By the way, the first magazine I submitted to didn't want the story. Not that I'm surprised - they get 400 submissions a month, and even though I think my story was good, I didn't expect it to really stand out in front of 399 others. However, the first hurdle of getting over my fear and submitting has been cleared, and I plan to submit this story to another mag online when it opens back up for submissions (on Oct 1).
Meanwhile, I shall continue to write. I have some cool ideas that I think could do with developing.