I’m sure we all know someone who always seems to miss the mark. You know the type of person I’m talking about. They always seem to come up with questions that make you scratch your head and say “WHAT???”
Here’s an example:
Mary tells a heartwarming story about a little boy and his puppy taking a walk through the woods.
Unfortunately, the little boy and his puppy didn’t see the shallow open well a few steps ahead. The puppy, being the active happy little pup that he is, runs ahead and falls into the shallow well. The pup swims furiously an attempt to get out, but his efforts are useless.
The quick thinking little boy realized that he wasn’t big enough to reach into the well so he looked around to see what he could use to retrieve his pup. He found nothing but rocks at his disposal. He started strategically tossing rocks into the shallow well (it was a little tough because he didn’t want to hurt the pup). Eventually, the pup was able to step on the rocks and climb out of the well.
The story ends with the typical scene of the happy puppy licking the little boy’s face in gratitude.
Mary sits back after telling the story only to see Sally looking at Mary quizzically. Finally Sally says, “But what color where the rocks?”
I’ve got to tell you. From my most recent writing experience with Demand Studios, I believe Sally is alive, well and working at Demand Studios.
I don’t believe there are many editors like Sally, but I know there is at least one. Whenever I get a silly request I’m often tempted to reply, “But what color were the rocks?”