May 6, 2009

The Littlest Millennium

When we started, you and I, things were different. Back then, "You and I" was me and Scott, my mom and dad, a couple of my friends from church and grad school, and maybe a dozen peeps from various internet games I played. On March the 10th, 2004 my sweet friend Shawn Box posted the first ever legit, non-spam comment on Faster Than Kudzu. On March 28, 2004, a stranger found the blog---just surfed in somehow, via a random google search, and left a comment.

I sat boggling at it---it was like I'd thrown a message in a bottle out into an infinite sea, and a couple weeks later a seagull buzzed past and pooped a magic answer on my shoulder. I had yelled into a cybrous void, and someone—another voice--- yelled back. Not an echo. A response. I called Scott and my mom and my friends and made them go look. Since that weird moment, I have checked for comments an average of nine times a day. Maybe more, on the bad days.

My mental illness number has run the gamut from as-low-as-it-goes up to about 100 freakin' billion, and back down. And back up. And down. AND WAYWAYWAY BACK UP. Each time, you have gladly climbed aboard the crazy train and kept me company and some of you have even blown your very own crazy train steam whistles as we ran side by side along loop-de-looping parallel crazy-tracks.

Over the last five years, I have said MANY dumb things that I truly meant at the time. I said, for example, that I would never, never grow as a person. You agreed with me. It was a PACT. We pinky swore. We agreed that we do not do that here.

I think we have failed each other on that.

(On the most hateful, literal level, I was wearing a size 8. I have certainly grown as a person, all the way into a size 12. I cannot say I am pleased about this.)

But I think over the five years plusplus that we've been building this weird-ass little Kudzu community, we've all grown up. At least a little. We've all, God help me, grown on the inside. Where it counts. I see you on your own blogs, and in the comments of other blogs many of us frequent, and I have witnessed your HEARTS going up a dress size or two. I have certainly seen you guys reach out in beautiful ways, here.

We grew, and yet the world got smaller. When we started, you and I, My Space was The Hawt New Thang, and it was pretty much ONLY for 14 year boys trolling hopefully for training bra profile pics. Now it is part of a HUGE network of Social Media, and many of you are my facebook friends now. We have made the world become smaller and hopefully a little warmer. How much smaller? Okay.

Remember, back in high school? I told you there was a girl who wanted me dead, and she payed this frizzy haired future felon girl 5 bucks to bring her brass knuckles to school and punch me in the face. Luckily the plot was discovered, the both girls got suspended and the one who had hatched the plot got sent away to Catholic school.

Well. She and I are now friends on Facebook.
World? Smaller.

Back then, I always referred to my daughter as Beautiful Maisy Who Is Barely Two. Because she was beautiful and barely two. (And if you have not read the entry I just linked to, about SIEGRFRIED THE TIGER, you should. Really. Follow that link. That is all.)

My son, Sam, was seven. He didn't have a context for words like BOOK SIGNING. He did not quite get what his mom was doing. So he dragged all his books around and had everyone he LIKED sign them. I have his old Lemony Snicket books, completely innocent of a LEMONY signature, that have been lovingly autographed by both his parents, all three of his grandparents, his teacher, and his scrawly little friends from church.

At one of my first FOR REAL book signings, Sam sat beside me at the table and didn't understand why HE couldn't sign the copies of gods of Alabama, too. One of that bookstores righteous handsellers---a word I remain convinced is Olde English for "FREAKIN' SAINT"---gave him a pad of yellow post-its, and READERS (quite a few of them from this blog) WHO CAME TO BUY MY BOOK, ----Another Olde English Phrase, meaning, "Oh HELLSYA another buncha freakin’ saints,"---- waited a little extra time, so my son could sign the post-its and carefully affix his signature to each book, under mine.

Back then when we took pics of Sam he made Calvin-face. We had to sneak up on him while he was reading – here are both kids in 2004:


On the end, for his AMBER ALERT ID CARD, they did NOT sneak up on him while he was reading, and he made his usual photo face. Had, God forbid, he actually been kidnapped, and had they sent that photo OUT, the state of Georgia would have been trying to find a crack-monkey, not my gorgeous son. Remember? Well. Here he is NOW:


My beloved niece was Beautiful Erin Who Is Barely Ten, and now she is taking pictures like the one below. Here is Maisy NOW:


Unbelievable. My mom said, last time she saw them, “Stop growing up so fast, I am going to put a book on your heads.” Maisy Jane laughed and Sam shrugged---easy, insouciant--- and said, “Knock yourself out. I’ll just pull it off my head and read it.”

When we started, Kudzu was mostly me. Now we are all here together, and you make me laugh and ask me to adopt your wasps and make me get all misty, and half the comments are not about the original entry – they are you guys, talking with me and to each other other. What began as a speech has become a more fluid, much more lovely thing: a conversation.

When we started, I never asked your opinion, because you did not exist to me…now I think out loud, here, and we talk about it. Like, should I get a dog…I had no dog when we started. Now I have the best and stupidest dog ever born.

When we started, I was more than a year away from seeing my first novel published. Now, I make a living doing what I love most in the world.

When we started, I had never been on a book tour, and I was terrified it would be like throwing a big party where no guests come. Now it's just a nice part of what I do.

These things are all connected to and because of you. You came, you built this community, you told me HELLSYA get a dog, and you bought my books and gave them to your friends and told other people about them. You have been my ongoing guerilla marketers, finding my books in the stores and turning them face out. You chose them for your book clubs. You showed up when I came to your cities. Some of you sidled up shyly and handed me a book to be signed and whispered that you read my blog but never commented, but you were THERE. Some of you came up, boldly announced the name you used on comments, and dragged me off post signing for fancy cocktails in Los Angeles and Shrimp-n-Grits in South Carolina. When I was back home, whining and tired and trying to start the next book, you said nice things to me. You patted my hair. You told me I was pretty when I had bad days and celebrated with me when I had good days, and now, look. Here we are.

Today is the littlest millennium.
This is the thousandth post. 1,000. 1K. Holy CRAP.
Faster Than Kudzu is a thousand posts long.

I want to use this 1000th post to thank you guys, all of you, you Best of all possible Best Beloveds, from the ones who have been here since 2004---you know who you are, and so do I --- to all the friends we picked up, year by year and chat by chat, all the way to a woman named Susan who surfed in only yesterday. This morning she was kind enough to make my day start out bright and hopeful by sending me an email saying she'd spent two hours tramping through Kudzu’s archives and had only navigated away to go order one of my books from an online bookstore.

Thank you.
Thank you all so much.
Thank you.

Posted by joshilyn at May 6, 2009 12:36 PM

It is we who should be thanking you! You, who are our first laughing-coffee-out-the-nose hilarity; our best resourse for great reads (outside of your own books, of course); the sister we've never met; the best friend we hang out with in the cozy corners of the web; and for me personally? the inspirirer of new writing that often is a rewrite of some really really clever thing you've done!! You're my very own writer's block buster!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You're the best thing since Jimmy Choo shoes, and you don't demand my entire week's pay to enjoy you!!
(see I'm Frustrated entry)

Posted by: GloryWords at May 6, 2009 1:06 PM

Happy 1,000th post. The blog is a success because of who you are and that you make us feel included in what you do! Most of us out here in Kudzuland are totally living vicariously off of you. My kids tease me because I talk about "my friend Joshilyn", and they know that I've only met you once at a book signing. But you know, I really do think of you as a friend because you let us into your life and treat us all as friends! Thank you for letting us be part of your life, Joss and giving us all a few giggles to start our days.

Posted by: Catherine at May 6, 2009 1:08 PM

Thank you-- we are all enjoying the ride. I look forward to your posts and check for them everyday. And the books- don't even get me started on the books- I have them all and signed (from the Alabama Booksmith, since you never seem to make it to my little corner of Louisiana). I recommend and/or gift them to everyone I know.

And an especial thanks for all of your book recommendations over the years. I have read through all of the archives, too, and I have a nice long list of books on my must read list that I have cut-and-pasted from here, and quite a few of them are scratched off now. Please keep 'em coming.

Congrats on your 1000th post! And your kids, as usual are gorgeous!

Posted by: Jill W. at May 6, 2009 1:19 PM

Happy 1000th Joss!! Though I stinkstinkstink at leaving comments these days (or even *gasp* actually blogging myself), you are always ALWAYS my first stop every morning. I can't start my day without you. Sometimes, I've even been known to sneak in here at 3am - BEFORE I've gone to bed - to see if something new is posted.

p.s. I love seeing how your kids have grown. I blinked my eyes and now have one about to fill out college applications. When I started reading you, he wasn't even in high school yet. Lordy.

Posted by: dragonfly at May 6, 2009 1:32 PM


One of my friends and i read your blog religiously via the streaming feed at LiveJournal, and we refer to you as "our favorite stranger." (As in, "Did you read that new post from our favorite stranger, about LAWN FORK???")

Happy thousanth, and may you have many thousands more!

Posted by: Rachel at May 6, 2009 1:57 PM

Dang it. Now I'm all misty.

Happy 1,000th!! Although I haven't been here since 2004, I have been here almost 2 years, which, WOW, does time fly. Thanks for making me laugh every day!

Posted by: Leandra at May 6, 2009 2:04 PM

Moslty a lurker here, but I truly enjoy your blog and your books!!

Congrats on your 1000th!!

Posted by: Angela at May 6, 2009 2:08 PM

Aw, shucks! Just this morning I passed gods in Alabama along to a friend who said she'd never read your books (how'd I miss her?!?). You're the best!

Posted by: Katie B at May 6, 2009 2:09 PM

Aw, thank YOU for so much fine literature!
Also, Sam - he looks so much like you, doesn't he? What a handsome young man!

Posted by: liz at May 6, 2009 2:17 PM

I think I HAVE been here since 2004! And you still make me loopy happy, Pretty Tulip!

Your children? They're not allowed to be as grown-up as they obviously are. I'm just going to have to go back into the archives and re-read Maisey trying to escape from her nap to remind myself where we came from :-)

And yes, you are one of my "friends in the box" - people I've never met but who make a difference in my life. Thank you for sharing the ride with us!

Posted by: Beth R at May 6, 2009 2:22 PM

Here's the Baby In Peril! post:

And make certain you click forward a post to see the pictures :-)

Posted by: Beth R at May 6, 2009 2:26 PM

YAY 1,000! Thank you so much for doing what you do.

Posted by: heidi at May 6, 2009 2:44 PM

Happy 1000th! This is my favorite blog. I share it with friends, and read it to my husband. Your words have made me laugh until my sides ached and I have become misty-eyed over the genuineness of your sharing. I would love to meet you in person, but I don't think you will be doing any book signing tours in Saudi Arabia!

Posted by: Ev at May 6, 2009 2:52 PM

Happy 1000th! I rarely post, but I read your blog every day. Thanks for sharing your life with us! I just happened to start re-listening to Between a couple days ago - I like all your books, but that is my favorite so far. And please, please keep narrating your own audio books - you do an *awesome* job.

Posted by: Cathy at May 6, 2009 3:01 PM

I wanted to post something, but just don't have the words. So...yeah, what everyone else is saying, times 10. Love you and your writing and your books!!

Posted by: kathy at May 6, 2009 3:01 PM

I just found you, yesterday as a matter of fact. But I'm looking forward to continuing the journey with you. Congratulations on the your 1,000th post dear friend. (Hugs)Indigo

Posted by: Indigo at May 6, 2009 3:02 PM

I was so worried as I began reading that we were going to get the big kiss off. I was sure it had to do with Dallas - and you were going to say, "They've inducted me into the best author guild and no cannot share my life with you. We have to take a vow of internet silence.


How wonderful! You were my very first blog ever. I didn't know about then until you gave me the magnet at your first signing in NC.

Now I have an addiction *mumblebignumbermumble* blogs long. But you are at the top of the list and the one I always read first.

Thanks for being so pretty and having great shoes.

Posted by: Mit at May 6, 2009 3:08 PM

Congratulations on your 1000th post! Looking forward to many more!

Posted by: JenniferG at May 6, 2009 3:30 PM

I have to agree with previous commenters...we LOVE that you have this blog because we need the laughs and the REAL LIFE (I was a HUGE fan of lawn fork). :) People who don't read blogs just don't get it...the 'my blog friend' relationship. They think it's weird but I think it's fabulous. Thanks for doing what you do.

Posted by: pendy at May 6, 2009 3:34 PM

Happy 1,000th post. I love your blog--you have made me laugh so much. Thank you for writing your books and for writing here.

Posted by: Alison at May 6, 2009 3:50 PM

Dammit, you made get all weepy! I feel like you're a good friend or something - I know several of us feel that way - even though I've only been reading since 2006 and I've only met you in person one time at a book signing and I shyly skittered away after you signed my copy of TGWSS even though I'd driven 6 hours just to see you. Anyway. Thanks for the thinking and laughter and entertainment and WAY TO GO!

Posted by: Jen A at May 6, 2009 3:54 PM

Joss, really, thank YOU! You have been bringing a smile to my face for longer than FTK has been around. I feel truly blessed to know you, and dangit, today's 1000th entry made me cry! You're beautiful, you're awesome, and we love you! Thank you for being the "giggle" in my life.

Posted by: Eighmee at May 6, 2009 3:57 PM

I hardly ever comment but I check every darn day for a post. Hurray for 1000 and here's to thousands more!

Posted by: lizardek at May 6, 2009 4:03 PM

Joss - What a wonderful post! And thanks for the blog - I look forward to every new post, though the hysterical giggling is a little problematic at work.

I don't remember how I found my way here, but I read all the archives and loved your writing so much that I hurried off to buy gods in Alabama as soon as I possibly could. And read it. And immediately re-read it. And lent it to my mom. And then promptly bought all of your other books as soon as they were available.

Here's wishing you a wonderful next 1000 posts!

Posted by: Becky at May 6, 2009 4:20 PM

Happy 1000th to my favorite blog!

Posted by: Marla at May 6, 2009 4:26 PM

We love you, Pretty Tulip!!

I would not be here if you hadn't been there. Even though if you had told me so in 2004 I probably would've thrown a shoe at your head, and not even a pretty one.

Posted by: Mir at May 6, 2009 4:27 PM

Happy 1000th!

Thanks for being here ~ you make my days brighter.

Here's to the next 1000! *cheers*

Posted by: Kim at May 6, 2009 4:40 PM

Congratulations! As always, I enjoy your posts. This one was particularly endearing.

Posted by: Keetha at May 6, 2009 4:45 PM

Thanks for the posts, from my daughter as well as me. She just referred to the "mental illness number" last night on the way to her jazz band concert. Letting her read the blog was my way of postponing the books until the end of junior high (a mere few weeks now.) I know once I permit her to read one, the battle will be on for all the rest, but I'm pretty sure she's sneaked Between, Georgia under the radar already....

Posted by: JuliB at May 6, 2009 4:49 PM

Sheesh. Can't even spell my name right.

Posted by: JulieB at May 6, 2009 4:50 PM

Happy 1000th blog post! It's been fun :)

I think I wandered in sometime in 2005, looking for something with which to procrastinate while I wrote my MA thesis. Or rather, while I did not write my MA thesis - heh.

I love, love, love that monkey picture of Sam. Hilarious. And thanks for linking that Siegfried story about Maisy. Your kids are so darned cute!

Posted by: Lindsey at May 6, 2009 5:10 PM

Wow - congratuations crazy train driver! This is only my second comment - but alas - I am here. I am here a lot - quietly reading and laughing out loud in my classroom. Often, I read really funny and completely clean (I can edit as I read - such a skill) blogs out loud to students in my class - so you are reaching new audiences there too! They love you too!
Your the best, a lighthouse in the black abyss of cyberspace that keeps pulling me back in.
Much much love from AZ.
And speaking for AZ - when are you coming out SOUTHwest for a book signing? I have a pen - and I am not afraid to travel :)

Posted by: Les at May 6, 2009 5:29 PM

Hail merciful Marymaude don't DO that! I thought you were retiring, quitting, abandoning us to the cold and noisome dark.

Going off to breathe into a paper bag. Oh, look -- it's wine o'clock. Better.

Posted by: rams at May 6, 2009 5:47 PM

mit and rams-- I thought we were getting the goodbye, too! I was relieved to find it was a commemoration instead. : )

Posted by: Jill W. at May 6, 2009 6:23 PM

Congratulations, and thank you, for the smiles, chuckles, guffaws, belly laughs, funny mind movies, moments of awe at your talent and insight, inspiration, anticipation, and comfort your posts have given me. And thank you also for your wonderful books. I wish you all the joy your life can hold.

Posted by: diana at May 6, 2009 6:29 PM


Posted by: Marleigh at May 6, 2009 6:48 PM

I've been (mostly) lurking since before gods...and FTK is at the top of my favorite blogs list. Should I admit that I was at first reluctant to pick up gods in Alabama because I wasn't sure I could survive a novel-length dose of your energy, vim, and hilarity? I held out less than a day, though, and was so thoroughly impressed and charmed, I've gifted numerous copies and recommended your books everywhere.

(Am I the only one reading earlier comments as "Happy tooth!"?)

Congratulations on your stamina, dear. And thank you so much for sharing your writing and your view of the world with us! Happy tooth! indeed.

Posted by: Lulu at May 6, 2009 6:48 PM

I haven't been here that long, of course, but I would most like to wish you a very, very happy millennium :-)

Posted by: Heather at May 6, 2009 7:13 PM

Happy 1000th post! I'm so glad you stuck around.

True confession: your blog is not my first stop; it is my last. When I scroll through google reader and see Faster Than Kudzu in bold, I read everything else first and save yours for last. That way I know when I'm done I'll be smiling.

Thanks so much and congratulations!

Posted by: Jen at May 6, 2009 7:29 PM

Happy 1,000th post! Your blog is my all-time favorite online reading. I found you from the post about Bagel and the a-bunnies, and I've been hooked ever since. Thank you!

Posted by: Holly at May 6, 2009 7:42 PM

Hello! I've only posted once or twice before (and my friend and I stalked you on facebook and accused you of never visiting our town, but you have, and you set us right, thank you very much :-).

This was just a lovely post and I wanted to put in print how much I just love love love coming here. I laugh hysterically and send links to my friends.

The rabbitoire was a favorite amongst us.

Posted by: Amber at May 6, 2009 7:47 PM

O Font of Entertaining Goodness -- I am taking my Speech Team to a national tournament in Albany, New York, two weeks from now, and one of our performance pieces is the middle-of-the-night scene between Nonny and Lori-Anne from "Between, Georgia." It took 1st place at the State Qualifier and now it's going national. Wahoo! (As you may recall, we've performed nationally from "gods in Alabama," too, and I'm working on TOGWISS now.) We take delight in winning new readers for you, one performance at a time! :D
As to Faster Than Kudzu, may there be many thousand more postings as we dance down the road together!
All the best,
JMyersbook (sister of Rams, mother of beautiful blue-haired Jessie who came to your signing of TOGWISS in Portland, last year)

Posted by: JMyersbook at May 6, 2009 7:50 PM

hahaha love Sams crack monkey face and oh my goodness how much he has grown since I last saw him. He is very handsome just like Mr. Husband. What a wonderful thing for me to be able to stay connected to your life while I am oh so far away in San Diego!!!

Posted by: Allison at May 6, 2009 7:53 PM

I'm a new reader too, and I love, love, love your blog. I hope, when I'm off for the summer (school teacher), that I can read it from the beginning.

Posted by: Pam at May 6, 2009 7:56 PM

De-lurking to say I've read and loved all your books and have been religiously reading your blog for about a year. I never comment because I know I can't write for crap and have nothing original to say. You have lots of original things to say and that's why you are one of my favorite authors.

Posted by: Laura F at May 6, 2009 8:02 PM

Thanks. For all of it.

Posted by: Melisa at May 6, 2009 8:03 PM

And I'm with Les. Please come to AZ!

Les, maybe we could start our own fan club?

Posted by: Melisa at May 6, 2009 8:07 PM

Congrats!!! I haven't been around since the beginning, but the years I have been checking in have been wonderful. Hilarious, inspiring, and so many other great things.

I adore your books (as do my mom and best friend and stepmom) and you have ruined other authors for me. No one measures up to your fabulous writing.
Thank you!

Posted by: Andrea at May 6, 2009 8:30 PM

I started coming here right after your first book was published. I am a lurker for reals, but I wanted to congratulate you on 1000 posts!! I adore your books and recently told my bff and MIL to both get your books. <3


Posted by: Mary Jo at May 6, 2009 8:37 PM

Even though I lurk more than comment, your blog is one of my favourites and probably the only blog from which I regularly read funny things aloud to my husband. Happy millenium!!

Posted by: TrudyJ at May 6, 2009 10:35 PM

Clappity clappity clap! Congrats on the big one-oh-oh-oh! I've been enjoying the ride immensely.

Posted by: RuthWells at May 6, 2009 11:02 PM

Thank You for being so casually funny, so funny and touching in your honesty, and so gracious.

Just so you know, I do not read blogs, nor do I blog myself. I started reading YOUR blog, however, on or about October 29, 2006, because a co-worker of mine forwarded me the post about the cat-headed poodle walrus with the Evil Toe, aka Schubert. How could anyone not keep reading after having SO MUCH of one's beverage fountained out through one's nose?

I marvel that anyone who writes as well as you do, whose writing MANY people gladly pay to enjoy, is also so willing to share her writing with others FOR FREE. Even more marvelous, you have shared Mr. Husband, Beautiful Maisy and Handsome Sam, Schubert, Boggart the Bad Cat, joyous Book Completions, Worms With Spare Butt Deedlies, and little, precious, dead-alive snakes.

Thank you for sharing yourself and your world. In such a wonderful way. Happy One-Thousandth Post! (Hee! Or, Happy Tooth!)


P.S. Wasp is still here, if you need a kitchen pestilence. She is a little shy at first, but alert and curious after she "warms up" to you... (YEOW!)

Posted by: Jennifer at May 6, 2009 11:10 PM

I can't remember when I got here but it was near the beginning, and I almost never comment, but I check your blog every day and it makes my day when there's a new post. I've read pieces of more than one to my husband and to my kids. Thank you, Joss, for the blog.

Posted by: Carrie (in MN) at May 6, 2009 11:24 PM

Oh, Happy 1000 Post! This means it is my 1000 Kudzu read, my 1000th Kudzu grin, my 1000th Joslyn-inspired giggle, and the 1000th time I've thought "I love this woman and will read everything she writes, forever."

*popping champagne*

Posted by: Diane at May 6, 2009 11:25 PM

Congratulations!! Here's to the next 1,000. Cheers.

Posted by: J C at May 6, 2009 11:31 PM

You know what they all said?

Yeah. All that. And lots more, Peach!

Thank you.

Posted by: Fran at May 7, 2009 12:22 AM

Congratulations on 1,000 posts! I too thought this was a goodbye, yikes!! So glad it isn't; the kudzu has become a staple, a daily fix, alright- the crack of my life!! I have been dropping in since Between & although I rarely post, it is an honor to lurk about!! I attended the Foley Library Talk & Book Signing (remember the van?!) and at the Page & Palette last year, looking forward to your next visit so I can bring my teenage daughter. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, you truly brighten our days!!

Posted by: Kimberly at May 7, 2009 12:41 AM

Mir steered me here SEVERAL years ago and I think I've commented once - maybe twice at most. But I read them all. so - in honor of your millennium, I delurk to say - Congratulations.

Posted by: Bob at May 7, 2009 1:21 AM

Happy 1,000th Pluffy. You know you will always be that in my heart. LOL. I wonder if they still have pink seats? You change the world my dear, from gaming, to bookstores, to internet, and wow, how cool that we all get to come along for the ride. Thank you for being real, being honest, and even when the MIN (mental illness number) is through the roof, thank you for letting us play too, but really, thanks to Mr. Husband and the two little ones for allowing all of us out here to share in your lives...The four of you bring so much flavor, spice and laughter to what can be a very bland and dreary world. Your like poprocks for the brain! Thanks.

Posted by: Leigh at May 7, 2009 5:59 AM

Dammit. You made me cry. 6:15 AM and I'm a blubbering idiot reading this wonderful post. Your kids have grown into gorgeousness and you, well, you are why we keep coming back, aren't you. You are one hella witty Southern woman and I deeply admire you.

Posted by: Debra at May 7, 2009 6:18 AM

i've never posted a comment before, though i never miss one of your posts. i started reading the blog when a colleague gave me a galley of TGWSS and i COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. i then proceeded to go back and read all the archives of kudzu, buy gods and between, and have since given all three books to countless friends. i have adored watching your kids grow, seeing what an amazing relationship you have with scott, and being part of the kudzu community--reading your books are treasures unto themselves, but being able to connect with you in this space, even without commenting, is such an immense pleasure. thank you for sharing.

Posted by: christina at May 7, 2009 8:15 AM

I too have never commented before, but I wanted to delurk on this 1000th post as well to tell you how much I love this blog. A colleague emailed me a link to FTK over a year ago, and since then I've checked in nearly every day in my lunchbreak (and read your books too - my favourite is Gods in Alabama).

Thanks so much for making me smile with every new post. I'm writing from England, and I love getting a slice of Southern Americana with my lunch :)

Posted by: Francesca at May 7, 2009 8:54 AM

Happy 1000th post, Joss! I know I'm fairly new and sometimes sporadic, but I want you to know you've been on my "favorite authors of all time" list since I read TGWSS (and then gods after it.) I'm looking forward to Backseat Saints (love the title) and whatever else the time brings. :)

Posted by: Jess at May 7, 2009 9:26 AM

Joss, I'm so happy that Mir pointed me in the direction of your blog. And, that I've found someone else so who shares my strange love of/fascination with Denny Crane.

Happy 1000th post & here's to many more to come!

Posted by: Tammy at May 7, 2009 9:31 AM

I rarely comment because I never know what to say, but you called me here from the MW list, just as Gods was about to launch. And I quickly learned to finish reading your posts BEFORE coffee (too hard to clean up the splattered beige carpet).

Tho we've never met (try expanding your horizon past the Lakefront next tour!), I still call you my friend. You are the only writer ever to get the F-word past my mother. You've altered my vocabulary, even my boys know what MIN is.

Best of all, you make me laugh. Every. Single. Day. (yep, shameless copying, too!)

Thanks for sharing your words, your family, your world with us.

Posted by: Patti at May 7, 2009 9:51 AM

You made me cry too...
I also thought you were getting ready to say goodbye and I felt like I was 8 and my best friend was moving away all over again.
Thank you for being here and staying here.


Posted by: jean at May 7, 2009 10:09 AM

And we thank you, for your words here and in your books which build vivid worlds for us to escape to. You are precious in the true sense, not the backward name sense:)

Posted by: Tequila Cookie Chris at May 7, 2009 10:10 AM

In spite of the no growth thing? I am crying right now. Thanks for writing here and in your wonderful books. This blog is an indispensable part of my day -- and often, in these stressful times, one of the few laughs I can count on. I totally love you, in a non-stalkerish way.

Posted by: Aimee at May 7, 2009 10:36 AM

Awwww, thanks Sweet Pea!

Posted by: Brigitte at May 7, 2009 11:19 AM

I'm with Susan...when I first found you I spent days reading nothing but your archives. When I emerged my southern accent had returned in full force and I had copy/pasted many, many paragraphs into my little chat boxes so all of my friends could read how hilarious and "me ten years from now but much funnier" you are.
Since then I've checked every day to read your posts. I don't know if I've ever commented before because I'm a lurker...but I love this blog ever so much. Can I be you when I grow up? (Ahem. Grow up MORE would be more accurate, I suppose.)

Posted by: Jackie Joy at May 7, 2009 12:22 PM

It is we who are blessed. Thanks for sharing yourself. . .ESPECIALLY your Crazy. . .with us.

Posted by: Roxanne at May 7, 2009 12:46 PM

I also am among those that had to goo read all of the archives when I found you a few years ago.

Happy 1000th!

Posted by: Patti D at May 7, 2009 1:50 PM

Congratulations on this 1000 post milestone! I'm totally with you about the time machine marching so quickly. I am convinced the darned thing speeds up when we hit forty and THAT is why our mental illness numbers skyrocket too!

Posted by: Kim at May 7, 2009 2:28 PM

Happy 1000th!

I must thank you. I look forward to your writings daily. You are wonderful and pretty and loved. Thank you for bringing your world to us in such a colorful and expressive way.

Here's to Many, Many More to Come!!

Posted by: Pamela L at May 7, 2009 2:49 PM

No, thank YOU for opening yourself up to the big bad internet and sharing your life with us. Who knew I'd ever get to read hilarious posts about your funny-shaped cat, from my favorite author. It just makes you seem so real, and yes, the world does feel smaller. Thanks for letting us have peek into the human being who writes such stunning literature.

Posted by: blairzoo at May 7, 2009 4:53 PM

I agree with all the other Best Beloveds who said, "Nonono...thank YOU!" I love your books like crazy, and that's how I found this blog in the first place...but...BUT! This blog entertains me SO MUCH that it's some other thing entirely. There's BOOK Joshilyn and BLOG Joshilyn. And although I see each in the other, I'm so very very glad to have both. You in all your lovely, polished, thoughtful, literary glory, and you in all your silly, day-to-day minutiae, hysterical glory.

You're great--period, end of story, the end. Thanks for making me laugh more times than I can count. And thanks also for making me see the world around me differently through both blog and books.

Posted by: Erin at May 7, 2009 5:23 PM

I'm a lurker but wanted you to know how much I enjoy your books and blog. Keep 'em coming.

Posted by: laird at May 7, 2009 5:30 PM

BTW, I JUST lent "gods" and "Between" to my sister a week and a half ago; she has finished one and started the other. She tells me she is enjoying your writing nearly as much as I did. So I suggested your blog, just to put the cherry on top. Another happy reader in your audience!

Posted by: Jennifer at May 7, 2009 8:13 PM

Congratulations on your 1000th blog entry!

A friend recently recommended your site and I've enjoyed reading your posts, and exploring your archives.

You're an inspiration to anyone who is a blogging initiate. I loved your grass roots advice, no shortcuts, just do it.

Thanks for writing!

Posted by: Sandy at May 7, 2009 8:50 PM

And thank you. Even when I'm having a crazy overwhelming day (or week or month), I know I can always count on you to make me laugh. And one of these days I'll get back to pw. ;)

Posted by: Terri at May 8, 2009 1:01 AM

No, thank you.

your bestest

Posted by: Nik at May 8, 2009 3:44 AM

I discovered this blog somehow--I can't even recall the details; they were washed away in the laughter--and told everyone I know about how you made me laugh out loud. Yours is one of the few blogs (read only) that I check on with any regularity (read every day). You could take that to mean that I have no life, and while that might be a tiny bit true, I read your stuff because it inspires me to sit down and write that day. Thanks much.

Posted by: Melissa at May 8, 2009 9:04 AM

What they said. I'll only add that I read your blog every day, because doing so makes my life better. Thank YOU!

Posted by: Julie G at May 8, 2009 12:33 PM

Marla up there sent me to you--and now you are also MY favorite blog. Thanks for sharing your life with us!

Posted by: Lesley at May 8, 2009 12:45 PM

Hi there.
I did miss this entry, though I generally check back every week to read your blog. I'm so pleased to follow your success and to be mentioned, and wish you and yours continued happiness in all that you do.

Posted by: Shawn B. at May 8, 2009 2:41 PM

What a bizarre and refreshing montage of psycho-licious free-spirited hyph-i-nated entries.
Posted by Shawn B at March 10, 2004 10:22 AM

(I took the liberty of fixing my typo. ;)

Posted by: Shawn B. at May 8, 2009 6:52 PM


And thank you!

Posted by: erinanne at May 9, 2009 12:15 AM

Wipe a tear.
Marking the passage of time always gets to me. Just wanted you to know that I'm so glad for that church retreat when you and I lay in the dark talking about the books we loved. I felt you were a kindred spirit and began to look forward to the release of 'gods.' ...and when you took me into that little bookstore in Dahlonega to find the Warner release sheet and I began thinking, 'wow, this chick is a big deal.' :)
I regularly print out your blog entries and shove them into the appropriate hands of co-workers. I never miss an entry because I can't risk missing out on an LOL.
Thanks, Joshilyn. One can't have too much laughter.
I'm glad I know you. I'm glad I've held you books in my hand, rushing through them and going to sleep way to late because of them. I can't wait for the next one.

Posted by: Dana Willis at May 9, 2009 7:53 PM

Congrats, Joss, and thank YOU. I adore your books, and you're pretty nifty yourself! ;)

Posted by: Dory at May 10, 2009 1:33 AM

Happy 1000th!

Posted by: RandomRanter at May 11, 2009 3:23 PM

Oh Joss, thank YOU for your lovely writing. I found your blog about a year ago, have lurked ever since, sent you a gooey love-filled email after I finished listening to Between, Georgia, and I'm still trying to figure out how to copy your absolutely PERFECT southern accent. I mean, I was born and raised in the South, but I want YOUR ACCENT.

Come to Wilmington, NC during your next book tour? Pretty please?

Posted by: Anna Marie at May 12, 2009 1:51 PM

I still laugh at your reply to me when (in 2007) I openly joined the cult of kudzu and was all embarrassed to send you fan e-mail via Myspace. You wrote:

"Thank you so much for the kind words about my work. I appreciate you taking the time to write me--and for the record--- "I liked your book" is like "Your butt looks tiny in those pants." It's not a sentence a girl gets tired of hearing.


Happy 1000th... you rock!!! : )

Posted by: Chris at May 14, 2009 1:13 AM

Since 2004? Oh I have so many archives to read! Yay! And happy 1000th post!

Posted by: alala at May 14, 2009 9:13 AM