Youngest Junior Hall is hanging about here for a bit as he reorganizes his life goals (which mostly just means building up his bank account so he can move into his own place). And it’s not too terribly difficult sharing space again, but then he’ll forget and walk into the house when I’m watching some sporting event.
Me (yelling): HOW did you think that was a good idea, throwing a pass when Julio has seven guys guarding him?
John: Do you have to yell?
Me: Yes. How else is that coach gonna know what to do?
John: Oh, that’s right. I forgot you’re an expert on every sport.
Me: Well, maybe not an expert. But I know enough not to throw–WHY DID THEY DO THE EXACT SAME THING??? (This is where I turn off the TV and leave the room.)
John (groaning): What is wrong with you?
Me (yelling from the kitchen): There is nothing wrong with me. This is how I watch football.
And baseball, and maybe even a tense golf match (though I’ll admit that there’s not as much yelling whilst watching golf.) It’s just that I’m a little competitive; I like to win. And I feel that my yelling in the privacy of my own home–to name just one of my many winning strategies–helps my team on to victory.
I have winning strategies when it comes to writing, too. And I’ve shared a few over at The Muffin today in “How to Win Contests (Or At Least an Honorable Mention)”. There’s no yelling, just pretty good advice for any writer, no matter what competition you choose to enter.
(But just an FYI here, the Falcons did win last night so who’s wrong now, John Hall?)