The thrill of selling that first story! OMG! I was jumping up and down so much, my oldest said, "Mom, I've never seen you like this before." Well, I've never had someone else like my stories so much that they wanted to pay me for them, either!
As I read the offer email, I kept thinking "This is where she writes all the nice stuff, but wait... wait... wait... she's going to say No, Thank you, at any moment." But she didn't! She (the editor) said, "the storyline kept me reading and it was a lovely, hot, sexy read. Well done!!!"
Whew! Such praise for a new author! Author! That's me. No longer an aspiring writer. I will be an author!!!