Just 28¢ a Day…

Posted: March 11, 2013 in Random Rants
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Who says it doesn’t pay to be a writer?  A lot of people actually, but that’s beside the point.  In my case I certainly can’t say it’s paid much, but it  has paid enough.  I just received my most recent royalty payment from my publisher in regards to Celestial: The Fallen.  The check?  A mind numbingly ridiculous 28¢.  Yes CENTS.  It cost more to print the check than the amount itself, and yet… it was enough.

You see, rent day comes but once a month, and like every other month I’m always tight on cash after that day.  Living paycheck to paycheck isn’t easy and sometimes other bills pop up from the blue to twist the screws just a little bit more.  That’s exactly what happened to me.  I had little money, I had to sell some of my precious Star Wars Lego sets on ebay, [sheds a tear] and after all that I came down to the last few dollars in my account.  $14.74 to be exact and no money in my back up savings/overdraft account.  It was looking bleak.

I said, “Well, I’ll be fine as long as I don’t have any more expenses come out.”  As was often the case, I had one more expense coming out, my Audible.com subscription, which just happened to be $14.95.  I was certainly miffed, the universe had screwed me yet again, but wait!  I looked down at my publishers royalty check and behold!  28¢.  It was enough.  I never thought it could be possible but I raced to my bank and deposited my check anyway, bumping my account to just over $15 for the final bill before my next paycheck.  I was saved from near criminal overdrawn account fees and another wave of financially induced depression by a measly 28¢.

That was when I realized that no matter how low I had gotten, the universe, my eternal friend, was still watching out for me and all was well…

…until next month anyway.

-K.R. Krause

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