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Wonderful News & I need your HELP too!

February 24th, 2007 at 07:48 pm

Okay, first I admit I Am shamelessly copying TinaP! So please forgive me.

But I have awesome news. I have always said I have wanted to write a book someday, and lately fancy what it would be like to be the next Suze Orman or Laura Rowley. But I figured I am busy with kids and a career and that is something I will get to in a decade or 2 or 3 when I am a little older and wiser, have more life experience behind me, and more time too. I kind of fancy semi-retiring early and writing or something, just not at the top of my list right now. At least not until my husband brings home some bacon so I Can relax a little more. Wink

BUT I popped onto the blogs a few days ago and saw a comment in someone's blog that SA was looking for some contributing writers - a paid gig at that. I think I Would have been excited regardless paid or not, but committing the time and the effort, I think it would have to be paid to really justify, particularly in the middle of busy tax season.

Anyway, I saw Jeffrey had picked some new writers and figured I most defintitely hadn't gotten the job. I Was actually surprised how disappointed I was. I must be crazy - it is so busy over here. But yes, disappointed - I am a perfectionist. I must have it all - LOL.

Anyway, I had just jumped the gun a bit much. Today I got invited to be a contributing write - woohoo - I am so excited. On a trial basis to start. So I need your help!

I was just reading Tina's blog and I really thought she had an excellent idea to ask for article ideas. So I just had to ask too, what kind of articles would you like to see? Taxes and all that is most definitely my forte. So I am kind of curious what it is about taxes that demystifies you??? What have you always wondered? What have you been unable to find the answers to? Just let me know, it will help me.

Thanks so much. Wink

Oh yeah and my hubby is the BEST!!!!!! I know this is going to be more work on him, watching the kids so I have some time to write (after watching them ALL day and such), and I know he may come to resent this whole thing. BUT he was 100% just happy for me. He's so swell. On the other hand, I tend to waste a lot of time on the blogs and forums so it kind of feels good to convert that into such a productive venture. & I apologize if it keeps me from my blog...

& I will have some money to add to my challenge too - so excited.

Oh yeah and if you promise not to roll your eyes at me - I have been kind of looking at all this *secret* talk thinking it sounds a little like my life philosophy but WAY overly simplified. but reading all about it the other day I thought - fine - I Am going to put it out there that I want to be a writer - that I can have this wonderful side career and blab about personal finance all day. I must admit the immediate results are downright creepy. Though I do feel now the ball is in my court and I must prove myself worthy now. I don't believe for a second that good things will come to me without a little effort on my part too. Wink So I am not sure I am a Secret convert yet. But well, it is a little weird...

Really though, I am absolutely in love with this place and feel very honored to be given a chance...

Okay - so what do YOU want to know about taxes?

One thing I am curious about is how well people really understand their payroll taxes. On one hand it seems so basic to me but on the other hand I get the feeling few people really understand where that big chunk of their paycheck goes. Am I underestimating you all? I would like to write an article on that.

10 Responses to “Wonderful News & I need your HELP too!”

  1. tinapbeana Says:

    congrats, monkey mama!!! looking forward to reading some nifty tax articles (not often someone gets to type that!)

  2. monkeymama Says:


  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Ah, the dreaded tax questions!!!

    Here are a couple of article ideas:

    To Roth or not to Roth.....
    Deducing Donation Deductions....(ideas for dontations, whats deductible)
    What's New... (things are always changing...what do we need to know this year?)

    good luck with those articles!! I am sure you will do us a great service!!!

  4. boomeyers Says:

    Here is something I have been curious about. Some states let you either deduct the sales tax you spent through the year or the state income tax. What states allow this and what are the pros/cons of doing it?

  5. zetta Says:

    Congrats on your new writing gig!

    Yes, a basic article about payroll taxes would be very interesting. Also one on how to optimize your W-4 so you're not giving the govt a big loan. Capital gains basis. When to use TurboTax vs H&R Block vs a CPA.

  6. monkeymama Says:

    Thanks - keep the ideas coming. Some of them I already had - so GLAD to hear there would be interest.

    On state sales tax deduction it is allowed in all the states I believe. Just depends if you pay sales tax in your state (only reason why you wouldn't be able to deduct it - if there is none - hehe) Something I will work on then!

  7. Ima saver Says:


  8. Broken Arrow Says:

    Congrats, MM!

    Uh, I want to know everything about it. Big Grin
    Personally, since I'm contemplating going back to school for Accounting, I'd be interested in your academic experiences leading to it. How's that for a starter?

  9. monkeymama Says:

    I could try that. I always discuss with dh now accounting is unique because it is a very well-paid career but the education is not expensive. Accountants value experience over learning it seems. But a lot of that is unique to California. Hmmm, an interesting idea!!!!

  10. SicilyYoder Says:

    I have been a romance author and best-selling cookbook author for almost 4 years and love it.
    Go for it:>)

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