There is an Ebook download alert at the end of this, I promise. But I have a few things to get off my chest, first…
Okay, I get it. I’m never going to be “Rich”; It may be that I will never even make it into our rapidly vanishing “Middle Class” before it collapses into the dustbin of history. But that’s not going to stop me from trying, or from enjoying my life as much as I can.
There is one very important word in that last sentence that calls for a little explanation. “Enjoy”, believe it or not, means “To put joy into”; NOT “To take joy from”, as most would expect. Putting joy into life takes work, and sweat, and planning and coordination. It’s supposed to; you have to earn joy in your life. Life should be a celebration, and I don’t mean lots of crazy dancing, wild women (nothing wrong with that; don’t get me wrong), and strong drink and drugs. That’s not celebrating; that’s self-indulgence.
Celebrations involve the coming-together of a family or a community, whether it’s a church or synagogue (or what have you) or community organization to participate in a holiday gathering, a local festival or to celebrate a life event. You put joy into that celebration by contributing your time and resources as a member of the community. You band together to enhance the lives of those around you.
So what’s all that got to do with profit and loss? Everything. I’m old enough to understand that now (and damn near too old to take advantage of it). I just filed my federal taxes, and in doing so I learned that I had a VERY GOOD YEAR, and I made a point of enjoying it, just to be clear.
But I screwed up just enough during last year that I I have to pay very nearly $800.00 to the Fed.
Needless to say, I don’t have it, and that is what prompted me to write this blog post. You see, I spent little time or effort in the past year documenting how I spent the money I earned through book sales. A lot of that money went into ‘enjoying’ (see my definition of ‘enjoy’, above) life.
I own very little; my car, my computer, my Kindle, a few books and some clothes. And a horse, of course. That’s it. I own no real property (meaning land), I have no investments and receive no annuities, I have no dependents (though I do have a few debts), and in all truth I don’t even have a ‘steady’ income other than Social Security that I can count on from one month to the next.
With so little in the way of documentable expenses I couldn’t account for what I spent nearly as well as I could total up what I earned. Being a cheap date is not always a good thing, obviously.
But I don’t regret a single moment of the last year. I WILL pay better attention to what I spend in 2014, though. I promise.
Speaking of which, since I need to generate some ‘extra’ income to cover my tax bill, I will be running a promotion on the Kindle version of “Hog Valley”.
Here’s the link:
On 07 April, the promotion will begin with the price set at $.99 through midnight, 09 April, when the price will increase to $1.99. It will remain at $1.99 until midnight on 11 April, when the price will increase to $2.99 where it will remain until midnight on 14 April when it will return to the regular price of $4.25.
Forget the details, folks. Just snag a copy as soon as you can after the 6th of April.
And please, Enjoy your lives. They are precious, each and every one.