Here I think he’s wondering why his mom unfollowed him on Medium. Was it because she always liked his brother better? Did she just hit the wrong button and doesn’t know she did it? Is it an early warning sign of a problem he’s having with reaching those outside his own demographic group? Is it going to be super-awkward to call her and ask whether it was intentional or not and does he have the emotional strength to have that conversation?
Here I think he’s gone off to a private part of the office because he needs to yell “I’ve read your email five times and I’m not sure what you want me to do with it, Karen!” at the top of his lungs.
Here he’s concerned that someone is going to read this and think that “writer’s block” isn’t just a term we use to make “your brain is tired and would like a break” sound fancier and more artistic than it really is. Just watch some Netflix, Hemingway, you’ll get back to it.
Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.