Monday, November 12, 2012

WIP Madness Week 2 - November Check-In #wipmadness

Hello, my fine feathered friends. Right. You're not ducks. But I've always loved that phrase.

So last week we looked at what our main character's were thankful for - this week let's talk about you. Is there one thing that happened in your past week, writing life or personal, that made you say "Awww, I'm so grateful for that."



For me, it was a small group of fellow crazies who've formed the #5amwritersclub on Twitter. Our own @kiperoo is among this elite crowd of ugly-breathed, caffeine-chugging, loo-loo birds. They got me up and working every single morning this past week. It was great. Usually I skip at least one day, but not this week. And because of that, I'm solidly working on my WIP again.

So, THANK YOU #5AMWRITERS CLUB! I am GRATEFUL for you.


Anyhoo, it's time to announce the winner of the 1st week's TOP SECRET WRITER GONE WILD DIY PRIZE. Counting individual commenters (there were 19 of you when I wrote this post), then using random.org sequence generator - it's #8.

Rachel!

So, here's what I can tell you now. You will be getting a t-shirt. Something will be done to this t-shirt. What, I cannot reveal. But what I need from you, Rachel, is 2 things. Your size (s-2xl - ladies sizes) and color preference. And for the rest of you, you might win - so pick out a color and a size, just in case. Mwaahaaaa. It's good. I promise.

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28 comments:

  1. Congrats, Rachel. I'm so jealous! ^_^ Yep. I am grateful that I sent my MG to one of my harshest critics last week and SHE LOVED IT which gave me the courage to send it to a publisher. I'm still plugging away on revising the contemporary YA WIP while I'm enjoying the onset of my first Colorado winter. Hello 1 degree, how are you this morning?

    Best wishes all you Wipsters! Stay warm. ^_^

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    1. Well the good news is - if you like what the prize is, you will have an opportunity to purchase (at cost) one for yourself should you not win a freebie. :0)

      And hooray on your MG news - that's great! I'm so proud of you Angelina.

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  2. I'm grateful that I have a very creative husband around for when I get stuck or when I have a question about the history of something completely obscure. Even if he doesn't know the answer he always somehow gets be pointed in the right direction.

    A 5a.m. writer's club, you say?

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    1. Yeah - and it's great, our morning breath is kept to ourselves! Sorry this weekend didn't work out, next won't either - you around for T'givigng weekend?

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  3. I am grateful for the outlining habits this pantster has picked up over the years - I used to sit and just start typing, hoping everything would eventually come together. Now I at least jot out a brief timeline so each time I sit down to write I can work on a certain scene or chapter. Strangely, I seem to get more done when I'm not writing in circles :)

    Wow, awesome to the 5am club!

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    1. I'm a pants leg, plot leg writer these days - a sprinkle of both, but I def have to have a sense of where I'm going.

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  4. Hurray for the 5am writing club!

    I am grateful for a husband who practically kicks me out of the house to go write even when my own mama guilt wants to block the way. I got some good character development sketched out this week. Now to figure out if this story is really what I need to tell...

    Rock on, Wipsters!

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    1. Rock on back! And yay for awesome Ghost Hunk!

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  5. Wait....I WON????? Ahhhhh!!!!!! Okay I am a small or medium (is this cotton/shrinkable? or is this more like a men's t-shirt...if more like a men's, small!) and so many colors to choose from Jaye...hmmm I really like black or the green. Or...or... Okay, okay.

    I also love @kiperoo - I just got to meet in person with her and write yesterday! It was so fun. We also ate crepes.

    I am grateful for my WIPmadness that seems to be going so well. I started the month of November with 28,000 words written and now have almost 46,000. My goal is to get to 60,000. I am just on a roll with this wordage - I keep writing 2k a day :-) I am also grateful for my real life friends who pull me out and do fun things with me like baking etc

    P.S. If you need my e-mail address - I'll DM you on twitter. :) So excited Jaye!

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    1. Yes you did. :0) Jealous, as you know, of the in-person meeting. Kip is the coolest.

      And wowza on the word count. That's great! Super great!

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  6. I'm grateful that I have a husband who continues to encourage me to not give up whenever I feel I'm not getting anywhere in this biz. Or the author friends that pull me aside and say, "We need to get you back in the game." Meaning querying agents again after being rejected so many times.

    I'm grateful for those girls at Immaculate High School for telling me they want the sequel to CROSSED OUT and the one shy teen who told me how much she loved my book.

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    1. Friends like that are priceless. Writer friends, especially. And awesome for those teens making you feel all rock star special. Keep at it, Kim!

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  7. What a fun group of crazies!

    And yay for Rachel...but since you say the rest of us still have a chance, I'll pick ladies small in key lime. :-)

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    1. We'll keep our fingers crossed for you, Barbara!

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  8. I am grateful to nanowrimo for keeping my butt in the chair even through slow spots. I should hit 20 K today and I'd probably only have half that on my own.

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    1. Good for you. I hit 20k this a.m. but it's been way longer than since the start of the month. Way longer.

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  9. Yay and congratulations to Rachel!!!! Lucky you... the prize sounds amazing. Jaye, you're so creative! (I'd need a 2xl, not just because I'm big (I am) but I like 'em baggy, too, and am partial to the violet or red.)

    What I'm most thankful for this past week is the same thing that kept me from checking in last Monday -- a *very* rustic, very remote, very tiny lakeside cabin where I get to have a week-long writing retreat every fall. While the men of the family hunted moose from dawn to dusk last week, the dog and I kept the home fires burning (literally) and did nothing else but write. Well, nothing else except maybe a bit of reading and photo-taking. But mostly writing. Came home with 18,000+ new words, and that's HUGE for me.

    I'm glad to hear everyone else has been getting tugged back into action, especially the other NaNoWriMos. Keep writing!!

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    1. Wow, what a fantastic retreat Carol! And woohoo on the new words.

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  10. OMG so I am totally blushing about being called cool and such by such a cool group, shucks!

    Rachel, congrats on winning! I want to see what happens to this shirt!

    I am definitely thankful for my writing crew this week. Besides the #5amWritersClub, which got me to not only finish my draft on Halloween but also plow through my book map in a week, I was lucky enough to have one coffee-and-writing morning with one of my CPs last week, and then of course the awesome crepes extravaganza yesterday with Rachel and a couple of others. I know the work's all on me, just like it's on all of you with your own WIPs, but it's so awesome to have the support to push on through anything.

    Onward! Have a great week, everyone!

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    1. The advantages of being in a more populous area - writer friends - in the flesh! You're doing great with this novel, Kip!

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  11. Ack. Sorry for being so out of the loop - I think this would have been the fourth consecutive miss, had I not made a point of leaving this window open in my browser until I responded.

    I have been swamped with NaNo and other writiing-related things, especially as I take a larger, active role in the Vancouver NaNo community. But I am so thankful for this community, because it keeps me going year round, with the related offshoot group, The Other Eleven Months.

    Head down. Goals: Finish NaNo (obvs), continue with revisions (which are on hiatus because of NaNo, but which need completion because I got multiple requests for partials at SIWC), and sleep. I hope. I mean, I'd really like to ...

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    1. Well, we've been missing you! Love the name of your offshoot group. Congrats on the requests and good luck with NANO!

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  12. Very inspiring! Not sure that 5AM would be right for me, unless I came at it from the other side (late night writing rather than early morning). Forever a night-owl!

    After a couple days of mulling (and working nightshifts...my prime writing time, all taken up by real paying work, lol), I'm eager to get back at writing this week. :)

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    1. Well we're EST, if you stayed up till what, 2am?, we'd catch up to you! paychecks are good, they fuel our writing.

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  13. Congrats Rachel! And what a cool gift... And there is still more surprise to come!

    I have a writing buddy who challenged me to some words wars and a couple of days of doing them LEFT Me 8K stronger on a book I was questioning I could even start. The weird thing is she popped up on ichat just as I was trying to figure what to do. Now I am almost at 30k! Writer buds sure have good timing! Writing at least 1000 words per day and reading one middle grade per day and coming up with one picture book idea per day is working for #wipmadness goals so far! Thanks for hosting us Duckies, Jaye, lol.

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    1. Well that sure sounds fortuitous! And you're quack welcome.

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  14. 5am Wip madness? Holy quacomole, I think you're all quackers-- in a good way, of course!

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