I recently heard a published author say he always knew he'd be published one day. It wasn't a matter of "if", but "when" he'd get published. It worked for him, so it can work for me!
I'm bound and determined to get my short story manuscript published! Whether it be on this website, e-publishing, or by other means, I will publish this short story. I sent my manuscript off to an editor, and now I await the dreaded, yet anticipated, feedback.
I'm confident. The story is good. It's heavy on the sap, yet it's a balance of funny and sad. With hope sprinkled on top.
But I've learned first hand that writers need a thick skin when it comes to critiques. I expect nothing less than for my manuscript to be marked up with red ink to the point of being unidentifiable. I must keep in mind that the criticism is constructive.
So after I've dried my tears, I'll make myself some hazelnut coffee with a generous douse of vanilla creamer, and I'll get to work polishing that story. I can't wait to share it with you!