Thursday, March 31, 2016

The Last Stretch: Why Writers are Like Runners


The very last day of Speedbo is upon us. It's important to review the 'why' of Speedbo. Why do we take time out each year for this book-in-a-month challenge? 

It's a writer thing.

Speedbo isn't really about the book. It's about the writer.


 A runner doesn't only run on race day. A runner runs most days. 

In the same manner, writing is what makes you a writer. And a writer writes most days.

Speedbo is a writerly race, a race that is ultimately about proving to yourself that despite the obstacles, you can stretch yourself and you can finish what you started. The lessons learned during the last 31 days should become habits that you take to the next race.

 

Speedbo is also about crossing that finish line with the help of your support system, God (who put that dream in your heart), your family (who believe in you)  and your fellow writers (who get it). During Speedbo you find out exactly who gets that you are a writer.

The most important thing I can impart to you on March 31, is to keep writing. Cross more and more finish lines. Timing doesn't matter. All that matters is your integrity to complete the job you started, to take your God-given talent and do what He called you to do. Because, who are you to decide not to cross that finish line? 


Just in case you aren't familiar with the Derek Redmond story, I'm going to share it with you, in words, and in pictures. Read the story here. 





 
"Honor awaits those who finish the race."  God's Little Devotional Bible.


 Have the courage, the guts and the pride, to finish your race.

If you're a writer, March 31 is the finish line for this particular race. But your racing season is far from over. In fact, it's only just starting.

 


In the end you have to ask yourself each and every day, WHAT HAVE I DONE TODAY TO MAKE MY DREAM COME TRUE?


This month it was.... SPEEDBO! 

BTW in case you don't believe running is like writing a book, here are the 8 Stages of Running a Marathon per Buzzfeed:  

1 Excitement (Mile 1) (Chapter 1) This is going to be the best thing I ever wrote.

2. Denial (Mile 5) (Chapter 3) I might be a little behind on my daily word count, but I can catch up. I can write this book.

3. Shock (Mile 11) (Chapter 4.5) This writing a book stuff is harder than I thought. I have to write two thousand more words a day to finish on time. How can that be?

4. Isolation (Mile 16) (Chapter 6.5) No one understands a writer 's life. I'm all alone in my cave. All alone and writing the book of my heart---with blood.

5. Despair (Mile 19) (Fourth week on Chapter 7) I can't finish this book. I suck. Why did I think I could write those scenes. I am not qualified. I'm a fraud. They're going to find out.

6. "The Wall." (Mile 22) (Chapter 9 It happened. The sagging middle. My GMC fell apart. I am defeated. Writer's Block has claimed my soul.

7. Affirmation (Mile 23)  (Somewhere in the last half of book) I promised myself I'd finish this book. I am going to write to the end even if it does suck. I won't shower until I do.

8. Elation (Mile 26) (THE END) I finished. I DID IT. Gee, and it's not too sucky.  Thank you, GOD!! (sniff? Sniff? I need a shower. Badly.)
 

This post is deliberately short, because you have work to do. You have 24 hours of Speedbo left. Runners run and writers write.

Leave a very short comment  to get your name put into the running shoe for your choice of one of these definitive writing craft books:

Goal, Motivation and Conflict by Debra Dixon 

 Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Brown and King

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain

For two more runner/writers a bumper sticker from Words from the Wise: 




 And for one reader, a Seeker book of choice, as available on Amazon in ebook or print. 

Remember that commenting also gets your name in the running for this final week's Speedbo incentives: a $25 Amazon gift card for one Speedbo writer. To another writer, a copy of Writing With Emotion, Tension, and Conflict. To a reader, a surprise box of books.  




 
Words from the Wise
 


This post is brought to you by Tina Radcliffe who continues to write slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.

But she writes.

 

184 comments :

  1. You are a slow writer? Not to worry, TINA. Your reputation as the best most ROCKNG TINA I know is still in tact and shining!

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  2. I now had a mental image of turtles and peanut butter. :)

    I'm super close to my goal for Speedbo and hoping to cross that finish line by tomorrow night.

    It's been great seeing so many Seekerville folks in the #1K1Hr Facebook group!

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  3. Hi Seekerville! I love the analogy of writing (Speedbo) and running a marathon. How appropriate! Great words to keep going too. I had issues with fatigue in the past and everything I did felt like a marathon, but the elation one feels when it is accomplished does make it all worthwhile. Thanks Tina! Didn't you know turtles always knows that it's not the speed, but the endurance to finish!! Happy Thursday!

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  4. Okay writers....you can see the finish line ahead of you, you're almost there....YOU CAN DO IT!!! One more day of Speedbo....yay!!!

    Tina, I love your analogy of running. I think it can be applied to a lot of things in life. "Motivation is what gets you started, Habit is what keeps you going" ~Jim Ryun~ That's one to post on your wall so you can see it everyday!

    Please add my name to whatever reader prizes there are....I loved being here to encourage you writers throughout the month of March!

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  5. I am a relatively slow writer. Yes. I confess. I can write fast when there is a gun to my head. AKA deadline.

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  6. Erica, it has been great to see all these writers challenging themselves. WRITE ON!!

    Go finish, Erica. You can do it.

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  7. Trixi and Annie, how lovely to see you ladies cheering us on!!! Thank you. And Miz Marianne too. That means a lot to all of us runners.

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  8. I can't agree enough about the habit part.

    Today is day 91 of the year which means by the end of the day I will have written a minimum of 91,000 words since January 1st. They're not all great words, but they are words I can work with.

    I think it's all about knowing yourself. I know I don't dare miss a day or the habit will be broken. Some writers can skip a day here or there. I can't or I fall off track.

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  9. I wanted to clarify that. I'm not bragging about the number of words. Some of you write that in a month. But because I work one full time and one part time job, I have to hold myself tightly accountable or nothing gets done. It's too easy to be too tired. But if I have a streak I'm u willing to break, I find the energy and the time.

    And now I'm going to bed. ;)

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  10. Tina, I read your cute bio and loved this: "who continues to write slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter." I can relate. I'm a s-l-o-w writer, too, and have been known to say I write with the speed of a sleepy snail, but your image is sooo much better. Slower writers of the world, unite!

    I didn't participate in Speedbo since March was a promo/proposal month for me. I am, however, getting ready for eight weeks of drafting, so if you hear wailing and moaning coming from Northern California at all hours of the day or night, it just might be me straining to meet my daily word counts. =)

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  11. Cate, that is not bragging. It is so inspirational that you have continued this habit.

    So proud of you!!!!!

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  12. Eight weeks of drafting. What does that mean. First draft? How do you do that? Your strategy??

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  13. Yes, I need a shower...how did you know?

    My report - I just added my totals and I am very close to the 20k I pledged and will be there or within a hair by tomorrow's end. Other Speedbo months I wrote one MS and did twice that count. This time I wrote four chapters, synopsis, proposal, another two chapters on another WIP and two outlines. It sounds haphazard, but things came up and I had to adjust. And I went to Australia, which interrupted my flow, but how to say no to a vacation of a lifetime? Still wrote several thousand on the trip.

    I have developed a writing habit. Now if I could just turn it to be during the day and not all night long. This writing until 3-5am then sleeping until 9 isn't really working, lol. This is how I cope with deadlines. I push all nighters. Really hope to overcome this someday. At least now I know that's what I'm doing, ha!

    THANK YOU SEEKERVILLE. This has been a blast!

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  14. SLOW WRITERS UNITE - Slow, dyslexic writers, unite, too! I can't TELL you some of the words I invented this month! My dh was reading over my shoulder and asked the definition of one of them. HA. I needed that laugh...

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  15. hahaha Lyndee, you did fabulous. I get it. I hit my stride around three pm and go until midnight. Works on days nothing normal is planned.

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  16. Welcome to Seekerville, Shorty Bear.

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  17. Thank you, Tina, for a very inspirational and motivating post. This has been a really great month for me. I got past the block that kept saying, "This story isn't good enough," and found my flow again. I proved to myself that I can write and be a new mother. And it looks as if I am going to double my monthly writing goal. It's nice to be deep in a project again and still excited about it.

    So grateful to the members of this site for being there and for being so supportive. Thanking God again that I found you guys... And I'm sharing the joy of others who had a great month. Hope everyone accomplished something they wouldn't have otherwise.

    (So, so, so loved the PB&Turtle analogy... I've always considered myself to be a slow writer too. Did Speedbo prove me wrong? Well, I haven't finished my story yet. I think I tend to write them long.)

    Happy last day of Speedbo, everyone!

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  18. .. and readers read. A great post thank you.

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  19. I don't believe I have heard the Derek Redmond story Tina. I'm glad I stopped in before putting my makeup on this morning. The story was inspiring enough but the song You Raise Me Up always brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this. God does raise us up when we are down and feel we have no place to go and can't continue on. We just need to reach out to Him.

    May you all be blessed today as you finish up Speedbo. Congratulations to all of you who stepped out and met the challenge!

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  20. Lyndee, I am with you on the need to break the late night habit....at some point . . . after I finish this book....hopefully. I will not tell you how many 4am's I've been up this month to do Speedbo. That sticker is too true, I didn't stop when I was tired, I stopped when I was done.

    So I finished my 15 chapters that I pledged for a count of 42543, plus a line edit of the biggest book I've ever written (be prepared for a thick one next August) and I revised 8 of those chapters! Pretty good month I think. Not for the state of my house though.

    And now to taxes....

    And did Cindy W just say she stopped in before putting on her makeup this morning? Yikes, good night Cindy W, don't be too loud, I got to sleep for about 5 hours and then nap...

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  21. What a great way to wrap up the month, Tina. I'm a quote gal, so I'm loving this post.
    "But your racing season is far from over." Amen! We're just getting started. This month has been a productive one and thanks to the inspiration I've received from Seekerville, new projects have taken root.
    Cheering for you LYNDEE!
    Thanks for a great post, Tina!

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  22. Lara! And the crowd goes wild..ooooooooh. Way to go.

    I love it when we create new personal bests!

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  23. Cindy W! The Derek Redmond story gets me every single time.

    WOWZA!

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  24. Melissa!

    Congratulations. You and Mary Virginia. Our night shift gals.

    What a great month.

    You are amazing.

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  25. Jill! We have hours to go and I am needing those hours. Congratulations on hanging in there this month with us, pressing forward even with a day job!

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  26. Great job to all the Speedbo writers! Hopefully someday I'll be there. (o: For now, this reader gets to enjoy all your hard work. Please put my name in the hat for a surprise box of books!!!!!

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  27. Turtling.... Along..... yeah for the slow pokes. Happy Speedbo everyone.

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  28. I will not reach my Speedbo goal, but I am happy with the progress that I made. The project is started and I have a rough a draft of 'the dreaded synopsis' plus a scene by scene synopsis and solid first chapter.

    The great thing is: My project is started and now I will keep moving forward with it!

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  29. Good morning Seekerville on this final day of Speedbo 2016. TINA -- Fabulous thoughts to wrap up these 31 days and leap out into the weeks and months ahead. I think everyone should put a note on their calendars to once a month, for the next 9 months, come back and RE-READ this!

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  30. it's a shame to see good peanut butter ruined by turtle feet, but it's a lovely visual for my progress. I have about 1300 words to write tonight, and I will think about them all day long until I can get back to my story. I never expected I'd be pushing myself to get 15k, but I'm glad I chose that number because this was not a writing friendly month. (there are some, I promise!) I wish I could count all the words I write during the day for my job!

    WE CAN DO THIS! I WILL CRAWL ACROSS THAT FINISH LINE WITH MY DIGNITY INTACT and peanut butter on my feet. Turtle soup, anyone?



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  31. Tina: For a slow writer you sure cranked out a valuable column that's a keeper. I walk/jog four or five miles a day when able. Writing equal a lot of sitting. It's a weight challenge for sure. I find when I walk my mind wanders and Inspires me think about the storyline I'm writing about. I have come up with some good ideas on those long walks and as soon as I return home I jot them down.

    I've enjoyed my first attempt at Speedo. Thanks for everyone being there to encourage us all along the way. I now have a rough draft for my next book. Thanks for tempting us with all the prizes too. Thanks to all who donated their time and gifts. I love this group. Have a great writing week all. Toss me into your running shoe. Thanks, again Tina.

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  32. Thank you, TINA, for putting it all in perspective. I did not finish my Christmas novella. But I have three-fourths of a Christmas novella, which is more Christmas novella than I had at the beginning of the month, which was zero.
    And I LEARNED something about writing and novellas in particular. In a longer book, and especially the multilayered sagas I favor, it's easier for the GMC to get lost or hidden under all the other stuff. In a novella, by its very nature, there is nowhere to hide. So I had to really sharpen those skills, and it's an upgrade I can bring back to my longer pieces. Wow, I learned something!
    Enter me in all the drawings, por favor.
    Kathy Bailey
    Undaunted with 3/4 of a novella in New Hampshire

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  33. Great piece, Tina! I love your turtles stampeding through peanut butter! It made me chuckle. I am sure the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were who you were referring to, because you are awesome. :-) I hate running, but I like the analogy! Now to jump back in the race. My first finish line is within view.

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  34. I loved this post, Tina!

    The Derek Redmond story always moves me. I love your perspective. I came nowhere near to meeting my goals this month, for a number of reasons. And part of it was my own fault. I'm taking to heart your words here. I need to re-establish my writing habits. Life and disappointments have hindered this. My goal for April is to re-establish solid habits. That's the step I most need right now.

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  35. I have been so looking forward to this post!! Great job, Tina! Here's what I thought about: When you're running, it's a lonely sport. Someone can't run for you, just as someone can't write for you. You must do the work. People don’t understand runners; why would you do that? People don’t understand writers; you do what? You need a group of friends to support you, whether running or writing! Runner’s circle-Seekerville!!
    Runners need cheerers along the way, and especially at the finish line to help congratulate for finishing, for crossing the line, that's when we realize we weren't alone. Same is true for writers. Thanks, Seekerville, for being here!
    The quote that spoke to me: A runner doesn't only run on race day. A runner runs most days. In the same manner, writing is what makes you a writer. And a writer writes most days. So true! Try running after not running for a week, two weeks, a month. You're not going to get far. Same with writing. The more you do it, the easier it is, as far as sitting in a chair and getting started and doing it. The actual writing may be hard, as running is before you hit that second wind. Hang in there and write!!

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  36. Inspiring post Tina.

    Thanks for sharing about Derek Redmond. Love those true stories.

    Now I must go write!

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  37. Every time I see the Derek Redmond race, I cry. I didn't even click because it is imprinted in my mind, and still I sit here teary-eyed and covered in chills.

    Thanks for inspiring us! I'm so glad for Speedbo, especially this year. I was hit with some life changers this month, and I might have taken time off from writing if it hadn't been for Speedbo. I appreciate you, Tina, and all the ladies of Seekerville. Thanks so much!

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  38. I'm loving all these motivational pictures today, Tina!! Lots of good things to Pin. :)

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  39. Great quote, Sally: "Here's what I thought about: When you're running, it's a lonely sport. Someone can't run for you, just as someone can't write for you. You must do the work."

    Love it!

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  40. I finished my word goal for the month but did not get the polishing and submission done. Still have critiques to address, and then need to submit. So I had a partial success!

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  41. Thanks for the analogy about running and writing....two of my favorite things, by the way. :)

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  42. TINA, wonderful post! The video of Derek Redmond and his dad with Josh singing You Lift Me Up has me weepy. Thanks for the beautiful reminder we're not in this writing gig alone. With family, Seekerville and God, We've got all the support we need.

    Congratulations to all who met their SpeedBo goal! I didn't, but I will. As you say, when we're doing God's work, "...who are you to decide not to cross that finish line?"

    Janet

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  43. Goodmorning, Kate the reader. Kate Voss, right??

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  44. Rose, that's the attitude. I hoped to have three things done. But the second one took more time. That's a writer's life.

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  45. This is a carry with you post, Glynna. If we would only remember the other 11 months. HA.

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  46. "WE CAN DO THIS! I WILL CRAWL ACROSS THAT FINISH LINE WITH MY DIGNITY INTACT and peanut butter on my feet."

    I'm right next to you, girl!

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  47. You are in the running shoe, Suzanne. Your first Speedbo? Really?? You are a veteran Villager so I didn't realize. Good for you!!

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  48. 3/4 of a novella is excellent. And hey, you have hours left..you may finish. YOU NEVER KNOW.

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  49. For me Speedbo will continue on into April and perhaps May. While I didn't meet my goals due to illness, I did learn that I can continue pushing through even if at a slower pace. I never gave up and will continue on. I am so grateful for all the prayers and encouragement from Seekerville. The Lord is good!

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  50. Jeanne, if there is one thing I have learned about MY particular writing path is there are no normal days. So I try to write MOST days and don't beat myself up about it.

    I am a real creature of habit and it kills me that I can't have a ritualistic writing life. But that's the way it is. There is no normal. There is no balance. So I make each day it's own new habit. If that makes any sense at all.

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  51. You nailed it, Sally. As I said to Jeanne above. Most days. Most days. Keep those writing muscles oiled.

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  52. Speedbo may be officially ending but I shall continue on. My marathon is not done. Need some of those shoe, I think. Thanks for a month of great incentive and encouragement.

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  53. Crystal!! Go girl, go!!!! WOOT. Cross that finish line.

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  54. This is the shortest comment I have ever left on Seekerville. Just to prove that I can follow directions. :-)

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  55. Tina, eight weeks of drafting means I'll be producing my first draft over the next two months. I have a weekly word count goal I need to attain in order to give myself time for self-edits before I send the story to my CPs and ultimately to my editor. I'm a detail person for whom editing is a blast. Writing a draft, however, is akin to the bloodletting of yesteryear--draining. (Excuse the lousy pun. It's early in California.) I do battle with my Internal Editor and her buddy the dreaded Doubt Dragon throughout the entire process. But I shall remember the Seekerville Speedbo slogan, "Face Your Fears!" and press on and on and on.

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  56. A perfect post to draw Speedbo16 to a close! Thanks, Tina! I loved the comparison of writing a novel to running a marathon--so true!

    Laughing at KAV! Now let's see if JULIE can follow directions! ;-D

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  57. Connie Queen! The Derek Redmond story gets me every time. And you are a little miracle yourself. Go Connie.

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  58. Thanks, Jackie. Thanks for GETTING IT!!!! Praying you across that finish line.

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  59. Wilani, you are my poster child for perseverance. Keep going, girl. RAH RAH FROM TEAM SPEEDBO!!

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  60. Tossing the shoes to Cindy R. You are so close to published finish line that I can smell the ink. KEEP GOING.

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  61. Thanks, Tina, for turning on my waterworks first thing in the morning. :) That is an inspiring story. I love your comparisons to running a marathon. I hate those moments of doubt and despair of ever getting the novel where you want it to be. I get it bad around the two thirds mark. (Part of it might just be mental burn out, though) Definitely the "wall". Then I get into edits and it hits me again in waves. *sigh*. But there is nothing quite like the feeling of completion and getting those first comments back from readers! Just in time to hit those spots with the next book. ;) (And I'd love to be included in the draw for more craft books. Thanks!)

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  62. Missy. NO BUTS allowed. You got a lot done and you have hours left for more. Keep going. Congratulations.

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  63. I think I crashed Blogger. Ten minutes of error messages. Testing. Testing.

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  64. I will not shower until I do?

    LOL

    I am IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (sadly)

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  65. Love this! I am still writing and happy dancing because I passed my SpeedBo goal last night with 34,721 words :) It looks like a big pile of Legos that need to be assembled but it's getting there. At least until I get to Mile 19 which I see approaching. Self Loathing on one shoulder, Cheerleader on the other :)

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  66. Not Mary's shower issues. Blogger crashing was scary. Although Mary is scary. But it's apples and oranges.

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  67. Keli. We are so alike. It is a literal death writing that first draft with 100 rewrites. Revisions I love.

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  68. I will. The most important words, Janet. Go you!!

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  69. Thank you, Myra. In reality, every day is Speedbo for a writer. Right??

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  70. Tina, this is why I've been known to say that I'm not really a writer; I'm a rewriter. =)

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  71. Angela, the Derek Redmond story is a favorite for me. Hang in there. We're rooting for you and it sounds like you know the drill. Like running. You know what will happen when you hit those hills and if we can hang in there we'll get some downhill free easy running too. HA!!! So proud of you.

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  72. 34,721!!!! OH MY GOSH, SHAREE!~~~ Congratulations. Keep moving!~~

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  73. Blogger is good here, but I love the excitement!

    Tina, great post. My marathon running husband and kids would approve.

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  74. Exactly! Seekers, thank you for the blessing of Speedbo and Seekerville!!!

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  75. I love that 1K1HR keeps folks motivated. Just stopping in there and seeing folks working is a wonderful thing, because it can be so stinkin' easy to do ANYTHING ELSE, right????

    "Oh, I think the roses need pruning!" (In December)

    "Oh, does that pool need filling?" (January in upstate New York)

    "Should I load the dishwasher? There are three cups on the counter!!!! Eegads!" (any time!)

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  76. Comparing writing to a marathon is so much better than to any other race. A marathon is strategized and worked in parts.

    A sprint is run, full-out, end-in-sight from the beginning.

    So this is a true analogy.

    Turtles are marathoners. They just keep going. They point their stubby noses forward and trod along, focused.

    I love being a turtle because it gets the job done, no worries.

    Keli Gwyn, 8 weeks of drafting? Is that your first draft?

    Go you! That's a 70K book, right? THAT ROCKS!

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  77. Yup, Ruthy! That's my first draft. Since I send in 10K with my proposal, that leaves 60K to go for a LIH. I wrote that many words in six weeks once and nearly did myself in, so I've allowed eight weeks this time in order to save my sanity. Or try to anyhow. It's already questionable. I'm a writer, after all, and hear voices in my head much of the time. LOL

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  78. Tina, I didn't do Speedbo, but I've happily cheered others on from the sidelines, and I've continued to write. You're the best cheerleader ever! I salute you with my pompons! :)

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  79. LOL. Cynthia. Thank you. And as I said, every day is Speedbo to writers. Right??

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  80. Marathan = Giving Birth = Writing. Right Ruthy? hahahaha

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  81. right now I have 43,707 words toward my Speedbo goal. I'm way short. Need to write like 6,000 words. :-)
    I laughed at your list of ways writing was like running a marathon. So true! LOL As crazy as it makes me, I still love it. Best job ever.

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  82. 43,707. What a slacker.

    6 K.

    Doable.

    Go write.

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  83. I got a really slow start, Tina. The first week I hardly wrote any words.

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  84. Oh how I identify with all those steps of a marathon!!! Here at the end of Speedbo, I'm at 1/4th of my original goal, but I am THRILLED. (My first goal was...um...ambitious.) And I feel like I've picked up the momentum I need to get to the finish! Woohoo!

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  85. Good morning SeekerVillagers, it's 8:34am on the West coast and looks to be another sunny day!

    If there were a Speedbo for readers, as Mary had suggested to me at the beginning of March, I have exceeded my goal by 2 books....haha! I read 9 books during January & February so my goal (if you will) was 7. I just squeaked in my ninth book last night. :-) I know reading those books isn't on the same scale as writing those books, but when I wasn't sure I was going to make it (real life interferences), I kept plugging along....sometimes one chapter at a time!

    So my point in all this, all you writers who've participated in Speedbo this month and kept plugging away in spite of your busy lives (even if it was slower than turtles in peanut butter), you still accomplished your goal!! I love coming back this morning to read all of your comments and seeing the progress you've made :-) Hopefully you've developed some good writing habits that will carry you through day by day. Keep on keeping on!

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  86. Meg, you are doing amazing.

    And with a baby.

    Anyone with a baby gets a stroller handicap.

    That's a given. I may have to adopt a baby to justify myself.

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  87. That Derek Redmond video brought me to tears. Even though I joined late in Speedbo I've learned so much from you ladies and the blog posts. I've lurked on 1K/1HR and joined in and I'm *almost* finished my proposal. I probably will have it done by tonight, and if not, then by tomorrow. I'm so happy to have discovered Seekerville and everyone here - that is my true "prize" for March!

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  88. Speedbo has really helped me get back into the swing of things. I'm back in the race!

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  89. Trixi, readers rock! I'm so impressed that you read nine books in two months. That's great! I squeezed in three or four, but they were all contest entries I was judging, so I can't talk about them. I wish I could. One of the stories was amazing!

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  90. Laurie!!!! So proud of you~ Way to go.

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  91. Trixi, I think you did win the Reader Speedbo. HA, great idea.

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  92. Lisa Thurston!!! Keep moving! WAY TO GO!!!

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  93. I have met my Speedbo goal!!! I kept it low due to Spring Break and other obligations, so I still have a little way to go to have the finished manuscript. But the daily discipline has kicked in (so far...), and I've learned what times are better for writing than others, considering the ages and activities of my children. Of course, as they grow and change, that could all be different in two months. :-)

    Thank you, Tina, for this final post to kick us in the seat of the pants. I'm hoping/planning to get 2,000 more words later today.

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  94. SPEEDBO Rocks! as Ronie Kendig would say. I'm 1290 words away from my goal of 20,000. The finish line is in sight. But I couldn't have done it without all the cheers, Gatorade, encouragement, and prayers of all my friends in Seekerville!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!! Tina, you and the prayer team deserve a medal and a victory lap!!!

    My "speedbump" this month? Major back surgery (lumbar laminectomy). Trust me. You don't want any details. But I set up a schedule that gave me 16 days to write, planning on recovery and the pain factor. Since pain pills slowed me down, I gave those up after a week. I found out writing is good for pain control and boosting my endorphins.

    Loved the turtle and peanut butter analogy. :) Turtles unite!!!

    Please throw my name in the running shoe.

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  95. This turtle is mired in the peanut butter. Minimal progress for Speedbo, but encouraged by the learning acquired here in Seekerville. Bravos and kudos to all the peeps who did write every day and got close or surpassed their goals.

    Loved the post Tina. It's a keeper (even if I happen to hate running). The quotes are awesome.

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  96. I re-read my comment Keli, and what I meant was I read 9 books in January, 9 books in February and just squeaked in 9 for March (27 total for the year so far). So sorry for not being clear!

    What I really wanted to do was encourage you writers and say how pleased I am to see all of your goals either met, or working towards!! You guys are the ones who ROCK by bringing us some awesome books to read!! I'm so impressed :-)

    Tina....it was Mary C's idea, she just planted the seed. I said "why not?"....I love a challenge :-)

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  97. Tina, thank you so much for your funny words of encouragement. I so appreciate Speedbo and the emphasis on writing every day. Little by little, that turtle will reach the finish line. My book is now on submission. My next one is almost completely edited, and I got much needed direction so I know how to revise finished first draft by the time my kids get out of school.

    Can I be entered in the readers' bowl today? My craft books are right below my computer. Debra Dixon's book. Got it. Swain. Check. Browne and King. Yep, got that one, too. And I also have Cheryl's book, and it's on my craft book list after I finish the one I'm presently reading.

    Thanks to all the Seekers for hosting a month to make sure that we sit down and actually write. So I have to stop commenting and go finish my last draft before I read it all the way through.

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  98. You are in, Tanya!!! WAY TO GO!!! So proud of you. GO WRITE.

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  99. Dear Peanut Butter DebH.

    You will get there. Just keep going.

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  100. Turtles Unite indeed. Go Barb the Amazing!!

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  101. 2k? Piece of cake, Meghan. Congratulations on meeting your Speedbo goals.

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  102. I was blessed to come across Seekerville this month. I'm not finish with my MS, but I'm moving forward and steady, Thanks so much for being so freaking awesome!

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  103. A great post for life in general! Thanks!!! We all have goals that will fit with this post. Seekerville is awesome! :)

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  104. Yes, TINA, your words make good sense. I need to adopt that mindset. I feel like I'm in a transitional season, and I need to be willing to create a new "normal" in each day. Thanks for that freeing thought. I needed it.

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  105. What a great blog for the last day of Speedbo 2016!!!

    I'm often stuck at Mile 19! :) Anyone else at that mile marker?

    So proud of what everyone's done this month. Such success!!! Congrats to all who moved forward on their WIP!

    I'm keeping this short to get more pages written.

    See you April 1st!

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  106. Thanks for all your encouragement here Tina! My Speedbo goal is a bit different, as I'm racing to finish my new website, which is almost two of them since I'm building a huge component for kids with lots of fantasy, games, videos, current events, and articles for them too. I've had such great ideas pop up like welcoming kids' participation with articles written by teens and tweens, and creative avenues for interviewing authors. I'm about 80 percent ready to hand it over to the expert to assemble. This week I'm helping to launch a new teen YouTube channel, too, and we filmed all day yesterday with a green screen that's taken over my living room. The kids are writing and directing it and another YA writer and I are helping them along. I had hoped to complete all of my website by today and I'm very close.

    Thanks again for Speedbo! You've helped me press on despite some deaths (family friends), a bit of sickness for me and kiddos, and other tough moments. I'm grateful for this writing community and love watching everyone's dreams take flight!

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  107. Short comment: I made my goal. :) Now back to work....

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  108. Mildred! We think you're awesome too. You jumped right in and are even hanging out with the 1K1HR bunch. WAY TO GO!!!

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  109. Wilani, you have been amazing. Did I mention that???

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  110. I never doubted it, Jan. You are a word warrior.

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  111. WAY TO GO, ELIZABETH. So very sorry for your setbacks, but congratulations for moving forward toward your dreams!!

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  112. Pushing you past Mile 19, Debby. Gentle hand on your back!! HAAAAA!!!

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  113. I made it to 42,000 of my 45,000 word goal for Speedbo. Maybe I'll write some more tonight. We'll see. I love the accountability for this past month. Thanks, Seekerville.

    I would like to be entered to win Debra Dixon ' s writing book, Goal, Motivation, and Conflict. Thank you!

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  114. Melissa Jagears said...
    Lyndee, I am with you on the need to break the late night habit....at some point . . . after I finish this book...

    MELISSA, I think we share the same brain. That's what I keep saying! AFTER I finish this book. For me, this hasn't changed in eight years! I hope you find the way to break free. And when you do, let me know your secret! LOL.

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  115. "I made it to 42,000 of my 45,000 word goal for Speedbo." Kelly Bridgewater!!!! WOOOT For you!!!! There are hours left!!! Set the timer and go.

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  116. I was doing pretty well on my Speedbo goals until today. Now EVERYTHING is distracting me!!!!!!

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  117. SPEEDBO: THE END IS IN SIGHT! Dig deep and finish strong!

    Please put my name in the running shoe for readers....

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  118. Thank you, TINA! Loved this! What a great way to wrap-up Speedbo! This was my first time to participate in something like this, and I had a blast. I was discouraged and doubtful at times, and I changed my goal (from writing one thousand words a day on one book, to working on two) but by tonight (maybe midnight, lol) I will have reached my goal! Thank you Seekerville and Villagers!!

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  119. Myra, I am having a distracting day too. I took a thirty minute nap and shut down all my social media and I finally got the new scene I needed to add to my revisions done. WHEW!!!!

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  120. Thanks for being such a great cheerleader Caryl!!!

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  121. Wow, Laura!!! Way to go. You are a multi tasking genius. KEEP WRITING!!!!

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  122. I love the analogy between a writer's course and a runner in a marathon, Tina. Your post is so inspirational. The example of Derek Redmond's endurance is a very powerful one, and his story always brings tears. I applaud all you writers/runners in Speedbo and have dropped in occasionally to hear your progress and to be inspired myself. Congratulations to all who have stayed the course. For those who haven't met their goal this month, continue in the race and focus on your finish.

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  123. I, too, am a slow writer. But I write. I'm a slow runner. But I run. But I managed to cross the finish lines of the four 5ks I entered last year, and I managed to cross my writing goal line this month. YAY!

    I just now passed my goal of 40,000 words for this month by a whopping 773 words. LOL! I've felt like I've been stuck on Mile 19 and Mile 22 for the last two weeks, but I think, I think, I've figured out part of the reason for my sagging middle, missing GMC, and writer's block. So, the story's not done, but that 40,000 words have allowed me to get to know my characters better and see what needs repairing and revising. And now that Speedbo is done, I'm going to give myself permission to do some major editing before I write the last few chapters. :-)

    Thank you to all the cheerleaders here and the accountability that kept me slogging through Tina's peanut butter on the days I wanted to throw in the towel and hide from my messy story for a while.

    Congratulations to everyone who participated and fought past illnesses and other life interruptions to write. WRITE ON!

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  124. I read this post this morning while at my sub job and tried to enter a comment on my phone, but I don't think it worked. However, I did manage to check the box for comment to be emailed to me. Not sure how that worked.

    I enjoyed the post and the encouragement to keep going. Last year I didn't do much after Speedbo ended, but this year I definitely plan to keep working.

    Please enter me for the writer's prizes.

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  125. Thanks for the encouraging post! It's a marathon for me too.

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  126. Go Speedbo-ers! What a month for you all! Best wishes on meeting your goals!

    Please enter me in the reader giveaway ;)

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  127. Short comment(s):
    Derek Redmond: I cry every. single. time. I see it. So inspiring!

    Reader goal: on book 30. Good for me, but Kavs's probably on #100.

    Slow writers: so glad to know they exist, I don't understand fast writing, quality is most important.

    Tina: Best Encourager of the day, running quotes cross many lines!

    Was that short enough? ;)

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  128. Pat Jeanne, what's going on in your writing journey for March???

    And Derek Redmond is a UK runner. Apropos.

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  129. "I just now passed my goal of 40,000 words for this month by a whopping 773 words."

    Jumping up and down!!!!! Go, Clari!!!!

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  130. Way to go Sandy Smith. You have actually had a great year. We've seen you blossom as a writer and I am so proud of you.

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  131. Loraine! It sometimes seems like that finish line is so far away. But while everyone else is showering, we'll be doing the two step to the end.

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  132. Thanks, Heidi. Hey, how's your arm???

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  133. Tracey.

    Short.

    Enough.

    30 books.

    OMGEEEEEE!!!

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  134. OKAY, OKAY ... I have a GREAT excuse for being late!! I wrote 2,400 words today, which is HUGE for me, and I was trying to finish my novella today, but I didn't. I will finish it tomorrow, however, or the next day, Speedbo promise!! It's a 20,000 word contracted novella that is now 30,000 words so I would have met my Speedbo deadline if I could just write shorter.

    Sigh.

    Tracey said: "Slow writers: so glad to know they exist, I don't understand fast writing, quality is most important."

    God bless you, Tracey, I'm glad they exist too, or I would be all alone ... :(

    Hugs!
    Julie

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  135. to write slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter

    What a great expression! I'm gonna use it ... a lot ... okay?

    Haven't read comments. Will catch up on those later. Gotta get back to writing.

    Oh! Don't enter me in the drawing. I have all three books, although I'm not sure my writing always reflects that fact ;-)

    Nancy C

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  136. CATE, SERIOUSLY???? You've written 91,000 words since January and you have a full time and one part time job????

    WOW. That is simply AMAZING, and you NEED to brag, darlin', so good for you!!

    And I would be seriously jealous right now if I hadn't written 146,514 words in two months working part time ONCE UPON A TIME. It was A Passion Redeemed, and I think the fact I love Mitch so much is the reason I raced through that puppy. It helps to have a hero you're smitten with. ;) I haven't done it since. :(

    LYNDEE SAID: "SLOW WRITERS UNITE - Slow, dyslexic writers, unite, too!

    YES, YES, YES!! And those wading through peanut butter too!!

    I actually hit a wall last week and wrote for several hours. Guess how many words??? About 400. I should be horse-whipped!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  137. Is anyone telling when the next Seekerville novella collection will be out?

    Hey Julie! You're in good company as several writers have said they write slow but steady! That makes so much sense to me, but what do I know, lol!

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  138. Great post, Tina!

    I started out planning to sprint through this book, so I did something different with my plotting method this time, which meant a TON more preparation. The words are coming fast now that the plotting is done, but I let it stretch waaay farther into March than I should have. Plus I'm feeling what Jean Takenaka said about priorities. *waving at Jean* But there are still five hours left in this day (CST) and it's almost the weekend, so I'm going to stretch myself and get out the chocolate for some wild-drafting motivation. :))

    Praying for everyone on the home stretch! Congrats to those who've already made it or plan on making it by EOD! You're awesome!

    P.S. I'd LOVE to be entered for that copy of Goal, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon!

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  139. You are in Natalie. I figure tomorrow is no comments day, and you don't actually need to post your results until Mary's post Monday, so we have a little wiggle room here and I for one intend to WIGGLE!!!

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  140. I honestly don't know Tracey. I'll ask Ruthy to post. She is the boss of this.

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  141. I have TEN pre-orders on my Amazon account for May, so I was really hoping for April! My 2¢

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  142. Chill N, I read those books at least once every manuscript. Turtle power!!!!

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  143. "I wrote 2,400 words today"

    Take a bow, Julie!!

    Now go write.

    Congratulations.

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  144. "Stroller handicap." Love it!

    You're welcome to adopt mine for a couple of hours a week... I'll use that time to write! ;)

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  145. Thanks for the compliment, Tina!

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  146. Another finish line coming up. Thanks for all the encouragement and wise words during this month. I haven't quite reached my goal, but I made good headway, thanks to you.

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  147. Stopping by *late* (okay, it's officially April 1 here on the east coast) to say I didn't quite make my goal of 55k words, but I came close (and pushed myself harder this past week than I ever have, LOL). So SPEEDBO was a big success for me, because I've just about written the first (rough!) draft of another story.
    March 31 I'd planned to get even closer to writing THE END of my Speedbo story....but if I described how the day went you all might think I was making it up (yes, it was that crazy!). But it was also my sister's b'day, so that was good. :)
    THANK YOU, SEEKERVILLE, for ALL you do to help us!!
    Hugs, Patti Jo (who really, really needs S L E E P) zzzzzzzzz....

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  148. Ten preorders, Tracey????? You need a go fund me campaign. ha!

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  149. Congratulations, Carol for having the guts to start the race. You will finish.

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  150. Wow, Patti Jo. So proud of you and you entered a few contests this month. GREAT GOING~!~~ Good night! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..

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  151. Go Seekerville!

    I'm so stuck on that last line ... Those turtles: it's just begging to be a preschool snack, like ants on a log (aka peanut butter on celery sticks with raisins). =P

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  152. "Speedbo is also about crossing that finish line with the help of your support system, God (who put that dream in your heart), your family (who believe in you) and your fellow writers (who get it)."

    Love the eight stages of running a marathon and love my support group!

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  153. Jennifer, I do whipped cream cheese on celery with raisins or dried cranberries. Brilliant snack for writers or readers.

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  154. Go, Jessica Ferguson!!!! SPEEEDBO!!!!

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  155. I am loving all the progress reports.... I am happy dancing in upstate, with cheerleader pom poms!!!!!!

    Go youse!!!!!!!

    Tracey, you wondered about our next novella collection... and it's coming out in fifteen days!

    "Spring into Love" a historical collection with Mary, me, Julie and Cara!!!! I'm so excited! Mary is giving a peek at the cover next week and I hope folks love it to pieces. We sure do!

    And then we have a summer contemporary collection coming out... and then a Christmas collection or collections in the fall.

    So we're slipping sweet stories into our schedules every which way! Thank you for asking!

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  156. So I am still working on the writing, but I have to say I am further now than I would have been if I hadn't done Speedbo. Thank you for that and the supportive posts. Still need to work on the just write don't edit , but I know it will come. Thanks for a great month of writing.

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  157. I hit my goal, unfortunately it hit me back.

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  158. "Slower than a herd of turtles moving through peanut butter" - love that - it is so me!

    I didn't reach my goal - but I'm further along than I would have been had I not signed up for SPEEDBO!

    Thanks for all the encouraging posts throughout the month!

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  159. I liked the t-shirt saying.. and sometimes I feel like that turtle but, yes, I will get my book read and reviewed.. Now it I could just speed up my reading !

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  160. I am so proud of all you writers who have worked so hard during Speedbo...some with busier lives than they expected and some with health issues that popped up! I had a busy month with doctors & pre-op stuff, but did manage to read 11 books in March....total of 34 for this year!
    Looking forward to a great month in April at Seekerville. I, too, (like Edwina) am thankful for all the encouraging posts to writers and readers.

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  161. I just wanted to thank Seekerville for Speedbo. It was my first experience of this kind and it was a huge help. Thank you, ladies

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  162. Trixi, reading nine books a month is even more impressive. You're making a whole lotta authors happy. =)

    And when it comes to encouragement, you rock! Your support and enthusiasm have meant so much to me, and I'm sure many other authors would say the same.

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  163. Tina,
    Haha on the gofundme account. My family already has me number on that one. I get amazon cards for presents, just got one for Easter. I also put all my credit card points on my gift card account and keep the money in reserve as books come out.

    And my count was off on my preorders, it's worse than I thought.
    1 book on May 1st
    10 books on May 3rd (4 full length/6 novellas, Mary's Boden Birthright included)
    2 on May 31st
    2 on June 1st
    15 total= 5/6 weeks of reserved reading time by auto-buy authors

    I was going to make room for the Seeker collection whenever it came out, so I'm happy it's in a couple of weeks.

    Thanks for the update Ruthy! I wasn't sure if the reveal date was top secret, lol!

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  164. Best wishes to all of you participating in Speedbo! Please put me in the running for reader goodies! Thanks, Seekerville!

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  165. Love the story of Derek Redmond!

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  167. Yay! This was my first Speebo and while I joined the "race" a bit late, I crossed the finish line! =D

    Tina - I actually wrote "Don't STOP when your tired, STOP when you're done. #Speedbo 2016" on my chalkboard above my desk the day I joined FB! :) It's a good motivator. =)

    But I am sad Speedbo is over. I don't have a finished WIP, but my love of writing is back in full swing. I think I may just take my Speedbo goal and the Seekerville articles I'm enjoying and 'wash and repeat' for April. Yep. That is my plan.

    Please enter me in the drawing too (if I'm not too late)!!

    Blessings!

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  168. Go, Mary Lawson. You keep walking toward that finish line.

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  169. Debra Marvin, i needed a spew alert. YOU GOT ME.

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  170. Thank you, Deanna, Jackie, and Beth for being such great supportive readers.

    Tracey needs an intervention. hahahahahahahaha

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  171. Barbara Fox! So proud of you for doing this with us. Speedbo!! Just think, next year it will be a piece of cake. You'll be an old timer with us.

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  172. Way to go, Edwina. Life intervenes, we get stuck. But we keep moving.

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  173. Yeah, Sierra. When I want to whine I watch that video. It cures me.

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  174. An INTERVENTION???!!! I'm shocked to hear a writer say that about book orders, LOL. I'll be waiting for your referral to Bibliophiles Anonymous, haha

    Can I help it if May seems to be the March Madness of book publishers? I'd like to know why Bethany is releasing 8 of my 15 books all on one day? What's up with that? I blame them.

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  175. It IS a long race. Pacing is important!

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  176. Hey!
    A bit late, but I did indeed finish my 20k goal, with a few days extra, so that was great! :-)
    Now I'm on to the 30k I usually try to Camp NaNo, and I'm doing well here too. Things are coming together!!! :-)

    One thing I notice, though, is that I often drop successes behind me as if they are nothing, and only focus on the next hill to climb. While this might be a good way to get things done, i think I may err on the side of depressing, when I don't take time to celebrate each small victory in the chain.
    Anyone else with this problem?

    Thanks for having me!
    Elizabeth

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