Keeping Track of Achievement

After four days of the Olympics, Canada has four medals. That’s not a great number but it’s significant for us. The following table will help keep track of the totals as they accumulate.

View the vancouver2010.com medals’ table

The first gold to be won by a Canadian in Canada was hugely celebrated… and is still being celebrated, almost to the point of ignoring the other medalists, which I think is wrong. Their achievements are equally important but are being overshadowed.

It has me wondering how new authors feel when their debut work is released by the publisher at the same time as a large number of other titles. Does the hype surrounding the big names leave the work of newer authors in the shadows? Or do they benefit by being included and swept along with those of the more celebrated authors?

If you could choose, would you wish your newest title to be released by itself, or at the same time as several others?

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5 thoughts on “Keeping Track of Achievement

  1. joylene says:

    Good question. I know my publisher release a lot of children’s books, so I guess with others. It would be nice to share the limelight, plus I’d be in good company.

    Nice post, Carol. I think Canada got another medal in downhill snowboarding, but I’ve lost track. As I type Canada is beating Norway 4-0 in hockey. So much Olympics, so little time.

    • Canada’s fifth medal today was indeed in women’s snowboard cross… another gold. I think the men’s first hockey game ended at 8-0, their curling at 6-5, and the women’s first hockey at 10-0 and their curling at 5-4… all early games but a good start. 🙂

  2. elderfox says:

    Hey dear friend…been catching up on your blogs…finally 🙂 Been watching the Olympics (ice skating) and wondering why there isn’t the grea moves done befre…so many jumps and lack of rhythm to the chosen music(so it seems to me)… wuld have been great to have a good snowy winter. Be interesting to see what summer brings since we are already having it :.
    Hope you have/had a great visit with family…Cooper is a looker!

    mE

  3. elderfox says:

    mE again…apparently will have to type more slowly 🙂

    • Yes, we’ve been watching the figure skating, too. Interesting to see who scores better with different kinds of programs… some more technical, some better performed, etc. Will e-mail you to chat. 🙂

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