ON PUBLISHING: You write something, it makes the rounds, rejections are part of it. - I have mixed feelings about the process, but it's what there is. The danger is thinking that you have to write to be published rather than insist on being authentic - and I fall into that trap and then remind myself that in what I write I have to be true to the story as I see it and my sense of the craft, and if it never gets published, well so be it. I'll self-publish it.
I worked on it to be a good story.
Even what I’ve written that was accepted for publication ... I wonder who read it.