Thursday, March 27, 2014

March Madness Check-in Day 27! #WIPMadness

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. You ARE going to succeed in life--even if you didn't make your exact goals, your diligence will pay off later in life, I promise. 


We have loved having you here with us, and you've been an integral part of OUR processes. I honestly would not have set such lofty goals (and completed them) if it weren't for all of your participation in March Madness this year. And to that I say: CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU!

As for me, I have completed my goals for the month, but then added a few new ones, which I'm still plodding away at and hoping to tie up before the 31st. How about you? If you don't think you'll reach your goals, did you get more done this month than you would have without this challenge?


I still have prizes to give away, so today, congratulations to...


Ghost Girl!

Congratulations!!! Stop by the goal-setting post, choose your prize and then email me at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com. We'll get it out as soon as possible.

I want to send out a HUGE ENORMOUS HEARTFELT THANK YOU to all of my March Madness co-hosts. They have been so incredibly generous, both with their time and with prizes and so very responsible. It was a joy to visit each of their blogs along the way.

The last thing I need to talk about today, on my last check-in post for the month, is CELEBRATION. If you've known me for any time at all, you know that I'm a big believer in celebrating all of the tiniest victories. There's enough soul-crushing, difficult stuff we have to face in the writing world. We need to celebrate ALL of our successes to combat that! Even if you've simply checked in all the way through the month, that deserves to be celebrated!


As usual, I plan to celebrate with some nice red wine, some delectable chocolate, and possibly some guacamole. How about you? 

It's too bad we can't all get together to celebrate, but know that I will be raising a glass to all of you on the 31st!


26 comments:

  1. Hurray! Thank you so much for hosting and organizing another amazing March Madness, Denise. I have been a little spottier than usual this year thanks to some health issues, but I'm still working it. I'm going to celebrate with some wine and chocolate and a ghost tour of Savannah, GA with 5 teenage boys! (It's their spring break)

    And I hope to have at least one submission on its way by Monday. Thank you to everyone for all the inspiration and pep talks and shared experiences. Writers Rule!!

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    1. Oooh, a ghost tour! Sounds interesting, Mary Ann, It was a pleasure to have you here with us. Cheers!

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting Denise. It's been a great month and I've achieved more than I would have without this challenge. Hopefully I can continue with this same energy in the future.

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    1. Thanks for hanging out with us, Linda! I'm so glad to hear that you're happy with what you have achieved!

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  3. I'm grateful for the motivation of this March Madness challenge. I had pretty well given up on blogging. I said my goal was to try for two posts a week -- a total of eight -- and I've already posted twelve. Exceeding my goal is a big morale booster. So thank you to everyone involved here.

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    1. Wow, that's fabulous, Norma! I wish I could say the same, but sadly, other than March Madness, my blogging has fallen by the wayside a little. I will take some inspiration from you and hopefully get better with it in April...

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    2. Hooray, Auntie Norma! Very inspiring. (I'm like Denise...nothiing but March Madness posts on my blog!)

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  4. "It's too bad we can't all get together to celebrate" -- Imagine if we could! Imagine how crazily awesome a WIPster Retreat/Party would be! But given how far flung we are from one another, I suppose we'll have to be happy with being together in spirit...and what a wonderful spirit of determination, dedication, and support this community has! The March Madness crew is awesome. I'm so grateful for all of you, and so happy to celebrate your successes with you. :D

    Thank you, Denise, for all your work coordinating. You rock!

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    1. I know, wouldn't that be awesome? So happy to have our whole community. Such a blessing!

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  5. Thank-you, Denise. March Madness was (is) motivating and fun.

    Katherine

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    1. So glad you joined us this year, Katherine! I hope to keep seeing you on Twitter and FB throughout the year.

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  6. Thanks for hosting, Denise! I can see the finish line with my own revision. If anything it's helped me tackle some serious issues and refined my story. Will continue until next Friday when I'll put aside to go back to my first draft of a contracted book!

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    1. So glad to hear you've done well on refining your story, Kim! What's the contracted book? I can't wait to hear!

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  7. Yes, a big thank you to all the hosts!! Denise this is such an awesome & motivating challenge. Congrats on meeting your goal this month. :)

    I played all day today. No revisions. But I had fun! Went antiquing with my sister in Warrenton / Round Top, TX. It's one of the biggest antique / craft fairs (2x year) in the country. Luckily for me, I live 20 miles away from it. Apparently big stars go in disguise to shop, although I've never seen one! Found a 3ft x 3ft beautiful carved wooden Buddha wall hanging for my yoga studio. Only paid $15 for it. :)

    Tomorrow, back to work!!! Write on, Wipsters!

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    1. So glad you were with us, Candi! And the antique fair sounds like fun!!

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  8. Lifting a glass to you and your fellow blog hosts, Denise! Thank you, everyone, for all of the encouragement, wisdom, insight, and inspiration along the way. And thank you, fellow WIPsters for sharing your ups and downs as well. It's always helpful to be among friends. I met my March Madness goals and this week, Simon and Schuster bought the tween novel I was finishing as March Madness began. Good month! Thanks again!

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    1. Yay for a contracted Trudi Trueit novel! Congratulations!!! I can't wait to hear more about it! (Anything my 10 year old son would like?) So glad to have you with us, Trudi!

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  9. Thank you for holding March Madness. I'm going to celebrate by brainstorming an idea for campnano.

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    1. LOL, you sound a little like me...celebrating with another goal! It was great to have you with us!

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  10. My family arrived from out-of-town today. Haven't seen them in 2 years, so it was a crazy busy day. But I don't imagine they'll be up and at'em early tomorrow so I'll have plenty of time to write in the morning. I had that red wine early. Took them to my favorite place tonight THE WINE LOFT. Haven't decided on how to celebrate the reaching of my MM goal yet. Hmm. Maybe sushi? ^_^ Thanks for pulling us all together, D!

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    1. Sushi sounds great, Angi...maybe I'll add that to my list too! Hope you have a great time with your family.

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  11. A month always seems like a nice long run when viewed from the starting gate! But the mad dash to the finish line goes so much faster than I expect! I'm not even trying to evaluate my goal yet (the one I'm not going to make!) because we still have a few days before the 31st and I don't want to slow down in anticipation of the end. I plan to go racing across the finish line -- in the style of the tortoise -- and skid to a stop only long enough to turn the calendar page.

    You've been a great host (I think I called you our Boss Lady on my first post), coordinating all of us and the prizes with your usual efficiency. Thanks so much! Now... *onward ho* through these next four days!

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    1. Yes, onward, Carol! Don't slow down for a second...

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  12. Still chugging a long...

    I didn't move far from my old place. Since it was mostly dry today, I spent about ten hours or so, hauling two full luggages to my new place, unloading them, and returning the empties to the old to do it all over again. I'd say I was pulling about 90-100lbs and thought on several occasions that the wheels would break off the luggage. I made eight trips (back and forth, so thankfully just four hauling the load). Not too shabby.

    I feel accomplished in that and in the fact that I wrote my post yesterday in the wee hours so that I could schedule it for midnight Friday morning.

    While I didn't get through my entire list of goals for March Madness, I'm still proud where I am today versus yesterday.

    Forward, April! (See what I did there?)


    Cheers,

    Tonette

    P.S. I know my body's going to feel it tomorrow but I have another day of transport only this time in the rain. Wish me luck! (That I get out of bed!!)

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    1. Ugh, my heart is with you, Tonette! I'm thrilled that you made it through your MM list regardless.

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  13. Dangit. I thought this had posted late last night, but I forgot to hit "submit".

    Well, I know I've already started celebrating ... mostly because I'm now in Seattle at a convention. But yesterday I used the drive down to make major, massive steps in planning my outline for next month's Camp NaNo. And it's not going as quickly as before, but my CP helped point out a major plot hole which has now been fixed. And I am happy. :)

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