Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nanowrimo and the Lottery

National Novel Writing Month is drawing to a close. As long as I manage to write 5,000 more words by midnight on Friday, I will put another win under my belt.

It was rough for awhile there, but I pulled through and I'm no longer worried I won't hit the finish line.

Time will tell if I ever actually finish the novel itself, though, or if it'll even be worth editing. I'll admit to being a little disappointed because my novel this year isn't the level of writing I know I am capable of. I know it's Nano so of course it's going to be a hot mess, but my novel last year was really pretty good. I worked a lot harder on it, I think. Plus I had written a novel right before it, as well, so I had gotten all the Nano slop out of my system.

I usually pride myself in writing better every year, so it does make me a little sad that I didn't meet that goal this time around.

In other news, the Powerball Lottery just hit its highest jackpot in history: over $550 million. Needless to say, like almost everyone else in the nation, I've bought myself some tickets.

I'm totally going to quit my job first thing tomorrow.

Hah. Not really. Even if I did win, I don't think I'd quit right away.

There are a few things I would do, though.

Well, very first I'd find a good lawyer and figure out logistics. Lump sum or annuity? Open a new bank account or use one I already have? Invest? If so, in what? Hire someone to invest for me? Who do you even trust to do that?

Second, I'd trade in my car for something I actually want to drive. Something that fits my needs better.

Third, I'd start looking for a house. A dream house. I'd probably buy out the rest of my current apartment lease and find something nicer to live in for awhile, until the right house comes along - a place closer to the Boyfriend's and preferably no shared walls.

Next, I'd take care of my family. Mostly, I'd try to settle up any debts they have. Give them a clean slate. For my nuclear family, I'd make sure they all had homes they loved and a good nest egg that they could either invest or spend as they saw fit.

After that, I'd arrange an extensive trip across Europe. I've been meaning to get over there for about a decade. I will finally have the time and the money to do it!

From there my ideas become a bit more abstract.

I think I'd get a part time job. Something fun and rewarding. I'd lose my mind if I didn't work at all, and as much as I like the idea of being a full time writer, I'm not ready to dive into that yet.


For awhile, I've been kicking around the idea of starting a small press to publish aspiring writers. With all of my submitting lately, I've learned a lot about them and discovered that they have an awesome - if not very glamorous life. Usually that kind of endeavor requires money and time to focus solely on that project. If I didn't have to worry about money, I could devote my time and cash to something like that. I wouldn't dive right into it - I have a lot more research to do on it and I'm not quite ready to be an editor full time yet - but it's something I'd like to do within the next ten years.

My most ambitious endeavor would be to dive into the world of business ownership. Call me insane, but I'd like to open a coffee shop. I know, there are about a thousand of them where I live already. But this one would be kind of a writer's retreat type deal. This month during Nano, it's been difficult to find places to sit for hours to write and drink coffee that has enough space for all of us and is opened all hours of the night. I'd love to buy/rent a great big building and fill it full of large, round tables and little clusters of comfortable couches and chairs, with lots of power outlets, maybe have a couple of meeting rooms people can reserve. And I'd serve coffee and snacks 24 hours a day. I'd probably have a small shop/gallery section dedicated to local authors/artists, too, and maybe a stage for local musicians. We do have a coffee shop kind of similar to this here in town, but they are pretty religious focused and there's not much seating for big groups. The hiring process for my baristas would be easy but selective: make me your favorite espresso drink. Those who make the best drinks get the job. And I'd pay them well for their art.

Because I could afford to if I won that much money.

Basically, I want to give back to the community that has supported me and my writing and coffee and book buying habits for the last ten years.

Anyways. This entry has gotten quite long. I apologize for updating so infrequently. Hopefully in the months to come I will have more time to dedicate to my writing career, and also this blog to document that dedication!

Thanks for reading. Hopefully talk to you soon.

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