Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Week 9

October 17-October 23, 2010

Monday 3:30-5:30
Tuesday 12:00-7:00
Wendnesday 3:30-5:30
Thursday 11:30-6:00, 8:00-3:00 a.m.
Friday 11:30-3:00 a.m.

Total Hours: 28

Yes, you read that correctly-3 a.m.

I finished writing the events guide this week. My deadline was Thursday, but I only sent a draft to my editor on Thursday night. The finished product didn't get there until 3:00 on Monday morning. What a weekend!

I do feel it was pretty decent, and I am proud of my work.

I'm a little concerned with the time it took me. I think I'm a little slow at researching and writing. I have gotten faster in the last 2 years. In the summer of 2008 I worked for The Oklahoma Daily. I had never written for a publication before, and I was freaked. My first story took 10 hours to write. Is that not crazy? The same type of story would take me about 3 hours to finish now, so that's an improvement. :)

I was given two weeks to complete the Events Guide. My editor requested 140-150 events. I think that would have been enough time, plus some change, if I worked fulltime. But, since I only work 15-20 hours a week, it was a struggle to complete the events guide by deadline. And in the end, I didn't.

The editor was very understanding. She said it was only the second time she's assigned the Events Guide, so her timing of how long it should take to complete might have been a little off. I was relieved that she was so cool about it. In J school, we learn that deadlines are non-negotiable. That might not be the case in the real world.

Needless to say, I'm glad it's done. And as a bonus, I got an assignment to write another story. I love it when a plan starts coming together!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Week 8

October 10 - October 16, 2010

Monday 3:30-5:30
Tuesday 11:30-5:30
Wednesday 3:30-5:30
Thursday 11:30-5:30

Total Hours: 16

I spent all week researching the Events Guide for the Jan/Feb issue. I had no idea there was so much work involved. Sometimes, I have to get up and walk around the office, because it gets frustrating. I don't know what that means, except it's pretty tedious work.

We try to come up with 140 to 150 events. Thankfully, Oklahoma's a big state. There's actually more going on than I thought.

That's it. That's all I worked on this week, but I feel like I've worked exceptionally hard.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Week 7

October 3 - October 9, 2010

Monday 3:30 - 5:30
Tuesday 11:30 - 5:30
Wednesday 3:30 - 5:30
Thursday 11:30 - 5:30

Total Hours: 16

There's a much lighter mood in the office this week. The deadline pressures are off, and people are more relaxed. We had celebratory cupcakes from Cuppies and Joe, and we even left a little early on Friday.

It's always a good feeling. When you've worked so hard at something and the payoff finally comes, the soul commands that you revel in your victory. I suspect this is how I'll feel when I finally graduate too. After more than 10 years of college, I will undboubtedly want to shout from the highest mountain top. Most people will think I'm crazy. But, who cares? I'll probably do it anyway!

I was asked to do some research this week, so I believe we will waste no time getting started on the next issue. I suppose that's good. I don't do very well when I'm bored.

And, just when I thought I would do nothing but research and factchecking in this internship, the assistant editor asked me to put together the Events Guide for the Jan/Feb issue.

Isn't that exciting? I will have my very first byline in a magazine that people actually pay cash money for. My mom will be so proud. :)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Week 6

September 26 - October 2, 2010

Monday 3:30-5:30
Tuesday 11:30 - 6:00
Wednesday 3:30-6:00
Thursday 11:30-6:00

Total Hours: 17.5

Things are getting really intense, since the magazine has to be done at the end of October.

I went to the creative offices this week, to give one of the editors some updated information. It was a very nice downtown OKC office in an old building, and it was very casual. I wouldn't mind working in a laidback atmosphere like that, as opposed to the corporate world of cubicles. So blah, so dehumanizing!

Plus it was very near the McNellie's in OKC. Next time I have to drop off something at the end of the day, I will stop off for a pint or porter. That's how they order beer in Ireland. "I'll have a pint of porter." I'm not sure if Guiness is porter, but it looks very similar to the porter I drank in Ireland-dark and rich.

The work is the same. I'm just researching and factchecking, - a lot! On Thursday I didn't even have time to go down to "The Buzz" for a latte. No worries, though. We'll get through it. And probably in the next week or two, things will slow way down.

I can't wait to see what the theme of Jan/Feb issue will be. This military issue has been very educational. I've learned so much about the military and about military institutions in Oklahoma. I can't wait to learn about something else.