Monday, April 14, 2008

The Mogwai Are Restless

I had a terrible week last week with the Mogwai client. We spent about 16 hours in "writing meetings" during which no writing took place. Instead, one of the head Mogwais pontificated on his Very Bad Ideas for hours at a time.

At one point, he said the following: "The problem is, we have bears and elephants. We need to have all elephants." Knowing his idea was a poor one, I followed up with, "but how can you turn bears into elephants?" And he replied, to my utter dismay: "EXACTLY!"


Because no writing took place in the writing meetings, the writing had to take place this weekend. For this, I am resentful. But I didn't bear the brunt of it -- I just did the edit. Another colleague had to write the first draft. It was his birthday yesterday.

What kind of life is this?

I need to get off this project.


Anonymous said...

Maybe you could outsource the writing/editing to India so that you don't have to work on the weekend?

sara said...

Hope work turns around soon. Bears and elephants? Sounds confusing to me!

Rebecca said...

This guy came up with these poker chips that are good for 15 minutes of a colleague's attention. They are inscribed with "Don't Waste My Time." They come in bags of 48 tokens, and you might be lucky enough to get a Red Merlin, which ends any meeting on the spot, no questions asked, with its slogan: "We're DONE here." That might break one of the joking Mogwai rules, but you can file it under Fun Ways to Get Fired. That file is pretty thick in my desk drawer.

nutmeg96 said...

Rebecca -- what a brilliant idea!