Thanks!Shangas - I wish you luck in getting your short fiction published. I love how the magazines from the Golden Era had so much fiction published in them. A lot of writers made a good living that way.
Yes, a lot of famous writers started out that way - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens among them.
Problem is, I can't find many of the same such magazines/journals here in Australia. I have found one, but I'll need to tailor my writing a bit to fit it into their parameters.
Oh, and I sent off my piece to the Reader's Digest this week after a few alterations and edits.
*Crosses fingers for money*
In the meantime, I'm on the sixth page of writing my new murder-mystery short-story/novella.