October 10, 2008

The Blog is GO.

I like the commercials where the animated car inflates up into a PUFFER FISH car and scares the BAD car with the fins away. THE FIT IS GO. I like to say things that have only one syllable are GO now. The meal is go, I trumpet, to call my family to the table. The Sam is go, I holler across the cul de sac, as my son heads out on his bike.

Best of all…The book is go. This is why I am quieter than normal. My head is way down deep in the book and it is hard to unsubmerge and take a breath and see what is actually happening around me here in the parts of the world that I am not making up. I only wish the book had a title. Remember when you and I used to fondly call THE GIRL WHO STOOPED SWIMMING by it’s acro-name? Togwiss? And then we called it Tibbytakem? (TBTAKM---the book that almost killed me.) AH GOOD TIMES!

Well, I have nothing to call this book except the book. WTH can we call this book? I am SO open to suggestions. My original title was TEXAS ROSE RED, but that’s ANOTHER state name book and eventually I will feel obligated to do the other 47 if I keep on like this. WHAT CAN WE CALL IT HERE, oh best beloveds, just among ourselves?

My eyes have flipped around entirely backwards, so if you and I met for lunch (if our lunch was GO) you would be looking at eye whites and you would come away thinking I am a very bad listener. This is because my eyes are looking into my brain --- SO MUCH is happening in there my cerebral cortex is practically SEETHING. It’s a great, great feeling, but one does run the risk of walking straight out into traffic like a lemming who is too impatient to truck all the way down to Florida to experience a more traditional oceanic demise.

While Sam was eating with his youth group, Scott and Maisy and I grabbed a bite at one of those Italian restaurants where they cover the table with butcher paper and give kids crayons. Maisy was ENCHANTED with this whole concept that Scott and I had a gorgeous long lovely adult conversation. The girlchild was so pleased with the idea of DRAWING ON FURNITURE – a shooting offense at home---that we had to keep swapping seats so she could have a fresh canvas.

At one point she asked me to flip my eyes around frontwards and peek at her drawings. I did so, and was ESPECIALLY enchanted by this family portrait:


That is SAM AND MAISY holding hands, and next to them, I am the 40 foot tall grinning loon with the beehive, standing next to my squatty husband, who in REAL life has a good 7 or 8 inches on me. Scott---my hair challenged beloved---looks a little bit like he has a giant spider for a head, but at least it is a HAPPY spider.

Everyone looks happy, don’t they? I am glad Maisy sees us this way. I think this MUST be due in great part to the ministrations of Spiderhead Man, my personal superhero, who is keeping the homefires burning while I am living in a mostly made up version of Amarillo.

Viva la Mr. Husband.

Posted by joshilyn at October 10, 2008 1:31 PM

Thunderbirds are GO!

Posted by: Bob at October 10, 2008 2:29 PM

The Book is Go => TBig?
Or you could take Texas Red Rose, drop the Texas, keep the general locale, and have Southern Red Rose => SRR. We could all tip our hats to Sirr and be very polite around your upstanding, gentlemanly book. Or Amarillo Red Rose, and we can all talk like pirates?

Posted by: Holly at October 10, 2008 3:11 PM

I'm glad your eyes flipped around for a happy picture, 'cause that one is precious. I love that all are holding hands. The fam is go!

Posted by: Sarah S. at October 10, 2008 3:24 PM

...you're writing about Amarillo?? COOL. I lived very near there 'til I was 12.

I like Holly's idea: TBig! Texas likes things big anyway and we'll all start saying things are GO! in solidarity.

Posted by: el-e-e at October 10, 2008 3:26 PM

I love Holly's idea of "TBig." That is fabulous. How about a play on a fav Texas song...Deep In The Heart of Joshilyn's Head or DITHOJH? Or DITHOJB (B for Brain)? But it just doesn't flow off the tongue like TBig, though.

Posted by: Elise at October 10, 2008 3:43 PM

I like TBig, too.

Posted by: Jill W. at October 10, 2008 3:56 PM

uh....BNF-book number four?

Cause I'm not as creative as you. But I'm good at counting.

Posted by: carrien (she laughs at the days) at October 10, 2008 5:24 PM

amarillo angst?

Posted by: parrotzmom at October 10, 2008 5:39 PM

Yellow Rose Red. That way, you have a Texas reference. And colors!

Posted by: JulieB at October 10, 2008 5:53 PM

*wheedling* maybe if you give us more hints about the book, we can come up with an appropriate name!

Posted by: Carrie (in MN) at October 10, 2008 6:17 PM

All my son's drawn people have great big smiles, too, even the pirates and bad guys. I love that everyone is happy in his pictures. It makes me feel like I must be doing lots right, even on the less-than-perfect days, if he sees the world as full of happy people. When he draws himself, that smile is always huge, too.

I have no suggestions on the book acronym. All my brain cells have been sucked up by the soon-to-be-born child.

Posted by: amy at October 10, 2008 6:27 PM

Hey. . .you KNOW. . .if you DO call it Amarillo Rose Red, then it would, indeed, be "Yellow Rose Red" since Amarillo MEANS yellow in Spanish AND would be a nod to "the yellow rose of Texas" AND to the town in which it is set. . .

Posted by: Roxanne at October 10, 2008 11:03 PM


Posted by: Roxanne at October 10, 2008 11:03 PM

No matter what you call it, I HAVE to have a copy.
I have almost finished "gods in Alabama"...and "Between, Georgia" is here and ready for me to begin soon...still have yet to get "the girl who stopped swimming"...but as soon as I can find it here in New Zealand, it will be mine. You have me, a-former-Marietta-resident-Regions-Bank-Buckhead- teller, now living in Auckland, New Zealand, HOOKED big time!! GO, girl!

Posted by: Marley at October 11, 2008 3:33 AM

I like both Tbig and Yellow Rose Red (for all the reasons stated above). Also Tbig is just fun to say and Yellow Rose Red would be Yrr, which could be like talking like a pirate.

So, I vote for both.

The fence sitter,
Deborah P

Posted by: Deborah P at October 13, 2008 10:24 AM

Yellow Rose Red + Amarillo Rose Red = YRR ARR which sounds vury much like Joss Whedon's Grr Arr. then Maisy can draw a logo for you.

Posted by: debra at October 13, 2008 2:13 PM

Ah, the eye-flipping brain panorama. Makes me think of the episode of Spongebob wherein Plankton takes over Spongebob's head with a robotic control.

Spongebob's eyes flip around inside to look at his brain, and when he sees Plankton, he shouts, LEAVE MY BRAIN ALONE!

There's even a t-shirt for that one.

Posted by: firefly at October 13, 2008 6:24 PM

I vote for

ARR....Amarillo Rose Red

and then we can all say it with feeling...likeke pirates, ala Johnny Depp by way of Keith Richards


and when we are feeling feisty we can add more "r's" for good measure


Posted by: Lisa at October 13, 2008 8:18 PM

Hard to think of titles when have no idea what book is about.....so how about Go Rose? Seriously though, I have absolute faith that when you are ready to name the book, the name will be there for you. Don't know much about book writing, but if you are swarming in your head with good plot ideas, seems that's more important right now than giving that book a title. In the meantime, we could call it SABUC Stunningly Awesome Book Under Construction. GO Joshilyn! Can't wait to get my hands on it!

Posted by: blairzoo at October 13, 2008 9:04 PM