I am fairly sure I mentioned this already, but I finally sent the permissions letter off.
Five years ago I submitted four articles for publication to a CFP. This month I received an email that says the work has been accepted and is going to be published.
The irony is that the article is about a digital publication that was accepted and published within a month, due to the vagaries of submission and the fact that I was very dedicated to work being published, so that I did the R&R over the weekend (and added many relevant links, as they said they were looking for) and they had an article pulled.
Short or long, the publishing road is just that–a road.