But since then things have looked up. I've had an email from Woman's Weekly to say that they want to buy the story I wrote and sent them after the fiction workshop. I must have learnt something then, despite the assassination attempt, the caffeine withdrawal and the see through t-shirt! Thanks Gaynor.
Now the icing on the cake - today, I see that I have not one but two stories in Fiction Feast, along with my lovely online buddies Teresa, Della and Amanda (all of whose stories are great).
So, all in all, I don't feel so bad about the £1.09 after all!