Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Weekend Edition

Leave your favorite P I T H Y writer quote 
and your name will go in the pencil jar for an Amazon Gift Card.  
Winner announced in the next Weekend Edition! 

We Have Winners

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Mary Lawson, Phyllis Wheeler and Rebecca McLafferty are the winners of Debby Giusti's Plain Truth.

Monday Laurie Schnebly Campbell returned to talk about "Preparing for Productivity." Before you ever start Chapter One, these tricks will set you up for success. Laurie will once again give away class registrations, so don't miss it! Winners of a free registration to "Blurbing Your Book" next June or "That Fatal Flaw" next September are Josee Teller and Wilani. Laurie will contact the winners directly.

Myra Johnson reported on her ACFW conference experience in "What Happens at a Writers Conference Stays at . . . Well, Not Always." Ever wondered what some writers really do at a conference? On Tuesday we gave you a chance to find out! Winner of Myra's latest release, Castles in the Cloudsprint copy, is Leslie McKee! Winner of the audio version on CD is Just Commonly!

 CHRISTIAN READERS ROCK! After CFRR and ACFW, life is slowly getting back to normal,Wednesday we joined Julie Lessman as she recapped her AMAZING experience at this year’s inaugural Christian Fiction Readers One-Day Retreat in Nashville with highlights like the Pucker Up Panel and Speed Chatting (think Speed Dating with authors!). Winner of paperback or e-book copies of Isle of Hope, A Light in the Window, A Passion Most Pure, and a framed quote is Jessica Baughman.

 Angela Ackerman returned to Seekerville on Thursday with her post, "3 Ways To Use The Setting To Steer Your Story’s Plot." Two lucky commenters will win a copy of one of the recently released, Setting Thesaurus books- The Urban Setting Thesaurus or The Rural Setting Thesaurus. Winners choice in ebook format! Winners are Jackie Layton and Sherida Stewart.

Friday was Best of the Archives: "Five Things I Learned About Writing From Jack Reacher." Your hostess was Tina Radcliffe.  Winner of a Starbuck's gift card is Meg Brummer.

Next Week in Seekerville

Monday: Janet Dean is your hostess and will be talking about writing kissing scenes in her post "'Pucker Up' Your Hero and Heroine Within Publisher Parameters." Leave a comment for a chance to win a Seeker eBook, winner's choice.

Tuesday: Angela Meyer is our special guest with her post on "Building Your Email List." Angela is bringing a terrific giveaway, too!

Wednesday: Publisher's Weekly Bestselling author Debby Giusti is your hostess today in Seekerville. She'll be talking about Things Simply Amish. Stop by to see what makes the stories sell!

Thursday:  Love Inspired author debut author Laurel Blount is our very special guest today. She's bringing you "Fun with Storyboards." Plus she has a cool giveaway that includes her release, A Family for the Farmer, as well!

Friday: Best of the Archives featuring Ruth Logan Herne. Comments are closed on Fridays to allow us more reading and writing time.

We must embrace our readers as well.

Seeker Sightings

You're invited to the Seekerville 9th, Birthday Bash. October 1-31. We blog 7 days a week in October, with a giveaway, EVERY SINGLE DAY. Next weekend we'll reveal all the details of our giveaways. October is when we give back to our Villagers for the journey!

Don't forget to pick up your copy of Debby Giusti's Plain Truth! 

Debby will be signing Plain Truth at Books-A-Million in Peachtree City, GA, on Thursday, Sept 22, from 4 to 6:30 PM. Proceeds will benefit Shepherds of the Meek, a non-profit that aids forgotten and cast-aside women in Columbia, South American, especially orphans and victims of domestic abuse and street violence. 

FREE DOWNLOAD on Julie Lessman's A GLIMMER OF HOPE, the prequel novella to her award-winning novel Isle of Hope. Get your free e-copy of AGOH at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, or KOBO.

SALE on Julie Lessman's 5-star novel ISLE OF HOPE, listed on Family Fiction Magazine's Top 15 Novels of 2015! Buy Link

PREORDER AVAILABLE on Julie Lessman's new novel, LOVE EVERLASTING, book 2 in the Isle of Hope series. Preorder Link

 Thunderclap is the first-ever crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. It allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. It launches a promo for this book if Mary Connealy can get enough people to click on her SUPPORT link.

If you would be willing to do this, Mary Connealy would appreciate it. Click Here to support Cowboy Christmas Homecoming, available for preorder on Amazon, coming in OctoberRuth Logan Herne, Julie Lessman, and Anna Schmidt are in this historical novella collection with Mary! And CLICK HERE to support Ruthy's promo through Thunderclap. Smart people might have done this all together... but who said we were smart??? :) Ruthy is also looking for 100 sweet folks to click on hers!!! and thank you!

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Marie Force Virtual Workshops 

 Gun Laws By State for Your WIP (NRA-ILA) (provided for research purposes)

The Importance of Storytelling in Turbulent Times (Writer Unboxed)**

How to Stay Organized During a Revision (Writers Helping Writers)

Stop Thinking Like an Author (Book Marketing Tools)

Why Authors Need to Understand the Sales Funnel (Smart Marketing for Authors)

Tackling the Synopsis (Romance University) **

Inciting Incident = Hook (Steven Pressfield Online)** 

Backstory: When is it Necessary? (Jami Gold)**

Freelance Hacks: Tax Tips for Self-Employment (Coffitivity)**

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Have a wonderful writing and reading weekend!


  1. Ha!

    Good ones, Mary!

    Enjoyed the WE, Tina.
    Quite a week and wow - so many books.
    Such fun.

    No pithy quote off the top of the head (not OFF with the head thank you)
    but I do have a finished video that is exciting.

    Feel free to share... Cass is ready for a road trip or two.

    Thanks, too, for Seekerville archives.
    I'm going to take the plunge and try one on my own.

    Pam's tutorial to the rescue. :D

  2. AH.
    Here we go:

    Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. Benjamin Franklin

  3. Oh MY!
    Can't go wrong with Mark Twain either:

    Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. Mark Twain

    Have a great Saturday everyone.

  4. My favorite pithy quote - Writers write.

    I saw that as the title of a craft book and thought yup, that says it all in 2 words.

  5. Elmore Leonard: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

  6. “Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.”- John Steinbeck

    “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.”- Stephen King.

    “Had I been blessed with even limited access to my own mind there would have been no reason to write.”- Joan Didion

  7. Have a productive writing and reading weekend all who enter here!!!! May the Force be with you.

  8. Edgar Allen Poe: When in doubt, bury someone alive.

  9. Joss Whedon: Whatever makes you weird is probably your greatest asset.

  10. These quotes are great. :)

    The only one coming to mind off the top of my head is more instructional, but it's all I've got at 11:00 at night. :)

    "Tell the story between the quotes." Rachel Hauck.

    Thanks for a great WE, Tina!

  11. “Avenge yourself; write well enough that someday your reviewers will look like fools.” Anthony Brandt

    “It is perfectly okay to write garbage–as long as you edit brilliantly.” C.J. Cherryh

    “A professional writer is an amateur who never quit.” – Richard Bach

    “An author is one who can judge his own stuff’s worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.”—Colette

    “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.” Samuel Johnson

    “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” ― Dorothy Parker

  12. When stuck, shoot someone. Mary Connealy (or some variation thereof ;))

    I became a writer to give the voices in my head something productive to do. Tshirt I have.

    It's no wonder truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense. Mark Twain

  13. “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can, impatient to restore everybody not greatly in fault themselves to tolerable comfort, and to have done with all the rest.” -- Jane Austen

  14. “I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” -- Shannon Hale

  15. “I don’t care if a reader hates one of my stories, just as long as he finishes the book.”
    —Roald Dahl

  16. “The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading, in order to write; a man will turn over half a library to make one book.”
    —Samuel Johnson

    I have more, but I'll cut to my favorite (and one of my favorite authors!):

    “If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it. Or, if proper usage gets in the way, it may have to go. I can’t allow what we learned in English composition to disrupt the sound and rhythm of the narrative.”
    —Elmore Leonard

  17. Lauren DeStefano — 'Give someone a book, they'll read for a day. Teach someone how to write a book, they'll experience a lifetime of paralyzing self doubt.'

  18. OH MY GOSH, these are fabulous. I am having so much fun, I might pull another all-nighter.


  19. I wrote a few children's books. Not on purpose.
    - Steven Wright

    I get a lot of letters from people. They say: "I want to be a writer. What should I do?" I tell them to stop writing to me and get on with it.
    - Ruth Rendell

    If Moses were alive today he’d come down from the mountain with the Ten Commandments and spend the next five years trying to get them published.
    - Anonymous

  20. Well it's not exactly pithy and I have no idea who it should be attributed to but...

    "A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows shows any sign of promise , you keep writing anyway."

  21. These are so fun! I'm going to one of my Yoda faves: "No! Try not. Do or do not. There is no try."


    And Einstein's rogue definition on insanity: "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

    Smart dude!

    Go forth and write, my friends! And readers... GOD BLESSED US WITH YOU!!!! Thank you!

  22. I brought coffee and Gummy's orange cookies.... and they're frosted and everything and we'll share Gummy's love.... Gummy is a friend's mother who is now in a memory care unit and she's not quite sure how she got there, but she's pretty sure it was a PLOT.... and she's waging counter-attacks to re-gain her freedoms...

    The cookies are from more genteel times in Gummy's life, before it all got jumbled into a mass of decades-old confusion.

    Try some! You will love them!

  23. You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say. F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Congratulations to all the winners!

    Have a blessed weekend everyone!

  24. As a reader I don't know what a P.I.T.H.Y quote is. Did I learn that in school? LOL. Congrats to all winners.

  25. Some GRRREAT ones...
    I'm laughing, empathizing and nodding!

    Since I write middle grade, here's CS Lewis, as quoted by our own Vince Mooney ~ “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” C. S. Lewis

    This is a keeper WE, Tina.
    Superb idea.

    And wow - knew it was coming but nearly NINE YEARS?
    Look how richly the Lord has blessed all who enter here.

  26. Congratulations to all the winners! Wonderful weekend. I'm enjoying reading all the quotes. What fun!

    Mine is: Write and see!
    Write what God gives you and see where he takes it. If you don't write you have nothing to see where it'll go.

  27. Great quotes! I love Dorothy Parker's quote, especially when I'm struggling with a story.

    She said, "I don't like writing. I like having written."

    At times, so true!

  28. Thanks all for the wonderful quotes!! This is on my desk:
    Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you're probably right. Henry Ford. Perhaps a variation of his words. But however they were said, the truth rings!


  29. Brrrr! Where's the hot chocolate? It's 30 degrees here in the mountains this morning. Tina? Have a spared bedroom there in the Valley of the Sun? :)

    Another GREAT W.E., Teenster!

    A quote that was hammered into my brain at a writing workshop eons ago: "I write only to rewrite."

  30. Congratulations to this weeks' winners!

    TINA, thank you for another great WE!


  31. Love the meme about ladies with clean houses...

    So appropriate for when I'm on deadline. Oh my! Where does clutter come from?

  32. Waving to Mary Jane!

    Love, love, love the shoveling sand quote! So true.

    I'm at the shoveling stage... :)

  33. Good morning everyone! Quotes, I love them, thanks for sharing them all.

    *My words sound better coming from my hands than from my mouth

    *We write down made-up stories to tell truths we wish we could say out loud

    *A writer is simply a photographer of thoughts

    Hope you had a great birthday yesterday Tina!

    Pass the coffee Ruthy, I need a second cup!

  34. Since we didn't leave comments yesterday due to Archives Friday, I'm proclaiming this as Tina's birthday party day!

    I've brought cake, ice cream and helium balloons! Enjoy!

    Happy Birthday, Tina! We love you!!!

  35. Okay, first I have to say if a clean/dirty house were an indication of how much writing one does, I should have about fifty completed manuscripts! ;)

    “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” ― Thomas Mann, Essays of Three Decades

  36. Seen in Seekerville...and sticky-noted to my laptop screen: "The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you did not write."

    Love all the quotes!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Congratulations to all the winners! I'm thrilled to win a thesaurus! THANK YOU!

    Thanks for the WE, Tina. Hope your birthday was perfect.

    Happy reading and/or writing weekend to all!

  37. I love these quotes!

    One I saw recently: A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity. - Franz Kafka

    I also like: If I waited til I felt like writing, I'd never write anything at all. - Anne Tyler (I find that one works with many of life's situations.)

    Please enter me in the weekend contest. Thanks!

    I was happy to see I won Myra's book :) I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  38. Be a warrior, not a worrier.

    Hey you! Too much thinking, not enough doing.

    Picked those two up here at Seekerville one time or another. :-)

    Great WE -- have read the comments but not the links yet. Have to race the rain and get to the library but I'll be baaaaccckkkk!

  39. Kav,

    I love that first one. It's similar to something our pastor has told us many times!

  40. Oh my goodness, I'm loving all these quotes! Seekerville will be sharing several of them on Twitter this weekend!


    LOL ... LOVE THIS!!! Especially after I edited my soon-to-be released novel, Love Everlasting, which I'm pretty sure STILL has typos despite nine sets of eyeballs on it!!

    EXCELLENT WE, Tina, but I've got LOTS of company for the weekend, so I'm going to save those great links for Sunday evening when I'm too exhausted to do anything but read ...

    Hugs and Happy Weekend, all!!

  42. We need to get a copy of all of these! My latest favorite quote is...
    "To battle to the end and never give up. You could call it optimism or stubbornness. Here, they call it TEXAS FIGHT.”
    (TEXAS FIGHT is the Univ of Texas at Austin's fight song!)

    Then there's...
    “Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” Muhammad Ali

    Which of course leads to..
    “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with GOD all things are possible.’” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
    “GOD can do ANYTHING, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams.” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)

    Not short- but I love them!! :) :)

  43. Oooo, pass the birthday cake!! Happy birthday again, Tina!!

    Stephen King is too scary for me to read, but he gives birth to great writing quotes:

    "Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work."

    Fun WE this week. :)

  44. GREAT WE, Miss T!! (our BIRTHDAY GIRL!!)
    Just read that Debby Giusti is proclaiming today as TINA'S Birthday Party, so I'll add some goodies to the food table!! (My usual, LOL - - Pecan Pie, Peach muffins, Pecan Praline Cookies, and my old standby, Georgia Peach Cobbler) ;)

    CONGRATS to all the winners, and next week looks great in Seekerville!
    And I cannot believe it's almost time for Seekerville's Birthday Month - - Wow!
    Time goes so quickly....which brings me to my pithy quote:
    Life moves fast, so finish that WIP !! ;)

    Enjoy your weekend, Seekerville Friends!
    Hugs, Patti Jo :)

    p.s. Waving at sweet JANA!! Love those quotes you shared!! :)

  45. 1. On my son's t-shirt: My mom can write a book about your mom
    2. Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad stories in a row
    3. Writing is only reading turned inside out
    4. Don't quit your daydream
    5. Writing is a socially accepted form of getting naked in public

    Happy Birthday Tina! Great WE

  46. Great weekend edition. Always love all the news. Congrats to winners. And fun quotes.

    Happy day.

    Happy writing.

    Happy reading.

  47. This book was written using 100% recycled words.
    ― Terry Pratchett

    It's always good to be environmentally conscious, after all.

  48. Another great weekend edition! Thanks Tina for putting it together! And thanks to all who shared those great links.

    I love the quotes!!

  49. LOL, Melissa!! I loved this one you shared: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.” ― Dorothy Parker

  50. Glynna! Thirty degrees??! I think it was about 70 here this morning.

  51. I'm not a very good writer, but I'm an excellent rewriter.  ~James Michener

    Nancy C

  52. The best writing is rewriting....this is the only thing I remember from college so it's worth about $20,000.
    Yes, collage cost that back then.
    ps I had scholarships and workstudy

  53. When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. Isak Dinesen

  54. I know you've heard it a thousand times before. But it's true - hard work pays off. If you want to be good, you have to practice, practice, practice. If you don't love something, then don't do it. Ray Bradbury

  55. The best style is the style you don't notice. ~Somerset Maugham

    It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. ~Robert Benchley

    An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere. ~Gustave Flaubert

    Writers spend three years rearranging 26 letters of the alphabet. It's enough to make you lose your mind day by day. ~Richard Price

    A metaphor is like a simile.

    Every writer I know has trouble writing. ~Joseph Heller

    Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

  56. Loving these quotes! My 'quote list' on my computer is profiting greatly :-)

    Congrats to all you winners. So many goodies!

    Thanks for the links. They all look interesting ... will indulge in reading them later.

    And last but not least Happy Birthday (yesterday), Tina!

    Nancy C

  57. I have a plaque on my desk that my husband gave me one year for Christmas. Snoopy is typing and he thinks, "I'm a great admirer of my own writing." (That is not true about me!)

    "A poet can survive everything but a misprint." Oscar Wilde

    "I can't write five words but that I change seven." Dorothy Parker

  58. I'm loving all the quotes! Here are a few that I came across that stuck with me:

    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” ― Douglas Adams

    “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank

    “There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you.” ― Beatrix Potter

    “Always be a poet, even in prose.” ― Charles Baudelaire

    Looking forward to the Birthday Bash! It will be a blast :)

  59. If every book you write doesn't get harder, you're not doing it right, Victoria Alexander.

    (this gives me comfort, Mary Connealy)

  60. Thanks for another great WE, Tina!!

    Congrats to all the winners!!

    I'm looking forward to the Birthday Bash - speaking of birthdays, hope you're having a weeklong joyful, blessed, birthday celebration, Tina!!

    Congrats to Seekers on all newly released and soon to be released books - so looking forward to reading them!!

    How about a quote from a writer pertaining to a reader??
    'No Person Who Can Read Is Ever Successful At Cleaning Out An Attic.' Ann Landers

  61. hahahahahaha....loved this:

    Rachael Koppendrayer said...
    This book was written using 100% recycled words.
    ― Terry Pratchett

  62. Writer's block: When your imaginary friends won't speak to you

  63. Writers: A peculiar organism capable of turning caffeine into books

  64. I write because sometimes only paper will listen to me.

  65. Great WE!

    Both Notable and Quotable!

    "Writers like great quotes for the vicarious joy they bring."

    "Think in thoughts that appear to be famous quotes no one has ever heard of before."

    "Every great quote has a matching and greater quote expressing the opposite thought."

    "If you seek to change the world, don't try to change people: edit reality."

    "If you must do the same thing over and over expecting different results, at least buy lottery tickets. Winners are always getting different results and are well rewarded."

    "Women with dirty houses usually have to do the most pages of revisions."

    "Writers with clean houses can be counted upon to get the job done."

    "The time saved not cleaning a house is usually lost looking for things."

  66. Vince is BAAAAAACK!!!

    How sweet it is!

  67. This one is perfect, Vince:

    "Every great quote has a matching and greater quote expressing the opposite thought."

    It reminds me of : Absence makes the heart grow fonder
    Out of sight, out of mind.

    Hmmmmmm a quote for all occasions. :)

  68. Yay, VINCE is back and we're thrilled!!!

    BUT . . . What's this about bashing us messy housekeepers???

  69. AND . . . there's a HUGE difference between "dirty" and "cluttered."

    Just sayin'.

  70. What a great WE, and the pithy quotes are fabulous.

    This has been used already, but it inspires me the most.

    “A professional writer is an amateur who never quit.” – Richard Bach

    Doesn't that make you want to keep writing and not give up?

  71. I always thought it was "Absence makes the heart grow FODDER."

    I agree, Jackie. I love that one.

    My house is cluttered and not clean. Not dirty. But not clean. Finish proposal and then I get to shampoo carpets this week. I'm so EXCITED.

  72. Quote of Robert J. Morgan (pastor/author) in his book The Strength You Need:

    I believe God has an appointment easel set up in heaven for each of us, that He has a daily agenda for each of our lives.

  73. I am loving all these quotes! Can I add one more?

    The one thing that you have that no one else has, is you.
    Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision.
    So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.
    - Neil Gaiman

  74. Tina the comedian, Absence makes the heart grow................silage? Hay?
    Fodder for your absent relationship???

    I'm glad I could clear that up for you, Tina

  75. Happy WE Seekervillagers! I'm relying on Google to provide me with a few pithy writer quotes since I know none on my own :-) Only one that comes to mind is "No pain, No gain", lol!

    Elmore Leonard's 10 rules of writing:" If it sounds like writing; re-write it."

    Michael Lewis: Writing Money and the Necessary Self-delusion of Creativity: “When you’re trying to create a career as a writer, a little delusional thinking goes a long way.”

    Susan Orlean on writing: “You have to simply love writing, and you have to remind yourself often that you love it.”

    John Steinbeck: 6 tips on writing, and a Disclaimer: “Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish.”

    Neil Gaiman: 8 Rules of Writing: “You have to finish things — that’s what you learn from, you learn by finishing things.”

    Points to ponder, no? Happy rest of your weekend everyone!

  76. I already messed up a quote, that last one is suppose to be this~ scratch the one above!

    Neil Gaiman: 8 Rules of Writing: “Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.”

  77. Be careful of reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
    ~ Mark Twain

    It usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.
    ~Mark Twain

  78. I love these two, especially the firat one:

    There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
    Ernest Hemingway

    If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.
    Stephen King

  79. What a great WE!!

    Not sure who said it first, but I saw it first here on Seekerville:

    "Don't get it right, get it written!"

    Changed the way I write. It's one of the few quotes I wrote on a post-it and stuck over my desk :)

  80. Jackie Smith! How interesting you should say that.

    I have index cards with verses and prayer needs. One says, "Show me what's on today's agenda, Lord."

    Funny, or not so funny how we plan the day around our agenda and not His. Still learning.

  81. Evelyn Hill, Barbara Burke! Welcome to Seekerville and good quotes!! Brava!

    Trixi. I love those, Google or not!

    Meg Brummer. That should be tattooed on all of us. I believe that was Terri Blackstock who said that when she visited.

  82. Heidi, I love Douglas Adams!

    “A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.”
    ― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

    This could be applied to much of writing and publishing as a whole.

  83. I have added my Thunderclap link to Mary's!!!! YAY ME!!!!

    Busy farm days here, selling pumpkins and corn stalks and squash... Ah... Fall!!!!

  84. KC, they're from Stephanie Karfelt's recipe.... They're so good!!!!

  85. Nancy, I love Michener and Herman Wouk. Two of my favorites.

  86. Rhonda, I think Thomas is wrong with a capital W!!!!!

    Or he's silly.

    Possibly that.

    And he's a BOY.

    That could explain it!!!! :)

  87. Jackie! That's a quote I love, love, love!!! An amateur who DIDN'T QUIT!!!


  88. You can't buy happiness, but you can buy books, and that's kind of the same thing!

  89. Great WE, TINA!!! Did you do something fun yesterday, besides preparing the WE? Another bunch of great links to check out! Thank you

  90. I'm a simple man. My quote is "BICHOK" or "Butt in Chair - Hands on Keyboard." (Thankfully, spellcheck doesn't try to correct the acronym.)

  91. Megan, I'm a perfectionist and need to remind myself that often!

  92. Stopping back in at almost midnight Saturday - - reading some of the comments and saw Mary Connealy's first one - - Keep CLAM and proofread - - hahaha!!!! Love it! :)

    Evelyn, your kitty looks like my Sully!! I love Tuxedo kitties!! :)

    And I'm not sure if anyone else posted it, but I still love: There are 3 rules to writing a great novel. Unfortunately no one knows what they are. (I'm thinking it was from Somerset Maugham?)
    Hugs, Patti Jo

  93. Patti Jo, that's funny!

    All right, I'm going to one of my Ruthy faves when your knickers get in a twist... "Pull up your big girl panties and move on."

    And how about this from Lucy Maude Montgomery when raising children takes precedence? "I'm writing living epistles now."

    That line gave me hope through the years of raising six kids and working two jobs because if Anne of Green Gables could do it... so could Ruthy!!!

  94. Oh wow, I love so many of these quotes! Need to copy some of these down. DEBBY used one of my favorites: "I don't like writing. I like having written." Dorothy Parker. Sums up my feelings pretty well most days :-)

    CINDY, I love, love this: On my son's t-shirt: My mom can write a book about your mom

    MARY, this made me laugh out loud: "Keep clam and proofread" and, "Spellcheck is for loosers"

    Here are a few others I like: "Start writing no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on." Louis L'Amour

    “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is … the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
    Mark Twain

    "You can't blame a writer for what the characters say." Truman Capote

    "Write like no one's reading." Unknown.

    Thanks for such an awesome WE, TINA, and I hope you had a wonderful birthday!! Congratulations to all the winners!

  95. Glad to be back!
    I've been in Orange Beach and off-line!
    There's a life out there!!! :>

    "The first six revisions anyone could have written. But the seventh: that's Anatole France."
    Anatole France

    "Whether in housecleaning or in writing, neglect often results in a false economy."

    "That it is clean and well organized is no defense for clutter."

    "When there is only one chair left in the house open to sit in, clutter's ability to hide the need for housecleaning is mostly lost."


    Jack Reacher Fan Note: Be sure to read the novellas: "High Heat", "Second Son", and "Deep Down". Jack's life as a child and teenager. How he got that way! Great beach reading!

  96. Orange Beach? Alabama!!! WOOT Good for you to get out and get some sunshine.

    I have not read the Reacher novellas. Will do so asap.

    Do love this one too. Thanks, Cindy:On my son's t-shirt: My mom can write a book about your mom.

  97. "Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending."
    – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    Please enter me in the drawing.

    May God bless you and all of Seekerville!

  98. This one is for Vince:

    In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace -- and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.

    -- from the movie "The Third Man"

  99. Heather did a great job being pithy!!!

    She wrote, "Write. Right?"

    Heather, you get the leftover birthday cake...and the balloons. They'll last for days, maybe weeks. Enjoy!

  100. A scene from the upcoming movie, SPIDER-MAN REBOOT, was filmed over the lake behind my house last night. So fun to watch! Helicopters, stadium lights turning the dark lake into near daylight, boats, props of a playground lakeside, artificial plants and portable light poles.

    They told me I was too close to the water at one point and would be seen in the filming. :) Yes, I did move back into the underbrush.

    The big scene seemed to be filmed between 1:30 and 2:30 AM. Chopper overhead. Lights that lit up my living room. Lots of action. By 4 AM, the set was quiet!

    Can't wait to see the movie and spot my backyard! :)

  101. Great Weekend post, Tina...and Happy, happy Birthday!! Congrats to every winner. Looking forward to clicking on links and reading all that good info! Thunderclap is a positively marvelous idea!! Wow!!

    LOVE, love reading all the fabulous quotes!!

    Two I like:

    I hope someday to write something worth plagiarizing. (Author unknown) (Maybe author is known...but I couldn't find out who?)

    We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. Ernest Hemingway

    Off to write and then babysit littlest granddaughter for a few hours...

  102. DEBBY, gave away the leftover birthday cake to pithy Heather's Write. Right? I brought huge chocolate chip cookies for those still craving sugar. I must make a list of all these great quotes!

    Hope everyone is having a great Sunday!


  103. I read The Importance of Storytelling in Turbulent Times. I'm claiming writing as my super-power!! If you ever question the importance of telling stories, don't miss the link in the WE.


  104. VINCE, your time away sounds fabulous!! Happy for you!


  105. Janet, must read the article. Thanks for the heads up!

    Vince, I'm hoping to visit Orange Beach this fall...the water will probably be too cool for swimming, but I always enjoy long walks on the beach. Glad you and your sweet wife could take some time off! :)

  106. Kathryn, enjoy that little one! I'm green with envy! :)

    A pretty shade of green, mind you!


  107. Patti Jo, I learned that saying from Tina!

  108. I have two that I love. Well, actually I have a lot more than that but I'll keep it at two. :)

    "It takes an awful lot of time to not write a book." Douglas Adams

    "As you move toward a dream, the dream moves toward you." Julia Cameron

    Please enter me in the drawing, and thanks for the chance to win!!

  109. Hi Tina:

    You made a very astute comment when you quoted:

    "In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace -- and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock."

    And yet, doesn't it all get down to the quality of life? Where would you have rather lived and raised a family? Florence or Switzerland? And note: you would still have had the benefit of the Renaissance and all the great artists as well as a great supply of cuckoo clocks in Geneva.


  110. Julie Cameron. Do you have The Artist's Way? An excellent book.

  111. /waves to Vince/

    ok - Seekers
    SOMEBODY should compile these and make a Seekerville book of writing quotations - or some such.

    I'd buy one. :)

  112. Happy weekend everybody, although it is almost over. I had such a busy week and the weekend has been just as busy. Barely able to check in with Seekerville lately. I hope this week will be better.

  113. I'm too lazy to look up some quotes, so I'm going to paraphrase what Spartan women used to tell their sons and husbands: Come back with your books or in them.

  114. Debby, I do have The Artist's Way, along with several of her other books. She's so inspiring!