Now that the red haze has receded and I took another look at the comments (I'm still miffed about the stereotype and dialogue) , I did find some wisdom in the words of one of the judges from the Gotcha contest. And I have begun the ordeal of ripping my first chapter apart and rewriting.
Yes, Virginia, I can take criticism. LOL I just have to step back a day or two and re-evaluate. All the judges said I had great storytelling abilities and the story was new and different. BUT - the pubbed judge said the beginning should start with her vision or alluding to the vision to make sense of her feelings later.
Anyway in my limited writing time the last few days (since I was gone for 6 days my dh thinks I should spend every moment he is home by his side) I am slowly dissecting, rearranging, and rewriting. With this change may actually come another chapter increasing my word lenght! Thank you Eli for showing me how to make one document of my manuscript, for that is what I am doing as I revise this story.