Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Dangers of a Good Idea

Recently my boss came up to me and said:

"You're a writer right?"

I nod tentatively.  Experience tells me that I'm about to get handed a crappy job that everybody else managed to avoid.

"You know what you should write," he says, a look of glee on his face "You should write a sitcom based around the day to day happenings around here."

Okay I wasn't expecting that.  And I have to admit it's a good idea.  For those who don't know I work as a sys-admin for an engineering college so there is certainly no shortage of material.  The dilemma is if I should actually do this or not.  Let's forget for the moment that I have absolutely no idea on how to write a sitcom and get straight to the part where I can seriously damage my career.

Let's face it; People see themselves in a certain way.  And what might be hilarious to the rest of us is a matter of personal pride for them.  And while the guy holding my pink slip is the one who came up with the idea, there's a very good chance he wouldn't like the caricature I create.

So on the one hand I have this cracking idea that has great potential but could cost me my job. The on the other I have the option to file it away for a later date when the flow constant flow of gut busting material is no longer available.  I suppose the upside of the former is that I would have a lot more time to write if I get fired.

Hmmmm...where did I put my notebook.

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