Today's prologue is a peek into the employment life of sassy authoress Wendy Toliver. Wendy is the clever mind behind The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren and Miss Match (and, coming soon, Lifted). (I have to confess a secret preference for Siren because, well, mythology!) Does she have any dirty deeds in her work history? Let's find out.
What was your favorite job ever?
I have had a variety of very interesting jobs, but I think my all-time favorite was being a waitress at Gunther Toody's Diner in Denver. I dressed up like a 50's waitress named Rude Rudy, complete with red lipstick, saddle shoes, and button-flair. We (the wait staff) sang and danced and put on big shows for the diners. It was a blast! (And I made a killing in tips.)
Your least favorite job?
Funny, but one summer in college I didn't end up making enough money at Disney World so my then-boyfriend's father hired me to help in their linen plant. One of my first placements was ironing. I'm sure the ladies who worked there would have fired me if they could. When they became frustrated with my (lack of) ironing skills, they put me by the steam tunnel, hanging coveralls on painfully hot metal hangers in the 100-plus-degree plant. Oh, good times.
Your hardest job?
Mentally, it was working (as a glorified secretary) for a man with a Napolean complex. Physically, it was a campus paper route at my university. Not only were those newspapers heavy, it wasn't easy getting up at 5 AM those cold winter mornings. However, the money was great so I did it anyway.
What is the biggest job perk you've had?
Oh, so many! I've been given tickets to the Utah Jazz games, trips to San Francisco just to hang out, trips to St. George, Utah to play golf ... Plus, when I did the job mentioned in question 2, I got to do lunch with my handsome boyfriend every day (who's now my handsome husband).
What did you like least about working in an office job?
I never liked having to "punch in" or record my hours when on salary. I always felt guilty if I rounded up, but cheated if I rounded down.
What did you like most about working in an office job?
I liked being exposed to new people. Oh, and paydays were always nice.
What you would do if you weren't a writer?
I'd probably work at an advertising agency again. (I haven't mentioned that job yet but it was another of my favorites. I loved that something different happened every single day.)
What you would do if you were independently wealthy and didn't actually HAVE to work?
After thanking my lucky stars over and over again, I'd still write and volunteer in my community, only moreso. I'd also travel more.
My first thought when you mentioned the steam tunnel was: FACIAL! But maybe not exactly a relaxing day in the spa with the 100+ temps and the burning metal hangers. Also, I felt just like that about the punching in! Eventually I reasoned that the rounding ups and rounding downs would even out in the end.
Tune in next week for Rosemary Clement-Moore's Prologue.