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my job: the motion picture

I love being a freelance journalist. But sometimes you have to laugh at this business. In the middle of writing an easy-sounding story that turned out to be not such a piece of cake, I decided to procrastinate by writing my own movie on Xtranormal. Here it is, an animated look at the life of a freelance writer. Do I sound bitter? I hope not. Reviews welcome. (For the record, the editor of the easy-sounding story is one of the good guys. It was some of the publicists who were making my life miserable.)



Reader Comments (14)

Cinema verite? Or is it a documentary? Hmmm. "The Drapes of Wrath"?

Thu, December 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartin Booe

Loved it - although you could have substituted a number of national magazines that would have done the same.

Fri, December 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterErik Sherman

This pretty much sums up my career in a nutshell. It is hilarious. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to swallow some arsenic...

Sat, December 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeslie Pepper

I am not a writer, but thought this was very funny. Unfortunately you could substitute many of today's working environments to this situation - more work, less pay.

Wed, December 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKara H.

Have you been taping conversations with my editors?

Thu, December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPenny

I was laughing so hard, especially about the part where she says, no you have to track them down, only 10,000 phone calls.

Fri, December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaurie

Thank you! This sums up why I'm going back to grad school to get a degree where I can make a living and write for fun because writing for a living is killing my soul. Lord.

Fri, December 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

Watching this was like staring in a mirror. A horrible, self-esteem-crushing cracked mirror. I miss old media.

Mon, December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFREElancers

Why the hell are you spending your time making videos? You owe me a story on women who wear $2 million bras!

Mon, December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJack

Oh god, it's so so true. It's SO TRUE.

Mon, December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

Loved it. Nice work, Lauren.

Mon, December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew McMillen

I love this, its all so true

Thu, December 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMegan Champion

Unbelievable TRUTHs!!!!

Sat, December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

My shrieks of hysteria brought the kids running. I couldn't explain it to them. But they did laugh at the line, "Twenty years ago, I was in Pre-school..."
Maybe they were laughing at the color of my face by that point.
This is brilliant.

Mon, December 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Tilsner

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