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?


I Saw That In A Movie!

Comparing Song of the Day: “For the Movies” by Buckcherry

Okay, so we felt like it was about time that we touch on the age old topic of the movie versions of books. We saw Water for Elephants this past weekend without having read the book. Right after the movie, I promptly bought the book. The same thing happened when we saw the movie version of I Am Number Four (which we’ve heard was a lot better than the book–full report after said book is read)…and of course this occurs the other way around, too. We read and love Twilight, we saw the movie. We read and love The Hunger Games, so we plan to see the movie. You get the point.
Sometimes movies and books work hand in hand, helping each other sell (cha-ching) and bringing the movie/book to a wider audience. On some occasions you get situations where the book is better than the movie (okay that happens on MOST occasions), but we wonder…are there ever times where the movie is better than the book?

When we were younger we couldn’t get through the book Gone With the Wind, but we watched the movie with intensity. Is that an age thing or was the movie better than the book? Pipe in–can you think of occasions where the movie was able to outdo those things that we love and hold dear (books, people-duh!)??

Annnnd…Go! (NaNoWriMo Kick-off)

Writing Song of the Day: “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na…)” by My Chemical Romance– check it out under our “Rock With Us” tab.

Yes, Pam and I are delving into the scary world of NaNoWriMo this year- and we are most definitely going to finish this time. We’ve been reading blogs, looking into our local NaNo events, and we even set a reward for ourselves when we make it to 50,000 words by November 30th.

Feast your eyes on this…

Looks good, right? We know 🙂

Anyway, we wanted to do a kick-off blog post about NaNoWriMo for all other participants (and others who just enjoy stalking our lives) interested in our method for completion, and what we are working on.

First, let’s discuss our novel ideas. After visiting Nathan Bransford’s blog and reading up on all of his advice for NaNo, Pam and I did a lot of soul searching about what exactly we wanted to write. We both kind of pride ourselves on realistic fiction, so we decided to do the exact opposite of this and go head first into the world of-dun, dun, dun… SUPERNATURAL/PARANORMAL YA!!!

Pam’s WIP:

Tara has to say goodbye to her life in California when her family decides to move to the Pork Capitol of America, Newfield, Virginia. Her older sister, Michaela, has been terribly sick since she was a baby, and her parents have found a specialist who can treat her. But Michaela also feels as if she’s been to Newfield before…and many of the locals sure seem to recognize her. Tara’s used to her sister being a little “off,” but now she’s wandering off in the middle of the night, screaming before people die, and developing a strong fear of iron.

Tara shares these discoveries with her new friends, “twins” Malik and Justine, and they lead Tara to believe that Michaela could only be one thing…a changeling. Or the child of a fairy that was swapped with Tara’s real sister.

Which means Michaela isn’t human. Which means Tara’s “real” sister could still be out there. Which means Tara and the Twins have to get to the bottom of everything before some not-so-friendly locals put an end to Michaela, whatever the hell she is. This is me paying homage to Lost Boys…only with fairies.

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Quita’s WIP:

Avery Grey’s always wished that he could have a life other than the one he was granted. At 16 years old, awkwardly clever Avery is still constantly moving from foster home to foster home. Every family that’s taken him in just tends to give up. As soon as Avery has resigned to living the rest of his teen life in his urban group home for boys (including creepy follower Gustav) , an elderly couple from a small suburban North Carolina town set their sights on Avery.

Just like that, Avery’s wish comes true and when the seemingly normal couple takes Avery home, he embarks on his last chance. He wants to be on his best behavior…after all, he doesn’t have that much longer until he’s free to be on his own. At first, things almost seem too easy. Avery makes new friends that are much better behaved than his group home co-habitants. Amongst them is Tierra, the school’s most exotic beauty that every boy has tried to woo and Avery, out of everyone, has caught her attention. This makes Avery a few enemies, especially mean spirited Lincoln who loves playing with fire and has severe allergies to iron
and salt. Lincoln and his followers will go to great lengths to get rid of Avery before he gets too close to Tierra and finds out more than he should know.

Avery soon finds that some wishes are better left un-granted.

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So, now that we have the ideas- when the hizell are we gonna find time to write? Not only are we full time educators, but Pam is starting to teach part-time classes online and I am taking graduate history courses online (did we mention that we are also working on our MFA?). It seems like we want to torture ourselves, but really we just want to finish another manuscript- and this is the perfect opportunity. Okay, enough blabbering- you want to know how we plan on being superwomen, don’tcha?

Here’s the plan:
  • Write 7-8 pages a day- at lunch time, while students take tests, while students complain about life, while teachers attempt to whine about students, while we are supposed to be listening to our moms on the phone…you get the point
  • Double up on the weekends if we missed our page count during the week
  • Complete blog posts for the week on Sunday
  • Get work for MFA done during the weekdays (sometimes at work, sorry children- after November you will have our undivided attention again)
  • Finish all MFA assignments on Friday
  • Cook meals that will last at least two nights
  • Take minimal bathroom breaks
  • Limit stalking time of Hollywood actors and random musicians (We luv you Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert Pattinson but…Must. Finish. Novel!)
  • Limit TV time (not sure if this will ACTUALLY happen- but we shall see)
  • Finally, attempt to not check Twitter and e-mail every five minutes

***BTW- We LOVE our students and we love our jobs. We plan to be fully attentive to our day jobs and the kids. Just jokes!***

Got any other tips for us? What about you all–how are you going to complete your novel? And don’t forget to “buddy” us at NaNoWriMo-we luvs the buddies.