Last Tuesday, as with every week, I went to St. Louis and attended the staff meeting. This one, however, was a little bit different. Instead of checking up on the weekly occurrences or unexpected changes we normally talk about, we got to do something much more, at least in my opinion, exciting.
Not only were there bagels, fruit and cider (thank goodness I didn’t get my weekly scone at Starbucks on my way to the office), but everyone was brainstorming new ideas for the magazine.
With the new year around the corner, the editors were trying to think of creative changes to create an even more appealing magazine. With one of the larger sections disappearing along with the year 2009, we had about six or eight pages to fill and thus new sections to create. It’s amazing how much brainstorming goes into those few pages. We didn’t even fill all the pages yet. We only got almost half way there. The brainstorming continues.
Today I got my next assignment. I’m pretty excited about this one. Instead of just taking an assignment, which still ends up being fun and I always learn so much, I actually played a part in creating it. And I haven’t even started writing yet! Rebecca listened to my story ideas. I was so worried she was going to think they were either ridiculous or not creative enough, but they were good. At least that’s what I gather since all the stories I’m working on –– except for the profile –– came from my list.
With Thanksgiving coming up, it’ll be interesting to see if working on the Weight Loss section actually keeps me from eating all that apple pie, pecan pie or homebaked cookies. Doubt it.
Wishful thinking … but at least I’ll know exactly how to fix it after the fact!
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by Morgan Brown