Saturday, March 3, 2012

March Madness Saturday Check-In Week One



These images sum up the month of March here in the Appalachian mountains. March is a cruel month. It teases you with daffodils and crocus. The little spiraea blossoms begin to start their bridal march up the driveway. Frogs croak from the pond and the wildlife emerges from their winter dens. But just like that, Mother Nature can decide she'd like one more week of winter, or she's having a hot flash and needs a blast of air conditioning. Do you take out your spring clothes or wait till April? March is the time to be flexible and accept what you are given, lion or lamb.

What's this have to do with the March Madness Writing-Blogging-Illustrating challenge? Our creativity can be fickle, some days blessing us with abundant sunshine, while other days subjecting us to bare frozen tundras. If we can accept the gift of plenty to make up for the days when we don't meet our goals, then it all evens out. Keep a sweater next to that cute new T-shirt and all will be fine.

Which of your characters comes into a room like a lion? And which one enters like a lamb?


My WIP has a working title of Through Hiker. I'd say cute boy Kush enters like a lamb. He's got some backstory that makes him this way and he's trying to wear the fleece to match. Will it work? Time will tell. My lion is my protagonist, Amber. She's discovered her inner I-am-woman-hear-me-rawr and boys, well let's just say, you better hold on to your Levis! But will she stay this way? Or will she leave like a lamb? That's the beauty of first drafts. You can be naughty and it doesn't matter, it might all end up on the editing room floor anyway.

I hope your goals are well on their way and I look forward to reading about all of the lions and lambs being created in #wipmadness land. - JRo

And don't forget tomorrow's check-in:
Sundays – Shari  Green will host at http://sharigreen.wordpress.com/blog/


69 comments:

  1. Good morning, and happy Saturday to all!

    I'm looking forward to reading more of Through Hiker--loved the lion and lamb appearances in the beginning!

    I'm a huge fan of lion-to-lamb characters, especially when their transformation catches you by surprise. I guess the same goes for the opposite. The MC in my novella has a lion exterior but a lamb inside, and the one in my novel is more of a lamb who shows her lion claws when necessary. :-)

    Back to work for me! I've flipped my plan on its side a little already but I'm still going like mad, so that's what matters. :-)

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    1. Thanks Kip - I go up and down about my love for Through Hiker - Today I'm at an all time high. Glad you're going like mad this morning!

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  2. Morning all! I've got some agent research planned for today and then lots of writing on my WIP tomorrow. My MC is a lamb, but has a lion living inside of her when it comes to protecting the people she loves (she just doesn't know about the lion yet :))

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    1. Don't you love when girls discover their inner lion? Good luck with your weekend goals.

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  3. March is a crazy kinda month isn't it?

    I signed up for March Madness today:) Yay!

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  4. I love those pictures! Those first flowers trying to bloom always makes me think of how important it is to be determined to succeed.

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    1. Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers, they bravely announce spring with the very real risk of being killed by frost.

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  5. Hey, everyone!

    I wish our March was like that. It's been 65 and sunny for about six months straight. I know that sounds great, but it's not my style.

    Anyway, I hit my mark for the day at 1300 words and decided for once I'm not gonna blow through my daily goal. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and good luck with your goals!

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    1. Good for you on hitting that mark. And I think I could live with 65 and sunny pretty well :0)

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    2. I'm not sure where JRo lives, but our springs are similar. "Hey look, flowers! Oh wait, now they're buried in snow." *sigh* Very happy to see the days lengthening now, though! ;)

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  6. I'm tired of being cold. That's all I have to say about March.

    Got an early start on drafting this morning. Finished on chapter yesterday and one this morning. Hope to get a least a start on one more today, but I'm still in the stage where I haven't been taken away in the story yet, so it is hard work pressing through and looking for my groove.

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    1. Yep, I have a hard time making the transition between novels. Your characters become friends and it's weird to have new voices in your head. I bet you'll find your groove soon! What's going on with the other one?

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    2. Hah! just stopping to say...boy I hear you on the tired of being cold as I sit hear under a huge comforter looking out at the snow that fell yesterday. Good luck with your weekend writing and working on that groove.

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  7. Morning!

    That pretty much sums up Vancouver, too, though we only had one day and one night of snow. As for characters, Janni's the lion and her traveling companion Brennant is totally the lamb. At least to begin with. As the story continues ... well. Even lambs can stand up and be strong when called to do so. And lions can have deep secrets and hidden fears.

    I didn't get *as* much done as I intended yesterday. Wound up partying on Twitter at #fntwp. But it was fun. So far I've nearly finished up to Chapter 9. Hope to get some more work in this morning, before I head to sword class. And this afternoon, once I finish suit shopping with DH (for him, not me). Tonight, we're headed to a real party, so I have to take my time when I can.

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    1. Sounds like an awesome Saturday! Sword play, shopping and a party - wow!

      And I agree there's a lion and lamb in each of us, just like March!

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  8. Morning! Just catching up still on blogging and emails, then lining up blog posts and books to read THEN getting on with my #wipmadness goal...brand new draft of latest WIP. From scratch. This will entail working in my notebook today to re-vision some characters, so this post was particularly PERFECT. Interestingly I have a character who started off as a lamb and is now a LION (unfortunately the man-eating type of lion). Working more on her today, plus a couple of other characters. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Man-eating lions make for good literature!

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  9. Good morning everyone :) Thank you for hosting Jaye - lovely to meet you and love the pictures! So far this morning is going well - I slept in, but it was needed after waking at 4am all week. So far I've added 1k to WIP and deep edited 4 pages. Looking for another 8-10 pages of deep edits today, write a blog article, and outline a review. Definitely a lion turns into a lamb happening with my WIP :)

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. So what is your definition of a deep edit? Just curious. And you're welcome! March Madness last year was what connected me with this awesome bunch of people and I just wanted to pay it forward.

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  10. Good to see all the Saturday morning writers up and at it this morning! My results yesterday: revised six chapters of one ms and made it up to 962 new words on the current w.i.p. My hubby tells me he hopes to watch two hockey games on TV later today, so those might make up two of my writing periods. I like hockey, but....

    Daffodils do well here because they survive the deer's appetites (unlike tulips, which they devour), but none of mine are blooming quite yet. In my w.i.p. I'd say my protagonist is a lion... a little misguided, but still aggressively pursuing what she hopes will be a better life for herself.

    Happy weekend writing, everyone!

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    1. Sounds like a productive morning. Yep, if given the choice of watching hockey or writing, it would def. be the latter for me.

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  11. One goal down: got my blog up and running. Now, the challenge is keeping it up!

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    1. Now that's a tease. Where's the link??????

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  12. Tonette dela LunaMarch 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Hello, everyone!

    I'd love to hear some inspiring words, at the moment.

    My MG WIP has been with me for the last twelve years. In the last year and a half, it's been stuck at the 60% 1st draft stage in large part due to the fact that I edited as I went. I started attended official writing classes, conferences, and the like and have learned so much in this time that it had be doing everything from second-guessing myself to wanting to scrap the whole thing.

    I'm over the scrapping the whole thing part. In fact, I think I'm closer to 80% now, considering all the rewrites, changes in POV, and so on.

    I was wondering how do you all stick to your guns when you're passionate about something? There have been so many changes to my WIP since its humble beginnings in my noggin that I'm not even sure which 'gun' was my initial one.

    Could it be that I need to distance myself from the work to get a fresh perspective? After all, I do have a lot on my to do list. Maybe I should work on something else? (Although, it would go against the daily quota I gave myself for this WIP.)


    Le sigh,

    Tonette

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    1. Hi Tonette,

      I'm a big believer in pushing through to the end, especially if it is your first book. YOU need to know you are capable of finishing. My advice would be to stop worrying about whether it's good - leave that for the revision stage - and just get the story on paper.

      That's what's always worked for me.

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    2. I agree with Beth. Push through to the end. First drafts by their very nature aren't perfect, save the editing for later.

      Then you can take a break, let the manuscript rest so you can come back to it with fresh eyes.

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    3. Triple agreed. Plus there's the intense pride of being able to walk around saying to yourself "Oh my gosh, I just wrote a book. A whole entire book."

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    4. I'm right there with everyone else. Sometimes, when I get stuck in a first draft, instead of letting it bog me down, I write something like [awesome description here] and move on. There is such a high you feel when you put the last word of an entire novel down. After that, you can and should give yourself some time away from it. My original draft is so far from where my story is now, but it's nice to have it done.

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    5. I think Jeigh gave a great tip. I leave bubble comments all over my first drafts while I keep pushing forward to THE END.

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    6. Tonette, I feel for you -- it's hard to sustain enthusiasm when you've been working on a project for so long. But I agree with Beth that you need to push through and finish it, without worrying if it's "good". Finishing is awesome, lol -- such an exciting, affirming, hey-I-really-can-do-this feeling. I don't think there are any real tricks to getting there, though. Just setting daily or weekly goals, then stubbornly carving out the time to achieve them... baby steps, but consistent ones! I guess it's kind of a "Nike" approach to writing: just do it. ;)

      This is the perfect time to do it -- you've got a whole March Madness cheering squad, all rooting for you! Good luck!

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    7. Tonette dela LunaMarch 3, 2012 at 9:45 PM

      Thank you all for your insight. I knew that joining MM would keep me on the right track.

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  13. Didn't do well on avoiding the social media this morning. Oh, well.

    Did though write a YA Books Central review of Bewitching by Alex Flinn.

    Also started working on another revision chapter.

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  14. I just realized that almost all my female characters are lions and almost all my male characters are lambs... I wonder what that says about me?

    I wrote that chapter I was talking about yesterday. But I also posted on Maggie Stiefvater's critique match-up post and spent most of the day fielding emails. One of my New Years resolutions was to make more writer friends, and between my new CPs and you guys... well, I think I'm set. This makes me very, very happy.

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    1. CP's are a gift from the heavens. I'm so fortunate to belong to a great on-line crit group and have this group of folks to call on for beta reading. I didn't know Maggie Stiefvater was hosting a match making service. That's cool!

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  15. All you Wipsters are rolling right along. I'm so encouraged. Yesterday I beta read most of a novel, revised 8 pages of my own, then DID MY TAXES! So I accomplished three goals, two of which brought me enormous pleasure. . .

    This afternoon I am snuggling under the comforter to finish the first of two beta reads, then a nap, then an evening of #wipmadness. The wind is howling which means yet another storm is on the way. The forecast shows snow for all of next week. Boo!

    My characters are neither lions nor lambs. They tend to more like hyenas, wolverines, rabbits, or foxes. Hmm. But I know what you mean. ^_^

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    1. So lots of snow means lots of writing time, yes?

      Well, I guess March could come in like a wolverine and out like a rabbit. I sort of like that better!

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  16. Your WIP sounds fabulous! In my current project, both of my protags are lions--and sparks fly all over the place whenever they try to tame each other. Some of the other main characters are lambs, but everyone better run for cover when my two lions begin sizing each other up.

    It's great fun, and it sounds like you're having fun, too! Can't wait to read it! :)

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    1. That does sound like fun. Yep this WIP has been super fun in parts and super hair pulling in others, but as I get closer to the end things are getting clearer. I'm actually getting excited about revising already.

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  17. Met my first goal of the day (revising of a scene), now it's time to shift into 2nd draft mode and see if I can tie up a loose end from book one and draft a scene with Sara and her little brother.

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  18. After ducking tornados and sidestepping the flash floods on the way to Ghost Hunk's 2nd marathon (in town), I'm zonked! 4 loads of laundry and a lot of think-writing. So I'm going to finish the ARC I'm reading and relax. Looks like leftovers tonight, Ghost Clan!

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    2. And for those who haven't seen Ghost Hunk, might I suggest going over to Ghost Girl's 365 day's project and taking a gander. Hubba! Hubba! She's awful generous to plaster those thighs on the Internet.

      http://ghostgirl365.blogspot.com/2012/03/day-336.html

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    3. Yikes! No wonder you're tired, Mary Ann. Glad you're safe! (And yay Ghost Hunk!) Rest well today....

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  19. I haven't had much chance to write today, because I've been helping my mom with some stuff for her photography class, but I've been thinking about my story all day long. I knew this weekend would be busy, though, so I'm not stressing too much.

    My MC starts as a lamb, a comfortable, slightly spoiled little lamb, who turns into a complete lion. I can't wait to get to that part :)

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    1. Thinking about your story is every bit as important as getting that draft down. My best "writing" comes in my drive to and from my day job.

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  20. Worked another 12 pages of the beta this morning. Went to a bardic circle after. Evidently I really do have a decent voice. ;) Probably work on the beta read in the morn. Going to hope for getting it done by the end of next week. Hopefully that'll be enough for him to finish edits. Though I did already give him info on the biggest things to watch out for, so some of what I'm doing may be moot.

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    1. What is a bardic circle? I've been beta reading today as well, but the manuscript doesn't need much, so it's more like a pleasure read.

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    2. Part of the spiritual group we follow, ADF. They call their musicians bards and you have to actually go through their bardic studies course to become a bard. We're not currently doing so, but this was just an opportunity to learn the songs and talk about how to do them better during public ritual. And an opportunity for me to get more comfortable singing in front of them so my performance anxiety isn't so bad...and to show off my vocal talents. I'm a closet show-off. ;)

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    3. Oh cool - sounds interesting. Being an actor or a singer seems terrifying!

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  21. I didn't check in yesterday (day two, and I already fell off the wagon... sheesh). All I managed after work yesterday was reading through my revision notes before falling into bed, with the hope that my subconscious would work on things while I slept. It kinda did, too, and this evening I've got a few hours to brainstorm and expand on my notes in prep for some serious WIP madness!

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    1. That's good because tomorrow you will be hostessing with the mostessing!

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    2. The subconscious is a magical thing. I'll be setting mine to work tonight. My editing class is going to story conference a piece that I've been working on for years (really, five years, off and on, but mostly off). Time to reread and rediscover where I was going with it. Kind of like catching up with an old friend.

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  22. I suppose my MC starts out thinking she is a lion, and through the course of her adventure comes to learn what that really means.

    I've still got a bit more writing time tonight, and I think I'm going to finish up this revision pass to send off to a CP. Yay!

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  23. Yesterday, great. Today, not so great. But that's the beauty of lazy Saturdays and fickle muses... And delicious Mexican food.

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  24. LOVED this post, it hits what I'm in middle of...inconsistent days, with work stuff going on and taking all my time. Whine. I revised two pages yesterday and they were two hard fought, write and rewrite and rewrite again kind of revisions because they needed more emotion. Whoo.

    The flowers....swoon. I am SO ready for the green signs of spring. Just checked the mulch today and think there are tulip tips coming up...so maybe a few more weeks?

    I've never thought of a character coming in like a lamb yet there it is, all over my MC who must have courage to do what she must at the end. Wow. Will need to think on that one a while :) Enjoy your first draft and letting it all out, roar and all!

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  25. Glad I could help Anne! Yes, those first flowers are always exciting. When I lived in Georgia the daffodils came up in February!

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  26. I love this, Jaye. It's funny how our characters change from first draft to the end. My MC was a lamb, but as I get closer to finishing editing, he's turning more into a lion.

    p.s. Those pictures are beautiful :)

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    1. I think the natural arc of storytelling, which facilitates a shift in our MC's, makes the lion/lamb analogy somewhat of a natural.

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  27. Ah, yet another flaw I found while revising my YA, not enough change for MC. For Josey, her lion roars internally, throughout the story. She roars out loud when the situation calls for it. I'd like to see her have more of a shift this go around with my rewrites. For her personality, I'd like to see her go from lion to lamb. Although, Josey may have a different plan. We'll see.

    Great website, btw!!!

    Do your bulbs survive another winter blast? Ours do here in Texas, just wondering. :)

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  28. I love your Mc's name. A friend of mine's daughter is Josie (diff spelling).

    Yes, they're actually pretty hardy if we don't get too many hard freezes. This winter has actually been really mild.

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  29. What beautiful flowers. They bloom despite adversity. Lovely. :)

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  30. wow! amazing to think of daffodils right now for us here.
    Your wip sounds interesting. I'm having a tough time with my revisions right now. I'm heading to look at that hashtag.

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