Wednesday, March 27, 2013

March Madness Day 27 Check-In

I set goals March First
I achieved goals March Twenty-Fourth
I've been sick, sad, and frustrated
But I've been encouraged
I wouldn't have done it without all of you
I give you thanks
 Has it been crazy? Has it worked?

Jaime Callahan

Go pick your prize: HERE

And then email Denise at: d(at)denisejaden(dot)com

See you all tomorrow at Mary Ann Scott's

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Madness Day 20 Check-In

“It was such a spring day as breathes into a man an ineffable yearning, a painful sweetness, a longing that makes him stand motionless, looking at the leaves or grass, and fling out his arms to embrace he knows not what.”― John GalsworthyThe Forsyte Saga

Today is the first day of my favorite season. Welcome to spring, Wipsters! 
We have another winner:
Joy MC
You can go to this post to pick your prize (you have your choice of any of the remaining ones)
And then you can email Denise your choice at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com and we will get it to you.

Springtime is amazing. Crocus and daffodils bloom where less than two weeks ago a foot of snow covered the ground. That always astonishes me.
The beauty in my current WIP seems to be buried under a foot of snow.
As I attempt to breathe life into the cold first draft that has laid dormant for over a year, I am searching for the beauty that lies beneath the surface. If I give this story some rain and the warmth of the sun, maybe it will blossom into something breathtaking. 
What are your thoughts on springtime and writing?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” 
I share my writing space
with a Persian prince. 
I don't know about money, but this woman definitely has to have a room of her own if she's gonna write fiction. My new favorite writing spot is on a sheepskin rug, in front of an ancient gas heater, under a huge skylight in the living room of my amazing 100-year-old upstairs apartment. 
Sometimes I pause and gaze  out the window at the backside of the public library.
Taken at sunset this past weekend
Do you have a room of your own? How about a special spot that inspires? Describe it for us. How's your writing or reading or blogging enhanced by being in this space?
And now for a special announcement:
We have another winner!


You can go to this post to pick your prize (you have your choice of any of the remaining ones).
And then you can email Denise your choice at d(at)denisejaden(dot)com and we'll get it to you.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next week. ^_^
Tomorrow's check-in will be at Mary Ann Scott's

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

March Madness Day 6 Check-In

If you're scratching your head right now wondering what March Madness is, it's not too late to find out and set a goal for the month. Why would you do this? Because you may need some motivation or accountability or whatever. Prizes? Yep. So if you haven't already, please venture over to Denise Jaden's post here and leave a comment stating your goals. It's not too late to join the madness! Tomorrow we'll be hanging out over at Mary Ann Scott's .

For those of you already on board, has your March Madness been so crazy it just might work? Mine has. In the past six days I've plowed through all my edits in the midst of the worst head cold ever. ATCHHHOOOOO!!! Excuse me. Could someone please pass me another box of tissue? Thanks for caring. Now I'm going to go take a nap.  

What adversities have you overcome to meet your goals so far this month? 

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Most Interesting Thing: Bird by Bird

“Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” 
― Anne LamottBird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
This week I start round two of edits for Ace (he says he's too busy hunting gummy worms to be bothered to work on his novel.) Since Isafella is taking care of the birdwatching, I should have plenty of time to meet the challenge.

When faced with a deadline, I take Anne Lamott's simple but brilliant advice. I will edit one feather, one beak, one wing at a time.

To help me meet my deadline, I'm participating in Denise Jaden's Writing, Reading, Blogging Challenge--March Madness. Last year I revised the same book I'm working on this year and a little over six months later, IT SOLD! If you're looking for a boost this month, please sign up over at Denise's blog--state your goal(s) and watch loads of encouragement envelope you at check-ins each day. There are great PRIZES, too! Wednesday check-ins will be right here!

Join the March Madness!
Or watch birds.
Your choice.