I hesitated to send this in today. I accepted a t-t job offer today. Terri from Tucson has my empathy, because in my own job search I've had a ton of close calls as well.
The market, as everyone knows, is shitty, especially in the humanities. There are terrible conditions out there and lots of heartbreak.
We get put under a magnifying class along with hundreds of other specimens. Who stands out and why? The sheer numbers of applicants makes it more like a lottery than anything else.
Sometimes it works, though. I'm not any better than others who didn't get my job; I think I just got lucky. I'm not fooling myself. I don't have any answers about what Terri and folks like her should do. Keep trying? Look for something new? There's no one answer for everyone.