Story rejections happen for a number of reasons. Here are a few, in no particular order. ~The story really does suck. (This was not a problem with "Why Pete?" because the judges at WOTF are very picky.) ~The story is of a type which doesn't appeal to the editor. (He/she hates space operas, or whatever.) ~The story is not a good fit for the publication. (The story is science fiction, the publication is Homes & Gardens.) ~The publisher has recently purchased and/or published a similar story. (Just bad timing.)
It looks kind cool and haunting here, but I wanted the final piece to look like it was hand sketched in black ink, like a band member had done it on the road, lounging in the bus between gigs. I used the sketch filter of Photoshop to find just the right brush length and contrast. Once I found that balance I signed it, textured the signature, and was done.