Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Featuring Friends of Seekerville: Comment Gems from the Archives Vol 1
Hello Seekerville! Cheryl Wyatt here with fresh biscuits and sausage gravy and homemade apple bread. Indian tea with boiled milk is in the steaming kettle. Grab a cup and enjoy!
Today I’m pleased to feature and honor Friends of Seekerville in my post.
I donned my mining cap (see the cool light on the front?) and went deep underground to mine gems of wisdom from our comment section. I list the original post that I mined the comment from at the end of each quote. I hope you enjoy and benefit from these gems of wisdom, insight and encouragement, mined from Seekerville’s comment section. Thanks for all that YOU do to make our community what it is. We appreciate your insight.
This is the first of what I hope to be several mining expeditions, so don't despair if you don't see your comment featured here. I have thousands more comments to shovel through and plan to do these features regularly, hence the Vol 1.
Some of these provide wisdom and valuable information. And some of them are just downright funny. Enjoy!
From which Friend of Seekerville: Kav
Commented When: Sept 14 2010
The Gem: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute!!!!!! (I'm getting brave and adding copious amounts of punctuation because that's just the way I talk). BUT isn't this a PG rated blog? If so, pray tell what is Mary Connealy doing talking about conjugal rights and how verbs 'do it'?
Mary said: "How to Conjugate Lay and Lie
Here's how to conjugate these two verbs:"
I couldn't bring myself to read any more. This just proves to me how dangerous a thing grammar is. It should be banned. The next thing you know we'll have nouns getting frisky and then there'll be little pronouns running about everywhere! Egads!!!!!!
From which Friend of Seekerville: Vince
Commented When: Jan 20, 2010
The Gem: BTW, has there ever been a mob series without one of the characters being named Vincent? I don’t think so. : )
From which Friend of Seekerville: abbi
When: Nov 4, 2010
The Gem: I've been using my AlphaSmart for NaNoWriMo and it is very helpful. Probably because it keeps me off the Internet!
From which friend of Seekerville: Patty
When: February 25, 2010
The Gem: One thing I use to help me is I write the story out on large index cards, chapter by chapter. That way, I have a quick reference to see if each scene builds on the conflict. And it still give me the freedom for the SOTP writer inside me.
From which friend of Seekerville: Ami McConnell
When: Jan 8, 2010
The Gem: Great interview, Mary and Allen! Allen, I love what you had to say about the distinctive author voice and how readers aren't looking for imitations of existing authors but rather for new, authentically unique voices. And what you said about how Christians ought not mimic culture but rather transform it. Who among us can keep it to ourselves when we "meet" a new author whose voice speaks to us in new ways?! Inspiring
From which friend of Seekerville: Pepper
When: March 30, 2010
The Gem: Okay, I'm crying…and my makeup looked so good today. sigh...It's worth it. Wow. This was absolutely beautiful….Francine, I hope to someday write a book that inspires God's forever love like Redeeming Love inspired me…it makes all the disappointment from a contest seem miniscule compared to God's great plan for our lives. What HE can inspire in us in His time. I'm humbled - and am going to eat some yummy jelly then go wipe the raccoon marks from under my eyes.
From which friend of Seekerville: KC Frantzen
When: March 30, 2010
The Gem: Pepper - try Cover Girl Marathon Mascara in the green tube. I know from experience. GREAT stuff. :)
From which Friend of Seekerville: Debra E. Marvin
When: July 1, 2010
The Gem: I'm learning that when I have those moments when all the words look like garbage, I have to shake it off and move on.
From which Friend of Seekerville: Leigh
When: June 21, 2010
The Gem: My first word verification was "quiri". Think that could be a new spelling for "query?" :-) Then it timed out and my second verification is "whenam." As in, "When am I going to buckle down and get these stories written so I can 'quiri'?!"
From which Friend of Seekerville: Walt M
When: Oct 29, 2009
The Gem: I've never had fish eyes for breakfast or any other meal. (I have had fish for breakfast.) What you don't want to know, though, is what I've had for dinner.
From which Friend of Seekerville: Ann
When: Mar 30th, 2009
The Gem: I was trying to submit *something* *somewhere* every week, including contests and short stories. Life gets in the way (did I tell you about chasing an owl out of the chicken house at 4 a.m.?) so maybe *something* once a month is good.
From which Friend of Seekerville: Helen
When: Oct 7, 2010
The Gem: Good Grief!! I want to make something very clear. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE winning Seekerville giveaways. But that is NOT why I come here.
I come for:
Info like this!
Bob, when did you come to my neighborhood and spy on me??
You nailed me in enough ways to be eerie.
From which Friend of Seekerville: Andrea
When: Oct 22, 2010
The Gem: I'm new to Seekerville, I read about it in my sister's copy of "Simply Books" the Reader Service Magazine, and it appealed to me as an aspiring writer. Boy was I right to stop by!
From which Friend of Seekerville: Tina
When: July 27, 2010
The Gem: I'm constantly comparing myself to others, and not just professionally. It stifles God's creativity in ME. I'm learning to put that aside and let God show me who I am. A series of great posts I've read this morning. This helps me focus on what He'd have for me, not with the things in which He's blessed others.
From which Friend of Seekerville: Aaron McCarver
When: April 20, 2010
The Gem: Be careful sometimes of what you mean to say. A couple of students from the school were on a missions trip to the Mexican border area with others from the college. They thought they were telling people they were hungry, Yo tengo hambre. They said instead, Yo tengo hombre, which if you don't speak any Spanish means I have a man. Needless to say they got many, many strange looks.
From which Friend of Seekerville: Chicki
When: April 6, 2010
The Gem: "Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul." - Gen. Douglas MacArthur
From which Friend of Seekerville: Jodie Wolfe
When: Sept 29, 2010
The Gem: What a beautiful post of encouragement to us writers, in all stages of the journey…My road to publication (still not there yet) has seemed long and arduous, but as I look back I can see how God uses experiences and trials to make me a better writer.
From which Friend of Seekerville: Meg Moseley
When: Feb 15, 2010
The Gem: You've got me thinking about the Olympic athletes' aching muscles and blisters and bruises. Those are "little" things that don't necessarily show, but they add up to a lot of pain--like rejection letters or bad reviews or mean critiques. But you just have to keep going anyway!
From which Friend of Seekerville: Kirsten
When: June 24, 2010
The Gem: Debby, Thank you for the encouraging and challenging post. Sometimes it's easy to get distracted when writing and forget what our purpose for writing is: to show Christ to the world and encourage others.
I have always had a heart for those who serve our country. Since moving to the DC area I started volunteering at Walter Reed. I don't know as this is classified as courage, because I spend the whole day praying before going there. It's always a challenge to walk in and meet a new group of guys. I thank God that he always revs me up to go when it would be easier to go home.
Cheryl here. I absolutely LOVED Kirsten’s last line: “I thank God that he always revs me up to go when it would be easier to go home.”
I suspect that Seekerville and its community of Friends has done that for many of you.
I’d love to hear in the comment section a time when God reached through our blog and either tickled your funny bone, or touched healing balm to your weary-of-waiting heart.