Monday, March 1, 2010

The LiLa Write-Off: Results

Before we post the official results from our little contest on Friday we thought it might be fun for you to see a little bit of what was going on behind the scenes. As usual, it's in our preferred mode of communication, Skype, and it took place 5 minutes after we thought up the prompt:

Laura: Ok, I'm donezo
Lisa: Yeah, I'm almost done. [Crap. I'm not even close. Done!?! That amateur. Her paragraph must totally suck. How embarrassing for her.]
Lisa: Mine is going to be way longer than a paragraph...
Lisa: Is that ok? [This is not really a question. Bow to my will little sister!]
Laura: Mine is 151 words [Annoying. Lisa is always breaking the rules. Who does she think she is anyways? Oh that's right she's the oldest sister. Rules totally don't apply to Queen Lisa. Gag.]
Lisa: Um...mine is 384 words. [Bigger is ALWAYS better] Whoops. [Ha ha, victory is MINE!]
Laura: Wowsers--it's kind of funny because you're so chatty. [You are the single reason our manuscript had 7,000 completely extraneous words, you wordy cow.] Chatty Kathy.
Lisa: Haha. [Seriously? "Chatty Kathy?" No one under the age of 87 says that. She better not try sticking that in our WIP.]
Laura: In my defense, it was SUPPOSED to be a paragraph. [Remember? Rules? Am I ringing any bells here?]
Lisa: I had a vision dammit. [I'm an artist. Artists can't be bothered with rules. Duh.]
Laura: Whatever, let's just post them and have the readers guess. [They'll recognize genius when they see it.]
Lisa: Good call. [You are going down, bitch.]

So, yeah. Laura wrote #1 and Lisa wrote #2 and somehow we write entire books together.

And go ahead and come clean in the comments if you liked Lisa's better. Laura will totally understand.

38 comments:

Jen said...

You guys always brighten my day!!! I have two sisters and every time I read your posts I think of them, and how we always have a bunch of fun. It's complicated...I'm sure that's what makes it fun!

Sara McClung ♥ said...

OMG That commentary. PRICELESS. Made my morning.

*goes back to read and laugh a second time*

Christina Lee said...

YES!! I was right! I think...let me go back and check!

Solvang Sherrie said...

Okay, so I'm obviously clueless about your "voices" -- in writing or in real life -- oh, wait -- I only know you in writing and I don't know you! I got it wrong! *sigh* But they were both compelling. Victory is yours, both of yours :)

Claire Wilson said...

It sounds like quite a competition between you. This had me laughing out loud.

Christine Danek said...

You guys always know how to put a smile on my face--too funny:)

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

Um so not getting in the middle lol! You both rock!

Danyelle said...

You two are hilarious. And how can I choose? You're both also brilliant! O:)

Kimberly Franklin said...

Lol. The joys of sisterly love. You guys just made this dreary Monday a little brighter. Okay... a lot brighter. Where are my shades? Happy Monday!

roxy said...

I liked both paragraphs. Sorry if that sounds spineless, but you're both awesome.

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

You guys are too funny!!!

Nisa said...

Oh you two are too much. I always come away laughing. I have a sister who is night to my day, evil to my good, dim to my brilliance. haha! (I'm so just kidding. She's awesome.)

jessjordan said...

HA. I knew it.

But you've lost your mind(s) if you think I'm taking sides. No way. Uh uh.

Dominique said...

You sound like me and my sister. This post brightened my day.


By the by, I left you an award on my blog.
http://mavieenviolet.blogspot.com/2010/02/thank-nikki.html

Sara Tribble said...

Gotta love that sister rivalry! lol!

Alissa said...

Love the unspoken parts of this conversation. When I talk with my sister on the phone, it's hard for me to get a word in so most of my side of the conversation is unspoken.

Elana Johnson said...

ROTFL! That is the funniest thing I've ever read! Chatty Kathy! Wordy cow!!! ROTFL!!!

And I can't even remember what I guessed now. Dangitall.

Kim said...

YESSSS! I nailed it! I finally got one of these damn contests right. Of course, it's not one that gives away any cool prizes or anything though. Figures.

Still love you two anyway.

Natalie said...

You girls are hilarious (as always). I agree, it's amazing that you can come together and write whole books!

Sarah said...

Haha, you are hilarious!! And I guessed right! Whoohoo!

Marsha Sigman said...

You had me at 'wordy cow'.

I would just like to crow that I was right about the paragraphs...and how the hell could anyone choose? They were both awesome!

T. Anne said...

You are both so awesome. *wishes badly for a writing sister*

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

I knew it! I got it right!

Well, in all honesty, I had no idea.... But it was a good guess!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Ha! Y'all are funny!

Skype chats are the best!

Lori W. said...

I love it when you all do the commentary! (here and in the priceless vlogs). Thanks for the laugh.

Cheree said...

I love the commentary, priceless.

Donna Gambale said...

Just as entertaining as the paragraphs!

K. M. Walton said...

The commentary is pure sister-working-with-sister. Hilarious.

p.s. you ladies have an award waiting over at my blog...

Stephanie Thornton said...

I love this blog because it always makes me smile.

I'm still amazed that you two can write books together. I would murder anyone trying to write with me.

Jemi Fraser said...

I adored both paragraphs equally -- of course!! If it weren't precisely true, I'd lie - but it's precisely true :)

Dawn Simon said...

I liked both of them.

I think it's cool that you guys write together. And you're so funny! :)

ChristaCarol said...

Bwahahaha! You are wonderful! I can only hope my two little girls end up as close as you two, despite your little remarks, I KNOW you adore each other (most of the time). Loved this! And I awarded you over at my blog, if you do those. If not, hey, it's what you ladies are in my book ;)

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

Good stuff. I was giggling through every word. No way am I picking a favorite.

Little Ms J said...

As the fourth Roecker sister I've decided not to take sides since I'm relatively new to the line up. You guys crack me up and make me miss Purple.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I think it's amazing that two people--especially if they're related--can actually coordinate well enough to write a book together. It blows my mind really. Love my sister, but if we tried to write a book together, we'd both end up in a looney bin. You guys are awesome.

And I was soooo right. I think. Don't go back and check. Because I was right, darn it!

Dara said...

I liked them both equally!

And reading that makes me think of all the little convo's my sis and I have via Facebook messages.

Although I'm now thinking we need to join the 21st century and Skype :P

Erica said...

Hilarious - you guys should be a sitcom. I would totally watch ;o)

Both paragraphs were really great. Each one had a different feel to them, which worked ;o) I know, how democratic of me... LOL

Seriously though - some talented ladies 'round these parts ;o)

Sharon Mayhew said...

You guys are sooo funny! I think #1 was my favorite. Don't you just love Skype!