Friday, March 6, 2015

What Have You Done Today to Make Your Dream Come True?

This quote comes from astronaut Alan Bean, and was applied to writing by author Karen King.

A Speedbo day 6 welcome to our 133 Speedbo writers and our many cheerleaders! It's not too late to join. See our competitors and our prizes here.

 Today's post is secretly habit #3 of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers based on Steven R. Covey's book

  Here are habits #1 and #2 if you missed them.

"If habit one says you are the programmer (you get to choose if you will act or react), then habit two says write the program (the program or mission statement for your writing life), habit three is where you run the program by putting first things first. The opposite of putting first things first is to put second, or third or fourth things first."
- Steven R. Covey.

 The problem for most of us is that we have not identified what matters most. As a practical exercise, right now, in the comments, list the top five most important things in your life not in any particular order.

Here are some examples to choose from-but create your own list:

1. God
2. Family
3. Community service
4. Writing
5. Pursuit of education
6. Career/Job
7. Health
8. Money
9. Retirement planning 
10. Church activities
11. Personal development

Now prioritize your list of five with #1 being the most important.  You don't need to prioritize in the comments unless you are comfortable doing this.

Got your list of five?

Now ask yourself where on this list does my writing fall?

 According to where you prioritize writing on your list should determine the amount of importance that you give your writing. Now consider your activities from the last week.  Are you prioritizing your life around what you SAY are important to you? Are you pursuing your writing dream according to where it is on your list or do things NOT EVEN ON YOUR LIST come before your writing?

Managing your writing life (your writing dreams) is not about time management. It's about personal management. If you want to achieve your writing dreams you must have these three essentials of self management:

1. Self-discipline

2. Integrity (walk the talk)

3. Commitment

And what goes hand in hand with the three essentials of self management listed above? 

1. Determining what you can delegate.

2.Cultivating the word 'no.'

3. Learning how to let go. (Just let it go.)

 This is a very simple message. It really doesn't get any simpler.

This often quoted NY Times Op piece is fifteen years old and says that eighty percent of Americans want to write a book. I dare to say that probably most of those eighty percent want to have written a book.

Many of our Speedbo writers will write a book in a month. They will beat the odds. They will have written.

But let me tell you the truth about Speedbo. It's not actually all about writing a book in a month.

Speedbo is about making time for your dreams. For thirty one days you get to prove to yourself that in an ordinary person's  crazy, busy, insane daily schedule, there is room to do one thing during each of those days to make your writing dreams come true. 

Now go ahead and share the quote above (copy and paste) on your social media site to tell the world about it.  Then come back and tell us you did it to l have your name entered into a drawing for this lovely dreams mug. (you can also go below the post and like the FB icon or share this from the Seekerville FB page)

By the way, we're proud of you!

 By commenting, your name will also be entered into our weekly Speedbo drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card and if you want a critique of a chapter, you can be entered into that drawing too. Let us know. Winners announced in the Weekend Edition. So you must comment by Friday at midnight!

 Originally from Western, N.Y., Seeker Tina Radcliffe left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. Her career also includes being a library cataloger and a pharmacy clerk.

 Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist, a 2014 ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist, a 2014 Golden Quill finalist and a 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner. She has won first place in over twenty RWA chapter affiliated contests in her career. Tina is also a short story writer and has sold eleven short stories to Woman’s World Magazine. She currently resides in Arizona where she writes inspirational romance for Harlequin Love Inspired and independently publishes sweet romances.


Helen Gray said...

To make my dream come true, I have edited a complete manuscript this week and am working on my wip.

I've also got coffee brewing so others can have a caffeine fix to keep them working.

Wilani Wahl said...

I tried to copy and paste not sure if I did it right. I hope so.

I love this post.

I set up my top five in this order.
1. God
2. family
3. health concerns and needs
4. church activities
5. writing and reading.

I put writing and reading together because reading helps me to be a better writer.

In the first 5 days of Speedbo I should have written 5,000 words according to my goal. At this point I have written 8,815.

Tina, I received a gift card to Amazon this week and was able to purchase a book that has been on my want list since last year. It was well worth the book. It is the Work in Progress Notebook by Jeannie Ruesch.

Vince said...

"Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Mark 7:20

Our priorities are evidenced by our current behavior. Decide what you want. Create the behavior necessary to produce that outcome. You'll notice that your priorities have changed on their own.

Carol Garvin said...

There are some wonderful quotes here. Determining my priorities isn't all that difficult, but it took me years to reach the point of giving them their due. I love writing, but I treated it as a frivolous hobby until I realized it was okay to acknowledge my passion for it.

I'm not spending quite as much time on my Speedo-and-MarchMadness focuses this week as I thought I might, but it's realistic to accept that our priorities sometimes have to take a temporary shift. I'll grab a cup of Helen's great coffee and get an extra hour in now before I head for bed. It'll make up for the hour I have to spend with a contractor tomorrow. (Planning some kitchen renovations.)

Mary Preston said...

I get more done if I prioritise to begin with.

Melissa Jagears said...

I spent a few hours of chasing my dream of making church finance be a breeze.......that dream doesn't sound as fun as writing books, but oh the joy if I obtain it!

Terri said...

I loved this post! So inspiring. Exactly what I needed before the weekend. If love a critique and or an Amazin gift card. Both are manna to a writer.

Cindy W. said...

This is a wonderful post. Thank you.
As I get older, I have learned how important it is to prioritize. It has taken me a while but I'm learning...

Hope everyone achieves their goals for this Speedbo.

Blessings to you all!
Cindy W.

Tina Radcliffe said...

hahahaha I should have had coffee before I posted that! Should have said above not below.

Going to get a large cup of leaded.

I fixed it. Now no one will know what I am talking about.

Even funnier.

Laughing to myself now.


Tina Radcliffe said...

HELEN! Way to Speedbo!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Wilani, thanks for the book heads up!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Wait and I just saw that you wrote 8k! WOOOOOT!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Amen and write on, Vince! How are your Speedbo goals coming along?

Is my book ready to buy twenty copies of?

Let me know. We'll schedule you for a day in Seekerville with RPP and we will buy 10 copies to give away.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Carol, proud of you for coming out of your writing shadows and stepping into the light.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Good morning, Mary, Melissa, Cindy and Terri.

Terri, how goes the Speedbo.

Melissa, I am so not sure what to say about you enjoying finance. Numbers are an issue for me.

cathyann40 said...

Where in WNY were you Tina? I'm in WNY. :-)

Jackie said...

Hi Tina,

My prayer before I came to Speedbo was to make the best use of my time today. I asked God to help me stay on track with my writing and not get distracted.

I tried to attach the link to my blog, but I couldn't get it. I may try tonight.

Top 5 priorities:


I've written 6,922 words so far this week. Thanks for creating Speedbo.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Cathyann, I lived in Kenmore, NY.

Rose said...

To make my writing dreams come true, I've written five children's short stories and revised an adult short story.

Here's my top five:

1. God
2. Family
3. Writing
4. Health
5. Career/day job

I will be on grandma duty this weekend so I know I will not get any writing done from mid-morning to until sometime Monday. But that's okay because I planned ahead!

Great post, Tina.

Tina Radcliffe said...

That's okay, Jackie. Trying gets you in.

Or go to the Seekerville FB page and share the post.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Go Grandma, Rose!!!!

Barbara Scott said...

Just posted the pic on Facebook. Here's what I said: What are you doing today to make your dreams come true! My eyes popped opened at 5:50 a.m. Seriously? But I've got hot coffee in hand, and Buck grumbling while he wakes up stiff, aching, and sick of sleeping on a pallet on the cold, hard, cabin floor. Poor man. And it's only November 1, 1870, in the Deer Valley of Montana. Spring is still six months away. Wouldn't a hay loft in the barn be softer? #NOLIMITS

Please enter me in both drawings. I'm having a ball SPEEDBOING. Sounds dangerous, doesn't it?

Barbara Scott said...

Oh, and a SPEEDBO update. I've written almost 6,000 words in the last four days, and I still have today and tomorrow to go. Better get off social media, I guess.

Mary Hicks said...

Making my dream come true by writing and saying no to day time outings with friends. We do evenings. ( I can't let them know I'm having more fun at home. )

On my blog I call it my circle of life :
1. God
2. Family
3. Health
4. Church activities
5. Writing / friends

I get up early to have my bible study and prayer time.
My family doesn't require a lot of my time—but we are close and there for each other when needed. My health is good. Church activities involves a lot of my friends.

Reading and writing are my favorite ways to relax—no TV.

My total word count when I quit last evening: 8710

Dana McNeely said...

I think FOCUS is a problem for me. And maybe AVOIDANCE. So this Speedbo, my commitment is to write every day. That's it. Simple enough for me to stay focused on. Today I'm giving myself an extra shot in the arm. I took a day off from my day job and invited other Speedbo-ers to join me for a writing day. I'm going to FOCUS on finishing up the fight scene, which I have been AVOIDING.

Jeanne T said...

Tina, I love this post. Priorities. Ya gotta know them. I LOVED what you said here: "Managing your writing life (your writing dreams) is not about time management. It's about personal management. If you want to achieve your writing dreams you must have these three essentials of self management:"

So true.

My priorities are in no particular order

I'm behind where I wanted to be by now as for my Speedbo goals. I've written one scene of my subplot and I'm aiming to write at least one scene this weekend.

LOVED this post, Tina!

Sandra Leesmith said...

Great post Tina and reminder to prioritize if you want to accomplish those goals and dreams.

My writing falls about fifth and gets that attention. Every day. Yay. I'm writing more than before so that is a good thing. Yay speedbo

God and hubby come first. and second :)

Kav said...

I posted the No Limit poster on Facebook -- first time I've ever done that. (pat me on the head please) And I posted this quote, which I think is sooooo profound:

Managing your writing life (your writing dreams) is not about time management. It's about personal management

And didn't Facebook go and make it a nice link to this post. How clever is Facebook? Or should I say Tina?

Here's my five -- and before I list them let me say that I'm home on disability leave and my world has literally been within the walls of my house for going on five months now so it might seem odd. Okay -- here it is


I know -- who prioritizes reading, right? Well, I always have but not to the extent I do now. When I have a bad night, reading keeps me sane. And reading any time is such a blessed escape. So, yes, reading is a priority for me. Big time.

kaybee said...

I thought Buck was your husband until I got to the 1870 part. TOO funny!
Kathy Bailey

Cindy Regnier said...

2. Family
3. Job
4. Writing
still deciding what #5 might be -= lots of options there. That writing thingcame out in the top 5 - no problem. Strange how I've never been tempted to quit any of the other things (well, maybe my real job!) but I get to thinking about quitting writing sometimes. I can't. It's God-given. I would do it if no one but me ever read anything I wrote. I shared on FB and twitter so everyone will KNOW I'm going after that dream.

kaybee said...

I got a chapter back from my crit partner for the sequel to "Trail" and am already thinking about the revisions she suggested. I think I'll take a break from the Speedbo story and address that this weekend. Speedbo story, I've got drafts of two new chapters after "snowflaking" the plot. They're not that great but they're definitely chapters. And this weekend I plan to polish and send my Genesis entry. About all I can handle right now, but things are getting done.
Good post, Tina, we do need to think about what's important to us.

kaybee said...

DANA, I don't like fight scenes either.
Kathy Bailey

kaybee said...

Kathy B's priorities:
1. God
2. Family
3. Writing
4. Day job
5. Health. I'm a diabetic, but I've found if I keep a healthy lifestyle from the start I don't have to worry about it, or even much think about it. So I don't.
Day job. Necessary Evil.

Julie Hilton Steele said...

Tina's I've posted the meme!

For me the list I try to stick to is:

God - it's Lent which is a good reminder.

Family - three grandchildren under the age of six. They change every day. And time with ManO

Health- that has to be a priority. I now have a standing desk to help with some of the problems that prevented me from writing. When I can't write, I do research. When I am unable to type I hand write. It's all about getting it done without damaging my health.

Writing - if I have the others in place, then I'm happy to write and get more done, rather than avoiding it.

Please put me in for any and all drawings. And thanks for the exercise.

Peace, Julie

Janet Dean said...

Excellent post, Tina!! Love the mug.

This convicted me:

Managing your writing life (your writing dreams) is not about time management. It's about personal management. -

I'm cracking the whip, what I need to keep myself in line!


DebH said...

my top five list in no particular order, off the top of my head is as follows:
Health (physical & financial)
Using my talents (animation/graphics/writing)
Church involvement

I hardly ever go there, but I did post the heart pic on my FB page. The people who know I started writing will probably be happy to see it there. Plus, I put a link to Seekerville so they can check it out. (not that they don't know about Seekerville already, but I don't know if they've ever wandered over to read here...)

Loraine Nunley said...

I am behind in my personal goal for Speedbo, but I did manage to write a little bit this morning. Someone told me recently to take baby steps when I am feeling overwhelmed and that's what I did today. I just keep telling myself: "Baby steps, baby steps..."

Tracey Hagwood said...

Thank you Tina and Seekers for your cards of comfort after my dad passed away.

Not only are the Seekers wonderful writers, but awesome friends, women who extend extravagant kindness and sympathy to others. I'm so touched and humbled at your concern and care for me. I truly appreciate it.

And thank you Tina for this post, reminding me to set my priority list. Mine are a bit jumbled at the moment, but one of my priorities is to get them back on track this week, lol.

Sherri Shackelford said...

I love this! Great reminder.

Linda Goodnight said...

I love the part that says it's not time management, it's self management. What a powerful and important statement for all of us writers. We make the time to do the things that really matter. Now, this reluctant self manager must get dressed and head to the gym to get this body in shape to do those things that really matter.:)

Sally Shupe said...

Loved this post! Would love to be entered in the drawing the Amazon gift card. Just realized last night that I am already in the routine of writing. Once everything gets done, or around 8pm, whichever happens first, I find myself in my chair with the laptop, writing. This is so encouraging to me. Before, days would go by and I hadn't had time to write. Now, I have written right at 5000 words so far in March as of last night. Thank you Speedbo for the encouragement, support, and kick in the pants. Just what I needed. Speedbo on!

Carolyne Aarsen said...

I know what my priority list should look like and it's a basic blueprint for my life. But if I were honest with myself there have been many times that the first thing on the list was not my relationship with God but my writing. I would catch myself listening to a sermon and think "Oh, (insert name of hero/heroine) could learn that lesson!" and not me.....But I have also noticed that when I start my day with my devotions and bathe the day in prayer that the writing seems to fall into the place it should be. My family is my priority, but I have also had to learn to step emotionally aside from their dramas and know when it's time to be Mom and when it's time to remind myself they are all grown up and have to make their own choices and mistakes. I can't go running in all the time to 'help'. (easier said than done though). So I have found that my priority list is the basis on which I make decisions as to where I'm going to spend my time and what will take up emotional space and physical space in my life.

Carolyne Aarsen said...

Forgot to say, that my dream of being published has come true but it always gets adjusted and there are always new things to aim for. Thanks for an excellent post Tina!

Olivia said...
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Tina Radcliffe said...

At this rate, Barbara, you'll have two books in a month!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Mary Hicks!!!!!! Amazing!!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Integrity. You are worth the focus Dana. BE TRUE TO You!!!

Jamie Adams said...

1k words a day so far this month. Love Speedbo!

Myra Johnson said...

Super-inspirational post, TINA!

And I learned how to do something new today. I activated the "share" service in Firefox and shared one of your post graphics directly to my Facebook timeline!

My top 5 priorities (somewhat in order except for God on top):


Rhonda Starnes said...

Tina, you always make me have to stop and think about things. Okay, here are my priorities right this minute...
1. God
2. Family
3. Health
4. Career/Day Job
5. Writing

This is what I want my priorities to be...
1. God
2. Family
3. Writing
4. Crafting/Gardening
5. Travel

Unfortunately, until I deal with a few health issues and can walk away from the day job, writing will have to sit at number five. The main thing for me is to not let it fall below that number on my priority list. As long as it's in the top five, I CAN make the time needed for it each day.

Thanks for saying "let me tell you the truth about Speedbo. It's not actually all about writing a book in a month. Speedbo is about making time for your dreams. For thirty one days you get to prove to yourself that in an ordinary person's crazy, busy, insane daily schedule, there is room to do one thing during each of those days to make your writing dreams come true." It's not about having a book at the end of one month. It's about building new writing habits. As long as I add to my word count each and every day, I am making progress!

Mary Connealy said...

I'm at a place now in my book where it's just a sprint to the end. A novella. Then I want to spend a day or two revising another novella, THEN I will revise a full length novel.

I am hoping all this is done by the end of this coming week and things are set away.

THEN I can get busy on a new book which is what I'm desperate to do. Not because it's due that soon, the timing is good. It's due in October, but because I am so eager to dive into this story!

Rhonda Starnes said...

Forgot to add that I did share the lovely poster to my Facebook wall. And I'm always up for a critique of my writing. I can't get better without feedback, right? Please, enter my name in the drawing. :)

Mary Connealy said...

Live the life you've imagined.

I need a better imagination probably, unless the life I've imagined is...sitting home alone all day writing.

And honestly, I guess that's the life I've imagined so.....I'm good!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Pretty sad, Conneally, because we LIKE being alone in a cave!

Tina Radcliffe said...

I put reading in my top five, Kav!!

Julie Lessman said...

Mmmm ... very interesting question (and post), Tina!!

The most important thing I have done today to make my dream come true is spend time with God in His Word, silence (yeah, I know, hard to imagine!), devotional reading, worship, and prayer.

In fact, ironically, my Journal Jot post today is pretty much in line with that, about the best way to see your dream come true is to make sure your "treasure" (where you spend your time, your passion, your interest) is first and foremost in God, then all the rest of the things will be added unto you.

I've had my top five formulated for a while now, but here they are:

1.) GOD

Of course, saying your list and it actually being TRUE as far as order are two different things, I've discovered through my 8-month sabbatical, so now I'm focusing on them in order and A LOT happier for it. :)


Julie Lessman said...

TINA SAID: "And what goes hand in hand with the three essentials of self management listed above
1. Determining what you can delegate.
2.Cultivating the word 'no.'
3. Learning how to let go. (Just let it go.)

LOL ... have never been good at any of these, but I'm learning, especially how to say no, and it's kind of fun and thrilling ... ;)


kaybee said...

Baby steps are great. Some days I can only manage to do ONE THING for my writing, but it's one thing I hadn't done before.
Kathy Bailey

Connie Queen said...

I loved this post so much I went and ordered the book 7 Habits.

I pasted Speedbo's dream motto.

Now it's time to get to work.

Vince said...

Hi Tina:

I think you smoked me out!

I have been Slowbo-ing it lately given the snow and other good reasons (like taking care of my post-operative wife) to be doing something else.

It seems I'd rather be reordering my priorities than changing my behavior. (I also do that by reading diet books in lieu of actually going on a diet.) It's like researching, shopping for and buying a new mirror in an effort to improve my looks. It won't work but it makes me feel less guilty.

Twenty books! A guest blog! Ten giveaways!


Now that's red meat to feed my 'wanna'!

Now if my 'wanna' can just get past my 'I don't like editing' guard dogs.

This may not be pretty! : )

I'm not so sure that it is really such a good idea to 'know thy self' as Socrates advised. Sometimes it is better not to know exactly how sausages are made.

P.S. Pam's, "This Land is Our Land"*, is so good, I just have to finish reading it. And that's the Seeker's fault.

*"Homestead Brides"

Jill Weatherholt said...

Terrific post, Tina! I love Covey.
I'm getting better at saying "no." It's difficult at times, but it's best for me.

My list:
1. God
2. Family/Friends
3. Health - I have Crohn's Disease so staying healthy is a must.
4. Day Job = health insurance :)
5. Writing

I'd love to be entered for the Amazon gift card because one thing I need is MORE BOOKS! :)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

There is no coffee on that list!

Or chocolate.

Because let's be honest here, those two rank higher than a great many things on my priority list!!!

Tina, great post, I stole the moonheart/heartmoon pic and I love it to death.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

My goal this week was to edit my September release...

I am re-writing the ending, and I'm reminded why I love this story.

Because it's beautiful.

It's not funny, it's not snarky, it's warm and evocative and every now and again I like to see if that side of me can still write books!

The answer appears to be YES!!!


My goal is to finish this by Sunday. With coffee in hand. A lot of coffee in hand, LOL!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

I am in awe of Tina's list of awards.


That's amazing and wonderful, Radcliffe!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

How insulted will my family be that coffee ranks higher?????


Pam Hillman said...

Wilani, my list looks a LOT like yours.

You know, I've discovered the Notes feature on my Macbook Pro. I really like this little Notes thing because it helps me keep a nice little list.

So, I reviewed my TO DO list. Blech

Seriously, it's not too bad. A lot of what's on my To Do list wouldn't take long to do, but it doesn't have an impending deadline... so I put it off.

The problem with that is when the impending deadline on those small tasks collides with bigger more critical deadlines, then a person can get overwhelmed.

So, in addition to my To Do list, I created a Priorities list in the Notes and listed my priorities that are a must. God, family, health, writing, etc.

Then on a separate list, I wrote down many of the time-suckers that demand my time, but don't have a hard deadline.

So, I'm looking at them, thinking which of those can I delegate? Which of those have more priority than others?

Marketing, social media, speaking, housework, shopping/errands, decluttering, all fall under this category.

My list will have to sit there while I meditate on it. For instance, right now Office work, housework, and decluttering are the last three on the list of about 15 items in my non-priority list of things that need done...eventually. lol

Some office work has to be done. Bills have to be paid. But organizing, decluttering and a lot of housework can wait. My office is a hazardous zone right now. My natural inclination is to tackle a job like that and attempt to search/sort/file/destroy over a 2-3 day period. My time would be better spent doing this type of thing in small 30 minute increments. Just sort through ONE old box of records, magazines, etc. etc., then STOP and go back to writing. One small step that makes me feel good about making headway on a task.

Some of this can be delegated once I find the right person or people to assist. Again, small bites probably work well here, too. One kiddo, niece, DIL might be more suited to cleaning my office, while another is good with computers or website maintenance. My helpers all have jobs or are in school, so giving them a long list of tasks seems to overwhelm them (just like it does ME!)

Hmmm, as I look over my list of what I can delegate that might help. Pick ONE thing that they can do and delegate it.

Okay, what can I delegate to hubby? Uh... I'll get back with you on that.

PS.... I made WHITE CHICKEN CHILI in the crockpot today. Smells SO GOOD. I added a packet of Ranch Dressing mix for a kick of flavor.

Grab a bowl and dig in. Chips and cheese and sour cream on the sideboard. Yum!

Sandy Smith said...

My top five, not necessarily in this order, are:
Family, Job, Writing, God, Health Concerns

I guess I would also put reading on this list as well.

I have definitely enjoyed Speedbo because I have been wanting to get my 1000 words in no matter what. Some days I am just writing words to be writing them it seems but at least I am in the habit.

Please enter me for the Amazon gift card and the critique of a chapter.

Sandy Smith said...

I have a question. I have been doing well in the first 5 days starting my novel. I am following yesterday's blog post about just writing and not worrying about it being horrible or revising. So I was going along getting the story down, even though I knew it would need a lot more. Then last night I found that I was in a place where I knew what kind of story line I needed, but it was just a vague outline and I ended up writing notes like "need a scene between these characters."

So my question is, do I forget about that and keep plodding along with what I already know about my book and come back to the other later, or is it considered revising if I actually try to write out those missing scenes and insert them? And yes, I realize Speedbo is about what works for us, but I am curious what others might think is the best way to proceed. It did so bog me down that I had trouble continuing. It probably didn't help that it was getting late, either!


Christine said...

At first my list was God, Family, writing. But 15 years later & 4 books published and 2 more being released this year, the writing has been pushed to a lower priority. My list is now God, family, rest, fun for my mental health, and then writing. One thing the Lord has impressed upon me is that my ministry is not my burden to carry, but His. He only wants me to be obedient, and He'll take care of the details.

Pam Hillman said...

Wilani, you are smoking this Speedbo! :)

Debra Clopton said...

Great post! Just peeking in and back to writing. Hope everyone is doing great!

Sandy Smith said...

I also shared the quote on my Facebook page. Please enter me also into the drawing for the mug.

DebH said...

Ruthy, your How insulted will my family be that coffee ranks higher????? has me laughing. Somehow I think they might understand.

Chocolate is on my list under the health heading - because, well, because.

Tina - you're a dynamo. Thanks for the great posts and all that behind the scenes stuff you do.

Pam Hillman said...

Somebody please eat some of my White Chicken Chili...because I'm on my SECOND HELPING.



Wilani Wahl said...

I have discovered an awesome tool now that I have a smart phone. I have the Webster dictionary app. If I want to find out how to spell something all I have to do is speak the word and it tells me how to spell and also the definition. I have used it a lot this week.

But alas it did not have one word I needed a few minutes ago. My guess is it would be spelled Ut Oh. Anyone know the correct way to use this.

Erica Vetsch said...

Such good advice today, and some that I needed. I've been a bit unfocused lately, which is why Speedbo and my current deadline are so good for me.

Pam Hillman said...

Carolyne, this is good stuff! I'm, too, am a fixer.

And, you're so right about listing God first. Do I list God first just because I'm supposed to, or is He REALLY first in my life?

Kinda like slapping a Jesus bumper sticker on my car, then throwing a road-rage fit if something doesn't go my way on the highway. :(

Wilani Wahl said...

Pam I'll take some of your chili. I almost forgot to eat lunch. I was so engrossed in my writing.

Meghan Carver said...

How is it that I've never "liked" Seekerville on FB? I thought I'd done that a long time ago. So, that's done, and I shared. Would love to be entered in all the drawings. Love you, Seekers!

My current struggle in priorities, one that has been decided but I still need to remind myself of, is that writing comes before blogging. Blogging can be fun and gets encouragement faster than writing and submitting, but it is definitely NOT my ultimate goal. Note to self!

Pam Hillman said...

The most important thing I have done today to make my dream come true is spend time with God in His Word, silence (yeah, I know, hard to imagine!), devotional reading, worship, and prayer.

Julie, you make up for that silence later on in the day (ESPECIALLY when we're all together at conference) so you're good! :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Amen, Pam!!!!!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Wow! Thanks, Jeanne!!!

Pam Hillman said...

P.S. Pam's, "This Land is Our Land"*, is so good, I just have to finish reading it. And that's the Seeker's fault.

*"Homestead Brides"

Oh, wow! Thanks, Vince, for the shout-out! Snoopy dancing in MS! But since it's a quick read, you can still have time to Speedbo today. :)

Elizabeth Van Tassel said...

I'm ready to send my complete manuscript and proposal out next week. Very exciting after a long journey to get here! I love this post and especially the quote at the beginning. I agree that focus is the only way to get things to completion, and much prayer.

Jackie Smith said...

Pam, you have me searching for my chicken chili that stuff!

Melissa, never never forget how important you are to church finances....I was in that for 31 yrs.

If "readers" are in for the A. card....count me in!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Go, Grammy Hilton Steele!! You are entered!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Woot!!!! Elizabeth Van Tassell!!!!

Kelly Goshorn said...

I loved the quote "Its not about prioritizing what's on your schedule, but scheduling your priorities." Amen! I need to learn to say "no" and to rid myself of the guilt monster when I am not all things to all people in my life. Priorities for me are God, family, writing, friendships and my health. I met my first Speedbo goal today and hit "send" on my Genesis entry! Whoot! Whoot! Now on to those pesky revisions!

Jan Drexler said...

Living the dream and loving it. :) And I shared the graphic on Facebook!

But, oh, priorities! I struggled with this same thing when I was living my other dream - homeschooling our children. Both of these dreams take So. Much. Time. And where do you make choices? How do you fit everything into an already busy life?

You're so right, Tina. You have to let some things go. (And I'm not singing the song!)

I was browsing through seed catalogs the other day, dreaming about the gardens I've had - and moved away from - many times in previous years. But my husband reminded me that if I want a garden, I have to give something else up.

Gardening doesn't make it to the top 5 in my list of priorities anymore.

But back to living the dream. When we were homeschooling, I scheduled and compartmentalized the different priorities. Every day from 8 AM until 4 PM was school. No exceptions, no distractions. No running to the store, no turning on the television for "just a minute." I did the same with housework, gardening, church work, etc. I was able to be productive in all those areas because I disciplined myself to keep to my schedule as much as possible.

I was also younger.

But I still try to do the same thing. Writing has its scheduled time. So does housework. So does church work.

Here's my top 5:

Church responsibilities

I know my husband would want me to fit bread baking back in there somewhere....

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Carolyne Aarsen, I love you. I'm not even kidding, I love that common sense, get the job done side of you that I don't see in most famous people. You are of the race that knows Joseph, my friend.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Deadlines are horrible good things, Erica!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

How do you eat an elephant, Loraine? One bite at a time! Ha!

Tina Radcliffe said...

The interesting to note: if God is first does he get most of your time??????

Tina Radcliffe said...

Agree on the day job, Kaybee. It keeps me in chocolate so I am very grateful!

Tina Radcliffe said...

You are in, oh wise, Meghan!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Thank you Cindy R!!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

We love you, Tracey!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Sigh. Linda Goodnight goes to the gym.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Amen to Csrolyne A too!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Living the dream!!!! Yes! jan!!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Tina's my name. Weird think in' is my game, Rhonda! Heath comes first at times.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Way to go, Sally!!!!

Sarah Claucherty said...

I shared this on my Pinterest page!

Sarah Claucherty said...

I shared this on Pinterest!

Carolyne Aarsen said...

I love you too, Ruth! So sorry we didn't connect that one afternoon in upstate NY!! Sad face......

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Elizabeth Van Tassel, I am so stinkin' proud of you, as only a Ruthinator can be proud!!!!!!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Carolyne, our paths will cross... We were SO CLOSE!!!!!

Olivia said...

Pam, hope some of the white chicken chili is left. I am planning on serving it for supper. Working on my priorities and goals in a wintry Tennessee.

Olivia said...

Please enter my name in the gift card and critique drawings!

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Ruth Logan Herne said...

My list would look a lot like Drexlers.... except coffee would nudge housework and church responsibilities.

Around here most everything nudges housework.


And that's what it comes down to, I'd rather write than clean so housework is nil.

But I LOVE house projects, painting, plastering, fixing, I love having a paintbrush in my hand, or decking things out.

That part is way fun!

Jeanne T said...

Ruthy, I'm with you! No one pays me to clean house either. So, if/when it's done, it's usually by my boys. . . especially if they need a consequence. When I have time to choose between writing and a clean house, I'll choose writing. :)

Jeanne T said...

Tina, I forgot to mention I'd love to be in for both drawings. :)

The Artist Librarian said...

To make my dreams come true ... I'm going to be writing scholarship essays tonight. =)

Go Speedbo! Especially you guys keeping up with your goals! Totally failing my blog post one (might get something up tonight though). ;-)

Chill N said...

"Speedbo is about making time for your dreams."

Cheering on everyone as you pursue those dreams. The word counts and accomplishments are inspiring!

My priority list seems to be a fluid one. Re-evaluating that fact.

Nancy C

Candee Fick said...

Posted on Facebook. Thanks for the inspiration and the accountability! I spent the morning editing research papers with 5th graders but now I have to get some words of my own written before a Regional basketball game tonight. ;-)

My personal mission statement sums up my priorities: Faith, Family, and Fiction (in that order). #4 would be personal care/health and #5 might be chocolate/rest/rewards so I have the energy to tackle 1, 2, and 3.

Honestly, my Speedbo goal is a bit behind, but I'm hoping to be squirreled away in a hotel for three days next week with nothing to do but watch a State playoff basketball game each day. My characters will be making the trip to Pueblo with me!

Thanks for the peptalk!

Janet Kerr said...

Great list of habits. These are well worth adding to any day. Please enter me in the draw.

Bettie said...

Made it to 4600 yesterday. Today the priority is babysitting the grand kids.

Janet Ferguson said...

Despite the flu, I've got my contest entry ready. I just want to read it one more time tomorrow before I hit send. Only written 4k new words on my story during my fog. Sometimes health moves its way up the list, lol. Hope to be back up to Speedbo for the second week!

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Sandy Smith, here's my advice for what it's worth: Go to the emotion of the scene. Don't worry to much about what they're doing, but how they're feeling about each other/their mother, their teacher, whomever. So if you need a scene there, I think: "What is going to raise the stakes for the hero/heroine? If the mother is nice, what's driving the scene? Internal guilt? Holding back? Snooping? If the mother (or whomever) is a first-class jerk, then we have a perfect chance to show the depth of hero/heroine. And it can play either way depending on the book (Jenny Campbell in Kirkwood Lake series = NICE and Evelyn Calhoun in "A Family to Cherish" = SNARKY OLD LADY.

So either way, the emotion of the people drives your scene and it's not all that important what they're doing.

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Janet Ferguson, so sorry!!!! I agree, when we're sick, health jumps a few notches. God bless you!!! Get better. And get back to work. :)

Ruth Logan Herne said...

Bettie, you rock. Seriously. 4600 is marvelous. And grandkids are a pleasure, even when they're interrupting this and/or that! I love me some grandbabies!

Leola Ogle said...

Love this post, Tina! Today (doing my own drum roll) Jan Christiansen, Dana McNeely, Barbara Burke and I got got together for a writing day for Speedbo. We wrote all morning, broke for lunch, and then read aloud what we had written to the group for brainstorming. It was so much fun, we plan to do it again before March is over.

my2ndnature said...

Shared this in Facebook. And I'm learning to live priorities instead of THE SCHEDULE!

Unknown said...

Hey, Pam Jernigan here... I am tired and not really going to get much typed up today. I did a lot of writing about my story, though, in the form of plotting and making the characterization better, and making notes of what changes to make to earlier scenes. But as a friend of mine likes to say in times like these: "Can't words good". This comment is giving me trouble.

Enter me in drawings please, including the chapter critique. Thanks.

Unknown said...

PS, I shared the graphic on FB. See, told you that comment was too hard for me :)

Tina Radcliffe said...

Excellent rationale, Ruthy. No one pays me to do house work either. Moratorium here we come.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Way to go, Sarah C. You are in!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

on the floor laughing because Julie Lessman thinks learning to say no is fun and thrilling!!

Tina Radcliffe said...


Tina Radcliffe said...

Congrats Kelly Goshorn! I love writers who take critiques and run with it. First sale, here you come!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Candy! Good for you. We should give away chocolate too. Must think on that.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Janet Ferguson! Feel better. Four K when you are sick???? SERIOUSLY AMAZING!!!

Tina Radcliffe said...

LOL! Pam Jernigan. You are in.

Tanya Agler said...

Tina, thank you as always for your great posts. I shared the photo on my FB page now that I've finished editing chapter five here at Starbucks before I go pick up my daughter from a school function. Six busy days of editing. I'm layering in the conflict.

Thanks so much. And thank you and the Seekers for offering the gift card and critique. When (with my fingers crossed that it's a when) I get published, I only hope to offer such great critiques.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Good luck on the college essay's Jennifer F.

Sniff, you kids just grow up and go to college and we never see you again.

Like Hannah and the others.

Marianne Barkman said...

I love how so many Seekerville posts are relevant to life. This one is no different. Has anyone told you lately that YOU ROCK, TINA?!!!!!

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

Look at you, keeping me accountable! I needed each and every post here during Speedbo! Okay first my top five.

1 - God
2 - Family
3 - Work/Ministry (I work in ministry so it kind of goes hand in hand.
4 - Health
5 - Writing

Let's just say that even reading this list and knowing what my priorities need to be, there are plenty that do not belong on my list and are not on my list, yet they totally get in the way. GRRR. I'm going to do this!

Now onto the quotes. I was a pinning fool and taking notes while reading this post. If I had a printer I would have printed everything off too! I definitely did share on Twitter. Everyone should go for those dreams, afterall, God planted them in their hearts.

Twitter link if you want to see it. :)

God bless you all and thank you. I am 9556 words in thanks to Speedbo!

Tina Radcliffe said...

Thanks, Marianne!

Life. Books. Writing. It's all the same.

Tina Radcliffe said...

Kelly Blackwell, you rock all the way around!

Keli Gwyn said...

What a great post, Tina! Love it!

Some time ago our pastor encouraged us to identify our five "non-negotiables" as he called them.

Here's what I came up with.
1. Faith
2. Family
3. Friends
4. Fitness
5. Fiction Writing

Having them identified helps me make decisions. If my life feels out of whack, I revisit the list and can usually figure out where I need to make changes pretty quickly.

jubileewriter said...

My priorities are
1. God
2. Family
5.Church Activities

Great post. Even though family is number 2. It can shift below writing. My kids are grown, I have grandkids and my parents are elderly. Depending on the daily true family need family might fall to #5.

Carolyn Chambers Clark said...

Just posted making dreams come true idea to Twitter at

Oh, and I never received my copy of Allie Pliters' novel, Small Town Fireman.
Can you help me with that?

Tina Radcliffe said...

I just sent you an email on that Carolyn!

Tanara McCauley said...

Great post, Tina. I love the reminder and motivation to put first things first.

Missy Tippens said...

Tina, I'm late commenting. But I LOVED this post! Thank you for sharing and inspiring.