Good news/bad news

I woke up around 1 AM and got up to get a drink of water. I wandered into the office and checked the latest headlines, and was happy to see that 12 of the 13 miners trapped by a mine explosion in West Virgina were found alive. Good news!

I went back to bed.

When I got up for work 5 hours later, I checked the headlines again, as I always do, while brushing my teeth, and found out that there was some miscommunication. 12 of the 13 miners were found dead. Bad news. Awful, actually, since the families were told only hours before that the miners had been found alive.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.