Crossroads of Humanity

Nov 25, 2012

Record Powerball Jackpot

Have you heard about the current Powerball Jackpot? It's pretty high, at an estimated $425 million for this Wednesday's drawing.

"I Wanna Be Rich" by Calloway and "If I Had a Million Dollars" by the Barenaked Ladies are just two examples of songs that encourage us to dream, and dream big...or small in the case of the Barenaked Ladies.

So...what would you do if you won?  Let's not even talk about amounts, but what would you do if you suddenly had a large sum of extra money coming your way?

The first thing I would do is wait.  That's right.  I'd wait.  All right, maybe I'd splurge with my family by going out for a celebratory dinner, but that's it.  And I wouldn't spend a dime of the winnings for at least a month.  We're doing okay financially.  (No, that's not true.  We're really not, but that's beside the point.  We could afford to sink a little further while we take some time to think and plan.)

And then...

First I'd repay the people I owe.
Then I'd pay off our financial debts such as credit cards and financial aid.

And then...I'd insist that we wait some more.  There are people I'd love to help, places I'd love to go, things I'd like to do...but more important that all of that is my dream of no longer needing to worry about money so that I can focus on what's really important to me: time with family and friends and time to write.

Would you keep your day job?  I would, for now.  Would you buy a new car?  I wouldn't, but I would repair the one I have.  Would you move?  I wouldn't right away and then not to a place much bigger or more extravagant than where I live right now.

Now that you know what I would do, what would you do?

Nov 22, 2012

Black Friday Sales

Price of a Bounty will be free from November 23 - November 26, 2012.  It's exciting for me to know that many readers who are not typically into sci fi or distopian fiction, have publicly stated that my books have changed their mind. Won't you consider trying book 1 to see if that's true?  Each of my books can be read as stand alone novels. They are all approximately 300 pages in print. You can learn more at the Reliance on Citizens FB page.

Nov 2, 2012

Does anyone else wish they could control the flow of time? I wish I could stop it for everyone else and give myself a little extra time every day to relax, to vent and to write.

You see, I'm a full time teacher by day who runs two after school clubs per week to try and make ends meet. I'm also a mom of a very active preschooler. And I'm sick and tired of being told I'm worthless.

Wait...worthless? Who says that? You're right, no one says it to my face. But public policy that lowers my wages instead of increasing them every year sends a strong message. Busting public unions so that no one has my back, sends an even stronger message. Putting me in a position where I'm required to obtain a higher degree than thousands of "leaders" who make over three times my salary (and that figure may be going easy on them) sends the message that I'm expected to do a whole lot for little to nothing.

During my free time, I enjoy writing. When I can't find a pick-up volleyball game, it's another way I've found to blow off steam. And it's also a way to make new friends. I've found a tremendous support network on the Indie writing scene comparable to that I find in teaching, from other teachers and even from some administrators.

But that worthless feeling kicks in every now and then when it comes to writing too. Have you noticed it? Have you ever gotten "the look"?  You know the one. It's the look people give when they realize you published your book all by yourself. It's a look that says, "Oh, you must not be very good if you have to self publish." Well guess what? I chose to self publish. At some point, I may choose to submit some of my work to a publisher but not today. And when I do, it won't be because I need someone else to validate my creations.

It makes me want to scream! Are readers really not willing to use the free preview feature and decide for themselves whether or not a book is any good? Are so many people really that lazy?

Thank you for reading my rant. I welcome open discourse. Hopefully, even if we don't agree, we'll still have a lot to talk about.