The reflection challenge continues…
If I won five million dollars in the lottery – well, for one, it would be a bit surprising that I’d even play the lottery, but let’s not dwell on that now. And figuring out just what I should spend the money on would probably be very stressful if it did happen, but I’ve come up with some ideas that I can share with you, that will hopefully tell you a little about me.
I’d give big gifts of no-strings-attached money to my immediate adult family members, to spread the wealth and the stress around a little.
Arrange somewhat more modest presents for my nieces and nephew, plus college funds.
And smaller gifts for more distant family, ex-work colleagues, (yeah, I’d quit the job,) writing buddies, and casual friends.
Make a special charitable donation in memory of my father.
Look into setting up a scholarship for science fiction and fantasy writers wanting to attend any kind of workshop or course, but not able to afford the tuition or other expenses.
Some other charitable donations – I’m not quite sure who I’d give to, which is something that bears thinking about even in the absence of lottery winnings.
Go on a world tour – I want to see Chicago, New York, Paris, and Rome for sure. Other destinations To Be Determined.
Buy myself a nice (but not flashy) new car, and maybe a condo in Toronto.
Consider investing in a small press – I wouldn’t want to set one up myself, but if I find somebody who I really think could do well in publishing with some seed money, I’d want to be able to provide some.
Put a lot of it into savings for later – so that I could work on writing or other projects full-time without needing to work, travel more, spoil myself a little with impulse buys – and get the max donation level for every Office of Letters and Light event for many, many years.
Ooh, it’s fun to play this game. I’d definitely travel all over the place, especially Europe.
Charity is number one for me. Then setting aside a huge chunk for taxes. Then I’d start sharing with people. Also I’d buy a lot of books.