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12:11 PM Elizabeth Seckman 59 Comments


Think Happy!


Right before the A-Z Challenge, bloggers were debating the effectiveness and necessity of blogs. They say blogs may not be the hip pro platform they once were.

Which makes me say- thank you Lord!!

Now, this blog is mine again. It's not the spot of a pro trying to sell books (though I will...you want one?); it's mine, all mine and I'll do whatever I want. 

Today? I'm going to brag, nark, and brag some more.

Brag #1: I'm a good mom. 

If the proof really is in the pudding...I deserve a freaking crown. I'm the queen. MY kids are amazing. Spent yesterday helping my eldest son get an apartment ready for his second year of college. 

His first year? Totally rocked it. 4.0's both semesters, maintained his scholarships, and spent his leisure time in the gym (or so he told his mom...but with grades like that, she's inclined to believe him!) 

And the youngest? Funny story- he has to do a blog for school. He posted from home and didn't sign out of HIS blogger account, so when I hopped on to do my reading and commenting...I was posting as Mr. Seckman.

In the meantime, while he was showing off his blog at school...he had three comments! He was sooooo excited and amazed. I know he felt like king for the day, or at least that class period. 

He asked me to pass on a special thanks to Carrie ButlerTammy T (I've decided I'm not going to keep trying to spell Theriault), and C Lee Mckenzie. You gals made his day...and made his teacher quickly set all the kids' blogs to private!

*Blog Note: All my boys, whether the topic of the day's post or not, are handsome and amazing. Seriously swoon worthy. 

 Now, I must nark. I'm way behind in my edits. I keep thinking, this third book is ready to go...and then anxiety hits and I go back to rewriting...or I don't go back for days. Bad Elizabeth. Not the way to get a book on a shelf!

Now, Brag #2:

This beautiful cover contains a marvelous story written by my friend, Cassie Mae. She gives me chest bumps and brings the awesomesauce to every encounter. She is the best supporter (no, not calling her a jock strap) and friend a writer could ever have. She truly is one of the best chicks evah!!

 
 Buy it HERE!
Add it HERE!
Love her (or just like her) HERE!

Now, I'm going to go write a bit and then do a radio interview. Wish me luck that my potty mouth or brain farts don't get the best of me!! 






photo credit: kidicarus222 via photopin cc

59 comments:

  1. Your boys sound pretty awesome. Well done, Mama. :)
    Congratulations to Cassie on her beautiful cover! She really is a wonderful person, isn't she? She's one of the great ones. :) As are you, Elizabeth!

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    1. Aw shucks and thanks Rachel! I will add you in that same category too. I have met some of the best and most amazing people through this blog!

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  2. 4.0s are something to be celebrated for sure!! Go Mom.

    And I wondered if your hubs took up blogging when I saw a "Mr. Seckman" commented on my blog, LOL. Good luck to your son in his blogging future. My daughter Faith has her own blog too, although she doesn't have time to post as often as she'd like. (Which cracks me up when she says that)because I have less time than she does and yet I still manage to do it.

    Big Congrats to Cassie Mae. Love the cover.

    Keep up the good work Mamma Seckman!!

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    1. I offered to let him guest post, but he won't. Maybe I will nudge (or bribe) him. I think it'd be fun! He and I were working on a Christmas story collaboration...but I have to remove my crown a moment...I got busy and put our story on the back burner.

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  3. I thought the Mr. Seckman was related to u!! VERY COOL! CASSIE is awesome sauce...like her cool friend that wrote this awesome sauce blog post!! Loving cover...awwwww.....

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    1. LOL. Now you can give me credit for all the sweet things (or snarky, funny, or stupid) things he might have said. :)

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  4. You've got some great kids there! Make yourself a Queen Mom crown.
    And very excited for Cassie.

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    1. I have a tiara...but I'd wear a crown too. :)

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  5. I love that people were commenting back on his blog. That's awesome. It's also awesome that his teacher realized that the internet is a VERY public forum and that the family privacy act is a very Toothy law.

    And I know how it goes with edits, I'm in an edit avoidance/anxiety circle of hell right now as well.

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    1. Edits stink, huh? Well they do when you feel stuck!

      I guess some of the blame is on my son who either did his settings wrong or changed them...but still I had to bug Jeff Hargett for help with my settings, and my kid was only 12.

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  6. Yay for your boys! And Cassie's cover is fab!

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  7. You are a Queen Mom for sure!

    And a swoon worthy, athletic, and intelligent son in his second year of college? I may know an ambitious, athletic, academic oriented, AND southern gal who just finished her second year of college ;)

    That's so cute that your son has his own blog! Following in mom's footsteps!

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    1. As a very protective and particular mom, I must say a lady as focused and smart as yourself would get this mom's thumb's up...after the necessary security check, of course. (Just joking...maybe)

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  8. You totally deserve the bragging rights!

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    1. Every time my kids point out what a lame mom I am, I tell them I must be doing something right, I have great kids!

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  9. AWWWW, thanks for the cover love :D And I'm a little bit fuzzy from the dentist gas they gave me, so I'm all blubbery boob over what you and Rachel said about me. I totally love you guys!

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    1. Glad to make you blubber. :)

      Love back at ya!

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  10. I love your blog and sounds like you have plenty of legit things in life to brag about.

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  11. I'm so happy to have my blog back. Who says we can't say what's cool?

    Yes, I want one of your books. I will add you onto my Nook. :) Congrats to Cassie! I know from FB she's uber excited, and she should be. It is exciting to get a book out there in the world.

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    1. Dang straight Mary! We are the boss...don't let the world forget it!

      And you mean to tell me that tacky sales pitch worked? What an awesome day!

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  12. I would not doubt you are an excellent mom. I bet one of the funniest too. Now I understand what was up with the Mr. Seckman comments. I thought I had a new fan, hahahahaha. It was that or that you were doing incognito visits. I am sure the radio interview will rock! Already put the dwarves to cross their fingers for good luck. :)

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    1. I'm still waiting for my shipment of dwarfs. ;)

      Yes, that was me...going incognito, but not by design!

      Thanks fot the positive energy...I could feel it from all my peeps. I was nice and calm. I don't know if I was coherent, but I had fun!

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  13. Just keep writing girl, you'll get there. Congrats Cassie. Your kids rock Liz, I really love that the young one enjoys blogging and excited about getting comments. So sweet.

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    1. Thanks Sheena-kay! Why is it that I lose oomph in the edits? Always in the middle.

      And yes, he was excited. He has real writer potential!

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  14. HI, Elizabeth...

    Congrats to you sons.... That is definitely SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF!

    Congrats to Cassie too. I won her book, so It is on my TBR which is NEVER-ENDING ESPECIALLY after the A-Z... YOU KNOW I have to read the books I featured. Right?

    I just wish I could lay around at the beach and read ALL DAY. HA! FAT CHANCE. I need to EDIT again my first TWO novels, write more on my novella, and BLOG!!!!

    Then, don't forget to powerwalk on said beach for two hours. NOT THE SAME... LOL.

    I go back to Chicago and my wonderful OFFICE on Sunday. ROAD TRIP! Perhaps I'll run into Molly and Craig...

    Maybe not, Montana is not on my route. LOL.

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    1. I would feel sorry for you, but you lost all my sympathy with "power walk on the beach". I love to beach walk. I never do it with any power...it's more like a stroll. But I love the beach!!

      Awesome that you're going to read our books. I have tons of blog friends books on my kindle and I am getting through them as quickly as I can. I am such a slow reader.

      Sorry you have to go back to the office. I vote we both should get to hang out at the beach and call that work! Maybe one day, right?

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  15. It sounds like you have some good reasons to brag about your kids and, with 4.0s, they must take after momma :)

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    1. Well, that is what I tell their father ;)

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  16. Sounds like you have lots to be proud of! :D

    And Cassie does indeed rock!<3

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    1. Yay Kyra!!! Missed you lady!!!

      I am proud of my kids. They are messy and can be smelly, but I think they rock.

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  17. You are an awesome mom!

    I had to buy Cassie's book b/c she posted a bit online. I love the snarky dialogue! :)

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    1. Cassie does dialogue like nobodies business. She has the "voice" people keep talking about!

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  18. WOW! Yay for the eldest and his awesome academic year! That is super sweet and you definitely deserve to brag! And YAY for Cass! Love that book!

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    1. It was the funnest post to write. Love to brag about all the accomplishments of the people around me :)

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  19. Your sons sound like superheroes! Which must make you one. :)

    I just recently figured out that my blog can really be anything I want it to be. I think I got so caught up in thinking that it had to be SOMETHING other than just about me. I'm glad I don't think that anymore! lol!

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    1. I think my kids are pretty super!!

      Taking the blog back over is so freeing! just have fun with it. Writing is enough work, why not have a fun place?

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  20. That's awesome you can be so proud of your kids during those teen years! :)
    I'm so glad the teacher had them set the blogs to private!

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    1. I am proud of them Laura. I can't get them to pick their dirty clothes up off the floor, but I can trust them when they leave the house.

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  21. I'm not at all surprised that you've got amazing kids! :) Yes, Cassie Mae is very brilliant and a wonderful person! I heart her! Deeply! Good luck with the edits.

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    1. Thanks Lisa! I've gotten very lucky to know many, many talented writers...like you!!

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  22. Elizabeth, congratulations on having such incredible children! Being a mom is the most challenging job ever, but I'm so honored that I have that title. We are incredibly proud of our sons as well. My latest book, Charlene the Star and Hattie's Heroes, is dedicated to them.
    Happy Mom's Day, Elizabeth. Keep celebrating!

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    1. Thanks Deanie! How wonderful that you have a book dedicated to them. I dedicated my first book to mine too. They are our real master pieces.

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  23. Hey Elizabeth,

    I know you've been eagerly awaiting one of my must read comments. Maybe next time.

    Gosh, there were blogs before that amazing alphabet challenge? Okay, after thoroughly skimming, sorry, reading through you posting, it's obvious that your children are going to be as awesome as their "mom" apologies spell check, "mum", happy now, English spell check?

    Yep, a blog can be what you want it to be. I think that blogging is, if anything, going too strong. So it's time for millions upon millions of bloggers to stop. Just leave yours, of course, your son's and a few more. And no I wouldn't suggest who else such as KLAHANIE. No, that would be blatant self-promoting and would I do that...

    Cassie Mae is amazing just like your amazingly, amazing self, Elizabeth.

    Seriously, you should be very proud and I hope you didn't fart during your interview.

    Your starstruck fan,

    Gary!

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    1. LOL!! I was waiting for your amazing comment! No, I didn't fart...though that is always a worry...that and my kids coming home from school and screaming that there was no food in the cupboards or TP in the bathroom. But all went well.

      And thank you for acknowledging my amazingness. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. :)

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  24. You're an awesome mom!

    I can't wait to read Cassie's book.

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    1. I can't wait to read it either. I know it will be fun.

      Eagerly awaiting your next one too!

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  25. Yep, you are a great mom!!
    I love that cover for Friday Night Alibi

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  26. Good luck with the interview, Elizabeth! And you are most definitely an awesome mum! :D

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    1. I don't know if I do everything right, but since they are so great..why worry?

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  27. Hey,

    Sorry I'm late to the Queen's Party, but I agree with everyone - your boys are lucky to have you and I've seen pictures of those young men, so it's nice to know the Queen Mom has her own private security detail :)

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    1. You win for favorite comment ever by my husband.

      Finally! He was entertained by my blog! Thanks cyber brother!

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  28. You have so much to be proud of! And go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Moms don't do that nearly as often as they deserve. :)

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    1. Glad you don't think I'm bad for patting myself so hard on the back. :)

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  29. Haha! I wondered if that commenter was of any relation to you. Too funny!

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    1. He is a big fan of you ladies now! Maybe I can get Lee's book for him when it's out.

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