Olympics? Competitiveness? Huh?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Well, gotta say that I have no opinion about this week’s topic. I’m not interested enough to regale you with the few competitions I have won. Weird, huh? I told my fellow debs I’m having an off week. Guess that means I win the most uninspired blog post award. Does that count as having the competitive spirit? I don’t get the competitive thing. I don’t get sports. I barely even get the hubbub over…


Five Things Writers Can Learn from Olympians

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

I am awestruck by Olympians. I have a competitive streak in me (just ask anyone who has ever played “Flip Cup” with me or been on my ultimate frisbee team). However, I lack the sheer physical discipline it takes to perform at the peak levels that Olympic athletes do. And, let’s be honest, I’m not very endowed in the coordination department, either. However, I’m a sucker for stories of athletic success….


3 Things I’ve Learned About Writing & Competing Against Others

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

#1: If you must compete, compete against your peers.  The first writing contest I ever won was for a local haiku competition my teacher entered me into. I was in the sixth grade, and my entry was: Splish! Splash! Raindrops fall Making puddles ev’ry where So that flowers grow I was thrilled to learn it won first place. Obviously, my mom was, too. We showed up at our local indie bookstore…


Using Competition to Fuel Your Dreams

Monday, February 17, 2014

I’m obsessed with the Olympics. I don’t know where this comes from, as I’m a lot less likely to win a gold medal for anything athletic than, say, watching Veronica Mars seasons one through three back to back in a weekend. Like when I was growing up—I was never the kid who came in first in gym class. I was the one won a t-shirt from the geography teacher for…