Comments: 10Q with, um, Me

I love that you still torture yourself about that terrible audiobook - I've slogged painfully through a few looong novels like that, determined to make it to the bitter end (in the vain hope that the story would get better at some point), and still torment myself over those.
At least I didn't have to wrack my brain as to whether to throw them in my "donations" bin or not . . .

Posted by Brigitte at May 19, 2007 8:09 AM

I totally want to become a novelist just so that I can hang out with you more. Too bad it will never happen. I guess I'll just have to move to Georgia instead. ;)

Posted by Mir at May 19, 2007 9:04 AM

Yay Casey for the 10Q interview! I loved reading the answers.

Joss, I especially loved what you said about buying books being like voting for the writer to keep going. That's exactly how I've always seen it. I'll use the library or used book stores to try out new-to-me writers. But if I find a writer whose writing I love, I will buy new, preferably in hardcover and from an indie bookseller.

I think I was wildly fortunate in my parents. When I was growing up, we went to the library, but also no matter how tight money was, they always seemed to squeeze out money for books - for themselves and for my brother, sister, and me. I learned by a great example. :-)

Posted by DebR at May 19, 2007 9:24 AM

Thank you SO much for answering! I'm especially glad to find out that my "voting" (which is totally what my fiance and I do when we go to the bookstore -- "OHMYGOD, get the new SuperWriter Guy's book NOW because we want him to keep writing!") actually counts!

Also, I promise if I am ever randomly in a bookstore in Georgia (my family's in Fairhope, Alabama, it could happen) and I see you, I will be calm, cool and collected so it will not be a weird experience. But then, when you leave, I will do much squealing and embarrasing of anyone unfortunate enough to be with me.

Posted by Casey at May 19, 2007 9:46 AM

Wow! Thank you. This was very cool. (And thanks to Casey too, for suggesting it).

Mother's Helper in the summer is a great idea. I am SO stealing it. Ditto the weekends off. I get them too, but more along the lines of one a book. Four to five makes a heck of lot more sense.

Oh, and I"m dying to know what the audiobook was on which you wasted $40.

Posted by Katrina Stonoff at May 19, 2007 12:57 PM

What server and what character is your WOW ?

I've a night elf hunter and a blood elf hunter on Farstriders...

Posted by tina at May 19, 2007 2:53 PM

My son is a huge WoW player, and every time he comes into the room when I am reading a blog he says "Is that the one that plays Warcraft?"

Even 14 year old boys think you're cool. No easy feat, let me tell you!

Posted by Laura at May 19, 2007 3:15 PM

I didn't realize that Maisy and my son are the same age--I'm a little giddy that he's starting Kindergarten in the fall LOL. Mainly because my hubby works from home most days ;)

I was at BAM yesterday and found your books. There was one lone copy of BG wedged next to GIA (which had a copy facing out), so I turned it face out (hee I'm such a rebel). Then I found another section of BEST! SELLERS! and there were more copies of BG.

I am insane about buying books. Mostly new, but sometimes used....I probably have over 3000 books here. I canNOT wait to add your latest book to my collection :)

If Heaven doesn't have a library, I'm not sure I want to go......

Posted by Angel at May 19, 2007 4:01 PM

Thank you Casey for asking great "writer" questions and thank you Joshilyn for answering them. I know a number of REAL WRITERS in REAL LIFE and I know that they are just like you and me (well, this is presuming that you are as odd as I am) and they have dentist appointments and kids who have tantrums and dishes in the sink and husbands who snore. But I still sometimes find myself slipping into believing that secretly, when we're not all watching, writers are more magical or glamorous or superhero powered than other people. If anything, they might be a tad more eccentric than your average Joe but, like I mentioned, eccentric is pretty much my personal baseline.

Posted by Laume at May 19, 2007 10:20 PM

Excellent post, loved it! I especially loved the part about everything being different than you thought it would be.

And *I* would be the last one at the bar. Especially if we were drinking tequila because I totally win at drinking tequila.

Posted by Heather Cook at May 20, 2007 12:11 AM

Fun, fun, fun!

My boy's starting kindergarten in the fall. Both kids at the same school AND riding the bus. Hurrah! I have this idea that I'll actually get my life organized, but it prolly won't happen.

Happy Fall!

Posted by Edgy Mama at May 20, 2007 10:36 AM

Oh, you've struck a nerve with the book-buying versus borrowing. I always feel guilty, but the truth is, my book budget is teeny tiny small right now. I used to spend all my extra money on books. Then I got married and we started saving money like fiends. Then we had kids, who are just so cute they get almost all my extra money. (I admit, I knit, and I do buy yarn. That gets my other extra money, not that there's a lot of it. Extra, that is.) We buy the kids books, all the time, but for myself, I'm a heavy library user right now. And I feel guilty about it. But I'm sure nobody is going to say libraries are bad. They're very good things, and I do anticipate having a book budget for myself once again, and I do buy books for myself of course, but more often, right now, only ones I consider reference that I want to have around again and again. I will buy fiction books, too, just not as often. And I could never keep up with the storage--I go through books that fast. But I feel GUILTY and you're not helping!

Posted by amy at May 20, 2007 10:40 AM

Please, Miss, could you expand on an answer?

JJ: Same. I always read “like a writer.” There are things that get me every time and make me fall in love, and other things that I cannot forgive.

What can you not forgive?

Posted by hollygee at May 20, 2007 10:50 AM

Just bought (new) and read Between. I liked gods, but I love Between. Beautiful, visual, I see the screenplay already.

Thanks Josh.

Posted by parrotzmom at May 20, 2007 2:04 PM

Just dropping in a comment to say I LOVED your talk at the AWC yesterday. I knew who you were, but I've never read your books, but lawdy, after seeing the explosion that was your presentation??? I gotta buy you. Well, not YOU exactly (unless you're for sale as an outspoken pal and designated driver), but one of your books. Or all of them. I'll start with one. How's that?

Posted by Cheryl at May 20, 2007 7:56 PM

Fun! Thanks Casey for asking, and thank YOU for answering.

I'm a book buyer too, and I've done that I-must-read-it-all-because-I-bought-it-dammit thing, but I don't do it anymore. I will watch a bad movie all the way through IF (and this is a big IF) I think I can learn something from it, since my husband and I write screenplays together. It has to be bad in an interesting (and potentially fixable) way, though, for me to torture myself with it. If it's just terrible and irredeemable, I'll turn it off or walk out.

Oh! I would totally squee! if I ran into you in a bookstore. I hope that the squeeing would be internal and not weird for you, but I make no promises.

Posted by Aimee at May 21, 2007 10:48 AM

This is SUCH a stupid question, but I always imagine Lee Child as being uber-cool. Is he?

Yes, I am a total dork.

Posted by jennielynn at May 21, 2007 10:48 AM

Lee Child is uber-cooliest.

ALSO I am on disc 4 of the latest Reacher novel on CD and it is my favorite since the LAST time Nagley showed up. I heart Nagley. Nagley forever.


Posted by Joshilyn at May 21, 2007 11:03 AM

See, most-excellent posts like this just make my internal agonizing worse. I'm in a job I hate, not because of the job but because it's just a dang J-O-B, and whenever faced with the "what do you want to be when you grow up?" question I'm forced to answer "pass." because I just haven't figured it out yet. Yet I love to write.

Now, ever since reading your books and your blog, I'm beginning to think I want to write for a living (as opposed to the "for fun" writing I've done all my life) and this kind of post makes it seem possible. And possible can be SO dangerous! Heck, "possible" made me start my own blog, so it's already worked it's terrible evil. Curse you, possible! (Jam on, Joss, you bookstore Rock Star!)

Posted by Femtastic at May 21, 2007 12:09 PM


Um, THIS Monday? Like today??
Just askin'... :-)

Posted by DebR at May 21, 2007 4:10 PM

Yay! This was a great interview. As always, you are a delight to read. And of course, am looking forward to the contest! Is it open to Canadians?

Posted by Lindsey at May 21, 2007 5:45 PM

lol, DebR. I've been coming here all day thinking, Dude, it IS Monday, right?? :-)

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