6 Reasons People Buy Stuff

‘Chicken Little’s Issues’ 48x60” acrylic by Mernie + back stock

1) Desire for Financial Gain

I describe a forty-year career as a full time, freelance artist. I might as well have written, “Turn your back on this target before aiming at it.”

2) Fear of Financial Loss

Nope. You’ll need a different instructional manual for this fear — one I’m not qualified to write. All you get from my book are suggestions on ways to make fear bearable whilst shooting for a creative vocation. I did offer some tips on how to get over, through and around some other great big fears like, not being good enough, getting mocked and death.

3) Comfort & Convenience

I understand wanting a life that is the equivalent of sleeping on memory foam, but comfort and serenity are two different beasts. I didn’t shoot for a comfy book. Convenience suggests less work, more appliances and paid helpers— helpful advice I also didn’t offer.

4) Security & Protection

Once again, you’ll want a different book. My life was a series of hair-brand, dangerous and poorly thought out circus acts with safety nets of luck and magic. My stories can fit this desire only as a cautionary tale.

5) Pride of Ownership

If owning something that only a very few other people have gives you pride I can say this… a lot more people have Lamborghinis than own a copy of my book.

6) Satisfaction of Emotion

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Mernie Buchanan

Mernie Buchanan

Mernie paints and writes in Woodstock NY. A signed copy of her memoir The Incompetent Psychic available via www.mernie.com