What’s Your Winner’s Curse? | The Marie Rutkoski Blog Tour

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What's Your Winner's Curse? | The Marie Rutkoski Blog Tour

We’re so excited to be part of this tour today! We’re big fans of THE WINNER’S CURSE here at Gone with the Words, so we each had something to say about what we’d pay too much for. Here’s what we had to say!


There are certain things in my personal life that have been on hold because money needs to be saved for them. These are also the things that if I had a lot of money, I’d probably pay too much to get them done NOW. Those things are…

Wedding – Tom and I looked at a venue that was essentially a ranch, with outdoor space for the ceremony and a beautiful barn for the reception. It had cabins and houses for guests on the property… all at a cost of only $9,000.00. No biggie. But probably not going to happen for us. (At this point I’m all for eloping, lol VEGAS!)

House Remodel – New floors, new indoor and outdoor paint, a landscaper! ALL OF IT! My poor house… I love it, but I want to do so much to it.

Interior Designer – I’d also pay a lot for someone to come in and just make it beautiful in there.

Housekeeper – LOL Ain’t nobody got time for that!



If we’re talking mainly material or comfort goods (not curing diseases, etc), these are the few things that I would definitely pay too much for:

A Personal Chef – I like to cook, I love to bake, but I’m often too lazy/tired/whatever to cook every day. And 3 meals a day is exhausting! Plus finding new recipes so we’re not constantly eating hot dogs or BBQ chicken. If I had a personal chef, he/she could make sure my husband and I eat well while making our favorite foods. It would be the best! And I’d have amazing lunches to take to work everyday :)

Interior Designer/Home Decorator – I watch a lot of HGTV and know what I like, but it’s hard to implement it myself! I can’t visualize all the individual pieces into a cohesive project. Once I get to Ikea or Target I get overwhelmed. It’d be awesome to have someone come in and decorate my apt!

Front Row Wrestlemania Tickets – I feel like this is the definition of Winner’s Curse! I’ve become a huge WWE wrestling fan the past two years and Wrestlemania is their version of the Super Bowl. It’s the biggest, craziest, BEST show of the year. Plus it’s in the Bay Area this year! But there’s this small problem of front row tickets being $10,000 each. YIKES. It’d be totally worth it though.



There have been times in my life where I’ve felt like I paid too much for something, literally and figuratively. I’ve learned that lesson, but not without some hardship. About eight years ago I decided I was tired of paying rent and that it made more economical sense to get my own house. After a few years of owning the house and paying unforeseen costs like maintenance, and high property taxes, I was wayyy in over my head. I eventually had to admit to myself that I bit off more than I could chew financially, and let the house go and move back home. In retrospect, it was the best decision I could’ve made, but at the time I felt like I was incompetent and giving up (I am not a quitter dammit!). I have also felt like I’ve paid too much emotionally when it comes to past relationships. I always tend to invest so much of myself into the person I’m with that I start to forego things that have made me happy. Around the same time that I moved back home, I decided no more! I won’t emotionally pay too much and sacrifice myself to make someone else happy. They should want me to be happy too, right?

As far as what I would pay too much for now, that’s a good question. Probably a trainer and a dietitian, I feel like I would pay a lot to get myself in shape and get my health on track. I’d also be willing to pay a small fortune to go on a date with Benedict Cumberbatch but alas, he is taken *sigh*. Also, I would pay an obscene amount of money to become a world traveler. There is just so much of the world I haven’t seen! I need wings so I can fly!!



This year I decided to go back to school, which has taken up all of my money so a lot of things have been put on hold. There are so many things I would pay too much for, on the top of that list is pretty much anything my parents want or need. I’m an only child and my parents are everything to me. If I had all the money in the world I would give it to them because they’re awesome and they deserve it. The second thing is a house, I have been renting forever and I really, really want a house. Right now it’s not going to happen, but honestly I would probably pay too much for the perfect house. Lastly, my dog, yup I’m one of those crazy dog people that treats their dog like their kid. I already spend way too much on her and I would probably spend more if I could :)


 What’s Your Winner’s Curse?


About Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society, about a girl who discovers that she’s not human and that her kind are terrorists in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened. The Shadow Society will be published October 30, 2012. Marie has also written the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globeand The Jewel of the Kalderash. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

5 Responses to “What’s Your Winner’s Curse? | The Marie Rutkoski Blog Tour”

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    For sure, mine would be a personal trainer and a personal chef. If I had someone to do the cooking and someone to push me to exercise, it would be so much better!

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    Amber Elise

    I would LOVE a personal chef! I get home around 6:30PM from work and the last thing I want to do is cooking!

    As for weddings, Jess, they are expensive and stupid! The hubs and I saved money by doing everything ourselves.

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    Alexa S.

    Loved reading your answers, ladies! Been thinking about how I’m going to choose to answer this question for my stop too, and it’s been an interesting process for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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    Oh yes, I would love to have a personal chef. I watched the movie Chef yesterday and it would be amazing to have someone cook all those amazing, healthy meals. And while I’m at it, I want a chauffeur. I don’t like driving (hence the fact I still don’t own a license), so it would be great to have someone to do it for me.

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