I like challenges. A lot. And more than any challenge, I really enjoy trying to sell my newly rejected stories to another magazine. I get an adrenaline rush from it.
For me, it's the perfect challenge: the odds for acceptance are not in my favor, and I have just about two paragraphs (for the kinder ones, a page) to hook a slush reader/editor before they reject my story.
What warm-blooded, competitive person wouldn't get off on that?
Yesterday, Crowded Magazine rejected a story of mine, but I've already made some changes to it with the plan to send it out into the world again in the next few days (if not tonight).
Oh, and next month when the submission period opens again for Crowded, I'll be submitting another story.
Double challenge accepted.
This is nothing personal against Crowded Magazine, any other magazine, or editors and slush readers. This is all about becoming better at the craft of writing. I take the feedback I've been given on my rejected story, apply it to my writing, and come out with an improved and sharper piece.
We all deal with rejection(s) in our own unique way. This is how I deal with mine.
Might as well have a little fun with it along the way, right?