Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hell to Quell

And so begins a NEW chapter in The Book of Lenslinger, in which our elusive news shooter sheds his street cred for a peek at the bigger picture...

 

Weathered SlingerWhen last I left you, my head was in a fog. Some days, it still is. But if eighteen months of lurching uncertainty have taught me anything, it's that 'Living in the Past' is a better Jethro Tull album than recipe for glee. Ya feel me? Probably not. Doesn't matter. I'm writing for myself these days. When I'm writing at all. Once upon a time, frothy blather dripped from my every pore and formed unsettled puddles of snark.

No more. Now, I struggle with where to begin and how to end. What gives? I use to dry-fart shiny passages while waiting for stoplights to change. Hell, I once sneezed an entire thesis while ordering take-out! These days, I can't so much as scribble a grocery list without struggling over tone. What gives? Why can a guy who used to churn out words at a dizzying clip find himself unable to jot down a web address without hours of soul-searching? It's simple, really....

Heartbreak.

If you can't understand how such a thing can affect one's literary output, you've obviously never had your soul stepped on.  I have - the day my beautiful wife announced she didn't want to be my beautiful wife anymore. To say it shook me to the core is underselling it. I curled up into a fetal ball and wept for the better part of a year. After a great deal of wallowing, I got up off that floor and followed some of the smartest people I knew straight down the interstate. That's right, if the collapse of a twenty-three year marriage wasn't enough personal upheaval, I decided to leave a job I truly loved. Which is why you'll find me ninety minutes south of the Piedmont, thrusting lenses into the hands of Millennials and pleading for a little sequencing. You guessed it...



I turned house-cat.

Officially, my title is 'News Operations Manager'. It's a lofty appellation, alright, but after seven months of equipping young journalists with all the tools of television, it's one I'm comfortable with. And now that I'm seemingly secure in my new surroundings, I'd like to get back to writing again. 'About what?' you ask. TV News, of course. It's what I've always written about and for the past half  year I've been preaching my prose to a collection of twenty-somethings - most of whom have never even heard of 'Lenslinger'. I'd like to change that and this long-delayed blog post is the first wobbly step in that direction...

So join me, won't you, in my renewed efforts to get my mojo back. I greatly appreciate all the reader e-mail I've received - even the ones calling me a coward for staying quiet so long. I have no idea where this blog will go next, but I can assure you, it's going somewhere. The tone may change, the bitterness will surely fade - but I promise you I'll call it like I see it (at least as much as I can I can while staying employed). Whether or not you'll join me remains to be seen, but in the end it doesn't matter. A writer's gotta write, a bird's gotta sing and this bruised news shooter simply has to run his mouth on-line.

Stay tuned...

15 comments:

Don Moore said...

Welcome back to writing.

Jim said...

I went through my own marriage-falling-apart-and-two-years-of-hell 10 years ago. You'll find a new voice. Glad to see you're now priming that pump.

Paul Harrop said...

Much love, brother. Welcome back.

Richard Pittman said...

Glad to see you've got your head above water again. Keep in touch

the artist formerly known as Jorge Guapo said...

Glad to see this from you. While I'm out of the TV news game now, I still keep tabs on my old brethren as they fight the good fight.

Miami Fan said...

It's good to see you moving forward...again!

Now...when is your next submission here?

I don't want to go another year-plus checking a dead blog only to have to re-boomark it again!

Best always man!

Kyle D said...

Glad you're back. Your pithy prose was missed.

Kent J. Krizik said...

You don't know me from Adam, but I'm hopeful I can enjoy your prose and insights on a regular basis once again. Just do it.

turdpolisher said...

Welcome back. Just don't go all producery on us, or I'll have to drag you back out on the street make you backpedal with the big glass!

MarkBell said...

Nice to have you back. The baggage never goes, but the life after it can be different. In the end it's all about you, and that's why you're coming back to writing. You got to. And many of us want you to....

Thanks Stew. Welcome back home to the home you really had, but may not have realized. You'll likely always have it. The rest is just stuff.

Our Daily Fred said...

Welcome back. I've missed the snark, the insight, the laughs, the humor that only news people can get, but mainly the snark.

Mark Neuling said...

Glad I checked in and welcome back. Good luck to you and your girls during this life transition.

Jimmy said...

A new writing voice will do you good.

As much as all of this sucks, just remember that everything good in your life came because of change.

This is no different.

Much peace and decent beers to you my friend

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Rabunzella said...

Thought of you today after learning of about the shooting of the WDBJ7 news team in Moneta, VA. Hope you've found a new sense of post-marriage normalcy. Write some more...it's therapeutic (and entertaining). Tell your folks to be safe out there...

Paige (Pat McKemie's old roommate)