So, my writing experiment has continued for 6 months. In this time, I have written and submitted 24 stories and gotten 42 rejections.
I feel that this places me at another cross roads. I think the initial fork is when you decide to write and sub. Then, after facing rejection after rejection, the goal seems to be much for formidable than you initially thought.
I think this is a point where many new writers quit. They pack it in, fold it up, and move on to something else.
I, on the other hand, am of the feeling that I've invested way too much time and energy developing as a writer to pack it in now. I've gotten a few positive indicators -- encouraging rejections, a few short listed stories, etc.
But most importantly, there are several great stories I'm working on. How can I forget about those?