Yesterday I found a ten dollar bill in a jacket pocket. For a moment, I looked at the rectangular piece of green paper and thought, “What is this?” That’s when I realized that I rarely use real, physical money anymore. I use a debit card or a credit card for most purchases.
And that got me to thinking. . .
Most of my life revolves around the virtual, not the physical.
I am a novelist (along with my co-author and wife, Saxon Bennett.) I write on my computer three to four hours every morning. I save my day’s work on a flashdrive. When the novel is finished, I email it to my editor and proofreader. They email back to me when they’re done marking corrections. I format the novel and upload it to Amazon, our selling platform. I never once actually hold a physical book or piece of paper in my hands during the entire process of writing a novel.
Next, Amazon sells our books and the customer pays for it simply by clicking a button on their computer. The book is delivered within minutes (if not seconds) to their digital e-reader or computer. No paper used there either.
The first of every month Amazon digitally transfers my paycheck into my bank account.
I don’t see any real, physical money. I am paid in virtual money. Amazon simply sends numbers to my bank who adds the numbers to my account.
Then, I pay my mortgage and other assorted bills—which I receive electronically— by transferring numbers via computer from my bank account to the account number of the payee.
I work, get paid, and pay all my bills without ever once touching paper!
That’s why when I held the ten dollar bill in my hand there was one long second when I didn’t know what it was.
It’s enough to blow my mind.
P.S. If you’re the old-school type of person, we do sell our books in the print version. You may want to buy them before they’re obsolete!