April 10, 2007

Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Sunny and cold

I ended up trying to help my mom with her taxes yesterday, and that ate up most of the day. I have a feeling we’re going to get Turbo Tax and simplify things. It didn’t help that I went through everything, did all the calculations and then realized one of my early numbers was wrong!

Anyone else use Turbo Tax? What’s your experience?

Assignments from both Confidential Jobs arrived yesterday, so I have to put my nose to the grindstone and get those done. Fortunately, I’m excited about both assignments.

I ended up having to rewrite the beginning of Chapter Two of Good Names because they would have traveled from the stepmother’s house to the hotel via horse-drawn hacks – it was still a bit too early for cars to be common just then. After all, Henry Ford sold the first Model A to a Detroit doctor in 1903 – but it may have been later in the year than when the story opens. I’d rather not risk the inaccuracy, and put them in a hack instead. But I can still have them pass streetcars – Chicago had lots of streetcars at that time! But I also went further into the chapter. It makes it stronger.

Got out two freelance pitches and a request for more information to a third company. Printed off some other guidelines for a potential market – I have to look through my pieces and see if there’s anything appropriate.

Did the assignment for Confidential Job #2, wrote the report, and sent it off this morning. Keep your fingers crossed that they like the result and keep using me!

Off to the theatre for day work today, and then I have to rush back and across town for the meeting regarding the flood last month. I haven’t yet decided if I’m going to speak – it depends how much I disagree with what’s said!


Good Names — 3,562 words out of est. 100,000

Kristen King’s Inkthinker Query Challenge 2007 — 27 pitches out of 120 = 22.5%


  1. Hubby and I used Turbo Tax when we were first married. That was ten years ago. I’ve heard it’s SOOOO easy now. It was then, too! You just plug in your numbers, and it’s very user friendly, and BOOM, you’re done. It does all the calculations for you.

    We use an accountant now, because we seem to relocate a lot and with jobs and relo and dual houses, it’s complicated. But I highly recommend Turbo Tax, from our prior experience with it.

  2. Devon:

    Yes, I use TurboTax and it’s really quite good. It doesn’t allow you to totally switch off your brain, but its prompts and help screens are typically sufficient to walk you through your questions and input.

    Good luck to you and your mom,


  3. I’ve used TurboTax for the last 7 years and I’ve never had a problem with it! I actually do taxes for my whole family (parents and sister/brother in law)every year with TurboTax and it’s so easy!

  4. I’ve used both Turbo Tax and the other big one (Tax Cut?) and they both made life MUCH easier.

  5. We used TurboTax online this year. For the 4th year in a row. Chris loves it.
    Hope you have a good day and that the meeting goes well.

  6. I’ve used Turbo Tax, too, and really like it. I don’t liek the price, but hey, it’s better than doing it on my own. I am NOT a numbers person. And since we bought the house, everything is more difficult.

    Good luck with your confidential job projects!!!

  7. LOVE Turbo Tax for each and every one of the entities that I have to report (that would be Consulting, MaryKay, Art, our Sound Reinforcement business and our houshold which isn’t simple). Well worth the $ for the amount of weeping and moaning doing it by hand and calculator can cause. Need to figure something out? change a number, hit a button and THE WHOLE THING recalculates in seconds. Literally. I bow down and kiss the toes of Turbo Tax.

  8. I used the freebie version online – it’s awesome! It asks you questions about your deductions. And you can e-file if you want. If she’s due a refund, you can have it direct deposited which is great because you don’t have to wait for the check.

  9. Here’s another member of the TURBO TAX fan club. My husby, who’s a late-bloomer to technology (despite the fact he’s a professionally employed pilot) was very resistant about our move to TT ten years ago. He would never go back to the old hand-calc way.

    Good luck with your mom’s taxes.

    (If it makes you feel any better, mine are not done yet. All of my business receipts are sorted and stacked neatly on a table, waiting for us to come home from Scottsdale to run the numbers. We’re leaving on Thursday.)

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