All Grown Up
Yesterday, I saw a very excellent tweet that said something like "Being a grown up is expensive, and also I'm not having a very good time right now."
Something like that. I wish I'd flagged it.
Being a grown up is tough. You have to pay bills on time and do things like go to work (or stay home and write books) even when you don't want to, because being a grown up is expensive.
But two things happened today that make being a grown up worthwhile.
The first, a friend invited me to her high school as a 'guest adjudicator' for the play her students are preparing for a competitive festival. She's working on a play I have performed and directed before, and I was excited just to get to see it again. I was unprepared, though, for the flood of old anxieties that bombarded me as I walked through the front doors of her school. It's been a long time since I was in high school, and still, all those weird awkward feelings are there.
And yet, when we walked into the auditorium, she introduced me, and people thanked me for being there. The kids did their show, and then they sat, with rapt attention, to hear what I (me!) had to say. "But what else could we do to make it better?"
It's always flattering when people ask your opinion and take it to heart. But somehow, being in a place that brought back so many old and anxious memories made it all the more special. Being a grown up means people believe you know what you're talking about, even when you're not sure you do.
It was a nice moment.
The other thing though.
The thing that made being a grown up pretty cool today?
Well it's just gravy.
Actually, by gravy standards, it's pretty expensive. By most other counts, it's not much.
You guys :)
I got my first royalty cheque today.
I am a Professional Author.
And okay, yes, the cheque was for $45. And yes, of the copies sold so far, 10 were purchased by mom. But still, there is a cheque, made out to me, that says people (and not just my mom) have bought something that I made.
Being a grown up is expensive, and $45 doesn't go very far, but today I'm having a pretty good time.
Also, if you want to make my next royalty cheque even more exciting, The Pick Up is out in 10 days! Honestly though, the best part of it is people reading the story. Single dad, grumpy teacher, nosey families. What could go wrong? Pre-orders are still available through Riptide, and will be available on the other online retailers soon!