If I had more confidence in my writing ability, I could have lived with my mother out of college and worked seriously on a novel. That was 20 years ago, and in that time, I’ve written two novels and am working on a third, but it’s been a much harder grind.
Of course, if I had been more astute, when I was working at a computer game company in the mid-80s, I could have invested in that start-up company, but I thought Microsoft had crappy software and wouldn’t go anywhere. To compensate, as soon as my mother died, I took part of my inheiritance and invested it in tech stocks, just as the bubble burst.
The only thing good about not winning the love of my life was that I would not have found my wife, who loves me and has given me some pretty fantastic children, and who I love very much. That makes up a lot for the other stuff.