Go Over THERE…Please :)

Psst…hey. Did you know that Pam has a group blog called Paper Hangover? Did you also know that she wrote a post today on how teens spend their weekends? Did you also know that Teen Scene Tuesdays on Paper Hangover gives you the inside scoop on what teens are up to today. It’s great research for your writing.

Just saying…

But really, we’d love for you to check out her post. πŸ™‚


To Those We’ve Lost

Remembering Song of the Day: “Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer” by Stevie Wonder

Hey, peeps! We hope that you all have a good Memorial Day. We know you’ll take the time to remember those we’ve lost–whether from war or other circumstances–just like we’re off doing today.

Enjoy the day πŸ™‚

Friday Fives: Distractions

Procrastinating Song of the Day: “Distraction” by Angels and Airwaves

Good Friday, peeps! We hope you all have a great weekend & a great Memorial Day. With that being said, let’s get this weekend started right, shall we?

Via Paper Hangover (Pam’s group blog–check it out here) we’re getting our Friday Five on!

This week they wanna know:

What are FIVE of your most distracting (procrastination-worthy) things (habits, websites, etc.) on the internet?

As we’ve admitted numerous times on this blog, we have diagnosed ourselves with adult ADHD, therefore this list could be A LOT longer than five things. But for the sake of keeping things short we’ve narrowed our Internet distractions to the following five items:

1.) TWITTER–Omigod. We were actually not willing to get Twitter accounts at one point. Now, I don’t think we could live without it. A day that you don’t see us tweet something, anything (even just a re-tweet) , is a day that zombies have attacked our humble Virginia county.

2.) BLOGS- Right after we made our own blog (we used to have individual blogs at one point) we proceeded to find other writers and readers so that we could be on the up and up about any news, advice, or general support.

3.) Pam: As I mentioned in my post from Monday(here), Publisher’s Marketplace is part of my daily routine. It never hurts to see what’s getting purchased. This way I know where my own writing stands and I get more motivated to finish current WIPs.

4.) Quita: E-mail. LAWD, I check my e-mail once every ten seconds. Hoping that I’ll get that response from an agent that I’ve been waiting for since March/April.

5.) Celebrity Gossip Websites: It’s not always trashy stuff (Pam gave up Perez Hilton’s site at least a year ago), but we do like to keep up with the news on the Hollywooders that we stalk on a daily basis. You know, the likes of Leo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Pattinson, Justine Timberlake, etc.

There, you know how we procrastinate when we should be writing that masterpiece that we’re dying to get out of our heads. What about you–how do you distract yourself on the Internet?

Black Fox Lit Mag Update…And a Contest!

Writing Song of the Day: “Paint it Black” by The Rolling Stones

We’re nearing the end of this week…and almost the end of May (WOW- can you believe it??) and we wanted to update you all on our progress with Black Fox Literary Magazine–the venture we are entering with our sis, Racquel.

First–The first issue is set to be released this summer. We NEED you all to submit, submit, submit! You can submit short stories, poetry, and flash fiction to be published in the very first issue of the Black Fox Lit Mag.

First B–Annnd, you can enter our fiction and cover art contests. Click here to read more about the contests. Also, we will feature poems weekly on our website.

For more info on how and what to submit, click here!

Second–We are holding a Twitter contest since Black Fox Lit has reached 100 followers. This contest is running throughout the entire month of May (you have a little under two weeks left!). To make things easier we have created a google form for your use in entering the contest. If you would like to enter through Facebook click here. Or you can just fill out the form below.

We will give away three prize packs which include a Black Fox t-shirt, pen, notebook, and a print copy of our first issue! Thanks for your support!

RTW: The Winds Beneath Our Wings

Inspiring Song of the Day: “Motivation” by Kelly Rowland ft. Lil’ Wayne

Road Trip Wednesday is a β€˜Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This Week’s Topic:
Who in your life has most inspired your writing?

We have a few answers to this AWESOME question:

1.) Of course, our parents encourage us to follow our dreams, but if we’re talking about who has inspired us our WHOLE lives to keep writing and being creative, that would be EACH OTHER!! We push each other to reach goals, encourage each other to finish projects that we know the other would regret abandoning, and we’re in the process of finishing a goal we set together–getting our MFA degrees this summer- WOO HOO!

2.) But there a few others who inspire us now on a daily basis besides one another. We have to give that credit to a few bloggy/MFA pals we’ve met along the way…

a.) Bloggy Pals: Alicia, Erinn, Abby, Holly, Mo, Jamie, Glenna, Caroline, and anyone else we left out b/c we’re total space heads sometimes!
b.) MFA Pals: Of course our sis, Racquel, and our adopted lil’ bro Matt πŸ™‚

3.) Annnd, awesome writers like Courtney Summers, Ellen Hopkins, Laurie Halse Anderson, John Green, Blake Nelson, and every other awesome YA (and really ANY) writer for showing us how it’s done!

What about you? Who inspires you to keep going and push for those writing goals?

Green Looks Good On You

Envious Song of the Day: “Jealous Guy” by John Lennon

As soon as I get to work, I complete the following tasks:

1. Check my work email.

2. Complete morning bus duty.

3. Grab a coffee from my school’s cafe.

4. Check out the latest deals on Publishers Marketplace.

Now, the last task pretty much determines my mood for the rest of the day. I range from: “Hey, what a cool concept. Good for them!” to “Wait a minute…I wrote something just like this…” to “Where’s my name? When is it my turn??” With the latter, my tears add extra flavoring to my coffee (it’s the new Splenda).

And sometimes I feel so guilty when I get those moments. Outside of any job I’ve ever had, the writing community is the most supportive. You always have someone giving you a high five (both IRL or electronically) when you complete revisions or even a rough draft. And when you receive bad news, it’s the writers that offer their condolences when your friends and family don’t quite understand. It’s not like teachers do the wave for me when I write an awesome-tastic guidance lesson (which they always are, btw).

This is the time where we’re supposed to tell each other to not compare ourselves to other writers. To say that our time will come one day.

But you know what? That doesn’t always work for me. What does work is to allow myself to have those mixed feelings when I read about Jane Smith’s 3-book deal for a dystopian vampire adventure. Because those mixed feelings are what motivate me. They make me sneak in a few spare minutes at work to complete my WIP. They make me turn off American Idol at night to knock out more revisions (and in all honesty, it hasn’t been very difficult to tune out AI this season). Basically, reading about someone else’s good fortune makes me get my butt in the chair. Not to prove anything to everyone else–just to prove something to me.

How do you all feel about writer jealousy? Do you think it’s productive, or does it hinder your work?

Friday Fives: Needy Writers

Writing/Revising Song of the Day: “I Need You Tonight” by INXS

One more ‘gin we’re joining in with the Friday Fives fun from Pam’s group blog Paper Hangover.

This week they wanna know:

What are the FIVE THINGS you can’t live without when writing/revising??

We are so ADHD, we absolutely have to have something else to grab on to or listen to while writing and revising. With that being said, here are our top five must haves!!!

1.) Music Part I: When revising, we like to listen to low moody music. A great example: The Inception soundtrack, or most songs by Incubus or 30 Seconds to Mars.

2.) Music Part II: Creating playlists based on our character(s). For The Blues, a lot of heavy, loud music (SlipKnot, Korn, The Used) was put on Blake’s playlist. For Project J, Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson provided some of the soundtrack of Jonah’s life.

3.) Lubrication: Get your minds out of the gutter! We both happen to have cosmetic type materials that we need at our desks. For Pam it’s lotion, for me ChapStick. Must. Haves.

4.) Candy: Preferably anything gummy–however, chocolate, Lemon Heads, Nerds and SweetTarts will suffice!

5.) Finally, a notebook: Not just any notebook either. Cute little white notebooks decorated with colorful polka dots. This was given to us when we were in England by our sistah from another mistah, Racquel. We keep these notebooks with us to jot down new ideas, and to write things we need to remember while revising.

There you have it, our five must haves while writing/revising…what about you?