Stage 1: Fear
Upon logging into your email:
"Oh, I just got a response from the editors of X about that piece I submitted."
Stage 2: Confirmation
Upon opening said email:
"And they rejected it."
Stage 3: Anger
"CURSE YOUR SUDDEN BUT INEVITABLE BETRAYAL!"
Stage 4: Depression
"I'm a hack who will never sell anything! I should stop writing and move to Outer Mongolia to herd yaks!"
Stage Five: Acceptance, Rewrites, and Resubmiting
"Wait, this one actually has some feedback. I could totally fix this story up, and I haven't put anything in with Y in awhile..."