Profit and Loss Vs. Me

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.

Oh, well.

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.





About Gary Showalter

Gary Showalter was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. He lived in Aruba, Florida and the Panama Canal Zone before joining the U.S. Army during the 1960s. Following his discharge from the Army, Mr. Showalter picked cotton in East Texas, baled hay in Ardmore Oklahoma, sold light bulbs in Los Angeles, California, and built cattle pens in Fallon, Nevada (during a blizzard, of course). After settling in Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Showalter worked as a professional gardener before turning his hand to furniture making. In 1981, he moved to Israel, married, and raised four children while working as a furniture maker, silversmith, goldsmith, and ornamental wood turner. He served in the Israel Defense Forces Reserves for sixteen years, and when not on active duty he worked in government and private security. He has also served in senior management positions in two software development companies in Israel. During his time in Israel, Mr. Showalter published articles dealing with international terror and the Israel-Arab conflict in the Jerusalem Post, Israel national News and several political science web sites. Mr. Showalter returned to the United States in the fall of 2003, to care for an elderly parent. He published his first novel, “The Big Bend”, in the fall of 2008. His second novel, “Hog Valley”, is now in print. Mr. Showalter's third novel, “Twisted Key”, was published in the fall of 2011, and his fourth novel, "Lonesome Cove" is now available in Kindle format and should be published in paper near the end of 2012. Those words were written a few years ago. Frankly speaking, the literary well has dried up. I now live in Dunnellon, Fl, where I amworking as the caretaker on a horse farm and looking to build a workshop here on the property where I can get back to building furniture. With any luck I will be sinking piers some time early in November and hope to have the floor joists ready for flooring by the end of the month. I'll get back to you on that.
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