It’s only the first day of March and already the madness has begun.
It gets this way every year … and every year I try to tell myself it will be better. Sadly, I don’t think it will be … not this year anyway!
On the last Saturday of March, the Daily Globe publishes a huge special section called the Annual Report. There’s another word for it in the newsroom, but we’ve been told we can’t call it by that anymore.
It’s just a lot of work … 36 stories, divided unevenly, between newsroom staff and stringers. I, along with reporters Laura Grevas and Justine Wettschreck, were assigned six each. Finding time to do the interviews and write the stories while still doing our day-to-day workload is stressful … and it always leads to one cranky farm reporter.
My problem is finding a balance. While I should be spending every night at home, plugging away at my keyboard and churning out stories, there is a tug coming from a little, yet well-known, basketball town some 40 minutes away.
Nephew Matt is a senior this year on the Ellsworth basketball team. I have probably made it to a handful of games all season, but it’s getting down to the wire. I have come to realize there won’t be many opportunities left to see him on the court.
My free nights for writing have now turned into night trips to E-Town … starting with tonight, and then again Thursday night when we’re going to rock the house with Worthington in the Ellsworth gym, and again on Saturday, when the boys take on their first opponent in the tournaments. At least that game is in Worthington … and before noon!
Between basketball games, a couple of night meetings and a couple of nights proofing pages at the office, these next two weeks do not allow for much evening writing at home.
I have a feeling there will be many late nights, and perhaps even some early mornings if I’m really behind, before the deadlines arrive.
March … people call it madness because of basketball. I call it madness because it just plain is.
It will also be a March miracle if I don’t erupt under the stress of close ball games and looming deadlines at some point!