Monday, November 7, 2011

FATE Accompli

Way back in the mid-1960s we had FATE Magazine in the house. It features the paranormal, the odd, the stuff that mainstream won't touch, and I found it fascinating. A few of the stories back then stuck with me to the point I still see a man in a fedora with blazing red eyes from time to time.
The magazine has a few departments including one where readers can submit their stories of ghostly encounters called "My Proof of Survival."
When I was eight or so I decided I'd be published in FATE and had in my mind it likely would be one of the standing columns.
In 2009 I submitted to the magazine, jumped through its hoops, and waited. And waited. And waited some more.
Issues come out bi-monthly making the wait that much longer. Contributors are advised they will not be told beforehand when their story is to run. All I could do was wait for the cheque and my contributor copy.
I'm patient. I know things take time.  I take beta blockers so it takes more than a bit to rile me.
Two years passed. Nothing. I cut my beta blocker dosage.  I contacted the magazine in June 2011, but got no response. I take some responsibility for that as I used the main email with no contact person's name. Those are easy to discard.
I stewed a bit then tried again in October after digging out the name of the editor I'd dealt with originally. I asked were they planning to run it and if not to give me back my rights to it.
Response was quick. My story had run in the July-August 2009.
To their credit they made good quickly. I received the contributor's copy and my cheque last Thursday.
It is regrettable I had to give them a nudge, but it is taken care of and I am grateful.
A goal I set 45 years ago has been met.


Cheryl Kohan said...

Excellent! Congratulations, Leah. I must say I'm in great admiration of your patience!

Chris said...

Wow, congrats! That's a great story.

Leah J. Utas said...

Cheryl, thanks so much. Patience has it's rewards though mine was helped by the meds.

Chris, thanks.

the Bag Lady said...

I'm so glad that you realized a 45 year old dream! Congratulations.

Leah J. Utas said...

Thank you, Bag Lady.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Congratulatons, that's so awesome!

I'm trying to remember my 45 year old dreams but I think most of them involved candy in one form or another. Oh, and I think I wanted to be a garbage man 'cause they got to ride standing up, on the OUTSIDE of the truck!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Crabby. My other 45 year old dreams included writing a book, ruling the world, and being a cowboy.

messymimi said...

Yippee, Wahoo, and Good For You!

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Messymimi.

Reb said...

Wow! Well done Leah!

Hilary said...

Woohoo.. good for you, Leah. I see by your response to Crabby's comment that most of your other dreams have been realized too. You are writing a book and you RULE in the blog world. I think Baggie might have beat you to that cowboy/rancher status, though. ;)

Leah J. Utas said...

Thanks, Reb.

Hilary, that's all very kind of you. Yes, Baggie got there first. But, one of my manuscripts is a vampire western so that'll have to do for now.

Marion and Elena said...

That's wonderful! We are very interested in the paranormal as well. Is there a link available to your article?

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