Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Madness (#wipmadness) - Day 31 Check-in - aka YOU MADE IT!!!!

Here we are, the end of March, the finish line for our crazy good writing time together.

Was it everything you expected? Was it more? Was it less? Regardless of your personal outcome, if you're still here, checking in on this final day of the month, YOU HAVE MADE IT!  It's time for cupcakes, or margaritas, or your favorite flavor of chocolate, or whatever your fancy is. Celebrate your awesomeness.

Don't forget, for the month of April, we'll be checking in once a week with Mary Ann (@ghostgirlwrites) at Haunting the Broken Tree. Look for twitter updates and join us.  Last year was my first year joining Denise in her brain child of March Madness. I kept up with the #wipmadness hashtag through the year, hosted a month, and made friends, not to mention a whole lot of writing progress. You are all amazing friends on this journey.

And we wouldn't have a final day without a winner. Today's winner is:

Carol Garvin

Carol, you have a choice from the following items. Just e-mail Denise at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com for your preference and your mailing address.

UNRAVELING ISOBEL by Eileen Cook (Courtesy of Shari Green)
OUTLINING YOUR NOVEL by K.M. Weiland (2 e-copies up for grabs!) (Courtesy of Deb Marshall)
And our awesome Kim Baccellia has donated another ARC: THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer Smith (US mailing only)

As we close out our month, anything you'd like to share about your experience?


  1. MM was definitely MORE for me, had a great time - can't wait to make some April goals!

    Congrats, Carol!

  2. We made it!!! And yay for Carol!!!

    Yesterday I made up my mind what I'm going to do in April (will share those goals on Monday over at Mary Ann's). As for this last day of March, I'm going to do a quick copy edit of my MG and get it ready to send to betas.

    It's been great spending the month with all of you. Hope to see you on Twitter #wipmadness and at the weekly check-ins. Happy weekend!

  3. It was more and I had a blast being one of the hosts!

    Looking forward to travelling in April with all of you, too. Will be at the Western Washington Conference, too. So April is looking good!

  4. Congratulations Carol!

    I've enjoyed the support and encouragement from March Madness, it definitely helped me to stay on track.

    Looking forward to staying in touch with check-ins. I hope everyone has a fantastic day!

  5. Deb - I look forward to meeting you at the WW conference!

    It's be a great (though sometimes difficult) month. I was so happy to share it with all of you. Today I'm brainstorming ideas for my April project, which I'm starting to get really excited about.

    And do not despair if you have not won a prize. I'll give the remaining prizes away on my blog tomorrow.

  6. Can't believe March is already over! Congratulations to everyone who met their goals... Plan on sprinting it in here at the end... :)

  7. I was reading along and POW... ran into my name! Thanks so much!! I'm going to choose UNRAVELING ISOBEL for several reasons -- mostly because I keep hearing good things about it even though it's out of my genre.

    I've participated in March Madness three times, and this year has seen my best achievement. Or maybe I just set more realistic goals this time. Who knows? I think the discipline of checking-in each day is an excellent prod and helps minimize procrastination (and internet time).

    Congratulations to everyone who has participated. The achievements have been awesome, and inspiring! I'll continue to keep an eye on #1k1hr and #wipmadness and will look forward to hearing of everyone's continuing progress.

    BUT... today isn't over yet, and I still have writing to do! I'll tally up words later and report in one last time before midnight. :)

  8. My goal was to be query ready, and after I post this, I'm going to send my first query!

    Thanks to all the hosters and everyone for participating. I'm not great at Twitter, but I'll have to do better. I'll also have to join Western WA's SCBWI - sounds like we have quite a few folks from that region. (I haven't bothered up until now, because with two small children, I know that getting to the events will be tough.)

    Anyway, thanks all!

  9. This has been one of the best writing "workshops" I have ever attended.

    Thanks, everyone!

    And congrats, Carol!

  10. Woot! Congratulations, Carol!

    Tbis has been a crazy month, but totally worth it.

    I'm in the same boat. I joined March Madness last year after getting linked to it via Shari, participated in the #WIPmadness year-round, hosted a month, then wound up being a March Madness host this year. It's been wonderful.

    But for reasons not related to #WIPmadness, I am completely burned out. The wedding I'll be in next week has meant a lot of prep and planning (and scrimping and saving, since we'll be in Vegas and we want to make the most of it) and that plus my unexpected trip to the Island plus a few other things that came up meant that I didn't get as much done on the WIP as I was planning to.

    I slept through sword class this morning. I can't make up this one or Thursday's, since these classes were supposed to be make-ups and by not using them this month I have forfeited them. And I'm okay with that, I guess. I would like to focus on regaining my strength and actually attend regularly, but this month it really was the perfect storm.

    And today I have to get a haircut and style (again, for the wedding) and I also have to clean the house a bit. Because I have people coming over.

    What do I have to look forward to today, then? Well, missing sword class means I can take my laptop with me when I go across town to get my haircut. And when I get back from that? The people coming over tonight are fellow writers from my NaNo Other Eleven Months group, and we're going to have a write-in. For six hours. This is going to be a great night, and a perfect way to end the month. I hope to make a lot of progress today!

  11. I had a great month, too. Didn't quite hit page 150 of my book map but am at pg. 136 so if I wasn't sitting here drinking a Saturday afternoon beer, I might be able to finish - but I will tomorrow.

    I've had so much fun with this year's MM and thanks for stopping by here on Saturdays.

    L.S. - Vegas and Ireland - both seem like valid and wonderful excuses for some down time.

  12. I love March Madness! Very fun hosting, too--thanks for stopping by for Sunday check-ins! I always find it so great to share the journey with others, both the challenges and the victories. Knowing we're not alone in this is awesome, and you've all been so inspiring and encouraging!

    I didn't reach my goal, unfortunately, but in a weird way my story is better off for it. I had a lot of "internal" work to do on the ms, and that got done, so as I finish up these revisions, I know they'll be way more on-target than if I hadn't worked through all that stuff. So I guess March Madness was a success for me after all!

    Confession: that celebrating JRo mentioned? Cupcakes, margaritas, chocolate...? Yeah, I've indulged in all three of those this week. Wonder what I'll do when I actually finish this book? ;)

  13. Hello Jaye! Thanks for finding/following me! It's lovely to meet you. It sounds like you just finished a month of madness and you're about to launch into another one!


  14. congrats to everyone who worked hard to get there!

  15. Hurray for our Mad Wipsters!! What an amazing month!

    I finally met all my goals, thanks to the cheers and commiseration from all of you. What a journey!

    Yesterday I hit that fabulous "send" button and sent my baby off to my agent. So, I should be getting some new revision notes soon (at least I'm hoping...).

    Today, Ghost Hunk and I took the day to celebrate our 19th anniversary (which is actually Tuesday). It was a wonderful day. And of course...I was thinking about the next project all day long!

    Congrats to all of you! Whether you made all your goals or not, you hung in there and kept wip-ing it in some way. I'll see you all on my blog on Monday!

  16. This really helped me with tackling my revision. I was able to make my one revision chapter a day goal! Yay, me! I'm over halfway done now and just need to continue with it.

    Thanks, everyone for doing this!

    Are we continuing to motivate each other on Twitter? Cuz I'm totally for doing that!

  17. Well, the day is done for me. I managed to clear 12K words for the month. Way shy of my 20K goal, but hard faught and well earned...I'm going to keep plugging along in April and May, then hopefully I'll be able to put 'the end' on it! Thanks for a month of encouragment!

  18. Tonette dela LunaApril 1, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    This chapter is closing but a new one is about to begin. I'm thankful (I've been gushing for some time now, but gratitude should never be scarce) for the Madness that is March. And it actually kept me sane. I've accomplished more than I would have on my own because getting those goals out there keeps me accountable. I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to share accountability with either. You've all been wonderful, supportive, and inspiring.

    I'll be sure to keep following people's blogs, hashtags, and the like. (Memo to self: Build web profile/presence. I think I've been putting that off until I at least had a respectable draft in its final revisions to talk about).

    See you next March officially and also every month in between in spirit.



  19. I'm back to add a quick note. I ALMOST made my word goal, and if I stayed up until midnight I could still probably reach it. But I need my sleep tonight more than I need these last 700 words.

    My goals were:
    ~ Write and query a fresh magazine article (I wrote a synopsis instead and have it ready for the critique I won on the Seekerville blog);
    ~ Review and polish Novel #3 (I reviewed it, then revised 24 chapters);
    ~ Add at least 10,000 words to current w.i.p. (I've stopped tonight at 9,334); 

    ~ And at least once a week, send out a query for the children's book I'm repping for a friend (I sent out five).

    I'm pretty happy with that, and I THANK ALL OF YOU for helping keep my motivation and enthusiasm up, even when things got tough (and it did). It's always easier to keep going when fellow sojourners are offering encouragement.

    I'm hoping to keep up the pace while allowing time for special Easter activities and a family visit later in April. I want to leave a little more time for reading, too... especially looking forward to diving into my prize book: UNRAVELING ISOBEL. Thanks again for that. See you all on #1k1hr!


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