Friday, March 22, 2013

March Madness Check-in Day 22 #WIPMadness

Wow, is it day 22 already? That just whipped by! For me at least. What a difference camaraderie makes, right? Thank you all so much for sticking with us to this point! I love to see this kind of dedication. It's not always common in our world today, and so I can say pretty much without a doubt that you are the people that will rise to the top and not just achieve this goal, but achieve most of your goals in life.

The last week of any goal should be smooth sailing. If you've been waking up dreading each day of the month so far, but doing the work anyway, I have good news for you! This coming week you should wake up with a smile on your face every day! Because you're that much closer to the end, and you're that much closer to your goal, and it really is all downhill from here.

We've been seeing several people celebrating over completing their goals, and also several people celebrating over winning some great prizes. As we approach The End, I have one big important question for you...How will you celebrate the completion of March Madness? If your goals seem impossible to reach at this point...what if you could? What if you forced yourself to stay up late at night or get up early in the mornings in order to reach your goal? Is there something amazing you could reward yourself with?

And just to get into the spirit of rewards, our next prize goes to...

Kim Clarke Harbridge!

Congratulations, Kim! Stop by the goal-setting post and pick a prize, then email me your choice at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com and we will get it out to you!

Also, our wonderful host, Mary Ann Scott, has offered to donate some more "bookish jewelry," so I've added that back in to the list of prizes!

Don't forget to stop by Kim's blog tomorrow to check-in, and I'll see you one more time before the month is up!

As for me, I'll be setting my mind on all things wine and dark chocolate related...



47 comments:

  1. Well, I am doing decently on my reading goal. Considering I've allowed myself to fall behind, finishing the writing goal will pretty difficult at this point. Lately, I've been spending most of my time at the drawing board because I stalled out at 1/3 of my draft. I do think about somehow accomplishing the goal anyway, but that would require me to log in about 5,000 words a day. To try to do that my craaaazy. But I do like the juxtaposition of the impossible goal meeting the possible reward. That might be just what I need to get myself rolling. I'm a shoe fanatic and I've had my eyes on a pair of red Minnetonka sandals that I know I'll wear everyday if I own them. Maybe I can wager a deal with my bacon bringer or maybe I can just impress myself. We'll see ;).

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    1. Shoes sound like a great reward! Also, keep in mind that if you push hard, even if you don't reach "The End", you will likely get much farther than you would have otherwise. That, in itself, is its own reward.

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  2. I'm happy with where I am despite falling well short of some of my goals. I had planned to post two blog entries per week, but I can only seem to manage one post on Thursdays. Somehow I got the crazy idea that I could read 10 books this month (with two kids and a job? Pssh. Not likely.) and I've read four. If I can get to five I'll be happy.

    But the writing is going much better than expected. I think that having a job has cleared my head and restored my confidence enough to where I can focus on my story. My goal was to write two hours every weekend, but once I allowed myself to go out for a walk and brainstorm the ideas came rushing out of me. Maybe that renewed focus is its own reward?

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    1. So happy to hear, Chris! And I agree, renewed focus can be an ultimate reward. Love that things are going so well for you. :)

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    2. I so glad to hear the writing is going so well, Chris! Don't beat yourself up about the other stuff--those are lofty goals. I, personally, prefer to set ambitious goals and not quite attain them than setting too easy of goals for myself. But that's just me.

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    3. Great to read this, Chris. Without focus and ideas, how can you accomplish anything? So you already won!

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  3. Denise - what would you like me to donate? I have books - I could do a 10 page critique - the offer still stands.

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    1. Oh - and my March has been a waiting month. I'm about to throw in the towel and start a little MG idea I've had churning around for a while. Don't want to start the next YA thing because I want it to be a multi-book thing. But I've been doing blog posts, beta'ing, reading, and trying not to be impatient.

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    2. Trying not to be impatient never works for me. I'm just flat-out impatient by nature. ^_ ^ Sorry the waiting continues. ((((HUGS)))

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    3. 10 page critique sounds awesome, Jaye, and I'm sure it would be appreciated! Can you just email me at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com so I have your email address to organize it? Thanks so much!

      Also, I say play around with the MG idea. It's better than doing nothing but waiting, and who knows, maybe you'll get super inspired...

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  4. I'm doing ok on my goals. With the holidays coming up, I'm not convinced all will be bright and sparkly when April 1 rolls around. I came across an old blog post from THE INTERN (who is now outed as Real Actual Hilary) which was really smart and made me rethink my revision process. The Ten Best Things You Can do For Your Manuscript. The link is here: http://bit.ly/ZM4T1X
    Her first point is pretty simple and amazing - don't settle for good enough - don't know there are problems with your ms. get tired of revising and send it 'Anyway'
    This time, I'm going to resist the temptation to do that. Good luck wipsters!

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    1. This is a REALLY good point, Alex. We only get one chance with each agent/editor, and I know I have regretted sending things too early many times.

      Step away from the SEND key...

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  5. Thanks so much for starting this whole party, Denise! And I'm so with you...wine and dark chocolate all the way!

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    1. YAY! I love to have people to party with :-)

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  6. I rewarded myself with a bag of chocolate covered expresso beans, so I should be ready for the rest of the month.

    I've been feeling like I'm accomplishing nothing--at least since I finished revisions. But this morning I looked at my list of little projects and discovered the opposite. Last night, I finished blubs of my published and unpublished writing and am ready to send it off to a CP. Tonight's project is to transform a 3 page synopsis into a 1 page one. Gah, I wish I was expanding rather than contracting the darn thing.

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    1. Chocolate covered espresso beans? That is the PERFECT suggestion for our last week!

      Isn't it amazing how differently we see things when we step away from them a little? I'm so glad to hear you've gotten so much accomplished.

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  7. I'm still confident I can finish my first draft this weekend (a week early!) and then I am taking a week off. That is my reward - not having to think for a few days :)

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    1. WOW, Jennifer, that's so exciting!! Even with your week off, I hope you'll stop by and continue to celebrate with the rest of us!

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    2. WOW! Happy dance in your honor, Jennifer!

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  8. Reward? Hmm...a day off w/out anything on the agenda except sifting through antique & resale shops, a nice lunch, and finding one item on my search that brings a smile to my face.

    Congrats Kim!

    Happy Friday, Wipsters!

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    1. A day off sounds WONDERFUL, Candilynn! Take it. You deserve it.

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  9. I got a lot of revision done yesterday. Eight pages to go on this read-through, then I need to go back and clear up some major issues. Like the lack of interiority and the fact that these alternating POVs have the same voice. Ugh. Those are huge things to fix.

    I haven't thought much about a writing reward yet, but I've been regularly rewarding myself with little gifts to keep my spirits up. Every time I jump over another emotional hurdle, I try to do something nice for myself. Yesterday my reward was lunch at a new Thai restaurant (I'm on a quest for the perfect Pad Thai here in Flagstaff).

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    1. Yeah, those don't sound like fun changes. But good for you, recognizing that they're necessary...

      I'm all about the regular rewards too. Glad you've been treating yourself, and I will look forward to sharing some thai with you when I eventually make it down for a visit!

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    2. YAY to the Pad Thai! Those are big revising issues, but I've seen you work. You're equal to the task, my friend.

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  10. I'm right on schedule with my revision! I hope to be done with Act 2 by the end of this month!

    On rewards, hmmm, one is having a phone visit with Joyce Sweeney to help me with plotting out the sequel to NO GODDESSES ALLOWED. She's fab and so helpful.

    Another is to go see THE HOST with husband. Loved that book!

    The biggest thing though is to not give up. To continue writing. It's so strange every time I feel really discouraged? I have a 'dream' that shows what can happen if I don't give up my dream of writing. The other night I had a dream where I was so excited that my book was picked up by a traditional publisher(nothing bad about having a small press publisher but my main goal has been landing an agent and a traditional pub). I woke up and still felt the excitement.

    See you all at my blog site tomorrow and happy writing!

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    1. Yes...keep writing! That's my battle this week. The frustration has set in and I'm doubting myself, but you guys keep me going when I hit this bump in the road. THANKS!!

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    2. I loved THE HOST too and I'm so looking forward to seeing how they did the movie! That sounds like another reward I can add to my list.

      Last year I sailed right on out of my March goal into a really ambitious April goal, and ended up having a ton of fun with it. You know we're around at #wipmadness if you want to stay accountable...

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  11. Yay! I'm one of those people who says "I never win things," so I guess now I have to eat my words!

    My goals for this month are looking loftier by the second! Today is my last day working on the story I had planned to finish in the first week of March. I am SO ready to put it away for a while and work on something else. The time away from my YA historical WIP has been really beneficial; not only have I (nearly! any second now!) finished that 25 page story, I've also thought my way through many of the problems in my novel's first draft. I'm excited to spend the last week of march (and probably all the weeks in April and May) ripping my manuscript to absolute shreds. Thanks again, everybody, for giving me the swift kick in the pants I need to keep plugging away at my WIPs.

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    1. So glad you've been here with us, and congrats again, Kim!

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  12. Congrats to Kim. I'm sure she'll appreciate her reward. Rewards are great motivators, but for me the biggest writing-related reward is a big block of uninterrupted time to write! Is that contradictory, or what? I tell myself if I'll just use this available half-hour to reach a specific goal, I can have all of Saturday afternoon to work on an emerging story idea, or maybe a chapter revision, etc. If I don't reach the goal I have to... do housework, or some other less appealling task. I guess that sounds more like a bribe than a reward, but it's all in the perspective. LOL!

    Today's goal is to read several chapters in a book I'm going to be reviewing. I haven't been reading much lately so need to be intentional about it.

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    1. I haven't done negative punishments for not getting my work done in a while. Hmm, the wine and chocolate sounds better. ;)

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  13. My reward at the end of this month is a hot bath and a long afternoon reading a novel without feeling guilty. I won't be achieving my goal, but I'm going to extend my madness into April and am relishing the prospect. =)

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    1. Awesome...I'll be working right alongside you through April.

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  14. Thanks for hosting another month of writerly comraderie, Denise!

    I met my main goal of turning in the WIP to my agent last week, and I celebrated with a day off from any writing tasks. The next day I received my editorial letter for my other manuscript. As I look at doing a third round of macro edits, I'm struggling with motivation as well as confidence. Gotta keep reminding myself one page at a time, but some days it's much harder than others.

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    1. I'm with you on some days being so much harder than others, Jeanne. I know you will get through this, though, and it was great to have you with us. Hope you'll stick around with us through April!

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  15. Hmmm... while some might shout, "I'm going to Disneyland!" my reward is Camp NaNoWriMo. haha

    I woke up this morning with a YA Contemporary idea, a genre I haven't tried yet. My current YA Urban Fantasy idea will be saved for July's edition, but nothing's stopping me from writing it in May. :)

    This story is 'Bridget Jones' meets 'Easy A'. My Working Title is: FAT GIRL AND THE CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED VLOG

    Premise: Before the first day of her senior year, MC (no name yet!) makes a decision to go on a diet. She's tried everything out there, and despite her friends and family saying she's fine the way she is, she wants to do it for herself and not for any peer pressured image issues they believe she might have.

    I don't want to portray her as an outcast or as a popular student. She's right there in the middle, an average girl with average problems. Average problems that she'll broadcast over the internet, because, hey, it's a new era.

    So, I thought I'd run the idea by my fellow WIPsters before I post it on the Camp NaNo site tonight.

    Might be odd, but more writing is my reward. Last year, I wrote an Urban Fantasy short story based on a dream. I figure I should see this one through, as well.


    Congrats, Kim!

    Have a great writing-packed weekend, everyone!


    Cheers,

    Tonette

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    1. I've never tried Camp Nano, though I'm a big believer in Nano. Nice to hear you love writing enough that it is its own reward.

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  16. I'm on track with finishing my goal of revising WIP by early next week so I spent the day tweaking my #pitmad tweet with the amazing assistance of Mina Vaughn and watching a lot of Dr. Who with my 11 yo son. :D

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    1. Yay for being on track to finish! Looking forward to celebrating with you.

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  17. My fave rewards are going for a walk on the beach after I get my writing time done, or maybe a trip to the bookstore when a bigger goal is reached. :)

    Putting on my chauffeur cap now, but when I get home again I'll have an hour (maybe more) for some power-revising (ie NO INTERNET, lol).

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    1. NO INTERNET? What does that even mean? LOL.

      A walk on the beach sounds lovely, especially with the blue sky today...

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  18. I've been naughty about checking in this week. First I suffered from migraines, which meant I avoided screens and words for days. Then yesterday I received some plan altering news.

    I sold my first book to a publisher! So now I might have to stop writing so I can go back into revision mode.

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    1. MISHA! That is so exciting! I hope you'll tell us more about what book this is and how it happened. Congratulations!

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  19. Misha!!! Congratulations!!! Wow, that's some pretty awesome news...definitely worth altering plans for, lol.

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    1. Thanks ladies! I'll probably do a post about it once I've signed the contract. :-)

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  20. I finished another romance novel today. Enjoyable. I love the author, Marion Lennox.

    March Madness has been a bit crazier than usual, and my goals not wholly dependent on myself. If I don't complete revisions before the end of this month (which, let's be honest, I won't) then I'll celebrate when I do.

    Right now I am reveling in this chance to read more, and work on side projects, and just enjoy myself rather than twiddle my thumbs.

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    1. Good for you keeping busy with other things. And you know we'll still be around at #wipmadness to celebrate with you whenever you finish.

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