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Thursday, September 11, 2008

The cool thing about what I do now

What I like about my new job?
 
I can walk up to anybody I want and ask them any question I want: Why did you vote 'no' on that proposition? Did you hide any money? Are the police helping you? (I've never been afraid to ask anybody anything and this new writing job at the Star-Telegram is right up my alley).
 
I get paid to schmooze (sometimes with real famous people) and then to write about what I squeezed out of my schmoozing. There is nothing like a conversation over drinks with a councilman that leads to a story.
 
I get my name in the paper.
 
I work days, mostly. I don't have to lift anything heavier than a stapler.
 
The more you write, the more of a following you get. I won't have nearly the following I had in the 1990s, when I covered the Cowboys, wrote a column and was on a weekly radio show. But hey, writing about government is sure to bring out political wonk fans.
 
 
What I miss about my old job as an editor?
 
One thing. As an editor, you get to judge the works of others, and if their work needs help, you suggest ways the story can be better. If the story does not turn out great, the person who is ultimately judged is the writer. But as a writer, everything you do is subject to second-guessing. Write it stronger. Start it differently. Use a better quote. Talk to more sources.
If you don't have thick skin as a writer, then this isn't the job for you. (Good thing my skin is thick as an elephant's). Still, there are days when I'm a little sensitive, when the slightest frown by an editor reading my story can have me questioning my own confidence. But those days are rare. I think I'm a good writer and won't be undone by some editor who wishes I would have written "said" instead of "says"
 

8 Comments:

Anonymous Single Mom Seeking said...

Bravo for being a reporter. With the state of newspapers these days, it's a rare thing.

Yet another reason I read your blog: I was a former newspaper reporter. Now I mostly write for magazines... certainly not the same.

September 12, 2008 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger rodney said...

I used to write for my local newspaper when I was in high school, mostly covering my school's varsity football team. The paper even sported me a press pass for the sidelines. Talk about best seat in the house. I remember being irritated whenever the editor would change something in my article. I always thought my version was better. Anyway, sorry to ramble. Your post exhumed some old memories.

September 12, 2008 at 3:59 PM  
OpenID lyonsdal said...

Needless to say, I am very proud of you. You've been writing for a really long time!! I can remember when you first got started as a little boy!!

September 12, 2008 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

I must agree with that, you are a very good writer.
Nothing like the feeling of liking a job (well, there is the feeling of finishing a marathon...)where you spend most of your conscious hours (or unconscious)

September 13, 2008 at 3:02 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

and if you get tickets to cover Madonna in NY, let me know, I need to buy me a couple!

September 13, 2008 at 3:03 PM  
Blogger rebecca said...

The Lamb

(1)

Little Lamb, who made thee?

Dost thou know who made thee?

Gave thee life and bid thee feed

By the stream and o'er the mead:

Gave thee clothing of delight,

Softest clothing, woolly, bright;

Gave thee such a tender voice,

Making all the vales rejoice?

Little Lamb, who made thee?

Dost thou know who made thee?

(2)

Little Lamb, I'll tell thee,

He is called by thy name,

For He calls Himself a Lamb.

He is meek and He is mild;

He became a little child.

I a child, and thou a lamb,

We are called by His name.

Little Lamb, God bless thee!

Little Lamb, God bless thee!

~~~by aoc power leveling

September 13, 2008 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger DawnB said...

Having a job you love....heaven

September 14, 2008 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Just12Finish said...

Good luck with the new gig!

September 20, 2008 at 2:17 PM  

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