Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tell the Truth Tuesday

It's Tuesday, you know the drill...

- When I work on Book 2 in the Kate Lowry Series, sometimes I feel like I'm prying the words from my brain with a giant pair of tweezers. And in case you're wondering, that is not a comfortable way to write.

- We have a new title for THE HAUNTING OF PEMBERLY BROWN. Is anyone really surprised by this? No? Well, if it's any comfort we really think this is it. This is THE ONE (granted we thought Gmail was the one and could have sworn that Finding Grace was a sure thing). But we're sure of it this time. Now it just has to be approved by all the amazing people at Sourcebooks. Fingers crossed.

- I watched the entire season of The Bachelor. It was an exceedingly painful experience and I'm currently seeking treatment for post traumatic stress disorder after watching Jake dick around for two hours about who he should propose to. If I ever hear "On The Wings of Love" again, I will scratch my own eyes out.

- There may or may not be a website in existence that has a chapter of our first (God awful) attempt at writing a novel together. You will never find it. Ever. But the possibility of its existence out there in cyberspace taunts us on a daily basis.

- Our worlds are slowly beginning to collide. Someone found our blog the other day by Googling "Laura Roecker Signature of Solon Wedding." I'm betting they got more than they bargained for.

- I got a pit in my stomach when I watched my daughter run around the library like a banshee today. I'm traveling this weekend and the trip home involves me driving 7 hours with my daughter. Alone.

Phew, we feel better now. Have at it in the comments. What's your truth this Tuesday?

45 comments:

Jen said...

Oh my gosh, I am on the floor dying from you Bachelor comment! I feel the exact same way!!! What a waste of time, no one should be that conflicted!!!

I love this post, I'm going to have to try it out on my blog (as long as you don't mind sharing of course!!!)

Simon C. Larter said...

I'm on a blog hiatus and probably should cut back on commenting on blogs but I have this thing for funny, sarcastic, self-deprecating ones so I seem to be breaking my resolution already, but it's okay 'cause I didn't write a blog post last night for the first time in, like, ages, and got two flash fiction pieces and 500 words of my novel written and I call that a pretty good writing night especially if I win one of the flash contests I sent my stuff off to and I wonder if this is turning into a run-on sentence and perhaps it is but that's okay 'cause I'm almost out of things to say anyway... and now I'm altogether out of things to say.

(But the Bachelor? Srsly? My wife and I call that show the Bachela-whore. There's also the Bachela-whore-ette. Either way, they suck like a supercharged Hoover. Why would you do that to yourself/ves? Wasn't WWE Monday Night Raw on? Wouldn't that have been more entertaining?)

A. Grey said...

I started a new WIP and I've gotten like fifty-some pages written in three days

I'm scared that the aforementioned WIP is a total waste of time

I don't care if the aforementioned WIP is a waste of time. I need to write it and I'm going to learn something from it

An agent just told me that the query for my dystopian YA was 'much much too general to stand out from the other dystopian YAs she gets'

That hurt

But I went back and worked on the query and now it's better

I'm glad she told me it wasn't good enough

I'm so ready for these pregnant mares to drop their foals that I'm considering scare tactics

I'm in love with the movie 'Ink' I may watch it every night this week...

A. Grey said...

I'm ridiculously tickled that I'm number 3 to comment... 3 is my lucky number

Christine Danek said...

Love your bachelor comment.
So, I came up with two ideas on how to start my WIP last night and I am very excited about them. I only wrote notes so I could go back and detail.
This led me to stay up way too late and I know I will pay for it today as my kids run circles around me which leads me to drinking excessive amounts of Cherry Coke to stay awake. Then because I have so much caffiene circulating in my system, my veins wind up having a party making me super alert and the vicious cycle continues because then I get a great idea at midnight and I have to write it down making me stay up really late. I'm not even sure that sentance is correct because as you guessed I am tired.
The truth--I don't like being tired. Who does right?

jessjordan said...

Oh NO! You fell for the Bachelor. I avoid it at all costs b/c I know how reality TV can be. Leeches to you and won't let go. (So who did he choose, anyway? Sugar or Spice? And yeah ... I got that from a cheesy commercial.)

My truth: There are all these amazing contests going on right now, and I want to enter all of them. But I can't, b/c my MS is nowhere near complete. And yet, it it still so very hard to resist the temptation. Darn you, contests!

Kristi said...

I got 2 requests for partials yesterday from contests I entered and I sent them this morning. My truth is: I've been doing a lot of dancing around my kitchen.

Tamika: said...

The truth is I need to borrow your tweezers!

Emily J. Griffin said...

I didn't watch the bachelor, but I read all of the gossip online, so I think that counts. Ps: Vienna needs a makeover, just saying.

My truth: I'm trying to write a post and it's not working. I thought these Open Letters were becoming my bread and butter... ugh.

sunna said...

My boss made me watch the final episode of that back when it was on the air (we had such a bad storm I couldn't get home that night, so I spent it at her place). I spent much of that time hoping desperately and futilely for a ninja to appear and cut the whole ridiculous cast down. It would have been a vast improvement.

My truth: I am contemplating a house right now that is outside the parameters we set for ourselves. It's freaking beautiful, and I know I'm being a complete idiot for even considering it, but I can't stop myself.

*headdesk*

Kerri C at CK Farm said...

My brain hurts from thinking so much. Seriously, is that even possible? I'm trying to come up with a kickin turning point for my new WIP.

And yea I can do with never hearing that song again. The expression gag me comes to mind ha ha! I only watched it because there was ZERO on tv last night.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Gah, that's what happened to my tweezers!

Kristi Faith said...

My truth for Tuesday.....

It's one of those days where I would love to escape to a log cabin all alone without whining babies and fighting children and lazy husbands. LOL

(He's not always lazy..but man today he sure the hell is! LOL)

Christina Lee said...

DYING to know your new title!!!Thanks for not telling the Bachelor results b/c I have it DVR'd for tonight. But alas I am on the internet all day, I know I'll find out anyway!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

That was terrible last night. It was like some horrible train wreck... I couldn't look away even though I knew exactly what was going to happen (and I didn't watch most of the episodes this season).

My truth... it's snowing again in Georgia. And it's pretty. I'm working from home because I live in the mountains and am not sure about the roads in my little corolla. Right now I just want to sleep. But I won't. :0)

Southern Princess said...

Truth: I watched one season of the Bachelor when there was a Bama girl on it. Yes, hangs head in shame, my love of my state had me watching that crap...

So don't worry we all fall prey to some reality craptastic television at some point. Just pull out some DVDs of good old shows (you know sitcoms - those ancient things that are slowly becoming cool again) or just hit Hulu.com up for Cougar Town... I.AM.ADDICTED. yep step one - admitting it... ;o)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Good luck with the road trip! Pack a backpack full of all new toys, crayons, and coloring books and you might buy yourself a couple hours of peace.

Here's hoping!

Tere Kirkland said...

Have fun on the road trip! The questions from trivia games (personally, I prefer The Simpson's Trivia Game, but to each his own) can be great to suck up lots of time.

Truthfully, usually the only time I travel is when I have to evacuate because of hurricanes. I can't remember the last real vacation I took. Does my honeymoon (8 years ago!) count? ;)

Nicole Ducleroir said...

My truth for today: I make the grocery baggers pack my refrigerator and freezer items in a soft cooler so when I get home I can drag all the groceries from the car into the entry way and LEAVE THEM THERE while I check my emails/blog. That way, if I end up in front of the computer for several hours, my perishables won't...perish.

I recently learned my sister does this too!! ...Anyone else...?

lfg said...

I watched The Bachelor this season too. When the series first started I swore I would never watch it, but then somehow the last couple of seasons I cannot turn away. I need an intervention.

hollitylene said...

LOL I am cracking up over The Bachelor comment- what a moron. Vienna? Really?? Gross.

My truth: I can't get out of the starting gate with my current WIP. Does this mean I am a total loser? I fear so. Blah!

Lisa Desrochers said...

ROFL! You're killin' me. No sneak peek of THE TITLE? I thought for sure they'd change mine, but I don't think there was time...

My Tues truth is, even though I told my agent I thought there'd be 3 books in my series and I signed a 3-book deal, I just started believing it last night when the plot for book 3 popped into my head. Whew!

Elana Johnson said...

I'm so with you on writing. I can't get the words to come out.

Good luck with your title! It ROCKS, and I just know Sourcebooks is going to approve it.

I sooooo agree about Jake! And now we have to watch him on Dancing with the Stars?? I so don't think so. Like I want to see that Vienna in the front row. Um, no thank you.

:) Happy Tuesday!

roxy said...

I'll be thinking of you on that trip with your little one. If things get tough, remember to say to yourself, "It could be worse. I could be watching Bachelor repeats right now..."

Lori W. said...

So sorry about that writing and tweezers thing. Hope it gets better. Also, I'm pretty sure I saw that first early draft chapter, and it's COOL that it's out there. So, maybe it's embarrassing now, but it shows that you revised, you got it down, and you sold that book. I was thrilled to make the connection that the Gmail book was yours, and hey, if I remember that chapter from ages ago, it couldn't have been that bad.

I highly recommend books on CD for long car trips.

Mariah Irvin said...

Not knowing the new book title is really, really bothering me.

Dara said...

I wish work with stop asking me to do things last minute (like drive 25 minutes to the other end of town for a meeting--then drive all the way back) and still pay me only slightly more than minumum wage. After two years of no raise.

Yeah, I'm a little ticked :P

Sarah said...

AAAH!! New title? I would give my arm, two toes....well, okay, maybe not body parts. I'd give a whole lot of Twizzlers to know what it is!

Also, I'm never going to forget that time you told me to "embrace the suck." You might not even remember but it helped me finish my last book, and it's helping me finish this one. So we'll tweeze together, okay?

Marsha Sigman said...

The Bachelor? Really?

My new fav show is 'Hoarders' on cable. It makes me feel so much better about not dusting behind the drapes.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Here goes. The ugly truth. I can do it, I know I can. Okay.

I need to finish re-writing the ending of my chapter book, because Angela at Book Dreaming will critique it for me and I have an invitation to submit the full to a small publishing house. BUT... I am hitting a monster-sized brick wall of procrastination and maybe a touch of fear? so I haven't finished yet. AND... I would really prefer to have an agent before submitting to a publisher, but I do have an invite and don't know what to do!

Whew! There it is. I'm a big, lazy coward.

Loretta Nyhan said...

Yay for the new title!

And my truth for today: I added half a bag of additional chocolate chips to the brownie mix today! Whoo-hoo!

Cheree said...

You guys always crack me up.

My truth: I really should be doing uni work since I leave shortly and haven't prepared for class... instead I'm reading blogs.

K. M. Walton said...

My truth: Actually, that's funny you're asking me to tell the truth today because I just told six lies and one truth yesterday on my blog and I revealed my one truth a few hours ago. It's so truthy today.

Another truth: I cried every single time those "Thank you, Mom" commercials came on during the Olympic Games. Every single time.

Jemi Fraser said...

I've never watched the Bachelor - thank the merciful heavens :)

Kelly H-Y said...

Oh my goodness, you're Bachelor comment alone had me laughing out loud!

Daisy Whitney said...

7 hours with a kid! Good luck!

Nisa said...

Oh my. 7 hours?? Oh my! I had other things to say, but that last one just knocked everything else out of my head.

Sharon Mayhew said...

I wonder if Jake will change his mind....hmmm, hasn't that happened before? I'll never feel the same about that song either. I can't imagine going through what the contestants on that show go through. I got my husband the old fashioned way. I took him from my best friend in college. (We're still great friends...they were never going to amount to a real relationship...and they both knew it.)

Erica said...

Great post!

Yep, prying the words out - I get like that too ;o) Can't wait to hear the title!!

Hmm. Let's see - I'm the worst bowler on my team. I joined a work league this year.

Sometimes I don't like getting blog awards, cause I have to link other blogs (pick ones to get it- which is hard for me - everyone deserves them) and that takes time...

I debated writing that last comment because I don't want people to think I'm not grateful for the awards... LOL

I hope this week goes quick!

Have a great week ;o)

Sharon Mayhew said...

Erica--I agree, blog awards are hard. It's like chosing a team. I never wanted to be captain, of course I didn't have the skills to be captain in sports. I have a hard time passing along awards. I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, but want to help get readers to bloggers that stand out in my mind. That being said....it's nice when we feel appreciated. :-)

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

I knew you had written a book before, but I have no idea what it's about or what type of book it is.... What's it called?

If it's as good as your blog, I'd like to take a gander!

JennyMac said...

The mere ads for The Bachelor make my head hurt and feel shame for some women and their antics. LOL.

Truth for my Tuesday: I work with two women who dont know how to have a short conversation. And it bugs.

Oh, and dropping a wine glass on the kitchen floor and saying MF is not a good idea when your child is coming upstairs.

C. K. Bryant said...

ROFL! I've had as much fun reading all these comments as I did reading your post, which was great, by the way. I'm a new follower via Ali Cross' blog, and will be back often.

Nicole Ducleroir said...

Hey again! I left a little something for you cool chicks on my blog today! See you there!!

Gail said...

My Tuesday truth is I'm so ticked off at the airlines in Atlanta, cancelling gazillions of flights because of 2 inches of snow!!! US Airways waited until 20 mins before the flight to cancel. That meant taking the subway train back out of town, getting a cab to then go home AND not getting to Boston before Wednesday morning so I could be there when my Mom was discharged from the rehab center to go home :-(
grumble, grumble!

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