Anyway, it got me thinking about some analogies between these traditional school events and the writing and publishing process. I thought I'd share some of them with you as they cheered me up today.
Sack Race - This one reminded me of being stuck at the bottom of a slush pile, desperately trying to bounce my way past all my competitors and into the lovely agent's hands.
Obstacle Race - Erm, probably not much explanation needed here. You want me to jump through a hoop and balance on a narrow beam? Of course, I'm up for that!
100m Sprint - At last your chance to shine, you're ahead of the field. You've had a request for a full. Nothing can stop you now, that lovely gold medal is in sight. You reach the tape, victory is yours!! Yay, they love you, the crowd cheers as you secure your very own agent.
Now all you have to do is run a marathon - secure a publisher, edit some more, promote your book etc etc. But never forget to smile, this is fun remember.
READY? ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GOOOOOOOOO ....