Envious? Yes, I have to admit to being a little envious of a couple of my writing friends. One of them, in particular, has published her short stories in a variety of markets. Last year I managed to have one story placed in a print magazine and that was it. When I told my friend, she said, "I suppose that was the first market you sent it to."
I had to admit that it was because as an Aries (haha- now I'm going to blame astrology), I am way better at beginnings than I am at following through to endings. In January, I decided, this year would be different and I got a binder, printed some possible markets from Places for Writers and The Alberta Writers Guild. I am not a patient person and I do enjoy accolades as much as the next guy. The accolades have not poured in. Instead, I have a mounting folder of email rejections! YES, rejections. I can't believe it. All those golden words and they are not wanted.
This brings me to a second truth that I don't want to acknowledge. The first market you send a story to might not want it, for a number of valid reasons, one of which is that it might not be a good story. One of my pieces that is still being considered had been sent out before. When I took a more critical look at it and with some editorial help from a friend, I could feel my face burning. It had been bad when I'd sent it out before and deserved to be rejected. So- I am going to continue to send the stories out AND if they have been refused a number of times, I will retire them.
I've been married a long time and often write about everyday events.