What Can You Buy With $5?

Ann H Gabhart Ann's Posts, One Writer's Journal

Another Wednesday. No tornado warnings this week although the weathermen are predicting snow this weekend. Spring will come. Eventually. I know it will. Those of you in the south are probably already enjoying the flowers and sunshine. I guess the longer we wait, the more we’ll appreciate spring here in Kentucky.

I’ve been trying to figure out how to put a banner about the Christian Book Expo on this, but I have to admit to being technically challenged at times. I copied the code their e-mail told me to copy but when I tried to paste it on here somewhere, it kept telling me I had some wrong code. I think not having the faintest idea of where to paste the code might have been my first problem. But if you’re in the Dallas area and would like to meet some fantastic Christian writers in person to learn about a lot of new Christian books, go to the Christian Book Expo site, http://www.christianbookexpo.com/ and you can read all about it. You can also get a $5 discount on your tickets to get into the Expo by entering the discount code cbe5off. Wish I’d gotten that e-mail last week. I just bought Darrell’s ticket on-line without a discount code in sight. Oh well, $5 isn’t all that much.

But what can you do these days with $5? Buy a meal at a fast food restaurant if you’re not too hungry. Buy a Bible for the Gideons to give to someone. Buy a box of Girl Scout cookies with a little left over. Maybe get a couple of pairs of socks. A bag of very cheap dogfood. Mail ten letters with some change. Download some tunes – that is, if you aren’t technically challenged like me. Oh, I know a good one. Add a couple more fives and buy a book. Get a ticket to a matinee movie. Sorry, not enough for popcorn, too. Buy a singing greeting card. Those batteries last forever, but only if the tune is really annoying.

What are your suggestions for the $5 I might have saved, but didn’t? Of course there’s always that true advice on how to double your money – fold it and put it in your pocket.

I’m trying to keep my nose to the grindstone here as I get my book going. Or maybe I should say fingers to the keyboard. I keep telling myself to get going on the story. I feel like I’m running behind, not getting things rolling fast enough. Maybe I need to sit down at my desk in the morning and yell “Scene 1 (or 206). Action!” That’s what I need. Action. Along with character development, great motivation, plot thickening, and snappy dialogue to go along with the easy to read and engaging prose. That’s all I need. Just a few little things. But none of them on sale for $5.

Hope you’re having a fun week and if you do make it to Dallas for the Christian Book Expo please come see me at the Baker Publishing Group Booth between 5 and 5:45 p.m. on Friday. I wish I had signed up for a time at the ACFW Booth, but I didn’t know I was going to Dallas when the opportunity to sign up for that was available. But I’ll have fun seeing all the other writers there.

Here’s a quote to close out the day and to help me realize how rich I am without that $5 I didn’t save.

“If you want to feel rich, just count the things you have that money can’t buy.”

Hope you have plenty of reasons to feel rich. And by the way, it doesn’t cost you a thing to enter my book give-away. Just send me an e-mail from my website, http://www.annhgabhart.com/. I’m doing the drawing the day after I get back from Dallas on March 22, so you’ve still got a few weeks to get your name in the hat.