Today is Tax Day in the USA. I had the dubious pleasure this morning of mailing off two very substantial checks, one covering taxes owed for last year and the other my first quarterly self-employment tax payment for this year. Together they added up to enough to buy a new car - a small one, admittedly, but even so, that ain't pocket change.
It may sound odd, but I actually didn't mind paying that amount. As I wrote in 2013:
I can foresee the day when I’ll earn enough from my writing to be able to terminate my disability pension. That means a great deal to me. I was raised to believe that one shouldn’t ‘suck on the public teat’, as my father rather picturesquely put it, except in dire need, and then only for the shortest possible time. Back in 2004, a neurosurgeon predicted I’d never recover sufficiently from my injuries to earn a living through my own labor. I may not have recovered any better than he foresaw, but nevertheless, the prospect of proving him wrong is very satisfying!
This year I expect to earn enough from my writing to support myself. That means a great deal to me, to be once again contributing to society through my taxes. It may seem silly, but after all those years of hard work it's a good feeling to see them bearing fruit.
Today is also known as Buy A Gun Day among firearms enthusiasts in the USA. I haven't bought one today, but I did arrange to trade one of mine for one owned by someone else, plus some cash. We'll finalize the deal and make the exchange over the weekend. Did any of my readers get anything interesting in the shooty goodness line today? If so, let us know in Comments.