August 23, 2006

Quillicious (and a CONTEST!)

Did you know the QUILL NOMINEES came out? TIME TO GO VOTE.

I was most especially excited to see what has been with NO question my favorite this book so far this year, Water for Elephants up for the Quill in General Fiction. If you haven't read that yet, GO READ IT. Immediately. Do not pass go. Do not collect Franklin Mint coins. Hie thee to a bookstore!

OH! AND! My main manly gunplay man, Michael Connelly is up for the mystery/suspense/thriller award with The Lincoln Lawyer. Which DUDE! that was an easy vote since 1)It may be my fave Connelly book EVER and that is saying something because I love me some Harry Bosch. And 2) the Quills FOOLISHLY and WRONGFULLY overlooked Lee Child.... Otherwise that could have been a dilemma. Of course, Connelly IS up against Arthur Conan Doyle, who practically INVENTED deductive reasoning. Tough call, BUT last I heard, Doyle was still dead and doesn't much care if wins a Quill.

GO VOTE! It's fun, and just flipping through the nominees, even in catagories I didn't vote in, added to my READ THIS list. Do you know I've never read Harlan Coben? How did I not do that? And I am DYING to read The Stolen Child now.

WHAT ELSE!. Oh, I did a fun fast flip interview with the Trashionistas. They sent me an ICON! Which I think is a link. And I have NO IDEA what it looks like. I am just going to HURL the code they sent in and hope it the graphic doesn't turn out to be PeeWee Herman in a weenie bikini. Ah, living dangerously...

As Interviewed by

Well, that's cute!

OH! Speaking of ICONS, remember I was whining yesterday that 3 Questions should have a little graphic or icon? WELL YOU GUYS ARE DARLING! I have already been sent TWO very cute possible graphics/icons. LA LA LA! THANK YOU! I think we should make this an official contest.

You have til the end of the week to whup something up in Photoshop or Paintshop Pro, a header or icon I can use on the 3 questions days on the blog, yes? Be sure and steal the background color so it MATCHES. Let's say get them in by MIDNIGHT YOUR TIME FRDAY. I will post all of them (or at least all of them that do not feature PeeWee Herman in a Weenie Bikini) on Saturday. OR if ya'll are all freaky-artsy-madmen and we get BUNCHES, Scott and I will narrow it down to our five or six favorites. If I can FIGURE OUT HOW, I will post them as a POLL and you can VOTE!

There are TWO POSSIBLE WINNERS. The popular vote winner and the icon I actually use. These may or may not be the same icon. And I may or may not use ANY of the icons. The winner OR winners get a book on tape of gods in Alabama and one of my brother's mondo-cool little foxes. Which I am getting stingier and stingier about. SO. Get one while you can.

AND I plan to go to the Post Office next week, so if you are waiting on mail from me, keep waiting, patriently, in a Kevin Costner "If you build it..." sort of way. Your package WILL come...

Posted by joshilyn at August 23, 2006 8:12 AM

Hhhmmm, I just bought "Water for Elephants" a couple of weeks ago, but haven't read it yet. Guess I need to move it to the top of the TBR list before voting ends.

I've never read Michael Connelly's books either (although I've read Lee Child), so there's another name to look for.

My TBR list has gotten significantly longer since I started visiting FTK!!!

Posted by: DebR at August 23, 2006 9:32 AM

I got mail from you yesterday! I was so excited when I saw the package shoved between inside and outside doors when I got home yesterday -- with Joshilyn Jackson's very own return address on it!! Thanks so much, I'm excited to start reading!

Posted by: TrudyJ at August 23, 2006 9:51 AM

Oh darn, I'm not going to be around to play with my photoshop. Shucks. :(

Good think I've already cornered the market on all things Joss Jackson, or I would have to miss baseball this week in Seattle.

The things a girl has to do.... :)

Posted by: Cele at August 23, 2006 11:39 AM

You MUST read Harlan Coben! But I should warn you that he's addictive, so you might as well just buy all of his books at once.

His dialogue makes me drool--snappy, smart and real. Damn.

O, and I wrote about one of your sex scenes in Between a couple days ago on my bloggie.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at August 23, 2006 11:49 AM

Really that last sentence in my comment above should read: I wrote about one of the sex scenes from Between on my bloggie.

There. That's clearer.

Posted by: Edgy Mama at August 23, 2006 11:50 AM

*grumble, grumble*
Stupid art contest...don't have photoshop and wouldn't know it if it was gnawing on my arse..
Never win anything...
*grumble, grumble*

Ahhhhh...the joys of a 2 year old who doesn't sleep. Makes me spread sunshine around to the whole world.

Posted by: Angela at August 23, 2006 11:58 AM

Thank you for the Quills link, Peach! It was good to see Michael Connolly there - he's a shop fave, of course, as is Lee! - but it was great fun for me to see my friend Kate DiCamillo's book there. She's another little slice of the South, although she lives in Minnesota now. But I've always enjoyed her writing almost as much as I've enjoyed yours! So I'm glad to see she got a nod.

Photoshop, huh? Hmm, not so good with that. But I can't wait to see the entries!

Posted by: Fran at August 23, 2006 10:11 PM

Peeple! Angela! you dont need any steenken photoshop! I did that Chain Gang from a postcard and a xrox I clipped carefully and taped down. What frustrated me was I couldn't make a leetle black box with white lettering that said "I'm too cute to go to jail!" and cover up the copy...

Here's something fun:

go to Google and type in "novelist arrested"

Nguyen Ngoc Tan
Alexander Solzhenitsen
Irene Nemirovsky
Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (who is going to be a big deal. I'm just sayin)

Joshilyn Jackson

man when I get on the front page of google with ole Alex....well.

Posted by: Tammy Domike at August 24, 2006 1:54 AM

Drats, I don't use photoshop either! : (

Does it have to be photoshop, or will any old jpg do?


Posted by: North at August 24, 2006 11:49 PM

Dude, that description of Tog-wiss in the Fashionista interview sounds totally hot. Very NOT the blood and guts exposed story that I am imagining right now. It sounds like it will have clothes on and be ready for a party.
It's just really cool that you let us in on all of the stuff that happens while you create your book.
I also like the BIC-HOK advice. I need to enlarge that, print it, and hang it on my wall next to my desk, with the words "Joshilyn says..." over it. Yep, that just might work...
Now I'm am getting off your blog and going to work on my wip. You've inspired me. Thanks!

Posted by: dee at August 25, 2006 12:44 AM

Well, here are 3 icons I made, to submit. I could not find a link to EM them to you, so here they are, hosted at a free pic hosting site:

These were made in ULead Photo Express..using your JJ logo and an olive background, as your blog would not let me save your background.


Posted by: North at August 25, 2006 12:44 AM

The logo was put into a vase...

Posted by: North at August 25, 2006 12:45 AM

I should mention they are in size x100.

I just tried them in size x60 and looks fine!


Posted by: North at August 25, 2006 1:16 AM