So an alien walks into a Russian MP's apartment...
Sounds like a bad joke, right? Unfortunately, one government official is taking it seriously. Russian parliamentarian Andre Lebedev has asked for an official inquiry after regional governor Kirsan Ilyumzhinov went public with claims that he had previously been in contact with extraterrestrials, even visiting their spaceship.
Lebedev's concern? Whether Ilyumzhinov shared any state secrets with ET.
This story is a couple of months old now, but I've had so many other subjects to post, it got pushed farther and farther down in the list.
So here is the writing-related question...Do you ever find yourself struggling to write something stranger than real life?
There is a place for reality in fiction, to be sure. But too much truth can make the work ring...well, untrue. And then you come across stories like this one and you think, No one would believe that if I wrote it!
So where do you draw the line drawing from life? And how do you write fiction more interesting than reality?