Comments: From the Purely Theoretical FAQ for Writers

Did you read my to do list? Because I am going to do all those things too, except of course the FAQ part on my famous author webpage, seeing as how I don't have one of those.

If you really want to get organized, check out Wish I could say I've done all that she recommends, but I'm planning on it. I really am.

BTW, love all those books you've made with your big brain and I wouldn't change a thing!

Posted by Lori B. at August 20, 2009 10:00 AM

Ok. This is just creepy. I was in the middle of composing an email to you about this same situation- where my "being shopped" novel is concerned. Whatever are you doing in my head?
I'm still going to drop you the note, because I have another question... and then I think I may owe you one closet organization- which in a sick way excites the OCD part of me.

Posted by linda sands at August 20, 2009 10:00 AM

Great post, Joshilyn. Thanks for sharing so much. This is helpful stuff to aspiring authors!

Posted by Lisa Katzenberger at August 20, 2009 11:00 AM

This was way more important than organizing your closet :)

Posted by edj at August 20, 2009 12:07 PM

i freaking love what you made with your brain too and anxiously await the new brained creation.

Posted by Trish at August 20, 2009 1:13 PM

Thanks for answering here AND at the board. I would love to choose door number three but as my manuscript is nowhere near publishable, I will carry on editing the living daylights out of it.

I can't say that I am in the zone for edits at the moment. Not sure if I need a "system," a better attitude or a personality transplant but I am hoping to dread the edits less in the future.

Thanks again!

Posted by Nicole Amsler at August 20, 2009 6:39 PM

Yesh, when and where is that Next Thing That You Have Made With Your Brain? No pressure. Never mind that we can now level in PVP. Or all the time I spent doing that last night rather than writing my next scene (I totally understand the feeling of digging up chunks of clay while getting bug-bit). I am much more concerned about the temporal and physical location of your Next Brain Thing, because all your Brain Things are fabulosity. Again, no pressure ;-)

Posted by inkgrrl at August 20, 2009 7:36 PM

Next brain thing: Finished.

Title: Backseat Saints

Status: In production

Release: June

NEXT Next brain thing: 20K words in.

Thank you so much for asking :)

Posted by Joshilyn at August 20, 2009 10:00 PM

I too am eagerly awaiting Backseat Saints. And your blog continues to threaten me with Nose Beverage.

But, quick! QUICK! It is not too late! Grab two bags, paper, plastic, or otherwise, and DUMP those piles of clothes, one in each bag!! Quick, before they get all un-sorted again!! Then grab the top rag out of the rag-bag and tie the rag-bag closed with it, so you can tell the difference between the two bags!!

Because piles of clothing that are temporarily sorted but not completely taken care of attract WASPS! BIG ones that try to give birth and raise their offspring on your deck and eye you, waving their antennae in a vaguely threatening manner, whenever you attempt to go outside! Whose stings you are allergic to! I know from experience! Do not let this happen to you!


Posted by JMixx at August 20, 2009 10:31 PM

I like the part where I get to say, Wow, I read that! I read that thing that Joss wrote using word, WOWC, and huge mental health numbers and I like it...okay I .... LOVED It to pieces.

It's kewl.

Posted by Cele at August 21, 2009 12:52 AM

. . . and weren't you going to give away a book every week starting in June, and I snickered all sarcastic-like and said "Riiiight"?

Oops, sorry, my to-do list is equally sad, and I'm not even writing amazing books at the same time! At least you've got good, artistic excuses.

Posted by Brigitte at August 21, 2009 6:43 AM

Wait wait! I DID do a give away every week in June, didn't I?

Girl who stopped Swimming
April and Oliver
The Pretend Wife
and then the BETTER U Fitness kit?

I would have had Sheila Curran's book in June too but my interview questions got trapped in her spam file and she did not find and return them until July.

I think I get to claim victory for THAT resolution.

PS I will post a pretty cool give-away later today, too. :)

Posted by joshilyn at August 21, 2009 6:58 AM

That was fascinating to read. I am not an author....have given up that dream, mostly, at least the writing fiction part...but I am a preacher, and my process for sermon crafting is very much the same.

Except it happens nearly weekly, and I consider it done on Sunday afternoon when I am crashed out on the couch.

Posted by Beth at August 26, 2009 10:31 AM

Hi, I have a bottle of Straretto (you posted something about it several years ago) and can send a photo of it to prove it. :)

Posted by Anita at August 29, 2009 5:21 PM

NO YOU DO NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by Joshilyn at August 29, 2009 10:33 PM