July 3, 2006

B4B Postponed and Other Babbles

1) BLOGGING FOR BOOKS will begin next Monday. Because of the Holiday. I don't know who the special guest blogger(s) will be. I will ask last month's winner over at and then a friend-blogger to do the final judging as I will be on the road...PRIZES however, will be
First Place: A Signed First edition of Between, Georgia ads well as the audio version on CD
Second place: Signed First Edition of BETWEEN, GEORGIA
Third Place: Signed UK Paperback of BETWEEN, GEORGIA

2) SPEAKING of the audio version, People Magazine recomended it as one of their three summer listens, saying, "The author's warm twang makes her novel about feuding Southern families resonate." It's the issue with the Nicole Kidman wedding on the front. My friend Amy-Go is in town for the fourth, and we snatched up the issue and scrabbled around until we found the page. I was very pleased and excited and so, in a voice that was, in retrospect, about four ticks too loud on the volume-meter, I said, "I HAVE A WARM TWANG!" Amy's husband about burst himself trying to NOT say all the possible responses that occurred to him.

3) Every time I complain about being disorganized, I get 1 - 6 emails telling me to become a FLY LADY. I tried FlyLady, ackshully, and I failed. Couldn't even do the sink thing. Felt oppressed. The laundry basket/box thing oppressed me, with all the the putting everything in a box to go to this place or that place. Ugh. I prefer picking up one thing, starting to take it to where it goes, setting it down somewhere else and never seeing it again. I suspect wandering about NOT completing tasks is part of how I write novels. I get some of my best ideas while scraping at the sentient mold who lives in my toilet. I have been known to leave the toilet brush IN there to be keep the mold company for hours, or, if its in the downstairs bathroom, for DAYS even.

4) I went to eat ice cream with Amy-Go and Julie last night, and we were talking about THE CLEAN HOUSE PEOPLE. YOU KNOW THE ONES. You can drop in on them at any time and their tiles will sparkle cheerfully at you....not so much, here. Amy-Go suspects them of being a cult. Me, I have GENUINELY stopped caring. Seriously. If the cleaning service has JUST come, then the house looks okay and most of the Honta Virus has been scraped out of the grout, so, whatever. In between cleaning service visits, it looks like feral pigs live here, and I have decided to be FINE with it. I am NOT going to tie up ANY identity or sense of self worth with how my house looks like some woman of the 50's. I am a true woman of the new millennium and I prefer to judge my identity and self worth based solely on the size pants I wear.


6) I leave on tour in T Minus 4 days. Ask me about how the PACKING is going. Go on. Ask.

UPDATE the First: My husband just reminded me that you can hear my WARM TWANG in the MEDIA KIT on this site now. Pick your format and listen to an excerpt of B,G on audio.

UPDATE THE SECOND. There's also an audio intevriew of me talking with the producer about the making the audiobook up on the Hachette site, right about here.

Posted by joshilyn at July 3, 2006 7:20 AM

Okay. I just gotta say it, you know I do. HAPPINES IS HAVING A WARM TWANG. Yeah, I know, Amy-GO's husband's head just exploded. Probably Mir's, too. *grins* Way cool on People for demonstrating such exquisite taste in audio book narrators. Yay, you!

Oh, and woman of the 50's? OMG, that's my mom to a tee!

Posted by: David at July 3, 2006 8:04 AM

I'm with you on the whole tying our identities up in our house thing. But the pants thing doesn't work for me either. I've decided to tie my identity to my hair color. Or maybe the size of my feet. Maybe I'll keep searching for something - I know! My cookies. I will definitely tie my identity to my chocolate chip cookies! I've found a winner (and the reason I can't tie my identity to my pant size.

Posted by: MoMMY at July 3, 2006 8:05 AM

Two S's in HAPPINESS, dang it.

So. How's the packing going?

*runs away quickly*

Posted by: David at July 3, 2006 8:08 AM

OOOOhhh I didn't say I was HAPPY with my pants size. ...pass the cookies.

Posted by: Joshilyn at July 3, 2006 8:09 AM

I'm glad David asked about the packing because I was a-skeered to ask.

I think the FlyLady is a minion of Satan.

Congrats on your Warm Twang! :-)

Posted by: DebR at July 3, 2006 9:28 AM

warm twang. *suppresses giggles*

Posted by: Heather at July 3, 2006 10:07 AM

Love your warm twang! :)
I bought 'Between' on Saturday (went to the book shop special!) & can't wait to start it... xx

Posted by: diane s at July 3, 2006 11:07 AM

*snort* Warm twang. But the thing is, I listened to the clip and it is a twang! And warm! And I can't WAIT to listen to the whole thing. I'm about two-thirds done reading the book, and it's SO GOOD. Then I'll listen to you read it!

Posted by: Aimee at July 3, 2006 11:12 AM

Joss no matter what frame of mind you are in, you're delightful...I would like to kiss up now so that I can get a wonderful inscription from you in my signed copy of Between...because it's the third and I know I am only 11 days away from a signed copy BY YOU, BY YOU, TRA LA LA...


Posted by: Cele at July 3, 2006 12:25 PM

O good, I have an excuse to buy People Magazine!

If I ask how the packing is going, will you throw a first edition on Between at my head? Please?

Posted by: Edgy Mama at July 3, 2006 1:34 PM

So, um, how's the packing going??? *grabs MoMMy's cookies* Here! Take the cookie! Don't attack me!

Personally, I tie my identity in with my shoulders.
And how big they are. Hmm, maybe I should take up cleaning...
HEY! I KNOW! I'll tie my identity in with how many books I can read! *grabs latest library stash*
Hmm. 17 books. Better get reading...
NOTE TO SELF: Actually READ your books. If they're anywhere near as good as your blog, they'll be great!

Posted by: IrishGal at July 3, 2006 2:34 PM

BTW, what was today's metaphor for Tog-Swiss? Hmm?
Something about a child who can't read, who's going to school for the first time, that you are desperately tutoring because you don't want him (or her. Just saying.) to humiliate himself (or herself)???
I think I'd better run... *runs frantically*

Posted by: IrishGal at July 3, 2006 2:38 PM

I base my identity and self worth solely on my red lace bra.

Posted by: Happy Puppy at July 3, 2006 8:23 PM

shoot-far-dang-it. I think I lost my warm twang a while back. running all over hellandhalfofgeorgia with the marine corps takes everything away.
Even my WarmTwang!

Posted by: desi at July 4, 2006 11:32 AM

They are in a cult. THEY ARE.

Posted by: Amy-Go at July 4, 2006 1:05 PM

I've already read (and loved) the print version of BG but had to invest in the audio version after you blogged about it. It's hysterical! I already know what's going to happen but am having deja vu with all the emotions I experienced when I read it. Your voices for the different characters keep making me laugh and now I'm not getting any work done. Thanks for taking the time to read it out loud. When do we get the director's cut with outtakes?

Posted by: Elizabeth at July 5, 2006 1:19 PM

What's with the links?
Heard FlyLady on the radio a while ago. Scaaaaaary.
Anyway, my mum cleans the sink, not me. :)
And so what if clutter attracts clutter? Messiness indicates a creative mind, dontcha know?

Posted by: IrishGal at July 8, 2006 4:46 PM






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