I started this blog thinking I was being silly/funny/stupid, etc. In other words, typical. But it's a party and it's fun to have fun at a party, right? So that was my goal.... But honestly, people take this NUMBER SEVEN BUSINESS very seriously!
Seven Years of Seekerville:
My boys always declared the number "7" to be the default answer to every possible testing mechanism. Not when they were playing "Scene It" or "Trivial Pursuit". The default answer there is "Battlestar Galactica".
Just so you know. But I digress. And just so you know, I think there's a lot to be said for the number TWO as in Derek Jeter..... (sighs softly and smiles.....) for obvious reasons!
And if you are the one American who hasn't seen the Gatorade/Jeter/My Way Farewell to New York video/commercial, here's your opportunity! Jeter Says Farewell To New York
You're welcome. :)
Oops, digressing again. My bad.
Seven Years of Seekerville:
So for our 7th birthday, I thought it would be fun to navigate through the world of sevens.... Seven continents, seven oceans, seven dwarfs (dwarves????), okay, let's go with seven little men to avoid argument.
Books about seven claim all kinds of things, including how the number seven links the Bible the Torah and the Koran.... And how the number seven is related to Jesus, Oprah and Elvis. Those books are ranked in the millions on Amazon, so the hunger to learn more about seven doesn't appear to be all that frenetic, and who writes books about a number, anyway???? The default answer for books is always R-O-M-A-N-C-E. Pshaw, everyone knows that!
Seven was ranked the most popular number in a recent study done online. The number three came in second. Why did they take the poll?
I HAVE NO IDEA. WHO DOES THESE THINGS?????
There are seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world, seven wives for seven brothers (it would have been awkward to have only six wives, right?) dance of the seven veils, seven arms on a menorah...
Seven sisters.... Seven-up! Seagram's 7.... 7-11 Stores.... Seven sacraments. And we all know that there aren't Six Habits of Highly Effective People... There are SEVEN!!!! And is it any coincidence that seven rhymes with heaven? I think not!!! And how many times are we instructed to forgive others?
Not seven, no. Seventy times seven. And when Jesus talks.... I listen!!!
So we're celebrating 7 years of working to help people make their way in a crazy business whose bottom line is "Hurry up and wait..."
Seven years of Seekerville.
|Vince, remember this????? :)|
We have no such excuse. With the touch of a button, we can find every over-used "that", "brow", "bit", "gaze" (the English language needs to come up with a couple of "gaze" synonyms. I am not kidding. Get on that, please.), etc.... So we don't have Homer's lame excuse of really bad paper and lack of keyboard finesse. And even without our gizmos and gadgets, he wrote some great books that we still quote today... The Police: Wrapped Around Your Finger
How many of today's kids have a clue who the scylla and charybdes are? And am I the only person who loved reading Homer in 8th grade? Probably.... ;)
Seven years of Seekerville...
To turn things around, sometimes you have to shake them up. And those big bumps in the road actually strengthen you for the BIGGER bumps in the road because unless you're Nora or Debbie, there are doors closed in your face on a semi-regular basis in this business. So grab hold of those rejections, those down-times and figure them to be character builders because you need that. You need it not only to survive but to flourish. To blossom and grow. Each year I see talented people shrug off writing because once it becomes a job, it's simply too much work. And do you know what I say to that in my typical, gentle Ruthy-style?
GO RIGHT AHEAD. LESS COMPETITION FOR ME!
Honestly, I am living my dream. I am having the time of my life. If it all ended tomorrow, I would still write.... and publish independently because this is the best time ever to be an author.
The Erma Bombeck quote over my sink says it all:
"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'."
That's how I want to go out of this life, a series of jobs well done no matter how menial, finishing each race, a flood of Seekerville birthdays, a host of people we've helped, an occasional toast to good times and sympathy through the harsh valleys of life.
So might you all be upstanding and raise your mugs/cups/glasses to seven more years, nay! Seven times seven more years of Seekerville and prose and faith and love... And of course, the greatest of these is love.
I love looking back and gazing forward! Stop in, leave a comment about writing, life, faith, romance, God, Jeter, cookies, kittens.... Whatevah! I've cleaned the cat dish ESPECIALLY WELL for today, so I'm tossing in names for 7 copies of "Her Holiday Family", THE FIRST EVER TO BE GIVEN OUT!!!!
And I'm tossing in a $25 Amazon gift card because buying more books for your Kindle is never a bad idea!
Coffee's on and I brought chocolate chip pumpkin spice cookies just for youse!
Ruthy Logan Herne is a best-selling, multi-published author who loves people, places and things but truly enjoys huddling up in her writing cave and creating sweet stories where she eventually fixes everything and people go on their merry way, happy-ever-after. This is why she writes FICTION because she understands the difference between make-believe and reality! Find her on facebook (of course!) and you can peruse her website HERE.... or just hang out with her in Seekerville, the best village on the World Wide Web!