Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March Madness Check-In Day 27 #wipmadness



I know I keep saying this, but I cannot believe the month is almost over! I'm happy to report that I've seen all sorts of "I'm finished" and "I've completed my goal!" comments around the hosting blogs and on Twitter. To that, I say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

And even if you haven't completed your goals? Guess what? You're still here!!! You ARE diligent. You are committed. We LOVE having you here with us, and you've been an integral part of OUR processes. And to that I say: CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU!

As for me, I've made tremendous progress this month, much more than I would have had if I hadn't had anyone cheering me on. Not only am I nearing the end of my novel, which was my goal for this month (and I still plan to complete it by the 31st!), I've also been pretty quiet about a secondary project I've taken on. I'm not sure why, but somehow it felt like I was cheating while working on this project, even though I always put my novel first.

Earlier in the month, I taught a workshop on the subject of Grief in Fiction. It went well, and a couple of people encouraged me to put my notes together as a book, as they'd like to be able to buy it. So I've done just that! It still needs editing and probably a few additions, but I've finished a working draft of my first very first mini non-fiction book! I'm very excited, and to celebrate, I want to show you my mock-up cover.


It's still a work in progress, of course, but I think the pic fits the theme perfectly!

Annnddddd I have another prize to give away today! Congratulations to our previous winners. There are still plenty of great prizes left...

 Advance copy of ARTICLE FIVE by Kristen Simmons
(Courtesy of Jaye Robin Brown)


UNRAVELING ISOBEL by Eileen Cook
  (Courtesy of Shari Green)


Query and 10-page critique (Courtesy of Anne Hale)


OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland
(2 e-copies up for grabs!) (Courtesy of Deb Marshall)


DARWEN ARKWRIGHT AND THE PEREGRINE PACT by A.J. Hartley
(Courtesy of Laura Taylor - Laura kindly offered to get this one signed if you're willing to wait for it!)


 And today's winner is...

Kiperoo!!!

Congratulations Kip! Please email me your choice of prizes at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com. And for the rest of you...don't stop checking in! I'll be drawing more names this week and it's not too late to win.

Tomorrow, don't forget to stop by Angelina Hansen's blog. Now...go forth and finish that goal!

46 comments:

  1. OMGOMGOMG I'm the first one here today AND I won a prize!! Yaaaaay! Thanks again to Denise and all the #wipmadness hosts for a very motivating month! We're moving into our new house over the next two days, so I'll be squeezing in reading time whenever I can and then once the computers are hooked up again, I'll be ready to launch into those pre-subbing revisions!

    Denise, your NF book sounds amazing. I look forward to reading it. One of my favorite novels ever is definitely because of the power of the grief in it: THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson. Anyway,good for you for working on this while working on your novel! It must be so hard to switch gears like that.

    Good luck to everyone else racing for the finish line!

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    1. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! I'm glad this prize is such great timing for you too! Thanks for your encouragement on my NF book - and yes, I loved THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE too, and actually used some quotes from that in my book.

      All the best with your move and congratulations again!

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    2. Yay, Kip! I hope your move goes as well as possible!

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  2. Wow, excellent Denise! I'm so impressed. And congrats Kip on winning a prize.

    Another 10 pages on the book map this morning, slowly, slowly. But as I go through, I'm liking the story and it helps to know where I'm going to target my revisions. It's not as big a mess as I initially thought. Yay.

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    1. Congrats on the 10 pages! I want to see pictures of this book map when it's done! Sounds very interesting!

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    2. I'm really interested in this book map thingie, too!

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    3. It's basically a spread sheet with categories for each scene, so that it breaks down when/where/who along with the want and change for each scene, what I think is working and what I think needs work. Doing it is a lot like work, but it's going to be an incredible roadmap for revision.

      I don't typically need to move scenes around much, but I do always have to go back and work on emotional depth and motivation and this is helping me make notes about it.

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  3. Woo hoo, congrats Kip!

    And, wow wow wow, you guys, guess what??? I knocked off early from work yesterday and wrote a bunch and...

    Met my goal!!!

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    1. WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

      I knew we'd have someone else completing their goal today. That is the biggest prize of all, isn't it? Saying, "I did it!"

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    2. YAY!!! Congrats, Jennifer! That's awesome!!! :D

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  4. Woohoo, YAY Kip! And Yay Denise! Grief is a tough subject for anyone, especially for kids.

    YAY, Jennifer! Way to hit that goal!

    Awesome JRO! I love it when you find that what you thought was a huge mess really isn't. I'm finding that there are sections I really like in my WIP and sections I don't hate (LOL).

    I am determined to get this revision done this week and send my baby out. But I still have this twinge...maybe just one more whole revision...nah...

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    1. It's the home stretch...you can do it!!!

      And I can't wait to hear good news from you very soon. Make sure to come back and let us know when you do :)

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  5. Congrats to Kip!

    And I agree, Denise...we are all still here, reading, writing and blogging on. Have not worked on my book much this week, the pendulum as swung to the blogging end of things (and reading books so I can blog about them, lol.) But am slowly realizing that maybe this is the way I roll? Swoop back and forth because I love doing both so much and need to be able to sink into one or the other.

    All best as we head to the final day! Go team #wipmadness!

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    1. Yeah, I kinda get in the swing of certain things too. I admit, I haven't been a very avid blogger for a little while, but I am writing. As long as we're doing something to keep ourselves creative, I think that's what's important.

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  6. Good morning Denise! Honestly, I can't believe March is on its way out either. Congrats on your side project - great cover and I'll definitely be purchasing a copy :)

    CONGRATS to Kiperoo - that's fantastic :) Prizes are always a great way to start the day!

    It has been a productive month. I kept to all of the goals, even with a few days lost thanks to the flu bug. I found myself much more motivated by being held accountable and for everyone's enthusiastic cheers and go get 'ems! This fuels me into April with some new goals to tackle.

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement!!

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    1. Thanks Marie. I'm so glad to hear that it's been a productive month for you...that's the most important prize of all, isn't it?

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  7. Oh I totally missed this and it sounds like you've all had loads of fun, knickers. Do you do this often?

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    1. We have had a ton of fun, Cyran (along with blood, sweat and tears! LOL) You're welcome to hang out with us until the end of March. No such thing as too late to start!

      I do this every March on the blog, but we also meet up year round on Twitter under the hashtag #wipmadness

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    2. March Madness is awesome, and I'm sorry you didn't hear about it sooner. But for sure hang out with us the rest of the month! :)

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  8. So excited for your project, Denise. I started reading an MG last night, Mick Harte Was Here, that starts with intense grief mixed with insane humor. Of course if made me think of the Pro Series meeting. ^_^

    So I worked for six straight hours and finished the edit/revision of my YA historical yesterday. One more fresh beta read and then it's off to the agent's inbox.

    The emptiness I now feel inside can only be filled with my favorite reward--binge reading! I started reading three fabulous books last night and have five more stacked on my nightstand. Woke up thinking I was sick and needed to stay home in bed, but alas, it was only wishful thinking.

    Congrats to Kip, Jennifer P., and all of you who are hanging on to the end!

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    1. Thanks Angelina! And WOW, that sounds like another "I MET MY GOAL!" to me!!! Congratulations! I can't wait to hear good things back from your agent :)

      And happy reading! I look forward to seeing what you love...

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    2. YAY!!! Awesome, Angelina! Congrats on finishing your revision!! Enjoy the binge reading.... ;)

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  9. Congratulations, Kip!

    Congratulations, Denise! I love the cover, and I want a copy. :)

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  10. Yay, congrats Kip!

    Overall, this has been a good month, but the past few days I couldn't seem to focus and get as much work done as I'd wanted or intended to. Last night a phone call from my doctor threw me of my game (nothing horrible, just that I'll need more antibiotics, which is frustrating). But today I'll hopefully have time at lunch, and maybe a bit after work. More sword class tonight, though.

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    1. Aw, sorry to hear you've been thrown off your game lately. Hope things get better today, and for the rest of the week.

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  11. Denise, I'm so glad you decided to pull together your notes into book form. I'll definitely be nabbing a copy when it's ready!

    Things are really coming together on this revision. I wish they'd come together earlier in the month, but what can ya do, lol. Actually, this book WAS together, both in my head and on paper, but then I tore it apart (both in my head and on paper). The putting-back-together has just been harder than I'd anticipated. But it's coming.... *whew!*

    Many odds and ends to take care of on the home front today (before being away from home for the next few days), and I really need to a trip to the gym. But I've got a couple solid hours blocked off for writing time this evening, and I can't wait!

    Hope you all have an awesome day! On with the Madness!!

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    1. Oh, I'm so glad it's coming together, Shari! So glad we won't have to sedate you this week ;)

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  12. Yay Kip!!!! And YAY Denise for meeting your goals AND sneaking in a piece of nonfiction. That's fabulous. I really enjoyed your workshop so I know you'll do the topic justice.

    My WIP is coming along, slowly of course, but now that I have a motive for the antogonist, and an analogy that comes with a TITLE (!!!), I'm pretty excited. Forward Ho!

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    1. Aw, thanks! Glad to hear it's coming along, and yes, great titles ARE exciting!

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  13. So many high points to celebrate today! Congrats to Kiparoo, and to Angelina, and to Denise, and to Jennifer... and... and... um, I might have to go back and read through these comments again to make sure I haven't missed anyone. Nah, I don't have time. Gotta get back to work here. I'm SO not going to make all my goals in the next four days, but I'm determined to keep plodding forward. A happy "woooooohooooo!!!" to everyone for all their accomplishments so far.

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    1. Good for you, Carol! The important thing is that we have a lot more done than we had at the start of March.

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  14. Yay Kip! You're such a great encourager - I hope winning encourages you, as well.

    Congrats on finishing, Angelina! How awesome does that feel? Enjoy your reading!

    I'm concentrating on re-filling the well at the moment. Books, movies, friends, the beach, puppy-dreaming... It's hard to slow down, but I know I need to. Your output can only be as great as your input, and I've been running on fumes for awhile.

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  15. Congrats, Kip and also Denise with your nf book! Great cover.

    Today I was at the Costa Mesa, Ca library and the Internet was down which meant I had to write. And I did! I was able to cut out one chapter and rewrite another one. Though my word count looks less, I know I've improved my revision.

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    1. Thanks! Congrats on getting through an Internet-free time and coming out alive on the other side! They say it can be done...

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  16. Yay Kip!

    I logged 1870 words today and am only 1078 away from my goal of 40k! which I'll hit tomorrow.

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    1. Yayyyy, Brandon! Can't wait to see your 40k dance tomorrow :)

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  17. Checking in. Had a good afternoon, wrote/revised two scenes (though one was a scene I thought I'd finished on Sunday, oh well) Planning on some editing tonight.

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    1. Ugh, sorry you had to re-work that scene, but glad it's done!!

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  18. Hi everyone!! I hope everyone had a productive day! I've been scrambling because I got a call late yesterday, and I've been asked to step in and lead a presentation for our monthly SCBWI event tomorrow!!! So, I've been "writing" my outline and gathering information all day!

    Missed tweeting with all the #wipmadness folks today. Will check in tomorrow. Congrats to everyone who met their goals!!!

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    1. Oh, good luck with your SCBWI event! Can't wait to hear about it :)

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  19. Read the Hunger Games Trilogy over the weekend.

    It was that good.

    Oddly enough, after the gore and debauchery from Game of Thrones I thought I'd be desensitized, but there was something in the dialogue's simplicity, especially tender moments between Peeta and Katniss, Katniss and Rue, and countless others scenes, I found myself tearing up or feeling my chest tighten. I was even caught up in the secondary characters like Cinna, Boggs, Pollux. So many layers--and I'm not talking crazy tattoos, makeup and dye jobs. With all the visuals from the book, I can't wait to see how they executed it in film. The story grabbed me emotionally and makes me want to read more of the same (survivalist, strong youths).

    My Script Frenzy prep is going well. It's refreshing tackling a different beast. Technically, a story is a story, but screenplays and novels are like cakes and pies. Both have intriguing ingredients that make them alluring and you can't wait to sink your teeth into them. The same but different. My goal is to tell a good story, regardless of the format or medium. Thanks to MM, I have the drive to do so.


    Home stretch, everyone! Here we go!


    Cheers,

    Tonette

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    1. I just saw the Hunger Games movie last night! But I won't ruin anything for you.

      So glad to hear your prep is going well. One of these years I will do Script Frenzy, but apparently it's not going to be this year. Home stretch! Here, here.

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  20. Glad you have had such a productive month! How exciting. I think it is fabulous that you gave a workshop and people wanted the information in book format. How cool is that? You obviously did a great job!

    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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