Comments: The State of the Mental Union Address

Joshilyn, you are a trip.

Posted by kate q at June 25, 2006 2:28 PM

So, I started reading Gods in Alabama (which I totally am LOVING) and just can't get over the fact that the sweet innocent adorable looking/sounding person I saw on that interview actually wrote these words! You are clearly an amazing talented person with such wonderful writing! Plus, your blog cracks me up!

Posted by tori at June 25, 2006 3:07 PM

Since I don't have Tog-wiss to distract me and since I'm one of the adorable people waiting for a copy of Between to arrive from AB, may I get just the teensiest bit annoyed about that email? Or at least baffled. (<---fragment)

When I hear or read people react to giA like that, I Just. Don't. Get it. It's not like giA is an instruction manual for how to live your life. It's a STORY. And in the story, it's not like Arlene is saying the bad words or doing the bad stuff in church on Sunday morning. It's all perfectly logical within the context of the STORY. If she was standing around after Bad Things happened, waving her white lace hankie and saying "Oh deah. Mercy! Whatevah shall Ah do?" (which seems to be what some of the "you and your book are so evil" folks want), that would have ME writing nasty reviews and emails, right after I yelled "gaaaaah!" and threw the book across the room. So I guess there's just no pleasing all of us! :-D

I'm trying not to think about how immature I must be in wishing that you'd sent your reply. Heh.

Posted by DebR at June 25, 2006 4:24 PM

I suspect that this reaction to yur dissatisfied reader is like a bit like grief. Meaning it will come in waves. Somedays it'll bother you and other days it won't register on your radar. Recently I wrote an oped, published in the NYT. It pissed off a bunch of people. People frothing foam wrote hateful things to me. I was nice and answered each one thoughtfully. Then two weeks went by and this lady from Texas wrote to me and chided me about my blog, about my family, about the NYT piece. I came apart like a $2 suitcase. Wrote her back and gave her what for. Told her that until she'd was in the trenches with me, she ought to simply hush up.
My point being that while you handled this situation like the lady you are, don't be surprised if somewhere down the road you find yourself spitting nails at the next reader who jumps you.
Glad the new book is out. I wish you golden honey moments. Something sweet to savor.
And you are SOOOO right on about the publishing world. It's like conjugating Latin...

Posted by karen at June 25, 2006 7:57 PM

Yes, Between is out there. I saw it on Tuesday. I turned all of the copies face out, and handed one to a lady that was passing. Then I talked about it to the woman sitting in the chair next to me at the store. Sorry about that, she probably just wanted me to shut up, but I couldn't help it. I was laughing and snorting my coffee flavored stuff out of my nose, so I may not have been the best walking ad for the book. Oh well.
As for this blog, it's done it again. I simply can NOT read it without laughing out loud. Then HE says, from across the room, "Ok, let's hear it. I know you won't stop til you tell me." Really, I wasn't planning on reading it to him, but he INSISTS every single night. Every night! He loeves your blog as much as I do. That's high praise, indeed.
Deliverance, HA!

Posted by dee at June 25, 2006 9:54 PM

One of the best bits of advice I got for writers was from Kate Wilhelm, who said to take your manuscript and drop it on the floor (in an envelope, of course! Who wants to pick up all those pages?) and say, "I am not my manuscript" until you can hear criticism without taking it personally.

Of course I'm not that good yet, but I still think it's sound advice.

Oh, and we had a customer in from just outside Atlanta, and we sold her a paperback copy of "gods", and she may track you down, Peach, to get a signed copy of "Between". I want you both to laugh about her having to come all the way to Seattle to find such a great Southern author!

Posted by Fran at June 26, 2006 12:31 AM

I have always said I have the best job in the world...and I believe it until I read Joss in action...she has radio mental illness numbera... and as a writer? Well she rocks. :)

Posted by Cele at June 26, 2006 1:51 AM

I don't see what's so potentially rude/upsetting/offensive about 'gods' at all... which is maybe something I need to look into! ;) xxx

Posted by diane at June 26, 2006 7:54 AM

You know my dear husband Joss... well he relates this story. A good God Fearing mountain living christian woman went to see Deliverance where he used to live, believing it was a good God Fearing christian movie. I believe she shrieked in horror. Can you imagine? I just about busted a gut hearing him tell it, you can just see it...

Posted by Tina at June 26, 2006 8:49 AM

Hee! Deliverance. <-- Fragments! I cannot WAIT to read Between. Also, I don't remember you mentioning the name of the WIP yet, but I love the title.

Posted by Aimee at June 26, 2006 11:02 AM

One reason I aspire to publishing more fiction? You often get SOME positive feedback with the negative. Although the whack jobs do still come out of the closet to say hello. Why, if this woman was so offended, did she continue reading gods? Ask her that!

In my journalistic writing, I rarely get positive feedback, but if I make one teensy, tiny, itty-bitty mistake, 50,000 people e-mail, call, and write long letters to the fricking editors about it.

And I live in the South--where people are raised to be polite and say "thank you." Supposedly.

So when I write an article about how interesting and unique your small business is--an article that's worth $1,000s in advertising--though I'm only making enough to buy three pounds of organic, hormone-free chicken each week--would it hurt you to say "thanks"?

Wait. I have my own blog to rant on. And I love my job. Sorry, Joss.

Posted by Edgy Mama at June 26, 2006 11:14 AM

I've seen it! Between! Even here in the wilds of greater Nebraska! We walked into the bookstore on Saturday, and there it was, right on the featured new releases shelf, right above the gods in Alabama paperback. And yes, I may have squealed in glee. Unfortunatly, my husband had to go and make some semi-valid point about the house payment being due next week, so I do not yet own it. But I will. Soon.

Posted by Jessica at June 26, 2006 11:53 AM


I finished my second, two hours before the inlaws arrived. Now must take them to Alcatraz..........

YAY YAY YAY YOU!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Cornelia Read at June 26, 2006 11:59 AM

Yay! Book #3 has a title and is about to have a younger sibling! Thanks for letting us know.

I snatched a copy of Between off the shelf of my local bookstore in Raleigh last night and ordered the audio version. They also have gIA paperbacks sitting next to the register.

Posted by Elizabeth at June 26, 2006 12:55 PM

TOGWISS is The Girl Who Stopped Swimming (TGWSS). Just so everyone really does know that she didn't go out and name a book TOGWISS. (Which sounds like an old scottish ale)

Posted by tina at June 26, 2006 1:57 PM

You are ALL over southern Minnesota. I walked into the big bad chain bookstore, err, Little Bookstore Just Around The Corner, and Between, Georgia was on the New Fiction stand at the entrance. And then gods in Alabama in paperback standing nearby on a corner display.

Posted by mme.p at June 26, 2006 2:32 PM

First, I must know if Cornelia is leaving her inlaws on Alcatraz.

Second, I can't wait to get my grimy mitts on a copy of Between -- closely followed by my other favorite form of reading -- LISTENING! I live to listen to books -- and this one being in Joshilyn's own little voice --- well, can we say a MUST listen.

If I could figure out how to have her sign it -- without writing on my ipod --hmmm

Posted by Patricia at June 26, 2006 4:22 PM

First off, don't ever stop being a novelist :) giA was so delicious and I can't wait to order BG (had to buy pesky medications last week bah).

And if that irksome emailer thinks your book is the most offensive she's ever read? Well, I've got a few books for her ROFL Fooey on her anyway.

The fact you're working on #3 makes me giddy :)

Posted by Angel at June 26, 2006 4:50 PM

What? What?!! "Between" is already shipping on Amazon?? (running to Amazon to move three copies from wish list to order list) WEE! One for me, two for girlfriends and I'm bringing them with me to the Margaret Mitchell House on July 20th. Wee!

Posted by Lisa at June 26, 2006 7:38 PM

There were TWO copies on the section shelf along with the eight copies of gods. Well, seven now. I bought one. I love the bumpy letters on the paper cover!!!

Posted by Autumn at June 26, 2006 8:16 PM

That Tog-Wiss thing? It's a little bit hot.

Posted by Karen Abbott at June 27, 2006 12:21 PM

We SO need to back into Scholo to get you your own Headmaster's Charge. I hear that after 1.10 they are dropping like candy. I have mats for you to get a +22 INT enchant on my alliance AH mule.

If anyone besides Joss understands what I just said, you play too much WoW.

Posted by Jill at June 27, 2006 4:36 PM

Okay, so about five people in my office -- a CHURCH office, mind you -- have now read my copy of "gods." I usually just tell them something like, "It's a little rough at first, but it has a redemptive theme that unfolds." I thought you'd like that. :-)

No one has passed out from shock
yet. In fact, one of them beat me to buying "Between" already!

Posted by matt elliott at June 29, 2006 9:35 PM