There is nothing quite like having an editor quote your own work back to you as an example of quality writing. Especially, when the comments are prefaced with the phrase “This line is amazing”. I’m ready to spit shine this guy’s shoes (among other things) just for putting something about my writing and the word “amazing” in the same vicinity, much less the same paragraph.
Fortunately, the light-headed delight of such is quickly pulled right back down to earth by the standard closing line of “We look forward to reading more of your work” which opens the floodgates of panic.
Because, I will never be able to write anything like that every again. In fact, I’m already doubting that I was capable of writing the first piece they liked and have to check to make sure I recognize the title.
But it is mine. To be published in Every Day Fiction some day soon.