Pierre Desir and the e-mail you hate getting

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 9.40.42 AMWrote a lengthy Bleacher Report story that ran today on Pierre Desir, Lindenwood University football player and upcoming NFL draft pick. I was quite happy with the piece; Tweeted it out, etc … etc.Then, this e-mail …

Screen Shot 2014-05-05 at 10.41.25 AMKiller.

Absolute killer.

The beauty of the web is that things can be fixed, and—quickly—Wichita became Topeka. But, as a writer, it doesn’t make me feel any better.

I completed this article at 4 am—eyed red, mind sloppy. Tired, beaten, etc. It’s sorta how I write the longer offerings. I hunker down, knowing I’ll be tortured and deadened by the process, but knowing no other way. I’ll stare at the clock, check SI.com, write, have a bite of cheese, write, see what’s on HBO, write, pace, moan, write, listen to Bubba Sparxxx, write some more. Then, when I’m ready to collapse, I collapse.

Story in.

Usually, this works for me. Every so often, however, Topeka becomes Wichita, and I look like a friggin’ amateur.

The guy who e-mailed me was named Kirk. At first, I was agitated. That vanished. He was 100-percent correct in the criticism, and I told him so. Wrote this …

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4 thoughts on “Pierre Desir and the e-mail you hate getting”

  1. Yep. Totally know that process of agitation toward the commenter, then yourself, then back to the reality that you did screw up, and it’s not the end of the world. Good piece. Universal feeling by many writers…

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