July 15, 2005

Yelling Hello as I Dash By on the Way to TV in Tuscaloosa

I am back on the road (I took my kids with me. I love summer.), so here is brief update.

1) Maisy is fine. MAISY IS FINE. Everyone has looked at Maisy and thumped Maisy and said STRIDER and nodded wisely and they all agree that she is FINE. SO. I am going to accept that SHE IS FINE. For now. Someday she may even sleep her own room again, allowed to breathe unsupervised. I know my husband would probably like that.HEH!

2) I am fine. I have this weird thing where good things in my life scare me, because I feel I am racking up some monstrously huge karmic debt that can only be paid by losing 3 or 4 of my limbs or being burned up in a fire, and that's just silly. Life doesn't BALANCE like that. No one gets equal and exact scoops of ice cream and dog poo on their plate. LIFE. IS. NOT. FAIR. This is one of those times that I should be HAPPY that life isn't fair, because if it WAS, I would be OWED SO MUCH DOG POO! I would have a dog poo deficit to rival the federal deficit. AND so I have made a new good pure truthful resolution in the deepest pink part of my sincere heart to BE HAPPY WITH MY ICE CREAM and SHUT UP. It is actually going well so far! No fretting at ALL! '

But, you know, it's seven AM, and I instituted this policy 6 AM. So.

3) If you are doing book promotion, and Stephenie at the Huntsville Library invites you to come speak...hear me on this...GO. She did SUCH great event promo that the auditorium was PACKED (very unusual for a first time novelist) and she had 5 cases of books there and sold all but 6 copies. AND??? Gave me Godiva truffles. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Stephenie. Also it was a GREAT engaged fun crowd who asked GREAT questions -- many I had never heard before, and they asked ZERO of the three questions you always hear that have no answer. I had a good time.

4) If you are a person who has put my book on the side of your blog in the WHAT I AM READING or your FAVORITE BOOKS THIS YEAR or your RECOMMENDED READING slot, then you are SO excruciatingly pretty and I wish you would send me the link via e-mail. I DO know of a couple of blogs who have done this that I have found GOOGLING or who DID send me mail, but I have gotten letters from readers who found gods in Alabama on the sides of blogs I have never HEARD OF and I am SO CHARMED BY YOU, YOU SECRETIVE UNKNOWN DARLINGS. Word of mouth (and its internetterly equivalent, which would be...what? Word of blog?) is EVERYTHING with a first book, especially now that the book is a few months old. Thank you anonymous unknown lovely bloggers. You are almost flawless, but you did not SEND ME A LINK so I can THANK YOU and tell you that you are having a GOOD GOOD hair day and that NO, those pants EMPHATICALLY do NOT make you look fat.

Posted by joshilyn at July 15, 2005 8:26 AM

Equal scoops of ice cream and dog poo, eh?

You have such a way with words. Also, you're pretty!

Posted by: Mir at July 15, 2005 9:53 AM

Compliments of the mid-morning munchies, I'm putting together a pot luck menu. Here's how it stands so far:
Kira: Risotto
Joshilyn: Ice cream
Stephenie : Godiva truffels
Nice, huh? I know it's a little heavy on the desert end, but hey, is that really a BAD thing?

Posted by: David at July 15, 2005 10:07 AM

Yeah....Stephanie....dog poo...okay. So, Joshilyn, have you checked out the latest customer reviews at Amazon? They practically made me CRY....perfect strangers to you writing these marvelous things about gods....turned me into Vicarious Joshilyn for a moment there. Topic for you to write about: Why is "pants" such a funny word?

Posted by: Jilly at July 15, 2005 11:08 AM

While I have both your blog and gods linked on my side bar, nobody that I know of reads my blog...

Argh! I am of the great unblogged.

For those of you who are writers, and do not get Wednesday Links, well my blog might interest you. It is a weekly array of links for writers. But if you're looking for witty retorts, paralysingly cunning - must read every morning or go blind blogging and newts...

STAY HERE ... Go read Mir ... anyone but mine.

hmmmmmm Godiva Truffles, I never have had one, didn't know the existed, but now that I do I will not rest until I get one and let it melt amongst my adoring taste buds.

I need it ZuZu is at the doctors. My husband is mad because I changed ZuZu's fuel filter (I did so in hopes I could get her to the doc.) It's not like it was difficult to do after I was armed with the right tools and the phone number of a good mechanic.

I have now found my large butt has two spots that are not fat, unfortunately it is where the unforgivingly hard bicycle seat hits between my legs. Thank you lord I only live a mile from work.

Posted by: Cele at July 15, 2005 11:38 AM

1.) I put up a link to gods on my sidebar because it is just too good. As Ben Franklin said: "We must all hang together, or we shall surely all hang separately."

2.) MMMM...Godiva anything!

3.) Oh, and by the way, nobody and nothing makes me LOOK fat. I AM fat! So there! :-p

Posted by: Carter at July 15, 2005 12:16 PM

I had your book on my sidebar when I was reading. I gave it an A+ BTW :) Excellent novel and will definitely be in my top ten this year. I have the link to your blog there now and I read you religiously because you are just fabulous! Thank you for being you and I'm glad Maisy (and your sanity) are well!

Posted by: Heather at July 15, 2005 12:53 PM

I had gods on my sidebar when I was reading it and would still have it up if I could figure out how to get allconsuming to stick a pretty pic of the book cover on my sidebar instead of a boring text hyperlink - argle bargle! But Faster Than Kudzu has always been and will always be there, currently right between Eyes For Lies and Fibermania.

Posted by: Dara at July 15, 2005 4:37 PM

Someone posted a day or two ago that they were running straight to the library to get a copy of your book, and I had to restrain myself from writing, I am going straight to AMAZON to ***BUY*** a copy of your book.

And then I'll post a link and exhort people to go do likewise.

Posted by: Georgia at July 15, 2005 7:19 PM

Gods was up at my old blog. It even had a picture of the cover.

Posted by: Heather at July 15, 2005 8:01 PM

This seems like as good a place and time as any to tell you that I LOVE gods in Alabama and I WILL be putting it on my blog when I update next ... I had so much more to say but your comment feature keeps rejecting my comments because of "questionable content" and I have no idea what that could be, I didn't use any rude words at all.

Posted by: Trudy at July 15, 2005 9:05 PM

::blushing:: ok I did say that I got the book at the library, but I dutifully repented and bought it tonight while waiting to pick up my copy of Harry Potter ;)

Posted by: Angel at July 16, 2005 2:26 AM

I totally understand not being able to fully enjoy the "good stuff" in life because you're afraid you're going to be punished. I've been saving "gods in Alabama" (which hasn't been easy, let me tell you) because I'm moving at the end of July & I want something good to read those evenings I'm camped out in a bubblebath letting the achy muscles recuperate from the unpacking.

Posted by: Bonnie at July 16, 2005 7:59 AM


Sorry for the comment blocking. We here at Faster Than Kudzu work hard to ensure every commenter has an enjoyable commenting experience and apologize for any inconvenience you were caused. We will email you a cupon for 10 free comments as our way of saying "sorry".

OK, seriously, we probably blocked more than just you. We get hit with several hundred spam each day here. You will notice, however, that you almost never see them in the comments. We have very aggressive anti-spam software (God bless you Jay Allen and MT-Blacklist!) that catches it before it makes press.

When adding new words and phrases we accidentally added "Texas" and "online" to the list of unacceptable phrases. The end result was that anyone who referenced the Lone Star State, or say, the internet, was blocked. We've since pulled those phrases out of the database and hopefully that will avoid any more unwarrented comment blocking.

If anyone does find comments being blocked just drop me an email at bob@mcbob.net and I'll look into it.

And now back to your regularly scheduled comments...

Posted by: Mr. Husband at July 16, 2005 10:43 AM

As soon as you come to Asheville to do a book signing, I will buy your book, read it, and post it in my sidebar for five times as long as it takes me to read it. Deal?

Posted by: Edgy Mama at July 16, 2005 9:25 PM

Thanks for a great author event - so glad you enjoyed it too! TONS of people have emailed and called to say how fab you were and when were you coming back so they could get their moms/sisters/bookclubs/bestfriends/neighbors to come hear you and read the book. I told them to go ahead and get them to read the book and then read Between when it comes out and MAYBE we can get you back sometime then. Lovely stuff...

BTW, a quick "comments" comment - whereas one should ALWAYS support their favorite authors especially ones with the initials JJ, one should also remember to support their local public library as well :). Book stores are great, but libraries are the cornerstones of civilization, the keepers of the culture, the big glass of wine with the Godiva truffles. Of course, I'm biased, but libraries & librarians can be credited for instigating the grassroots campaigns for so many of the wonderful authors and their books. We depend on your support too!

Posted by: Stephenie at July 18, 2005 1:20 PM