I have three short stories and a novella out but I'm not feeling any tension or anxiety. In a sense, I've reconciled myself that my submissions may not be selected because they doesn't fit editorial needs, the editors don't like the idea or style, or the story was prematurely submitted. I don't expect feedback from any if they're not published but I'll read the stories again, revise again, and submit again and go on again. Persistence, patience, proofread, polish. That's become my framework. By accepting I may or may not be published and worrying less about it, I've found more joy and deliberation in editing and revising.
It's a critical difference in how I used to approach my writing. I think it's more mature. I have literally fifty stories that were submitted once and rejected that I never looked at again. Now, instead of fifty rejections, I have fifty opportunities to revise, polish, and re-submit.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com