So, I have been struggling with writing. I haven't really written anything past letters and cards for the past month or so. I didn't hear back from any of the editors I sent stuff out to, and I was feeling pretty disheartened. I went through one of those lows where I feel like everything I produce is a hackneyed piece of poo. Until today. I got this email in my inbox today. Dear Marisol, This is one of the moments in which I do not enjoy being an editor. After much consideration, XXXXX will not be using "Death Rites," and you are free to submit it elsewhere. That said, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you I found "Death Rites" very enjoyable. While not right for XXXXX, I believe this is certainly a piece that will find publishing. As to why we did not accept the story, I believe it just became a matter of preference with the limited spots we have. I normally give advice at this point concerning items that were issues for us during the consideration period, but I have nothing for this story. It is well written and engaging. "Death Rites" was a fantastic read, and thank you for letting us spend so much time with it. I wish I had better news after the lengthy consideration, but would love to see another story from you in the future. I wish you the best of luck with this piece, especially as a fan. Sincerely, XXXX Submission Editor XXXXXX Suddenly I don't feel so bad. And maybe I can be superwoman and be a newlywed, work, be a stepmom, and write! Maybe.