Gmail error

Gmail has this wonderful feature which shows the first line of an email next to the subject line. This evening I was checking my email and saw something from CICADA (a highly prestigious, professional magazine) which said:

Dear Ms. Kowal: I’m drafting an acceptance letter for “This Little Pig” and w

In a state of excitement I clicked on it to see what came after the “w” but gmail gave me an error message and said it couldn’t perform that function and to try again in a few seconds. I did. It gave me the same error message. By this point I am about ready to gnaw on the keyboard, but still can’t see more than that tantalizing first line. I wait.

I refresh.

I wait some more.

Finally, I realize that there’s a chance that the email went to my Other Hand Productions email address, which forwards to gmail, so I go to that mail box. Behold! There is the email.

Dear Ms. Kowal:

I’m drafting an acceptance letter for “This Little Pig” and want to verify your address. Your ms shows Portland, Oregon, while your SASE has Chattanooga, Tennessee. Which one is your current mailing address?

I’ll look forward to hearing from you!


Deborah Vetter
Executive Editor, CRICKET and CICADA

While this isn’t an actual official acceptance, it’s close enough for me to do all kinds of happy dances. I told her that both addresses forward to Reykjavik.


I can’t believe it.

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8 thoughts on “Gmail error”

  1. Wow, I know Cicada, a fine publication (that actually pays real money, you rock/super star you!) Perhaps you can gently plug David to illustrate? (he’s done pieces for Cricket and Cicada both) Congratulations!

  2. Mary Robinette Kowal

    Thanks everyone! I am still giddy and keep saying “CICADA!” like it’s some sort of exclamation. Arriba! Cidada!

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