April 23, 2006

Worth Two Thousand Words

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I have been so hip deep in this novel I am writing that I am DREADFULLY behind on real life and church commitments and friends/social life and blog and pets and prepub work for Between that just considering my to do list makes me want to hole up like up like Greta Garbo, except without the part where I am an internationally adored A list movie super star. Does it count if you hole up and no one cares? If a tree holes up in the woods...well. I suppose most trees do. Never mind.

ANYWAY, in lieu of whining, I decided to post a couple of INTERNATIONALLY THRILLING pictures that have gathered in a file called "Things I should blog about." And then I can delete the picture files from my hard drive and IF I am clever I can put "clean old files off hard drive" on my monster to do list, and THEN I will have an item to check off and that, my friends, is very satisfying. The way I love lists verges on the unholy. Sometimes? When lists see me coming? I suspect them of rustling uneasily and whispering "BAD TOUCH! BAD TOUCH!" to each other.

SO, let's see what we have here, eh?

Anne Glamore (the blogess behind Tiny Kingdom sent me this shot of my book slumming on a whole another continent....


She said, "Just thought you'd get a kick of seeing this picture of your book. I took it at the Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi-- it was in the gift shop.
Most of the other books were about the Maasai Mara and Serengeti. It took us 46 hours to get back from Nairobi, so your book is really at
the other end of the world!"

I've never been to Nairobi, and there goes gods in Alabama, jetsetting about like Paris Hilton while I am stuck here like last week's Nicole.... But it didn't stop there.


The fetching lass modeling the book is my sister-in-law's sister's daughter which makes her.... My second niece-in-law twice removed? Anyway, she's in a bookstore in DUBLIN. And so is my novel. DUBLIN! In IRELAND, origin of AT LEAST 95% of my genetic make-up. But have I ever been? No. AND YET! My jet-setting trampy BOOK is there, macking on red-headed boys and discovering dark beer.

I'll be sulking in my room if you need me....I want to be alone...

Posted by joshilyn at April 23, 2006 6:14 PM

It does indeed look like your book is getting way better action than you are at the moment. Have you tried negotiating an international book tour? I'd get to it pronto, and have them give you a shoe allowance while you're there.

Posted by: tina at April 23, 2006 7:26 PM

Hee hee. Did I ever send you the pic I took of it here in MS ont he Staff Picks shelf?

Posted by: Heather at April 24, 2006 11:15 AM

Hurrah for gods international tour!

How is it in Dublin and Nairobi, but NOT on the bookshelf in my local bookstore in Asheville, NC? Which I complained about.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at April 24, 2006 11:18 AM

Does that all just feel other worldly to you Joss. You can now play one degree separation: Robby Burns or Nelson Mandela. Oh-kay oh-kay you could have played that here too, but now it is international ball.

Posted by: Cele at April 24, 2006 11:58 AM

I wish I was your book

Posted by: Em at April 24, 2006 12:24 PM

Hi! Never posted before, I've been reading your blog for a couple of months and just finished Gods in Alabama last night. So please excuse the embarrasing gushing for a moment , but you rock!!!

I LOVED the book!!!! Several times I had to stuff my face into a pillow while laughing out loud so as to not wake my 14 month old daughter sleeping in the next room. I think that you're brilliant!!

I could go on and on about how much I love your writing, but I'll spare everyone my ramblings. Just know you've got a new fan! Can't wait for the next book.

And thanks for the blog, it makes me smile just about every day!

Posted by: Bridget at April 24, 2006 12:43 PM

These travelling book photos are way better than those creepy travelling gnome photos.

Posted by: Lulu at April 24, 2006 9:54 PM


If I had a camera I could send you the picture of your book sitting in the library in Lausanne, Switzerland! I loved it!
You should come in Switzerland and see it for yourself!


Posted by: Marie at April 25, 2006 10:24 AM