Publishers pay writers advances to help cover expenses and feed families until their books come out and (we hope) the big trucks full of money back up to both our doors. Having passed a contractual milestone on Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow, I happily received such a check from my publisher Abrams yesterday (none of your business, that's how much).
The reason I'm writing about it and may need to frame the stub is the little note in the "Voucher Comments" field describing what the check is for.
It reads: "WHATEVER."
I'm not sure I like their attitude.