Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Eye in the Sky

Thanks, everyone, for weighing in on Monday's post! I debated posting it, but it certainly provided an interesting discussion and lots of wine for thought.

Two lovely little bits of news to share with you: Chick Lit Love and The Alliterative Allomorph have both reviewed Willow. Yay! And almost 100 bloggers have now signed up for the Willow launch on 14th September. Thanks loads to everyone. There's still plenty of time to get your name down if you'd like to take part.

One of the things I struggled with while writing Willow is believability. Crazy things do happen in real life, and sometimes, reality can be much stranger than fiction. In fiction, though, we've all heard that things must happen for a reason.

In my novel, a YouTube viewer mistakes an image in a tourism video for Marilyn Monroe's ghost, and a village is suddenly overwhelmed as Marilyn fans flock to pay homage to where the icon was spotted. In the book, I worked in reasons for how such a thing occurs. But in real life, there aren't always explanations for strange internet phenomenons.

Take the video below, for example, which I first saw on the BBC! How on earth has this made the news in England, miles away from the actual occurrence? *shakes head*

There's nowt as queer as folk, as Willow's dad says. Happy Wednesday!


60 comments:

  1. You never know what's going to happen when you take a chance.

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  2. I devoured Watching Willow Watts! It was an honor to get my hands on a copy and I loved every minute of it! I love the ideas you come up with too!!

    I can't see the video - My work blocks things that are enjoyable... go figure.

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  3. Thanks for the mention! :o) Yes, I've seen that vid. Amazing!

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  4. Awesome video! That's so cool! And amazing job with Willow!

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  5. Hi Talli, I so enjoyed your first novel I can't wait to read the second. Will it be available in print?
    Karen

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  6. Love the video. And I agree, truth is definitely stranger than fiction at times. The problem with fiction is that it even if you base your fiction on true events, it sounds fake.

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  7. Awesome video, my lovely Dad also used to use that phrase.

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  8. Hum, that is some strong imagination you have going on there Talli. I think everyone wants to see a Marilyn ghost! But I freak out seeing that cloud. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  9. Looking forward to reading your new book. I'm behind in reading blogs but will buy my own copy : )

    Crazy vid!

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  10. I often find the posts I debate posting are the ones that generate the most comments and support.

    I'm so excited to read and help promote Willow!

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  11. That's awesome so many people have signed up for the Willow blogfest. :)

    That video was pretty cool.

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  12. Talli- I've added Watching Willow to my blogfest tab- sounds like fun- unfortunately I do not have available time to participate and comment on everyone's post so I will pass But How exciting with the new launch! I hope it runs wonderfully!

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  13. Amazing video. Old George came back to see what we look like almost 250 years later. I'm so looking forward to Willow :)

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  14. Hi Talli .. I may have just signed up again for the Willow-fest ..

    I can't wait to read The Hating Game - resting here now .. and then Willow next .. but you certainly couldn't explain that cloud (easily) .. good formation though.

    Cheers Hilary

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  15. An awesome quote from Willow. And totally freaky clouds!!!

    Congrats on the reviews. September 14 is coming fast!

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  16. Amazing clouds! Congrats in the reviews!

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  17. stupid work PC blocks the video. I'll have to check it out this evening when i'm on my laptop

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  18. Re: believability-- Kim Karras over at Bibliophile wrote a really good post this week regarding this.

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  19. I love that video--excellent cloud. And it's true in books we need reasons for things that in life we might not ever know the reasons for (or the reasons might be as simple as someone making a joke and another person taking them literally)

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  20. Nature moves in mysterious ways! Yay for faces in clouds! LOL!

    Well done with your reviews and soon to be blogfesting! Take care
    x

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  21. There's something to the saying, "reality is stranger than fiction." Mostly because we have to make our fiction so believable! Strange though that is... ;)

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  22. Awesome video! :)
    Cannot wait for the Willow ebook to come out! (My Kindle is ready and waiting.) It sounds like so much fun!

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  23. How lovely you have a few nice reviews already! Woo! and yep, I've seen that amazing cloud video. So cool. Real life IS stranger than fiction sometimes.

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  24. I'm so excited to read Watching Willow Watts! Yes, life is stranger than fiction. In my novel, Carpe Bead 'em, I based one of my characters on my own Aunt Grace. In the book she does a lot of crazy things that my real Aunt did in real life! Yes, she dyed a poodle she stole pink, she gave me all her old dishes, she climbed a flag pole, and she did have roaches....the funniest review I got was a reviewer said that my story was unbelievable so she gave it a one star. Hahaa!!!

    LOVE THE VIDEO!

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  25. Hi Talli - thanks for the mention - was such a fab read! That video is insane... and if you can't go for a bit of escapist action in fiction, when can you? Like you said, true life is often WEIRD!
    Lxxx

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  26. I've always been a cloud watcher and I've seen some really strange formations made with light, shadow, and your imagination. My son and I watched a cloud that became a dragon, in seconds wings appeared and then seconds later just clouds. We love to watch cloud pics.

    So, I think a video *ghost* is a great premise for a story.

    Sia McKye's Thoughts...OVER COFFEE

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  27. That is a pretty cool video! :) Reality is almost always stranger than fiction, I think. That's why I think real sanity only exists in novels. The rest of us are always just a little bit crazy. :)

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  28. That's an awesome cloud! I'm not at all surprised Willow is getting good reviews! :)

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  29. Am marking calendar for sept 14!

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  30. Weird video! I'll be reading Watching Willow Watts, but may not be around for the blogfst - I'll be Dad sitting
    :-)

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  31. Storm cloud formations are fascinating. It gives such mystery to the air. Good video. Looking forward to reading the Willow book.
    Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

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  32. Hello! My first visit, will visit you again. Seriously, I thoroughly enjoyed your posts. Congratulations for your work. If you wish to follow back that would be great I'm at http://nelsonsouzza.blogspot.com
    Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Thanks for the reminder, I've signed up now although I have no idea who I might be!

    I'm thrilled for you at the interest I'm seeing all over the place for Willow. It's going to be great!

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  34. The premise for your story sounds great! And it's true that real life is way stranger than fiction. That's one heck of an eerie cloud in the video! Hope I don't miss your book launch. My daughter is having her first baby and I'll be going to help out, so it all depends on how they're doing whether I get to visit anyone's blogs. I'm excited for you. These are good times for Talli Roland! Cheers!

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  35. walking here with a smile.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

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  36. The video also didn't work for me. I'll try it again later. Looking forward to reading all the rave reviews about Willow! Julie

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  37. What a fantastic story idea - can't wait to read it. Yes, truth is stranger than fiction, but as you said, only because we have to make fiction believable! Suspension of disbelief is a precarious thing, and we can't go toppling it, even if it's with real-life experiences. That's an amazing video :)

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  38. Can't see the video (to do with flash player on my computer) but I love the idea about Marilyn Monroe.

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  39. That is amazing! And it's so true: reality IS so much stranger than fiction. And I love throwing in weird bits from real life into my stories - so it's maddening to then be told 'well this seems a tad unrealistic...' :-)

    Can't wait to read WILLOW!

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  40. That's the weird thing about writing fiction. You have to make it more believable than the truth otherwise no one will believe it! That new book of yours sounds brilliant.

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  41. "Face...holy kripe!." I agree with the videotographer! That is amazing and glad he shared it. And I had so much fun reading Watching Willow Watts.

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  42. that video is TOO COOL... I can't wait to read the book! Whee~ :D

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  43. Wow! Princess Leia in the sky. I must now flock to Canada wearing a white robe with my hair wrapped in buns around my ears! :)

    Can a single person flock?

    I have to say, in this day and age, I've had no problem with the believability of the reaction to the video in Willow (and how many prepositions can I use in one sentence?). Strange things do happen, and after some of the weird, cult followings that happen on this side of the pond every year, I'd believe a Marilyn sighting, no problem :)

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  44. Congrats on the good reviews!

    I always see elephants in the clouds? I wonder what that means.

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  45. Looking forward to 14th and reading WWW.

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  46. That face in the clouds was awesome. And of course I hope one day to read Willow Watts.

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  47. That's an awesome video. Thanks for sharing.

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  48. That cloud face is crazy.
    Also, I can't wait for Willow. Am I going to have to order from Book Depository again?
    Sigh. You Brits, I love you but it takes too long to get your books.

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  49. the video is crazy.
    congratulations on all your success.
    here from carol riggs's place.

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  50. I have missed out on blogging all month, but this Willow business has me VERY interested....
    You have just set my reading for the next two days.

    I can't wait to get deep into this stuff.

    Thanks!

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  51. What a great premise (as usual)!

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  52. Cool video. I think it's wonderful to have something strange and out there pop into your head, and be able to make it work. So, kudos to you!

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  53. Yes strange things do happen. Hopefully no one gets hurt by it though.

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