I received my first royalty cheque (that's check for the Americans!) I was met with a mixture of emotion: a) delight and b) disappointment. Initially I thought it was for "my" first quarter (June - August) but in fact because the book was released June 15th it fell into the previous period (April - June), so the cheque was only for 2 weeks. The disappointment turned into relief, but the reality is poetry royalties are pretty small. The great thing about that is, I didn't do it for the money. We all have a destiny. We all hope to leave our mark on the world. Some people do that as volunteers, philanthropists, doctors, researchers, parents - everyone has a calling. I realize mine is writing. It doesn't matter if it is poetry, fiction, non-fiction, I must write. Writing is as essential to me as breathing, I must do it to live. My words are meant to reach inside of you and make a connection. When you "feel" something from my words, I've done what I born to do. When you "feel" it means your heart understands. I have this whole week to "write!" I look forward to making more connections, the only kind that matter - heart to heart!