INTRODUCTION

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don't change your dream

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don't change your dream...change the world.




It was bad enough that Dillon Reed was teased for the better part of her 21 years of life for having a boy's name

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It was bad enough that Dillon Reed was teased for the better part of her 21 years of life for having a boy's name. But after fighting her way through Syracuse University as one of the few girls in all of her sports broadcasting and journalism classes, she had discovered something worse - walking into a room full of male sports writers who are expecting to see another male and being told "I think you have the wrong office." And yet that is exactly what happens when Dillon gets an internship at the Locker Room, the most popular platform for sports content just behind ESPN itself.

Fellow intern Cal is everything Dillon hates in a guy - arrogant, condescending, and too clever for his own good. But Dillion is also smart enough to know she needs Cal on her team if they want any hope of making it through the summer, and hopefully permanent employment. When lines start to blur for both of them, the summer gets hotter than either of them anticipated.


-sexism

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-sexism

-crude humor and strong language

-non-explicit sexual content

-an obscene amount of sports references and sports culture


-ONC ENTRY, Prompt #69 - Life for an intern is putting in mail and making coffee

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-ONC ENTRY, Prompt #69 - Life for an intern is putting in mail and making coffee. How does life change when you meet and fall for another intern?

-I have been working on and off on the bones of this story for the better part of three years, and I've tried to write it several times. I've never participated in really any contest on Wattpad besides the Wattys, but when I saw the prompt for the new ONC for 2020, I figured maybe this was my shot at trying to write it again, so I'm hoping with a few tweaks to better fit the prompt, this story will finally succeed.

-This story is close to me because I WAS in Dillon's position, especially in college, being one of the few girls in all of my sports broadcasting classes and often having my opinions questioned more than anyone else's simply because I had blonde hair and boobs. I tried several times over the past 6 years or so to start my own sports blog, being met with criticism and all kinds of other bullshit every time. Eventually I just stopped trying. I never got a job at ESPN or Fox Sports or Bleacher Report, so obviously my dreams of being a sports reporter never came to be, but hey, I can at least write about someone else finishing my dream off.

-When I did have my own blog, I had a series of posts called The White Girl's Guide to Fantasy Football, which stemmed from being roommates with a pageant queen who knew nothing about football and wanted me to explain stuff to her in "white girl terms."

-The Locker Room is based off of a combination of Barstool Sports and Bleacher Report. You don't need to be familiar with either of them, it's mostly just as an FYI. In addition, even if you're not familiar with the sports world, I'd love for you to give this story a shot - lack of knowledge will not necessarily make this less enjoyable to read, but hey you might learn something too.

-While this does deal with some serious issues such as sexism in a male-dominated industry, it is also supposed to be humorous and a bit satirical.


-While this does deal with some serious issues such as sexism in a male-dominated industry, it is also supposed to be humorous and a bit satirical

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Copyright 2020 Taylor Rae (moonraess) | All Rights Reserved

This story in its entirety may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred in any form by any means, except with explicit permission by its creator. Don't steal my shit. I'll find out.

This is a work of fiction. Most of the characters, locations, and situations are a creation of my own. Real sports teams are used, as well as current events in the sports world, however most actual characters are made up for the sake of the story.

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