Watching Work

Joel’s Journal - January 25, 2018 - Volume 3 - Entry #25 


Honestly, I think it’s the process. 

I’ve recently gotten into the new Netflix series, Manhunt: Unabomber, and while I haven’t binged watched the entire thing (can’t cheat on M that way, I need to watch it with her), but I’ve been trying to figure out why I’m so hooked, what is it about the show that I’m so interested in?

And honestly, I think I just love watching other people work. 

I know that sounds ridiculous, but I think I like the satisfaction of watching something go from nothing into something amazing. It’s exactly what we do with any form of writing, correct? (Well, perhaps not this journal entry, but I’ll let you be the judge). 

Let’s take a quick look back though at Joel’s greatest hits in terms of movies. 

All the President’s Men, fantastic movie, and probably one of, if not my favourite movie. The entire thing is about the two reporters chasing down the Watergate scandal, and I’ve heard a lot of people (who are not into journalism) who are absolutely bored to death by it. Yet, I watch it greedily every time, absolutely enthralled. 

Then there’s the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (movie), same thing. Main character, chasing down a story, much of the film focusing on his work and process. 

Again, with my recent viewing of The Post, very much about the process and the work. 

Perhaps it’s just the satisfaction of watching other people work hard that fires me up, or maybe I’m just romanticizing what it is that I do. 

I’m not too sure, but as I’ve written before on this journal, I think it’s okay to romanticize at times, it can give good perspective, and a little dose of much needed inspiration in a dull time. 

With that said, today was another of those dull-time days.

My morning was spent discussing a police issue with the DRPS (story to follow), and the afternoons was spent in meetings at the office. 

Not the greatest fodder for writing. However, if I’m dedicated to this daily posting schedule, I needed to come up with something. 

Stick with me though, things are about to get a little more exciting. I’ve got plans for a new “news analysis” type post on the weekends, looking back at the week that was, giving you the info along with my opinion (I’ll test it out and see what you all think), and then, in a couple weeks time, I’m flying off to Florida for vacation!

That will be restful, warm, and an amazing chance to work on the novel. 

More on that later. 

In the meantime, thanks for reading, and enjoy your Friday!


Joel Wittnebel