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editor: will you have that review for me tomorrow?
me: hope so.
editor: well, you know this job is hot-hot-hot, right? you know content freeze is tomorrow, right?
editor: because if you can’t get to it, you should let me know.
me: of course.
editor: what’s the problem?
me: well, (clearing throat) i have two other hot-hot jobs that were assigned only yesterday which need to be completed today. plus, i have the two, um, lukewarm jobs that i’m waiting for information on. these, naturally, will become steaming hot as soon as someone decides it is. and, of course, the two jobs from last week that were downright scalding—are now getting tepid in someone’s inbox waiting for approval.
editor: ok. just remember, it’s just a quick review. ok? not the great american novel. ok?
me: (walking away)