Monday, September 12, 2011

One Thousand and One Thank Yous!

I already know it's going to be a great week. Why? Because my blog has now topped one thousand followers! I'd like to thank everyone over the past year and a half who has read, commented and supported me and my novels. It means the world to me.

*sniff sniff*

Okay, enough sap for a Monday! Today, I'm over at fellow RNA'er Nell Dixon's blog, talking again about why I don't talk about writing. (I seem to talk a LOT about not talking, though!) And I've spent the past hour or so recording my vlog, resplendent in my Marilyn wig and dress. Oh yes. Drop by Wednesday (launch day!) to see it and cringe.

And I'd be remiss, of course, if I didn't mention launch day and the 'If I Could Be Anyone, I'd Be...' web splash this Wednesday! Even if you're busy that day and can't post, you can still tweet, FB or G+ it! Use the tag #watchingwillowwatts or tag me on FB and G+ (Talli Roland) so I know you've taken part, and you can be entered in the draw for priiiiiizes! Fingers crossed it all goes to plan!

Until then, I'd like to know: what funny piece of writing advice would you give to someone? 

Mine would be this: Never keep a full packet of Twizzlers within arm's reach of the laptop. The aftermath is not pretty.

68 comments:

  1. Don't tear your hair out while writing your manuscript. You'll need it while waiting to hear back from potential agents.
    karen

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  2. LOL! That's great advice, Karen. And so true!

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  3. Never, never, never hold your cup of tea too close to your laptop when you are tired.

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  4. So excited for you!!! Can't believe we're coming up to web splash day! You'll knock it out of the park (as usual).

    My advice: Don't use commas, to separate text unnecessarily.

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  5. Forget about washing those dirty dishes as a procrastination tool. Just get back to work already!

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  6. Congratulations, Talli! You've certainly earned it.

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  7. YAY!! Cheering for you. *now my voice is hoarse. lol

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  8. No advice today. Congrats on 1001! You deserve it, Talli!

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  9. Congrats on your 1001 followers!

    Never write if you've drunk so much wine your fingers keep slipping off the keys.

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  10. Congrats!! My advise: keep your cell phone handy so people don't think your nuts while your brainstorming out loud and in public. =)

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  11. Whow! Congratulations Talli, you are amazing...and I'm wishing you zillions of sales for your new book...go for it gal! Hugs xx

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  12. CONGRATS ON A THOUSAND! That is SO AWESOME!

    I can't wait until Wednesday... FUN! FUN! FUN! I will make sure to tweet and post about it!

    HAVE FUN and BREATHE! Keep a glass of red wine ready at all times.

    I like the piece of advice bit... Mine would be. Stay focused, and never expect the expected. Writing is full of surprises.

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  13. Wow, that's a lot of followers! Looking forward to all the great stuff coming up.

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  14. Looking forward to Wed.

    I can't top Carol Kilgore's advice, so just enjoy the journey with trips to Paris, kissing Mr. TR every time you're tempted to stress or complain, and always keep a bottle of good vino on hand.

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  15. My advice: Never have your laptop with you while you're in the kitchen. That's just too close to the freezer-chocolate ice cream (input your fave here).

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  16. You deserve ALL the love in the world! :o) Um ... my advice ... check on the dog if you hear her scratching at the front door, or ... keep a mop handy. :o)

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  17. Congrats on the big number followers. "Thas a big one, Mama."Don't eat fudge over the computer.
    Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

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  18. Wow, Talls-- congrats on topping 1,000!

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  19. Make those Red Vines and I agree with you!
    All ready for Wednesday. Although the post went live halfway through its creation and I had to send it back into draft to finish. Blogger is evil sometimes.

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  20. I'll click over and read your guest post, sounds interesting! Congrats on hitting the big 1K, that is an amazing milestone!!!

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  21. I'd say to be careful about writing when you're in a bad mood, because then all of your characters will probably be in a bad mood as well. (That happens to my characters pretty often.)

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  22. Awesome, congrats on the 1000 followers!

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  23. Wow well done you 1,000+ !

    Don't write when you're hungry, you'll have all your readers putting your book down to make themselves a snack!

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  24. Congrats on 1000!! Awesome stuff!

    Looking forward to your Vlog and I'm still deciding on my character - thanks for the reminder!

    Writing advice - it was on writing a sex scene... not sure I can say it here. ;-)

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  25. A thousand followers - that's awesome, Talli!
    "Never give up, never surrender."
    Oh wait, that's from Galaxy Quest.
    I'll just go check out your guest post...

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  26. I'm glad that you have so many admirers of your talents :) As one of them, I have to say I love to read your posts and enjoy your sparkling personality.

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  27. Always make sure you're sober and wide awake when you do a final read/edit on your ms. Otherwise you might find yourself talking about very important "pubic policies".

    :-)

    THAT's never happened to me but I have sent some (less) silly typos off because of sleep-deprived edits!

    Congratulations on the followers, Talli, you so deserve it! I'm so excited for you x

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  28. don't eat things that drop too many crumbs down your keyboard!

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  29. Thanks, everyone! :) :)

    Loving all the advice, by the way. Making me laugh!

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  30. That's awesome Talli, well done :-)

    My advice? Exclamation points! are not! your friemds!!!!!

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  31. Congrats on all of the followers, Talli. You're one of the hardest working social networkers out there - well done. :)

    My Advice:
    Keep red wine far from the keyboard.

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  32. hi miss talli! wow! that a lotta followers for sure. for my advice dont keep typing when you gotta go at the bathroom real bad. ack! ha ha. hooray for your book!
    ...hugs from lenny

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  33. I've finished my post for Wednesday. I'm super excited.

    Advice: Don't talk to yourself with the blinds up and the windows open. Oh, and wear clothes.

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  34. Woo! Talli! I've already got my person picked out... I'm thinking of doing the hop on my Thurs post... but I'll also tweet/FB Weds~

    Advice? Umm... yes, your characters will "speak" to you. That's a GOOD thing! :D

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  35. Chocolate cake + keybord = yucky oops!

    Congratulations and I'm looking forward to wednesday!
    Lxxx

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  36. Congrats Talli!
    Lets see funny piece of writing advice- when your characters start arguing with you- its better to sit back and listen, then write. :)

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  37. Yay for a thousand and more to come loving!! Yay!!!

    Funny writing advice: erm.. never listen to your fave Lady Gaga tune on youtube using headphones incase you start doing your karaoke version aloud.

    Take care
    x

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  38. Congratulations--another mile stone met!!

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  39. Yay on the follower mark! You soooo deserve it.

    My advice? Hmmm. Don't open a large bag on Peanut Butter M&M's while writing. You will eat them all. Or was that just me... ;)

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  40. Lol, I love the advice. I don't really have any funny advice, humor isn't exactly my strong point. I definitely appreciate funny advice though. :)

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  41. Wow! l,000 followers! That is alot of followers! I can understand why! Cheers to you!

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  42. Wow - 1000+ IS a lot of followers - which just goes to show how fab and interesting your blog is!

    My wise writerly advice: Contrary to popular theory - if you don't belive your own hype, how on earth will anyone else?!

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  43. Congratulations on your 1000th followers.
    Looking forward to Wednesday.

    Yvonne.

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  44. Congratulations on 1000+ Followers! That's awesome!

    My writing advice: It is largely preferable to avoid writing while trying to wing walk.

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  45. Congrats on your followers! Wow, 1000!

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  46. Congratulations on your mahoosive follower count.

    My writing advice would be to leave the washing up, cleaning, ironing, and other general household duties till after writing goals are achieved. :D

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  47. I cannot wait for Wednesday! I will have to narrow down who I want to be. :P

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  48. congrats on 1000 followers!!!

    Let's see, mine would be along the lines of "of you have to pee, stop writing and go pee. The manuscript will wait"
    Because nothing is worse than trying to get in just a few more words while your bladder is screaming at you

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  49. CONGRATULATIONS, Talli! 1001 follows is brilliant!

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  50. Wow! Congrats on all of your success, Talli. Couldn't be happier for you!

    -Jimmy

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  51. Congratulations Talli!

    My advice: Make sure you have tissues for the tears of joy and tears of frustration. A sound proof room to scream in wouldn't be bad either.

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  52. Congratulations!!! My advice: be prepared to bring a notebook with you everywhere. Parties, bars, weddings--EVERYWHERE.

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  53. Looking forward to Wednesday! :)

    My advice would be to remember to angle your laptop to the side when you're writing a steamy scene in the living room - surrounded by family.

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  54. Yay, 1000 followers! You deserve it- you have worked SO hard to get here! Here's to 1000 more this year!

    Writing advice: Lemonheads + a whole day of writing = sores in the mouth (but great progress in the ms department!). Proceed with caution!

    Also- if you are a mother and frantically typing notes on your phone during playdates, look up every once in while to make sure your child is not lying on the ground and bleeding.

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  55. Whoo! Congrats on the 1k followers!
    Here's my advice:

    Coffee is a writer's greatest asset and their greatest downfall. Obey the laws of gravity when writing under the effects of caffeine - what goes up, always comes down.

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  56. Congratulations on 1001! Two nights ago I had a bag of caramel-covered popcorn within arm's reach of my laptop... It was bad! I ate the whole thing and then felt horrid!

    I didn't know that the Kindle Store on Amazon.co.uk is for UK customers only... I just tried to buy Watching Willow Watts and it wouldn't let me :-(

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  57. Congratulations on your well-deserved follower milestone, and best of luck for web splash day!

    My advice: if you have an attention-seeking puppy, do not expect him to just fall asleep in your lap while you write. Puppy will try and get under your hands for a pet, and end up doing a sdfhec lot of the sdlgsddljknbh typing for sdfghdo you.

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  58. Congratulations on all the followers!!!

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  59. Congrats on the 1000+ followers! That is awesome! :)
    Wish I had heard Karen Walker's piece of writing advice a year ago... lol. So true!

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  60. Congratulations on passing the 1000 mark, Talli! I'm not surprised at all - your blog is always fun to visit!

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  61. Ditto for chocolate. However, with me, that's impossible.

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  62. 1000+ followers? CONGRATS!!!

    My advice, don't eat anything sticky while working at your laptop. Sticky keys are not a writers friend.

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  63. Congrats. Funny writing advice... Hm. Nope. Not coming. How about this:

    Eat more cheese.

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  64. Hi Talli - fantastic yea what a lot of wonderful followers - brilliant news and you are an excellent blogger .. and author as I shall soon find out.

    Brilliant - til tomorrow Ms Marilyn - Hilary

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  65. Congrats on your follower count. That's awesome!

    Publication is bliss. After your debut, you get to do all the stuff the gurus say you can't.

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  66. Awesome stuff! - Talli, you're amazing, it's hardly surprising you have a thousand (and four) followers!

    Well, my advice is never write a query letter when you need the loo and don't type when listening a song with lyrics you're fond of singing along to - it's amazing how often I've found myself typing them into my MS!

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Coffee and wine for all!