January 14, 2008

Three Things

1) I have to leap in the car and go to Florida with KAREN! ABBOTT! YAY! Who is briefly back from New York--- frostbitten and remorseful for having abandoned me, one assumes --- and we are road tripping to Tallahassee, Florida. For some reason, possibly my sieve-like brain, this never made it onto the TOUR PAGE, but Karen and I ARE delighted to be SEASON 4’s INAGURAL YAPPERS at an FSU English Departments sponsored reading series.

It will be up as a podcast LATER so I will link to it for those of you who live in Not-Tallahassee. If you DO live Tallahassee, however, you might as well not wait for the podcast. We are going to have a good time!

Join us at 8 PM on the 15th

We will be at a speakeasy/pool hall/arts haven called
706 W. Gaines
Tallahasee, FLorida

2) The new FIC-FACTS section of the website is up. Go to the website (as opposed to the blog, which has no MENU other than the sidebar.) The links in the sidebar will take you to a page with the full drop down menu. In the main site’s menu, in the pull down under EXTRAS, you will find a new CATEGORY called FIC-FACTS.

WHEW. I feel like the above instructions will require a trail of breadcrumbs and the eventual deployment of rescue dogs. NEVER MIND. Let’s do it EZ mode.

Make Clicky Here.

PLEASE go browse through because I am DYING to hear what you think of Pamela Allen’s AMAZING WORK on the Fic-Fact for THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING. Also it is related to the fact that…

As multiple Clever Commenters have pointed out, I have not yet made the announcement for the VIRTUAL SIGNING I do every book launch at THE ALABAMA BOOKSMITH. That because I was waiting for the FIC-FACTS portion of the site to be up. Because there is going to be a prize drawing that is RELATED to FIC-FACTS. I will tell you about that this week, as soon as the images are ready.

AND NO!!!! You can’t have the OBJECT Allen made for me. That’s going on tour with me and then it is hanging on a wall in my new lush bordello-bedroom.

3) I have to tell you, Since I foolishly spent ALL of yesterdays blog PRAISING THE WONDER OF SCOTTNESS, that he became SASSY! GRRR!

I went upstairs after church and changed into a gray slouchy maternity shirt from when I was pregnant with Sam, so it’s ten years old, stain-riddled, and ENORMOUS. And with it, I wore my fantasy pants (those outsize Indian print drawstring pants I like to write in) and I scraped my hair into a tail and completed my ensemble with the Monkey Slippers my children gave me for Christmas. They look a LOT like this, only FURRIER, with long shaggy hair, as if the slipper pictured below had been made out of 70’s brown shag carpet:

As I was coming downstairs, I heard Scott in the kitchen so I yelled, “HONEY? Are you READY for me to come down? I do not think you are, because I am bringing SEXY BACK! I am BRINGING! SEXY! BACK!”

Then I enterted the room. He regarded me for a moment and then said, in a faintly puzzled tone, “Are you bringing sexy back…from rehab?”

Posted by joshilyn at January 14, 2008 8:22 AM

Wow. Wow. Wow.

I'll try to come back when I've regained my power of speech. That quilt--wow.

Posted by: amy at January 14, 2008 10:10 AM


I would have to hate her a little, if she wasn't such an amazing pie-making wonder.

Posted by: Mir at January 14, 2008 11:14 AM

hi, new commenter here :)

i've had the pleasure of reading TGWSS in galley form and i have to say that Allen's interpretation of Laurel's quilt just BLEW ME AWAY. it is so ALIVE--it was alive in the book too, so seeing it come to fruition is amazing. i want one!

Posted by: christina at January 14, 2008 11:19 AM

Fabulous quilt. It just makes me want to start quilting, not stealing.

And harooo, harray! You are coming to the Bay Area, and specifically, book Passage in Corte Madera! Wow!

Posted by: hollygee at January 14, 2008 11:31 AM

I was just reading Fic-Facts and it reminded me of Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. If you haven't read it, the book is about the consequences of being able to do just what you wished for- although the characters in the book cannot always control what it is that they 'will' out of the books.

The quilt is amazing!

Posted by: Laura at January 14, 2008 1:47 PM

The quilt is awesome, and I love the Fic-Facts page! And, Laura--I think I recall that they're about to release the film version of Inkheart.....

Posted by: Erin at January 14, 2008 3:26 PM

HAHAHA! "Are you bringing sexy back...from rehab?" that made me laugh so hard all my co-workers got quiet and looked at me like I am a crazy person... *wipes tear* oh, man, hilarious-ness...

Posted by: Jessica at January 14, 2008 3:40 PM

I hope you are a) driving to Talle (because I have flown and quite frankly, driving is less of a hassle) b) on said drive go through Thomasville, GA and c) while in Thomasville stop at Sweet Grass for The.Best.Cheese.Ever. (http://www.sweetgrassdairy.com/).
I kid you not, it is criminal how good some of their cheeses are.

Posted by: Tequila Cookie Chris at January 14, 2008 4:46 PM

wow. The quilt looks almost like I imagined it, when I read it.
Love the new fic-fact

Posted by: Desi at January 14, 2008 5:12 PM

I love that quilt so much. Makes me want to get back to quilting.

You're coming to Book Passage, Joshilyn??? Yay!
It will be so nice to finally see you in person. I almost said, "hear," but I've got the audio book of between. ;+)

I'll see you there, Holly. Nice to meet you, too, after all these years.

Posted by: ZaZa at January 14, 2008 5:22 PM

Is that a "for real tooth" on one of the shoes?

Posted by: Wilma at January 14, 2008 7:54 PM

Yay, I could win a bottle of Jack Daniels!

Posted by: Brigitte at January 15, 2008 5:16 AM

Loved the quilt--just so beautiful, and I love ANYTHING that gives me a few more words from TGWSS until I can read it for myself. I am so glad you posted the words with the quilt--they go hand in hand and complete each other.

Posted by: Roxanne at January 15, 2008 1:33 PM