If only I could invent something

25 Apr

I imagine I’m not the first person with dreams of making a living from her words to stand in front of this exhibit at a museum in London and snap.

From miscblogphotos
From miscblogphotos

7 Responses to “If only I could invent something”

  1. franzy April 26, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    Okay, I’ll put my hand up.
    Why is this snap-worthy?
    I don’t get it.

    Yours, waiting glumly chin to palm in a corner for an answer to an obviously obvious question,


    • ThirdCat April 26, 2010 at 8:11 am #

      you know…the thought of having an idea and then thinking, ‘but how will I pay for it?’ and then thinking, ‘oh, I know, I’ll write a novel, that will fund it’. It’s the opposite of how life usually works…’I’d like to write a novel, but how on earth will I pay for things if I am writing instead of making a living?’

      • franzy April 27, 2010 at 9:25 am #

        Oh. Yeah. I totally knew THAT. I just, um, wanted you to see if YOU knew it.

        Actually, I thought it might have had something to do with the gall that non-writer folks have when they say “I wish I could do something easy, like write a book or something”.
        I had one of the science types come to me at work last week and ask where she could submit some poetry, you know, to get her publications up for promotion. I went to ask her where I could submit some algorithms I’d been drafting, you know to get some numbers out there for a change.

        THAT is YOUR side and THIS is mine!

  2. genevieve April 26, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    One of Paul Auster’s less interesting novels, written after a fallow period, is about someone trying to sell a game, I believe.
    Not only that, I believe he also tried to do same, between selling novels.

  3. genevieve April 26, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    i.e. between NOT selling novels.

  4. The Coffee Lady April 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm #

    Oh come on. You haven’t even tried inventing a noughts and crosses machine. I’ll bet that’s just the project that can fund you through a novel.

  5. David Irving (no relation) April 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Babbage’s Analytical Engine was Turing Complete. What could be better?

    Oh, and I recently saw a video of one made out of Meccano.

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