Recently, in facing the impending layoffs, I have noticed the sheer amount of stress that many of my coworkers have been experiencing. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if this resulted in heart attacks or other stress-related injuries in some of these folks. They have spent a long time basing their lives around the culture of the Ivory Tower. I’m not even talking about faculty or upper administration. These are the regular people. The Help, if you have to use an Edwardian parlance of what we do here. A life In Service to the Manor as it were.
Just like the servants who witnessed debauchery and privilege run amok in Edwardian society and earlier, you wouldn’t believe some of the stuff I have heard about or seen for myself in this place. Since I might have some time on my hands coming up pretty quick, I am kicking around the idea of writing a book.
Please let me know in the comments or on my FB page if this is something you might be interested in reading about? Mostly I would be writing it for other people who have slogged through the Halls of Academia. But it might be one of those Confidential type works that just air out the dirty laundry. It could be a lot of fun, and quite possibly a very therapeudic experience.
18 years before the mast. Who knows. It wouldn’t be very nice, and it might not make me look like the best either. But it is experience, and that is the best teacher and the cheapest source of good writing material out there.