Why should athletes get all the glory? I say change Winter to Writer (it’s just a few letters off after all) and let’s give ourselves some world-wide recognition! You’ve already missed a little bit of the games, so read on and I’ll catch you up and “make sure we’re on the same page” with this concept….
The Opening Ceremonies of the Writer Olympics 2014 was a Best
Seller Yeller, as the noisy crowd shouted for their favorites in “The Parade of the Publishers,” which now only slightly overshadows “The ebook Strut” and “The Librarian Stomp.”
The Author’s Oath (which was solemnly quoted, chapter and verse) by all Olympic Hopeful Indie Writers, went as follows: “In the name of all the traditional house competitors, I promise that I shall take part in these Wordplay Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them from the Library of Congress, committing myself to a profession without slander, plagiarism, thesaurus abuse, and Doritos – – and to always have an ISBN # in the true spirit of readership, for the glory of Hard Covers and the honor of my Acknowledgments Page.
In lieu of the traditional Lighting of the Torch, a few avid readers found an out-of-the-way, quiet, little Nook where they began to Kindle some firewood, their whoops and hollers heralding in the “Let the Book Burning Begin!” ancient festivities. There were mainly “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy books in the heap and a few diehard fans stood by with whips, biting their lower lip, rolling their eyes, and smirking. It was easy to read between the lines however, and know they were all thinking, “Holy Crap, E.L. James!”
The official events that many anxiously look forward to include: **
- The Writing is on the Wall-Climbing
- “The Short Story 1,000 Word Dash”
- “Synchronized Synonyms”
- “Modifier Dangling
- “Blogganing Tobogganing”
- “Cross Country Cliches”
- “The Writer’s Hack n Hurdle”
- “Page-Turning Relay”
- “Plot Thickening & Jumping”
- “The Final Daft Draft”
- “Freestyle Query Letters
- “Multiple Submission Slalom
- “Figure of Speech Skating” (On Thin Ice)
- But first we turn our attentions to the Gold Medal Winner of the Minimalist Writers Award for this (very) brief interview:
Reporter: Congratulations, you must be honored to join the ranks of Hemingway and Carver?
Reporter: Where will you display your gold medal?
Reporter: Would that be over, under or inside the fireplace?
Okaaaaay. Well now here comes the winners of the Children’s Rhyming Classic Genre. Their claim to fame – – the rewriting of “Horton Hears a Who” – – Let’s give a really warm welcome to stone cold Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, who look really great for a couple of dead comics.
Reporter: Hi Guys, WHAT was your motivation for revising WHO Horton actually hears?
Reporter: No, WHAT was the inspiration?
Costello: That’s right. The inspiration for WHO.
Reporter: That’s WHAT I’m asking. So HOW did you come up with a modern day WHO? HOW?
Reporter: Never mind. When WHO speaks, Horton Hears What?
Abbot: Yes, WHAT.
Reporter: Horton Hears WHAT? Just tell me, dammit. WHO is the one that Horton hears?
Reporter: Tell me now.
Costello: Third Page!!
Okay, I guess they’ll tell us tomorrow. Moving right along, we now catch up to long-time Olympic Champion Author in the Contemporary Horror event, as well as Suspense and Science Fiction events – – Always a good sport, here’s . . . Stephen King.
Reporter: CUJOs err, Kudos to you on your 79 medals, Mr. King!
Stephen King: Yes, IT was THE SHINING moment.
Reporter: I understand you were in a lot of MISERY when you finally crossed THE GREEN MILE?
Stephen King: Man, I thought I was in THE DEAD ZONE for sure.
Reporter: THE LONG WALK when you were UNDER THE DOME must’ve made you feel like a BAG OF BONES?
Stephen King: Yeah. For a minute I almost thought CARRIE or DELORES CLAIBORNE would take the lead.
Reporter: Nah, they didn’t have THE TALISMAN that you have. But thank you. You’re just an open book to interview.
Well, that’s all the time this dog-eared, bookworm reporter has for now. I’ll see you next time at The Writer’s Olympics, where we’ll have our expert judges (who will be judging a book by it’s cover) announce the finalists for the Gold Medal ceremony. However I hear the entire name “The Writer’s Olympics” will be revamped to “The Hunger Games.” Sheesh, some authors can’t seem to stay in their own
lane genre. Oh well….it was just a matter of time, I suppose, before we started this New Chapter in sports recognition.
** Note: All Jousting events have been cancelled since it was determined that indeed, “The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword.”
What’s your favorite WRITER Olympic Event?? Tell me that (and more!) in the comments section.
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I think I’ll be entering the Freestyle Fiction event.
Your event list gave me writer’s block, and then I realized that you could make an event out of that…but your reporter wouldn’t know anything about that event, of course.
Who’s On First has long been one of my favorites. Thanks for the offspring that resulted from mating it with one of my childhood favorites.
What if you mated Suspense and SciFi with Sense and Sensibility?
Thanks for giving us so much fun!
Your comments always give me the best ideas for making additions to my posts. Don’t disappear anymore!! 🙂
I’m glad to be thine fodder. I’ll keep milking you for more. I’m not saying your bovine or equine or even ovine. Maybe a little cameline because of your novelty. If you’re a nanny soon, you could be caprine. I’m getting caught on a turbine tine here. Another post design? I’m drawing the line here.
I’ve got plenty of nothing…oh, wait. That’s the Musicallypics. Another good one LMM! I think you got yourself a gold one here.
Thanks, roomie! Now come Blogganing Tobogganing with the rest of us!
OK, I’m onboard…after I skate around the Figuratively Speaking event.
Very Funny. . . Curious if Staples or Barnes and Noble will have the best commercial this season. My favorite Writer Olympic event would be either the Cross Genre Writing or The Ice Retorts (for those questionable follower comments).
Very Clever suggestions!
I want to Toboggan Blogin!
Race ya down….
I tried not to laugh, I really did! But you made me! You and your “Blogganing Tobogganing”
I’d say “go for the gold” but you already did!
Maggie – – Blogganing Tobogganing was my absolute favorite one…I knew you’d catch it!
You minimalist, you.
I couldn’t resist.
I’m definitely rooting for my favorites, The Keyboard Sledding Team of Fanfiction Nation. Yay for sappy silliness!
PS! I’m glad Mary Sue didn’t make the team – she would have won everything.
Hey! That’s a really good one! Thanks.
Cool 🙂 And like others, I’m definitely going to watch Blogganing Tobogganing – it always has the best routines.