Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Watching Willow Watts Launch Party: If I Could Be Anyone I'd Be...


Congratulations to Talli Roland on her new novel, Watching Willow Watts! Yay, Talli!!

I'm excited to be participating in Talli's launch party to celebrate the new book. I have to admit, it was kind of hard to pick a celebrity I would be for the party today, but I finally decided on:



When I first read about Talli's party, my first thought was that I wanted to be an athlete. I have absolutely no athletic ability at all, and from the time I was a child I've wanted to know what it's like to be a great, or even a passable, athlete. I'd love to know how it feels to be able to move with so much power, speed, and grace.

I don't have an athletic bone in my body, and I always consider myself fortunate if I can walk across a room without tripping or turning my ankle. If there is anything to trip over within a 50 mile radius of where I am, I will find it. I've also been known to trip over carpet. It's amazing how many times a piece of carpet has jumped up and tripped me when I'm just walking along minding my own business and trying to get from Point A to Point B.

I spent every summer with skinned knees as a child, because if I wasn't tripping, I was quite good at falling off my bike. I used to watch Fantasy Island back then, and I thought if I went to the island I'd ask Mr. Roarke to turn me into an athlete for my stay. Now all these years later, I finally have my chance to be an athlete, thanks to Talli's party!

I'm not a tennis fan, but it seems to me that tennis is the only sport where female players get as much attention as male players. So when choosing my athlete, I decided to be a tennis player. From there I figured, why not pick a tennis player who also looks like a supermodel? If I'm going to be someone else, I might as well go for broke. :D

So I'm Ms. Sharapova for today, and I'm sending a HUGE round of applause to Talli! I can't wait to read her book, and I wish her tons of success with it. You can order the book on Amazon.com here or on Amazon.co.uk here.

I'm looking forward to checking in with all the other partiers as the day goes on. Cheers! :)

45 comments:

  1. Great choice, Julie! I admit that I don't watch much tennis, but I do think Maria Sharapova is an awesome player.

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  2. I am not athletic either - this is a great choice!
    karen

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  3. Delighted to meet you Ms Sharapova. Enjoying the Launch party so far!!! It is great.

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  4. Fantastic choice, Julie! I wish I had those tennis skills, too.

    Thank you so much for taking part, and for all your help and support! Greatly appreciated. Hugs!

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  5. "If I'm going to be someone else, I might as well go for broke. :D"

    This made me laugh. I agree if you're going to imagine you might as well have it all.

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  6. You're right, there aren't a lot of sports where women get equal attention, but they do in tennis. Great choice.

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  7. Good one! I wish I was more athletic.

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  8. I AM a tennis fan, and Maria Sharapova is one of the few women who I wish would win more singles titles. She's hard working and dedicated, and she looks a million dollars. Great choice. :)

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  9. I love your reasoning! Absolutely - if you are going to be a tennis player, then definitely one that looks like a supermodel!

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  10. I'm glad you picked a female tennis player because that's one of the few sports where my little country has done really well over the past couple of years.

    Great choice! :-)

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  11. @Cherie, thanks!

    @Karen, thank you! And I'm glad I'm not the only non-athlete. :)

    @Ann, thanks, you too. And I agree, the launch is a great time.

    @Talli, you're welcome, my pleasure! This launch party is such a fun idea!

    @Giggles, LOL, that's what I thought, why not?

    @LG, thanks. I'm definitely not a tennis expert but I think it's great that the women get equal time.

    @LR, thank you!

    @allie, oh, I'm glad to know that, I really don't know much about her. Thanks!

    @Jayne, LOL, thank you! Ms. Sharapova definitely seems to be blessed with good genes LOL.

    @KC, oh, that's great, I'm glad! Thanks!

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  12. Hi Julie .. I love tennis and Maria is quite some lady .. tall and willowy too - is Willow Watts willowy? - I wonder!

    I'd love to be able to play like her too .. she's done really well in life and appears to be so balanced .. great choice - Hilary

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  13. What an amusing, interesting and great post!

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  14. Nice choice and I like that picture of her. Isn't she coming on Biggest Loser this season?

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  15. @Hilary, thanks! I don't know about Willow being tall and willowy, but it seems like that would fit. :) I'll have to find out when I read Talli's book LOL.

    @Gina, thank you!

    @Myne, thanks! Oh, I don't know about the Biggest Loser, hadn't heard about that.

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  16. What a great choice. She's cute, too.

    Congrats to Talli.

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  17. Julie, you're not alone. I also seem to have the unenviable talent of falling over my feet.

    Being athletic, like Sharapova would certainly be a change.

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  18. I'm not quite that bad but I have been known to be a horrible athlete.

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  19. I once crashed out of a tennis tournament in my first game when I slid along the gritty tarmac court and ripped up my fingers, because I tripped over my feet. My OWN feet! Lots of blood and salt washes later, I was watching the rest from the sidelines.

    So I think your choice is a fantastic one. I love Sharapova and your reasons for wanting to be her are the best. Go for broke indeed!

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  20. And tennis takes so much work, too! Great choice!

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  21. @Mary, thanks!

    @JL, LOL, we can be clumsy together then! I'm glad I'm not the only one with this particular talent. It's so embarrassing at times but I just have to laugh at it now.

    @Clarissa, I am truly the worst.

    @Kath, oh, I'm sorry you got hurt but your story made me laugh! I can so imagine doing the very same thing.

    @Alleged Author, thanks!

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  22. I'm a huge tennis fan! We were just talking about the fact that women tennis players not only get a lot of attention, but a lot of money too! Great choice :)

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  23. Great choice! Wow, she really rocked the blogging world today. This is the fourth blog I've seen Talli's book. :)

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  24. Great choice! Like yourself, athletics is just not in my DNA, so its fun to want to be like an athlete who's great at what they do.

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  25. Super choice, Julie! I need coffee this morning after all that partying!
    X

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  26. Ooh, to be an athlete like Miss S would be wonderful. Great choice!

    Thanks for becoming an Important One on my blog. :)

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  27. Ooh, to be an athlete like Miss S would be wonderful. Great choice!

    Thanks for becoming an Important One on my blog. :)

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  28. Great choice, Julie! I did chuckle at your description of yourself. I'm not much of an athelete either.

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  29. I'm just like you! Not coordinated. I tried a dance class for gym in high school, which equaled disaster. A couple of years ago, I attempted a martial arts class. I'm sure I looked like an idiot.

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  30. Darn trippy carpets! Have fun at the book launch party!

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  31. @Jemi, thanks! Yeah, the money is another thing, it seems like tennis is the only sport where that is the case.

    @Ciara, thank you! Yeah, Talli's party was a big success from what I have seen, lots of fun.

    @Stephen, it is fun, definitely only in my dreams as it will never be reality LOL. Thanks!

    @Rachel, LOL, thanks. The party was awesome! :)

    @Glynis, I'm flattered to be an Important One LOL. So great to meet you, thanks!

    @Rebecca, thank you. LOL, it looks like there are a few of us who could start a non-athlete support group LOL.

    @Theresa LOL LOL! I live in fear of any class that involves physical activity. I know I would make a total fool of myself LOL.

    @Kara, yeah, those carpets get me every time LOL. Thanks!

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  32. great choice. My friend got me into watching tennis and its great fun! Id like to learn the sport one day too!

    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  33. I can relate! If there's a piece of furniture, I will run into it. If I'm walking down a ten foot wide hallway, at some point I will run into the wall. I think we're just gifted.

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  34. @nutschell, thanks! My sister is a big tennis fan but I've just never been able to get into it. I'd love to be able to play though.

    @L. Diane LOL LOL, I am very good at running into walls! Maybe we are gifted, it's not everyone who can trip over furniture. :D

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  35. Great choice! One of my earlier heroes was Chris Evert. Then of course I was madly in love with Bjorn Borg. Long story. :)

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  36. I'm right there with you on the lack of athletic ability. What a great choice!

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  37. @Liz, oh, I remember I loved Bjorn Borg too, I had forgotten all about that. I thought it was such a cool name LOL. Thanks!

    @Angie, thanks! I'm glad we can at least commiserate on our lack of ability LOL.

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  38. I love tennis so I think Maria is a great choice!!

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  39. Well that would be our Mom's choice. She loves tennis, just watching it. She couldn't hit a tennis ball if her life depended on it
    She just read your article in Cat Fancy about the three cats that Tabby's Place rescued. That is one of the best stories I have ever read. I have been a fan of Tabby's place for a long time and love to do posts on my blog for the cats there. That is just so amazing that they brought those cats over here to the US. How great is that. Thanks for writing about it.

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  40. Great post. I think somewhere, way back when, you and I must have a klutzy ancestor in common.

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  41. Hi Julie,
    I have nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award - check it out on http://joanna77juliet.wordpress.com
    JoAnna (Helen Clancy)

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  42. @Marg, oh, thank you, I'm thrilled you liked my article!! It made my week to read your comment, thanks so much. I agree, I love Tabby's Place and the story of those kitties went right to my heart. Thanks again!!

    @Carol, LOL, maybe we do. Glad I'm not alone in my klutzyness LOL. Thanks!

    @JoAnna, oh thank you for the award, I will be there to get it. That's so nice of you, thanks!

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  43. Julie, Now I like you even more, because I am a HUGE klutz! When I was in high school my dad asked my brother to give me tennis lessons. Let's just say that my brother lost patience with me when I couldn't make contact with one ball during my first and final lesson! This was a great choice! Julie

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  44. @Julie, oh, I tried taking tennis lessons when I was in junior high. Needless to say it was a disaster. LOL, another disaster for me was softball, I don't think my bat ever once made contact with a ball LOL. Thanks so much!

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