Another Dark Little Corner
Started this before change to "New Blogger", as backup in case of trouble with digiphoto blog "In a Small Dark Room", or rants & links blog "Hello Cruel World" . Useful - at one stage Dark Room was there, but like the astrophysical Dark Matter, we could't see it ... better now, but kept Just In Case.
There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought. Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
[me, on a bad day]
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Preditors and Editors
Everything you wanted to know about literary agents
On the getting of agents
(and my Wish List)
Remember the entry about more affidavits? Well, during phoning, writing, copying, etc, also checked tax situation.
I think that one reason to work hard at establishing myself (yet again) as his legitimate de facto [is that an oxymoron?], rather than getting his superannuation paid into an Estate Trust (and straight out again to pay the debts), is that "the funds in the hands of dependent beneficiaries are free of tax". The spouse, de lege or de facto, is defined as a dependant - you don't have to worry if you earnt some money yourself.
As it is, the combined superannuation payouts will just about cover the debts - both the ones outstanding at his death & ones since - so if a large chunk is subtractedby tax, that leaves me, relict, sick, insecure & generally in a considerably worse situation than before.
At least if the debts are covered, I'll only be in a somewhat worse situation, mostly because of my permanent health disability and the worries about needing money to pay for mother's care as she deteriorates. But I wouldn't have a continual drain from continuing to pay debts in arrears.
As I've said many times, I am just so thankful that we are in Australia. Though things are getting worse in our health & aged care systems, it is much better than some of the others around the world. Although I couldn't have gone on without my friends, many workers in the system have been very helpful, and supported mother & myself.