Recently I attended the New Jersey "Put Your Heart in a Book Conference." It was awesome. Great information was shared, I had a good time with both old and new friends, and I left with much to think about. Like, what would I do with a million bucks? LOL.
Susan Mallory gave an incredible keynote speech which was inspiring on many levels. One of the points had to do with setting goals, and hey, if one wanted to set a goal of making a million dollars, why not?
Yes, why not, indeed!
Of course, this wasn’t her main point; she just used it for levity. A girl can daydream, though. I got to thinking, what would I do with that much money? For the sake of fun, I’m not talking about paying bills, or socking it away to pay for the kids’ college tuition (which is probably what I’d really do). Here are five things do, if I could do anything:
Vacation, all I ever wanted. Vacation, had to get away.
Sorry for the earworm some of you are suffering at the moment, but I couldn’t resist :-) Now, I have a Walt Disney World family vacation planned for next year—this is obviously not what I have in mind. Anyone who’s been to Disney knows it’s not really a vacation, it’s a mission! No, I’m talking about taking a whole month to tour Italy at a nice relaxing pace, as example. I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to places I’d like to visit, so finding a destination would be no problem.
I found this in an online WiseBread article by Will Chen:
There's an old joke people tell around here. One farmer asks another, ‘What would you do, if you won a million dollars?’ The other farmer thinks for a moment, then says, ‘I guess keep farming until the money runs out.’
If all writers only wrote for money, there’d be a lot less to read out there. LOL But this writer still needs to pay the bills, so I do work full time. Having a cool mil to take the pressure off may change a thing or two about that.
Gary Allan—Find him, go there.
This is probably the one I’d do even if I did decide to pay off bills and put the rest away—a girl’s got to have some fun, you know. Find out where Gary Allan is playing next, buy a ticket, and book the trip. Period. You may have guessed, I’m a HUGE fan (have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to him, too). And if he popped into mind a time our two writing my character, Mark Travis from Her Everything, so be it.
Little Red Corvette?
Another potential earworm, sorry. Hopefully it at least canceled the other one out.
The “Corvette” was my husband’s response—which I have no idea where that came from because he’s never mentioned a desire for sports car before, let alone a Corvette. My car would be a luxury car, for sure, with all the bells and whistles; soft leather upholstery, touchpads, remote start, heated seats, dual DVDs in the back for the kids, plus all the coolest new safety features. Oh, and it’d be a car that when I have the radio volume set above 15, no one outside my car can listen in as well.
I’m not talking about a Barbie Dream House either. First thing, I’d want an office to write in with a nice view. Not that this is a requirement for writing, just for my sanity—I’d refer to it as the Mom Cave. LOL. I’d have a pool and maybe a cool tree house for the kids. For my husband, a workshop that’d make Bob Vila jealous. Then, if there is anything left over, I’d look into a summer house as well.
I’d love to know what you would do with a million dollars. Leave a comment with an item from your wish list and I’ll pick someone to win a copy of my latest 1Night Stand, Her Everything.
In the meantime, Long Overdue is on sale right now for $0.99 through Decadent Publishing and on Amazon! Here’s a peek:
Jill Malone has been looking for love for all the wrong reasons. A reality check has her signing up for a no-strings attached night to simply forget about forever after. The last thing she expected was to know her blind date.
Blake Anders doesn’t need help finding a date, but he’s tempted by 1Night Stand’s reputation of arranging exactly what a person needs. And he needs more. Though doubtful, he agrees to one night and hopes to discover his perfect match. He didn’t count on Madame Eve reaching deep into his past to give him a night with the woman he never forgot.
Fearing another broken heart, Jill works to keep herself from becoming attached, but Blake goes all in to convince her that he wants their long-overdue love to be more than a one-night stand…
Tara Andrews divides her time between a full-time job as an office manager, an even more full-time job as a wife and mother, and her dream job as a romance author. An avid reader and writer, Tara continuously seeks to hone her craft in order to provide readers with stories that are provocative yet romantic.
Tara lives in upstate New York with her wonderful husband and two fabulous children.
The winner will be chosen on November 30th