Update: Happy rejection becomes ecstatic semi-acceptance!

I wrote earlier this week about feeling happy even while being rejected by literary magazines.  As it turns out, positive thoughts can lead to positive events.  I received this email today:

Dear Ashley:
Thank you for submitting. I liked this story well enough to pass it on to our senior editorial staff for further consideration.
Thanks for the read. You can expect to hear back soon.
So not quite an acceptance, but thrilling nonetheless.  And the best part is that it was my long shot magazine choice–they have a 1% acceptance rate according to Duotrope.  Even if another email follows announcing an ultimate rejection, I got far enough to keep going.
Kind of like Forrest Gump:  “I made it this far so I figured I might as well keep running.”
You bet your ass I will!

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