More to the point, what do I know? After deciding on no more short story submissions, I received an email today from one of the editors of an e-zine; not an acceptance, but a morsel of constructive criticism, and a suggestion that I might resubmit, if I decide to rework the piece, to her personally. And this for a story that has been rejected 7 times previously. YAY! Someone out there likes my writing enough to give me a chance at another shot at it! A small step forward, a real step forward. I did feel, when I started sending this piece out, that I should give it 9 lives. Looks like its 8th might not be done with yet.