During my 20s, I spent a year selling t-shirts in southern France with a Danish business partner. The venture wasn't successful at all, and we still laughingly refer to that period as "The Year Of Failing Miserably." But it was a lot of fun, and it convinced us that we could accomplish great things in life. Well, medium-great, anyway. I filled several notebooks with our daily adventures, and later threatened for decades to dramatize our year abroad. After a few of my other screenplays placed well in international competitions (quarters, semis and finals), I figured it was time to dig out the notebooks.
So I fictionalized our experiences in Côte d'Azur, then converted the screenplay into an eBook. That proof-of-concept adaptation has appeared on Amazon's Performing Arts Best Sellers list since it was first published, in July 2019, with reviews averaging 5 out of 5 stars.
Gallows (or Guillotine) Humor.
I work in the Census department that runs guillotines (chopping staples off the Census booklets) and high-speed scanners. Last week, an announcement was made: "staff meeting near the guillotines."
...and now I know how Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette felt.