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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

It's on everyone's mind

It's on everyone's mind, on their tongues, on their TV's.  The Olympics.

I have to admit there are a few of the games that get my heart pumping.  The swimming and of course, the gymnastics.  I remember being in the 8th grade and doing the floor exercise.  I was not prepared for it nor adept at it.  I felt like the elephant in the pink tutu in Fantasia.  I was dressed for the part but that was all.

That;s why I love watching the girls gymnastics competition.  Those young women make it look so very easy but I know first hand it's not easy.  Not to look graceful and athletic at the same time.  They've put in long hours of practice.  Worked endless hours honing their craft.

We as writers also spend long hours working on our craft.  We make it look easy.  It's not.   Creating our worlds takes time and effort.  Perhaps we don't put in the physical effort that the gymnasts do, but the mental effort is the same and just as important.

We make it look easy.  So much so that I hear all the time, "Oh, anybody can write a book."  Or perhaps, "I'm taking next weekend off to write my book, that should be enough time."  Well guess what.  They can't.  Not everyone can write a book, just as not everyone can be a gymnast.  It doesn't take long to decide if you are a writer or not.  There are many who believe that no matter what they do and how they write, that they are a writer.

Maybe I'm one of those.  My goal is not to write the next great american novel, but to entertain my audience.  For a few short hours my books take you away from your "normal" life.  Away to the old west or to another planet.  Away from your worries, your job, your housework.  They are only entertainment.

So when I see someone who calls my books trash because they are romances, I know they've never read a romance and they've never had romance in their life.  Maybe they've never been truly in love.  Willing to stand by your mate through thick and thin.  Will to sacrifice all for that person even to the detriment of yourself.  They've never known a love so great as that.  They've not gotten their happily ever after and belittle those who have and like to read about them.

I've got my happily ever after to my own romantic hero.  A hero who brings me flowers when I'm having a down day.  Who holds me and lets me cry for no apparent reason.  Who loves me above all else.  Who can sit with me and watch me holler at the screen during the Olympics when my countries athletes are on the screen.

 My own romance hero.  Do you have yours?

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8 comments:

Helen Hardt said...

Hi Cindy! You touched on one of my pet peeves...people who say, "oh yeah, when I retire I'm going to write a book," etc. These people seem to think they'll sit down and a novel will just pour out of them! Lol, it will be a rude awakening when they find out it's actually work...if they ever sit down to write it in the first place.

And my favorite sport to watch during the Olympics is gymnastics, also. Gabby and Aly were amazing!

Margaret Fieland said...

I've been enjoying watching the divers. Those dives are so amazing -- and the divers themselves are, too.

ilona said...

I love watching the gymnastics and the Dressage myself. The horses especially get me as they look so graceful during the event.

As for the book writing I have second-hand knowledge of how difficult it is as my daughter is a writer - I wouldn't swap places with her for all the tea in
China :D

Nancy Jardine said...

Good post, Cynthia. It seems, to me, a very narrow mind that won't attempt to read different genres.

Cynthia Woolf said...

Thanks for the comments ladies. I'm glad that you are all enjoying the Olympics.

Rebecca York said...

There are some people who are not going to enjoy romance no matter what we do. It's just not their cup of tea. They'd rather read books that they consider more realistic. Which often means an unhappy ending. I don't need that in my reading--or movies either. I prefer my entertainment to be uplisting.

Virginia Kelly said...

The Olympic athletes are fantastic. I've watched bits and pieces--lots of soccer, swimming, water polo, volleyball. One odd game played by both men and women where they run around a short field/court with a smallish ball and toss it at a small "soccer" goal. I never heard what that was called.

I was most amazed (all are amazing) by the synchronized swimming. Oh, my, gosh. What those women could do with strength and grace and beauty and talent. And tons and tons of practice. Wow!

I write romances. They're for entertainment--not just mine I hope! I read love stories because they're about love. I cry and I laugh and I enjoy. Exactly what I do when I'm watching the Olympics (except that I do yell at soccer games :-) )

woolfcindy said...

Thanks for commenting Rebecca and Virginia. I couldn't agree more with both of you.

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