Posted tagged ‘Diaspora’

I found myself in an unlikely place

September 22, 2022

I was poking around in Goodreads the other day and found myself listed there. Now, there are a half dozen writers listed there by the name of Paul Lamb, and they are not me. But one reference I saw listed a publication called Crossed Genres. It sounded familiar, so I clicked on it, and it turned out to be an anthology that had taken one of my stories back in 2010. I didn’t know it at the time — or until the other day — that the anthology came out in a print edition.

The story is titled “Diaspora” and I’ve written about in several times on this humble blog. The best link is here. I see from that old post that I did know that a print edition was coming, but I guess I never heard anything more about it; I was never sent a copy or invited to purchase one.

But I did find it on Amazon for just a few dollars, so I bought it. I should have it in a few days. It will go on my shelf of print journals that have taken my stories. That will be nice to see when I look up from my creative labors to the bookcase across the room where those journals sit.

I had another story in a printed journal that I did know about at the time, and I was invited to purchase a copy. But the price was $27! I checked around, and several people had complained to a blogger who keeps track of these things reporting the same thing. Apparently it is the method of this publisher to accept work and then solicit purchases from the accepted writers as a reliable revenue stream. I didn’t buy a copy, but I do check occasionally on ABE Books to see if that issue is there and at a reasonable price. Someday, maybe I’ll have that document to put on the shelf across the room too.

Update 5OCT22 – The journal arrived and when I slid it onto the shelf with the other journals I have with my stories, I found that I had already received a copy of it. Not sure how I’d forgotten that. And now I’m waiting on another physical copy of a different journal. I had thought that I would get a free contributor copy, but after a couple of months I wrote to the editor who said that they didn’t have the budget for that. So I bought it for a few dollars (plus shipping). Another to put on my shelf anyway.

Friday Feature ~ “Diaspora”

May 7, 2021

This speculative fiction story is perhaps the one I had the most fun writing. “Diaspora” is a conversation between a bright pupil and a wise elder in a future civilization of humans no longer on earth. I had the core idea for a long time, but I never looked at it as a possible story. But when I did, it seemed to flow from my fingers.

I was in an other-worldly location when I wrote it, which probably helped with the work. My wife and I were staying in a bed and breakfast in a hundred-year-old hacienda near Cimarron, New Mexico for a week, and I wrote the entire story in that time. We were there to visit our middle son, who was doing his pediatric rotation for medical school at the Scout Camp Philmont just down the road. Not a bad gig for medical school studies. As I recall, most of his work involved sunburns and twisted ankles.

Anyway, imagine having this view every morning with your breakfast:

That’s called the Tooth of Time and it was just behind the hacienda. I understand Scouts can hike to the top of it, to the very edge. I don’t think my son had to treat any patients who might have fallen from that height.

If you go to the link you will see that “Diaspora” appeared in the online magazine Crossed Genres in 2010. I had submitted to its “characters of color” theme and the story was accepted. Sadly, Crossed Genres is no longer being published, but I’m glad the old issues are still online.

“Diaspora” appears

November 2, 2010

My short story “Diaspora” appeared yesterday at Crossed Genres magazine. Here is the link directly to it.

The story falls into the speculative fiction genre, but it is only mildly so. What I think is significant about the story is the question it should cause the reader to ask of himself or herself after reading it.

I hope you enjoy it.


October 5, 2010

During an otherwise unremarkable weekend, I found a piece of delightful news in my email inbox. Another of my short stories has found a publisher. I’ve written about the story, “Diaspora,” before. I managed to write the first draft while on vacation in New Mexico back in August. I was pleased with it, and in subsequent weeks I revised and refined the story and then found what appeared to be a suitable market for it — thank you again, Duotrope’s Digest!

The magazine is Crossed Genres, and it specializes in science fiction and fantasy. For an upcoming issue they had requested stories with characters of color. My story happens to deal with the issue of race, and it happens to have a mild science fiction telling, but what I think is most important about it is the question it causes the reader to ask of himself or herself at the end.

So it looks as though my story will be coming out in the November electronic issue of Crossed Genres. When the issue is posted, I’ll be sure to put a link to it here on Lucky Rabbit’s Foot. Apparently there will also be a print version coming soon.

The email noted that I will be contacted by the zine’s assistant editor about edits for the story. (She’s described as “very good” and “easy to work with.”) I hope she doesn’t have extensive changes in mind since I must have the work finished (and the publishing contract signed and a short bio written) by the 10th of October. (Alas, when I went through the story again recently, I did find a verb error: “had” should have been “have.”)

And, mirabile dictu, I’m going to be paid for my story! I’ll receive a whole $10 for it. Aside from my nonfiction writing, this is the first time I’ve been paid for my work. I guess I can call myself a professional now. Sure, $10 is not enough to repay the cost of my vacation stay in New Mexico where I wrote the story, but the satisfaction I feel is certainly compensation enough.

Update: I’ve already received the edits from their “easy to work with” reviewer. She was, too. She only suggested one rewording and spotted the one verb error I mentioned above. Aside from that, she found a moment to insert a compliment in the margin.