Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Back in my old chair

Before moving up, up and away to Ross River, my insatiable curiosity was always being fed. I worked as a reporter at a daily newspaper, and I was always challenegd with finding an angle, finding a story and telling that story from a different perspective.
I wasn't happy to give up that job, but a forced move to a little Kaska town with no media outlet didn't leave me much choice. I freelanced from Ross River whenever something newsworthy happened in our neck of the woods, but otherwise, I wrote for pleasure and kept busy working at the school and raising Abby for the first year and a half of her life.
When we moved back to town last summer, I knew the option of returning to work was available. I knew I still had the curiosity of a reporter, and it's always wonderful to be paid to write, but I couldn't do it. I chose to stay home with Abby, where her life may be routine and appear typical to anyone looking in, but where I had to seize the chance to witness her growth first-hand.
That said, I still enjoy coming here and to my personal journal to write. And I've thoroughly enjoyed freelance writing opportunities that have come my way.
This week, one such opportunity sees me sitting at my old desk in my old newsroom, filling in for a week while a reporter is on vacation. I am loving it.
I am tickled and invigorated by writing to deadline. I love knowing the crunch is on to tell a story accurately and completely, but still find ways to bring life to the writing with clever descriptors and metaphors.
I love calling people and asking what they think, what it all means. I love being right in the middle of the news everyone is talking about anyway.
So, at least for a week, I am wearing my reporter hat again (metaphorically. I don't do fedoras) flexing my news writing muscle.
I must say, the days seem to pass by so much quicker in working mama world. It seems I get a brief glance at Abby in the morning and a short visit after work before she sleeps. And then it' s sleep, rise and repeat.
This week is definitely giving me some perspective on how I want to live this life right now, and what I want out of it. I'll keep you posted on my transcendental questions and answers in the newsroom.

1 comment:

  1. I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say after the end of the week!


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