Publisher’s Clearing House, or PCH as they like to call themselves, sends me enticing mail all the time that begs me not to throw it away because I will be sorry when someone else wins “my” ten million dollars. I used to faithfully enter, but realized after a while that if I am going to win ten million dollars—which I assure myself will happen if it is for my higher good—then I don’t need to fill out the paper things. I can just enter online. Easy peasy.
It could happen.
And like probably everyone else who gets those letters, I sometimes entertain myself by thinking about what I would do if I won that ten million dollars. The thing that might surprise people is that I wouldn’t stop working. Yes, I would gracefully hand over my current contract work to someone else (but not your books, Ingrid! Those are as much a labor of love as anything else!). But I plan to be a writer and psychic the rest of my life. If I had a few handy millions of dollars, I could certainly invest it in such a way that I could spend more time working on my own stuff.
If I won ten million dollars, the first thing I would do would be to thank God and all spiritual beings who might have had an ethereal hand in helping create such an event.
Then my thanks would have to be in a more tangible form, as the IRS and the great State of California take their large cuts. Though our tax dollars do accomplish a lot of social good.
Then I would pay off my debts and set up a trust fund for my daughter.