I have also been reading The Fireman and really honing in on Joe Hill's character development. Well written books are such a joy and inspiration. In my old age, I have learned not to be jealous of great writing, but to really study it. I liked the turns his characters take and even the villains have a human side to them. (Although the villain in that book is a pompous misogynist asshole who deserves to die.)
I also talked to the editor of Down South where the Water is Warm, and he is commenting on each story, but hasn't sent the feedback in yet. That is OK. I am not on an arbitrary timeline, although the way the political situation is going, we may be at war with a foreign country. Hmmm. Better get these puppies out while I can. Truth is, I can't wait to get his feedback.
So, stay strong on your writing journey. (Yes, I cheated and blogged before writing. Bad Jesú!)