Greenies for Zoe
Nurse Magazines for Erika
A copy of Vegetarian Times
A mysterious letter from some lawyer
Rejections letters for me from: The New England Review, Washington Square, New Letters
But at the bottom of the stack--I always put the thickest envelopes at the bottom for the sake of build-up--was what every aspiring writer dreams about in his obscure literary career: a new acceptance letter, this one from Connecticut Review. Let me quote the exact page because it just feels so good to read it:
On behalf of the Editorial Board of Connecticut Review, I am delighted to accept the work listed on the enclosed contract.
To help us prepare for the printer, please follow the directions for submitting an Electronic file of your work. The directions are attached. As soon as your Production Editor receives your work, she will begin processing it for publication . . .
I am very pleased to be publishing your fine work.
So, I'm really happy about this. The amazing thing is I sent that manuscript almost exactly a year ago. I'd almost forgotten about it. Now I have to send the editor an email and tell her I'm in Buenos Aires.
In related news, my lyrical essay "Piano Lessons" published in volume 10 of the South Loop Review is now in Chicagoland stores and in Columbia College's bookstore. Info about this issue can be found here.