The Huffington Post published a very cool feature on writers who “kept their day jobs.” From King (a high school teacher, bless him) to Kurt Vonnegut’s foray at a Saab dealership, these famous writers paid their dues doing some pretty awful jobs. (We’re particularly curious about Jack London’s duties as an “oyster pirate”).

Be sure to check out the odd jobs of writers who were finally able to quit their day jobs in the following.