I don’t comment on every statement made about me or answer every personal question I get in the Comments here on this blog, or on public Internet forums, or in personal e-mails. But most are asked by well-meaning kind people who have no ill intentions. They honestly want to know so they can use the information to make better decisions for themselves in similar situations or they are just curious but don’t feel bad if I don’t want to discuss the topic.
So today – and off and on in the future – I will tackle some personal subjects that have been brought up by friendly folks - and perhaps a few by some who don’t fit in that category. The one today was posted on an Internet forum a year or two ago and probably came from someone not in that first “friendly” category.
“People like Bob [Dancer} and Jean write to validate their own egos, the money is
secondary, trust me. The money will always be secondary because the money in
publishing is dwarfed by the money from actually playing.”
It always amazes me how someone who doesn’t know me personally can be so sure of my motivations. But to the subject at hand: It is true that the monetary reward from writing is not at all lucrative. And it is true that Brad and I do make much more money playing video poker. But we are at that time of life - translate that “OLD”- when we do not need to work for even one more penny to provide ourselves with all the necessities of life. And we have more luxuries than we have the energy to take advantage of them.
So, we play VP only when we want to, as one of the entertainment options we enjoy. I have cut down on my writing – no new books the last few years – but writing about gambling, especially on my own schedule with no deadlines – is a pleasure for me.
I have loved to “teach” since I was a little girl and had two younger
sisters as my students. I still love to teach – that’s why, besides “teaching” in my writings about smart gambling, I also volunteer at the kindergarten down the street. Is that an ego trip too? Maybe! Every time one of the kiddies hugs me and there is a light of new understanding in the eyes, I think that this is far too much pay for such a small effort.
Once a teacher, always a teacher. I can’t help myself!