My first check for writing has arrived in the mail! This is for my short story, “The Meaning of Vengeance,” and no, I can’t quit my job and become a full-time author, based on the amount. But when Dreamspinner asked how I wanted to be paid, I chose to have a check sent in the mail, specifically because I wanted the moment I had last night — me walking through the door and Erich saying, “Here! This will cheer you up!” as he hands me my first advance.
I almost don’t want to cash it. But of course, I will. Maybe we’ll go out to dinner.