I’ve been busy editing my next book which will be called “Mishmash.” It’s a book of stories, essays and/or a mixture of both. Some of them are fairly long, some fairly short and some so short, it’s to the extreme. Some you’ve already read and some you haven’t. Yes. A true mishmash.
Yesterday while working on this new book, it occurred to me that my working life has been a bit of mishmash too. I’m talking about how I’ve made money through the years.
My brothers and I were Country Music entertainers and yes, we made money doing it. I don’t think we made any money on record sales despite the fact that we had one record that did pretty well. I think a lot of music people will tell you back in the “old days,” nobody made money on record sales. We made money on live performances.
I grew up on a farm but moved to the city during the early 1970’s. Despite this and despite the fact I was now making money doing accounting work, I raised two crops of tobacco with my dad in the early 80’s and made decent money doing it. My brothers and I always helped him with this when we were growing up, but didn’t get paid anything for doing it—not that I’m bitter. Does anybody these days make much money growing tobacco? I kind of doubt it.
I did accounting work for over 30 years. Sometimes I like to say I “fooled” people by doing it so long but that’s not true. I was actually a pretty good accountant.
I started writing seriously in mid October, 1997, I did both accounting work and writing for more than a few years. Even being a writer has been a bit of a mishmash as I write short stories, novels, columns, essays—what have you.
As far as making money goes, I made more money being an accountant than any other job I’ve had. Of course writing is the thing I enjoy the most, the thing I like best and the thing I’ve always wanted to do. I’m not getting rich, but I’m enjoying myself. Maybe at my age, that’s OK.
And I hope it’s OK if I don’t write here again until Wednesday. See you then.
(The photo was taken by my son)