March 4, 2009

Are We There Yet

Talking over a scene in the book with Scott, the topic of babies and their first words came up. Scott was driving, and the back seat was full of children.

Maisy, the wretched little eavesdropper, piped up and said, “What was MY first word?”
I said, “Dada.”
Her eyes got round and she said, “Not…Mama?”
I said, “No it was Dada.”
And she said, “Well! THAT’S certainly awkward.”

I am raising yet another gradeschooler who talks like a forty year old accountant.

Sam piped up with all the wisdom of twelve and said, “Not really, Maisy. You want to know MY first word? It was ‘kitty.’ Now THAT’S awkward.

Speaking of the book, I have to turn it in nine days.
Speaking of the book, I am VERY tired of the question, “Is it done yet?”
Speaking of the book, I STILL have no title that pleases me, although considering its companion book status, I am thinking that if I could MIMIC the structure of the gods in Alabama title, that would be cool. But not use a state name.

SAINTS are very important so I was thinking of something like “Saints in_____” where _____ is NOT a literal place, and also sounds slightly NAUGHTY and incongruous, like a non literal place where saints defnately are NOT.
Saints in …Furry Handcuffs?
Like that. Only, maybe not THAT naughty. And also it would be good if the thing that is emphatically not FURRY HANDCUFFS were in some way, you know...Relevant to the book.

Speaking of the book, did I MENTION that I am VERY tired of the question, “Is it done yet?”

It ALMOST is. Almost. I will be sure to tell you the second it happens, but in the mean time, I am begging you, beloveds, for your own protection and the sake of your structural integrity, don’t ask.

My favorite barrista at Starbuck’s asked me three days ago and in response he got a wild eyed glare and I snarled, “NO AND STOP ASKING IT THAT WAY YOU SOUND SO ACCUSING WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME WITH THOSE ACCUSING EYES I WILL FINISH IT I WILL I WILL I WILL GET AWAY FROM ME!” And then I foamed at the mouth so much I turned my latte to a cappuccino.

Alas, he did not learn.
He asked again today.
I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chi-YAN-ti.

Posted by joshilyn at March 4, 2009 5:14 PM

I love Maisy's comment- classic! (Sam, too)

You just finish that book in your own damn time- no pressure. I for one, am savoring the anticipation.

I am thinking about that title- nothing is popping into my head... Saints in Skivvies? Bet that's not it.

Posted by: Jill at March 4, 2009 5:35 PM

Saints in Cognito

(ducks and runs away giggling)

Posted by: Beth R at March 4, 2009 6:06 PM

Oooh, that Beth is clever! I got nothing--except faith in you!

Posted by: jen at March 4, 2009 7:42 PM

Saints in Limbo probably isn't incongruous enough, though I kind of like the image. Saints in Crisis? Saints in Hot Pants? Saints in Patience?

Even I don't know what that means. I think I need to stop now.

Posted by: ccr in MA at March 4, 2009 8:20 PM

Just letting it roll here....Saints in the Alleys (Alley Saints...nah...sounds like Alley Cats).....Saints in Sinners.......Saints in Satin......Saints in the City.....Saints in Training.......SORRY...can't think of anything suitable. *sigh* Guess you can't call it Saints in Starbucks, huh? LOL

Posted by: Pat at March 4, 2009 9:29 PM

Saints in Chaos

Posted by: Kate at March 4, 2009 9:53 PM

Saints in Somnia?

Well, you know, given all the bad TV you were complaining about...

Posted by: Marla at March 4, 2009 10:41 PM

Saints in Temptation? But there IS a temptation somewhere.

Saints inflagrante?

Not what you described but Saints in Deed, sort of like following the letter of the law but not the spirit.

Posted by: Donna at March 4, 2009 11:09 PM

Can't. Help. Posting.

Saints in...
the Basement
the Back Room/Yard
the Cookie Jar

gah!! Stop! Mental Illness grabs my brain and yells Oo! Fun! Let's Help. lol

Posted by: Purrmah at March 5, 2009 2:45 AM

Saints in Conundrum (Inspired by your Post of 12/19)
Saints in Denial (mine)
Saints in Regression (random thought)
Saints in Relapse ( result for regress.)

Posted by: bowdawg at March 5, 2009 4:04 AM

I like Beth's! At 5:00 am, and from Joshilyn's freaked mood, all I've got is "Saints in Deep S**t"!

I love how Maisy and Sam talk. :-D

Posted by: Brigitte at March 5, 2009 5:17 AM

Saints in Stilettos!

Posted by: Elena at March 5, 2009 8:06 AM

I agree with Jill that you will finish the book in your own good time, and that will be that. If I ran into you, I would ask how is it going? which is such an open-ended question that you couldn't eat my liver.
But I really stopped by to ask you to visit my blog as there is a surprise for you! Maybe you will let the barrista have part of his liver back!

Posted by: Judy at March 5, 2009 8:26 AM

Gosh darn it, Elena took my title! I was totally going to say Saints in Stilettos, I swear.

So now I'll have to go with: Saints in Starbucks.

OH! WAIT! This is a TEXAS book, right? And I LIVE there!

Saints in Stetsons

There you go.

Posted by: Badger at March 5, 2009 8:42 AM

Saints in Bondage

(You can PM me for the address to send the autographed first edition you'll be sending me out of tearful gratitude.)

Posted by: rams at March 5, 2009 8:45 AM

Oops, and Pat already mentioned Saints in Starbucks.

And now I'm posting twice in a row.

We Texans have no class.

Posted by: Badger at March 5, 2009 8:46 AM

Oh, well, if it's a Texas book, how about "Saints in Heat"? No?

Saints in Need (Saints in Deed!)
Saints in an Elevator

Posted by: jenifer at March 5, 2009 9:37 AM

*pets* Oh. Joss. We will be glad when it is done, but you will be gladder.

And your kids are HYSTERICAL. But unsurprisingly so, given who their parents are. *nods*

Posted by: Jess at March 5, 2009 9:47 AM

all I keep thinking is Saints in a Stranglehold.

And then my brain rocks out to Nugent's Stranglehold... got you in a stranglehold baby, you best get out of the way.

Posted by: Tuli at March 5, 2009 10:06 AM

Saints in the Backseat
Saints in Awkwardness
Awkward Saints
Awkwardly Brilliant Saints

your kids are inspiring! :)

Posted by: SupermansMommy at March 5, 2009 10:26 AM

Saints in exile
Saints in wolf's clothing

Ooo..maybe Saints in a cream know, to go witht he liver and chianti.

Posted by: Dani at March 5, 2009 10:37 AM

MMM... chiYANti.

I won't ask, I promise.

I like Dani's suggestion of Saints in Exile. It's hard to know without having actually read the book, which you WILL finish.

Posted by: Aimee at March 5, 2009 11:46 AM

Saints in Impossible Places
Saints in Silent Rooms
Patron Saint of Silence (dunno why I am on the "silent" thing... no idea.)
Saints in the Barcalounger
Saints in the Chaise Lounge

i'll stop now...

Posted by: Peggy in Tulsa at March 5, 2009 12:54 PM

Ok, I had to change the preposition -- and I have no idea what part of TX the book is actually in, but what about "Saints on the Plains."
But, I don't like it.
Saint's by the Shore?
Saints in the Sweltering Sun.
Saints Among Us. (Did someone already say that?)
I like Saints in Limbo -- but as a catechist, I have to point out that limbo is out of favor currently. What about:
Saints in Purgatory.
OR Saints in Gehinom. Got any references to Jonah going? Maybe that's how you can end the book, with a really, really big whale.... :)
Good luck. We're all pulling for you.

Posted by: JulieB at March 5, 2009 2:07 PM

Hey -- I'll bet we could all be MUCH better help if you posted a couple of pages... :)

Posted by: JulieB at March 5, 2009 2:09 PM

Well I can't be of much help, since the only thing I know about this book is that part of it will recapture the scent of patchoulli, clove cigarettes and back alleys. (Stoner Saint???)

Maybe it's not supposed to be Saints in... anyway. Maybe it's Saints *of*....

Posted by: hope101 at March 5, 2009 2:28 PM

Did somebody already say "Saints in Sanity"?

"-in Babel"?
"-in the Drugstore"?
"-in Soda Pop"?
"-in a Stampede"?
"in Souciance"?
"Waco Saints"?
"Saints Preserve Us"?

Nuts. I don't have it.


Posted by: Jennifer at March 5, 2009 3:27 PM

Saint Booties Bar and Grille ... going for that Texas flavor and a little bit of naughty tension ... can't wait for the entire story!

Posted by: Marty at March 5, 2009 4:35 PM

Saints in the Cards? (didn't you say something about Tarot cards?)
Saints in Tarot?

And because I'm from New Orleans...
Who Dat? Who Dat? Who Dat Say dey Gonna Beat Dem Saints? Who Dat?

Sorry, it just comes naturally...

Good luck with finishing and with eating baristas...

Posted by: Elise at March 5, 2009 4:57 PM

Uh, late to the party (as ever)...

saints in Stasis?
saints in Handcuffs?
saints in Scandal?
saints in the Gutter?

Me know not.

And your kids are brilliant!

Posted by: Rompompom at March 5, 2009 5:05 PM

I have ten days from today to turn mine in.

I pain your feel. Yea, verily, I drink of that same saliva-latte foam.

Posted by: Cornelia Read at March 5, 2009 5:45 PM

Saints in Rehab
Saints in Jeopardy (but not the game show)
Saints in Honkytonks
Saints in Harmony (no, that's no good, saints are probably always in harmony)
Saints in Fast Cars (I like this one! YES!)

Leslie, in Hiawatha

Posted by: Leslie Noon at March 5, 2009 7:24 PM

Oooh..."Saints in Scandal"! That's a good one! (What about "Saints and Scandal"?)

Please oh please let us know what you decide when you decide it! I can hardly wait!!


Posted by: Jennifer at March 5, 2009 8:45 PM

OK -- if you have a highway theme (I don't know, but I think I just got the tie-in reference) -- Saints on the Shoulder.
But, when you say the titles together, I think it is especailly pleasing to have a 4-beat title, with a strong first and last beat - Bum-da-da-Bum.
gods in Alabama. Saints in the Wings
gods in Alabama. Saints in the Dust.
gods in Alabama. Saints of the Past.
gods in Alabama. Saints in the Grass.
OK. I'll stop now. :)

Posted by: JulieB at March 5, 2009 10:02 PM

Saints in Never-neverland.
Saints in the Dishwasher.
Saints in the Outhouse.
Saints in the Cybercafe.
Saints in the Cistern.

Posted by: kmkat at March 5, 2009 10:14 PM


Posted by: Cele at March 6, 2009 1:10 AM

Are you do...kidding. :)

Saints in Heat

Oh yeah, you know you like it.

Posted by: carrien (she laughs at the days) at March 6, 2009 3:21 AM

Saints in Skinny Jeans
Saints in Tight Jeans
Saints in Schrodinger's Box
Saints in Scarlet Lipstick
it would so help if I knew the slightest thing about the book beyond the Texas setting
Saints in the Sandbox
Saints in Straightjackets
Saints in Sultry Dresses
Saints in Name Only

I know - ask Maisy! I bet she'd know. I love the clever pearls that just fall from her innocent lips.

Posted by: Laume at March 6, 2009 3:43 AM

saints on prozac

saints with no livers

Are you done yet?

Posted by: Mary Beth at March 6, 2009 9:37 AM

Is anyone Catholic? They could be wearing Saints on Chains.

Posted by: JulieB at March 6, 2009 10:31 AM

Saints N Pistols
Saints On Hiatus
Saints After Hours
Saints Who Lie and Shoot and stuff...
Saints in the Fast Lane.
(I liked that fast cars suggestion!)

-- Lori

Posted by: Lori Parker at March 6, 2009 11:02 AM

Since the only thing I know about the book is that there is some shooting, how about Saints with Guns?

Posted by: Leandra at March 6, 2009 11:05 AM

Saints with Big Hair?

Posted by: hope101 at March 6, 2009 1:36 PM

Saints in the Middle

Posted by: Charmi at March 6, 2009 11:01 PM

I'm thinkin' "Saints on a Plane."

Posted by: Diane at March 7, 2009 12:33 AM

Drat, Diane beat me to the Saints on a Plane thing. Okay, how about Saints in Trouble? That's probably not a real place... actually, in Texas, maybe it is.

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