Well, technically my second but since my first was over a decade ago and my latest is intended to be proof that I am now working towards getting published - I'm starting again.
Apparently my short story was not quite suitable for the magazine I submitted to. That view is the editor's prerogative and who am I to argue? After posting my sumission I had one of those frustrating aha moments when I realised a way to improve the story but to be honest, there is no guarantee I would have had that aha moment if I hadn't begun to relax having finally let go.
I have over ten completed short stories in a file upstairs. Many of which I now know will need serious re-writes. While my goal is to publish a novel, I would be delighted to have a short story published.
I will try improving the story and submitting to an alternative magazine. I am beginning to formulate a plan to submit at least two new stories each year, alongside work on my novel, and build up a collection of stories that I feel are publishable. If none are accepted then I have the option of combining into a short collection and publishing as an eBook at no cost to myself but with the benefit that I can begin marketing my writing and seeing what feedback I get from a wider readership.
If we are not willing to fail, we will never succeed.