Well that didn’t work… my evanescent attempt at writing for someone else. My job as a college sports writer did not go well. Assignments and deadlines were given, files opened and a blank screen appeared before me awaiting my clever words. But the words did not come. Three days I stared at the whiteness without so much as even a title coming to mind. My mind just raced from one thing to another, important things, what am I going to have for lunch, maybe the trash needs taken out, do the cats have food, how much propane do I have, are the car tires inflated properly, did the mail come yet… Still sitting there staring at a blank screen at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday night I finally had to face the futility of it. So I emailed the guy and told him I was done. Shortest job I ever had… shattering my previous record of two weeks as a bus boy at a Holiday Inn when I was a kid.
Immediately my mind began to clear and it came to me that I am already a writer for a big company and all I lack is the credentials for the new avenue. So I logged into my Examiner account and figured out how to request the new title of College Sports Examiner, as well as Colorado Rockies and Broncos Examiner. So I had to come up with five titles for potential articles and write a sample article. Days of writers block faded immediately and in just under two hours I had written a thousand words. The next day I received the news that I have been approved for the title of College Sports Examiner. So now I can do my reporting and photography my own way, with my own deadlines and my own vision.
The moral of the story? I don’t know… maybe some of us just weren’t meant to be supervised. Maybe for some of us, another person’s vision only serves to obscure our own. Going to take a couple of days for the stress to fade, perhaps a hard run at tomorrow’s Emma Crawford Coffin Races in Manitou Springs will be the right medicine 🙂 The races and festival are going to be a blast so come and cheer us on!