That day I've been holding my breath so long for...has finally arrived. Picture it:
Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Doing my usual social networking morning routine (tweets, Google+ posts, and the like) before diving into my real work of playing with words. Email a friend the current status of my writing life: waiting to hear back on submissions for a picture book and two short stories, revising YA novel, and starting another short story.
Oh look - another email in my inbox that must be taken care of before I write (always the procrastinator). OMG. The subject line is Dark Heart Volume 2. The UK anthology I'd submitted my YA fantasy short story to back in March. Heart pounds, hands sweaty. Open message:
"We would be absolutely delighted to accept your short story 'Mirror Image' for Volume 2 of Dark Heart."
Heart still pounding, eyes zero in on "absolutely delighted" and, of course, I do my "I rule, yes, yes, y'all" happy dance jam at my desk.
Finally, I exhale. And then call my mom.
celebrate good times, c'mon! let's celebrate!