My Spidey Senses are Tingling

I’m just back from a relaxing vacation in Orlando with the kids.  To ease into the writing groove (and adjust to the shock of a 30 degree drop in temperature), I decided to share some words of wisdom I discovered while standing in line at the Spiderman ride in the Islands of Adventure theme park (an absolute MUST-DO for anyone traveling to that area!).

The queue winds through the Daily Bugle newsroom where the following three posters are displayed:

You don’t win a Pulitzer by

sitting on your

assci characters …

So get moving!


 Midnight Deadline:

You must turn in


Your final story copy


Your resignation.

It’s your choice.

Sincerely, the Management


Don’t procrastinate!

Expect delays!

Anticipate cutoff times!

Deliver your material on time!

Lateness is unacceptable and




Anyone who has worked as a journalist, or in any career dictated by deadlines will see both the humour and truth of these posters.  As a writer, I cracked up laughing when I saw them.  My sudden, unexplained outburst mortified my son and earned me the reprimand (muttered under his breath of course) “Mom, stop being random.”

And so I extend my sincere thanks to Spiderman – for the thrilling theme park ride, the wonderful chuckle in the 40-minute queue and the opportunity to embarrass my teenage son.  After all, public humiliation is the bone nature throws to parents who endure the incessant eye-rolling of their beloved adolescents.

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

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