Rejections sure do slap us back to reality and make us question ourselves and our writing. I don't think anyone can understand how hard it is to sell short stories until they try and sell short stories. But by the time you realize this you're in the thick of it. You've got to be getting closer, right? You don't want to give up, but everything starts to feel harder as you progress as a writer and better understand the industry. You just never know if it will be the next submission you send. You can send one more, right? It would all be would all be worth it then. How many more one mores is it going to take? How long will I do this? Do I have what it takes? I go through this all the time. I'm rejected all the time. And this last one hurts. I didn't name this one out of fear I might have to complain about it. Okay, I will for a second. This specific top editor said he already had regrets as he was rejecting it. The top editor at an awesome publication was conflicted over what to do about my story. What am I supposed to to with that? I'm trying so hard and smoking really good pot. I also think there's some thrill in the case. I know when submission widows open. I read their publications and I try and write like that. I love reading the short stories in journals and magazines. I know which places are super hard to get into and pay big money. I know the good publications that don't pay but I believe are worth submitting to. I'm writing better. I'm almost catching those editors. Our work can be in the hands of a powerful literary beast and still mean nothing. Seriously, why didn't he just think about it more? Why did I have to be rejected today? What's missing. It's maddening. But I have good pot. Anyway, I probably never would have got mixed up with all this if someone had told me how many times I would have to fail. But then when I made a big sale every rejection I ever got was worth it. I'm aiming sort of all over the place, but at the same time I'm careful about where I send my work. I have somewhat high standards. And what I want is to write at the level that is considered publishable in the literary world. I want to write at the same level I read on. I can't read everything, but I have sampled quite a bit from different places to get a feel for what they publish. I love being inspired by a story or understanding the world a little differently because of a story. We can do that, we think for a moment and then question ourselves for months to get responses. I read interviews with editors and follow them on twitter. Man, have I worked hard for all my rejections. @Krispee you are one of the best writers I know. For real, you can do this shit. I'll send you a list of places that are open and worth submitting to. If you want to try genre markets, I bet we can tag some people on here who seem to know the genre scene. I am sure you're going to be published and it will totally be worth celebrating. One of these times it really is making just one more submission.