10:35 Between classes I sneak a peek at my phone. Husband texted a half hour earlier . . . someone from RWA® will call me during my lunch break. Heart palpitations ensue.
10:36 How will I survive today's long division lesson?
12:01 Lunch time! I run to computer to log on to RWA site . . . internet connection is down, dash it all. I will my phone to ring.
12:04 It rings. A lovely RWA board member informs me How to Reform a Rake finaled in the Regency category of the Golden Heart. While she graciously imparts information, I alternately gasp/cry. We hang up.
12:07 In a valiant attempt to avoid splotchy face, I dry my eyes and take deep breaths.
12:08 I call husband to tell him the good news and--What's this? Someone's beeping in. Probably the recorded message about home mortgages, but still . . . I should answer it.
12:09 Hello? It's a different--but equally lovely--RWA board member. Uh-oh. Obviously, there's been a mistake, and they're calling to revoke my finalist status. I brace myself. But no . . . she explains that my other entry, The Proper Miss's Guide to Bad Behavior, is also a finalist. OH. MY.
12:12 Attempts to avoid splotchy face are utterly futile. Happiness!