October is not only the Seeker Birthday but it's also when we celebrate our own ‘thanksgiving’ here in Seekerville. We have so much to be thankful for.
For those of you who are not aware of it, we were all strangers who came together in 2005. The only thing we had in common was our faith, our writing and the fact that we literally kept running into each other when contest rankings were posted, either finaling next to each other or nosing each other out.
Here's a smattering of examples:
The Maggies 2005
The Golden Pen 2006
The Golden Pen 2008
Janet, Myra, Julie and I met online as we were 2005 Golden Heart finalists. (Myra won) We met in person in July of that year at RWA. In August, the Seekers (Matthew 6:33 Seek ye first the kingdom of God…) became a Yahoo Group.
Very shortly after that Debby and Mary sold. We didn’t become the Seekerville Unpublished Island blog until two years later. The rest of the group languished on a tropical island with sun, sand, coconuts and Captain Jack, selling one by one until this year, when the very last Seeker climbed onto her life raft and sailed away.
We love the island. (click on the map to really see our digs) I mean who wouldn't? But after years and years, even a tropical paradise can get old.
What made that island tolerable besides Captain Jack, was that we were all faith buddies. Lifting each other up and praying each other into publication.
So you can see we have much to be thankful for. I personally want you to know that we believe in the philosophy of Seekerville.
We shall leave no woman behind."-2005
This isn’t just a publicity gig. It’s real to us. We care about each other and we care about you.
Why? Because we know what it’s like to go it alone. We know what it’s like to have no one get you, to have people look at you like you’re fooling yourself by thinking you’re going to sell. So you can trust that we aren't going to leave you behind on the island.
We care about our readers as well. We have been blessed over and over again by the wonderful, smart, caring and sassy readers we have met in Seekerville. Whatever we give away each day is returned to us double because of what you give us.
Lastly, a big thank you to all of the writers, and editors and agents, and other industry professionals who have been our guests these last years and who have given of their time, and their wisdom because they too really care.
"No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks!" Anonymous
Wherever you are when you’re reading this I’d like you to look up and smile. Really big. Because we love you, and so does He. Doesn’t a smile just feel good?
Since we're giving away birthday presents every day this month I have a few to share. Please tell me about someone you are thankful for in your life and/or your writing journey. I will send four of those special folks a copy of my October Love Inspired release, Oklahoma Reunion.
My other present is that once again I am going to share my ‘used to be secret’ coconut cake recipe from the island.
Tina's Coconut Cake
1 yellow cake mix
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 large tub Cool Whip or 2 small
Shredded coconut (fresh and moist)
1 can or bottle cream of coconut
Bake yellow cake in a rectangular pan according to directions. Immediately after removing from oven poke holes over the top with a fork. You should have more holes than not on the cake. Pouring slowly over the cake while HOT, alternate the sweetened condensed milk and Coca Cosa
Let stand for thirty minutes and then refrigerate overnight. Do not attempt to eat this cake until it has set for 24 hours.
Before serving top with generous mounds of Cool Whip and decadent amounts of shredded coconut.
Must refrigerate leftovers.
Have a wonderful Saturday and one last time....