The Olympics and Writing

The Rio Olympics started today. Actually the Opening Ceremony is this coming Friday but they began playing Women’s Soccer today. Team USA is going for their 4th gold medal. Things are kind of epic.

And I need to be writing.

I know I need to write. I have deadlines that I’ve given myself for projects I’m working on. I need to finish these things. I don’t want to fall behind in my schedule.

But the Olympics are on.

As a writer, I face distractions on daily basis. Some I’m better at deflecting than others. I tend to write a good bit with paper and pen to keep from getting too distracted by the lures of Facebook or the internet. Most of the time I am successful. I completely avoid writing on Saturdays during college football season (except during NaNoWriMo!). I know my weaknesses.

Sports are my weakness.

I know this. My ex-husband knew this. My kids know this. Sports draw my in like a moth to the flame. If we go to a restaurant where sports are playing on the TVs, I’m in real trouble. Usually it’s only football, tennis, soccer, and maybe baseball. I don’t really care for basketball, golf, or racing.

And then there’s the Olympics!!

It’s like a smorgasbord of sporting excellence! The buffet of the finest athletes in the world coming together to compete for their countries. National pride is defended on the field of play.

Right now I’m watching a rerun of the 2012 semifinal match between Canada and USA. I’m watching a RERUN of a 4 year old match instead of writing. Why? It’s the Olympics and its Team USA.

The Olympics last for about 2 weeks. And for the next 2 weeks, I’m in serious trouble. It will take every ounce of discipline to stick with my goals and deadlines. Or else there’ll be a good number of sports analogies in my upcoming pieces. Wish me luck!

Oh, and by the way, if you happen to be in the central Georgia area and you hear loud cheering for the USA, don’t worry. (Unless we lose.)

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