This was Jason’s opportunity to shine and to finally make people sit up and take notice. He contacted every member of his extended family, and a rather commodious family it was, too. He also reached out to all of his friends, as well. He let them all know that he was getting his own byline and his article was going to appear above the fold in the next edition of the local newspaper. He was sure that this was his chance to get in the thick of it, to prove his chops as a journalist.
The day after his article was published, Jason’s editor called him to her office to let him know that the reception to his piece was lukewarm at best. It was as if she had thrown a wet blanket over his head. How could he face his family and friends after this very public fiasco?
Feeling miserable and downtrodden, he went over to his girlfriend’s house and told her that he was giving up his dream to become a respected journalist. She walked up to him, put her arms around his neck, and said, “You’re a great writer, babe, and you enjoy writing so much. I think your writing skills could easily be convertible to blogging. You should start a blog.”
Jason chuckled. “A blog? Yeah, right. I wouldn’t know what to write about.”
“Oh come on, Jason. You’re a smart, articulate guy. You could write about anything,” she said. “Just look at what is going on in the world all around us, and the people you interact with every day. Offer your observations, perspectives, and opinions about life and love and politics and current events. There’s a lot happening that you feel strongly about. You should share your viewpoint, your insights, whatever.”
“Hmm,” Jason said. “That’s not a bad idea, hon. My blog could be literally about anything I wanted it to be about.”
“Exactly,” she said. “Your blog could be about, you know, this, that, and the other.”
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the idea is write a post in response to the phrase “in the thick of it.” Also for these daily prompts from yesterday: Your Daily Word Prompt (commodious), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (article), Word of the Day Challenge (lukewarm), Ragtag Daily Prompt (blanket), MMA Storytime (convertible), and The Daily Spur (world).