Seeing Clinton’s emails was a whole new can of worms — quick emails to her staff, as well as longer, formal emails to other people. She had both a mastery of email and a complete bumbling lack of understanding of it. It was a hypnotic train wreck, and I wanted in. I want to be the kind of person who just replies with a single word, or forwards an email to my assistant to have them take care of it — how amazing would THAT be?
I like where she uses “Thanks, but this is a pass for me.” A short and quick way to brush something away without investing a single more mental energy point on it.
I’ve tried that with article pitches before, but I find in maybe 2/3 of cases it comes back with why? no feedback? which doubled my guilt about the terse response to begin with. Sometimes I care, sometimes I don’t. It’s my time, after all.