Saturday, May 26, 2018

Weekend Edition


If you are not familiar with our giveaway rules, take a minute to read them here. It keeps us all happy! All winners should send their name, address, and phone number to claim prizes.  Note our new email address and please send your emails to

Monday:  Jan Drexler gave us some ideas for mining our family trees for story ideas. The winner of a copy of "The Amish Nanny's Sweetheart" is Bettie Boswell! Congratulations, Bettie!

Tuesday: Toni Shiloh hung out with us on Tuesday, talking about diversity in writing... and the winner of an e-copy of "Returning Home" is Kiersti Giron! Congratulations, Kiersti!

Wednesday: Melanie Dickerson continued her Conflict and Tension series helping us answer the questions:   Are you having trouble coming up with enough conflict in your current WIP, have you mined your characters' worst fears? Their goals and motivations? Their childhood scars and traumatic events? Check out her Regency series, too. They're on sale this month!!

Friday: Pam Hillman led us through the process of writing seamless transitions from scene to scene. Smoothing out the rough edges. A post every writer needs to read!

Monday:  Happy Memorial Day!!

Wednesday:  Laurie Schnebly Campbell is returning! She'll bring us "Selling Without Bragging," a post on the editor/agent pitch. She'll also be offering free registration to her class Perfecting Your Pitch to one luck commenter!
Friday: Gabrielle Meyer will be chatting with us about how to keep those creative juices flowing. Stop by and tell her about your creative pursuits and what inspires you!

Ruthy is determined not to be sighted this week except for the lovely little Memorial Day Parade in her hometown where she'll wave flags with a bunch of cute kids and stand for the flag and the veterans and the local sheriff's deputies... Sometimes an un-sighted week gets more done! :)

Sunday is the last day to enter the Cowboys of Summer Blog Tour Giveaway on JustRead Publicity ToursCowboys of Summer is a sweet contemporary romance novella collection with stories from Mary Connealy, Lorna Seilstad, Cheryl St. John, Missy Tippens, Tina Radcliffe & Sherri Shackelford.  See any familiar names there? 😉 Today's stop includes an interview with Seeker alum, Tina Radcliffe!

Jan is having fun hanging out with other local authors at the Rapid City Books-A-Million store! Stop by and say hello if you're in town!

How to Nurture Your Author Platform for Effective Results by Belinda Griffith at Your First 10k Readers blog.

How to Hook Your Readers and Reel Them into Your Scenes by C.S. Lakin at Live Write Thrive

Top 10 Success Tips from Neil Gaiman by Jenny Hansen at Writers In The Storm

The Introvert's Guide to Writering Conferences by Kerrie Flanagan at Writer's Digest

My Book Series Bible-Hints, Helps, and Musts by LA Sartor at My Story, My Way - An Indie Adventure

Throat Clearing: When Your Story OPening Is In Search of Itself by Peter Selgin at Jane Friedman


  1. Ruthy, of course you'll get more done if you're not sighted. I cannot imagine how much time it takes to put together this blog and still do your own writing. The Seekers are heroes to me. Um, heroines...
    I mined Pam's information yesterday, went to a café and spent an hour working on transitions in a section of my WIP.
    I brought the doughnuts. I will serve them buffet style, as people are in and out on Saturdays.
    Kathy Bailey

    1. That sounds like a fabulous use of your time!

    2. Grabbing a doughnut! Thanks, KB!

    3. Kathy, thanks for the doughnuts! I'm glad you got some good work done!

  2. Doughnuts!!! Thank you, Kathy!

    My husband's work schedule has changed, and since he's working today, I am too. Writing and business this morning, and then a book signing this afternoon. :-)

    And congratulations to the winners!!!

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone.

    1. I'm sure the book signing will be a huge success, Jan! Enjoy!

    2. I hope the signing went well, Jan!

  3. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

    Mine will be an adventure. Tropical storm Alberto is already affecting me. I am falling over, the world is spinning, my head feels like it is about to explode, ears are hurting. Welcome to my world. In spite of all this the Lord is good and I can rejoice in Him.

    On my agenda for today. I will be working on visuals for teaching the preschoolers in Sunday School and Children's Church. I also hope to do some writing if my body allows me to think and focus, reading as long as the spinning allows. Looks like house work may need to wait for another day. Seeing as I will be sitting or lying down all day. So glad the Lord is good.

    Thankful for all my friends who have served in the military.

    1. Praying for your relief, Wilani!

      And bless you for teaching preschoolers. :-) I teach preschoolers, too. It's my favorite Sunday School age group!

    2. The change in barometric pressure must bother you severely, Wilani. I'm so sorry! Praying the storm passes by quickly with little problem. Stay safe and dry!

    3. Wilani, I'm so sorry it's hit you again! Will pray for safety in this storm.

    4. Prayers for you, Wilani. Hope you feel better soon.

  4. Happy Memorial Day Weekend to all and God Bless our fallen military heroes!

    This has been an exciting week for me with the end of the school year and lots of events to enjoy with my grands! Being with family is always extra special!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm giving thanks for all those you gave their lives for our country and our freedom.

    Congrats to the winners!

  5. We had high school graduations this weekend. Congrats to any grads in our Seekerville families! We're proud of you all!

  6. I hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend! I'm so grateful to those who've died for our country.

  7. Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend. I worked at the book store last night and will for a few hours on Monday afternoon. But relaxing today for my birthday and will celebrate with my dad and my brother and family on Monday evening.

    1. Happy Birthday, Sandy!!! Can you hear me singing? I've brought cake and ice cream too. The 24th was my birthday. Special people have May birthdays, right?

      Birthday hugs!

    2. Thanks, Debby. May is a special month for a birthday!