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Famine to feast

Well, it took a while for my relief at finally getting my advance check to override my tension of the past few weeks, but it kicked in after I went to bed last night — suddenly, my whole body finally relaxed, more fully than it has in quite a while, and it felt wonderful.

So anyway, you’re not going to believe this next bit. Late this morning, I checked online and confirmed that my deposit to my checking account had gone through, so I wrote a check to myself to deposit in my much-depleted savings account at my other bank, which has a branch within walking distance and which is open for part of the day on Saturday. So I filled out the deposit slip and headed out to the bank. When I was maybe half a block or so from home, I thought, “Hey, I think I heard the mail come earlier. There’s almost no chance my Analog check has come so soon, but maybe I should go back and check the mail juuuust in case.” I debated with myself for a bit, and if I’d been maybe 30 paces further along, I wouldn’t have bothered, but as it was, I decided to go back and make sure.

And when I opened my mailbox, I started laughing, since there was my Analog check.

It’s like they say — you wait an hour for the bus, and then three come along at once. It would’ve saved me a lot of anxiety if one of these two checks had come just a couple of weeks sooner. Still, at least they’re here now — and I’m grateful for my neurotic extra-cautiousness for once, since it saved me a second trip to the bank.

Anyway, after tearing up the first deposit slip, filling out a new one, and depositing both checks in my savings account, I just found myself going for a long walk on the university campus and thinking about… nothing in particular. I just enjoyed the way it felt to have a relaxed body and a clear mind for a little while, before getting back to priorities like finishing my taxes and working on my novel. It was really nice.

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  1. April 13, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    The feeling of having money is like nothing else.

  2. Zaju
    April 27, 2019 at 7:20 am

    It always leaves me perplexed when I read some US person who is “waiting for a check”. I don’t even know when it was the last time I saw a check or I had to go my bank for something. I know a couple of writer here (Italy) and they always paid by wire transfer.

    • April 27, 2019 at 7:33 am

      I do get paid electronically by a couple of my publishers, but honestly, I’m not sure it’d make that much difference. The US Mail generally only takes a few days at most; I think the majority of the wait is for the paperwork to be processed at the publisher. For a large publisher with a whole lot of contracts piled up for approval, that can take quite a while.

      • Zaku
        April 27, 2019 at 8:14 am

        But everything can happen when you do have to rely on tiny pieces of paper. The mailman can have an accident. Someone can vandalize your mailbox. Something can happen to your way to the bank. It seems to me so inconvenient. Or they can simply refuse to cash your check ’cause the color of your skin

        (and by the way, virtually every comment from people outside the US was like “Wait, do you people still use checks?!?”)

      • April 27, 2019 at 8:26 am

        Believe me, I worry about checks being lost when I’m waiting for them, but the US Postal Service is historically very reliable. And there are things that can go wrong with electronic systems too. Also, electronic transfers often involve a fee being charged, which is why I prefer checks from this particular publisher.

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