May 3 2019

Writing obits is not fun

Currently, my writing focus is solely on entertainment. It’s a joy getting to write about comics, movies, TV, toys, and so on.

What isn’t fantastic is when someone who has been such a hung chunk of your life passes away.

When news broke of the passing of Peter Mayhew on Thursday, I was just about done with my day. I sat there thinking on it for a few minutes if I really wanted to tackle the story right that second if at all.

I wrestle with the idea if we should do obits at all because then, inevitably, you’ll decide to pass on someone and fans of that person will take you to task over it. It’s a slope you have to consider if you even want to go down.

Then there is the added fact that a lot of these people I’m fans of. I will fully admit when I was at TechnoBufallo having to fight back tears as I wrote up Carrie Fisher’s passing. Mayhew was a bit easier, but I still sniffled a few times.

When the day comes for Harrison Ford I will be a mess.

And that brings you to the next fun idea: Pre-writing obits. At least in this way you aren’t in the moment, but at the same time it feels morbid.

Folks… writing obits is not fun.

At the end of the day, though, it’s not about me. And with that in mind, I do offer my deepest condolences to Peter Mayhew’s family. My rant is not about him in any way, shape, or form, but just part of the job of being a journalist.

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