I hadn't exactly thought of "January 25, 2014" in PAST TEN as an essay, though of course it is. It felt more more like a journal entry that I wanted to give some shape and depth to (read: an essay) by using the theme of "perhapsing" and the idea of the heart as literal and metaphorical. I had a due date, and I was in the midst of health problems and ER visits and hospital stay so I had hardly any time to work on it. And maybe that actually helped. At any rate I've gotten some very kind responses to the writing, some from writers I don't usually interact with. And not the barrage of medical advice I'd feared, just a private DM exchange from someone who's gone through the same medical problem themselves, which was very useful. I think my pub also generated a lot of interest in the journal, which is always nice.
And CURRENT accepted "Shoplifting," and will pay for it, and I greatly enjoyed publishing there before, even though they're not strictly a lit mag, or a place where friends publish. It was great being in a different sort of journal.