Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Aphra Behn

Is it strange to say that a 17th century woman is one of my heroes? That my goal has always been, just like Behn, to be a woman who makes a living by her pen. And these past few weeks something has actually been happening on that front. A royalty cheque arrived for the first three of my Classic Starts (Little Women, Frankenstein and Robinson Crusoe), and yesterday a cheque arrived from Taddle Creek for my poem "April" that appeared in their last issue.

Getting paid for poetry is awesome. Getting paid for writing I did five years ago is also kind of thrilling. But being able to pay for my Humber course without going into debt? Awesome.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That *is* awesome.

I'm afraid the only writing I was doing 5 years ago was for term papers...

Heather said...

Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Writing because you love to is one thing - receiving a cheque in the mail makes it all that much sweeter...

Anonymous said...

Not the point of the post, but Aphra Behn's The Rover is my most favourite play ever.