Very, very first post

Whenever I visit a blog (and, oh, dear brand-new readers, I visit many a blog), there are Things I Want to Know Right Away about this stranger on the internet who is taking up my time with his or her opinions and blah blah before I, you know, COMMIT. Therefore, what follows is a short interview of myself by myself and my attempt to answer all the questions that I, as a blog reader, wish I could ask a blogger on that very special first visit to his or her personal space on the interwebz.

Who are you? What are you doing here?

Hi, my name is Josie Bloss. I write Young Adult books and stuff. And I am here to connect with you, as a matter of fact. What’s up? Wow, I love your shirt…where did you get it?

Uh, I don’t remember. So, a writer, huh? Anything I’ve heard of?

Probably not, (yet), unless you’re my agent or my editor or related to me, though I very much hope to change that. As wildly supportive and helpful and good looking as my agent and editor and relations insist upon being, I am hoping to, you know, convince strangers to read my book.

Which happens to be called BAND GEEK LOVE, and is coming out from Flux in July, 2008. FOUR POINT FIVE month countdown! WOOT!

And, as a matter of fact, you can pre-order it right here.

BAND GEEK LOVE…seriously? What could that possibly be about?

Dude, exactly what it sounds like. Band and geeks and love. Trumpets and high school drama and making out in parked cars. Music and sorta-social-outcasts and destructive crushes. Marching and self-discovery and really cute boys with nice tans and SECRETS.

And are these topics with which you happen to have personal experience?

Yes. Well, most of them.

OK, fine, so you’re a writer. Lots of people are writers. What else is there to know about you?

I grew up in Michigan, lived in Chicago for a few years, and currently reside in lovely Bloomington, Indiana. I like to eat Pad Thai with peanut sauce as often as I can get it. My favorite color is purple. I’m 26 years old. I go through jittery separation anxiety when I’m not near enough my computer to hear the fan running. I bite my nails and have no current plans to stop. I get weirdly obsessed with songs, sometimes for years at a time (current infatuation: “Imitosis”, Andrew Bird). I’ve kept a handwritten journal since I was 10 years old. I like dogs. And also cats, especially if they’re in pictures with funny captions.

Alright, whatever that means. So, what do you consider your most annoying writerly traits? Just so I know what to be preemptively irritated by…

I capitalize Random Things WAY too much to be considered cute. I am given to gratuitous use of “sort of”, “kind of”, “a bit”, parantheticals, and ellipses (…if you hadn’t noticed already). Stephen King would despair at my use of adverbs. I exaggerate like crazy for comedic effect (one of my favorite quotes is “Tell the truth, but tell it slant”, said most aptly by Emily Dickinson…I see no reason not to live that quote as often as possible.) I didn’t retain enough from grammar class in middle school to figure out how to avoid occasionally ending statements with prepositions. Writing extreme run-on sentences is my very special joy. I make lots of lazy lists.

Wow, that felt kind of therapeutic. Was it good for you?

Yeah, I’m pretty irritated. Great job. Moving on, what do you look like?

Young Adult Writer Josie Bloss

A Very Serious Writer.

This is me…thanks for stopping in and I hope you come by again soon. There is plenty more writerly angst and inappropriate use of ellipses and marching band geekiness in the very near future!

  • Daphne Unfeasible

    *stops by and waves hello*

  • Reader Rabbit

    Hey (*waves cheerfully*),
    I can’t wait to read your book since I happen to be a band geek and a trumpet player (although a not very good one).

    Anyway, nice post. 🙂

  • Trish

    Go Team Unfeasible! (We should get t-shirts made.) I’ll be looking forward to reading your book!


  • The Story Siren

    Josie, so nice to met you! i’m glad to see the site is finally up and running…. it looks different that before, but i like it.

    i am a fellow hoosier, although i have lived here all my life! i can’t wait to read your book!