One of the nice things about having a story published (besides the validation of having someone who is not your husband or best friend liking your work and making it available for dozens of strangers to read) is that occasionally you get a check for it. Now I’m too mercenary to frame said check and hang it up on the wall, but I can’t just dump it into the checking account, a mere drop in our pond of liquid assets. It is, after all, special money.
So, writer friends (and non-writer friends, too), what would you do when being paid for your writing is still an exciting novelty and you have no need to use the money to buy groceries or pay off debt? Would you splurge on a few new books or dinner out? Or invest it back into your writing somehow–put it into a new printer fund, buy a how-to book, sign up for a writing workshop? What are your plans for income generated by a not-yet-fulltime passion?