Monday, November 19, 2012

WIP Madness Week 3 - November Check-In #wipmadness

It's time! For those of us down in the lower half of North America it's a week of feasting, family drama and joy, and best of all...turkey! (or tofurkey)

So, in honor of the holiday here's what I want to know. How's it going with your writing? What's your favorite family holiday dish? And third, does food or a family gathering feature in your manuscript?

For me, I've had a slow but steady week of writing. The manuscript I've been wrangling with is coming to life and I'm back up to 22k after scrapping 38k, then 18k, then figuring out the parts of each I loved and stitching them together. I've reached the end of most of the stitching and am forward drafting again. I've set a goal to be first draft complete by the end of December. With Thanksgiving break (only 2 1/2 days + weekend) and Winter Break (2 weeks) approaching, I think I can pull this off.

Second, I love the oyster dressing my family in Alabama makes. Oh man. I won't get to have it this year. *sad face* Oh, and pecan pie. Man, I love pecan pie. Maybe I'll make some. (Random fact - Pecan Pie has the highest fat content of just about any pie out there - of course, this is why it's my favorite.)

And for the third question, Yes! My current WIP  is all about gourmet popsicles and enchilada casseroles - I hunger after certain scenes. Claire loves sitting down to dinner with Asa's family because it's bright and lively and alive. No big family gathering though.

Okay, enough talking. I know why you're all here. The prizes. The mystery. The BFD.

So, using random.org sequence generator, and skipping last week's winner, Rachel, in the count. This week's winner is #5

Kim!

Kim, you'll need to go back to last week and let me know your color preference and size, either in the comments or via e-mail. I'll also need a mailing address.

Obviously, the copyright statement won't be on your T

This, my friends, is what's going on the t-shirt. I took a silk screen workshop at my art ed conference and came up with this! I liked it enough to share. I'll be printing in white ink on colors dark enough to show it, and black ink on white. I won't print until I have all our winners and see if anyone else would like to purchase one. So I'm looking at printing in early December. FYI.

Happy Holiday week, fellow Americans, and, Canadians, we'll gorge for you like you did for us last month!

34 comments:

  1. I was feeling a little burnt out this past week, so I didn't get much writing done. I spent a nice Saturday in front of the TV, just sprawled out and relaxing. It helped me figure out some kinks in my story and hopefully I'll get a lot of writing done over T-Day break. In between stuffing my face, that is!

    There is an *almost* eating scene in my book so far - the MCs dad wakes up the family for waffles, but they end up burning and setting off the smoke detector.

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    1. Sometimes those days are necessary. I'm trying to be a bit more social myself.

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  2. I THINK I nailed down my plot for my WIP, which means I might need to scrap some words, but I feel better about where my characters are going. If I don't go into full on food coma this week, I hope to use my down time to push forward. It's so hard for me to pick a favorite Turkey day food. I guess the pumpkin cheesecake with maple sauce that my mom makes. I could just eat that for the whole meal.
    No big feasts as of yet in the WIP other than some burnt eggs. Not very appetizing. Happy Thanksgiving! (Also, since I won't be around this weekend, when's another good time for champagne?)

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    1. Oh my gosh, that cheesecake sounds amazing. I'm not going anywhere in December and will be off work for a few weeks at the end of the month. Let's make a commitment to before the New Year!

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  3. Good morning! I'm at 20,860 words on my WIP... also shooting for an end-of-December first-draft finish! Favorite T-day dish is a recipe of my grandmother's, called Apple Pudding... it's apples, pineapples and cinnamon red-hots, with a sugar/flour/shortening crumble on top. Served with the turkey, not for dessert! We called it "red stuff" as kids because the cinnamon candies make it all pink/red inside. It's yummy. Food plays a peripheral yet challenging role in my WIP, because it is a historical set in 17th century and I must research every bite they eat!

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    1. Wow. The "red stuff" sounds like you must taste to believe it. Its resume is not so appealing in print. ;0)

      We're close to the same place. I'm just shy of 23k as of this am. Go us!

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    2. hahaha. I guess it does sound weird. But the red-hots melt and it turns into apple-pineapple-cinnamony goodness.

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  4. Um...first...I am hungry now. But hungry to write as well and eat. A good combo. Thanks for eating lots for us this week! Favorite holiday food-turkey, dressing, gravy cranberry's. And the most recent addition to that is a dish my daughter made. She boiled carrots, sweet potatoes and turnips, put them in the food processor with cream and butter and whipped the heck out of them..._divine_. It too is load with fat n calories but my oh my heaveny smoothness in your mouth.

    Food is in my current wip. Victorian kitchen cooked food-I've been watching this series of videos:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cfU2k5VsZY

    Almost at 30k in my wip, hope to reach that today. And also get at least two books read for the cybils. As for rest of the week, a cybils book a day and 1700 words per day and a picture book idea a day. Don't go into work until Friday so it's doable and then some.

    Congrats to Kim...that is a crazy cool logo, Jaye. Enjoy the week everyone!

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    1. Oooh, carrots, sweet potatoes and turnips! Yum. I mash turnips quite often, but this combo sounds devine. I might just do it for the Orphan Thanksgiving I'm attending this year.

      There's someone on Twitter that tweets Downton Abby recipes - sounds up the alley for your WIP!

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  6. Ooh, I'm so excited!!!! Thanks so much! I'll go back and check the colors. My email is ixtumea@gmail.com

    My favorite holiday dish has to be homemade tamales and hot Mexican cocoa plus pan dulce. Growing up we had this around Christmas time. I try to do the same thing here during New Years.

    I'm hoping to get more done with my writing this week plus read more Cybils nominated books!

    Thanks again!

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    1. Ooh! I want a New Years invitation! That sounds wonderful. Why did I do this post I'm starving now.

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  7. Hope your school vacations are loaded with many words, JRo! I'm a bit distracted by the piano tuner this morning. Revising a chapter a day went well last week. Some days I did two. Food, or the lack thereof, plays a huge role in the novel I'm revising.

    Yesterday and this morning I read our own Jeanne Ryan's NERVE. A tense, well-crafted story. Yay Jeanne!

    Hope y'all have a fabulous week!

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    1. I was lucky to read an ARC of Nerve and yes, I was mightily impressed.

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  8. Congratulations, Kim. You'll look awesome in that T-shirt!

    All this talk about food... it's too early in my morning to think of anything except orange juice and coffee!!! But happy Thanksgiving week to all of you from my "I-had-my-turkey-last-month" perch. I'm looking forward to Christmas for my next taste. The turkey sandwiches afterwards are my favourite part... especially with the added bread stuffing piled on, and sliced green olives and mayo. Mmmm!! My protagonist seems to eat Chinese food out of a cardboard container just a little too often. I might have to go back during revisions and change her eating habits.

    I hope everyone manages to fit in a little writing every day this week, despite Thanksgiving indulges. My forward NaNoWriMo momentum slowed last week. I'm still at 25,350 after the weekend, so lost some ground. But I'm still working at it.

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    1. Green olives on a leftover turkey sandwich! Two thumbs up from me. (My grandmother used to put green olives in her spaghetti sauce, that was great, too)

      Sounds like good word count to me!

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  9. Okay...that t-shirt totally ROCKS!

    Oyster dressing is my favorite part of Thanksgiving and I make it every year. Can't imagine a turkey without it. I have also started a tradition of backing cranberry apple pies, since that is Ghost Hunk's favorite. (the secret is a dash of whiskey!)

    For my writing week, I have continued pre-writing, character sketching, and thinking... I've written the first 350 words of chapter 1, so I have officially started something. Who knows what will remain?

    Food always finds its way into my writing. I really hope readers can taste and smell that luscious part of my fictional world. There is often some practical or metaphorical element to food in my work, but sometimes I'm just hungry!

    Woohoo, wipsters! Have a safe and scrumptious holiday and may the words be ever flowing from your fingers!

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    1. Thanks Mary Ann :0)

      ANother oyster dressing person - I thought my family was weird growing up, glad to know we're not alone.

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  10. Wow, awesome t-shirt! LOVE your design!

    My words have been stalled this past week. I hit an I-need-to-mull stage, and since I am a muller, I mulled. So, NaNo-wise, I'm sunk (sitting at about 12k), but WIP-wise I still win because the mulling gave me a slightly new direction that I feel pretty good about, and I'm ready to start adding new words again. Yay!

    I'm with my mom on the turkey-sandwiches-with-sliced-olives (but no mayo! ew! lol). In the WIP, not a lot of eating happening, but an awkward family reunion-ish scene is coming up, so I'm thinking conflict around the table is in order.

    Happy thanksgiving to my American friends! :D

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    1. Any words = win. That's my theory anyway.

      I'm an "ew Mayo person, too." There's a really not politically correct movie called Undercover Brother that has a hysterical mayo plot thread woven through it. If you like stupid funny, definitely irreverent movies, I highly recommend it.

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  11. I'm making progress on a revision, and a little behind on my NaNo project. 25/53k and 24k respectively. I have a lot of time this week to catch up - which I'm using to play on the internet and visit blogs and look at cute christmas crafts I want to make for the house, of course :D

    Favorite holiday family dish is a tough one... We aren't exactly gourmets. But my grandma slices up cranberry sauce and cuts it into little shapes with cookie cutter. That might still be my favorite thing on the table. Also her very retro 50's pistachio fluff desert.

    And I don't have enough food in my writing. There should be more! Nothing sets a scene's mood like sitting down to eat together.

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    1. I bought a jello cookbook at a thrift store because it was so kitsch and there were some truly horrifying recipes. Pistachio fluff might be in there. It was the shrimp jello dish that skeeved me out.

      Two at once? I'm impressed!

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  12. I'm just over 30 K on my YA nanowrimo novel. Every time I get a little ahead one day, I seem to fall behind the next, but so far on schedule to 'win' Nov. 30th.

    This week is going to be a wild (and wonderful!) one. My YA novel Dreamline is one of five finalists for the Monica Hughes Science Fiction and Fantasy Award (a new national Canadian award) and so I'm flying out to Toronto to attend the gala Wed. night. Both excited and nervous about that!

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    1. NICOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's huge! Huge! Please check back in and let us know how it goes - oh my gosh - you must be freaking out happy.

      And congrats on your Nano words, too!

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    2. Thanks! It's really awesome to be a finalist--the rest of the field is terrific--and the award is named after one of my favourite childhood authors Monica Hughes which makes it extra-special.

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  13. Busy busy busy with the NaNo community event up here (and, of course, writing my own NaNo).

    My favourite dish is stuffing. I love the intermingling of pork sausage, sage, and bread crumbs (yes, even gluten-free bread crumbs can be delicious!)

    Food features in my manuscript. Important conversations happen over meals. So does drink, for the same reason. Except for the one time when MC's drink is spiked with a magical designer drug, sending her on an unexpected adventure in Faerie. All part of the story, though. ;)

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    1. Funny I just wrote a spiked drink scene this week. Though no adventures in Faerie, though it may have felt like it. :)

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  14. Cool design!

    My fave Thanksgiving dish is stuffing, with bacon and celery and onions and yuuuuum.

    Thinking about both my current manuscripts, the only times I mention food it seems are in hospital cafeterias. Hmmm, may need to work on that.

    My goals for November are to finish a decent draft of my side project, an MG, and then make a dent in the book under contract once I get revision notes next week. Feeling some high anxiety around the latter since I rewrote so much of the book this round.'

    Happy writing and happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Bacon. Everything is better with bacon!

      A MG, awesome, wink, wink, nudge, nudge, puppy paws, refreshes e-mail

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  15. Gaaaaah, here I am! Busy work week, but I am definitely keeping up with the WIP thanks to #5amWritersClub. After three long weeks of bookmapping, brainstorming, and Thinking, I am happy to report that I dove into real revisions today, and got a whole chapter done! I swear, all that prep work is going to pay off big time. I am loving it.

    As far as food goes, I am a total foodie, but my Thanksgiving is as traditional as they come: turkey, gravy, potatoes, stuffing, veggies, pies. YUM.

    And surprisingly there's not a lot of food talk in my WIP--too busy doing stuff to eat on screen, LOL. There's one scene with a little breakfast herring though. I dig any culture that has fish for breakfast--one of my favorite things.

    Anyway, AWESOME t-shirt, and congrats to Kim for being this week's winner! Keep up the good work, everyone!

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    1. You are a foodie - you kill me on Facebook with all the yummy dishes you post.

      I remember once our housekeeper brought in some soft shell crabs her son had caught that morning. My mom pan sauteed them in butter with a dredge of flour. Best breakfast ever.

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  16. Just got back from a family vacation. Thought I would have more Internet to check in. Thought I would have more time to write. But I did do a little each day to keep in the story and had a great time with family.

    Terribly jealous of Americans feasting this week. I will be living vicariously through all of you!

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    1. How nice you had a vacation! Well feasting day has come and gone but I'm sure extra portions were eaten with you in mind :0).

      What are you working on these days?

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  17. Wow, I'm just seeing this and I WANT ONE! That is too cool of a t-shirt :)

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