Dark Moon Light came back. *Lovely* rejection letter: It said my story made it right up to the final round, listed the things that swayed the final decision in the other guy's favor so I can improve it, declared “you have a real flare for action and character, a rare combination”, and added that I was to please submit again and send it to the editor personally, not to the regular slush.
If I wrote more shorts it would be nicer. Lovely rejection letters still aren't sales. I can't use them as publication credits, and they won't help get my novels looked at.
Okay now I'm depressed. (I was already trying to deal with all my usual angst and the fact that the brother of one of our friends committed suicide yesterday.) Would putting some of these “lovely” comments I get from critters and editors up on a “blurb” page on my website be too tacky for words?