My RRJ feature was due in a little under six days, and I was on the phone with Carla discussing some last-minute fundraiser details, when Carla passed the phone to Jesse. "You know that story you wrote two years ago about Scrabble players? My feature writer for this week fell through. . ."
I cut Jesse off. "It's unpublishable. I wrote it in second year. And it's only 600 words. How many words do you need?"
"About 1200-1500. Or 1000, and I'll just do something with graphics."
"By when?" Feature writers usually get two weeks to write a story. I knew I was only going to get a week.
My humming and hawing lasted for about 30 seconds while Jesse kept insisting that I shouldn't feel pressure to write him a feature. But the decision was easy.
"My RRJ feature is due on Monday. I'll do it."
I love nothing more than a good excuse to procrastinate.
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