Had hella fun last night at j_hotlanta‘s beautiful sylvan abode, where he and britzkrieg co-hosted a dual birthday party. There was food (grilled portabello mushrooms, mmm), booze, and cake, and I had a smidge too much gin. A bit hung over this morning, because I am unable to hold my liquor–one Tom Collins in a tall glass. Yep, I am the lightweightiest lightweight there is.
– 400 on the article for Writing-World.com.
– 300 on the child development article.
– Payment from Galaktika.
– Barbed-and-pointy shaft from my bank by way of a $15.00 “wire transfer fee”! [RANT] Isn’t it enough that I work like a dog to make peanuts; peanuts, furthermore, that the government double taxes me on because it’s “self-employed” income, although said government doesn’t see fit to provide me any reasonable, comprehensive health care option? Is it really necessary to smack further indignities upon my pathetic financial status with bank fees that swipe nearly 20% of what I earn? ARGH! [/RANT]
So yeah, I’m awaiting payment from Faeries and Ennea still. Previously I’d given them the go-ahead to wire my payment from France and Greece, respectively, but in light of the egregiously painful shafting I just got, I’ve emailed them to see whether there’s any way they can cut me a check instead.
You may not be as much of a lightweight as you think: those drinks were in a taaallll glass, and I think Jerry had to double the recipe to fill the glass properly. So that means 4 oz. of gin per drink. A mega Tom Collins!
Good to see y’all last night!
It was great seeing you too!
“and I think Jerry had to double the recipe to fill the glass properly. So that means 4 oz. of gin per drink.“
Oh my GAWD. Well that would certainly explain it. I usually get pretty tipsy on a single Tom Collins that I make at home, which only has one, at most 1.5 oz, of gin in it. I’m surprised I could still walk afterward!
The US governement double-taxes self-employed people?? That’s really an encouragement to be self-employed, right? 🙁
And 🙁 also on the transfer fee. That’s daylight robbery.
“The US governement double-taxes self-employed people??“
Yep. On top of paying the income tax that everyone else has to, income from self-employment is subject to another “self-employment tax.” Lovely, ain’t it? It’s enough to drive a poor, starving writer into a raving froth.
I think it’s possible to get around the double taxation by incorporating oneself, but there are fees (of course, sigh) associated with that as well. Last I checked, incorporating myself wouldn’t be cost effective . . . yet. But it might be in a year or two.
I sure could use a financial advisor. Pity that one needs to be rich in order to afford one! Argh.
Ugh. Maybe look for a bank that doesn’t charge horrible wire transfer fees? It’d be wonderfully satisfying to explain to your current bank just why they’re losing your business.
I’m definitely looking into it. I’ve been thinking it might be time to open an account to handle just my writing finances, and there’s nothing like being gouged to provide incentive to actually do it.
Does your bank also charge fees if you get a check in non-US currency? Mine gets me for that. Not so bad with the book publisher, since those checks have been large enough the $15 didn’t feel so bad, but for a story reprint it would be fatal!
I hate banks.
Last I checked, the fee for depositing a foreign check wasn’t as high as the wire transfer fee is. They still ram me with a barbed-and-pointy shaft, but it’s marginally less barbed-and-pointy. We hates it we do. Stabbity them all! Argh.
After they get the stabbity, can I feed them to poor starving animals?
Ooo! That’s inspired! Feeding hungry critters with bank people and the IRS! Brilliant!
Or we can make them drink Red Bull…then drop them out of an airplane. We might even be able to snag a grant for the “experiment”.