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Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: July 12, 2017, 09:47:44 am »
So, I've been solicited to write an article for a relatively well known national security/military website (it's not War On The Rocks, as awesome as that would be).  It's a little odd, but quite flattering, because the website in question usually puts out requests for articles and then presumably picks from the pieces they are sent, and they usually publish pieces from current and former military and intelligence officials, and I'm not either of those barring my two weeks blowing up things for the Royal Engineering Corps.

Only problem is, I have absolutely no clue what to write.  They've not given me a timetable, and I am travelling for the next 2 weeks anyway, but it's mildly frustrating.

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Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2017, 11:15:13 am »
So, I've been solicited to write an article for a relatively well known national security/military website (it's not War On The Rocks, as awesome as that would be).  It's a little odd, but quite flattering, because the website in question usually puts out requests for articles and then presumably picks from the pieces they are sent, and they usually publish pieces from current and former military and intelligence officials, and I'm not either of those barring my two weeks blowing up things for the Royal Engineering Corps.

Only problem is, I have absolutely no clue what to write.  They've not given me a timetable, and I am travelling for the next 2 weeks anyway, but it's mildly frustrating.

They don't give you a brief or anything? Just "We'd like an article."?
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2017, 01:15:14 pm »
Yes, they went out of their way to say that my article didn't have to be one of their solicited pieces, just noting my research and previous writing would likely be a good fit for the topics they cover.

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Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2017, 01:16:55 pm »
Goddamnit I want beer, I want sushi, I want a fucking melty chocolate chip cookie, and lemon meringue pie.  :argh!:

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2017, 01:22:54 pm »
Yes, they went out of their way to say that my article didn't have to be one of their solicited pieces, just noting my research and previous writing would likely be a good fit for the topics they cover.

What do you feel a passion or see a necessity for as a topic? They're giving you executive authority and no instructions, go with it. If you want to you could probably even try to hook them with a potential mini series if the topic is expansive enough. They may be testing you on what you would call meaningful. So show them.
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Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2017, 11:34:05 pm »
Goddamnit I want beer, I want sushi, I want a fucking melty chocolate chip cookie, and lemon meringue pie.  :argh!:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TRTkCHE1sS4

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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2017, 12:58:55 am »
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2017, 02:11:36 am »
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Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2017, 05:31:02 am »
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2017, 12:05:28 pm »
Yes, they went out of their way to say that my article didn't have to be one of their solicited pieces, just noting my research and previous writing would likely be a good fit for the topics they cover.

What do you feel a passion or see a necessity for as a topic? They're giving you executive authority and no instructions, go with it. If you want to you could probably even try to hook them with a potential mini series if the topic is expansive enough. They may be testing you on what you would call meaningful. So show them.

Well, the only restriction is the writing guidelines - everything either has to be an assessment, or weighing options.  Which is fine, I like writing guides because they've done half the work for me.

It's a matter of picking a topic, which is where I always struggle.

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Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2017, 01:15:52 pm »
I suggest going in a direction counter to the media feeding frenzy (Trump/Russia/DPRK/et al), and writing about a much overlooked situation crucial to current events that will have a greater impact in the long run.


I have no idea what that would be, which is why I'm not you.

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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2017, 03:10:43 am »
Is Tucson drowning yet?  Because that's what I got from the call I just had.
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Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2017, 03:22:30 am »
They up north or further west? I'm hearing some wind pick up but no rain yet.


I'm east of the base right now.
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« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2017, 04:06:13 am »
They up north or further west? I'm hearing some wind pick up but no rain yet.


I'm east of the base right now.

I don't quite know the geography of the area:

http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=AZZ504&warncounty=AZC019&firewxzone=AZZ151&local_place1=Tucson%20International%20Airport%20AZ&product1=Special+Weather+Statement&lat=32.12&lon=-110.94

Just having "fun" tech support issues with the tv stations there.
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