Today I received the email we all want:
I am very pleased to inform you that your short story, Shadowed Solitude, will be published on Literally Stories at 06.00am GMT on Friday 22.04.16.
Hugh Cron on behalf of Literally Stories
Shadowed Solitude was originally published in the fall of 2013 by The Huffington Post / Fiction 50 section. I have no idea what happened, my guess an error, but for some reason when they posted it they put it in with stories that had been posted months before. So it was buried. On top of that they closed the comments on old stories, so I have no idea what readers thought or if they even noticed it.
I submitted to Literally Stories as they are one of the few who will publish reprints.
That makes five of my short stories that have been picked up since 01/2016, when I got laid off from work and put more effort into it. On top of that, I finished my novel and got it sent off to a few publishers.
Now, my next goal is to make money. All I want is one dollar, so I can say I am a paid writer.