The best things in life are… 50 cents or less

Well, here we are. The first of our tiered gift-giving holidays. How'd it go? Initial reviews are positive. (But the long-term jury's still out.)

For those of you not familiar with our creative challenge (and too lazy to scroll down one post), Corinne and I are monitoring the price of our gifts this year. And for Valentine's Day, that means we each had a cap of $0.50. (As caps go, that's a pretty tiny one.)

What did I get?

I got a handwritten love note from Corinne and two fun-size Snickers bars. The love note part I presume is self-explanatory. The Snickers bars tie back to a running joke Corinne and I have from a few years ago when I explained to her that I love her more than Snickers. (That's a lot.) I loved getting those Snickers bars. And I love my wife!

What did I give?

I gave a 5.5×8.5 notepad. I know, it doesn't sound like much. And it sounds like even less when you factor in that I've pretty much already taken it back. I've taken it back so I can use it to finally start compiling plot and character notes to actually get started writing a book. This is a concept that scares the hell out of me. But it's an idea that really means a lot to Corinne. That's why the long-term jury's still out on this gift exchange. It's all going to depend on how well I follow through (historically, not my strong suit).

So wish me luck and keep after me so I don't start letting this project slide!