If only I could invent something by Tracy Crisp | Apr 25, 2010 | writing | 7 comments 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 Comments franzy on 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, franzy Reply ThirdCat on 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?’ Reply franzy on April 27, 2010 at 9:25 am OH! Oh. Yeah. I totally knew THAT. I just, um, wanted you to see if YOU knew it. Yeah. 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! Reply genevieve on April 26, 2010 at 7:32 am Gorgeous. 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. Reply genevieve on April 26, 2010 at 7:40 am i.e. between NOT selling novels. Reply The Coffee Lady on 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. Reply David Irving (no relation) on 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. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.