At Last! (Mixed Blessings)

Well, last night and today have been mixed blessings.

I found out last night that I am, finally, published!!!  That’s right.  Finally, after waiting since around June 2012, the online magazine “Atomic Avarice” published my work, “The  Way It Is.”

Just go to , then click on “Fiction” and I am in the bottom row (as of 7:00pm).  I am both pleased and proud of the story.  It concerns the dealing of a union for haunting houses.  I was supposed to write something that was a type of political satire and horror.  Apparently, I did well enough.

That was the great thing.  The not-so-great thing?  The magazine published the story and didn’t pay me.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  It’s not a lot to begin with.  But the idea is that I have a signed contract that stated they would pay me before they published the story.  So, I don’t truly even know when they did so.

I am not angry.  After all, it is my first story and I, probably, would have sent it to them even without pay in the deal.  However, I do have a contract; they sent it; I returned it; and I will honor it, so they should, too.

Now, do understand.  I am fairly easy-going.  I sent them a rather nice letter and told them about my concerns and asked them to fix things (I used the word “rectify” as that sounds much more important, don’t you think?).  There are several things I can think of that might have gone wrong and I am not screaming at them about this.  I just want what I was promised.

So, we shall see.  The other publishing company (in England) sent out notices that the first of my 4 anthologies, “The Dead Sea,” is, finally, done at the printers.  The publishers are being sent a hard copy to approve, then it will be out in 7-10 days.  He felt certain that this one would be done and out to read by March 1st.  I know he is frustrated; you can just tell.

After that, the other 3 anthologies are supposed to come along quickly.

So, as I said, mixed blessings.

I will end the post with a wonderful picture of my cat, Tamika, who is ever vigilant and attentive, especially if birds are involved.  Enjoy.




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  • Indira  On February 28, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Checked that link and saw your story , congrats. But sorry you are not paid , bad on their part. Bookmarked it, will read later.


  • Lesa  On February 26, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I think that is great!!!!! (I miss that cat!!!!!)


  • 4amWriter  On February 23, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Congratulations. I hope that the magazine will honor the contract, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you.


  • bert0001  On February 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Congratulations. You made a difference. You can be proud of it!


    • kindredspirit23  On February 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Hmm, didn’t think of it that way. Thanks!


      • bert0001  On February 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm

        Why not, you got published, that is an achievement. They’ll pay you anyway.
        Sometimes takes time for small amounts.


        • kindredspirit23  On February 22, 2013 at 4:41 pm

          Yes, the complaint was that they did not follow the lines of the contract – payment before publishing. But, like I said, it’s okay, I just want them to make good on it.


  • thehappyhugger  On February 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

    Congrats, Scott!!! Hope they cough the money up soon 🙂


  • Tad  On February 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    “nice” you made me think of my grandmother. Back in the day, “go make nice” meant taking a dump. Thanks for the good memories 🙂 I miss that woman!


    • kindredspirit23  On February 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm

      lol, memories are memories. Not sure I wanted to make you think of that, but it’s all good if you like the memories of your grandmother and I got you there.


  • behindthemaskofabuse  On February 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    Well congrats and I do hope you’ll get what your owed! You’ll have to forgive me for not reading, those kind of things are big triggers for me.


  • Tad  On February 21, 2013 at 10:50 pm


    I am so happy for you! wishing you could see the smile on my face 🙂


    • kindredspirit23  On February 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks a lot. It means a lot to me.


    • Tad  On February 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Maybe there will be a greater payoff in their attempts in seeking redemption in your eyes and the eyes of their followers. If not, at least you know you are the better man!


      • kindredspirit23  On February 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm

        As I said, not upset, just think they should do what they said they would. They just need to write and tell me what is going on.


        • Tad  On February 21, 2013 at 10:57 pm

          Honey, why don’t you write them…


        • kindredspirit23  On February 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm

          Oh, I did write them. I wrote them nicely.
          We will just see.


  • Enchanted Seashells  On February 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Congrats for the publishing and I hope you get your $ !


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