There are occupational hazards to every job, and the other day I fell upon one of being a YA author...
I should start by telling you I am the publicity co-chair for my son’s high school. For their recent Homecoming Game, my assignment was to do a write-up on the crowning of the Homecoming Queen for submission to the local papers. Which is right up my Top Ten Uses For an Unworn Prom Dress alley, huh?
The afternoon of the game, my younger son asked if he had a practice later. “Yes,” I told him. “But Dad’s going to take you. I have to go cover Homecoming for the papers.”
My son got real silent, and when I looked over at him, his face was contorted with worry. "Mom?” he said tentatively. “Don't you think they should find someone, you know, who actually understands football, to do that?"
It took me a moment to realize he thought I had meant the game coverage. And I could just imagine what had been charging through his head, that I’d write something like:
“Omigod, so the hottie in the white helmet did a body slam against some bruiser on the other team, and can you buh-LEEVE he grabbed the ball from the guy's hands? I mean, people, someone could get hurt here...”
After I assured him that the actual game would be covered by a sports professional--and that I was perfectly capable of writing news copy on the crowning--we got a good laugh out of it.
Have you come across any misconceptions or hazards relating to your job(s)?
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