Have you been watching the Olympics?
I've been glued to the TV for the last 2 weeks. It started out on a high note with a great opening ceremonies and has just gotten better. The fact that the US is currently leading the medal race hasn't hurt either. There's something fun about watching our athletes succeed.
Zilla and I have spent several nights together picking and fighting over the events. We've argued about figure skating. We've laughed at ski cross and snowboarding and we've become enthralled with curling.
I've watched sports I didn't even know existed...and come to really enjoy them. Although, it's always the human interest stories that get to me. The snowboarder that broke his neck, the skier who fought addiction, Lindsey Vonn's injury and of course the Canadian who lost her mother just days before she had to skate. These are the stories that get my interest and keep me watching.
I realized, after days of lapping up these stories, that I could learn something from this. Personalizing the sport - putting a face on the competition - helped to snag my interest for events that I normally couldn't have cared less about. I think it's a lesson we can apply in writing too...make the character believable, compelling and with a story that holds your interest and the readers will enjoy it too.
I will say there's one thing I'm tired of...the commercials. If I have to hear the world say ah one more time I think I'm going to scream, and if I never see another DayQuil commercial it'll be too soon.
So, are you watching? What's your favorite event? Have you been disappointed by a competitor? Is there something you're still looking forward to seeing?
I'm looking forward to seeing the closing ceremonies although it will be a little bittersweet. I'll be sad to see these games end.