Saturday, March 10, 2012

March Madness (#wipmadness) Day 10 Check-In

So, I'm combining two things in one. Yes, it is our 10th day of March and the second weekend in which to madly make up for the writing you missed during the week (if you have a day job like me!)

But it's also "I've Been Tagged" day. And these games of tag going round the Internet are kind of fun. And I thought it might be a good way to get to know some of this year's March Madness participants - especially the newbies.  So here's the deal.

I was tagged by Laura Barnes over at her blog, Laura B Writer. She gave me the choice of playing The Lucky 7 Meme, Answering her 10 Questions, or both. I chose both. Because that's how I roll. My job is to post my answers, then pick 7 of you to answer on your own blog.

So: The Lucky 7 Meme goes like this:
1. Go to page 77 of your current MS
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines - sentences or paragraphs - and post them as they're written. No cheating
4. Tag 7 authors
5. Let them know



Here's Mine (Please keep in mind this is pulled from a first draft):
“Ms. Vaughn.” 


How can a young teacher without reading glasses still manage to pull off the withering-look-down-the-bridge-of-the-nose? She arches one eyebrow. Perfect. I thought art teachers were supposed to be all laid-back and peace-and-love-baby like Mr. Cottrell. 


“Yes ma’am.” 


Cheerleader Amber doodles circles in the edges of her sketchbook watching us out of the corner of her eye. Kush looks down at the self-portrait they must have started Friday.

“You missed a significant amount of work on drawing facial features Friday. We also did a warm-up you will not receive credit for. Is that clear?”

And here are the ten questions and my answers.

1. What is your dream vacation?  I'm a bit of a pathetic homebody, but if I were fit enough, I read about a horseback safari in Africa where you actually ride with the wildlife. The information said you must be comfortable enough at any gait to ride away from danger should it be necessary.  It would be close to $10,000 with airfare so for now, it's still a dream.

2. Are you spontaneous or do you like to plan ahead? With a farm, I tend to need to be a planner. Same with being a teacher. But I'm not frightened by spontaneity if someone will feed the horses for me!

3. Tell us one thing you want to do but don’t dare to do. See Number 1.

4. What's your biggest phobia? Snakes - yuck. Eek. Shiver.

5. If you were stranded on a desert island – what 3 things would you want with you (not including laptop, or family). Coffee, a sailboat, and a map to the nearest mainland. 

6. Name three blessings in your life.  A happy childhood, parents who believed in education, and my current 2 and 4-legged family.

7. What was your nickname in High School? Whomp. I wish I could explain. But it was my boyfriend and our mutual best guy friend who bestowed it. Perhaps I don't want to know why even now.

8. If you could meet the President of the United States, what would you say to him?
"Hi, I'm here for my ladies luncheon with the FLOTUS . She's expecting me."

9. If you could be any literary character for a day, who would you be? I'd like to be Bonanza Jellybean from Tom Robbin's Even Cowgirls Get the Blues.  Cutest Cowgirl West of the Pecos.  Or maybe Dumbledore.
Starting young with the cowgirl stuff - Me and my first horse, Josephine.


10. What is your favorite quote? Since I'm assuming I'm in polite company I won't quote my favorite Tom Robbin's line from the above book. But I'll go with a Harold and Maude quote - if you've never seen it, run out and Netflix it, a real gem.

Maude: I should like to change into a sunflower most of all. They're so tall and simple. What flower would you like to be? 
Harold: I don't know. One of these, maybe. 
Maude: Why do you say that? 
Harold: Because they're all alike. 
Maude: Oooh, but they're *not*. Look. See, some are smaller, some are fatter, some grow to the left, some to the right, some even have lost some petals. All *kinds* of observable differences. You see, Harold, I feel that much of the world's sorrow comes from people who are *this*, 
[she points to a daisy
Maude: yet allow themselves be treated as *that*. 
[she gestures to a field of daisies


And now for the tagging!  And it's hard to choose, so I'm going to pull new Wipsters who posted responses last Saturday and have blogs or websites. And maybe you'll tag some of the others. Or not at all. You may be too busy writing and that's cool, too. But if you decide to play, be sure and leave us a link on the day you post at that day's check-in site!

5. Jeigh

So for the rest of you, leave a favorite quote, answer one of the questions, or tell me about your progress! I want to hear it all, because each of you is a daisy.


And don't forget to pop over tomorrow to Shari Green's blog for Sunday's Day 11 Check-In.


53 comments:

  1. I bet Hogwarts would have been different if Dumbledore had been a woman--and if I'd been Snape.

    Fun answers. I remember page 77/line 7 :)

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    1. Okay that totally took me back to the 4th grade playground but instead of playing 'wild ponies' we would be playing Harry Potter. Me: "Snape! You must go teach your students the right way!" You: "Mwaahaaa, but first let me grind these wicked herbs." (squats on playground mixing puddle water, mud, and ground leaves)

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    2. You've got that exactly right, except it wouldn't have been herbs. It would have been those nice juicy red honeysuckle berries which stain nicely and mud--and we could have been wild Hogwart's unicorns at the same time.

      Man, can you tell I don't want to be at work today.

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  2. Oh, wow, thanks for tagging me, Jaye. How exciting!

    I love how much depth you gave the teacher in such short space. I can feel her strictness.

    Now my March Madness Check-in:
    Probably won't write any today (I usually don't on Saturdays). I mostly hit up blogs, do a little work around the house, and spend time with the kids. So, no, probably won't work on that wip today.

    :)

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    1. Oh good, I'm always worried people view these tag posts like chain letters - that's why I hope people know it's optional! But me, I like doing them.

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  3. I'll have to think of some answers this weekend and post next week!

    I'm also a homebody, nothing wrong with that :)

    I've got big plans to write this weekend, I better get to it.

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    1. I used to love to travel but now I just love my house. Must be the mountains.

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  4. Great answers, JRo! Love the pic of you and Josephine (given name of my current protag, but she goes by Josey). I remember my first horse. "Buttercup" was a yellow banana-seated Huffy. I would ride like the wind in my neighborhood, shouting, "He-yah!" down the road.

    Sheesh, I've got big boots to fill here! At least your page 77 looks great as is...I'm even afraid to look. *thinks* have I even hit spell-check???

    Thanks for the tag. Will work on answers over the weekend and post next week.

    I posted a cute Will Write For Chocolate comic by Debbie Ridpath Ohi on Twitter w/ hashtag #wipmadness. Its seemed appropriate for March Madness. Go check it out. :))

    Write on, Wipsters!

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    1. I wish I still had Josephine. I was 3, I think, in that picture. It was some swank toy, for sure. The whole get-up was given to me by a family friend. The funny thing, except for a great-grandfather, I am the only horse person in my family - but I was sure born with it.

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  5. "IT" seemed appropriate. Don't you hate to post a comment, and then realize you've made a goof.

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  6. Okay, one more comment. Are we "the tagged" using your 10 questions to answer?

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  7. Ooo, I love daisy's. And---you know---I am in the search for new names. Daisy appeals to me.

    Answer to which lit character I'd like to be. No hesitation, no doubt:

    Anne of Green Gables!

    Check In:
    -yesterday was a bit of a bust. Got a wee wee bit done, but no where near what I could have.
    -today-read two books, set up blog posts for next week, work on Happy Medium (new version)

    Go Wipsters!

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    1. So are you plucky and spunky like Anne?

      Daisy is a great name. (Though I did have a dog named that once, but then I have a character named Sadie, which is also a name people commonly use for pups, :0))

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  8. Well this was a fun post.

    An early morning for me. 1349 words and I'm done for the day.

    Well wishes!

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    1. Have a super rest of your Saturday! That word count is a good day for me as well.

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  9. Goals for today: Finish second draft of ch. 19. I'm so close I can taste it, but need to figure one more thing out. When I get stuck on above, 3rd draft edit a scene. Oh, and attend my friend's anthology launch at Audrey's Books.

    Lucky Seven:

    "Wenda," Marcus said, "you haven't--"

    "I didn't push her," his mother said. "I merely told her to jump. No one who had a speck of self-preservation would have done it. She doesn't belong among the living. She has no soul."

    "That's what I've been telling him," Wenda chimed in.

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    1. Oooh, my curiosity is peeked!

      Have fun at the launch, those are always fun.

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  10. My favorite quote? Winston Churchill, "Never. Never. Never give up."

    Thanks for all the encouragement yesterday, Wipsters. With the help of your cheering, I was able to go back and sew up 50 pages, so now I can move forward again .Today I'm heading out to the San Juan Islands for the weekend which will leave me Internet-free but with lots of time for reading and writing. I've got an intriguing beta read to dig into. ^_^ I'll be checking back in tomorrow night. Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

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    1. Oh, I love the San Juan Islands! Thinking of setting my next book there so I can arrange a "research trip" ;)

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  11. No ma'am. No giving up, these wipsters will whip you into fighting shape again in no time! Enjoy your nature filled weekend!

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  12. Ooooh, what a fun March Madness post! Congrats again btw for reaching 60K, JRo! That's a fantastic milestone. Love the sneak peek here too.

    I am SO PSYCHED that I finished my novella draft this morning! Got to have a glass of champagne alongside my bowl of coffee for breakfast. Oh, yes, I keep little bottles of champagne stocked in my fridge for just such occasions. :-)

    Anyone else possibly interesting in beta-ing an Icelandic sci-fi adventure novella (20K words)? I've been revising it with a crit partner as I go since I'm trying to make a sub deadline, so I'd love to have another set of eyes or two on it. Track me down on twitter if you're interested! I'm happy to return the favor!

    Kip

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    1. Wow, what else do you have stashed in your pantry for special occasions? Though I'm not sure coffee/champagne would be my thing - orange juice for sure!

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  13. Today is definitely a catch up day. Had some interruptions yesterday that I couldn't do much about. Looking forward to dig into edits and revisions. Hoping for 1k on WIP. And I'd love to read a chapter of anything today, lol.

    Wishing everyone a productive Saturday!!

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    1. Good luck with your catching up! I just finished the book I was reading and am going to head outside for a bit. It's a beautiful day.

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  14. I started today finishing my main goal for yesterday, which was to finish the second pass on Chapter 20. As I explained yesterday, that and Chapter 19 deal with a *lot* of crucial elements of the burgeoning romantic tension, so finally getting Chapter 20 right took me forever. I finally feel mostly satisfied with it (will have to come back to it again later), and now I can get to the rest of the book.

    The rest of the day stretches before me. I'd like to get to the gym at some point. But we have absolutely no plans, and I *really* like that. Then, later tonight, DH has an adventure gaming night with his friends, so I have the house to myself. It would be nice to make some more progress. After all this hard work on 19 and 20 (of 33), I'd really like to.

    I like the meme! Page 77 is right smack dab in the middle of a magical duel, one that my MC has to win. (Though I never use the word magic in this book. It didn't suit.)

    Congrats on your progress!

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    1. Yep, I was shocked that meme landed in a doable place, I think I cheated with 8 lines so I wouldn't cut it mid-sentence.

      Congratulations on getting the scene just right. Sounds like a great day stretching ahead of you.

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  15. Cute. I'll toss something up there tonight. I'm still on the first draft on my current, so it may be a little rough. If the 7th line of the 7 lines is a partial, should I add the rest of the sentence or let it trail...

    Err, like that. ;)

    I may not be working tonight, but it depends on whether my family decides to let me. ;)

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    1. I don't think the rules are hard and fast! I added a line so as not to cut off mid.....

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    2. Posted, but I did sorta cheat somewhat. I always feel weird tagging random people I may not know, so I just did it. Anyone else wanna give it a go, consider yourself tagged. ;)

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    3. Guess I should post my site addy...
      http://www.danielrdavis.com/

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  16. I got awesome feedback from an awesome beta reader yesterday. I've been forcing myself to still write a scene on my current wip each day, but I admit, I'm really eager to get back to this other manuscript now. I hope to work on both through the rest of March, but I know I still need to keep the one I'm drafting as a priority.

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    1. That eagerness is a perfect reward. I'm rewarding myself when I finish this draft by rereading (yet again) a manuscript that I hope is submission ready. It's been a while since I've been through it.

      And yay for awesome feedback! Beta readers are the best.

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  17. I'm pumped. I got amazing feedback from a new CP last night - amazing both in that it was really encouraging and loved the MS, but also in that in contained some really substantive, challenging, totally dead-on critiques that I'd been needing but hadn't been able to arrive at on my own!

    So off to work!

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    1. Don't you love feedback that challenges you in exactly the right way? And other people's eyes are so good for our own writing.

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  18. No wipmadness for me today -- just stopping by quickly to wave and cheer on all you fabulous Wipsters!

    My parents arrive today for a visit (yay!), so I probably won't write too much for the next several days -- but I will write SOME, because my mom's doing March Madness, too, and we have to keep each other accountable, right?! (Go, Mom, go!)

    See y'all tomorrow on my blog. Happy writing/editing/blogging/reading to all of you!

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    1. Mother and daughter writing - Now that is cool! See you tomorrow, Shari!

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    2. It IS cool! We go to the Surrey Writers' Conference together -- very fun sharing that with my mom. :)

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  19. Ooh, how fun! I'll definitely let you know when I get on that.

    I have seven chapters left of this revision. SEVEN CHAPTERS. In seven chapters I can do the many, many things I've been putting off while I'm in the revision cave. I can start something new!

    Good luck this week Wipsters!

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  20. Yay! Glad you're going to play. Congratulations on almost being able to do something new!

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  21. Ooh, fun!

    My favorite quote has to be Si, se puede from my hero Cesar Chavez. Yes, you can!

    Today had a massive headache so ended up reading WANDERLOVE by Kirsten Hubbard and falling in love with the voice and story.

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    1. I'll have to check that one out. I just started Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and it's one of those books I almost don't want to read. It's so gorgeous that I'm sure I'll end up feeling like a total hack.

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  22. Oooh, when are we going to get to read more of this book??? Love it! Also, I think you'd make a kick-butt Dumbledore (if he were, ya know, female and all that). I think I'd like to be Prof. Mogonogall (which I can't figure out how to spell right now, but you know what I mean).

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    1. Thanks Mer! I've got to finish the first draft, do my C. Klein bookmap, then when I start revising y'all will be back in the loop. And yes, I know who you mean :0)

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  23. Tonette dela LunaMarch 10, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Today I'm catching up on reading and more brainstorming for a couple of my WIPs. I gave myself a work-week schedule for my main MG WIP. I'm already far ahead of schedule, and if I do things on the weekend, it's an added bonus. I thought it better to clear my head and take a breather as I try and recuperate from this cold. Hopefully, I'll be recharged enough to head into week 3 in full force!

    Happy writing!

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    1. That's so awesome Tonette that you're ahead of schedule and have time to play with new stuff on the weekends! But take care of yourself, don't get run down.

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  24. Like the story! Wish I had a page 77 to share - but I do! Admittedly, it's from the drawer of doom, but here goes:

    Her hand sank into his soft fur and he stopped moving.

    "Menzies?" he called from the other side of the wall. "Is that you?"

    "Yes, I'm back," she said, and patted him roughly. She tried the front door and found it unlocked, so she went in and slid open the door to the dining room. She trudged over to the table, heaved herself up on it and looked at the wolverine.

    "Did anything change while I was gone?" she asked and pulled at her laces.

    "Oh, Menzies, you're not there yet. We still haven't met for the first time. What did you do?"

    Nothing in the world like looking at a small part of your writing alone and without context. Thanks for thinking of that. I'm blogfree at the moment so I won't be tagging anybody, but it was fun to dive into the drawer without knowing what would surface.

    WIP, hot bath and pencil, here I come!

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    1. Ha, you write in the tub? That's awesome. It's my favorite reading spot.

      I agree with Nicole, love the we haven't met yet line - sets up a whole different kind of scenario and love the exasperation in the tone.

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  25. Very interesting snippet! I love the line about them not having met yet.

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  26. Jaye, I have passed on the Liebster Blog Award to you. Please see my blog for more info. I hope you don't mind.

    I'll get my "tagged" info up later this week, too. :)

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  27. Beautiful quote! And I love reading the Lucky 7 lines. It's always so interesting to be just dropped into a story. Very intriguing!

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