First things first, I read your short story "Salt and the Raw Flesh of Fish" and don't even have words to describe how flipping amazing it is. My story is painfully dull and empty in comparison. I don't say that with any self-pity, just pure recognition of how much better I'd really like to get. You've officially become a role model, hope that's okay!
Thank you so much for taking the time to critique my story, I found your feedback to reflect my deeper knowing as well. That kind of validation is going to help me trust my instincts more, I'm sure.
Even though I've been trying to write my whole life, I don't feel I've ever really learned how to bleed raw emotion onto the page in a way that hooks readers. Some childhood thing about certain feelings being acceptable and others forbidden blah blah blah... I obviously have a lot of learning to do, and that is perfectly alright.
Thanks again, I can't wait to read more of your work.