I just finished stories No. 46 and No. 47 for the month. Just to put this further in perspective, I wrote 36 in July and and 32 in June, although that's pretty good for June because I was gone for almost two work weeks. There were 38 in May and 42 in April. That's all according to my personal archive system on my computer.
OK, so because this is my own venting forum at times, I'd like to share what I only wish I could share with some of these people sitting in this office with me:
--Busyness shouldn't be unexpected. We work at a newspaper, a deadline-driven world where it's usually good if we tell people the news first. Sometimes that means one day will be busier than the next. Get over it. Just get it done.
--Our publisher doesn't need to be in pictures, unless there's a specific reason. Being invited to tour the new Student Recreation and Wellness Center on campus with the city council is NOT one of them. Yes, I took the picture. But she was totally in a postion in which we could crop her out of the picture. Apparently that doesn't make sense to certain people here.
--I understand overtime is expense. But don't ask your employees what they've been doing. Read the paper. It will be evident what they've been doing.
--Then there's another guy, I'll call him Harry, who has worked here for longer than almost anyone and he asks questions that he really shouldn't be asking if he has been paying a fraction of attention to anything he's be doing here over the past seven or however many years.
--Oh, and then there's Lloyd, at least that's what I'm calling him, and his obnoxiously loud voice. He must not have been taught about inside and outside voices. And I think his wife hung up on his this morning. He likes to listen to my phone calls and then ask questions about really anything, even though those things are absolutely none of his business. But I refrained from asking about the argument he and his wife were apparently having, mainly because I don't really care.
I'm sure I could go on, but those are just this morning's moments from the office.