Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Connect the Dots: Speedbo and Pickleball and No Limits

Hello Seekerville. Sandra here with more fresh oranges and tangelos from her tree.  So help yourself to some Arizona sunshine as we get set to psych up for Speedbo.

I've already picked a couple hundred and look how many tangelos I still have.

This spring I have been playing in several pickleball tournaments. Last Friday I played in El Mirage, Arizona. Turns out the resort we played at is the same resort Marianne Barkman stays at when she comes from Canada to winter in our lovely state.  Waving at you Marianne.  She and her mom came to cheer me on as I played.

Marianne and her mom 

In case you are wondering what pickleball is you can see videos and learn about the game at www.usapa.org. So playing all of this pickleball made me think of Speedbo and writing. There are many similarities. If any of you have played a sport you will relate to this analogy.

I have taken the Seeker theme to heart.  NO LIMITS

In pickleball this translates into me playing at a higher level than my rating. I’m rated a 3.0 and have won many medals at this rating.  I could continue to stay here and get more medals, but I want to improve my skills and move up to the next level.

Silver medal in mixed doubles with hubby

How will I improve my skills?  I play with higher level players. My partner, Jacquee, is a wonderful 3.5 level player and she took me on as a partner. I have learned so much from her. I also try and play pickleball with higher ranking players. Its harder on me, but playing with them teaches me new skills and improves my game. I appreciate the fact they will take time to play the game with me and many offer helpful hints and suggestions.

In writing, I got a taste of the bestseller list with the Seeker anthology. I understand that I landed there because of the steller authors I was linked to in that anthology.

I decided I want to be on that list again through my own merits. I want one of my own novels on the bestseller list. No Limits! How will I improve my writing skills? I interact with excellent writers and listen to what they say.

Okay, don’t laugh. I have been with excellent writers for many years, but admit, I don’t always listen.  (Hush up, Ruthy)

So those of you who hang out here in Seekerville are getting excellent craft workshops.  When I started writing, the only way to get this info was through conferences. This is still an excellent way to obtain excellent training, feedback and motivation. Hang with published writers. Go to local RWA meetings, local ACFW meetings, workshops, conferences, etc. You not only meet other authors, you meet all the players in the publishing world like editors, agents, marketing staff, etc.

In pickleball, another thing I have to do is play every day. I sometimes play longer days than others, depending upon what activities are scheduled and where I am. But every day, I strive to play for at least an hour or two. When I am on a trip and don’t have the opportunity to play, it always takes extra effort to get back up to speed. Sometimes it even takes extra effort to get motivated to go out and play. It is easy to rationalize and say to myself  “You are tired from this trip. Take it easy.”

3.5 and 4.0 level players at Voyager Resort

In writing, you also need to write every day. I know you have heard this from all of us Seekers. It is key to becoming a good writer. There come times and circumstances where you might say, “I can’t write today, taking care of this business is more important.”  Well the business is important, but it is always possible to squeeze in at least an hour of writing somehow. I find if I don’t, I end up getting sidetracked and it takes a longer time to get back into the writing.

How does Speedbo help out with this? Speedbo is ramping up your writing so you get a book finished in a month. Well this is great training to becoming a continual winner in finishing those books.  Once you get the hang of it and get in the routine of writing every day, which will happen in Speedbo, it is much easier to accomplish the task . By the way, last Friday, Tina posted a great article about getting started with Speedbo. Check it out here.

In Pickleball, the reason I play every day because as in any sport, what makes you a great and exceptional participant? Practice, practice, practice. Yep, you got it. And the same applies to writing. What will make you great? Practice, practice, practice.

Hubby plays every day.

In Pickleball, I am working on my serve. The serve is important because your team can only make a point when they serve. So if your serves are not making the mark, then your team loses points. I have a fairly average serve, but I need a stellar serve that shows I’m a higher level player. My husband has a dynamite serve and he obtained it by going out every evening and serving over 100 balls. I have been doing that also and it makes a difference. I also take classes or attend clinics that focus on the skill I want to improve.

Clinic on serving here at Voyager Resort

Notice, I’m focusing on one skill. This helps improvement if you focus on one skill at a time. This also applies to writing. Many writers go through their first draft and then go again, focusing on one or two skills at a time. Rather than trying to see all of the elements in one shot, it helps to focus on one or two and then really nail them.

For example, I tend to be wordy. I’m learning to just write the story and then go back and delete, delete, delete.  Hopefully by deleting all of those unnecessary passages, I’ll recognize them as I write them and won’t put them in at all.

Other elements to focus on are show don’t tell, depth of character, back story, character arc, moral premise, GMC (goal, motivation, conflict), etc. These are all elements that the Seekers and their friends have addressed in previous posts. Check out the archives for those you want to focus on.

I want to improve my skills in writing and in pickleball. So how do I determine if I've accomplished my goal?  In pickleball, I enter tournaments. How I place and how I perform with other skilled participants gives me good feedback to how I'm doing.

Darlene and I celebrate and discuss our performance winning silver in Seaside last fall.

In writing, I enter contests to see how I'm doing. In fact, most of you know that is how Seekers got together in the first place was through contest wins. Pre-published contests give great feedback on how your skills are progressing. Pubbed contests help you determine how you rank with other writers in your category.

Playing pickleball with better players does improve my game. But helping beginners and those at lower levels also helps me. Focusing on specific skills brings my awareness of my own performance on those skills to mind and helps me focus on improving them. 

Mentoring the beginners. 

One of the reasons RWA and ACFW are doing so well is they mentor beginners. These two writing organizations are the only two that I know of that dedicate themselves to helping raise the bar in their genre. Critiquing other writers really helps my writing. I can see weaknesses and strengths in other writing projects that I don't see in my own.  We are too close to our own work because what we want to say is in our head. It might not be on paper so you have to really be trained to look for it. 

That is what is so exciting about my participation in Seekerville. We have seen so many friends join us and go on to get published. They really work hard to improve their skills and I would wager they write every day also. Many of them participated in Speedbo.  Yay!

As I mentioned earlier, I was in a tournament last Friday. Well I played poorly and even lost my serve, which is a sign of nervousness in my case. Reflecting back, I did not perform well but I learned two valuable lessons that applies to writing and Speedbo as well.

Not only was Marianne there to cheer me on, but other RV friends that I see during the summer were residing at El Mirage resort as well. They all came to support me. I was so excited to see everyone.

My partner, Jacquee is next to me. In the middle is Diane, who is the craftswoman who made all those lovely kindle bags I've given away as prizes. Next is Pam and Pat who do the craft fairs with me in the summer. 

But because all my friends were there watching me in a tournament, I got so nervous that I lost my serve and missed several balls. I was thinking about what they thought instead of staying focused on my game. Now it wasn't their fault. It was mine. I let their wonderful presence get to me.

As a writer, you need to toughen up as well.  I remember the first time I let a friend read my writing, I was so nervous. When we write, we go deep into ourselves and it is scary to expose all those inner feelings and thoughts. And we're thinking "what will they think?"  If this is too scary for you then you don't want to become a writer. You need to toughen up.

Entering contests, getting rejections from publishers and working with critique partners and editors can become demoralizing if you let it. You have to toughen up and say "hey-good lesson to learn" and then move on.

The other valuable lesson I learned that applies to writing as well is that I lost my focus. I was busy chatting away and having a great time instead of paying attention to the business at hand which that day was playing in a tournament. Now it wasn't their fault because they were there to cheer me on.  It was my fault that I became too busy chatting instead of focusing on my game. 

In writing, we can let distractions take us away from our focus. We get on the Internet and let Facebook or emails interrupt our focus.  We accept invitations to lunch or go shopping instead of staying focused on our writing project. Anyone else have that problem?

If you have committed to Speedbo, then it is like committing to a tournament. Yes, it is nice to see friends, but when you have a commitment and goal--you need to stay focused on that commitment and goal. Tell your friends that you can't visit during Speedbo. Shut off the Internet when you are writing. Stay FOCUSED.

So does this ramp you up for Speedbo?

If not, go out and play your favorite sport and get motivated.

We only have four more days to go to begin Speedbo. You can sign up now so you are ready  on March 1.

You can sign up by sending an email to seekers@seekerville.net with your personal goal listed. Sharing your goal is only for accountability. Seekerville will not be sharing your goal with anyone. Enter by March 1 at 11:59 pm for a chance to win a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Complete rules can be found here.

Remember our theme this year.  NO LIMITS!!!

Dream big.

Visualize your dream.

Pray about your dream.

Then JUST DO IT!!!

Yummy Arizona sunshine oranges off my tree.

Don’t forget to grab some fresh oranges and tangelos. We also have a juicer so you can squeeze fresh juice.  There is Chocolate Velvet coffee (would I offer anything else??), hot chocolate and Teavana teas.

So tell us how you are Prepping up for your favorite sport and for Speedbo.

Those who comment have a chance to win a signed copy of one of my books, OR an available e copy of a Seeker book.

Sandra Leesmith writes sweet romances to warm the heartSandra loves to play pickleball, hike, read, bicycle and write. She lives in Arizona with her husband and during the hot summers she and her husband travel throughout the United States in their motorhome where she enjoys the outdoors and finds wonderful ideas for her next writing project.

You can find Sandra's books  here on Amazon.  
Two of Sandra's most popular books are also audio books at Audible.

You can read more posts by Sandra here. 


Marianne Barkman said...

I'm sorry you didn't win gold in Pickleball, but I'm thrilled we saw you, and im looking forward to seeing you in April. No Limits. You go, girl!!!! Loved the analogy.

Mark Abel said...

Hi Sandra,
Way to go Sandra, No limits, Yes! I'm in for Speedbo. Hey got lots of oranges over here too, want more?

The Artist Librarian said...

I've never heard of pickleball, but it looks like fun! I like your analogy also. =)

Mary Preston said...

NO LIMITS!! I love that.

I also love fresh juice thank you.

Cindy W. said...

Really loved the analogy of playing Pickleball and writing. My parents always told me "everything that is worth having is worth working for". I think that works with "No Limits" as well.

Cindy W.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Great analogy, Sandra! Raising a cup of juice in your honor!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

I just picked the last grapefruits and tangerines off the tree. The oranges are still going strong.

Tina Radcliffe said...

And I admit, I still don't get the pickleball attraction (btw she got another Seeker pickling too!)..but I admire you for all you have accomplished.


Jessica Nelson said...

great comparisons!

So does this mean writing is essentially a sport? *grin*

Jackie said...


Thanks for the great pep talk. Way to go on challenging yourself to do better in pickleball and writing. And thanks for challenging me.

Ruthy, congratulations on release day for All Dressed Up in Love. Can't wait to start reading!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Marianne, It is always a pleasure to see you and your mom.

Give your mom a hug for me.

Happy reading.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Mark, Yes, we can always use more oranges, especially this time of year. Always great to have a touch of sunshine.

So glad you're signed up for Speedbo.

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi TAL, Pickleball is very fun and addictive. It is easy to learn which makes it so fun.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Thanks MARY P, We love the fact so many are embracing the No Limits. Yay.

Enjoy that juice.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi CINDY W. Yes, if you are motivated to a sport, to writing, to reading, then yes, it is worth working for.

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Thanks RUTHY, who taught me much of what I know about aspiring to a dream.

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi TINA, That is what I love about citrus fruit. It can stay on the tree all spring and you just pick what you need. So many fruit trees ripen all at once and then its over.

You would be scary on the pickleball court. The way you embrace No Limits always, you would be champ in no time. smile

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi JESSICA, Hmmm good question. Writing is an art. But accomplishing dreams and goals have many things in common. So weather it is a sport or an art, you still have to work hard and apply no limits.

Hmm, I better get another cup of coffee. Too philosophical for this hour of the morning. LOL

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi JACKIE, Glad the pep talk worked.

You go girl.

Happy writing and happy reading.

Rhonda Starnes said...

Sandra, I've never heard of pickleball. I'll have to watch the video. I did like the analogy, though.

What I gleaned from this post was to focus, work hard, and stay away from things (like Facebook) that rob me of valuable writing time.

Tina Radcliffe said...

The Speedbo tab is up. Check it out under our banner above!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi RHONDA, Those are great points to learn. The Internet is a big help to us writers, but it can steal so much time away from writing. Way to go.

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Thanks TINA, I had the link in the text but forgot to put it on the graphic. You are a sweetheart. smile

Rose said...

Hi Sandra,

I'm not gearing up for Speedbo, but I should be! I need to be pulling a new proposal together. I have two ideas and I'm having trouble choosing which one I want to start.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi ROSE. You still have four days to decide. smile

Hang in there and go Speedbo.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Aw, Sandra.... You know I have my own special way of lovin'!!!


It's a drill sergeant kind of love!!!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi TINA, I was thinking about your statement of the appeal to pickleball. It is great exercise. Writing involves so much sitting. I am too uncoordinated to do a treadmill and write at the same time. LOL

I also like it because of the social life surrounding it. I'm in resorts with seniors and it is fun and healthy to hang with active seniors who enjoy life and like to have fun.

I think it is important for writers to be around other people. Its from interaction that we generate our ideas for that next story.

But we all have our own ways of achieving exercise and social activity. That's what makes Seekerville so fun and interesting.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Yes, RUTHY, you have inspired, encouraged and helped me numerous times. And kicked me in the behind which I admit I needed. Love ya!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Jackie Layton, thank you for the shameless plug for "All Dressed Up in Love"!!! releasing today!

Happy dancing!!!! I love this story, it's beyond charming!

DebH said...

hi Sandra
this is a perfect analogy for me. I've always been active with athletics and tend to be on the uber competitive side. Still play volleyball with some "mature" ladies (at 47 yrs old, I'm the "baby" of the team).

thank you for likening SPEEDBO to a tournament. this helps my mental state. I would never lose focus in a tournament - so I should not allow myself to lose focus during SPEEDBO. I've done that in the past. Plus, the pushing myself to improve by playing with better players is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO right on. I might get the proverbial butt kicking for awhile, but I'll come out the other side a much improved player.

thanks for doing the sports analogy thing with writing. it's a fresh perspective that REALLY (to the power of infinity) helped me today.

Seekerville is awesome. Have I said that lately? If not - well, it's far overdue. You all are GREAT!!!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Yay RUTHY, Thanks for putting in the link. So fun to have new releases.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi DEB H. Wow, I'm so happy this helped you to focus on Speedbo.

And thanks for the appreciation. We get as much out of Seekerville as you all do. You have inspired us also.

Happy writing.

Becky Dempsey said...

I am so glad that places like Seekerville exist for me to learn from. I already have learned so much and I'm sure I'll learn more. I don't always write every day, but I have noticed that it is easier to write the next time when I have been writing more/every day. Thank you for all the help you guys give us that are just starting out!

Audra Harders said...

Morning Sandra : )

I love your analogies! Especially concentrate on one skill at a time. OMG, if I tried to fix everything in ms the first time around, I'd be certifiable, LOL!

I'm always amazed at your Pickleball prowess, Sandra. Congrats on achieving the next level and #nolimits!!!

Please pass the tangelos. It looks like you have a very "fruitful" tree : )

Eileen said...

I don't know what pickleball is, but I do know that I relate to all your analogies, especially losing focus. Thanks to a book won two weeks ago, "2K to 10K", I realize all the excuses you pointed out. For speedbo, I am shifting the location to the library, blocking out the scene before I write and committing the time regardless of my too busy life. Thanks for the post!

Eileen said...

And, may I add, No Fair highlighting your lovely weather. Colorado just got winter about two weeks ago and now it will not quit!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi BECKY, It is always so encouraging to us here in Seekerville to hear that we are helping other writers. We are so appreciative of the help we received from each other that we love sharing.

Yes, writing every day is key. Hang in there.

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi AUDRA, Yep our trees are very productive as long as we don't have a huge wind storm when the blossoms are out. Help yourself. smile

You aren't the only one in awe. I'm always amazed at all the things you do also. smile


Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi EILEEN, Yes it is fair because we pay for this lovely weather in the summer with skyrocketing temperatures. smile So we appreciate it now. You'll have to come visit.

Glad the post helped you and also the book you won. There is a lot to learn in this business. All of us are still learning. smile

Hang in there and happy writing.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I'm with Eileen about the sunny weather, you BRATS.


That's kinda like my version of smiling while I say "Bless your heart!"

"The cold never bothered me, anyway!"

Sandra Leesmith said...

RUTHY you love playing in the snow. I've seen the photos on Facebook. And cold weather is great for baking. Yay.

You can gloat in the summer when we are roasting.

Janet Dean said...

Sandra, Thanks for the excellent comparison between success in Pickleball and writing. There's no easy road. With hard work, perseverance and a teachable spirit there are No Limits!

I'm impressed by your skills and commitment to your sport. Pickleball keeps you in shape, too. Important for a writer.

The right off the tree fruit must taste so much better. Lucky you. Tina too.


Myra Johnson said...

Wow, Sandra, you are really moving up in the pickleball ranks! And what a great post to show the similarities between writing and competition sports! If you want to improve, you MUST keep your focus, you MUST keep practicing, and you MUST keep reaching higher and challenging yourself.

On the pickleball front, I am still out of the game, which probably no one I played with is sorry about--LOL! Hubby still goes once or twice a week, so he's definitely improving. But there's quite a competitive cadre over there, and with more and more pickleballers showing up to play every morning on only three courts, there's less and less availability (or patience, from what I'm hearing) for coaching beginners, which is sad.

Unlike Seekerville, of course!!! We're here for all levels of writers! I hope everyone has signed up for Speedbo so we can rack up those pages in March!

kaybee said...

Hi Sandy,
Took it to heart about focusing on one or two specific skills. This year my focus is structure, and I really really REALLY want to nail those GMCs etc. My crit partner is a structure nut and we've agreed to work on that, plus I'll be reading and saving structure lessons from this and other sites.
My SPEEDBO goal is to do a second draft of one of my WIPs, "It Is Well With Her Soul." It's fairly primitive at this point, and I need to clarify the H and H's motives, work on structure (see above) and immerse myself in the period, which is the beginning of Prohibition. If I come out of this one talking like a gangster, just ignore it. My immediate goal is to finish the work I'm doing on "Trail" and get it ready for marketing so I can concentrate on "Well With Her Soul." I usually have a couple of projects in various stages, but will refine it to "Well With Her Soul" and my work with my crit partner for March.
Thanks for a good post.

kaybee said...

SANDRA, what I take away from this is, anything worth doing is worth doing well. Or like the Lowe's ad, "Never stop improving." I gain so much from learning that established writers are still learning too!

Wilani Wahl said...

I will take some oranges. I am so excited to be doing speedbo. So very grateful for all the seekers and their encouragement.

By the way earlier this month I was able to attend an author event and met. 3 authors a publicist and a student preparing to be an agent. Who knows what may come from that weekend.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi JANET, I believe you have your sport also. Golf isn't it? I used to golf with my mom. But I was never very good at it. LOL

ANd yes, after fruit off your own tree the oranges in the store just don't cut it.

Happy writing.

Julie Lessman said...

Hey, SANDRA, you will ALWAYS be "gold" to me, darlin', and I absolutely LOVED this post!! What a great analogy to writing while giving us a glimpse of how you spend your motor-home days, my friend! I didn't realize pickleball was getting so popular, but it sounds like it's taking the retirement community by storm from the research I've done!! At first when you mentioned it, I thought it sounded like some party game where you had to get "pickled" to play, but now I see it is an actual up-and-coming sport that's a cross between badminton and tennis. Sounds like SOOO much fun!!

One of the most important analogies you gave for pickleball in reference to writing is when you said: "In writing, you also need to write every day. I know you have heard this from all of us Seekers. It is key to becoming a good writer."

This is sooooo true, and a lesson I have learned a little late in the game, but definitely an important one to the craft. I liken it to excercise as well. A dose every day keeps those muscles toned and in shape, performing (or looking) their best. But a few days missed seem to thicken the old waste before my eyes, so it's best to make it a daily routine.

Hugs and SUPER CONGRATS on the silver, my friend!


Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi MYRA, So sorry you are still unable to play pickleball, but hey, you went out there and gave it a go. I know what you mean about crowded courts. You need to petition your city council. More and more courts are being built because it is the fastest growing sport in America right now. Yay.

And yes, we do need to focus, practice and strive to do better when we write. I too am thankful for Seekerville. We learn as much as we teach if not more. smile

Sandra Leesmith said...

HI KB, Yes, what a lesson for all of us. We are all still learning and have much yet to learn. That is what makes it all worthwhile.

Best wishes on your goals. You can do it with focus and determination. smile

Sandra Leesmith said...

Way to go WILANI, It is super fun and inspiring to meet other authors and those in the business. Good for you for going to the event. We'll keep positive thoughts that good comes from your efforts. smile

cathyann40 said...

I've never heard of pickleball.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi JULIE, Pickleball got its name from the inventors of the game. Their dog was named Pickle and it was always chasing after the ball -- so hence the name came about from Pickle's ball. Anyway thats the legend. LOL

Yes, you are so correct. I too have learned the hard way that you need to write every day. The more you take off, the more difficult it is to get back into it. You need to keep those fingers and the mind toned up. smile

Sandra Leesmith said...

CATHYANNE, Now you have - smile It is very popular especially among seniors. But young people love it also. Its easy to learn and fast paced. Lots of fun.

Jackie Smith said...

Interesting, Sandra! I knew nothing about pickleball...thanks for the pics, also. Would love to be "in" for a book!

Congrats to Ruthy on release day and thanks for my download....YAY...can't wait to read it!

Meghan Carver said...

Thank you for a great analogy to writing, Sandra. What am I doing to prep for Speedbo? Probably ought to be first things first, like sending my email to the Seekers to let them know I'm in. :-) Then, make sure my outline is ready and measure out the goal of how many words per day.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi JACKIE, Your name is in the dish. smile

Happy writing.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi MEGHAN, Sounds like a plan. That is the best way to start--have a plan. smile

Happy writing.

Sandy Smith said...

Wow, Sandra, you are a serious pickleball player! I noticed our parks and rec department is starting to offer pickleball. Don't recall seeing it as an option before, although my son played it in school in PE classes. I might have to try it sometime.

I am getting ready for Speedbo by writing note cards on scenes in my novel--different color for each character so I can then put them together into chapters. I don't have all my plot points quite figured out, but I am going to get started writing on March 1.

Please enter me into the drawing for one of your books!

Janet Dean said...

Sandra, I play golf, but not often. I don't practice or take lessons, all of which would improve my game. Truth is, I'm not a competitive person. But I do have fun riding in the cart, being outdoors and with women I really like. But after your post, I'm wondering if I should at least compete against myself. Maybe go for a "better than last time/last hole" mentality.


Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi SANDY, Sounds like you have a great start for the Speedbo lineup. That shows dedication. Great going. Speedbo will be a success for you with all that planning.

Happy writing.

Elizabeth Van Tassel said...

Thanks for the inspiration today! Love your analogies and the No Limits reminders. It helps to be focused on goals and cut out the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) that continually tries to distract us from achieving our goals. I'm in the final bit of completing my proposal and it's so easy to be drawn into other things or family needs. Thanks for getting me revved up to finish the quest and take the next steps!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi JANET, You know whatever works for you is what is best for you. As long as you're out there doing something fun and social, I think that is all you need to think about.

Now for the writing. You already practice most of these principles for writing. Yay!

You've always been a great example to me and others.

Elizabeth Van Tassel said...

Janet, I love golf too and want to take more lessons. What I've seen so far is my results are so much better if I can line things up right and have a singular focus, yet stay relaxed and try to enjoy it too. I'll use this for writing today, thanks!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi ELIZABETH, Yes, its important to hang in there especially when you are so close to achieving your goal. Way to go.

Thanks for the comments.

Happy writing and stay revved up. smile

Sandra Leesmith said...

Yes ELIZABETH, Great advice. Staying focused is good whether you are writing or participating in a sport for competition or for fun. I know that tiny little golf ball foxed me many time. LOL

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Cathy Ann, pickleball is great exercise and such a fun way to meet people. My niece plays it (I laugh at her, because I'm that mean) but she loves it!

Go for it! There are pickleball opportunities all over! It's growing like crazy!

Connie Queen said...

I have got to check out pickle ball! Sounds like fun.

Sports and writing make awesome analogies.

When I first started biking again and was struggling to make it up a hill, I'd count to 12 w/each rotation over and over and until I peaked over the top of the hill and could catch my breath. I noticed then when I go running and am feeling the need to walk (or pass out) I do the same thing. Count to twelve until the feeling passes. This would work so good w/writing. Just a few more words. 10, 20, 30...in set of 200 or so until I hit my daily writing goal.

Thanks Sandra!

CatMom said...

Wonderful post, sweet Sandra!
I'm sure your friends were happy to watch you play pickleball even if you didn't win. I think it's great you're taking part in a sport and getting exercise. :)

The oranges are yummy--thank you!

Hugs from Georgia, Patti Jo

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Gang, Sorry I was missing for a bit. Had to go to airport and pick up my brother who just flew in from Peru. He spent two weeks cruising on the Amazon. And he didn't get eaten by a piranha. He ate one of them though. And aligator and alpaca. Said the food was delicious and the jungle steamy and exciting.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Yes, RUTHY pickleball is declared as the fastest growing sport in the US now. Yay pickleball even though it has a silly name.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi CONNIE QUEEN, Great suggestion. Yes, count those words, ten at a time and pretty soon you have your word count. Whew!

Like that idea. Will try it myself.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi PATTI JO, The least I can do is offer oranges to you after all the peaches we get from you. smiling.

Hope you are doing okay.

Hugs back at you.

Janet Dean said...

Elizabeth, thanks for the great suggestions for playing golf. I have issues with lining up right. The reason I play better with my dh, who is sweet enough to line my feet up with the hole. Yet sometimes it just feels wrong. Guess I've been practicing wrong for too long. LOL


Janet Dean said...

Sandra, Speedy I'm not, but I love the positive theme of No Limits this year. It'll be exciting to see what everyone accomplishes in March!


Pam Hillman said...

Oranges, tangelos, Speedbo and Pickleball... what's not to like???

Great analogy, Sandra.

Sandra Leesmith said...

HI JANET, I agree. I think we'll have some new limits set. smile

And yay for hubbies who help us with our sports.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi PAM, When are you and hubby going to come out and try some. Would have a blast.

Debby Giusti said...

If only pickleball would come to my area of Georgia. Looks like fun and great exercise! Loved how you wove two of your favorite subjects together. So many similarities.

I'm nodding about losing focus. Oh my! I can spend way too much time on Facebook. Should have given it up for Lent! LOL!

Getting excited about Speedbo. I've got a book that needs to be written so I'm pumped and ready for March to arrive!

Your citrus trees are amazing. Such beautiful fruit. Will accept CARE packages anytime! :)


Sandra Leesmith said...

HI DEBBY, You don't have pickleball in Georgia???

Good grief. You need to talk to your parks and rec.

Yes, the oranges are yummy. Come visit.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hey folks, I'll be gone for a couple hours. Tonight is our local Desert Rose RWA meeting. Yay, I hardly get to go since we are on the road so am looking forward to it. I'll be back so leave a comment to be in the drawing.

Kelly Blackwell @ Heres My Take On It said...

Wonderful post Sandra! Thank you for giving me another way to look at writing and Speedbo! I hadn't heard of pickleball until I moved to Arizona. Maybe one day I can talk my husband into learning the game!
Thank you for the encouragement today to focus and to best of all write! I am anxiously awaiting Speedbo and have been deep in character thought, reading my copy of No Plot? No Problem, and of course keeping my eyes on Seekerville!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Hi Kelly, Sounds like you are all prepped up for Speedbo. Way to go. Speedbo will go better for those who are prepared and have thought it all through.

You will be surprised at what you can accomplish.

Sandra Leesmith said...

RWA meeting was great. I'm stuffed though. We meet at Lucille's Bar-B-Que. Goodness they give you enough food to feed an army.

Yummy food though. I did bring some home for lunch.

Lots of people talking about the same things we discuss here in Seekerville. Connect those dots and go No Limits.

Sandra Leesmith said...

Well it isn't midnight yet, but this girl is going to call it a night. Thanks all of you for joining us today. Have a wonderful week whether its playing pickleball or writing for Speedbo.

Go Speedbo.

Don't forget to check the weekend edition for a winner.

Thanks again.

Mary Hicks said...

I loved the analogy. :-)

I've heard of Pickleball, but never watched a match. I'm a golfing fan.

Lately, my big activity has been carrying numerous cups of hot tea to my writing station.

I think I need a run down the road—when the ice melts!

Deanna Stevens said...

Haven't heard of pickleball.. enjoyed your post today.. toss me in please :)

Chill N said...

Sandra, sorry to be so late commenting. If I didn't now better, I would swear you were at dinner with a friend and me last night when we discussed this very thing -- "In writing, we can let distractions take us away from our focus." Talk about a timely post! Thank you!

Nancy C

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Great post, Sandra! Needed to hear those tips today!

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