… This Just In …



[Breaking News: from another strangely irrelevant moment in our news room…]

As our editor passes through the newsroom, a reporter looks up from her computer screen.

Reporter: “Have you assigned anyone to cover the Psychic Fair this weekend?”

Editor: “I was thinking about doing it.”

Reporter: “Really?”

Editor: “No, not really. And you’re obviously not psychic, so it won’t be you.”

Me: [remaining quiet and still]

Editor: “This sounds like you’re beat.”

Me: [Dropping back in my chair] “Really? Why me?”

Editor: “How did you know I meant you? Obviously you must be psychic. Therefore it’s your assignment.”

Me: “I think my life line just shrank.”

Editor: “You should get that looked at while you’re there.”

(Ned is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation. You can write to him at nhickson@thesiuslawnews.com, or at Siuslaw News, P.O. Box 10, Florence, Ore. 97439)

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writerโ€™s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

23 thoughts on “… This Just In …”

  1. But you ‘just know’ it will be great, right? Oh–and why not write the story right now since you already know what it’s about and what will happen. Easy assignment ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Funny stuff that my ESP failed to forward to my brain. But wait! Here it is coming in, like your typewriter’s tapping,slowly… Could you quiet down, I have a wine hangover!

    1. I’m typing with gloves on now โ€” does that help? If not, maybe it’s because I have a Vodka hangover and it only FEELS like I’m typing with gloves on… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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