Sometimes a story can come out like a sneeze. It just pops out, without hesitation, a something where there was once nothing and is now all over you.
I had this experience with a story I wanted to write about privilege and “success” in art and design. I had recently attended a design talk, a frustrating conversation where the speaker never actually said anything or answered any questions, that ended with a confused audience seeking advice only to get vague acknowledgement in return. It was miserable, particularly because no one called out the speaker for being so bad at offering advice. (Not that they would because…rude?)
So what would have happened if everyone revolted? What happened if the speaker was held accountable for being, for all intents and purposes, a rich kid? What if we – the have nots – moved to strip the power from the haves in the moment?
Thus, the story. It poured out of my brain onto a page. It was one of the easiest things I’ve ever written and, in some ways, is even sharper because of that. And! The story has recently been published. It’s called “The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog,” a nod to the industry phrase that seems entirely relevant in this scenario of power struggles. It is somewhat ironic that the design of the publication is a bit silly, given the nature of the story, but nevertheless: it’s out there in the world, on not-my-site.
Enjoy – and keep fighting the man.