Saturday, March 30, 2013

Weekend Edition and THE END!

Congratulations to our 104 Speedbo Writers
You made it! 
Whether you wrote 100 words or 100,000 words. 

  We're proud of you.

We've tucked in a few extra critiques to this final week of Speedbo!

Be sure to check here to see if you have been a winner 
during the last five weeks of Speedbo. Time to start 
claiming those prizes!

All prizes must be claimed between April 1st and
  May 15th or they are forfeited.

We Have Winners

Please see our rules for giveaways in Seekerville. Be sure to contact us with your snail mail address if you are a winner at  Don't be shy. Remind us if we get behind per our rules. 

First chapter critique -up to 20 pages by Audra Harders & Mary Connealy-winners are Marilyn Puett & Natalie Monk

First 5 pages critique-by  Tina Radcliffe & Ruth Logan Herne-winners are Anna W & Nancy C.

One page synopsis critique-by Janet Dean & Tina Radcliffe -winners are Cindy Regnier &Elaine Manders.

Phone chat-with Tina Radcliffe-winner is Pepper Basham.

First page hook critique-by Julie Lessman & Tina Radcliffe-winners are Lyndee Henderson & Marcy Hanson.

Reader/Cheerleader winner of a package of books is Mary Preston.

Montlake Romance author Sandra Leesmith will gave her "The Sky Is Not  Falling" pep talk Tuesday. Sandra is so excited that another Speedbo has been such a success that she is drawing out of the cat dish multiple winners.  Walt Mussel is the winner of the ten page critique. Andrea Strong is the winner of her pick of Price of Victory or Current of Love and Debra Marvin is the winner of a copy of Cody the Coyote Who Wanted to Be a Dog.

  Love Inspired author Glynna Kaye joined us on Wednesday with "Pausing On Purpose" -- how to take your Speedbo product to the next level. Winner of one copy of their choice of one of Glynna's books is Donna P.

On Thursday  Thomas Nelson author Cara Lynn James shared about "The End of the Race."  The winner of an assortment of Love Inspired romances is DebH.

  Friday we welcomed  Gina Welborn to Seekerville. Gina shared her post, "The Novel Approach to a Novella." Winner of their choice of a print or e-copy of her Christmas novella "All Ye Faithful" in A Cascades Christmas is Sally.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday:"Chance favors only the prepared mind." Louis Pasteur.
 "Chance favors only the prepared author." Mary Connealy.

Join Barbour and Bethany House author Mary Connealy as she hosts a Speedbo Wrap-up! She'll be giving away a $25 gift card to one lucky commenter.

Tuesday: Yes! It's time for the April Contest Update. Have we got some fun and opportunities for you! No risk, no reward. No guts, no glory. Or in the words of Gina Welborn "Sucks is not an excuse for not trying."

Wednesday: We are delighted to welcome Love Inspired author Noelle Marchand with her post "Characters that BREATHE." She's also giving away a copy of her latest release A Texas-Made Match.

Thursday:Please welcome Bell Bridge author Donnell Ann Bell as she confesses..."I broke the rules again!" She'll be giving away a copy of her latest book, too!

Friday: Seekerville is thrilled to have Christy Award winner (for her first book!) and 2012 ForeWord Reviews finalist Ginny Yttrup. Today Ginny's post is "The Dead in Deadline." And if you want more fun, check out another facet of Ginny -Bookish Baubles.

Seeker Sightings

Of course the biggest sighting of the week was Missy Tippens' name listed as a RITA Finalist. 


And please note that Seekervillian Piper Huguley is a coveted Golden Heart finalist.

 "Romance Writers of America (RWA), the trade association for aspiring and published romance fiction authors, announced the 2013 RITA® and Golden Heart® Award finalists on March 26. The RITA — the highest award of distinction in romance fiction — recognizes excellence in published romance novels and novellas. The Golden Heart recognizes excellence in unpublished romance manuscripts.

The 2013 RITA and Golden Heart winners will be announced at a black-tie awards ceremony on July 20 at the 2013 RWA Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.

Congratulations to the 2013 finalists!"

You can check out all the RITA finalist covers here.

On Thursday, April 4th, Cara Lynn James will be a guest on a German blog talking about Love on a Dime  (called Eine Liebe in Summerhill in German) which has recently been published in German. (links are live on Thursday, but you can check out the blog now at


SALE!! Julie's Irish love story A Light in the Window is half price at $ 3.99, so take advantage! Here are the links:  Amazon and B&N.

PLUS ... A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in Julie's "Winds of Change" series is available for FREE DOWNLOAD on Amazon, B&N or CBD for not much longer, so take advantage!

 April 1-5, 2013:Win your choice of any of Julie's books at an interview on Jamie Lapeyrolerie’s Blog.

April 5-8, 2013:Win your choice of any of Julie's books at an interview on Julie Grave's Blog.

Sandra Leesmith will be attending the March meeting of the Phoenix chapter of ACFW -Christian Writers of the West,on Saturday, March 30. If any Seeker friends are there, please say hi.

Get to know Mary Connealy: Biggest pet peeve: This is tough. Mary claims she is a fairly calm person and not much is a pet peeve. Read more here.

Mary Connealy's Thursday, March 28th Facebook chat lives on! Stop in and see what everyone had to say.


Mary Connealy and some writer friends have a fabulous new giveaway for readers in the USA. The winner gets twelve great autographed books by twelve authors. All you need to do to enter is Like all of the authors' Facebook Pages. There are ten author Pages that must be liked in order to be entered. Click here and log in to enter.

If you really need another reason to read a Mary Connealy book, check out Michelle Gregory's blog, Beautiful Chaos.

 Come support Missy Tippens this week!

Monday April 1st on the Craftie Ladies blog.

Tuesday April 2nd, Missy is talking about Hooking Your Readers on the Savvy Authors site.

Thursday April 4th on Robin Lee Hatcher's website.

Friday April 5th on the Love Inspired Authors blog.


Stop by our webpage for a sneak peek at our April Calendar. We have an exciting month planned!

Tina Radcliffe is visiting Mary Vee on Friday, April 5th and she'll be talking about her writing journey. Stop by for chance to win Mending the Doctor's Heart.

Random News & Information

The History of Peeps (Fox News)

Tips for Writing and Working Full-time  (Writer Unboxed) 

 Agent-Assisted Self-Publishing and the Amazon White Glove Program (Jane Friedman)

Blogging Best Practices: Subheads Matter (V3*)

 At Berkley, Amanda Ng has been promoted to assistant editor.(Publishers Lunch)

Amazon to Acquire Goodreads (Amazon) 

Exciting News About Goodreads: We're Joining the Amazon Family! (Goodreads Blog)

Scott Turow Blasts Amazon’s Purchase of Goodreads (GalleyCat)

How To Win More Readers With A Powerful Close (Write to Done)

Check out the March Christian Fiction Magazine Online

Brenda Novak's Annual Online Auction for Diabetes Research is gearing up to begin May 1st.

Melissa Taylor the Pinterest for Authors Guru will be in Seekerville on May 16th. But you can prepare:  Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers (Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest) will be FREE on Amazon for three days-- April 2,3, and 4. Her website,, provides free chapter guides to walk you through the book.

That's it. Keep writing. Mary Connealy will be talking Speedbo aftermath on Monday.

Until then, remember...

Seekerville and the Seekervillians write romance.

This weekend we celebrate our first love.


  1. I am now so hungry for jelly beans and chocolate bunnies it is a CRIME!!!

    thnx, tna

  2. I know. Let's go hit a grocery store.

    I want the Peeps. All of them. Purple, pink and yellow.

  3. I want a chocolate bunny.

    I posted earlier that I jumped ahead a chapter and a half and finished my manuscript. Yesterday I finished "plugging the hole."

    Now I'm working on an epilogue.

    I made it!!!!!!!

    The coffee pot is on duty.


  4. Another EGG-cellent WE, Tina!

    Congrats to all the winners, and again a HUGE CONGRATS to Missy and Piper!

    Love the choc. bunny thinking "will work for carrots"--so CUTE!

    Thank you for posting John 3:16 at the end of this post--definitely The Greatest Love of all.

    Easter blessings and hugs, Patti Jo

  5. p.s. Yikes! Meant to add that I have a little over 3k to go on my SpeedBo goal---I CAN do this! (with the aid of Reese's Peanut Butter eggs, of course). ;) PJ

  6. I meant to say how much I liked how you ended the post.

  7. WAY TO GO HELEN and Patti Jo!!

    Woooooot!!! Speedbo. Speedbo. Speedbo.

  8. Yay! I won a critique! (Insert equal parts excitement and terror. Lol) Thank you and congrats to the other winners!

  9. Cool (jelly) beans! I won a first chapter critique! Is it by both authors? And to whom and when do I send it? Point me toward the directions/instructions please. And thanks!

    Have y'all seen this about Peeps??? Amazing!

    Personally I can't stand Peeps. Give me Reece's peanut butter eggs any day. But after Sunday it's back to Weight Watchers for me. There's about 10-15 pounds more for God to love than I'd like.


  10. Your Marilyn is by Audra. Send it in a word doc to our Seekerville email address. starting Monday. Some folks may need some editing time so that's why we provided the window.

    God made some people peeps haters so there is more for me.

  11. oops.That should say, YOURS, Marilyn is by Audra.

  12. Happy, happy Easter, Seekerville family!

    I wrote THE END on my WIP today! Thank you so much for Speedbo and the encouragement and fellowship of Seekerville!

  13. Is it bad that the thing I took out of this the most is that Mary Connealy doesn't have a Redbox within 50 miles?

    Okay - it was a link, but still...

  14. LOL. Carol, you are unique. Strangely unique.

  15. BTW, Carol. How many books did you write during Speedbo??

  16. Yay, Missy and Piper!!! And congrats to all this month's winners, too. Of course, anyone who has participated at all in Speedbo has to be counted as a winner because just committing to a month of trying a little harder has added something special to the team effort here. :)

  17. Amen, and thank you, Carol Garvin.

    That is totally spot on.

  18. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who got some writing done for Speedbo!!! I've loved participating this year, and I'm so grateful for all of the encouragement and motivation! Excited to move forward now that my first draft is complete. :) Hoping to self-publish my WIP this summer, Lord willing!

    Happy Easter to one and all, and God bless! :)


  19. Amber, congratulations. I personally love editing so once first draft is down well then the fun starts.

  20. YES! Ned congratulations to everyone, cause we're all winners. Going to the Pheonix writers club to see Sandra. Another yeah. And I think to pick ip my box of books. Good night, all. Thanks for the coffee and goodies.


  21. has anyone ever tried TOASTING a Peep?
    It seems a little 'Joan of Arc' but still, they're marshmallows, so why not.
    How about S'Peeps (S'Mores, get it!!??)

    I never have toasted a peep and suddenly that seems like a HUGE oversight.
    Like, well, sure, we eat pumpkin all the time but we've never tried it in PIE!!!!!!!!!!

    There are no Peeps on the premises. And of course no FIRE!

    But that is the ONLY thing stopping me.

  22. Carol, Red Box in rural Nebraska?
    I've got a better chance of finding Bigfoot.

  23. I'm not done but wow, I am very very close to meeting my SPEEDBO goals. I'm amazed.
    I'm wrapping up the novella I hoped to finish.
    I may make it because tomorrow looks to be a quiet day.

    Of course I rarely have a quiet day and I might just go wild and NAP THROUGH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But still, I'm close.

  24. Toasted Peeps are GREAT!

    We had a gas stove growing up, and we never went an Easter without roasting them. I love peeps and just a touch of fire to a marshmallow.

    Don't roast them too long. They burn easy with the sugar.

  25. It somehow seems wrong to toast Peeps.

    Mary, don't try it.

    Melissa, yes. She comes from a family familiar with fire.

  26. Such good news on the best Good News weekend of the year. Missy and Piper, way to go. And congrats to everyone who survived or thrived during Speedbo.

    I ate some black jelly beans even though I am not supposed to. What was I thinking?

    I finished my book just in time for the third grandbaby to arrive next week. Revisions will help pass the time.

    Yay, I finished my book! Thanks to everyone for your support.

    Peace, Julie

  27. I made my Speedbo goal of writing 25,000 words on a new story. I would not have made it that far without Seekerville.

    Thanks so much for all you do for me and all of us. You give freely both advice and encouragement. You teach us and you love us. And you even give away prizes.

    Seekerville is truly a reflection of the God we love so much.

    I hope you all have a very happy Easter celebrating our Jesus!

    Jackie L.

  28. I gave up sugar for lent so I am REALLY ready for jelly beans and a chocolate bunny.

  29. Congrats to all the winners. Woo hooo

    Seekerville rocked this month. Yay Speedbo.

  30. TINA, I will gladly give you my peeps.

    MARIANNE, can hardly wait to see you this afternoon. Will any other Seeker friends be there?

    Congrats to those who made their speedbo goals.

    I've already congratulated PIPER and MISSY but hey, love doing it so woooooo hoooooooo Happy dancing.

  31. MARY you are in the wrong place to see Bigfoot.

    And I think it is a great idea to toast those peeps.

  32. I'm about 400 words away from my goal but that's not nearly enough to end the book, so I'm sure I'll be whizzing past that number later today to finish up my Speedbo WIP.

    Great weekend edition. Congratulations to all of the winners.

    Happy Easter.

  33. Hope I get lots of chocolate tomorrow!!! LOL

    Congrats to Missy!!! Had to send her a congratulatory email, because that is SO STINKIN AMAZING!!! A RITA FINALIST! You go, girl!

    Are we supposed to report our SpeedBo Word count anywhere? My goal was 40,000, but I didn't quite make it. I wrote 15,000. :P It was a hard month. But I stopped early to work on one last edit of my first Regency before I have to turn it in. EeeK! I'm so excited about being a grown-up Regency writer! Haha!

  34. So, now we're fighitng over the Peeps and the chocolate?

    Tina, you can have the Peeps.

    I'll take the chocolate!

    Whoo-hoo, HELEN! Congrats!

  35. Another EGG-cellent WE, Tina!

    Ugh! lol

  36. Peep Surgery! What a hoot! lol

    Any Chocolate Bunny surgeries out there???

  37. FYI - I've read Mellie's first grown-up Regency manuscript.

    You should preorder it now.

    Okay. You can't.

    But you should.

  38. What a great way to end the month. Everyone progressed. Congrats to all who met their goals. I'll finish my WIP in a couple of weeks, but added 35000 words in March...above average for me.

    Congrats to prize winners. God knows what we need. I got a synopsis. Thank you all for making this possible.

    Another Congratulations to Missy and Piper. I'm planning to be at the banquet. Black tie, eh, I haven't been in an evening gown in years.

    Wishing you all a happy, blessed Easter.

  39. Seriously? I won a 5-page critique? That is so cool! Thank you! When I am published, I will need a full page to include the thank yous to all you Seekers for everything you have done to encourage and nudge me on my way.

    I see several names that are new to me on the April calendar. Should be fun to meet the folks who go with them.

    Congrats to all the winners -- extra congrats to everyone who met their Speedbo goal -- and huge thank yous to the cheer-readers.

    I've extended my Speedbo the number of days I lost to big, bad bears (and no, they were not living big, bad bears but events I couldn't foresee or delay). I will set off the fireworks when I reach my goal at (maybe even before?) my deadline.

    Need to come back later to read comments. Especially interested in the Amazon/Goodread ones. Oh, and Tina, I have geared up to enter two contests in April. Yeehaw!

    Have a lovely Easter, everyone.

    Nancy C

  40. Special Easter prayers to you all! Thanks to Tina for the WE. Congrats to all winners-both weekly and all Speedbo-ers! Thanks again for everyone's encouragement. You are all blessings!

  41. Love that first love! Beautful, Tina!!! God is so good.

    Congrats to all the winners!

    And everyone who took part in Speedbo is a winner in my book!!!

    Congrats to all!

  42. Good morning all, congrats to all the winners and so glad to see so many with such great attitudes at the end of were all winners, participation and shared results ..I see many happy faces here today.
    What better time too to end SpeedBo and be ready for Easter and all the goodies one gets with that.
    Happy Easter weekend all...
    Paula O

  43. Check out the latest edition of the RWR for a wonderful article featuring our own Tina Radcliffe!!!

    Woot! Fantastic, Tina! So exciting to see your comments.

    Plus, Julie's newest release had an ad in the publication as well.

    Then, of course, we're still Snoopy dancing about Missy's RITA final and Piper's GH final! Woot! Woot!

  44. Good morning, everyone.

    Got my epilogue written last night. That makes two complete manuscripts since conference.

    Now I'm going to shelve it and spring clean before starting edits.

    I'm feeling G-O-O-O-O-O-D.

  45. Rejoicing that Good Friday is over and Easter is almost here!

    Sending joyous Easter blessings to all. Along with chocolate bunny eggs, hugs and lots of love.

    Alleluia! Alleluia!

  46. Congratulations to all the winners! It's so hard to believe March and Speedbo are over.

    I'm thrilled for everyone who made progress on their stories this month. :)

    Okay, so was anyone else tempted to eat the ears off that cute little chocolate rabbit begging for carrots? :)

    Have a joyful Easter everyone!

  47. Congrats winners! I'm excited I won one of Glynna's books!!

    It looks like everyone made progress this month! My goal was to write each day. I didn't, but I do like what I got written. :}

    I'm glad to know I'm not the only one indulging in the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs.

    Has anyone tried the Reese's Peanut Butter Ice Cream Eggs? They are as good as they sound.

    Happy Easter everyone!

  48. Congratulations Missy and Piper! And to all the Speedbo winners.

    I'm still writing frantically -- definitely won't meet my word goal, but I'm determined to meet my plot goal so I can write that synopsis. I have 35,733 words so far which is just over half of my goal. :-(

    I bet I have the most creative excuse for being behind in my word count. Ready? Yesterday was supposed to be my marathon writing day only my dog got into a package of licorice allsorts...I won't paint you the visuals. :-(

    And thanks for the link to the Christian Fiction Online Magazine. I found a great article -- Building Suspense Behind the Scenes by DiAnn Mills. Perfect info for when I go back and start editing my story.

    Happy Easter everybody!

  49. Thanks for all of the congrats and support everyone! It is still just sinking in with me--I don't know about Missy....

    Hey Elaine, tell me about it....I have no idea what I am going to wear at all! I, sort of like Scarlett, will worry about that until sometime after Independence Day!

    Great WE Tina, I love all the candy. I'm waiting for April 1 when I will stock up on all of the Reese's Peanut Butter Eggs I can get until September 1 when the Reese's Pumpkins come out. *waves at Patty Jo*

    Have a wonderful Easter, Seekerville!


  50. Really? I'm in the RWR. That's odd.

  51. Hey, Rose. Congrats on your goal meeting.

    And I cannot wait to read Melanie's Regency.

  52. Per FB, add Natalie Monk's dad to your prayer list today. He is in critical care -stable condition per her notes. Let's pray him to a regular room for Sunday so all his family can be with him. Next step. HOME!

  53. I love all the Springy colors in today's W.E., Tina! My favorite Easter candy used to be something called "binks." They were little white chocolate bunnies that came maybe a dozen or more to a box. Haven't seen them anywhere in years and years. Does anyone else remember them?

    A BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all who participated in Speedbo 2013!! I wonder how many words TOTAL were churned out by Seekervillagers in March??

    Thank you for letting us know about Natalie's dad, Tina.

  54. Good afternoon, everyone! It's a gorgeous day in Georgia!! But it's supposed to storm tomorrow. :( We keep getting tastes of spring but nothing consistent yet.

    I hope you all have a great weekend and very wonderful Easter!

  55. GAG! Are we talking about peeps??? LOL

    I'm not a fan anymore. Maybe I got burned out on them in childhood. :)

  56. Woo hoo, Erica!!!! What a nice feeling. :)

  57. Y'all and all the pages you've written are so inspiring!

    I met my goal pagewise but didn't get it revised and submitted like I'd planned.

  58. Thanks all of you who have shared the excitement over the RITA with me! I still can't believe it. And I'm still stupidly grinning. :)

  59. Fun WE, Tina! Congratulations to all our Speedbo participants! Everybody's a winner!

    All this talk about Easter candy reminded me I haven't had a Cadbury cream egg yet. Love those things!

  60. I got a ten-page critique. That's the second best news of the weekend. (Of course, tomorrow is the best news of the weekend, but that's another story.)

    Sandra, I hope you like 1st century India.

  61. Mary reporting in on toasting Peeps.

    My only comment........eyebrows are over rated. Plus mine will grow back eventually.

    That is all I have to say about that.

  62. Will write for carrots. Right. Feeling that message today!

    Tina, that's a great bunny! You're the master of finding cute stuff for the WE. Great job,as always!

    What an incredible last week. Congrats again to MISSY and PIPER.
    And congrats to everyone who typed The End and everyone who moved forward on their WIP!

    And I'm thrilled to have won a critique prize this week. Thank you very much!

    I really want to finish this WIP, but know that I will be about 8-10,000 short. I'm satisfied, considering my March got nuts with two dogs having surgery and bronchitis that took me out of the game.

    This has been a blast and I will continue this pace in April and will report when I get to The End.
    Thank you, Seekerville!

  63. Yes, Tina, RWR. Breaking Through the Block, by Jane McBride Choate.
    Page 29!

  64. Maybe my copy will arrive today.

    Did it say I sleep all the time?

  65. Yippie for all you Speedbo writers. You really, really persevered folks.


  66. Whoa, CONGRATS TINA! Star of RWR. Great tips. Very cool.

  67. LOL. I guess the time has come to start wearing my shades to the grocery store.

  68. congrats winners!! forgive my punctuation. im on the kindle touch and proper writingon this thing is murder.

    dad has transfer orders. just waiting til they move him. thank ya'll so much for praying!!!

    congrats to everyone who survived speedbo!!! :)
    i had a blast! god bless!

  69. woot!!! Thanks for checking in Natalie!@!!! Praying for quick healing now.

  70. Oh My GOODNESS!!!
    I get a phone chat with TINA!!!!
    Happy dancin' happy dancin'

    Will Ruthy be driving this time or you? ;-)

  71. Their first love!


    And it always takes me about 70 minutes to get through the WE. So many great links. I've seen some of them, but the ones I haven't usually elad me to other articles and other sites and on and on...

  72. P.S. SOOOO excited for Missy Tippens (she knows this already but must say it again!) and Piper!!

  73. I think I won a 5 page crit from Missy too.
    Oh wow!!! Now I just have to figure out what to send to her.
    AHHHH!!! YAY!!!!
    Tina and Missy!!!!!

  74. Very funny, Pepper. VERY FUNNY!!!

    Ruth always drives.

  75. Had a wonderful afternoon with fellow seekers(authors, them, not me) Sandra and Jan. And such a marvellous , bountiful basket, Sandra! Thanks a million!

  76. Oh, I see Julie has been here with her announcement of THE END!!

    I'm so incredibly proud of her. She worked through porch-building, grandkids, appliance-shopping, and a myriad of other distractions.

    Whenever I'd whine about how many distractions I had, I'd think of construction. Ick. Yuck.

    YAY for Julie!!!!

  77. Hi folks, MARIANNE is right. We had a super time. And she brought cinnamon rolls. I MIGHT share. ahem
    They are to die for so maybe I won't. smile

    And it was fun to meet Jan in person too. woo hoo.

  78. WALT I love anything about India. Was just talking about it Thursday when I went to lunch with my friend who just came back from a month long visit there. I can hardly wait.

    And I get to crit other work too. April is going to be a FUN month.

    I'm sharpening my red pencil.

  79. TINA, great WE as usual.

    You are letting Ruth drive????

    My my you are a brave soul. Did she tell you about driving in Dallas? Again-a brave soul.

  80. First off, I'M AN EXCELLENT DRIVER...

    No one died.


    Therefore I must be okay! TEEEEEENSTER what a wonderful WE... I was busy with puppies and church earlier and (sigh...) yes, cleaning. At least a path to the "necessary", you know? So's when folks stop in tomorrow I'm not totally embarrassed.


    PEEPS!!!! My friend Jeff did a tour of the Peeps factory a few months back. Oh my stars, he said it was amazing. How fun! And yes, they sent him home with Peeps.

    And he shared.

    I'm watching The Bible right now. Our vigil Mass was beautiful and now I'm free to eat chocolate... BIG GRIN IN RUTHYLAND!!!! Now I must go see what naughty things some o' youse might have been saying at my expense whilst I was elsewise detaineth....

  81. OH my stars, do you feel the excitement in the air???

    You guys rock the big Kahuna of Speedboing life... And doesn't it feel good to have made progress?

    Helen, awesome... I love that you jumped right back in, built your bridge and then came through with the epilogue. SUHWEET!!!

    And Marianne, you got together with SANDRA AND JAN???? HOW FUN! WONDERFUL!!!! What a great chance to sit and talk writing!

    I have our eggs for the egg hunt all filled.... puppies are clean... dogs are fed. Sick dog is in my room upstairs. Mama dog is down here with 6 pups with her, 5 pups in living room with me. Rotational nursing so they don't squash each other.

    Food is ready for tomorrow.

    Roma Downey looks REAL GOOD.


    Mary, I've never toasted a Peep, but I bet they're wonderful, not too dark. Don't listen to TEEEEEENA. People pay BIG MONEY to have their eyebrows waxed. Or maybe it's their eyebrows polished and toenails waxed. Or maybe it's their tongues threaded.

    People are strange ducks.

    I'm hungry. But it's late.

    I do have sponge candy for the lot o' youse. Bein' Easter an' all.

  82. WooHoo! After a weekend of brain freeze, I finally made my goal this evening by adding 2013 words for the epilogue. I am lovin' this story, but I was beginning to think I wasn't going to make my goal. Life kept getting in the way and sucking all the creativity out of my brains.

    Goal: NaNo novel revised and beefed up by 10k-12k words with epilogue added.

    And SCORE!

  83. Laughing at the peeps.
    They make pretty good Easter s'mores, by the way. Graham crackers, melted chocolate, melted colored marshmallows... 'Scuse me while I raid the kitchen.

    Happy Easter, everyone.
    Congratulations, winners.

  84. Way to go Clari. I'll eat a Peep in your honor.

  85. Tina, I got kicked off my puker (my grandson's name for the computer - and for him only being three, how prophetic is that?) because my son was taking a mid-term on it tonight, so I had three hours to kill at Starbucks and spent the first 100 pages with Dr. Sara Elliot and Dr. Ben Rogers. Now I have to write my fingers to the bone until I can read the next 115, but can't wait! Hugs.

  86. At first you threw me Lyndee. You went to Starbucks with a doctor? No two doctors. Then I realized they are MY DOCTORS.


  87. Ooooo bunnies. Mmmm chocolate. I have no idea what Peeps are but yay for them too!

    Congratulations to everyone who achieved their SpeedBo goals :)

  88. He is risen! Alleluia, Peeps!!!! And I mean the real kind. Although some of the marshmallow ones are lingering in my dining room as we speak.


    GRINNING!!! Happy Easter!

  89. Tina, your doctors had coffee with LYNDEE!!!!!


    That just makes me grin!

    CLARI.... Well done. That whole thing is just plain wonderful....

    And you came to Yankee Belle.



    AND TINA ... like Deb, I LOVE that "first love" ending ... PERFECT and sooooo very true!!

    I never knew Peeps were such a hot commodity till my son married into a peeps-jousting family!! I was STUNNED at how sheltered I've been!!

    SUPER CONGRATS TO ALL OUR WINNERS and here's to new beginnings in HIM!!


  91. HE IS RISEN! Happy Easter, Seekerville!

  92. He is risen, indeed! Praising God this gorgeous Easter morning!

    Blessings to all in Seekerville!

  93. Kara!!!! What do you mean you don't know what Peeps ARE???? OH! MY GOSH!!!

    Where do you live dear?


  94. Happy Easter, Seekerville! Have a happy and holy holiday.

  95. Just wanted to pop over and THANK YOU for the SpeedBo challenge - my goal was 45,000 words this month and at 11:35 p.m. I'm at 45,020 ... and still writing!

    THANK YOU for helping me get this first draft done :)

  96. Karin, when you hit midnight go post on Monday's post with Mary Connealy for a chance to win a $25 gift card.