… This Just In …

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…TAT-tat-tat-TAT-TAT-tat-tat-TAT…

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

There’s nothing like deadline days at a newspaper. Except maybe closing an oven door on your head repeatedly for 8 to 10 hours. It is a day filled with split-second decisions, each of which can lead to rippling ramifications in terms of overall ink usage. Today was a true test of our abilities as a news room: A key story had fallen through; we were down one reporter; and we were completely out of Cheetos in our vending machine. It was in essence, the “perfect storm” scenario when my editor called me into her office…

Editor: “I think I have a solution for our missing story, and I’d like you to write it up.”

Me: “Sure thing, Chief. What is it?”

Editor: “It’s a story I’ve been sitting on for a while.”

Me: “Um, I’m not reaching under there.”

Editor: “Get out.”

Me: “But what about…”

Editor: “Get OUT! And buy some Cheetos while you’re at it!”

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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 writer’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...

21 thoughts on “… This Just In …”

    1. “Getting good” is a matter of perspective! πŸ™‚

      And though I’ve never been in a major storm at sea, I still get a knot in my stomach whenever I watch the final 30 minutes of “The Perfect Storm.”

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