When you see an article with my name on it go up at FanSided, I may have finished writing/formatting it a few minutes ago or a few DAYS ago. The record so far is when I wrote the piece about Ian McShane’s role on GoT Season 6 and it was FOUR DAYS before the editor finally hit Publish on it. By that point it was like, literally, no one cares anymore.
This time, it’s simply been waiting since last night, and counting. I was told the article needed to be available by today, and…it’s still pending. It was on “editing” status for, not even exaggerating, HOURS, earlier today, and again this evening, and it’s still not even scheduled. I’m pretty sure it’s not THAT bad. I saw less-proofread content published on the site today. I don’t actually think the editor was spending that much time editing my piece; more likely he accessed it in editing mode and just left it there for hours while he did other things. BUT STILL. It’s not like no one’s even gotten a chance to look at it yet!
To be clear, I don’t think they’re deliberately ignoring or de-prioritizing my writing. I think this is simply a matter of the editors being over-extended and not having their shit together. And I guess that can’t be helped, so the practical question for me is: why the fuck did I stay up on Sunday night to write a piece for a website that could not expect to get it published for a day afterwards? I could’ve spent that time sleeping. I need to get up early and go to work on Monday morning, and by “work,” I mean that place I go and do the thing that gets me paid enough money to exist as an adult independent human. I’d like to think of writing as my work, but it’s the Accountant job that keeps a roof over my head. So why did I sacrifice sleep to bang out an article that nobody is in any rush to approve? I could have waited longer, put more thought into the matter, written a better article, and slept a longer night before showing up to my money-making job where people appreciate it if I’m not a cranky bitch.
So that’s what I’ll do next week: I expect to have the article that’s due ASAP after the episode, and that’s the one that actually gets published ASAP, and if I volunteer for another, more individual assignment in response to the episode, I’ll take my freaking time at it. The more time I have to think about something, the better a job I do of writing it, whereas when I finish something clearly bears only the most tangential relationship to when you guys see it.
Ah, right, I just now checked the FanSided app on my phone, and now my new article is available. Go read it: Rickon Stark returns…to Ramsay Bolton. I now wish to add: the presence of Osha as part of the “gift” with Rickon makes that gift especially suspect. Ramsay doesn’t need Osha. Nobody needs Osha except for Rickon. Her inclusion makes the difference between a fresh hostage and a Trojan horse. Oh, and that wolf head looks awfully small for a grown direwolf.