There's a popular saying among writers: "write what you know." This often makes me think about all the crazy things that writers know, or think they know and where they get it from. Where do writers get all this extra knowledge from? Side jobs. It is a truth universally aknowledged that authors are not generally independently wealthy. Thus quite a few of them work odd side jobs before or after writing books. I, myself, have held quite a number of random side jobs such as, selling bridal gowns, coffee shop barista, (complete with nose ring,) busing tables at a Korean barbecue, art museum data entry intern, assistant coach, and one very brief foray into birthday party entertainment that shall not be repeated. I was interested in just how many odd jobs out there authors have held, and if their jobs shed a new perspective on their books. I've notated some of the most interesting jobs that I found. It seems that authors know much more than just how to write a good story.