I like this phrase.
Think about it.
One of the units I teach this time of year is about Buying a Car. I teach the Angel Potatoes what financing means, and the cost of a loan, and the kids make spreadsheets with expenses related to owning a car, like insurance and gas and interest and depreciation and five-year cost of ownership.I teach them to always make an appointment at the DMV. I lead them through a negotiation process, and they repeat after me: "Thank you for your time. I am sorry that you were not able to meet my price. I will seek out a better deal at (fill in the blank)."
And we go over "destination charges."
According to The Finance Owl: "Destination Charge – A fixed fee which reflects the average cost a dealer would pay for the shipping and delivering a new car."
This is not a very interesting definition. But.
Think about what it means when it applies to writing.
I am thinking about what it took to make me who I am and what it took to get me where I am in life and how that all relates to what and why I write.
I mostly write in this blog about books and teaching. I don't write about the how of my works in progress because I don't think my Why or my How could possibly be interesting to anyone else. Creativity and the Why and the How are not things I need to make concrete.
I like that there are mysteries in life.
And I would like to twist the phrase a little bit, because not everything in life is a charge or a cost. There are lots of gains, too.
See how this works: Destination Charges not as a noun+noun but as a noun+verb. Make it active.
Yeah. I like this a whole lot better.