Returned from a month long backpack trip through Europe. Absorbed an enormous amount of inspiration that I look forward to putting to good use. An incredible experience.
Went to the post office today and picked up my large stack of mail awaiting me. Among the letters, I received a rejection notice from Zoetrope for my short story, Naive Ants. I anticipated this, as my 580 word story didn't fit with the long, character driven stories (~15 pages) they publish. I figured it was worth a shot though. When you get a rejection notice, they shove a small form into your SASE, and send it back. I received the rejection form, but at the bottom was a handwritten note saying, "I enjoyed reading your story. Thank you!" This event is a rarity, and made me feel really good.