Friday, April 23, 2010

Top 5 Things We Learned This Week

Oh, it's been way too long since we've shared our random learnings with you, and let me tell you this week has been a doozy.

1. Young Adult Authors are truly amazing people. We had a couple of best selling authors reply to our blatant fangirl behavior by sending us truly incredible e-mails thanking us for our support and (gasp) agreeing to send us a signed copy of their book to give away. Details will be coming soon, but I just have to say it's pretty awesome to play even a small part in the writing community. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.

2. She likes it, she really likes it! As you all know, we had a rocky start with LIAR SOCIETY 2, but a couple of weeks ago we finally cracked the plot and wrote the most amazing outline ever. And yes, I'm saying that because I wrote it and also because no one gets poisoned by Diet Coke in this version.

Anyways, after our favorite beta ninja took a crack at the first five chapters and had little to complain about (which NEVER happens, so we were pretty pumped) we decided it was ready for a little something called "the mean agent treatment." Yes, that's what the amazing Major Agent (said in your best Victoria Beckham accent) calls it when she rips into one of our manuscripts.

But guess what?

This time she gushed. Okay, okay, we all know Major Agent doesn't gush, but she practically gushed which might as well be gushing. So, it's onward and upward for LIAR SOCIETY 2.

[Insert chest bump or the celebratory gesture of your choice here.]

3. Brittany from Glee is the light of my life. She's seriously the best character on TV right now. Blonde, dumb and lovable, Brittany has uttered some of the best lines on the show such as:

"When I pulled my hamstring I went to a misogynist."
"Did you know that dolphins are just gay sharks?"
Mr. Schue: "Who can tell me what a ballad is?" Brittany:"A male duck."

I think she might single handedly redeem dumb blonde chicks named Brittany. She's a national treasure, y'all.

4. Women across America (err...maybe just in LA?) are getting vajazzled thanks to a washed up Ghost Whisperer. Um, yeah. I don't really want to go into details here, but J. Love (not to be confused with J. Lo) has a book and apparently there's an entire chapter devoted to vajazzling. Her impact on the American culture is dizzying. First the Hanes ads and now this. We're 99% sure this is yet another sign of the apocalypse, so do yourself a favor and watch out for four dudes on horses. You're welcome.

5. When you're down and troubled and you need a helping hand, just blog or Tweet or Facebook me. We all have difficult weeks as writers. The weeks spent waiting or the weeks where you get a rejection that totally knocks you on your ass. But every time we ever hit a rough patch all of you guys are here to cheer us up and you don't even realize you're doing it. Every comment, every @reply, every new friend gives us a little thrill. So, thank you for being there for us throughout this crazy journey to publication. We couldn't do it without you guys.

[Insert picture of LiLa with single tears running down their cheeks here.]

Have a fab weekend everyone! Can't wait to see what next week brings!

52 comments:

Lola Sharp said...

Oh how I am biting my tongue (holding back my fingers?) right now...um, bedazzling the vaj, couldn't that be a choking hazard? I mean, we wouldn't want to discourage him from...
um, okay, well, how about I'll leave it at this: Epic FAIL.
Do not attempt this Fashion Don't. Just don't. Nothing good came Come from this.

Lola Sharp said...

Oh man, I meant: Nothing good can Come from vajazzling.

(Ew. The faux word alone makes me want to jam a dull stick in my eye)

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Aw, I wish I could watch Glee! I'm sure it's on somewhere, but we don't have cable/satellite, and I can't watch it online due to uberstrict french copyright laws. *sigh* But now I really want to. Good thing I can't though, like I need another reason to procrastinate!
And um, HUGE congrats on Liar Society 2 - that's fantastic! I'd say more along the lines of "OMG that's so great we all knew you could do it OMG OMG OMG!" but I don't want to... like... sound over excited or something...
(OMG that's so great we all knew you could do it OMG OMG OMG!)

Candyland said...

Vajazzling frightens me.
Liar Society 2 will rock.
Thanks for the encouragement this week from my email.
*tears*

Ann Marie Wraight said...

LADIES - just ran out of chocolate...GASP - BUT - read your post and feel the same as with my CHOCO RUSH - now THAT'S AMAZING!!
I'll start to lose weight if I continue like this!!

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Jen said...

Great to hear about LIAR SOCIETY 2!!! It just gets me all excited, can't wait to hear what all is going down this round!!!

I just watched Glee for the first time this week and I love that girl! The whole show makes me laugh but Jane Lynch is by far my favortie!

Happy Friday!

Emily J. Griffin said...

Brittany from GLEE is my homegirl. I am fully convinced the girl who plays her must be a REAL idiot, she does such an amazing job.

Love the one from the preview:

"I think my cat is reading my diary."

Congrats on LS2 and the "non-mean agent treatment." I think she watched your arm wrestling video and it thoroughly afraid of those guns. Smart woman!

PS: I want to watch GLEE and drink Prosecco with you ladies. You in?

Tabitha Bird said...

I love your list. And I know what you mean about bloggers cheering you up. I agree :)

And your beta reader found little to complain about? Now THAT you have to post on. How did you do it? :)

Kim said...

Sounds like an incredible week for you girls. *high five*

And, while I wasn't so much in love w/the Madonnafest, I was in love w/Brit! She saved it for me.

Lisa said...

Congrats on Liar Society 2! Awesome!

And Holy hell, J. Love bedazzled her va-jay-jay? Oh, dear Lord!

Just w anted to tack on that you two are an inspiration. I enjoy your blog, your posts are always fun, informative and witty and they are much appreciated. Have a great weekend girls!

Frankie Diane Mallis said...

I love you guys and that is AWESOME news about LS 2! And now...I HAVE to know everything about vajazzling. This is the sort of thing that makes Fridays worth living for.

Donna Gambale said...

Wooooo LS2! I can't wait to read the first one! When the time comes, can the FNC have an ARC???? Pretty please????????????????? :)

I watch Glee 80% for Brittany. Her delivery of those lines is AMAZING. Another favorite of mine:
"Sometimes I forget my middle name."

I heard of vajazzling awhile ago. Frightening. I'll alert you if I see the horsemen riding through Philly.

I may take you up on that encouragement offer soon!

Jill Wheeler said...

Congrats on the breakthrough.

Yeah, about the vjazzling... :P

Summer said...

I read a magazine interview with J.Love while I was at physical therapy the other day, in which she mentions this vajazzling thing. The book she wrote is a dating guide (sorta) and after she broke up with her last dude, she actually read her own book.

C'mon!


Brittany is THE best one-liner of that show, you're right. Only Sue is right behind...

Alissa said...

Sounds like a pretty good week!

Erica Chapman said...

Brittany is pretty funny. She's so believable! Man I love that show!

So glad to hear about Liar Society 2 coming along and getting great reviews *squeeeedilidoooo* Have a great weekend ladies ;o)

rae said...

I'm with you on Brittney. She is hilarious.

Solvang Sherrie said...

Okay, I was freaked out enough when I was browsing books at Target yesterday and saw a book by J. Love. Won't repeat what came out of my mouth right then. But the whole vajazzling thing is bizarre and sounds potentially painful. Yikes!

Yay for LS2 -- practically gushing agents are always a good thing :)

Liza said...

I wasn't paying that much attention to Brittany, I thought, but I remembered every one of those lines. Thanks for the reminder giggle.

Conda V. Douglas said...

Vajazzling?! Good grief--another proof that truth is WAY stranger than fiction!

Christina Lee said...

CONGRATS on LS2!!!! And you guys have definitely helped me out with rough weeks too *hugs*

Veronica Roth said...

Thank you for warning me about the fast-approaching apocalypse. I will stock up on canned goods and...very sharp sticks, or something.

Krispy said...

Yay for your LIAR SOCIETY 2 success! Love it when things go well! :)

Okay, I love Sue's lines in Glee, but lately, Brittany's been upping her game. That girl is HILARIOUS. Every time she opens her mouth, it's like comedic gold.

Laura Marcella said...

Congrats on your book! I'm glad it's going well for you!

And thanks for the heads up about J.Love and the apocalypse. Yikes!

Marsha Sigman said...

My version of vajazzling is a dull dollar store razor.

I'm old-schoolin' it. TMI?

Sue on Glee rocked that Vogue video like a pro!!!lol My fav part of the show.

Congrats on the awesome progress of LS2!!!

JennyMac said...

Oh, I unfortunately saw that George Lopez show one time only and it was that episode. umm...ICK. And she, who I think is a doll, is still talking about John Mayer. Time to let go of the ghost, Ghost Whisperer.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

It's been a great week! Have a wonderful weekend, ladies :))

Heidi Willis said...

No matter what you write on this blog, it's almost always one of my favorite blogs I read. :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

JEM said...

Congrats on Liar Society 2, that's awesome news!

Also: does anyone else feel like vajazzling would be itchy? Not just from the inevitable STD, but the procedure itself?

Scott Tracey said...

Seriously, Brittany is the most fantastic character on Glee. I love that they hired her mostly to teach the...I think Single Ladies dance, and they ended up keeping her as one of the Cheerios. And now she's turned into a fan-favorite!

Kirsten Lesko said...

You never cease to shock me! Thanks for the laugh on #4

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

Vajazzling, that is a tiny bit disturbing. And what happens when they come loose? Do they fall off and you find them in your underwear or leave sparkles in a trail on the floor?
Okay, that's way too much thought about that. hehee
Great news about LIARS SOCIETY 2 though:)

Lori W. said...

Congrats on the kudos for Liar Society 2.
Today's post has it all: warm fuzzies, encouragement, humor, blonde appreciation, gay sharks and the "thank god I'm not dumb enough to bedazzle my lady parts" gratitude I needed to feel today. Have a great weekend!

Kimberly Derting said...

OMG, I keep trying to picture my doctor's face if he looked under the sheet at my next Pap and found me vajazzled! I'd consider it just for the laugh. Notice I say *consider*, cuz there's no way...

And Brittany, what's not to love: She thinks the square root of four is rainbows.

Have a great weekend, ladies!

Laura Pauling said...

What a great feeling to know that book 2 is on the right path and that betas loved it! Congrats!

Christine Danek said...

You guys rock so why the self doubt? LIAR SOCIETY 2 will kick butt.

wendryn said...

Vajazzling (or whatever the word is) really scares me. Is that bad?

Gay sharks = awesome, especially from a blonde. Hee!

I'm glad Liar Society 2 is going well!

Sara B. Larson said...

I really need to start watching Glee... Except I hate starting to watch a show 2 or 3 seasons in when I've missed all sorts of good stuff. Huh, what to do...

And Vajazzling?? Holy freak. you've got to be kidding me.

That is awesome about LIAR SOCIETY 2!! Woot woot! What a great feeling. :-)

Simon C. Larter said...

I'm with Lola. That'd be hazardous. *wipes tear of laughter*

Plus, what would they call it if a guy decided to try it? (I'm not even going to suggest anything. Nope.)

B. Miller said...

Great post! I love Brittany too, she makes me laugh so hard.

Gonna follow you on Twitter now! (I'm @bmillerfiction)

Have a fantastic weekend.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

*too busy wiping the tears from her eyes to come up with a coherent thought* ;)

Natalie said...

YAY for Liar Society 2! Doesn't it take a load off to know your agent loves it?

Little Ms J said...

As ridiculous as this whole vajazzling thing is that I'd never heard of, I believe it has sparked an idea that is going to either make the balance of the Trifecta love me or loathe me. Break out the bedazzler girls, I've got wax!

By the way, I don't think Love should be allowed to put words on paper to be read. If she couldn't work it out with Scott Wolf on Party of Five and she dated Jamie whathisname? Well, I am not interested, Love.

Not even when your cooch glitters.

Jemi Fraser said...

So glad Liar Society 2 is clicking - so much fun!

This week I learned there are some people who should never be allowed to have children. Ever. Never, ever, ever. *sigh* Sometimes it's hard being a teacher.

Larissa said...

I'm not sure whether the vajazzling is more disturbing, or the fact that there is an eHow article on it.

*shudder*

Totes agree about Brittany.

Yay for almost gushing agents. (That sounds bad, but it's not - lol).

:)

Anissa said...

Dude. Vajazzling. No words.

Roland D. Yeomans said...

You commented on another blog that you'd really get pumped to see Italy or Greece. For me it is New Zealand.

Are you participating in Harley D. Palmer's BODY LANGUAGE BLOGFEST?

http://thelabotomyofawriter.blogspot.com/2010/04/announcing-body-language-blogfest.html

storyqueen said...

#3 YESsS! I love Brittany. Soo funny.

#4 um....HUH?

jessjordan said...

1. I'm thinking Libba Bray comes in here somewhere. B/c you girls are crazy stalkers (um ... I mean fans).

2. Woohooooooo!

3. She is ridiculously awesome. It helps that she only get a few lines every episode. That way I just want more and never get tired of her.

4. Oh. My. God. ohmygodohmygodohmygodohmygod. That is all.

Jeannie Lin said...

I am falling so behind....but it's good to see the LiLa train is still going full speed. Congrats on the agent love on The Liar Society. No doubt agent love will equal publisher love and eventually reader love, right?

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

It's so not fair.... I'm going to be the first guy to get 'mandazzled'!

sanjeet said...

It just gets me all excited, can't wait to hear what all is going down this round!!!
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