Emma knew it was going to be a long day when the first thing Jim, the database "expert," said when he walked into the office was, "What's SQL?"
"The problem with low expectations," Emma agreed, "is that you're so seldom disappointed."
Why this fiction:
Stress therapy mostly. There are some needs even soliefriends
The biggest problem:
Selecting which anecdotes to incorporate and how fictionalized to make them. The thing with comedy is finding the line between laughing at the stupidity and cringing at it.
Why it almost never got submitted:
two words: legal liability.
Hardest cut scene:
The scene where Tom and Jim face off over code requirements was about 12 times longer in the original. And it's all brilliantly funny. But it didn't ultimately advance the plot, and was really just an exorcism of personal demons and it got cut down to essentials. Oh, but that was some great material. I might have to use it in a future soliefriends.
Things you should know:
I merged some of the best characters from several jobs together to create the perfect storm of a work environment.