Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kinda Surreal, This Being Paid To Write Thing

I was pretty busy yesterday, so I didn't have the time to check for the launch of my sci-fi story, "Enemy of my Enemy" over at Afterburn SF. Not until this morning, at least. However, what I *did* notice was the quiet addition of funds to my PayPal account online for the sale of said story. It was a pleasant surprise, to say the least. Not like I didn't know I would be receiving payment (I'd signed the contract almost a year ago, after all) -- but because I hadn't expected it to come RIGHT THAT MOMENT. Part of this is because I was so busy that I had completely lost track of the month. How *did* February already come to an end so quick?

Anyway, it was quite a rush to see payment in my inbox not just from one story--the previously purchased "Khan Tengri" by Silverthought--but now from Afterburn SF, too! The money is not a lot, of course, but for me it is the best payment I've ever received! This is like Scrooge McDuck's lucky dime -- from this I shall build an EMPIRE! Mwah-haha-hah!!!! :)

Okay, seriously though, it's a cool feeling. Now I have to remember to transfer it all to my bank account. For now I keep going back to the PayPal site and just staring at the notification. Like I said, it's not about the money itself (though that's certainly nice, and I'll take more, please), but just the symbolism behind it. While I in no way have the hubris to proclaim I've finally made it onto the publishing scene (I still have a ton more work to do before I can say that, if ever), I do feel that this is an important baby step in the right direction.

Now hopefully this baby can learn to run!


The Things We Carried said...

Here from Kim's. Congrats on being published!!

David Batista said...

Thank you so much!

And thanks for visiting, too. I'm always thrilled when I get visitors. :)

Kim Kasch said...

Who wouldn't love it - with a title like that? Very clever David.

And getting paid to do what we love, I can only hope that one day it will be all we need to do to get paid.

Alas, until then, I'll be keeping the day job. But hoping . . .

David Batista said...

Yes, that's the kind of world I want to live in, Kim. You put it best! :)

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