This was going to be the week when I’d have time to dig into that red box of clip files and notes. I’d have time to figure out the answer the big mystery behind my first investigative reporting. I’d have …
What I didn’t have was the box. I left that in Connecticut when I headed to Vermont. Such is the problem with multiple projects and multiple offices. We’ll have to wait until next week — or perhaps later — for the great unveiling.
I did have time, but not the large uninterrupted blocks I was hoping for, at least for the first couple of days. Routine responsibilities took over. Instead, I used the short blocks of time to post — and pre-post — more journal entries from my breakout year as a freelancer. By the time you read this, we should have filled out the remainder of the month.
I’m experimenting with the formula. Instead of separate posts for each day, I’m excerpting several days together to work on a theme. That way you and I don’t have to deal with daily posts of incremental progress, and can follow a scene over several days in one essay.
Meanwhile, I did have some time Thursday to dedicate to the Bubble Wrap book. More on that as it develops, although that and the box of clips may have to wait a few weeks. We have a family reunion of sorts coming up over the next couple of weeks that will cut into work time. One must set priorities (and limits).
Finally, neither of the newspapers I submitted “Red, White, and Blue” to this month had the space to publish it on Flag Day. Unfortunately, this is a problem that will get worse before it gets better as advertising continues to decline, squeezing the news hole.
In case you missed it …
Reading Time: 2 minutes I didn’t have the necessary devotion, interest, motivation, or drive to continue my legal studies. Had I subconsciously decided not to return to the law?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Biking through the countryside gave me a new view of the paper’s coverage area, and time to think about the stories I wanted to tell.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Does a reporter create a conflict of interest by accepting publicity work from the subject of a story? It could have become a tangled web.
Reading Time: < 1 minutes As a writer, I should care more about what other people think and less about what they think of me.