Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Monogamy is for Suckers

Our WIP, dear, dear Bloodlines (working title for two reasons. a. it's not about vampires and b. this.) is a bit worse for the wear. She had kind of a tough holiday, gained a few pounds, pulled a few all-nighters. Despite subscribing to the whole New Year, New You rule of thumb and getting a bit of a facelift after 40,000 of her words were trimmed off and re-worked, she still looks kind of haggard. Rode hard and put away wet, if you will.

To make matters worse, a new girl moved into LiLa Land. She's Mila Kunis pretty and SO wants to be our friend. Super-fun, always rearing to go out and ready whenever--she seems ridiculously low maintenance compared to our needy WIP. And she makes us feel young again!

Bloodlines has about 6 inches of root re-growth and Shiny New Idea has a fresh head of highlights. WIP is stress-eating leftover Christmas cookies while SNI has a personal chef preparing delicious, healthy meals. Bloodlines is all Cleveland-pasty and bloodshot eyes and Newbie is fresh off a Cabo vacation, well-rested and bronzed. What a bitch.

So, we have a confession. We've just pulled a mean-girls, you're-not-my-friend-anymore-and-everyone-else-ditched-you-too move on poor Bloodlines. Mila has slinked her way into our Word Document, earned herself a brand-spanking new folder and a kick-ass synopsis.

Bloodlines, we owe you an apology. It's not that you're not good enough, because we had just figured out a way to make you work. And it's not as though we're ditching you because you're not shiny and pretty--who are we to judge? We live in yoga pants and ponytails. It's all about timing. If it makes you feel any better, this is just a break. It's totally not a break up. We just need some time, some space. It's not you, it's us.

Um, just ignore all those damn pictures taken by the paparazzi of us frolicking around with our laptops and typing furiously in our pretty new, completely uncomplicated Word document.

You know what they say, "If you love something, set it free...."

We'll be back. Pinky swear promise.

Kisses,
L&L

21 comments:

Matthew Rush said...

This was all very cryptic and essentially nothing but a big old tease. Thanks a lot.

K.D. Anderson said...

Ahhh.... THIS is why you will become famous writers :) The killer, cryptic metaphor that NAILS the scene and emotion.

Love. It.

Poor Bloodlines...

Jonathon Arntson said...

So it's you, not it?

K. M. Walton said...

This "being a writer" gig is freaking hard work. Boy can I relate to this post...

Tracey Neithercott said...

Ha ha. Poor Bloodlines. I hope some writer makes her a happy WIP one day.

Little Ms J said...

Congrats on your new relationship. I'm sure Bloodlines will be skulking in the shadows until one day you can heal and such.

P.S. I'm kind of jealous of your machine. You guys just turn words out and I want some of that!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Ouch. I broke up with a WIP for a shiny new a few weeks ago. Love the one you're with.

Donea Lee said...

"rode hard and put away wet" is a little harsh! But, I know what you mean. I'm old hat at two-timing ~ :)

Rebecca T. said...

Yeah, I've left a whole string of broken hearted manuscripts behind. Poor things. But the SNI turned into the WIP that JUST MIGHT BE THE ONE.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Yeah, I've totally done that once or twice. Poor WIPs... they're still waiting to see the light of day. Whoops! Damn shiny new idea syndrome!

Katelyn Gendelev said...

Take heart, Bloodlines! Some relationships are made stronger by trauma. :)

Marsha Sigman said...

Right, like we haven't heard that line before.

Krispy said...

Oh the lure of the Shiny New Idea. I've been there. :P

Dianne K. Salerni said...

I recently ditched my WIP to spend more time revising other, more promising manuscripts.

I *wish* I had a Shiny New Idea to replace lame old WIP! But right now, I'm hanging out with my old buddies, shooting the breeze and revisiting old times.

We'll see if WIP misses me enough to get its act together and develop some kind of backbone. 'Cause I'm not going back for less.

Jemi Fraser said...

SNIs are so much fun and so hard to ignore!!! HAve fun :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Good luck with both! Hope to see both of them on the shelves one day!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Yay...a shiny new idea. :) Roll with it LiLa!

Wannabe Writer said...

I don't know if you've seen Black Swan, but if I learned one thing, it's to be careful around that Mila Kunis...

Chelsea said...

You girls are my favorite.

Lisa Desrochers said...

I love this post. And funnily (that's an actual word, but funnest isn't--stupid, huh) enough I have a WIP called Bloodlines that I just decided I needed to retitle when I found out Richelle Meade's new series is Bloodlines O_O

P.S. I have a shiny new ARC I'm dying to get to, but, alas, deadlines have kept us apart for the last few weeks. Soon, my love.

Dara said...

LOL. This is exactly how I feel towards my WiP Scarlet Daughter. I've put some "space" between us and started working on something else too. It's refreshing. :)