Today we’re taking a break from the headaches of self-publishing to participate in super blogger Talli Roland’s “web splash” to celebrate the launch of her second novel, Watching Willow Watts.
I haven’t read it yet but I loved Talli’s debut, The Hating Game, and this sounds like even more fun:
For Willow Watts, life has settled into a predictably dull routine: days behind the counter at her father’s antique shop and nights watching TV, as the pension-aged residents of Britain’s Ugliest Village bed down for yet another early night. But everything changes when a YouTube video of Willow’s epically embarrassing Marilyn Monroe impersonation gets millions of hits after a viewer spots Marilyn’s ghostly image in a frame. Instantly, Willow’s town is overrun with fans flocking to see the ‘new Marilyn’. Egged on by the villagers – whose shops and businesses are cashing in – Willow embraces her new identify, dying her hair platinum and ramming herself full of cakes to achieve Marilyn’s legendary curves. But when a former flame returns seeking the old Willow, Willow must decide: can she risk her stardom and her village’s newfound fortune on love, or is being Marilyn her ticket to happiness?
What’s this web splash all about then? Well, since Willow assumes the identity of her idol, Marilyn Monroe, Talli invited us all to an online “If I Could Be Anyone, I’d Be…” Party. The idea is that today, you post about who you’d like to be and why, and maybe even dress up as them if you’re so inclined.
So who would I like to be?
Well, I don’t really have an idol or anything like that, and the person I’d most like to be is always going to be me. But if I had to swap my life with anyone, there is one person who immediately comes to mind, and her name is Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Rubins.
If you’ve read my book Mousetrapped, you’ll know that my childhood and teenage years were filled with strange and unusual obsessions, and wild and exotic dreams. My first Big and Unrealistic Dream was to be a NASA astronaut, following repeated viewings of the movie Space Camp and – more recently! – an annual pass to Kennedy Space Center and getting to see a Space Shuttle launch up close. Then after a chance encounter with a book called The Hot Zone by Richard Preston, I decided – at the age of 13 – to become a virologist. But not just any virologist, oh no – I wanted to specialize in the Ebola virus and work in the Biosafety Level 4 laboratories at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) despite being Irish, being squeamish and not studying very hard for my biology exam.
Now while the chances of me becoming a Level 4 virologist at USAMRIID were slim indeed, my chances of becoming a NASA astronaut were even slimmer. But even if I were an American citizen, excellent at science and math and not so cowardly that I refuse to get on rollercoasters (let alone into space ships and hot zones…), the chances of me getting to do those things would still between slim and none, because to get to do them is to not only work your way into an exclusive workplace, but to excel until you have reached the highest ranks of it.
And guess what?
Dr. Kathleen Rubins has done both.
Yes, both. And she’s only thirty-four.
She is only five years older than me, and yet she has worked with the Ebola virus in USAMRIID’s laboratories AND she is a NASA astronaut trainee.
I mean, what are the chances?
So, while I’m pretty happy with how my Achieve My Dreams To Do list is looking, if I could swap my achievements for anyone else’s it would definitely be those of Kathleen Rubins. Read more about Kathleen here.
Who would YOU like to be? Tell Talli on Twitter using the hash-tag #watchingwillowwatts.