I’ve heard it on several occasions, and even used it myself before – under the influence of rowdy Americans – but I never found out the actual meaning of ‘Pinch-hitting’ until yesterday. It seems silly not to have guessed that it’s a baseball term, dating back to the early C20th; interesting as I’ve always known it only in the context of stepping in last minute to provide a creative piece (story, poem, art) when someone has dropped out. The pinch-hitter is the saviour, the selfless creature giving up their time to help out people who’ve been let down. This strays a little from the original meaning, where you might bring another player on for many reasons including a superior skill or chance to hit.

I bring it up now because a good writer friend and I both pinch-hitted for the latest issue of CAKE, which was printed today and will be published over the weekend. Issue 3 has nine contributors rather than the usual two or three, and has proved a real challenge at times to organise. Writers are notoriously unreliable, but everyone has really come through, and barring a few minor hiccups with last minute redrafts and broken printers, I’ve really enjoyed putting together this issue. I also really enjoyed pinch-hitting with Mandi, something we only decided on at 4pm yesterday and cheered each other on as we wrote and edited at lightning speed last night/this morning.

There’s a really busy weekend ahead of me, including the second CAKE.writerscircle meeting on Sunday, and I’m really looking forward to Monday and some time to sit and write!


About sarahgracelogan

Sarah Grace is an itinerant scribbler and general layabout. She runs a writing group called CAKE.shortandsweet, because any form of procrastination from actual writing is always attractive to the serious author of refined taste. When not distracted by laser pens, Sarah Grace writes novels, short stories and flash fiction, poetry, stage scripts and screenplays. She has performed her work at Stirred Poetry, Bad Language and Tongue in Cheek Manchester. Her first publication, Humping the Boonies is a self-published chapbook available directly from the author, or from Travelling Man, Manchester. You can find more details about her ongoing projects, not to mention a selection of free stories up for grabs right here on her blog. She also likes to talk about theatre, film, books, photography, and especially games and other things that involve collaborative storytelling. Sarah Grace likes feedback, in whatever form it comes.

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