Some rejection letters are better than others. And when you move up a category for the Writers of the Future Contest? That's a rejection you accept!
There are no two words more powerful for a writer than "What if." Regardless of the genre you work in, those two words are a gold mine that can produce an infinite supply of ideas - one need only sit down and ask.
My short story, "Glissando" graduated from receiving a form letter rejection to a rejection with a note!
Little steps still count as steps, and I am proud as hell with myself for these steps this week!