Finally heard back on my Wild at Heart Submission.
It's been rejected.
Sigh...that's okay; I knew it still needed a little work, but I sent it off hoping maybe someone would see the potential and take a chance on me. I'll just have to submit this to my critique group and see if they have any suggestions. And get cracking on my other story, to finish cleaning it up before sending it out.
A setback, yes. But the way things are going right now, I sort of expected this. Hope is vital though, and time to get back to work.
I am in the process of applying for an artistic grant; if accepted, I can use the money to attend a couple of conferences, and maybe even a writer's retreat. Keep your fingers crossed!