Whoa. I just received the most in-depth rejection I've ever seen from Segue. I don't mean to be unappreciative because I'm honored that Eric took the time to write such a thorough explanation of why my essay was not right for them. He took great care in illuminating all the different changes I could make so that it would be right for them.
I've decided I don't want to spend my time fixing it up Segue style. I'm pretty happy with it as it now stands and it seems they'd prefer I made it into a more academic essay or try to transform it into some magical fiction. No, thanks. I got other work to do. This was fun though.
It's 520 original words! I just plugged it into Word and that's what it told me! I'm pretty sure the rejection was longer than the submission. Awesome. New unknown goal accomplished.