Move around the pool

OK, this will be another one of those posts where Part A doesn’t appear to have any connection to Part B.

Bear with me – I promise they’re related.

Here goes Part A:

I loved watching the Olympics this summer. Especially the traditional favorites, gymnastics and swimming. I also found other events, namely synchronized diving and beach volleyball, were a whole lot of fun to watch.

But I was a bit disappointed that synchronized swimming got such limited coverage. Don’t get me wrong – I know the event had limited appeal without a U.S. team competing, but still.

Way back in the day, I was a synchronized swimmer. Yep, it’s been a while, but I was once well acquainted with nose clips, obscene amounts of hair gel and pointed toes.

I swam with the Calgary Aquabelles, of Carolyn Waldo and Michelle Cameron fame. One of the lessons I most remember has to do with planning routines. Whether you’re mapping out a solo, duet, or team routine, it’s essential to cover as much of the pool as possible.

Staying in one place is a no-no. Stagnant routines are low-scoring routines. To make your mark, you have to move.

Now on to Part B:

I recently downloaded a new release from one of my favorite authors on my iPad. I was in the “queue” for this book at the library, but I couldn’t wait.

Unfortunately, the book didn’t merit my impatience,

I finished it yesterday. As I was thinking about why the book didn’t work, it hit me:

The author didn’t cover enough of the pool.

So much of the story was stuck in one place. Not one physical location, but one point in the narrative. The story didn’t move.

It’s a challenge to me as I write my work in progress (WIP). I don’t have the luxury of stagnating in one place. I have to work to move the story forward.

Let’s talk: Since there are two parts to today’s post, let’s divide today’s question in two parts, just for fun.

Part A: What was your favorite Olympic sport to watch? Any personal connections to the sport?

Part B: Have you read any stories lately that didn’t resonate with you? Why not? Or on the flip side – have you read anything that snagged your attention from beginning to end? What worked?

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