Let me, a little writing mouse who keeps pushing those levers hoping for a pellet, tell you that intermittent reinforcement is powerful, exciting, and perhaps even addictive. My most recent pellet has arrived in the form of an acceptance from Arts & Letters.
This was my first ever not-just-sent-through-the-slush-pile-and-wait-four-months-to-hear-back submission. What happened was that I participated in a group reading at a conference (Jane's Stories Retreat), an editor from Arts & Letters heard me, she asked me to send her something, I did, and voila, eight days later it was accepted. Freaky, huh? And I have to thank Jane's Stories Press Foundation for all their support.
Anyway, I'm a happy rodent.