Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Madness Check-In Day 13 #wipmadness

We're almost at the two week mark, friends! This calls for some celebrating! (If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know that almost anything is cause for celebration.)

I've been thrilled to see everybody's progress along the way. As for me, I'm still pushing through on what has proven to be a difficult work in progress. But I promised myself I would get to "The End" by the beginning of April. I have so appreciated all of your encouragement along the way. With this manuscript, you will surely see the March Madness crew in the acknowledgements!

I have a couple of prizes to give away to keep up the morale. Kim Baccelia has so wonderfully donated a couple of her ARC's to our group. They will go to two of you who have checked in during the last week. Drum roll, please....

EMBRACE by Jessica Shirvington goes to...
Cortney Pearson!!!
 
and UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi goes to...
Marie Andrews!!!


These particular prizes are only available for people with a U.S. mailing address (if you're a winner and you live somewhere else, contact me and we'll figure something else out). If you're one of the winners, please email your address to me at d (@) denisejaden (dot) com , and I'll pass it on to Kim. Thanks again for being so generous, Kim!!


I look forward to seeing how your progress is going, and don't forget to stop by Angelina's blog tomorrow for Day 14 of March Madness!
 
And if you're on Twitter, come and hang out with us all day long under the hashtag #wipmadness

55 comments:

  1. Ooooh, congrats to the ARC prize winners! Prizes and celebration are wonderful things!

    I can't believe we are almost two weeks in--this month is flying by.

    My goal for the day is to write a magazine assignment for FACES. It's due at the end of the month on the day we move to our new house (NEW HOUSE! SQUEEE! *disclaimer: new-to-us-house. It was actually built in 1930). So anyway, I have to finish the article before I'm surrounded in boxes and our server goes down.

    I got some great beta feedback this week on BOTH of my WIPs though, and I'm dying to dive back in. Later this week! And in the meantime, I have one more beta I'm reading myself that I should wrap up today. Fun!

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    1. Yes, this month IS flying by! Yay for the great feedback, and all the best with your mag assignment!

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    2. Ooooh! Congrats, Kiperoo! That is i exciting. Good luck with the article.

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  2. So much has happened in the last two weeks, it's crazy. I revised almost half of my manuscript. I swapped manuscripts with a whole bunch of people, and connected with a lovely new critique partner. I've gone out of my comfort zone again and again and I've been rewarded for it by growing confidence and new writer friends.

    The only thing that hasn't happened that was supposed to is that my new puppy was meant to be born, but it seems she's too cozy in mama's belly to come out just yet. Which is really nothing to do with March Madness, but oh well :)

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    1. PUPPY!!!!!!

      Okay, now that I got that out of my system...Yes, no one ever tells you before you start your journey as a writer that it's an exercise in moving repeatedly out of your comfort zone! Glad to hear things are going so well!

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  3. Puppy! Oh boy Beth - do tell - I love puppies.

    Slow morning this morning, Only about 450 words, but that's okay. Had to sleep a little longer today. Started beta'ing a fellow wipster's manuscript last night and signed up for the A-Z blog challenge for April and I'm excited about that, because I won't be drafting and it will give me something to write!

    Great day all.

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    1. Well, since you begged... ;)

      She's a chocolate Labrador, our first ever pet. It feels like I've been waiting forever for her to arrive, and even after she's born (any day now) I'll still have to wait another eight weeks to pick her up! I'm not a terribly patient person, especially when it comes to puppies :)

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    2. Awww, puppies! We'll definitely need pics when the little bundle decides to show his/her face!

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  4. *sigh* I had a slow writing day yesterday, but it was just sooooo nice outside. But I also have a goal to finish my current WIP by the end of April (the first draft, anyway), so I better get crackin'!

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    1. Hopefully all that nice weather will spur you on today (I know it always does that for me - all I need is one nice day for every three lousy ones to keep my spirits and motivation up. Unfortunately, we don't always get that in rainy B.C.)

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  5. Oh my goodness! What an amazing way to start the day! Thank you thank you thank you so much! Wow - what I was even going to write? Oh! Yes, woke and wrote this morning - 1300 words on a new story - phew! Supposed to be stormy today so a perfect day to hunker down and work those edits. And get some reading in. Currently reading Wicked Lovely.

    And once again THANK YOU!! Such a bright start to the day :)

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    1. Wow, 1300 words already? You go girl!!!

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  6. Checking in...

    I think I might actually be able to type "The End" by April.

    :)

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    1. Ooooh, can't wait to celebrate with you when you do!

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  7. Congrats, Courtney & Marie! Oh, Beth! How I do love some good puppy breath...and their feet, yes, I love to smell them too!!! Am a I weird? Both my girls are puppy feet smellers too! LOL.

    After my horrid day at the Ortho with my daughter yesterday, I came home and submersed myself in rewrites. I completed just at 2k before supper. I had big plans to go straight back, but instead, fell fast asleep in front of the TV.

    Yay for Linda and the possibility of writing "The End" by April!!

    Oh, and one of my big goals for March was actually sitting at the computer without whining (because of neck). I sat this past Saturday for 5 hours with a few breaks!!! Going for post-op appointment this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed, this stupid neck brace comes off soon!!

    Have a super day!

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    1. Wow, 5 hours is a lot! Congrats on all this work you've gotten done, despite real life's interruptions.

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  8. checking in - my computer has been funky (display needs to be replaced - screen goes in and out - Apple want 500 smackers to fix. Whimper.) But I've been doing something I've never done before while writing. I've been writing LONG HAND. I kinda like it. Not sure if it's a new model for me, but I'm determined to reach my goals!

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    1. Aw, sorry about the computer problems, but YAY for writing in long hand! I've tried that once - the start of a verse novel - and every time I hear about someone else doing it, it makes me want to go back and write some more.

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  9. We interrupt this program to swoon over the vision of a chocolate Labrador puppy. Awwww.
    Sounds like a great reward, eh? Congrats on the ARC's, Marie and Cortney!

    Yesterday's ten pages of revision did not come easily. But the best thing was discovering the perfect secret ingredient to solve my story's global mystery.

    Today is for filling up my writerly well. Details tomorrow. Onward, Wipsters!

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    1. Very cool about finding the key to your mystery, Angelina! That's always the hardest part for me.

      See you soon!!

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  10. Yay, thanks for the prize! Things have been going well. I'm trying to keep up on commenting on blogs, and I wasn't able to do much writing over the weekend, but that's all going to change today!! :) Hooray, can't wait to read Embrace!

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    1. Yes, looking forward to hearing about your writing progress at tomorrow's check-in! Enjoy EMBRACE!

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  11. Yes, congrats to Cortney and Marie!

    I managed to edit 4 chapters last night, so that puts me on the home stretch. 5 more chapters to go (and one of them's the short, epilogue chapter)! Starting with the funeral, because in an attmept to flush out my main character, the bad guys have slain someone dear to her.

    I was originally planning to catch the downtown write-in tonight, because I find myself so productive at them, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen anymore. But I'd like to be finished this pass today or tomorrow. After that, I have a few more things to clean up, and then I'm ready to start sending it out again. (Wouldn't mind getting back to my reading. Still haven't read The Hunger Games, which is next on the list but which I'm having a hard time starting, partly because I'm consumed with the edits and partly because people keep telling me their opinion of the book.)

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    1. Okay, I won't tell you my opinion of HG until you're done :)

      Five more chapters! Woohoo!! Very, very close now...

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    2. Thank you. It started off with all good reviews, and now a lot of people are giving me bad reviews, and that's making it a pain, but I want to read it before the movie!

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  13. I know this might be weird, but I love a funeral...speaking as a writer that is! (nods to L.S. Taylor). And ooooh....pppuuuuppppyyyyyy!

    I officially managed nothing on the WIP yesterday. Still recovering from the DST hangover and a bout of insomnia, so today I must charge full-steam ahead. If I get even 100 words, I'll be thrilled. Somewhere in the next 2000 words there should be a "the end."

    So, here I go....

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    1. Ugh, insomnia often knocks me on my butt, too. I hope you got to your goal yesterday!

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  14. 2,434 today. Hit it quick too. As I always say, combat and sex scenes, two things that just seem to flow to the page. ;)

    I could continue, but I may stop. Jayne stayed home again to go to the doc and it's sunny and warm outside. I could use some absorption of some vitamin d. ;)

    Hope everyone else's day goes well. :)

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    1. Wow, that's awesome! I love those scenes where the words just seem to fly by.

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  15. I should have the books out this weekend. I loved both of these books so much!

    Today was kind of hard to get anything done as we have some major construction going on in our backyard. Our parrots are super sensitive so I have to stay with them or else one of them will pull her feathers out and bleed. Not good.

    I was able to get to one chapter of edits and also finish another YA Books Central review. Plus I worked some more on my Dear Teen Me letter.

    Everyone else, I'm sending positive vibes your way!

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    1. Thanks again for donating those awesome books, Kim!

      Sorry you had a hard day. I did too. I got a little in as well, but nothing stellar. More hope for today...

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  16. YAY to the winners!! And now my prize... I'm done with the day job early, so I'm off for a little March Madness before evening necessities.

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    1. Was great to meet you yesterday! Hopefully we'll bump into each other again sometime.

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  17. Ooh, are we halfway already? Exciting! I think I'm on track to meet my goal, and thankfully timely beta feedback has helped that along.

    I'm just settling in to my writing time today, but I'm looking forward to going through some new beta feedback.

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    1. I love timely beta feedback! Hugely important!

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  18. Tonette dela LunaMarch 13, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Yesterday's Word Count: 1682
    Today's Word Count: 2219

    My MG WIP is shaping up nicely. Since I decided on the revamp in 3rd person and stripping at least sixty pages of the middle and the first forty, I've been charging through.

    I'm about a third into A Game of Thrones. They're doing a marathon showing downtown within the next couple of weeks so as a reward for my progress I'm going with my sister. There will be swag, most probably cosplay (other more brave souls, not I), and who knows? Kit Harrington is in town filming. He might stop by for some photo ops.

    I'm also reading a lot of craft books and writer's thoughts on writing. All the reading is making me read and write faster, which is awesome.

    I'm also going full force in my brainstorming for Script Frenzy which is two weeks (give or take) away.

    Oozing with creativity and loving it,

    Tonette

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    1. I keep thinking about Script Frenzy...I've never written a script, but I like to challenge myself.

      Congrats on all your progress! a third is great!!

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  19. I also am pushing to the end of my WIP. Best of luck! (I'm stoked because I hit 40,000 words today. So close to being done!)

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    1. Woohoo!!! 40k is DEFINITELY a reason for celebration.

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  20. Hey hey! Working away on second draft of the wip, the one I am starting over. The start over, though, is going in further than I thought. Rethinking some characters, delving much further into setting and the plot is changing. So, it has become a little more work that I though, but--am getting there, slow but sure and still shooting for second draft my April 1!

    Also working on reading more books this month and working on the blog.

    Good luck you Denise! And good luck to all the rest o' you wipsters...read, write and blog on!

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    1. Mine is changing drastically too, Deb. I feel ya. Writing can be hard, hard work sometimes.

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    2. Sure can be! And have to say (er, not that I want you to struggle) that hearing from talented, already published authors that there are those hard, hard parts of writing is good. I sometimes fall into the trap of if I can write it good and smooth out of the gate then maybe I am not doing it right.

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  21. 1083 words for me today. Long day.

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    1. Yay for an awesome word count yesterday! Here's to many more days like that.

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  22. Homework, homework, homework! All good though, learning to do a substantive edit is pointing out all sorts of issues in my own work. Feel like I had a lost weekend...but back at it in baby steps.
    Wow to all the amazing progress!
    Puppy!
    *sighs*
    My weakness is kittens. It is kitten season around here. Must schedule kitten time.

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    1. Baby steps are still moving forward! Keep at it.

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  23. Ceeeellllllllebrate good times, c'mon! Always happy for an excuse to celebrate, Denise. ;)

    The revisions are coming together. Much to do, for sure, but it feels great to have a DIRECTION for my efforts finally. Now I must focus on that other part of my goal (stay off the freakin' internet) so I'll manage to finish revising by the end of March.

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    1. I'm so glad you're finding some direction, Shari! I keep telling myself that the more I do now, the less I'll have to do while I'm away...In fact, if I get completely done by then, I could just sit around hoarding the wine. LOL

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    2. LOL, interesting motivational strategy, Denise. I can see it being quite effective. ;) *reminds self to bring extra wine*

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  24. I've been away from home since last Thursday, so fitting in my writing and revising between visiting with family and friends has been challenging. But there was serious time devoted to it today (sitting across the coffee table from Shari Green is motivating!). Revisions are happening so I'm happy. The new writing will hopefully happen once I'm back at home again.

    And PUPPY!! Now that's a distraction I can relate to, Beth. I bred, trained and exhibited Shelties for over thirty years but a few years ago went back to the Labrador Retriever breed I grew up with. We have a black one now, and our son has a chocolate. So may I suggest that you use these next eight weeks to psych yourself up for what's to come... a couple years (at least) of Labrador shenanigans! Lab brains don't kick in for a while. I hasten to add, however, they are wonderful dogs and I envy you the coming new addition to your family.

    Denise, glad to hear you're making progress on your ms. I know you can stay focused and will make your April deadline. Just keep remembering we're all peering over your shoulder watching your progress. ;)

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    1. Looks like most had productive days today. :)) I worked this evening and got another 2k revised. Woot! Looking forward to checking in tomorrow. Sleepy time now!!

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    2. LOL, yes, I'm very aware of you peering over my shoulder, Deb! Thanks for the encouragement, and all the best with your progress the rest of the week!

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  25. Congrats, Denise!! I've fallen waaaaayyyyyy behind but will keep cheering you on :) Keep up the great work!

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    1. It's never too late to move forward, Shiela! There are still two weeks left. Just sayin'.

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