'm not the only one it works for. LOL!

    Thanks for being our guest.

    All the best,

  62. I don't really make a lot of excuses about WRITING. I keep doing that no matter what. But all the rest, the pitching and submitting before I was published and the marketing and blogging now that I am, I usually try and duck that.
    Well, not DUCK it. I do it. I just procrastinate.


    A really decent Seekerville User's Guide is, if you scroll down to LABELS on the right side of the screen, you'll find many, many labels that will direct you to topics, authors, guests, etc.

  64. Loved the interview Lorna. It's so timely. Manys the time I turned to the posts here for guidance, too. Thanks for your wise words. Love your sense of humor, too. Congratulations on your debut novel.

  65. Lorna, you may not have led the Israelites from Egypt, but you have led a very unsure, got a million and one excuses and could probably come up with more wannabe writer across quite a few wildernesses and deserts of dispair. And I will be eternally grateful!

    And don't enter me in the drawing. I have plans to get my hands on a copy live and in person at the conference bookstore.


  66. Sounds like A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN!!


    A page that is like content--basic writing. Love it.


  67. Thank you, Tracy!

    Gina, Mary's right. There is already a great user guide on the right sidebar of the first page. But you have a very creative idea. I'm impressed. It would come in handy.

    Cheryl, your plotstorming form is wonderful! If anyone hasn't used it, even if they are a pantser, they should take a look. It is also great to fill out before the dreaded synopsis. Thank you so much for that!

    Pat, thank you for your kind words.

    Kim, you're such a sweetie. Conference in just a few days away! I can hardly wait.

    Tina, A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN was years after the Bloomer Girls league. Years. And the Bloomer Girls teams always had a couple of men playing --often dressed up like women.

    And if anyone can make a User Guide, it's you! I've heard you can do anything with a computer.

  68. So anxious to read this book...please enter me. Thanks!!

  69. Welcome, Lorna! Your book cover is gorgeous! Making Waves sounded so wonderful I went to B&N and bought it this afternoon. Can't wait to start reading.

  70. Oh man, I totally feel sorry for Marguerite!

    Let's let Roger find something else to do!

    Look! His grandmother! Let us go find out about her bowel movements!

  71. Jackie, thanks for stopping by.

    Wow, Cara, you bought it today! Thank you! Hope you enjoy it and again, I have to give credit to Revell for the gorgeous cover. I just love it.

    Kelly, you and Marguerite woudl get along just fine. :)

  72. a wonderful posting lorna...thanks for the chance to read your fabulous novel :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  73. YEARS huh? LOL.

    So last dumb question of the day.

    Where did the name Council Bluff come from historically?

  74. Tina, that's not a dumb question. Our area is known for its Loess Hills. The Pottawattamie Indians had a council on the bluffs with the settlers, hence the name. Alot of names in our area have Native American connections. Manawa is Native American word for peace.

  75. Welcome to Seekerville, Lorna! Congratulations on your publication with Revell!! Three books, a fabulous cover and a blurb that makes me want to read the book NOW add up to an inspiring post. You've blessed the Seekers with your lovely words about our blog. Thank you!

    I suspect we've all been Moses at one time or another. Thank the Lord, He still uses those of us who don't feel adequate for the task set before us. I'm grateful to have other writers to turn to.


  76. I will race Kav to the bookstore LOL

    Looking forward to hold MW in my hands.


  77. Lorna,
    Such a fun blog to read. Glad Seekerville was a help, which is always our hope!

    Congrats on the book and the great cover!!! The book has MUST BUY written all over it!

  78. Hi, Lorna!! I've had a very busy day and am late checking in, but I'm so excited that my one-sheet tip worked for you!!! Thanks for all the nice things you mentioned about what you've learned in Serkerville!

    Bless you and congratulations!!!!

  79. Thanks for the big reminder--ouch it hurts though. I know that gave me a passion for writing and being creative for a reason--not just for me to enjoy it, but to bless others. Thanks for the reminder.

  80. Janet, love that "makes me want to read the book NOW" part and love the writing friends God has blessed me with--both those I've met in person and those I haven't.:)

    Marlene, can't wait to see who wins the great Making Waves Canadian race, you or Kav.

    Debby,"MUST BUY" is a very good thing. Thank you for your word of encouragement.

    Myra, that one-sheet tip was a god-send if there ever was one. It jumped into my mind at just the right moment. Thank you for sharing that information! I don't know what I would have done without that.

    Cynthia, just keep focusing on at part about your writing being a blessing to others. God will get it to those who need to hear it most.

  81. LORNA!!! SOOOO glad I get to meet you at the Revell dinner -- WHOO-HOO!!! And I think it's funny how both of our books are on each other's TBR list because just reading your clip today convinces me that I will LOVE your writing!!

    And, GINA ... oooooo, cannot WAIT to read those kissing scenes, girl!! :)


  82. Lorna,

    Loved the snippet of your story!

    Congrats on the multi contract and best of times in the future.

    God Bless, Sandy

  83. Excuses, excuses. Yes, I'm very familiar with the art of procrastination. Its 9:06 and I should be starting homeschooling 6 minutes ago. Its definitely true in my writing life, too. And I agree I love the expression on the cover model's face. Your book is on my must-read list.


  84. I loved the snippet and can't wait to read this book.

  85. What a wonderful and inspiring post Lorna. I'm attending the same school you did, University of Seekerville. It's a wealth of information.

  86. Love, love, love your post! So encouraging!!! So right about Moses and I have to also add it was nice seeing I wasn't the only one who started out writing ff before I felt the need to get serious with OF. But I have to say if I had never wrote FF, I would never have heard of nanowrimo where I found out about crit groups, where I found about ACFW....etc.... Again, thanks for the inspiring post!!!

  87. The excerpt from your book made me laugh! I'd love to win a copy.

  88. What an awesome blog. I know I have learned a lot from my visits to Seekerville. It's almost like taking a class...only better in most cases.

    The cover art on Making Waves is absolutely beautiful!

    Have a very blessed day!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  89. Lorna,

    Thanks for sharing your story. I think a lot of us have felt the same way! I love the part where your mind went completely blank! That would be me for sure. LOL.

    Congrats on your new book. The cover is gorgeous and the sample was hilarious. It's going on my wish list!


  90. Oops. Should have left my email address.

    sbmason (at) sympatico (dot) ca



  91. Just signed up for your newsletter. Looking forward to reading it. You're giving away a great prize. Would love to win it.
    Thanks for giving away this gift.