For those of you who aren’t following me on Twitter, I’ve got some great news to share: I received a favorable decision on my disability case. I’ll be getting payments in a week or two.
After a decade of abject poverty, I’m looking forward to being a consumer again. I’ve discovered Amazon’s Wish Lists and populated them with various and sundry delights. There’s a bit of a struggle to prioritize my needs, but it’s a happy dilemma. If I can’t afford what I want immediately, I can wait until next month. Or the one after that, or after that.
One of the biggest perks to the situation is that I will be able to resume writing. I hear J.K. Rowling managed to write the first Harry Potter book on café napkins, but I don’t have it in me. I need a real computer, a keyboard, printing paper, and ink.
In a week or two I can buy ink. I’m going to wait on the computer, upgrading my phone comes first, but I can get a micro USB adapter and print the first draft of my novel from my tablet. A $5 device will facilitate my artistic endeavors, and I can scribble on a physical copy of the book until next month. So sweet.
There are other benefits, too. I can get wax and wicks to make candles, I can get twine to make knotwork Rosaries, I can get St. Benedict medals in bulk and a proper pastoral sick call kit. My ministry will grow.
I can get a car and go to writers’ conferences, or visit family, or go ghost hunting.
I can repay my mother for keeping a roof over my head and my lights running.
I can adopt a cat.
2017 will come with challenges, but I will be better equipped to handle them than I have been in a very long time. It’s gonna be a great year.