How I Made a Quick $250

February 22, 2011
Contacted by editor of online publication: Would I like $250 to write a personal essay about something I’ve already written about? (Yes.)

March 11, 2011
Submitted piece to editor.

April 7, 2011
Piece published.

Number of inquiries from Mike Dang after publishing of essay and before sending of invoice about status of said invoice: 5 (documented)

December 1, 2011
Sent invoice to editor and billing department.

December 1, 2011
Invoice to editor bounced (“Yeah she got a new job, remember I told you that months ago?” —Mike Dang). Invoice to billing department goes through, presumably. 

Number of times I considered following up on invoice: 823
Number of times I actually followed up on invoice: 0
Number of times I spent the $250 in anticipation of check arriving any day: Infinite

Jun 21, 2012
Sent follow-up email to billing department. This time, did not bother cc’ing editor. (Spent some moments trying to figure out who replaced her, but met defeat.)

July 5, 2012
Received email from billing department, asking for confirmation of birthdate.

July 5, 2012
Confirmed birthdate.

July 30, 2012
Receieved check.

July 31, 2012
Spent check, for last time.

August 1, 2012
Deposited check.

FIN (bows, curtseys, available for hire)

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