Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Teaser Tuesday: Unclaimed Baggage

Remember when the idea whore was totally (and randomly) inspired by Into the Wild a month or so ago? Have you been on the edges of your seats ever since then waiting to figure out what the hell we could possibly concoct that has any relation to Into the Wild? No? Well, whatever. Here it is:

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“Emile Hirsch is so hot,” I remembered saying with a sigh, popping another piece of popcorn in my mouth and trying not to notice the way the glare of the TV reflected off of Emily’s bald head. I’d never have admitted this to her, but it was almost easier when she was wearing the horrible Rachel wig. She didn’t look like my sister with it on, but at least she didn’t look like she was dying.

“Yeah…isn’t it just amazing how this guy went out into the world to find himself? He let go of everything just to have these tiny little moments of truth, you know? And then there are all these people helping him get to Alaska. It’s just...” she furrowed her brow, the loose skin on her drawn face crinkling, “it’s beautiful. You know what I mean?”

“Yeah beautiful, aside from the whole dying alone in a VW bus thing.”

“Well, duh. I mean the whole idea of it. We could totally do our own version of Into the Wild.”

She had that look in her eyes. The same look she got when she came up with her brilliant plan to sell Girl Scout Cookies on eBay, and most of our customers ended up being perverts who should have been on Dateline’s “How to Catch a Predator.” Or the time when she decided we should ride our bikes to Six Flags while our parents were at work, which turned into a 30-mile ride of shame, complete with wet t-shirts, bike helmets and honking horns.

I knew that look. It was the look that usually ended up getting me in big, big trouble.

18 comments:

Jenna Alexander said...

Love it!! Very creative and sassy. The 'voice' and attitude of these characters shine through.

Jenna

K. M. Walton said...

I like how you weaved in crucial information without it feeling like an info dump.

Nicely done.

Katie said...

Oh boy... This is gettin' good.

goooood.

T. Anne said...

Funny. Is that from your WIP?

Christina Lee said...

love it and I need to take a lesson about weaving in the info-like K.M. said- nicely done. Teh only typo I saw is maybe you were trying to say "helpING him get to alaska." Take Care!

Kimberly Derting said...

It's great, you guys! You say so much in so few words...that's awesome!!!

Loretta Nyhan said...

K.M. is absolutely right--you guys are the masters at avoiding the dreaded infodump. Nice work.

Rebecca Knight said...

Daaaaang. Okay, I have no choice. I HAVE TO read this book! Please write it posthaste :P.

P.S. It's not nice to tease us with things we can't have yet ;). Write faster!

Sarah said...

Ooh, I love it, especially the voice of the characters. *jumps up and down in excitement* I think I might know what happens next. Or at least how it ties into one of the other awesome snippets we've seen.

Can't wait for more!

confused homemaker said...

Good work, as usual.

Weronika said...

Fabulous. J'adore this! :)

ElanaJ said...

Very well done, girls!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

LOVE!!! I can't wait for your book to come out-seriously, every little snippet is awesome!

storyqueen said...

"The ride of shame." I love the voice. It seems very genuine....which is a very good thing, I think.

I love that you post pieces of your WIP. Me=chicken.

Shelley

Suzanne said...

Too freaking funny.

sunna said...

Hilarious and sad at the same time: this is just wonderful. Beautiful job getting the background in without moving off the story.

Hooked, hooked, hooked.

Little Ms J said...

Voice is awesome. Very strong and colorful. You really get a feel for their personalities.

I have to admit I hated INTO THE WILD. What a little bitch.

But... he does look good in GQ.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Nicely done! You're such teases =)