Over the Top

“I read your column in the local newspaper today,” Jess said to her father.

“Oh yeah?” Ted said. “What did you think?”

“Are you sure you want me to tell you?”

“Well, Jess, since you brought it up out of the blue, I assume you have something to say about it,” Ted responded. “It’s certainly your right to express your opinion, sweetie, whether you agree with me or not, but if you’re going to impugn the way I wrote my column, there’s no question that the behavior of the woman I wrote about was out-of-line.”

“I don’t mean to criticize your perspective, Dad,” Jess said. “In fact, I think you’re right. But, Dad, it’s not so much the subject matter of your column as it is your style of writing. You’re very confrontational and I’m not sure it wasn’t over-the-top. I know you are trying to transcend writing for a local paper and are hoping to get noticed so you may someday write a column for one of the big, national newspapers, but I think you need to do some heavy-duty internalizing, Dad, about your niche.”

“What do you mean by that, Jess?” Ted asked. “I think my column today will get noticed and I’m sure I’m on the brink of being recruited by a paper like the Post or the Times.”

“Maybe so, Dad,” Jess said, “but you write an advice to the lovelorn column and I’m not sure there is a big demand for such columns if you’re striving for the big-time.”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (column), Your Daily Word Prompt (impugn), The Daily Spur (style), MMA Storytime (national), Word of the Day Challenge (internal), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (brink).

10 thoughts on “Over the Top

  1. Marleen February 8, 2021 / 3:24 pm

    I enjoyed this piece of writing and your use of prompts.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Sadje February 8, 2021 / 8:09 pm

    Hmmmm….. she is right, this style seems very outdated! πŸ˜ƒ

    Liked by 1 person

  3. leigha66 February 12, 2021 / 11:25 pm

    Good job with all the prompts in your story… do they still print those in papers? I haven’t seen an actual newspaper in years.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango February 12, 2021 / 11:42 pm

      I don’t know if the still have advice columns anymore. That, and horoscopes, never interested me.

      Liked by 2 people

      • leigha66 February 14, 2021 / 4:53 pm

        I had a friend in high school that would often read the horoscopes and we’d laugh at how wrong they were.

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