Congratulations, so many great works presented here.
I understand where both William and Jim are coming from. I guess I've regretted some of my stories rather than hated them. I do feel at times I had abandoned them before they were fully developed and the regret comes in because I didn't spend the time in the struggle to make it better.
I think some stories touch us at a very personal level; and if it doesn't happen to place, I don't think it necessarily speaks to the talent of the writer. They were simply at a place where some weren't - but then some were as well. I'm grateful for both those writers and readers.
"And this, our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything." From "As You Like It." Wm. Shakespeare.