Watching the Olympics, I thought about h

Watching the Olympics, I thought about how hard the athletes work to get to the top of their sport. Some work very hard, making their sport the center of their lives, moving to wherever is the best place to train, leaving family behind, making their sport their full-time job and doing whatever else is necessary to make it to the Olympics. Others spend their spare time perfecting something they enjoy as a past-time. Think of the difference between figure skating and curling. One is often a full-time job, the other is merely a rather demanding past-time.
Writing is like that. Some stories grab you and keep you at the computer until it’s on paper. Others can be dabbled at during spare moments whenever there is time. Sometimes the writer knows what is ahead, as when much research is required, other times it’s a complete surprise when the story takes over their life.
Either way, though, as in the Olympics, the result is what’s important. That well-crafted product that says and does what the writer hoped for at the beginning.
I think Earth Legend will be such a story. It began as a quickie romance that I decided to set on a space ship because I like space ships. It is a romance, that part is surprisingly integral to the plot, but it’s more. It’s also a statement about humanity moving beyond our home planet and that was a big surprise to me. Not a big statement, I’m not into that kind of thing, I just tell stories, but there’s no doubt that the space ship Goliath is carrying people to a new life beyond the solar system.
Which brings me to another subject. The working name for the space ship is Goliath. I’m not sure it’s the right name, however, because David slew Goliath and I don’t want this ship to have any such problems. If anyone has a better name for a behemoth of a space ship, let me know. I could use the help.

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