Four Happy Things

MomGoth is singing happy little songs today because of four happy things that happened yesterday.

  • I got my first royalty check from Amazon for the short story collections I self-published for Kindle (and at Smashwords, but Smashwords hasn’t sent me a check so NO DANCE FOR YOU, SMASHWORDS! It wasn’t a big check, unless you think $10.41 is big, but I’m being all Four Yorkshiremen about it and saying, “Boot it were a check to oos.” And here’s the original sketch o’ that, for all you yoong people:

  • The fabulous, fabulous Amanda Borenstadt, steampunk queen supreme, reminded me of word clouds at Wordle, and I did one for EEL’S REVERENCE:

Wordle: Eel's Reverence

  • I got a call inviting me to present awards at a local middle school’s Young Authors Celebration. Not only is it an honor, it’s a pleasure to get to encourage young people toward rewarding and enriching careers as authors, so that they, too, can go to the mailbox some day and find they have received checks for $10.41 for six months’ sales.
  • My editor at Echelon Press tells me she’s within hours of getting my edits on FORCE OF HABIT to me, and that she thinks they’ll be easy ones. πŸ™‚ On the same subject (FORCE OF HABIT), I’m having tons of fun writing “By the Book”, the short story accompanying it. I told my 10-year-old grandson the premise and he was most amused.

Busy day today, working the concession stand for my church at an auction (that’s conCession, not conFession–I’m Disciples of Christ, not Catholic), then going to the Presbyterian Church for a Mardi Gras feast. They give away beads, but you don’t have to show anything but money for charity.

WRITING PROMPT: List four happenings that made your main character happy.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Four Happy Things

  1. Jane

    March 6, 2011 at 10:11am

    Hi. Oh boy, are your taxes next year going to be interesting!!!

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      Marian Allen

      March 6, 2011 at 12:38pm

      I’ve been making a bit on a story here and a story there, with LOTS of expenses for conferences and (back in the day) postage, so our taxes already show me as self-employed. πŸ™‚

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  2. Dani Greer

    March 9, 2011 at 10:10am

    Yay, Marian! And I love the idea of a Confession Stand – can you imagine all the good ideas for the next novel gleaned from just a few hours manning the booth? LOL.

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      Marian Allen

      March 9, 2011 at 8:40pm

      Dani, that would be AWESOME! And think of the money we could make if we went all medieval on them, and sold indulgences.

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  3. Helen Ginger

    March 9, 2011 at 12:57pm

    Hey, $10.41 is still money. Okay, it’ll probably all go to paying taxes, but still it’s money! Woo-woo. Congrats.

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      Marian Allen

      March 9, 2011 at 8:45pm

      Thanks, Helen–Yeah, I’m pretty stoked about it. πŸ™‚ This was from books I formatted and put up for Kindle myself. I even did the covers. I yam proud. πŸ™‚

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  4. Morgan Mandel

    March 9, 2011 at 2:16pm

    I do the direct deposit thing with Amazon, so I don’t get the thrill of seeing huge check like yours in real life paper. Kind of like the difference between paper books and kindle, I guess. (g)

    Morgan Mandel

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      Marian Allen

      March 9, 2011 at 8:46pm

      Oh, you should see me gloating over my Kindle book shelf. lol! I can see all the covers, not just the spines, and I never have to dust them. πŸ˜‰

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