3 S.R. Johannes: Sunny Sunday - Planting Seeds for Spring.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunny Sunday - Planting Seeds for Spring.

Comment Your Butt Off Contest Update

Oops I forgot to do this Friday. :)

As of today - days into the contest, you guys are doing fabulous! Just from March 1 - March 22:
  • 2,334 Unique visitors
  • 1043 Comments!!
  • 76 people!
Only 9 days left!
Thanks so much to those of you who have commented on Amazon Idol and sent me offline emails. I really appreciate the support! Publisher's Weekly will read each of the 500 Quarterfinalists and write a review (this scares me) by April 15th. Then Penguin chooses 100 people chosen for Semi-finals.
If you would like to read my first 17 pages, click the Amazon link in upper right hand corner. You will need an Amazon account to download the chapters and comment. (of course!)

A Perk Project: Planting Seeds for Spring.
My contribution to Monday's Perk Project! (check out Suzanne Young's blog and Robin Mellom's blog for more perky posts tomorrow!)

Everyday we plant seeds in our garden of life.

Planting seeds is a verb, it is an action that requires proactivity, but it is also an easy way to expend a small effort in the hopes of a huge impact.

We plant seeds every day - what we do, people we meet, decisions we make - and often don't realize that's what we're doing.

Life is a lot like a great garden. If you don't plant seeds you are not going to get anything but dirt.And if you stop planting seeds, eventually your seasonal flowers will die and be replaced by nothingness.

Planting seeds can be as simple as choosing to do things different, or as complex as going out and meeting people, starting a company, or networking a group of people. You can plant good seeds and bad seeds. If you're rude to someone, you plant a bad seed that may later sprout something negative. If you plant a good seed, you can make a positive impact that may in return rain positivity on you.

Then, there are seeds that just blow your way and landing your garden. maybe brought by a bee or a butterfly. Then one day, something blooms and you are surprised at what you get. You don't know quiet how it got there but you don't care. It's with you and it came to you by some force of nature.

That's my nudge to you.

As I make Agent's 001 revisions on my book, I realize I planted seeds years ago that are just starting to bloom. I also realize I plant seeds everyday with the hopes that they grow. But I also try to send out some seeds to all of you with the hopes they grow for you in a special way.

That is why I started this blog and contest - to plant a positive seed that would impact people in a positive way.

So today, plant a seed in your life. Carry those seed sin your pocket and randomly drop them for you never know how they will grow or where. For some grow in the strangest of places, where you least expect.

Drop a seed in your writing.

Drop a seed in your story.

Throw a seed into the wind and wonder where it lands.

Someday it will grow, someday it will bloom, and someday it will become something.

For you or someone else.

Visit tomorrow - our Marvelous Marketers is Alice Pope, author of Children's Writer's & Illustrators Market!

15 comments:

beth said...

What a great analogy! And a great interview to look forward to tomorrow...You always nab the best interviewees!!!

Suzanne Young said...

:-) Thank you for this!

Robyn said...

I love planting seeds too. I try to make a difference in peoples lives. My hubby and children and then other people who pass through my world. I will drop one in my writing too. Great job! :)

PurpleClover said...

I'm feeling...perkolated!




Verification word: manksts

Man - angst's ?? lol.

Kim Kasch said...

Planting seeds of friendship - was an article I wrote. Things always pay off - sometimes sooner sometimes later.

Lauren said...

I love this metaphor of dropping seeds equating to connections/networking/ect. That is such a great way to look at it.

A. said...

You really have a poetic way of describing concepts. 'Throw a seed into the wind and wonder where it lands.' Lovely! Of course, when I'm feeling negative, I just figure a bird will swoop by and gobble it! But then I remember that the bird will eventually poop out the seed which doesn't mean the seed won't sprout, just that it took a circuitous route to get there!

Carrie Harris said...

What a fabulous contest this has been! I'd say you're planting some seeds of your own here. :)

chandlermariecraig said...

I'm so proud of you w/ the Amazon contest! That's just amazing.

Kelly said...

I like the deliberate planting of seeds and the ones you throw out there, not knowing how it will end up! I like the analogy!

Lisa and Laura said...

I love this! And congrats on the amazon contest! So many exciting things happening right now, I can't wait to see what happens next!

Casey said...

Lovely. I feel like I've planted a seed in my blog by doing the Agent Spotlights. I really can't wait to watch that grow!

A. said...

Wow, that's really awesome that Publisher's Weekly will read each of the quarterfinalist entries. That is definitely BIG time. Where will they post the reviews--on Amazon?

King of my Throne said...

Love this… I can use this. Thanks!

My kids and I draw a garden of hopes and desires on a peace of paper. Simple drawings…line for the dirt and little seeds below the dirt. Then we write statements or draw pictures of what we want in our gardens. To become good swimmers or play on the swings with friends. Then we add stems from our seeds to these statements or drawings. We haven’t done this in a while. Thanks for helping me to remember to keep it fun.

A. said...

King of my Throne--what an amazing seed craft project you described! I wished I'd heard of it when my kids were smaller.