Kelly Haworth

Author of Queer Speculative Romance

The Olympics


It’s that time of the decade, and for the first time in years I actually have cable to watch it.  I love the Olympics.  The best of the best from all over the world, the pinnacle of human ability.  I love the grace of figure skating, the control of skiing.  The power behind jumps.

I am digging the slopestyle snowboarding, I think that’s a new thing for these games.  And of course I love that they’ve opened up more sports to the women, like the ski jumping.

When I was a teenager, I would watch the Olympics and wonder what it would be like to be training for such events.  The athletes had spent their whole lives, longer than I had yet to conceptualize, training for their opportunity.  I looked at my own future with a sense of anticipation–if they could accomplish so much by their age, what could I accomplish?

This year, it’s a bit different.  For the first time, I’m older than most of the competitors.  Instead of looking ahead, I see myself looking back.  What did I accomplish in the same amount of time it took so many of these athletes to get gold?

Maybe not as much as I had imagined back in the day, but kids are known for their over-the-top imaginations.  I am quite proud of my family and my career.  I’m going for a medal in my writing, and of course little Nate is all gold to me.

Enjoy watching the games everyone!

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