Why is it so hard to publish short stories? That's not really my question. I get it. This business is hard. While my writing has improved, I am no longer eager to submit work. I used to love submitting and checked the recent responses on duotrope every day. Now, I don't even send everything out that I write. How do I get more excited about submitting?

W1/S1 was great when I started to write short stories. I was excited about the prospects of being published. Now, I don't really think about publishing, just writing. Is that weird? I want to be published, but the more I get rejected, the less I want to send stuff out.