Oddly enough, Laurie R King was talking about the realities of making a living as a writer, the other day on her blog. Bottom line, keep your day job. (How many copies of a book do you have to sell to make HOW much money????)
Richard Lederer (I do love his books!) pointed out that most of the writers we're familiar with actually DID have a day job - many of them unexpected.
Your task this week, should you decide to accept it, is to match the author with the day job!
Henry David Thoreau
Customs House Surveyor
Patent Office Clerk
(These are all writers' day jobs, but I haven't listed all the authors they belong to. Select the correct occupation. If you're really interested about the others, you can comment and I'll give you the other names!)
Here's the answer to last week's trivia question:
(Also from Richard Lederer's Literary Trivia)
As a young cadet, this American author was expelled from West Point for showing up to march wearing nothing but white gloves.
Edgar Allan Poe
When this Irish playwright was stopped by U.S. Customs, he proclaimed "I have nothing to declare but my genius!"
When this American poet's first collection of poems appeared in 1855, the Boston Intelligencer's review read:
The author should be kicked out from all decent society as below the level of the brute. He must be some escaped lunatic raving in pitiable delerium.Walt Whitman