Wednesday, July 20, 2016

"Show me the money...." by Cathy Ace



Fame or fortune – which would you choose?

I agree with Susan and Rachel that this conditional question allows me to choose only one of the two options on offer, and, assuming “fortune” means pots and pots of dosh (money, lolly, lucre, cash, spondoola, bread, dough, bucks), I would unequivocally choose fortune over fame.

Not short of a bob or two, but her fame caused challenges
Fame is capricious and depends on others; fortune can be managed, overseen, curated.

Fame means nothing except maybe annoyance to those who share your life; fortune can be shared with those about whom you care.

Fame becomes a burden; fortune can offer freedom.

Fame feeds the ego; fortune can feed the soul.

Fame cannot be kept from those you meet; fortune can be private, so you’ll be more likely to be able to have “real” human relationships based upon “real” responses to you as a person, rather than as some sort of icon.

For those who gain fame, for whatever reason, often the opportunity to amass a fortune follows, so you might think I’d prefer fame so that I'd, ultimately, have more of a chance of access to a fortune. But that’s not a choice on offer here.  In any case, honestly, I’d rather be a completely unknown millionaire, able to live the life I choose without a worry about money for myself or those I love, than have to constantly pander to the fame-granters whose criteria for allowing me to be “famous” would shift in any case. I should add, in case you're wondering, that I'm not afraid to work hard to amass my fortune in any field where fame doesn't have to be a part of the achievement system involved - for example, so long as there's no photo on the jacket, a book that garners millions of dollars doesn't have to make one famous, as such...so let's go with that as an option, eh?

Not a retirement plan, but a dream!

Or, yes, let me win the lottery, anonymously, and I’ll be as happy as Larry (assuming Larry had anonymously won the lottery).  

Cathy Ace writes the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (book #2 THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER will be available in trade paperback on August 31st in the UK, and in November in the US/Canada, and the Cait Morgan Mysteries (book #7 THE CORPSE WITH THE GARNET FACE was published in paperback in April). Find out more about Cathy and her work, and sign up for her newsletter at http://cathyace.com/   

11 comments:

Art Taylor said...

Such a thoroughly thought-out answer! Great points!

Cathy Ace said...

Thanks Art....so, come on, which would you choose???

Christopher Lord said...

As a private citizen I would choose fortune. As a writer, I would choose fame. People who are talking about you are reading your work, at least that's how I see it...

Cathy Ace said...

I understand your point, Christopher....but I'd be happy for people to be enjoying my work while I swanned around the world unrecognized because of no photos, and unheard of because of a pen name ;-)

RJ Harlick said...

I'm with you on the fortune, Cathy. Good post.

Marja said...

I'm not sure which way I'd go, but your post swayed me. : ) Fortune it is.

Art Taylor said...

I think that your assessment of all this is very compelling, though like you, Susan, and Rae have mentioned, it does seem a slightly artificial either-or here--the two somewhat interwoven at least in terms of writing careers. At its highest levels, could you imagine that Stephen King's fame arrived without fortune? Or J.K. Rowling's? ...though maybe some aspects of this could also be discussed in terms of lasting legacy too? Van Gogh died a pauper or close to it, didn't he? And yet there are few more famous painters today, so is it better to get fortune where we can actually spend it? At this point, I just want enough money from a book to buy a beachhouse, you know? And fingers crossed that my work has some longer-lasting legacy. ;-)

Allan J. Emerson said...

MoneyMoneyMoneyMoney...who needs fame? It's a nuisance, unless you're desperate for attention.

When I was a child I loved Disney's Uncle Scrooge comics, which often featured Scrooge in his money bin using a bulldozer to shift mountains of cash. I'd hire someone to run the 'dozer and enjoy the spending.

The problem is...so far I don't seem to have the option of either one :(

Susan C Shea said...

These conversations remind me of the delicious time between when I buy a $1 lottery ticket and the deflating time when they announce someone else's numbers. In the interim, I am Lady Bountiful, Queen of the Manor, Jet-Setting Adventuress, and everybody's favorite grandmother....

Paul D. Marks said...

Fun post, Cathy. Love the back and forth thoughts.

Cathy Ace said...

Thanks for all the comments, folks....I'd have preferred an alternative, but I was stuck with one or the other :-)