December 19, 2008

10 Things, At Once True and Unprovable

This is not a meme, but it should be. I am going to tell you ten things I believe.

Belief is not fact. I do not BELIEVE the earth is round. I KNOW the earth is round. Astronauts and satellites have taken umpty pictures of the whole dern blue-green spinning shebang from space. I have seen earth being round with my own eyes.

Belief is also not that little winged chick that Pandora found at the bottom of the box she was ABSOLUTELY NOT SUPPOSED TO OPEN. Belief is more than optimism. I truly HOPE that the recession we are in will be short lived, but I do not BELIEVE it. I don’t know enough about how global economies work to invest belief. I only hope it.

My beliefs are based on surrounding things I DO know, factually, blended with the things I hope. It’s less certain than knowledge, more certain than hope, but in many ways more powerful than those things put together.

Christmas is for me is very much about belief. It is a high holy day that has more to do with the Advent of Grace than with, you know, Santa and fatting around with the hyper gluttonous consumption of ham and chocolate and the rending of brightly colored paper shells to get at the meaty goodness of the presents inside. I like all these things, sure, but for me Christmas happens when my family sings Joy to the World and means it.

SO, before I leave town to indulge in ALL the pleasures above, let me tell you ten things.

I believe…

1) …every word of The Nicene Creed.

2) … my children are growing up into good people. Flawed, yes. Talented, yes. SPOILED? A little. But I see goodness in them, and it is growing with them. Yay.

3) …most women secretly find Spock to be hot, but they are too embarrassed to say so because of the geek factor. And the pointy ears.

4)…people can change.

5)…most people don’t change.

6) …this book SO FAR is the best thing I have written to date, the bravest and the hardest. (I put the words SO FAR in because the end I THOUGHT was coming is not the actual end, and the REAL way the book will end is a mystery wrapped in an enigma and served up hot with conundrum sauce. I HOPE it all comes together and holds and is the end that the first two thirds of this book DESERVE, and I also HOPE the end comes to me this week as I stop working, as I set the book down and walk away for seven days to celebrate Christmas with the people I love best in all the world.)

7) … Life is currently the best show on Television, in fact the best thing since Firefly was wrongfully cancelled and everyone needs to WATCH IT so that can have a MINIMUM of five seasons and can be on TNT (WE KNOW DRAMA) in reruns into perpetuity.

8) … if someone is hungry, someone else should give them a sandwich. If someone is hungry near me, I should be the someone else.

9)… a house with no little animal heartbeats in it is CLEANER, but too sad for me to want live in.

10) …yammering and venting in this blog, and being part of the little community that has grown up around it, seeing ya’lls familiar and beloved names in the comments, reading your responses and your own stories, makes me a happier, more connected human being.


Posted by joshilyn at December 19, 2008 10:06 AM

Being part of this little community makes me happy and more connected, too!

Merry Christmas, Joss! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday, and that you hurry back. Because your #6 makes me INCREDIBLY IMPATIENT for the next book!

Posted by: Aimee at December 19, 2008 10:29 AM

Thank you for the food for thought. My brain was hungry, and you just gave it a sandwich! I'm now impatient for this this new book, too! Have a wonderful Christmas!

Posted by: marlaroo at December 19, 2008 10:36 AM

Merry Christmas, Joss!!! Have a blessed time celebrating with your loved ones. :)

Posted by: Jess at December 19, 2008 10:37 AM

Y'know, I never thought about whether Spock was hot until you mentioned it, at which point I realized he really, really is. Yum.

Posted by: Marleigh at December 19, 2008 10:45 AM

I lurve you, especially after reading #7, 8, and 9.

Posted by: kmkat at December 19, 2008 10:52 AM

I love being part of this community as well. I can't wait to read the book you're working on. I can't wait to read every word you write. That's why I love this blog and why I LOVE your work.

Posted by: nik at December 19, 2008 11:12 AM

Your post reminded me that I've been meaning to tell you that you've made a Life convert. I've watched every episode and am totally hooked. I never would've watched it if it weren't for your recommendation. :)

Posted by: Jessica at December 19, 2008 11:35 AM

Merry Christmas, darling. :)

Posted by: Mir at December 19, 2008 11:55 AM

Thank you for this entire post - but #9) was especially meaningful in a way I cannot even express - but my dogs are pawing the screen and saying "SEE we TOLD you!"

Thank you for pointing it out here.

And #8)... wow. WOW. WOW!

Happiest Holidays. And I cannot even WAIT to read this book you have not finished! (And I blame you for the fact that I now call everyone "Jesus Bug" in my sad imitation of Thalia's voice!)

Posted by: Chris at December 19, 2008 12:19 PM

A very good exercise. Are you familiar w/the NPR series "This I Believe"? They're already up to a 2nd ed.

Not a meme but, I believe...
there's always enough time to be polite.

I also believe you are an AWESOME writer and I can't wait for this next book.

Thank you for sharing so much of yourself w/us.
Happiest of holidays to you and yours.

Posted by: Elizabeth J at December 19, 2008 12:31 PM

i believe the ending to your book will come dancing in your head like some sugarplum stroke of brilliance. i believe you will finish said book and i believe it will be the one to propell you to household nameness. then i believe we, your community of best beloveds, will prance about bookstores telling everyone we've been reading you for years.

blessings for your holidays.

Posted by: debra at December 19, 2008 1:32 PM

Merry Christmas! Have a wonderful holiday :)

Posted by: Lindsey at December 19, 2008 1:39 PM

Awww. Happy holidays!

Posted by: RuthWells at December 19, 2008 1:41 PM

"the REAL way the book will end is a mystery wrapped in an enigma and served up hot with conundrum sauce" THIS, this right here is the very reason why I love and adore everything you've written... can't wait for this book!

Posted by: jenn at December 19, 2008 2:18 PM

I needed that bit of loveliness in my day. Blessings abound in my life, but my world spins madly at the moment and it was nice to slow down and read your non-meme.

And there you go with the teasing about your newest book again. I thought I was gonna split something waiting for TGWSS and who knows WHEN this one will actually be available for my hands to hold. Oooo-Oooo-Oooo. . .I just formed a new belief. I BELIEVE (WITH ALL OF MY PINK, BEATING HEART) THAT JOSHILYN IS GOING TO SEND A PRE-COPY OF ROSE'S ESCAPADE TO HER FAITHFUL FTK'ers, OF WHICH I AM ONE.

And although Spock is, indeed, hot--Jean Luc Picard is even HOTTER. (Sorry.)

Posted by: Roxanne at December 19, 2008 2:24 PM

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Jill W. at December 19, 2008 3:10 PM

I believe I heart you. :)

Posted by: Casey at December 19, 2008 3:32 PM

Agreed. Jean Luc Picard is at the TOP of my Hot Bald Man list. However, not disputing the essence of Spock's hotness.

Posted by: Lori at December 19, 2008 4:05 PM

Merry Christmas Joss :) This list furthers my belief that you are a very special person :)

Posted by: Heather at December 19, 2008 5:09 PM

Ashamed of thinking Spock is Hot? Never.

Ashamed to admit reading Star Trek novels to plumb the depths of said hotness. Oh, yeah.

Posted by: rams at December 19, 2008 5:24 PM

Raising hand and admitting to enjoying the "Amok Time" episode of Star know, the one where Spock went "crazy" (ie. into heat) during the Vulcan mating season.

Waving raised hand and wishing you a safe, joyous holiday journey, Joss! Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Charmi at December 19, 2008 6:01 PM

Well said. Merry Christmas, and good luck with your book's ending!

Posted by: Holly at December 19, 2008 6:13 PM

Awesome. I believe many of the same things you believe, and I love your beliefs (even if I've never watched Life. But I never see TV when it's on, only after it's been cancelled and come out on DVD). Merry Christmas, and I can't wait for your new book. TGWSS is going to be on my book-bloggy Top Ten list for 2008!

Posted by: TrudyJ at December 19, 2008 7:28 PM

To all the FTK readers-
May you have a safe trip to wherever this holiday season takes you and a warm and memorable time with your family and friends. And Jossilyn, thanks for sharing a little bit of yourself and your family with all us folks on the other side of the glass.
Spock rocks!

Posted by: Bridget at December 19, 2008 8:05 PM

and a Very Merry Christmas to you and all the people you love best in the world!

(but I must disagree a bit w/ #9 ... my house is NOT cleaner in the absence of furry and fishy little heartbeats, must fill in that space in our hearts ASAP!)

Posted by: Patti at December 19, 2008 11:41 PM

Awww, thanks babe. You've made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Oh, rams, I thought *I* would be the first to admit the secret shame of reading the Star Trek novels to revel in Spock's hotness!

Posted by: Brigitte at December 20, 2008 7:41 AM

I adore you already. I wish you were a part of our little Xanga community so we could call you one of ours, but instead I must sneak over here to your community and elbow my way into the potluck room. LOVE your writing, LOVE your world view, love your sense of humor, love your compassionate heart, but Spock? I was in love with Kirk all along. I kow Spock's smart, but I just don't like 'em lanky. I'm with you on the rest of your list, though. :) Merry Christmas! Lisa

Posted by: Lisa at December 20, 2008 10:17 AM

er- Um- that ought to say I KNOW that Spock's smart. I also KNOW how to spell, but apparently not how to type. :)

Posted by: Lisa at December 20, 2008 10:18 AM

Oddly, no one ever asked me about Spock. I saw the episode referred to...

I believe I agree with every word.

Thank you all. Merry Christmas.

Posted by: JulieB at December 20, 2008 5:24 PM

Have a great holiday. You have some awesome beliefs! :)

I have to go check out Life now. Something new to be addicted to I hope!

Posted by: Wendy at December 20, 2008 9:31 PM

I don't always comment, but I do love your strange and amazing brain.

Posted by: Lisa at December 20, 2008 11:53 PM

Oh yeah, Spock's the original space hottie! And a very Merry Christmas to you (a fellow 'Life'r)and your family! And to all of you commenters out there too!

Posted by: kathy at December 22, 2008 10:49 AM

What a perfect little list! And I agree, it should be a meme :)

And #9 hits the spot today as I look around at all the fur I need to clean up (Heck, it's even stuck to the bottom branches of our Christmas tree!)

Posted by: Laura at December 22, 2008 12:19 PM

Beautiful post!!
Can't wait to hear more about your new book in the new year!!
Merry Christmas!

the other "Joshilyn", Jocelyn

Posted by: Jocelyn Kelley at December 22, 2008 12:59 PM

Thank you ... for that and for every other word you've written that has hit me in the gut. I believe I was meant to find this space and read your words.

Merry Christmas to you and yours. May we all be able to hear faint strains of your "Joy to the World" alongside our own.

Posted by: Terri at December 22, 2008 8:34 PM

I, too, love your writing. Numbers one and ten resonate most with me! Oddly enough, my husband can brush his hair forward and look like Spock! Minus the pointy ears, that is. He's a good man, and I'm thankful and blessed at this time of year.

Merry Christmas, all!

Posted by: elizabeth at December 22, 2008 11:21 PM

<3 Have a good Christmas <3

Posted by: Lia at December 23, 2008 6:45 AM

Being an active part of this little community that I dearly love reading is part of my new years resolution! I get at least 8 laughs a day just reading and so many more inspirational thought tangents.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Jenxy21 at December 23, 2008 11:09 AM

Thank YOU Joshilyn

And all God's people said


Posted by: Lisa at December 23, 2008 4:57 PM