Alright, I’m just going to get this out of my system and maybe then I’ll have some luck writing the piece that I was supposed to have sent…about 2 hours ago. Well, actually 2 months ago, but the most recent deadline was 2 hours ago. See why I need to write this pronto?
Recently, a friend sent me a link to this brilliant, brilliant Tumblr. It’s probably a little funnier if you have some experience of working as a journalist but even if you haven’t, the “humour has legs” as someone once said to (let us ignore that they were making this observation about American Pie). Now I’m basically in love with #real talk from your editor, which means I visit it about 2987 times a day and every time I see a GIF, I feel like it’s been created to provide insight into my work life.
For example, you probably see the a shot from A Clockwork Orange when you see the GIF below. Me, I see it with a headline.
WHEN I SEE A STAFF WRITER HAS CHANGED THE DEFAULT SETTING OF ENGLISH (U.K.) IN MICROSOFT WORD AND SET THE LANGUAGE OPTION TO ENGLISH (U.S.)
Because seriously, how do these people forget that we use British spelling in this country? Why, why must I be the one who has to carpet-bomb an article with u’s, l’s and s’s?
Exhibit B, which to most people should be a somewhat creepy child with weird hair, but for me is:
WHEN THE MAGAZINE COMES OUT AND I REALISE THE PRICE OF ONE OF THE TOP ADVERTISER’S PRODUCTS HAS BEEN PRINTED WRONG:
WHEN 15TH AUGUST OR ANY OTHER NATIONAL HOLIDAY ENDS UP BEING A WORKING DAY
BECAUSE WE’RE BEHIND SCHEDULE
I am now more tempted than ever to start up a Tumblr account, just to waffle about with GIFs.
Instead, I will grit my teeth and not, I repeat not, set up yet another online addiction. Instead, I will focus on the work at hand and not let myself get distracted.
WHEN I HAVE ONE HOUR TO WRITE AN ARTICLE THAT I SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO: