I was waiting in chow line with two buddies. I don't remember what story I told but they looked at me like I was a complete idiot. That's when one turned to me and said, "Aba, you're on story probation."
That didn't feel good. I really hated it. It was a terrible story, but I had to earn permission again if I was going to share with the group again. And now here I am, years later with a story that I'm trying to sell. This one is a little better. You can thank a good editor for that. But every now and then I'm afraid to find an Amazon review placing me back on story probation.