Thursday, 29 September 2011

What Do the RWC 2011 and UV2012 Have in Common?

The two things being the Rugby World Cup 2011 and Undiscovered Voices 2012 for those readers who are acronym-challenged.

The answer is I have an emotional investment in both events.

So rugby first and it's all about Wales. On Sunday they play Fiji on Sunday in a game they should win fairly comfortably but I thought the same thing 4 years ago, right up to the final whistle. But this time Wales seem to have a young team of big, super fit Spartans. I'm feeling lucky and that's when things go wrong.

Evil Fiji
If Wales defeat Fiji they have quite a lovely, probable route to the final. Ireland in the quarter-finals, England or France in the Semi-final. It does seem like it could happen. But first they have to beat Fiji, so I'll be up stupidly early on Sunday morning to watch them. If they win and Scotland put England out on Saturday morning it would be a really good weekend. I'll be getting a beating from Lauren for writing that as soon as she reads it.

Undiscovered Voices looms on the horizon. I think the judging takes place this week and I keep imagining the three manuscripts I sent in for it. Sometimes they've already been shredded and recycled. Sometimes in a scruffy pile of manuscripts in the centre of a table, surrounded by the judges arguing, and gesturing wildly as they endlessly smoke and drink.

My UV2012 entry?
With the rugby it's easy to watch, though it means a fair bit to me it is just a game and I have absolutely no power over the outcome, no matter how much I shout and leap and whoop. But Undiscovered Voices is different. It's all down to me. In the few months since I entered I've been scared to look at my entry. I've been scared because I'm probably better at this writing thing now than I was then (I hope I am anyway). What if I spot something terrible? With it I get some very black and white feedback. If I win I get to know why, if I lose I don't get anything. I just know I wasn't good enough. At least I can see Wales playing rubbish rugby and know why they lose.

On the plus side if I do lose I only have to wait 2 years to enter again. If Wales lose  on Sunday and get knocked out of the world cup it'll be another 4 long years.

But Wales will probably win and so will I.

Because we are awesome!