Saturday, March 24, 2012

March Madness (#wipmadness) Check-In Day 24

I heard a great quote on the radio yesterday and thought of March Madness participants.

You are not defeated until you quit.


So, you may not make your original goal, and you may feel like you wished you could have gotten in a few more words, or another blog post, or another book review, but if you did not quit, you are golden!
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.

So, with one week left, how are you doing? Do you need to modify your original goals? Or are you sailing through with all of the help and encouragement you've received?

Me, I'll be checking in periodically but I'm off to the city for most of the day to take care of that pesky grey hair and to watch The Hunger Games. Have a great weekend Wipsters!!

Edited to Add: The Hunger Games was great. It was fascinating to see what they left out and I really thought about how screenwriting must be a lot like picture book writing. So much is left from the actual dialogue and portrayed through sets, costuming, and body language. As a big fan of the book, I was pleased. I also like that Jennifer Lawrence is not a teensy-tiny little waif. She actually has a bottom and a shape which is nice to see as role model for young women. I came close to crying at the Reaping Scene and when Rue died. In addition, the trailer for the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp movie, Dark Shadows, was really fun and now I have another movie I'm excited about.

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  1. Have fun at the movie! What hair color(s) are you going for?

    My goals are constantly evolving, and most recently I realized I have to make a big scene in my novel even bigger, so my goal of subbing at the end of the month is on hold. I'm still aiming to stay away from the ms for a week, and then I'll need to rework that scene and get feedback again. It feels never-ending, but I hope all the extra polish will make it worth it.

    Read a great book last night though (NAME OF THE STAR), and hope to read another one this weekend (PAPER TOWNS).

    Happy weekend, all!

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    1. Loved Paper Towns! Will have to go find Name of the Star now...
      Sometimes letting the ms alone gives it time to 'proof' like bread dough. You're wise to give it space.

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  2. A writer friend does my hair and last go round she foiled it with 3 colors, a mahogany brown (close to my childhood natural), a warm blonde that blends with the grey, and a few hot cherry red streaks around my face. I loved it, so am going for the repeat!

    Haven't read either of those books, but want to. I'm reading Why We Broke Up right now and I just keep thinking, there's no way a debut author would be allowed to write this story. It's clever, but really different in it's approach. I'm enjoying it but not loving it.

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  3. I'm about to eat some breakfast, then it's writing-time for the rest of the morning!

    I *think* my original goal was 20,000 words; I'm only at about 8,000 now. Going to try to get as close to 20k as I can before the month is over, but I won't be too disappointed if I don't make it.

    Before this month, my WIP had just been sitting for a long time - so glad to finally be loving it again.

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

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    1. Well having your momentum back is a super accomplishment. Good luck for keeping the word count going next week.

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  4. I think I'm doing okay on my monthly goals, though I lost a few days to marketing (my ebook Gate to Kandrith releases on Monday :-D)

    Today I get to print out a new chapter to edit, and hope to write a new scene in which Edvard magically changes into a lion... Can't wait.

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    1. Wow, you must be so excited about your e-book. Be sure and post a link on Monday's post for us.

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  5. Enjoy The Hunger Games! I am going to modify some goals--er, that is one of my goals to day, lol.

    Just about finished reading book number three in the last two days, would like to finish at least two more over rest of weekend.

    Writing wise I am pluggin away at re-plotting my wip (Happy Medium). Man, that story is changing big time.

    Blogging-need to get a post for MMGM done, completed and send off a couple of guest posts. Also thinking about doing the A-Z blogging challenge, possibly doing a poem a day that starts with the letter and tying it into national poetry month?

    Enjoy your weekend!!

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    1. The movie was great. I left feeling like writing a screenplay must be a lot like writing a picture book. All the visual references are in the actual sets and costuming, so the movie jumps forward pretty quickly once we get to the Capitol.

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  6. Hi Jaye, I love both of those quotes, especially the elephant-eating one. As writers, that's what we have to do...eat that elephant, er, write that book, one page at a time.

    Reviewed the plot structure of my wip again yesterday. Not doing anything today...might not pick it back up until Monday. Have a great weekend. :)

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    1. I didn't really do anything today either. Well not totally true. There's this blog post I'm answering, then my hair stylist and I talked manuscripts for two hours, then seeing the Hunger Games counts, right?

      Plot is my trickiest point I'm learning.

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  7. I've made it to the crux of my novel, but now I'm back to hard-slogging writing...one small bite at a time. I cannot believe it's already the 24th!

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  8. This morning I woke up with the clear answer to one last story problem I've been chewing on all week, so I should be able to finish this revision this weekend. And yesterday I bought flowers to plant. Also need to dig into this big stack of novels at my bedside. One bite at a time.

    Go Wipsters!

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    1. That's great Angelina! Then off to your agent?

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  9. Hey, all!

    I'm doing well with my goal. I've figure our averages and the such and I'm ahead of the pace I set for myself.

    Today I wrote 1315 words. 10928 this week. 36566 for the month so far. 1571 words a day for the month and my goal was 1290 a day. So far so good. I'm only 3434 away from my goal!

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    1. I'm always amazed by your daily word count Brandon. My head starts throbbing at 1.5k.

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  10. Last night I managed to fix two of the "smaller" problems, and begin work on a third. Today, I'm going to try to tackle one of the bigger issues. I've got to leave for sword class in about forty-five minutes, but this is something that needs to be dealt with, and I can't keep putting it off. All of these changes are necessary, but they threw me off my game and the only thing keeping me going is that I know that they will make the story stronger. I can't quit now!

    I'm also going to start in on my required reading for sword class, the Capoferro fencing text from 1610 that should prove educational.

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    1. A fencing text from 1610? Wow, I'm impressed. That sounds like a slog to me, not a big fan of archaic language. (see I'm not literary at all, now am I?) But good for you for finding your fixes. And no, you can't quit now!

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  11. One week! Woo-hoo! I should make it, though it may require some seriously late nights.

    Love the photo - my daughter takes us to Red Robin for mud pie on her birthday, and even with four people working on it, we can't finish. But what we finish is awfully tasty!

    Can't wait to see Hunger Games - I think I'm going next weekend (trying to avoid the crazy crowds this weekend).

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    1. I went to a 2:30 show and actually the crowds weren't that bad, but the theatre was playing the movie every half hour, not sure how many theaters were devoted to it. It was great. REally well done I thought.

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  12. I meant to slay my grays today, but Soccer got in the way...(Egads! I didn't meant to go all Seuss on you!)

    My grays will have to wait until tomorrow and the Hunger Games will wait until April 6th, when I'll be back in PA with my dear friend Lee. Girls Night!!

    If you've been hearing a lot of cannons going off, that's just me in the midst of revisions. Starting with chapter 10 today...a big one. I'm still shooting to have it all done and in my agents hands sometime next week.

    Woohoo...hang on!

    Enjoy your day in the city, JRo!

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    1. That's so exciting, Mary Ann! Fingers crossed. (And I love Seuss)

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  13. Not writing a lot at the moment, but this weekend I'll finish my posts for the A to Z Challenge and get back to my manuscript.
    I am watching March Madness basketball - does that count?

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    1. I'm up through H and hope to get I and J done tomorrow. And yes basketball counts but only if you're pulling for UNC!!!!!

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  14. Received some pretty awful criticism from my best friend on my WIP yesterday. Today is for licking wounds and watching sitcoms. If I wasn't lactose intolerant, there would be a giant tub of ice cream involved.

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    1. Oh snap. That's no good. What about sorbet? Or margaritas? Hugs.

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    2. If it was from your best friend, I hope it was also kind and helpful criticism, even if it was hard to take. Critiques are all about usefulness, not devastation. So take a good look at what you've been told and decide if it's something to consider or discard. (In the meantime, there may be something to be said for Jaye's margaritas! Either that, or come cry on our shoulders a bit. We listen well and offer encouragement around here.)

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    3. Thanks guys. It wasn't intended as malicious but it bit deep. And it's not something I can fix without throwing out my whole novel. It's a question of morals, I guess. It's hard not to take it as personal attack, especially as I never asked for a critique and I care about her opinion more than almost anyone else in the world.

      Sadface.

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  15. Oh! I just reported on twitter I didn't write today, but I did! I worked on my NPR short story! Attended a great scbwi event today about writing books to appeal to boys. Very interesting info.!!

    JRo your colors sound lovely. Id love to see a pic:-) my gray is driving me crazy! Ill be able sit and have my hair washed in anther week or two (surgery) and I'm thinking of something similar. Plz let me know how it turns out!

    Going to the drive in to see Hunger Games with daughter, her friend and her mom...so psyched:-)

    Have a great day #wipmadness!!

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  16. Ooh, sorry Beth! Was it awful criticism in that it was hurtful and mean spirited? Or awful in that it pointed out a whole lot of work left to do? Because the latter can end up being good criticism in the long run, after plenty of sitcoms, of course. (Also, chocolate. I highly recommend chocolate.) But if the criticism doesn't resonate after some healing time, remember it's just one opinion, and not everything's for everyone. Either way, I'm sorry. Take some time for yourself, for sure.

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  17. Beth, I'm so sorry to hear about the awful criticism. That can be so painful and disheartening. *hugs*

    This weekend is turning out busier than I expected, but I still hope to put in a chunk of time on revisions tonight and tomorrow night. But right now, I'm heading outside, choosing the great outdoors over my BIC time, because it is SUNNY and gorgeous out there, and that is something of a novelty in these parts lately. ;)

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    1. Outside on a sunny day is good, especially when that walk on the beach resulted in a wonderful citron sea glass find!! Hope your evening writing has gone well. I'm still at it. :)

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    2. Thanks, Shari.

      Hope the revisions are going well! And that the sun and beach were refreshing and inspiring :)

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  18. Wow, isn't that the truth? I've been kind of down with the whole writing thingy lately and know I need to polish this revision enough so that I can try the query an agent thingy again. I just know I can do better and don't want to just settle if you all get what I mean.

    One hour hitting my revision then off to read more of THE OBSIDIAN.

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  19. Oops, used 'thingy' twice in same sentence. Will do better next time!

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    1. Well here's hoping you feel better about thingies soon. No body tells you what an emotional rollercoaster the writing biz is do they?

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  20. My March madness goal of adding 100 pages to my WIP has been totally obliterated by other goals--which is just fine. I've finally completed my option proposal and am happily revising a trunk manuscript. If I can revise my way up to page 50 by the end of the month, that would be super.

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    1. That's cool you're dusting one off! I pulled one from the archives a few days ago and it was validation that I've grown a lot as a writer. (And that the particular manuscript I looked at would have to be a total re-write to fly - LOL)

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  21. Well, today was amazing! In an editing class, we worked through my graphic novel story outline, looking at stakes, emotional response, inciting incident and much more big picture structural issues than I've ever been able to see on my own. I am so pumped up about the rewrite and working out the story kinks. Best class ever! That structure stuff - I generally ignore it until it's too late, but I think my days as a pantser are numbered.

    Outside now to plant peas! Spring finally arrived!

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    1. That sounds like an incredible class, Jean. And a graphic novel - great! Would love to hear more about it.

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    2. That sounds amazing! How cool!

      I've been trying to pay more attention to structure lately -- reading and learning, and trying to put into practise. But it's hard for pantsers, isn't it?! I'm hoping to find a balance between planning and pantsing for my next project. It could mean a lot less work come revision time (or not... I guess I'll see!).

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  22. Tonette dela LunaMarch 24, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Back from the dentist and I'm fuzzy, literally and figuratively. Half my face is frozen, I feel weird and eating is going to be a problem for the next few hours. I'm not sure I'm up for anything to strenuous on the brain today.

    I am a third of the way through the Hunger Games and I'm enjoying it so far. I just had to get my head around the first person present tense. Once I found the rhythm, the story itself became more interesting.

    With Game of Thrones, I saw the series before reading the book. I'm reading The Hunger Games before I see the movie, but I might hop on IMDB and look at the cast photos to help with the visuals.

    With regards to my goals, I did better than expected. I had to make some adjustments and focus on another WIP than the one I started with, but at least I've continuously forged ahead rather than shelving things entirely. I did that before and I don't want to hold myself back any longer.

    My reading goals are doing well as is my prep for my Script Frenzy entry.

    Overall, I'm glad to be a part of the Madness and am grateful for the continuous support and encouragement from a group of talented and kind people such as yourselves.


    Enjoy the weekend,

    Tonette

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    1. I think reading the book before seeing the movie is a good idea. The book was richer, because you could sink into the visual imagery. Everything goes very fast in the film.

      Glad you goals are on track and it's been great getting to know you this March.

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    2. Tonette dela LunaMarch 25, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Likewise!

      I'm hoping to continue the streak of progress and hope that the group keeps in touch throughout the rest of the year. I'm inspired reading everyone's entries. It keeps me fueled. :)

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  23. Trying to do a little 'catch up' tonight but my bed is beckoning. Goals have shifted a bit as the month progressed. (Gee, shifty goals... should fit right in with my romantic suspense genre, right?) The magazine article hasn't materialized yet, although I keep staring at some of the back issues and hoping to be inspired. The revision went okay. That's a plus. The w.i.p., on the other hand, has been slow slogging this past week. But I'm still moving ahead, just slower than I hoped, and without a sense that the words will be worth keeping.

    I have no excuse. No dental work to fuzzy my brain or new puppies for distraction like some others around here. (I'm in awe of their dedication!) I'm just at that "this is crap" stage so it's hard to whip up enthusiasm. Just one week to go, however, so it's time to sprint. Or try to.

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  24. Great quote! And, what is that guy eating??? I can't stop staring at it, trying to figure it out :)

    SOOOO jealous of the HG. I can't wait to see it!

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  25. I've tagged you for the Lucky 7 Meme. See my blog for details!

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  26. I've hit up the rest of the March Madness blogs tonight (which I guess was a mini goal of mine) because I just discovered this wonderful group of dedicated writers today! There's only one week left!!

    Oh well. I've been working on my WIP for the past few weeks anyway, and met my goal of 10k just this afternoon.

    I'm hoping to have another 5k by the end of the week! Thanks for being a great host!

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    1. Oh awesome Kelsey! You know we tweet with hashtag #wipmadness throughout the year.

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