And Then the Phone Rang

I’m going to tell you a little story.

Once upon a time, I had a job. It came with a window:

My window office no longer

My window office no longer.

But I lost the window.

And—far worse—the door.

And I was being a big baby about it.

Because I knew I should just be grateful to still have a job.

Everyone says that.

So it’s Friday afternoon and I’m sitting in my new office.

Which is one of these…

A C-word

This, for those who don't know, is called a cubicle. I call this particular cubicle my "lounge." The photo is flipped backwards, but I'm too lazy to fix it, so try to imagine.

…and then the phone rang.

I don’t like getting phone calls in the cubicle unless it’s one of two people (my agent or e).

It was e.

[I would insert an adorable photo of him here, but he would kill me.]

He was home, and had come in from checking the mail.

He said, “You just got in to Yaddo.”

I said, “What????!!!!!”

He said, “Yaddo!”

I said, “Are you joking?”

He read me the letter over the phone.

I said, “Please tell me you’re not joking.”

He replied by sending my cell phone this:

Yaddo acceptance letter sent via cell phone because I refused to believe it had actually happened

Yaddo acceptance letter sent via cell phone because I refused to believe it.

I was in shock.

I mean… it’s YADDO!

Sometimes I feel like I’m in here:

Door to nowhere in the High Line park, NYC

Door to nowhere in the High Line park, NYC

And someone just opened that door.

And the fall isn’t as far as I thought it’d be.

Not so far at all.

So, to all my concerned friends, my first week in the cubicle was A-okay. Who cares! I GOT IN TO YADDO! Can’t hardly believe it!

8 responses to “And Then the Phone Rang”

  1. Annika says:

    It was good of them to wait to send you that letter until you really needed it.

  2. oh says:

    Yaddo?!!!!!!!!!! bravo!
    and haven’t forgotten. Still planning to stalk your book at the local B&N and snap a picture to send…I just need to get out of my office/cubicle and do it!

  3. Lisa says:

    That is stunningly awesome news!!!


  4. nova says:


    I’m still in shock over it. Good shock, though!

  5. elizabeth says:

    That’s really fabulous – congratulations!

  6. Voix says:

    Wow! Awesome fantastic congratulations!

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