I just got a rejection for a story, and apparently it was a close thing. The previous rejection for the same story was also close, really close.
Of course it feels better to come close than otherwise. Or does it? Mostly, it does, and yet there's the frustration of thinking that if you had done something ever so slightly differently, the story would have been accepted. (Leaving aside the question of whether you know what that something is - and whether you would want to change the story, even if you did know.)
I was wondering how other people feel. Which do you feel is worse/better: coming close but not making it, or not coming close at all?