April 25, 2005

What Willie Nelson Said

Another week of Travel Sans Mercy ahead of me...looking forward to it, even though last week escaped me and I barely got to blog a hundredth of the things that happened. I missed telling you about SO MUCH...New Orleans and Bay St Louise slipped past totally uncatalogued. I stink. But there is no way to keep up. THERE IS NOT. I will say one totally dumb and least important thing: In Bay St Louise (where I may have to go live) I ATE CRAB PUPPIES (!!!)

Well, I HAD to tell you about THAT, I mean, LORD. Doesn't that sound VILE? CRAB PUPPIES! Gives me the shudders. It's one of those words that makes you want to creep up on someone and say it really loud and fast in their ear and then watch them leap screaming right out of their pants. It sounds vaguely filthy and disgusting, like saying PONY HOLE, but turns out they are actually pretty good with tartar sauce.

I like readings better than signings. At signings I always wonder why on earth folks would show up to have a brand new book they probably have not had a chance to read yet be signed by SOME GIRL. I always feel REALLY grateful and APOLOGETIC when they do show up, like "HI! YEAH! JUST ME HERE, AND I BET YOU WERE HOPING FOR A REAL WRITER. SORRY." At readings I feel like people GET something for showing up -- a half an hour of free entertainment, and sometimes COOKIES, and I AM LEARNING that (nerves aside) I give good public speaking!

Not only that...but I REALLY LIKE IT. I like standing hanging out with a group of fellow book junkies and talking about how gods in Alabama came to be, and there are some pretty funny and WILD stories that I don't think I can PUT IN WRITING *grin* but I TELL people at these things, and it is fun. There is no fourth wall, but that same sort of hive mind magic thing happens like it used to when I was acting, and I can SMELL if an audience is WITH me or not. Just finished doing a interview on a radio station -- REALLY NICE FOLKS (Patti and Dollar Bill on the Bull here in Birmingham) and THEY HAD MET FANNY FLAGG! *pant pant*

I am the most star struck ridiculous creature to ever pull in oxygen and send it back out as carbon dioxide, but I can't help it. Fanny Flagg! She's...well. She's a lady.

I am going to at SOME POINT get 8 hours of contiguous sleep, at which point I will blog something interesting. IT COULD HAPPEN.

Sleepy-Time Tea

Posted by joshilyn at April 25, 2005 9:19 AM

What kind of person can make murder seem, well, funny and just(tified) at the same time?

And blasphemy? How can that be KO?

The answer is Joshilyn. (She's not your ordinary kind of author for one thing). When you meet Jim and get to know him, you realize it's OK to kill him. You kind of, sort of, wish you had done that to a few of the "Jim Beverlys" of your own high school days. They are everywhere and they do make folks miserable!

Well, the blasphemy thing, when it's with a little "g" for one thing and so true for another, it is funny.

What I'm trying to say here is I really, really enjoyed the misadventures of Arlene. What a fun book. I mean, death, drunkenness, rape, fornication, deception, metal illness, cruelty to animals - did I mention rape and fornication? It's all there. And more fun that a barrell of monkeys.

"gods" will make a great movie. I nominate Kristen Chenowith to be Clarice. Arlene is a tough cast to make. A young Sally Field would be good. A blockbuster nevertheless.

Thanks for the memories. Even if you are the kind of girl who uses escorts!


Posted by: Michael the escort at April 25, 2005 11:04 AM

If this is what you DO have time to post about...I can only imagine how fabulous the 'didn't make it onto the blog' adventures were. Sounds like you're enjoying yourself. :)

Posted by: Marilyn at April 25, 2005 3:10 PM

Ok, Joshilyn, I read this post this morning before leaving for a day of errands and found myself compulsively singing "On The Road Again" the rest of the day! And I don't know very much of it, so I was singing the same parts over and over and over and over....Aaaarrrggghhh!! This is all your fault!!

So I just had to write and say thanks for the earworm. :-P

And referring to the comment from Michael, there's a post I'd like to see from you someday, Joss. Who would YOU cast in a movie of "gods in Alabama" if you could have anyone you wanted? (Playing "cast the movie" is a favorite game of mine!)

Posted by: DebR at April 25, 2005 4:05 PM

Oh no -- don't do as Deb asks and say who you would cast in the movie! (Apologies to Deb for being contrary). That would taint the reading experience for people who haven't read the novel yet, making them unable to envision their own Arlenes and Flos.

Posted by: KarenB at April 25, 2005 4:59 PM

Great to see you at the Alabama Booksmith and thanks for signing the book. Cannot wait to delve into it.
"Anne Glamore" www.tinykingdom.typepad.com

Posted by: "Anne" at April 26, 2005 8:22 AM

I think crab puppies sound delicious. But I'm from Texas, so there you are.

Posted by: laura at April 26, 2005 10:36 AM

I *heart* Fannie Flagg. I do. But I am just as excited to meet you, b/c you are... real. Fannie is a woman in my imagination that i have no chance of ever meeting. You are real. I KNOW you.

Is tomorrow a signing or a reading?

Posted by: Heather at April 26, 2005 1:42 PM

Crab puppies sounds like a friendly venereal disease.

I shudder to picture gods as a movie. Just because movies are NEVER as good as the book, and as neurotic as that makes ME as a consumer, I can imagine that as the author, your mental illness number would skyrocket. And, well, EEK. ;)

Posted by: Mir at April 26, 2005 8:17 PM