This is Not the Greatest Post in the World. This is Just a Tribute…

I had a brilliant idea for today’s post; witty, sharp, provocative, intelligent – it was possibly the best idea for a blog post I’ve ever had. Sadly, the idea came to me at precisely 1.37am and I had taken sleeping pills with two home made Mojitos, and in classic Jo fashion, did not get out of bed to write the idea down. Consequently, the idea has been lost forever, which is more than frustrating because it was so good I actually laughed aloud, alone, in bed, to my own internal ramblings… That might have had something to do with mixing sleeping pills and rum-based cocktails… Hmmm minty and sleepy.

Mad Mojito

The warning that *should* come with Mojito mix


And given my state of intoxication, yes, in hindsight, I have considered that it probably wasn’t a brilliant idea. At best, it was probably a very average idea with a few salvageable mildly comic bits that didn’t make any actual sense [you mean like all your other posts? – Reader].

But I digress – had I not forgotten the idea, and had its potential brilliance not have been tainted by me frantically necking sleeping pills and booze in a desperate bid to catch up on some much needed sleep before this whole “work” thing starts all over again for another year, then that’s what you’d be reading now – and it would blow your blogging socks off.

Seeing as it’s all slipped into oblivion, however, I’m going to have to think of something else rather than continue to try and convince you exactly how brilliant my idea was.

So! In my last post of 2010 I briefly mentioned that following the liquidation of my relationship with the Novelist, I was sort of, maybe thinking that it was time for me to come up with a new title for my blog. I asked you guys for some much needed advice and a few of you came up with some new suggestions for me:

  • Jo and the Oversized Vegetables  – which could draw in angry, protesting Organic food lovers and/or Gwyneth Paltrowesque types and that’s not really who I’m aiming this blog. Also I’d have to write more about vegetables.
  • Jo and the Soul Made of Marshmallows – I like it, but it’s not all that catchy, and I think it would prompt me to write about how absolutely pathetic I am on a more regular basis. Depressing.
  • Jo Mama! – suggesting I go ghetto on myself, fetch me some Gold Hoops and a bandana and write some mildly abusive/offensive posts innit. The upside is, I might accidentally get in with the Mommy Blogging crowd.

But on the whole, you guys suggested I keep the ‘Jo and the Novelist’ title. Your reason?

‘Because of your multiple personalities’

Alright, alright. Here’s a quick run down of what some of you actually said:

“I thought it was referring to you both times – you as Jo, you as the novelist…” – Alex

“When I first read your blog, knowing how you were so very devoted to Tarquin, I kind of assumed that “The Novelist” was a reference to another personality, or, you know, a voice in your head…” – Fraz

“Keep Jo and the Novelist. It could be about your multiple personalities. Has Lifetime original movie written all over it…” - Alone With Cats

“your blog title still works – the novelist is in your head…” – Simone


On the one hand, I’m overly flattered that you can, in some realm, think of me as a Novelist, maybe a failing one, but a Novelist never-the-less. On the other hand, you all think I’m crazy and think I hear voices and have multiple personalities, one of which is a Novelist. Thanks guys.

Actually, didn’t I just confess to laughing at a voice in my head a few mere paragraphs ago?

Yes. Yes I did.

Okay, point taken… I’m going with the majority on this one and I’m keeping the title, because it’s easier less hassle I can’t be bothered to change my URL/email address etc I trust your opinions.

To conclude; this should have been a much more exciting post, but isn’t because I forgot my idea because I got drunk and took sleeping pills and instead decided to explain why the title of my blog isn’t changing.

I’m getting the New Year off to good start.


Comments: 12

  1. Meeeeester Naughton January 4, 2011 at 8:32 pm Reply

    I think you're a mental. But…. just reading the title of this post made me put Tenacious D on. And for that I thank you.

  2. Frosty C January 4, 2011 at 9:30 pm Reply

    Jo and the Novelist gets my vote – it's time you realised that you ARE the novelist. And referring to yourself in the third person. Or is that 2nd person? Or is that multiple person? Anyway, I love you all just the way you are.

  3. alexis January 5, 2011 at 11:14 am Reply

    That whole idea-forgetting thing is the absolute worst! It's happened to me, except I told myself I would remember it because it was so good and then I woke up and it was gone. I was devastated. Whatever you decide to do with the blog I'll keep reading!

  4. MillionMonkeys January 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm Reply

    It's not about split personalities – it's about you and the novelist you are striving to become (Duh!). Also, it would be rubbish to have to change the name now that people know you under this one.

  5. alonewithcats January 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm Reply

    Agreed. Tenacious D! For your next post, I'll be expecting an allusion to "Fuck Her Gently."

    You're welcome for the search-engine traffic I just generated for you.

  6. Jojiebean January 6, 2011 at 8:29 am Reply

    I think *you're* a mental. And… you're welcome.

  7. Jojiebean January 6, 2011 at 8:30 am Reply

    Sometimes I like to refer to myself in the third person. You know, just for kicks. And to confuse other people. Mainly the latter.

  8. Jojiebean January 6, 2011 at 8:32 am Reply

    It totally is the absolute worst. Every time, every *single* time it happens to me, I convince myself that the idea is so good that I will remember it. You'd think with the amount of times this has happened to me, and the amount of ideas I totally haven't remembered (i.e. none) I would have learned to write things down more.

  9. Jojiebean January 6, 2011 at 8:33 am Reply

    But maybe it's about split personalitites a bit ;) And yes, that was my thinking also. It would suck to have to think up a whole new alias, and promote it.

  10. Simone January 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm Reply

    you are not failing. at all. your job is to keep writing, no matter what. also, jo mama! has potential to be a tv sitcom. good lord, i can see it now… good times with a little 227 thrown in.

    i love your current blog title. and your writing.

  11. Megan-Best of Fates January 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Wait… you need substances to get you to laugh at your own jokes?

    Now that is something to which I cannot relate.

    But I am glad you are leaving the name, as I definitely relate to laziness and I don't like change.

    So double win for me.

  12. Suniverse January 6, 2011 at 11:22 pm Reply

    I absolutely thought the blog name was just about you. Because I kept skipping over "and". So to me, it's always just been "Jo the Novelist."

    I think that you're underestimating the genius that booze and pills can bring. I direct your attention to Judy Garland.

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